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Hot Plate: Johnny Appleseed Days at Weber’s Farm, Meet & Make with NiHao, Farm to Chef goes virtual and more

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Apple, goat cheese and honey tart is one of the options on Classic Catering’s special menu for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Autumn officially begins this week, which means it’s a great time for outdoor dining, among other things. In addition to all the excellent al fresco dining options Baltimore restaurants have put in place, over the next couple weeks, the local culinary scene includes a lineup of fun activities – both virtual and in-person – to help food lovers make the most of the season.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot House: “The Palace on Dallas” offers quirky charm

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414 S. Dallas Street, Fell’s Point, Baltimore

Hot House: “The Palace on Dallas” home to legendary set decorator, Vincent Peranio and vintage clothing purveyor, Dolores Deluxe. Two bedrooms, two baths, well-established garden. Off-street parking. Asking price: $549,000

A Farewell to Knees

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A few years ago, my son’s longtime girlfriend Shannon did a capstone project for her grad school program in design. The assignment was to come up with a novel idea for a non-profit organization and design all the graphics for it; at the end, a panel of professional designers came in to judge their presentations. Shannon’s group’s project was The Rescued Radish, a company that would go around to grocery stores and pick up all the older, less attractive, but still usable produce – the spotty bananas, the pock-marked peppers, the brown-edged lettuce, the frosty carrots – and take them to soup kitchens and food pantries and also sell them at a deep discount to impoverished college students and others living on ramen.

Hot House: Travel back in time with historic Mt. Ida

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Hot House: 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City

Historic Mount Ida in Ellicott City on 3+ acres, four bedrooms, two baths. Commercial or residential possibilities. Asking price: $1.25 million.

Hot Plate: Renn Fest at Don’t Know Tavern, Fuisine and Friends & Family open, Chaat Hour at Good Neighbor and more

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Baltimore Spirit Company is building a new cocktail bar next to its distillery in Union Collective; it is slated to open next year.

The fall is looking promising for Baltimore food lovers, with many new concepts opening and events on the calendar. While restaurant operations are still a bit unusual, thanks to COVID-related protocols and guidelines, there’s still a lot to do over the next few weeks. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Baltimore Writer’s Club: Q&A with JHU prof and author Andrew H. Miller

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It’s hard to imagine a more opportune time to contemplate the lives we’re not leading. After five months of quarantine, however, finding the motivation to do so might be even harder. Where to begin? How to proceed? Luckily, Johns Hopkins English professor Andrew H. Miller has written the perfect guidebook to accompany us on this journey.

Hot House: City row house brings modern design to historic neighborhood

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Hot House: 551 S. Paca Street, Ridgely’s Delight, Baltimore

The Lighthouse, a three-level row house within cheering distance of the two stadiums. Four beds/3.5 baths with parking.  Asking price: $699,900

Hot Plate: Cafe Dear Leon opens, Sculpture Garden snowballs, dumplings at Ekiben and more

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Mt. Washington Tavern’s new meal and drink kits are just one of the creative offerings local restaurants have launched to expand business during the pandemic.

Every day, the Baltimore restaurant scene slowly inches its way back to normalcy. Over the next few weeks, Baltimore food lovers can look forward to fun events and trying some new places, as well as revisiting old favorites.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the restaurant world right now:

Hot House: Stone house near Loch Raven reservoir offers a little bit of magic

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Hot House: 12600 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix, Maryland

Nine bedrooms, 7 full bathrooms, 3 half bathrooms, 13,242 sq. ft.  Asking price: $3,587,000

Hot Plate: Sally O’s, Water Song Yunnan Kitchen and other spots open, restaurants celebrate seasonal ingredients, wine dinners and more

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Bluebird in Hampden has reopened as a burger, dog and boozy shake pop-up called “Until Conditions Improve.”

August just might be the best time for dining out in Maryland. From peaches to corn to tomatoes to locally-caught crab and tuna, restaurants are celebrating the bounty of the season. Though dining out continues to look different than it did in the past, local restaurants are making the most of the situation with pop-up outdoor spaces and special menus.

This week, there’s plenty of room for optimism, with the announcement of several new spots opening and fun events on the horizon. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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