La Cuchara is one of many Baltimore restaurants featuring new autumn-inspired dishes this week. Photo courtesy of La Cuchara.

There’s rain in the forecast this week but there are still plenty of reasons to venture out, from new menu items to food-oriented festivals. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in Baltimore:

Openings & announcements

Doozy’s Diner has opened in the Catonsville spot that formerly housed Duesnberg’s American Eats. The space has been renovated and the new menu includes a variety of diner classics plus New Mexican fare inspired by the heritage of Executive Chef Steve Colegrove.

The much-anticipated new spot Church: A Bar has opened in Old Goucher. The space looks beautiful and early reports are that the vibe is warm and welcoming.

The Royal Blue, a new bar from the Snake Hill and Johnny Rads crews, will open soon in Station North. The spot promises “thoughtful” bar food, including plant-based options, and 70s-inspired cocktails.

Blue Moon Too celebrated seven years in business this week. Congratulations to the whole Blue Moon team!

The recipients have been selected for the food-focused Cureate Courses 10-week small business accelerator program. All winning organizations are located in the state of Maryland, including several in the Baltimore area: Deddle’s Mini Donuts, B-More Pasta, Treehouse Juicery, C.M. Pops, Los Hermanos Tequila, Sporty Dog Creations, Juicing with Jazz, Jewish Jerky Brand, Gangster Vegan Organics and Kora Lee’s Gourmet Dessert Café. Congratulations to all!

A few local spots will be closed this weekend for special events, including Cosima and Allora (which is celebrating the marriage of one of their staff members).

A note on the weather

Since the Baltimore region will be hit by the remnants of Ian this weekend, we’re in for a rainy couple of days. Given that, several events organizers have opted to cancel or postpone their parties – including the Fells Point Fun Festival, Baltimore x Baltimore and the Fall Fest pig roast at Inverness Brewing (though Inverness will be open regular hours, with live music, and has lots of indoor space to enjoy).

Before heading out for an event this weekend, double check to make sure your plans are in place. There’s still a lot to do – it’s just moved indoors.

Honey Harvest Festival at Oregon Ridge

On Saturday and Sunday, Oregon Ridge is buzzing with its Honey Harvest Festival. The event includes educational activities to help visitors of all ages learn about bees and honey, a look inside Oregon Ridge’s hives, and fun activities like cider making, pumpkin painting and more.

Annunciation Cathedral’s 50th Annual Baltimore Greek Festival

The Baltimore Greek Festival is always a major event – especially for people who love food. The festival, now in its 50th year, kicks off on Thursday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of The Annunciation. Be ready for music, dancing, family activities and tons of excellent Greek food.

Beef & Beer at Roseda

On Friday, Oct. 7, Roseda Farm in Monkton opens its grounds for a night of live music, beer, and oysters. For the event, the farm is partnering with Ryleigh’s Oyster and Dogfish Head. There will also be pony rides for kids and snowballs for dessert.

Fall flavors

Now that fall has officially begun, local chefs have turned their attention to heartier dishes featuring apples, root vegetables and savory sauces.

Johnny’s has a new lineup of fall cocktails, including an apple sage mule and a caramel apple Manhattan.

La Cuchara is making the most of autumn produce with dishes like a grilled pork chop over roasted cabbage with pears, caraway and yellow peach jus.

Linwood’s autumn menu has launched, including scallops that look terrific and savory root vegetables.

With the turn in the weather, Meat Mondays are on their way back at Thames Street Oyster House. Though the Fells Point restaurant is most beloved for the kitchen’s incredible seafood, don’t sleep on the meaty dishes. They’re just as special.

Arepas are back at Alma Cocina Latina. The Venezuelan treat can be ordered at the bar.

Café Gia’s pasta menu is perfect for fall weather – especially new dishes like pumpkin gnocchi.

Gunther & Co. has a new burrata dish on the menu; the silky cheese is served over charred radicchio, arugula, cashes and grapes with lemon oil, saba and sea salt.

Dylan’s Oyster Cellar is celebrating fall fruit with a gorgeous tarte tatin dessert.

At Foraged, scallops get the autumn treatment with a side of squash puree, roasted fennel and apple.

Sally O’s has new fall specials, including recent dishes like fried brussels sprouts with crispy pork belly and confit leeks, served over “boats” made of honeynut squash and dressed with a soy and maple glaze.

Get ready for Flavors of Maryland

For the first time since the pandemic began, TasteWise Kids’ excellent fundraising event, Flavors of Maryland, is back. This year’s party will take place at Whitehall Mill Market on Oct. 17 and will feature drinks and bites from some of the best chefs and food organizations in the area. This year’s participants include celebrity chef Carla Hall as well as local celebs John Shields of Gertrude’s, David and Tonya Thomas of H3irloom Food Group, Rey Eugenio of Heritage Kitchen and Jasmine Norton of The Urban Oyster.

Tickets are on sale now; proceeds benefit TasteWise Kids, which is a terrific organization that creates and operates food programming promoting food literacy among local children.

Planning for the future

Mark your calendars for:

Oct. 8: World Is Your Oyster Festival at B&O Railroad Museum

Oct. 19: Tesseron Cognac Dinner at The Milton Inn

Nov. 2: Día de los Muertos at Maxímon

Kit Pollard

Kit Waskom Pollard is a Baltimore Fishbowl contributing writer. She writes Hot Plate every Friday in the Baltimore Fishbowl.