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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: 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:

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:

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