Kit Pollard

Kit Waskom Pollard is a Baltimore Fishbowl contributing writer. She writes Hot Plate every Friday in the Baltimore Fishbowl.

Hot Plate: 50th Annual Baltimore Greek Festival, Beef & Beer at Roseda Farm, Doozy’s opens and more

La Cuchara is one of many Baltimore restaurants featuring new autumn-inspired dishes this week. Photo courtesy of La Cuchara.

There’s rain in the forecast this week but there are still plenty of reasons to venture out, from new menu items to food-oriented festivals. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in Baltimore:

Hot Plate: festival season in full swing, tequila at Pierpoint, James Joyce reopens, and more

Guinness beer brats are one of many German-inspired dishes on the menu during the Oktoberfest celebrations at Guinness Open Gate Brewery. Photo courtesy of Guinness Open Gate Brewery.

Autumn is a glorious time for Baltimore weather, sports – and food. This week marks the start of a busy season of festivals, dinners, and fun, food-related events in the Baltimore restaurant scene. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Local Oyster opens in Locust Point, Taste of Towson & Dining Out for Life return, and more.

Finding great oysters is about to get easier for Locust Point residents. The Local Oyster opened its newest location in the south Baltimore neighborhood on Thursday.

From tons of new opening announcements to tiki drinks, fundraisers, and outdoor festivals, this week the Baltimore culinary scene promises to be fun and full of energy. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Chef Tae Strain pops up at Foraged, whiskey tasting at Magdalena, halfway to St. Pat’s at Guinness, and more.

Mobtown Brewing is one of a few local spots featured in the newest episode of the YouTube series “Next Exit.” Photo courtesy of Next Exit / Untappd.

This week is an exciting one in the Baltimore restaurant world, as the city’s beer scene gets a look from national media, fall flavors return to restaurants, and Maryland Restaurant Week begins. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: Annabel Lee for sale, Lexington Market Plaza opening, crab soup cookoff at Fleet Week and more

Ouzo Bay celebrated ten years in business this past week. Photo courtesy of Ouzo Bay.

With school back in session and summer winding down, this week marks a transition time in the Baltimore restaurant world, including openings, closings and vacations – plus a handful events serving as a kickoff to a fun, food-filled fall.

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week:

Hot Plate: Sally O’s celebrates turning two, cornhole at Union, Cureate Courses application open and more

On Tuesday, head to NiHao for a “halfsies” happy hour with Spiritless and Baltimore Spirits Co.

As summer starts its slow wind down, the Baltimore restaurant scene begins to heat up. This week brings birthday celebrations, start-up opportunities and more. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: charcuterie at Sagamore, Wine Collective turns two, Vegan SoulFest and more

Wine Collective celebrates two years in business and the launch of its canned vermuntino spritzer with a party this week. Photo courtesy of Wine Collective.

From noodles to cocktails to barbecue, this week offers plenty of reasons for Baltimore food-lovers to get out and about. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the Charm City restaurant scene right now:

Hot Plate: Water Song at R. House, wine dinners at The Milton Inn & Gramercy Mansion, summer menus and more

Local, late-summer peaches are popping up on menus all over town this week.

From French wines to locally-grown peaches, this week the Baltimore food world is full of flavor. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: National Oyster Weekend, Chuck’s Annual Luau, The Charmery turns nine, and more

So Beachy is one of several food vendors popping up at the weekly Pratt Street Market. Photo courtesy of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.

From oysters to tomatoes to a suckling pig, this week offers a little bit of everything Baltimore food-lovers could want. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: Lobsterama at Gertrude’s, Shuckin’ in the Streets, National Oyster Weekend and more

The Urban Oyster is one of several local spots offering specials and deals to celebrate National Oyster Weekend, starting August 5th. Photo courtesy of The Urban Oyster.

From oysters to veggies, this summer week promises to be fresh and fun on the Baltimore restaurant scene. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: Southpaw opens, Perennial turns one, restaurant weeks continue, and more

Guinness Open Gate Brewery celebrates four years in business this month. Photo courtesy of Guinness.

It might be hot outside but local restaurants are not using that as an excuse to cool down in the kitchen. From restaurant week promotions to a smattering of openings, this week is an exciting one in the Baltimore culinary world.

Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Bluebird Pub reopens, new chef at The Tilted Row, summer produce and more

Gunther & Co. is one of many local restaurants making the most of the season with produce-heavy dishes. Photo courtesy of Gunther & Co.

The air is hot and humid but tomatoes are ripe and peaches are sweet – July is a great time for dining in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what local restaurants have on tap this week:

Hot Plate: Bandito’s opens in Towson, Bastille Day dinners, summer cocktails and more

B-Side’s Red Clay cocktail is spicy, fruity and perfect for summer. Photo courtesy of B-Side Cocktail Lounge.

From celebrations of the fighting French spirit to cocktails designed for sipping on a beach, this week will be a fun one in the Baltimore restaurant world. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Hot dog eating contest at Cross Street Market, mezcal tasting at Clavel, and more

Peach cake season is back at Fenwick Bakery.

This week is all about the fireworks – but don’t forget the food. Baltimore restaurants have fun plans in place for the month of July, including crabs, peaches, and lots of drinks. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Petit Louis turns 22, La Cuchara pops up at Ekiben, Wine & Food Festival at Timonium Fairgrounds and more

Right Coast Spirits, a new company from Flying Dog Brewery, along with several partners, has released a line of orange crush-inspired canned cocktails. Photo courtesy of Flying Dog Brewery.

Baltimore has a sunny week full of sips on the horizon, as the culinary community gears up for a variety of fun food and drink-related events. Here’s a look at what’s on tap: