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Collectors Series Dinner featuring Executive Chef Zack Mills and Wildlife Biologist Sam Droege

Executive Chef Zachary Mills of Wit & Wisdom at Baltimore's Four Seasons will prepare and present a four course dinner to be paired with Dodon wines and served in the vineyard.

We will continue our Heritage Conversation Series with a discussion about pollinators with wildlife biologist, Sam Droege. 

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About our Guest Chef: A native of Davidsonville, Maryland, Zack Mills graduated from The French Culinary Institute in 2007.  Immediately following graduation, Mills began working in various kitchens in the Washington, D.C. area before landing his dream job as a sous chef at Bourbon Steak, a Michael Mina restaurant located in Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. 

In 2012, Mills accepted the opportunity of a lifetime to join Mina Group as an executive sous chef working under the direction of Michael Mina. There, he oversaw the culinary operations for the James Beard award-winning chef’s East Coast restaurants along with several notable restaurant openings including PABU in Baltimore, Maryland; The Handle Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and most recently Pub 1842 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Having watched Maryland’s food scene grow during his years in the industry, Mills has a deep understanding of the region’s cuisine and a great respect for what Baltimore’s chefs are doing and the level of passion they exude. With his close ties to the community, Mills maintains strong relationships with the area’s top farmers and looks to continue to grow the restaurant’s relationships with additional local purveyors.

About our Guest Speaker: Sam Droege grew up in Hyattsville, Maryland, received an undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and a Master’s at the State University of New York – Syracuse.  Most of his career has been spent at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.  He has coordinated the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program, developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, the Bioblitz, Cricket Crawl, and FrogwatchUSA programs and works on the design and evaluation of monitoring programs.  Currently he is developing an inventory and monitoring program for native bees along with online identification guides for North American bees at , and reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program.