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Hot Plate: Mueller’s Delicatessen closes, apple festivals in Perry Hall and Parkville, Farm to Chef Maryland and more

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Two apple festivals come to town this weekend – one at Chapel Hills Farm & Nursery in Perry Hall and the other at Weber’s Cider Mill Farm in Parkville.

It’s harvest season in Baltimore and this week, the city gives new meaning to “farm to table,” with tons of events scheduled both on local farms and at restaurants around town.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot House: In Idyllic Sabina-Mattfeldt, a rare, renovated farmhouse

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Hot House: 5521 Mattfeldt Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209

Cedar shingle farmhouse in Sabina-Mattfeldt, circa 1900, with front porch and back deck, completely and recently renovated. Two bedrooms, one bath over three stories, 1,905 sq. ft with basement. Hardwood floors throughout. New Pella windows. Open living/dining room area, new kitchen with stainless appliances opens to family room with fireplace and new back deck. New bathroom with ceramic tile. Two bedrooms with closets. All new HVAC and electrical systems, central AC, recently updated roof, driveway with off street parking, .12 acre lot: $299,000

Hot Plate: Beer garden in Old Goucher, Baltimore Seafood Festival is on, philanthropic Thursday

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The Baltimore Seafood Festival is on for this weekend. Several other festivals have been rescheduled due to uncertainty surrounding the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

With Hurricane Florence largely out of the way, local food lovers can spend this week focused on food, not wind. That’s a good thing, too, as it’s a busy week with lots of fun events planned. A look at what to expect:

Hot Plate: Fall menus, wine dinners, global pop-ups, Bacon Jam and more

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This spiced black tea latte is one of the seasonal additions to Order & Chaos’ menu.

With summertime’s lazy days and beach weekends behind us, Baltimore’s restaurants are kicking into high gear. This week, that means new menu items, wine dinners, fun pop-ups and more.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Welcome to My Anticlimax: The Empty Nest Report

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the empty nest anti-climax
The author hiking in Olympic National Park.

Since Jane has not yet been gone for a month, it’s a little early to call it. “It” being the long-dreaded experience of the empty nest. The nest in question had been in operation for 32 years, if we count from the day in 1986 when I quit drugs, drinking, coffee and everything else I knew as the staff of life to begin the absorbing process of having babies and raising them, ultimately sending off into the world three biological progeny and two stepbabies. In the process, enriching the coffers of numerous educational institutions, now including Bard College in New York State, where Jane is currently renting calculus books and eating farm-grown vegetarian meals.

Now, for the first time ever, I am living alone. Living alone is not something I ever aspired to and at times imagined almost as a punishment for something you did that made you unbearable to others. I mean, many people get to this point in life with a partner in tow, but I’m two husbands down with no replacement in sight.

Hot Plate: Fiesta del Sol at Union Craft Brewing, Culture + Cuisine at The Elephant, Kooper’s North renovated and more

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Bacon-inspired cocktails are on the menu at Power Plant Live’s Bacon Jam this Saturday.

Summer is winding down here in Baltimore. In addition to cooler weather and pumpkin everything, autumn also means tons of food festivals and events. This week, local restaurants kick off the season with some fun dinners and fundraisers.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Summer in Provence dinner at Ludlow Market, whiskey and oysters at Dylan’s Oyster Cellar, craft beer in Ellicott City and more

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Ludlow Market Bar & Bottle Shop will host a Summer in Provence wine dinner on Thursday.

Technically, we have a few more weeks of summer left, but with Labor Day weekend looming and college kids flooding the city, it’s starting to feel like autumn. Fortunately, the weather is cooperating, making this week a great one to head outside for dinner and drinks.

Local restaurants are making that easy, with a great lineup of outdoor events on tap this week. Here’s a look at what’s happening over the next seven days:

Time in a Bottle

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Time in a Bottle, Jim Croce, is playing on The Bridge when I get pulled over for speeding—I 87 just outside Albany. A state trooper, plumed all in gray with maroon points, comes to stand outside my window. He pauses to take in the full measure of the situation, looking down at me.

He says, “83,” as a statement of fact. I do not make a joke, something along the lines of, “Is that all?” I just hand over my license and registration. Yes, I was flying.

Q&A with local writer Elizabeth Spires on her poetry collection, ‘A Memory of the Future’

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In the present climate of pervasive news alerts and social media, many of us have grown weary of the noise. The din of so many emphatic voices drowns out our own thoughts. Just finding space and calm in which to reflect is a challenge. Thankfully, the poems in Elizabeth Spires’ new collection, “A Memory of the Future,” help to create just such a space.

Hot Plate: Pickles and jams at Birroteca, Battle of the Brands at B-More Kitchen, End of Summer Soiree at the Sagamore Pendry and more

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Learn to make pickles and jams with the Birroteca charcuterie chef this Sunday.

Look for fun food and drink events in Baltimore every night this week, from pickling to wine tasting to outdoor summertime dinners. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

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