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Baltimost: Nathan Ferrell, Spanish teacher at Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women

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Courtesy of Nathan Ferrell.

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Nathan Ferrell, 35, is a Spanish teacher at Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.

In his words: 

“To teach in Baltimore, you have to have the endurance, the wit and the brilliance that the students here exhibit. They bring it every day.

Hot Plate: Openings from Elkridge to White Marsh, fall festivals, philanthropic dinners and more

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Italian spot Limoncello will open in Anthem House on Oct. 26.

Fall festival season is in full swing, but those aren’t the only fun food events taking place this week. From lots of openings to fundraisers, here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Angels in Baltimore

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I was having a fine, if ordinary, summer day until two things happened, both right outside my front door. The first time I left the house, I discovered a hit-and-run driver had lopped off my rearview mirror. That afternoon, I briefly left my iPhone in the car, and by the time I went out to get it, it was gone. That iPhone was one of the only working parts of my brain, and it was not even halfway paid for.

I picture them like evil dots on a GPS map, miscreants on the move, turning on my street, stopping at my house, dropping off a random to-go order of misery. Small and medium for me this time. But just as I was ruminating on the terrible power of bad people, the universe gave me an opportunity to notice just the opposite, a couple helpings of positive vibes I had done nothing to deserve. 

Baltimost

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Welcome to the first-ever Baltimost, our awards recognizing some of the people, places and things that make Baltimore such a unique place to live. As regular readers of the site know, the portmanteau for this comes from a column by contributor Karen Nitkin. To date, she’s spoken with nearly 20 subjects, relaying parts of each person’s life story, told in their own words, and the thing they enjoy most about the city.

In many cases, the everyday people featured in the Baltimost column are contributing in their own way to the daily fabric of Baltimore’s culture, and if not that, their experiences say something about being here.

When we thought about putting together some kind of award, it felt like a good idea to extend that concept. What people, places and things help to define Baltimore and make it a better place?

As much as we enjoy Best of Baltimore lists, this is not meant to join those. No winner is better than someone or something that’s not on here, and the 30 selections by our staff are in no way a complete representation of the city.

But we do think it’s a good place to start and a way of nodding to Baltimore’s great qualities. Hope you enjoy reading. (Brandon Weigel)

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Hot Plate: Duck Duck Goose chef on TV, True Chesapeake Oyster Co. opens, new fall menus and more

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Duck Duck Goose owner and chef Ashish Alfred makes glazed beets with crème fraiche and toasted pistachios on Food Network’s “The Kitchen” this week.

From fall festivals to new harvest menus to fancy wine dinners and lots of oysters, Baltimore food lovers have many choices this week. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Q&A with Patrick Hudson of True Chesapeake Oyster Co., opening Oct. 9

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The True Chesapeake team: Chelsea Gregoire, Nick Schauman, Zack Mills, Patrick Hudson, Katie Giese and Patrick’s dog, Honey.

The Charm City Cook Amy Langrehr sits down with one of the partners of True Chesapeake Oyster Co., the much-anticipated new restaurant scheduled to open next week.

I’ve known Patrick Hudson of True Chesapeake Oyster Company for a while now. When we sat down for this interview, Patrick reminded me that I was the first person to write about True Chesapeake six years ago when he launched the oyster business. I vividly remember the first time I tasted True Chesapeake’s Skinny Dipper oysters, Patrick suggested that I try them on their own without mignonette or cocktail sauce. They were plump and had a subtle saltiness and tasted very crisp and clean – they really didn’t need a thing. Not more salt, not sauce, nothing. I loved them right away. 

Fast forward to now, I’m living at historic Whitehall Mill, the same place where Patrick and partners Nick Schaumann, Zack Mills (former executive chef at Wit & Wisdom) and Chelsea Gregoire (who will serve as general manager and lead the bar program) are about to open the first True Chesapeake Oyster Company restaurant. They’ve kept the historic space true to its roots – with the tall windows and exposed old brick and plaster. And, the old industrial smokestack – which you can see from the JFX – is right in the oyster bar. It’s a beautiful space with tons of natural light.

I sat down with Patrick to learn more about opening a new restaurant, what we can expect once it opens next week and how he became an oyster farmer in the first place.

A local’s guide to composting your next event’s food waste and trash

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Food trash to garden treasure. Photo credit: Veteran Compost

Every September at my church, The Church of the Redeemer, we host an annual parish picnic out on the front lawn. About 400 parishioners get to enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch, cooked and served by Boy Scout Troop 35.

But the fun inevitably means waste–and lots of it. We’ve traditionally used plastic plates, cups and cutlery, simply because it’s tough to haul out 400 people’s ceramic plates and glasses to the lawn and back.

Hot Plate: Bake sale at Fat Tiger, BRD opening in Federal Hill, Oktoberfest celebrations and more

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On Sunday, Bramble Baking Co. will pop up at Fat Tiger in Fells Point for a fun bake sale.

With autumn officially underway and the temperatures (maybe) starting to drop, the Baltimore food community is coming out strong to celebrate harvest season. This week brings lots of fun events, from beer fests to bake sales. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Charm City Night Market returns, Taste of Hampden, Maryland Wine Festival, Pickle Party and more

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Pastries for sale at Charm City Night Market. Photo by Corey Jennings.

Festivals, coffee drinks, chocolate, pickles–this week, Baltimore’s food scene is both busy and far-reaching, with events catering to lovers of all sorts of cuisine.

Here’s a look at what to expect:

Baltimost: Annetta Holser, retired ballerina and ballet instructor

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A framed picture of Annetta Holser in the 1950s, when she was a member of Ballets Russes. Photo by Karen Nitkin.

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Annetta Holser, is a retired ballerina and ballet instructor. 

In her words: “Dance was always something that was mine. I have the right temperament. You have to be stable. Grind out the work every day. Dancers are a special type of people. They usually don’t talk a whole lot. They have to listen. 

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