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Hot Plate: Ice Cream Everywhere, Farm Festivals, Wonders of Damascus at Hersh’s & More

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Johnny’s Ice Cream Cart has taken up residence on Roland Avenue.

Summer has officially begun and the local food scene is ready to celebrate the season. This week brings ice cream news, farm festivals, outdoor parties and more. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Tacopalooza’s on the Way, Sandlot Opens, Gnocco Turns One & More

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Tacos won’t be the only thing on the menu at Tacopalooza: Chef Chad Gauss will also be working the grill, serving up everything from meat to octopus. (Photo credit: Plaid Photo)

Summer officially rolls into Baltimore (and everywhere else) this week and local restaurants are in celebration mode. This week brings tons of restaurant buzz – openings, closings and anniversaries – plus Father’s Day plans, live music and more.

Here’s a look at what’s happening around town:

Hot Plate: Woodberry Kitchen Patio Opens, Wine Dinner at Bar Vasquez, Festivals All Over Town

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Woodberry Kitchen’s patio opens for the season this weekend. Photo credit: Scott Suchman.

Everything is a celebration this week in Baltimore, with multiple festivals coming up, two popular restaurants celebrating anniversaries and a bunch of fun wine, whiskey and cocktail dinners planned.

Here’s a look at what’s on tap for the week:

Hot Plate: Colette & Langermann’s Closing, National Doughnut Day, St. Nicholas Greek Festival

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The St. Nicholas Greek Festival is a celebration of all things Greece, and local food-lovers know that it’s famous for its great food lineup.

The local food scene took a bit of a breather last week, settling into summer with just a few events. This week restaurants are back in full force, hosting wine dinners, brunches and other events, and other organizations are getting in on the action, too, with everything from a doughnut bike crawl to one of the city’s most popular international festivals.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in and around town this week:

Hot Plate: CREAM at Union Craft Brewing, Wine Dinners Everywhere

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Wit & Wisdom Chef Zack Mills will cook a four-course dinner at The Vineyards in Dodon on Thursday.

With rain in the forecast, Baltimoreans might not need to break out the sunscreen this weekend. But there’s still a lot to celebrate now that summer is – unofficially, at least – on the horizon.

Here’s a look at what local restaurants have planned for Memorial Day weekend and the rest of the week:

Hot Plate: Preakness Parties, Summer Menus & More

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To celebrate Preakness, Johnny’s will have a Black-Eyed Susan cocktail on the menu all weekend long.

Happy Preakness Weekend, Baltimore. Even after Always Dreaming and the rest of the field compete to see who will take home the blanket of Black-Eyed Susans, there’s a lot to cheer about this week. Here’s a look at what to expect from local restaurants over the next seven days:

Hot Plate: Mother’s Day Around Town, Crabs at Wit & Wisdom, Openings in Hampden

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Wit & Wisdom will offer crab feasts on the patio this summer.

With Mother’s Day this weekend, Preakness coming up next week and warmer days ahead, there’s a general feeling of Spring Fever excitement in the air around Baltimore, particularly in the city’s restaurants. Here’s a look at what the food world has in store for us this week:

Hot Plate: Baltimore Wine & Food Festival, Soft Shell Season, Kentucky Derby Parties & Mother’s Day Options

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You can find soft shells on menus all over Baltimore this week – including at R. House, where The Big Softy pop-up is open until May 14.

Raining or not, this weekend and week offer a lot of opportunities to eat well and have fun. Here’s a look at what’s on tap in Baltimore this week:

Hot Plate: Minnow Open and Charm City Cakes Open, Soft Shells at R. House, Wine Dinners All Over

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The Chuleton ribeye will be paired with two wines – a Tempranillo and a Pinot Noir – at La Cuchara’s American Basque Tour wine dinner on Thursday.

We’ve got a warm week ahead of us, Baltimore, and plenty of ways to enjoy it – from hot restaurant openings to wine dinners, new spring menus (softshells!) and a terrific food-friendly bluegrass festival. Here’s a look at what’s happening in and around Baltimore this week:

Hot Plate: Sagamore Spirit Distillery Opens, New Owner at Holy Crepe, Outdoor Events at Boathouse & Wit & Wisdom

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Holy Crepe Cafe in Canton has a new owner and plans for a new menu and hours.

Get ready, Baltimore food lovers: this coming week offers a ton of events, from Baltimore Cocktail Week classes to the opening of a brand new distillery. Here’s a look at what local restaurants, bars and organizations have to offer over the next few days: