Food & Drink

Hot Plate: Easter brunch options, National Oysters on the Half Shell Day, haenyo at Forno, and more

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Korean pop-up haenyo is partnering with Everyman Theatre this week for a dinner at Forno, featuring dishes from Everyman’s new play, “Aubergine.”

The big restaurant news this week is Easter, which takes place Sunday, April 1. If you’re still in the market for brunch or dinner reservations, check out the options toward the end of today’s column. Sunday is not the only day local restaurateurs will be busy this week, though, with plenty of other food events happening in the coming days.

BROS gets its own beer, the Chuggernaut, in collab with The Brewer’s Art

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Photo by Katelynn Zimmerman, courtesy of BROS.

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society is making its way into your beer fridge with the release of a new brew dubbed the Chuggernaut, made in partnership with The Brewer’s Art.

Event Pick: Ida B’s debuts new spring libations, plus a speakeasy-style bar

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Image via Facebook

To celebrate the transition from winter to spring, downtown modern soul food spot Ida B’s Table is switching up the drinks and cuisine on its bar menu, and throwing a party tonight to kick it all off.

Event Pick: The grand opening for Highlandtown’s new ice cream shop, Roll

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Image via Facebook

Nearly three months have passed since Roll Ice Cream & Coffee began dishing out its confections, but given that it’s not going to be freezing today, it’s as fine a time as any for a grand opening celebration.

Hot Plate: New digs for Full Tilt Brewing, celebrate Maryland’s food history and make your Easter brunch plans

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Cinghiale, like many restaurants around Baltimore, will offer a special brunch menu for Easter on April 1.

Spring is here (if you can believe it) and Easter is right around the corner. That means local restaurants are busy with brunch plans, as well as a variety of dinners, parties and menu changes.

A pretty comprehensive list of snow day specials around Baltimore

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By Ethan McLeod and Brandon Weigel

Baltimore’s restaurants and bars (and their loyal patrons) are taking advantage of the snow day. Since you may be growing restless watching the snow pile up, we’ve rounded up a thorough list of drink and food specials happening today around the city.

Franchot vows to fight on after committee rejects beer bill

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Comptroller Peter Franchot hoists a beer with Maryland brewers. Image courtesy of Comptroller Peter Franchot/Facebook.

Last Friday, Comptroller Peter Franchot’s bill to loosen regulations on the state’s craft brewers, the Reform on Tap Act, failed to escape the House Committee on Economic Matters. And it wasn’t close, with the vote going 17-4 against.

But the committee did pass another measure establishing a task force to see if the comptroller’s office should maintain oversight of the state’s alcohol industry. The House of Delegates passed that bill yesterday by a vote of 128-10.

Craft beer bar chain Growler USA coming to Hampden’s Rotunda

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Photo via Growler USA

Craft beer bar chain Growler USA is moving in at The Rotunda shopping center in North Baltimore.

Hot Plate: Irish food and drinks this weekend, followed by a week of wine

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The Corner Pantry’s corned beef and cabbage is just one of the Irish specials to be had around town this weekend.

From beer and whiskey to wine and funky mushrooms, this week is a festive one in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Taste testing Baltimore Whiskey Company’s Epoch Rye, the first rye distilled in the city in more than 50 years

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Tasting Baltimore Whiskey Company’s Epoch Rye. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

On a recent Wednesday, a couple dozen bottles of Epoch Rye are all lined up, freshly labeled, in the Baltimore Whiskey Company’s distillery, waiting to go out into the world. Three employees stand nearby labeling more.