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Raise a Glass at the Maryland Wine Festival – 9/21 and 9/22

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Maryland Wine Festival 2019Enjoy a fall weekend with friends in historic Westminster at The Maryland Wine Festival, slated for Saturday, 9/21 and Sunday, 9/22. Samples wines, browse through the Maryland Cheese Pavilion and Juried Crafts, munch on fabulous food and sway to live entertainment. The Maryland Wine Festival will be an unforgettable weekend. To purchase tickets, click here.

Baltimore’s Wild Kombucha rolling out a new CBD-infused blood orange flavor

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Photo courtesy of Wild Kombucha

Fast-growing local fermented-beverage maker Wild Kombucha is getting in on the CBD craze.

Hot Plate: Baltimore Seafood Festival, Dining Out for Life, pawpaws are back and much more

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Seafood is in the spotlight at several events this week, including the 6th annual Baltimore Seafood Festival on Saturday and an Ocean & Garden dinner at Noona Wednesday.

Baltimore’s food scene offers a little something for everyone this week, whether you’re a seafood lover, a dedicated carnivore or a foraging vegetarian. This week brings news of high-profile openings and some excellent opportunities to raise money for good causes while eating well.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Former Baltimore Eagle operators opening their own club, Night Shift 2.0

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Image via Night Shift 2.0/Facebook

The group that until last month was running the resurrected Baltimore Eagle leather bar and nightclub in Old Goucher is making a comeback this weekend, with the soft opening of Night Shift 2.0 at the edge of Canton, near the city-county line.

Busboys & Poets opening new location in Columbia’s forthcoming Merriweather District

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Photo via Busboys & Poets/Facebook

Busboys & Poets, the D.C.-born restaurant-bar-coffee shop-bookstore chain, is expanding its growing roster of locations with a new one in Columbia’s in-progress Merriweather District.

Hot Plate: Ryleigh’s Oyster Regatta, mushroom dinner at Foraged, City Cafe celebrates 25 years and more

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Ryleigh’s Oyster Hunt Valley kicks off this month with a fun Saturday event raising money for Oyster Recovery Partnership.

From openings to anniversaries to a weekend of food-friendly festivals, this week is a fun one in the Baltimore restaurant world. Here’s a look at what’s on the docket for the next few days:

Independent bookstore Charm City Books coming to Pigtown’s main strip

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Daven Ralston in front of the future home of Charm City Books in Pigtown. Photo courtesy of Charm City Books.

After years spent as actors, musicians and educators around the Baltimore and D.C. metro areas, Daven Ralston and her husband, Joseph Carlson, have cast themselves for a new role as small business owners.

The couple plans to open a bookstore on the main strip of Southwest Baltimore’s Pigtown neighborhood after recently relocating to Woodberry from Alexandria, Virginia, where Ralston has worked part-time for newcomer Old Town Books since the spring.

Months after owners decide to keep restaurant, The Dizz is closing, up for sale

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Photo via LoopNet.

Diners were relieved in April to learn the owners of The Dizz, a beloved corner restaurant in Remington, had ditched plans to put the eatery and building on the market.

Now, the restaurant is shutting down. A post on The Dizz’s Facebook page signed by co-owner Thomas L. Basta Jr. said the business is closed as of today.

“[W]e would like to thank all our wonderfully [sic] customers for your support over the years and to all of our employees,” the post said.

Michael S. Levine, who previously served as the listing agent when The Dizz was put up for sale in 2018, said the building and business are once again on the market.

What We Make Now: Monument City Brewing Co.

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If you were living on Baltimore’s Eastside 60 years ago, you would have woken up and smelled yeast from one of the city’s big breweries nearby: Gunther, National Premium and, of course, National Bohemian. Those places are now long gone and have been replaced with condos and chain retail space.

But over the past three years, beer-making in East Baltimore has been making a comeback. Monument, and more recently, Mobtown Brewing Company, have set up shop near the area where those massive breweries churned out beer.

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