Kit Pollard

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

Hot Plate: Restaurant Weeks continue, Little Italy Meatball Fest, RAR + Union Craft at Don’t Know Tavern & more

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Chez Hugo Bistro chef/owner Steve Monnier will head to the James Beard House to cook this week. One of the dishes he prepares will make its way back to Baltimore and onto the Chez Hugo menu.

Baltimore Restaurant Week is winding down, Baltimore and Howard counties’ restaurant weeks are heating up and a diverse mix of events, from tea classes to beer dinners to meatball eating contests, are popping up on the horizon.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Winter Restaurant Week, Krautfest at Gertrude’s, Mera’s Kitchen Collective & Cajou at LB Tavern and more

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Mera’s Kitchen Collective and non-dairy ice cream maker Cajou are teaming up for a sweet pop-up at LB Tavern on Thursday.

With Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week in full swing and several fun events on the horizon, there are plenty of reasons to bundle up and head out to dinner (or lunch or brunch) this week.

Hot Plate: Restaurant Week kickoff, Sotto Sopra’s L’Anno di Bergamo begins, purple pancakes for the Ravens, big plans at Ouzo Bay and more

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Sotto Sopra’s L’Anno di Bergamo, a year-long introduction to the cuisine of Bergamo in northern Italy, kicks off this week with a cooking class and dinner.

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for new beginnings. Baltimore’s restaurant industry is already working hard on that resolution. This week brings tons of announcements of openings around town, plus the return of Restaurant Week in the city and much more.

Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Fells Point’s Peter’s Inn is back and as lovable as ever

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Photo by Brandon Weigel

A few years ago, I interviewed Karin Tiffany, the co-owner of Peter’s Inn, for a feature on restaurant personalities, and we got to talking about what’s important to her as a restaurateur.

She said she never takes her customers for granted, that she and her husband/business partner, Bud Tiffany, recognize that going out to eat is expensive and they take it seriously that people are willing to spend their money on their food, at their restaurant.

“Some things on my menu might cost what people make in an hour. That’s your hard-earned money. It’s a big responsibility.”

That stuck with me, and I thought of it again last year, just after Christmas, when the Fells Point restaurant caught fire. The damage was severe enough that Peter’s Inn, which had at that point been open for over 20 years, was forced to close for nine months to make all the necessary repairs.

Hot Plate: New Year’s Eve and plans for early 2019

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New Year’s Eve will be a big night for Baltimore restaurants.

This week, unsurprisingly, starts off with a bang, then gets a little quieter. Even if you haven’t made New Year’s Eve plans just yet, there’s still time–and local restaurants have you covered.

Here’s a look at what’s happening for New Year’s and for the rest the week here in Baltimore:

Hot Plate: Last-minute shopping, Christmas Eve and Day dinner options, post-holiday parties

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Several local restaurants will offer Feast of the Seven Fishes menus on Christmas Eve.

Happy holidays, Baltimore! In between the wrapping and unwrapping, don’t forget to take time to dine. Local restaurants have you covered this week, with special holiday meals and post-Christmas celebrations. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Refugee and Immigrant Arts Feast, champagne menu at Petit Louis, Filipino Festivus, pop-up night market at Ekiben and more

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Petit Louis is celebrating all month long with a prix fixe champagne dinner and heavily discounted bottles.

The monument is lit, the city is sparkling and it’s a wonderful time of year to be in Baltimore. This week offers some terrific opportunities to head out to dinner to celebrate the holidays. Here’s a look at what local restaurants have planned:

Hot Plate: Gingerbread decorating at Roy’s and Das Bierhalle, Cookies & Cocktails in Harbor East, new restaurants and more

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Holiday events are in full swing this week, which means plenty of gingerbread, cookies and other treats.

Holiday events are in full swing and that means plenty to eat and drink around Baltimore. This week brings lots of fun, including gingerbread and cookies for the kids… and wine and cocktails for the grown-ups. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Hygge Mood at Prime Corner, Johnny’s gets festive, Chanukah at Gunther & more

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It’s the happiest time of the year. With everything from holiday cocktails to Chanukah latkes, this week offers a variety of ways to kick off Baltimore’s holiday season with good food and drink. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in and around town:

Hot Plate: Silver Queen Cafe turns 3, holiday festivities at Gertrude’s, whiskey at Wayward Smokehouse and more

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Photo via Silver Queen Cafe/Facebook

Now that the turkey has been carved, it’s time for leftovers–and to think about the next holiday. This week, local restaurants are closing out November with shopping events, decorating contests, and festive food and drinks.

Here’s a look at what’s happening:

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