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

La Calle’s modern take on Mexican food is a winner

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Octopus with cactus salad is one of many successful dishes on La Calle’s modern Mexican menu.

It’s been 25 years since salsa overtook ketchup as the most sold condiment in the United States, but Baltimore’s embrace of serious Mexican food is a newer phenomenon. And a phenomenon it is. The recent success of legitimately authentic Mexican spots like Clavel and Cocina Lucahadoras is a heartening development.

Hot Plate: Thanksgiving plans, new beer garden and sake/wine bar Fadensonnen opens in Old Goucher, Oyfest at Union and more

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Tons of local restaurants will serve traditional Thanksgiving meals this Thursday.

It’s turkey time and that alone is exciting news. But Baltimore has more in store for food lovers this week, from oysters to ice cream to a brand new sake bar and beer garden. Take a look at what’s happening in Charm City food news this week:

Hot Plate: Broadway Market vendors announced, wine dinners at Petit Louis and Cafe Troia, Thanksgiving pies for pre-order and more

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The restaurant world lineup this week includes a couple stellar wine dinners.

Every once in a while, Baltimore’s food scene has an exceptionally busy week. We’ve got one of those coming up. From fine wines to down and dirty barbecue, this week holds a ton of promise for food lovers. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Chili cook-offs, Baltimore Craft Beer Festival, Dom Perignon at Magdalena and much more

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The Stars, Stripes & Chow chili cook-off benefiting The Baltimore Station is one of two local chili events taking place on Saturday.

It’s time to put away the candy and break out the chili and beer…and champagne. This week offers a little something for everyone, no matter how highbrow or lowbrow your tastes are. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Halloween events all over town, Oysterfest in St. Michaels, Champagne at Charleston

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Oyster fritters are one of the many oyster preparations on the menu at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Oysterfest, taking place Oct. 27 in St. Michael’s.

Double, double toil and trouble. Cauldrons will be bubbling all over Baltimore this week, as local restaurants celebrate Halloween and a whole lot more. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Two vegan bake shops, three farm events, four wine dinners and much more

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Chef Melanie Molinaro has opened a new vegan eatery, Little Fig Bake Shop, inside Stall 11 in R. House.

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, a vegan baked goods expert, a big beer drinker or a fan of farm parties, there’s an event you’ll love this week in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: Oysterfest takes over Cross Street, Baltimore Beer Week spills all over the city, wine dinners explore the grapes of Italy

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Ryleigh’s Oyster’s 12th annual Oysterfest takes place in Federal Hill this weekend. It’s one of several fun food festivals around Baltimore this week.

From oysters and beer by the boatload to refined dinners showcasing the fine wines of Italy, this week is a big one for food lovers in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Lots of booze-paired dinners, Baltimore Taco Festival, The Local Oyster turns three and more

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The Milton Inn hosts a history-inspired wine dinner on Wednesday evening. Photo by Beverly Funkhouser.

The weather in Baltimore is finally starting to cool and fall feels like it’s here to stay (fingers crossed), and restaurants are taking note with their menus and special events. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week:

Patterson Public House delivers a five-star experience in a neighborhood restaurant setting

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Photo by Kit Pollard

We went to Patterson Public House expecting good wings and probably a solid burger. As it turns out, our expectations were too low.

The restaurant, which opened during the summer in the former home of Bistro Rx, is turning out genuinely sophisticated food–and not just pub fare, either. Plus, the service is five-star stuff. The Patterson Public House team is simply doing things right, all the way around.

Hot Plate: Chesapeake Film Festival celebrates food, FAUX-rean at Stalking Horse, wine dinners, whiskey tastings and more

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From Thursday-Sunday between now and Oct. 13, Stalking Horse in Federal Hill will host FAUX-rean, a Korean-inspired collaboration between pop-up chef groups Burnt Coat and haenyo.

This edition of HOT PLATE is sponsored by the upcoming Chesapeake Film Festival happening 10/11 – 10/14 on the Eastern Shore.

Rain or shine, late September is a great time for food events in the Baltimore area. This week brings festivals and fundraisers, cocktails and wine, and much more. Check out what’s on tap:

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