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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: How to support Baltimore’s restaurant industry during coronavirus

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The Capital Grille is one of many local restaurants offering carryout options right now; the downtown restaurant is also selling uncooked steaks to take home.

For the second week in a row, this is not the usual, lighthearted installment of Hot Plate, sharing information about wine dinners and seafood festivals, as events are canceled and restaurants are no longer open in their traditional capacity, in an effort to flatten the curve and stem the transmission of coronavirus.

This is a challenging time around the world and in every industry. The restaurant business, with low margins and reliance on tipping and on customers gathering in one place to generate income, has been hit especially hard (though it is by no means the only industry suffering).

To understand some of what restaurants are dealing with right now, read this Facebook post from Clavel owner Lane Harlan.

So as lovers of Baltimore and lovers of restaurants, what can we do to help? There are a few things.

Hot Plate: Supporting local restaurants during challenging times and other Baltimore restaurant news

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St. Patrick’s Day festivities will feel anything but typical this year – though local restaurants are working hard to continue to stay open.

While coronavirus concerns have led to school closures, events being cancelled and other cautionary measures, restaurants and bars are generally staying open–so far–and they need patrons now more than ever. It is definitely not business as usual out there.

Given the rapidly moving disease landscape, it makes sense to check with restaurants and other venues before heading out for specific events or even just to dine out. As we’ve all learned over the past few days, nothing is set in stone, and doing a little extra research is always helpful.

Hot Plate: International Women’s Day at Topside, Stags’ Leap Winery dinner and more

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On Wednesday night, The Milton Inn showcases the wines of California’s famous Stags’ Leap Winery.

Crabs, oysters, mac and cheese: This week, the Baltimore food scene has a little something for everyone, including tons of ways to raise money for good causes while eating and drinking. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Cocktail competition at The AB, St. Leo’s ravioli dinner, Polish pop-up at Salt and more

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St. Leo’s ravioli dinner is this Sunday, starting at noon.

This week is a relatively quiet one on the Baltimore restaurant scene but the events that are taking place offer a little something for everyone, from cocktail lovers to serious carnivores.

Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: National Margarita Day celebrations, wine dinners, whiskey tastings and more

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Wine and whiskey lovers have a lot of options this week; there are tasting events and pairing dinners scheduled all week long.

Buckle up, Baltimore food lovers. This week is a big one in the restaurant world, featuring several terrific wine and spirits dinners, lots of margaritas, and even a little Harry Potter. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Valentine’s Day spillover, Chocolate Fest at Union Collective and more

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On Tuesday, Pierpoint hosts a class on French and English cheeses. It’s one of several interesting culinary classes happening around town this week.

This week is a terrific one in the Baltimore restaurant world, with events focused on everything from chocolate to cheese to margaritas, plus a slew of delicious announcements. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: Ekiben and CookHouse open, Valentine’s Day around town and more

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Bluebird’s tableside absinthe drip cocktail is one of several cocktails for two available this Valentine’s Day.

Love is all around, Baltimore, which means it’s a great time to head out to a restaurant. There’s a lot going on this week and not just on Valentine’s Day.

Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Restaurant Review: Locust Point’s Limoncello delivers sophisticated Italian fare

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Locust Point newcomer Limoncello might soon be your new favorite restaurant for a special occasion. But if you live nearby, it could become your trusty neighborhood spot, too.

Limoncello opened in late October, on the first floor of Anthem House, one of the new mixed-use buildings that have popped up around South Baltimore over the past few years. Anthem House’s developers call it a “lifestyle community.” In addition to luxury apartments, the building houses a barre/fitness studio and several restaurants.

Hot Plate: Vegan Restaurant Week, Orto turns one and more

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Alma Cocina Latina is one of about 20 local restaurants participating in Vegan Restaurant Week, which starts Friday Feb. 7.

This week is a quiet one, as Baltimore restaurants wind down and recuperate following Restaurant Week and gear up for Valentine’s Day festivities next week. That means it’s actually the best time to head out to your favorite spot or try a new one.

And even during a quiet week, local restaurants have some tricks up their sleeves. Here’s a look at what’s new this week:

Hot Plate: Toki Underground pops up at Bluebird, restaurant weeks continue and more

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Toki Underground comes to Bluebird Cocktail Room. Image via Facebook.

With restaurant week promotions still underway across the region, lots of positive news about openings and a handful of intriguing dinners scheduled, it’s a fun week to be a food-lover in Baltimore.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the Baltimore dining scene this week:

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