Hot Plate: Adam Jones vs. Local Fry, Blue Moon Turns 20, Juniper Culinary Apothecary Opens

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Adam Jones vs. The Local Fry
Adam Jones vs. The Local Fry

It’s been a big week for the great state of Maryland – Go Michael Phelps! Go Katie Ledecky! But there’s more happening in and around Baltimore than just Olympics viewing. (Though there is plenty of that.)

Here’s a look at what’s going on in the restaurant world this week:

 Recent Accolades

Our Olympians aren’t the only local stars. This past week also saw Federal Hill favorites, The Local Fry, go head to head with Oriole Adam Jones in a cookoff aired on MASN.

Another Baltimore icon is also celebrating this week: Blue Moon Café in Fells Point turns twenty! The café, known for its over the top dishes like Cap’n Crunch French Toast and its multiple appearances on the Food Network, now also has a second location in Federal Hill…but the original is still as great as it was back in 1996. 

Juniper Culinary Apothecary Opens

Fans of local chef and all around food expert Sarah Acconcia will be thrilled to learn that her newest venture, Juniper Culinary Apothecary, will officially open this Saturday in Mount Vernon Marketplace.

The shop will carry all sorts of cool things, from bulk tea to hard to find spices, and Saturday promises to be a fun celebration of all things culinary. 


Also on Saturday (and Sunday), Weber’s Farm will celebrate its second annual Peach Festival, featuring a pancake breakfast, arts show and food and ice cream vendors. There’s no better time for peaches in Maryland than right now – so take advantage of the season while you can. 

Indian Independence Day

On Sunday, the Perry Hall Indian Association and Bombay Nights restaurant will host the Indian Food & Arts Festival celebrating Indian Independence Day. Held at the Honeygo Village Center in Perry Hall, the party will feature Indian arts, crafts, food and culture – including cuisine from a variety of local restaurants. 

Wine & Dine

On Saturday, August 13, Wit & Wisdom’s Cellar Sessions returns, as sommelier Julie Dalton imparts her knowledge of wine – and it is vast! – during an interactive wine class.

On Tuesday, August 16, Dalton will be a few blocks over, at Aggio, as the Fork & Cork wine and food series kicks off its 2016 run. Chefs and sommeliers from four fantastic local restaurants – Aggio, La Cuchara, Fleet Street Kitchen and Wit & Wisdom – will come together to create a memorable meal featuring thoughtful wine pairings. The dinner series will travel to each of the restaurants involved over the next few months.

Also on Tuesday, Annapolis restaurants are getting in on the collaborative theme with an event at Fox’s Den. Chef Marcelle Afram of Bluejacket in D.C. will take over the Main Street kitchen for one evening, creating a menu focused on Mediterranean Mezze.

Right now, the whole world might be buzzing about Michael Phelps…but at Roy’s on Wednesday, the talk will be all about Joseph Phelps – the vineyard. The restaurant will host a five-course wine dinner featuring the wines of Joseph Phelps Vineyard alongside dishes like New York strip with roasted bone marrow cabernet reduction. Sounds gold medal-worthy.

On Friday, head to Petit Louis in Columbia for a wine dinner benefiting Ellicott City. The four-course meal features a Provencal menu, including heirloom tomato salad, pan-roasted snapper, roast leg of lamb and peach almond tart, with wine pairings, and proceeds go to victims of last weekend’s flood.

Learning from the Best

If you’ve ever been interested in what it takes to break down a pig, now’s your chance to learn from some of the best in the business. This Sunday, Parts & Labor is hosting a butchery class, including drinks, snacks and – of course – a demonstration by their team of experts.

Your education can continue on Wednesday, August 17, when Chef Egg heads to The Local Oyster in Mount Vernon Marketplace for a down and dirty crab-picking and crab sustainability class. The class will start with instruction, but end with great food, including seasonal chilled soups, crab salad, broiled oysters with crab imperial and herb crepes with crab, tomato and corn.

Head Outdoors

On Wednesday, August 17, hit the Wine Market Bistro patio for a patio takeover by Key Brewing. The party will include two new canned beers from Key Brewing, plus snacks like sliders, shrimp salad, veggie burgers and mac and cheese croquettes.

Thirsty Thursdays

Third Thursday returns to The Can Company this week, with a party filled with music, food and drink and bocce. 

Also on Thursday, Chef’s Expressions’ 4th annual Summer Soiree will take place at the Baltimore Visitor Center. The party will include music, cocktails, a raffle and prizes and seasonal cuisine.

Planning Ahead

Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:

September 8: CFF Passion for Food & Wine 

September 15: Dining Out for Life

September 19: Spike Gjerde at the Smithsonian

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