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Restaurant dry run turns out tasty

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Baron Von Schwein held a "soft-soft-soft" opening last week to give its employees some training before the official debut of its first brick-and-mortar store. - (Photo / )

I was able to participate in the “soft-soft-soft” opening of a new downtown York eatery.

Baron Von Schwein, about which I wrote in Friday’s paper, opened its doors at 35 W. Market St. on Saturday. On Monday, it gave away 300 pork buns (mmmmmm) as part of its grand opening and ribbon cutting.

But Thursday, I was one of a handful of folks invited to eat for free at the Baron, giving the kitchen and server staff some training.

This was at 12:30 p.m.

The owners of Baron, Jordan Pfautz and Henry Swartz, didn’t tell the staffers they were getting a real set of customers until 11 a.m.

The food was lined up for service, minus coleslaw and signature sodas. While employees worked the cash register, no money was exchanged as a thanks for our help in the training process.

It was a unique — and tasty — way to practice before crowds began descending on the food truck-turned brick-and-mortar establishment.

Do you have any unique training methods? Share them with us.

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While we’re talking about York, I’d like to note that the city’s baseball team, the York Revolution, welcomed its 2 millionth fan on July 8 during the team’s 11-5 win over the Somerset Patriots at Santander Stadium.

That’s over eight years, mind you.

Based on current attendance trends, the team said it expects to draw at least 4,300 fans per game for the 70 home games this season. And attendance is up 13 percent from a season ago, with between 500 and 600 more fans attending each game this year, according to a news release from Paul Braverman, the Revs’ promotions and communications manager.

Business is booming overall for the Revs, especially when looking at other comparable minor league teams.

“Depending on the day of the week, York has out-drawn four Triple-A clubs this season, all in considerably larger markets,” the release states. “The Revolution has also paced better at times than 14 Double-A teams, including three in Pennsylvania.”

By the way, the 2 millionth fan was Dianne Fox of York. Of course, you’re saying to yourself, “They have multiple entrances and multiple turnstiles at Brooks Robinson Way. How’d they decide on Fox?”

Well, luck. Once the 4,438th fan walked in the gates for that night’s game, the team handed out 2,000 commemorative T-shirts to mark the occasion, with 1,999 fans finishing in a tie for fan number 1,999,999.

Only Fox received the authentic 2 millionth fan jersey. She also won a prize pack from the organization, including a team-signed bat and spending an inning sitting in the dugout with the Revolution during the game.

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And now, a little shameless self-promotion — but keeping with the York theme.

As I’ve mentioned a few times before in this blog (and to most anyone I’ve ever met), I’m a Maryland native. As a result, I grew up eating the bounty of the Chesapeake. In fact, I could pick a Maryland blue crab before I could form coherent sentences.

So, if you’re unfamiliar with how to pick and eat the colorful crustacean (or more likely, you’re scared to), let me be the Virgil to your Dante. As part of the second edition of SkillSwap York, run out of CoWork155, I’ll teach you how to find the best meat in a crab, as well as any other Baltimoron knowledge I can throw in.

Here’s the beauty: There is no money exchanged for the class. Pay me in something interesting. There are 15 other courses, ranging from bartending to cycling to public speaking, that operate on a similar barter system.

Check out the list of classes here. They run Aug. 11-16.

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