Food & Drink

Clavel chef Carlos Raba founds Guardian Baltimore jiu-jitsu studio with free kids classes

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Right, Carlos Raba, owner of the newly opened Guardian Baltimore jiu-jitsu and yoga studio on Huntingdon Avenue, talks with one of the studio’s instructors during a Brazilian jiu-jitsu seminar at the studio on Feb. 15. Photo by Isaiah Robert Winters.

Children pair off inside the newly opened Guardian Baltimore jiu-jitsu studio and try to cross one of their legs behind their partner to take their rival down.

As they fall, the students slam their hands against the mat–a trick that studio owner Carlos Raba says will stop their heads from hitting the ground–and the sound reverberates through the room.

Safety comes first for Raba as he teaches the kids to let themselves fall, rolling backwards, rather than trying to catch themselves with their arms or elbows, which could dislocate a shoulder or cause other injuries, he said.

“When we fall, we want to fall across the mat like we’re spilling across the mat,” he said, first describing the motion, then rolling backwards from a squatting position.

Hot Plate: International Women’s Day at Topside, Stags’ Leap Winery dinner and more

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On Wednesday night, The Milton Inn showcases the wines of California’s famous Stags’ Leap Winery.

Crabs, oysters, mac and cheese: This week, the Baltimore food scene has a little something for everyone, including tons of ways to raise money for good causes while eating and drinking. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Eddie’s of Roland Park unveils renovation plans for grocery store

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Renderings for the new Eddie’s canopy designed by Ziger/Snead Architects. Courtesy: Ziger/Snead Architects.

Roland Park residents will see a thoroughly remodeled Eddie’s of Roland Park grocery store over the next several years if the owners can obtain approval to build into and above the sidewalk leading to their Roland Avenue store.

Co-owner Michael Schaffer told a gathering of the Roland Park Civic League yesterday that he wants to renovate the interior of the store at 5113 Roland Avenue just as its sister location, Eddie’s at 6213 N. Charles St., was renovated three and a half years ago.

Lexington Market seeks developer for East Market building

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Photo by jpellgen (@1179_jp), via Flickr

Lexington Market, which is undergoing a $40 million reconstruction project, is searching for a developer to take on the East Market building once the new South Market has been built.

The nonprofit operator Lexington Market Inc., issued a request for proposals (RFP) Tuesday asking for plans that fit with the character of the areas surrounding the market, such as the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District, Market Center National Historic District, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus.

Atlas Restaurant Group announces new farm operation

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Larson Weinstein tills the soil at Atlas Farms. Photo courtesy of Atlas Restaurant Group.

By now farm-to-table is as commonplace in the restaurant world as craft cocktails or leather-bound menus.

The Atlas Restaurant Group is taking the concept to its literal extreme by opening a farm of its own, meaning some of the fruits, vegetables and herbs on your plate will literally come from their farm to your table.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Harbor East has closed

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Gordon Biersch in Harbor East. Image via Google Street View.

The Harbor East location of Gordon Biersch, a chain of brewpubs serving in-house craft brews and a menu of pub-grub staples, has closed, an employee confirmed to Baltimore Fishbowl.

Hot Plate: Cocktail competition at The AB, St. Leo’s ravioli dinner, Polish pop-up at Salt and more

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St. Leo’s ravioli dinner is this Sunday, starting at noon.

This week is a relatively quiet one on the Baltimore restaurant scene but the events that are taking place offer a little something for everyone, from cocktail lovers to serious carnivores.

Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Leap Day Babies Eat FREE Cakes at Miss Shirley’s Cafe!

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Leap Day only comes around every four years, which is why Miss Shirley’s Cafe is offering a special Birthday Surprise for all Leap Day Babies! And, there is no better way to say “Happy Birthday” than with FREE “Cakes!”

This Leap Day, any guest who was born on February 29, can receive their choice of either a FREE Crab Cake Po’ Boy OR FREE Tall Stack of Specialty Pancakes – redeemable at any Miss Shirley’s Cafe location, ONLY on Saturday, February 29, 2020!

Are YOU a Leap Day Baby, who was born on February 29th? Upon being seated, simply let your server know that you would like to redeem the Leap Day promotion, show your valid ID with birth date, and enjoy your FREE “Cakes” on us!

Hot Plate: National Margarita Day celebrations, wine dinners, whiskey tastings and more

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Wine and whiskey lovers have a lot of options this week; there are tasting events and pairing dinners scheduled all week long.

Buckle up, Baltimore food lovers. This week is a big one in the restaurant world, featuring several terrific wine and spirits dinners, lots of margaritas, and even a little Harry Potter. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Officials break ground on Lexington Market with vision balancing tradition, transformation

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Photo via Gov. Larry Hogan’s office.

The makeover of Lexington Market began on Tuesday as state and city officials broke ground on the project to reconstruct downtown Baltimore’s 238-year-old public market.

Updating the market will be part of building Baltimore “better and stronger for the future,” said Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who envisioned a day when tourists from across the country will flock to the city to visit the new Lexington Market.

“Lexington Market’s next chapter represents an incredible opportunity for our city, and it is essential that we support the equitable redevelopment and revitalization of this economic hub for delicious food and homegrown entrepreneurship as we continue to grow Baltimore,” he said.

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