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:

Fireside at Woodberry

This weekend, Woodberry Kitchen opens its pretty patio bar for the summer and introduces a new Fireside menu available in the evenings Thursday through Sunday. The menu offers lighter, more casual options designed to pair well with cocktails by the outdoor firepit – think flatbreads, snacks and s’mores. There are also a few new drink options to try, some of which will be served exclusively on the patio.

Birthday Celebrations

Two well-loved Baltimore restaurants celebrated birthdays this week. On Monday, Clavel marked its second year in business, and on Thursday, The Food Market celebrated five years since opening day. The restaurant business is a notoriously tough one; both of these spots are reliably and consistently excellent and fun. Congratulations to both!

WhiskeyFest 2017

Head to Howard County on Sunday for Elkridge Furnace Inn’s first ever WhiskeyFest. The event includes over 50 whiskies from all over the world – from Scotland to Kentucky and more.

Drink Up on Wednesday

For those who like to drink (and eat), Wednesday offers opportunities all over the region.

On Wednesday, Sena wine director Diego Rodriguez will come to Bar Vasquez for a three-course wine dinner featuring dishes like blue crab and avocado tostadas, Bar Vasquez’s fantastic empanadas and caballero steak. The dishes will be paired with a vertical tasting of five Sena wines, all of which are rated 92 points or higher.

The same evening, Fork & Wrench in Canton will host An Evening Cocktail Soiree with Old Line Spirits. Four cocktails, paired with small bites and appetizers, will be offered. The evening also includes the opportunity to chat with F&W Chef Ben Sawyer and the owners of Old Line Spirits.

Also on Wednesday, Victoria Gastro Pub will host a Buffalo Trace tasting event featuring multiple bourbons and several food stations with bourbon-friendly dishes like barbecue, fried catfish and mac and cheese.

Meaty & Modern

On Thursday, June 15, Modern Cook Shop in Fells Point will host a beer, meat and cheese tasting featuring Belgian-style beers from Quebec-based Unibroue. This is a solid event for lovers of beer and charcuterie – it will include a tasting of a variety of cheeses and meats made in-house.

Festival Season

HonFest rolls into Hamdpen this Sunday, which means lots of big hair and general revelry. This year, it also includes a shucking contest emceed by local oyster aficionados Dylan Salmon (of Dylan’s Oyster Cellar) and Nick Schauman (of the The Local Oyster).

The St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival – always a foodie favorite – started yesterday and lasts all weekend. Check out the cultural aspects of the festival, plus the food, which is always a highlight.

This weekend is also the Feast of Saint Anthony in Little Italy. Sponsored by Saint Leo’s Church, the neighborhood street festival is filled with fun activities and, of course, great Italian food.

Finally, on June 17, Feastival takes place in front of the Four Seasons, on Harbor East’s waterfront promenade. The event is a serious food-lovers paradise, featuring food and drinks from restaurants like Azumi, Blue Pit BBQ, Cask & Grain, Clavel, Colette, Gnocco, Gunther & Co., Loch Bar and Wit & Wisdom.

Planning Ahead

Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:

June 24: Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival 

June 24: Farm Fest at Manor Hill Tavern 

July 28: Baltimore Restaurant Week