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

Restaurants band together for another Feastival to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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Feastival takes place June 9 at Sandlot Baltimore.

Recently, Baltimore restaurant industry news has been a bit gloomy, with announcements of restaurants–even beloved ones–shutting their doors.

But not all Charm City restaurant news is bad these days. In early June, over a dozen locally owned restaurants will band together to host Baltimore’s third annual Feastival, a fun day of food, drinks and waterside revelry for a great cause: to raise money to fight cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes lung infections.

Hot Plate: Preakness parties, royal wedding treats, Biggie Smalls brunch and more

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Hot Plate: Preakness parties, royal wedding treats, Biggie Smalls brunch and more
Sagamore Spirit Rye drinks are on Preakness celebration menus at Mt. Washington Tavern and Ryleigh’s Oyster this weekend.

With Preakness, a royal wedding and a bunch of other fun food events on the horizon, this week is shaping up to be a good one in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Restaurant Review: Chez Hugo Bistro is a stellar addition to Baltimore’s restaurant scene

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Photo courtesy of Chez Hugo Bistro.

With the fancy food coming out of the kitchen brought out by a wait staff dressed in jeans, Chez Hugo Bistro is a place that straddles the line between the old-school, white-tablecloth notions of high-end French cuisine and the new, more democratic approach to “good” food that characterizes 21st century American restaurants.

Hot Plate: Festivals, restaurant openings, Mother’s Day, a Parts & Labor yard sale and more

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The Maryland Craft Beer Festival takes place in Frederick on Saturday, May 12. It’s one of several festivals happening on Saturday.

Last week, the news out of Baltimore’s restaurant scene wasn’t great, with several beloved restaurants announcing their closing. This week, the view from Charm City is much sunnier, with multiple openings on the horizon! And, of course, a day dedicated to moms (and brunch).

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

Hot Plate: Restaurant closings, farmers’ markets return, Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby and Mother’s Day plans

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The Sandlot opens for the season on Saturday, May 5, with a party featuring a new Monument City Brewing beer.

Not all of this week’s restaurant news is good–-a couple tough closings have recently been announced. But we have a big party weekend ahead of us, Baltimore, and a lot to look forward to for the rest of the month.

Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: LB Skybar reopening, Ramps & Rose dinner at Foraged, Petit Louis’ April in Paris fete and more

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LB Skybar opens Friday on the 19th floor of the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

If you’re thinking about heading outside with a drink in hand, now’s the time, Baltimore. This week brings tons of opportunities to eat and drink seasonally and locally–and outdoors. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: Sagamore Spirit celebrates one year, Tacos ‘N Taps at Harbor Point and much more

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Sagamore Spirit distillery will celebrate its first anniversary with a day-long party on Saturday, April 21.

There’s never a bad time to be a foodie in Baltimore, but in terms of restaurant events, some weeks are better than others. This week happens to be one of the better ones. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Light City action, Lock House Craft Beer & Wine Festival, wine dinners, fundraisers & more

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On Saturday, the Lock House in Havre de Grace will host its first ever Craft Beer & Wine Festival.

The weather has broken, Light City has returned and this week is as busy as it gets in terms of restaurant events. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the Baltimore food world.

At Puerto 511, a recently refreshed space complements terrific flavors

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Photo by Kit Pollard

Thirty-five years ago, Elizabeth Large, then the restaurant critic at The Sun, reviewed the Little Italy restaurant Velleggia’s, which had recently undergone a major renovation.

According to Large, at the time, it was practically unheard of for a restaurant to completely transform its physical space. “I’ve never known a successful restaurant to do what Velleggia’s in Little Italy did,” she wrote.

Today, on the other hand, that sort of undertaking is commonplace. In the current restaurant market where diners are informed, social media rules and genuinely good restaurants open regularly, even highly lauded, fairly new restaurants know better than to rest on their laurels.

Case in point: Puerto 511.

Hot Plate: The Orient reopens, Bowl & A Beer pop-up at Artifact and more

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D.C. hummus shop Little Sesame will pop up at Artifact Coffee on Wednesday.

Even with snow and chilly temperatures in the forecast, Baltimore is welcoming spring this week, with the first wave of Light City events and a variety of fun food and drink activities.

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