This week offers food lovers the opportunity to celebrate everything from champagne to chicken wings–and oysters, of course, since it’s autumn in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the local restaurant scene:
Openings & Announcements
Bambao, the new Asian fusion place in Harbor East, where Cyrus Keefer is the chef, officially opened for business last Monday.
In Cross Street Market, Old Line Cocktail and Wine Bar, an offshoot of Old Line Spirits, made its debut earlier this week.
In Columbia, Xenia Greek Kouzina, a new Mediterranean restaurant that looks terrific, is now open.
Baltimore magazine reports that the former home of Rachel New American in Riverside is transforming into Mindpub, a combo of kitchen space and, possibly, a café, and office space for Mindgrub Technologies, a local gaming company. The initiative is the brainchild of Mindgrub CEO Todd Marks and his wife, Nikki, a local chef who caters and teaches cooking classes.
Atlas Restaurant Group announced it has plans to open Monarque, a French brasserie and dinner theater, in Harbor East early next year.
This week was a tough one for restaurant and bar closing announcements.
Sam’s Canterbury Café, the Hopkins-area café with a wonderful mission–to employ individuals on the autism spectrum–closed its doors earlier in the week.
Fells Point restaurant Points South Latin Kitchen closed last Friday, which means that its popular drag brunch is on the hunt for a new home.
The Laughing Pint, a much-loved Highlandtown corner bar, announced this week that it will close later this month. The bar will have a closing party on Saturday, Nov. 23 but will officially stay open through Thanksgiving to host its final Misfit Thanksgiving potluck party.
Fells Point Wing Fling
Saturday, get to know the chicken wings of Fells Point during Fells Point Wing Fling, a “tasting tour” of wings around the neighborhood. Stops include Abbey Burger Bistro, Dogwatch Tavern, Max’s Taphouse, Pie in the Sky, Riptide, The Admiral’s Cup, The Greene Turtle, The Point in Fells and Todd Conners.
At the end of the tour, participants will vote for the best restaurant, which will be crowned Master of the Chicken.
Baltimore Bacon Festival
Saturday afternoon, Power Plant Live! hosts a big bacon party. The event includes a bacon brunch bar and Bloody Mary bar, bacon-eating contests, live music (and a Kevin Bacon dance-off), a kids’ area and more.
Fall festival season isn’t quite over yet.
On Saturday, R. House gets in on the autumnal action with its annual Harvest Festival including tons of fun family activities, including pony rides, pumpkin painting, craft vendors, a live bluegrass band and mini-workshops.
The festival has a food element, of course, and R. Bar has a fun fall lineup of cocktails including a Harvest Punch.
Also on Saturday, Union Collective celebrates the fruit of the season with All Things Apple, featuring treats like apple pie shakes, sundaes and ice cream from The Charmery, an apple takeover menu at Well Crafted Kitchen, an apple-themed release at Baltimore Spirits Company, cider and coffee with specialty syrups at Vent Coffee Roasters, apple-inspired casks and hard cider at Union Craft Brewing and even an apple-themed climb at Earth Treks. Plus, the newest member of the space, The Wine Collective, will be open for tours.
This weekend is another good one for oysters in the Chesapeake Bay area.
Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille locations will host Oyster Fest 2019 from Friday through Monday. Specials include 50-cent pop-up oyster deals, specialty oyster shooters and more.
On Saturday, WTMD hosts its 5th annual Homebrew Competition. The party includes homemade beers from more than 30 local homebrewers, plus live music and lots of fun.
The prize for two big winners is a good one, too: the opportunity to brew their beer at either Nepenthe Brewing Co. or The Brewer’s Art.
St. Leo’s Ravioli Dinner
St. Leo’s popular ravioli dinner returns on Sunday afternoon. The meal includes homemade ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and desserts at the Little Italy church. Beer and wine are available for purchase and there are a few opportunities to buy items or win money (game wheels and a cash raffle!).
Veterans Day specials
Monday is Veterans Day and several area restaurants are offering excellent offers to thank current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
At Das Bierhalle, active duty military and veterans will receive a 50 percent discount.
Atlas Restaurant Group restaurants will also offer current and former members of the military 50 percent off on Monday. Atlas restaurants include The Choptank, Azumi, Tagliata, the Elk Room, Italian Disco, Harbor East Deli, The Bygone, Ouzo Bay and Loch Bar.
Mission BBQ, which celebrates veterans every day, will offer free sandwiches and cake for all vets and active duty military.
Happy anniversary to Fadensonnen
On Tuesday, Fadensonnen celebrates one year in business with a party featuring food from Chef Karl Diehn and sourdough doughnuts from Motzi Bread and a DJ set by Future Islands.
To celebrate, Fadensonnen will also be opening some jeroboams of wine – a sight that’s always exciting.
Maryland Farm & Harvest
On Tuesday, check out the premier of a new season of MPT’s “Maryland Farm & Harvest,” a show putting the spotlight on local food organizations. Tuesday’s episode visits several farms around the state, including Summer Creek Farm in Thurmont, JFX farmers’ market regular Albright Farms, Crooked Creek Farm in Pylesville and the Doody family dairy farm in Union Bridge.
The show airs at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and is rebroadcast on Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 a.m.
Black Olive wine dinner
On Wednesday, join the team at The Black Olive for a multi-course dinner featuring Greek wines imported by Diamond Wine Importers.
The meal includes courses like pan-seared crispy smelts and grilled baby lamb chops; each course is paired with a wine from the Old Country.
Champagne dinner at Magdalena
Keep the celebration flowing on Thursday, when Magdalena hosts a dinner featuring the Champagnes of Maison Ruinart. The evening will include a discussion of the history of Champagne production, followed by a three-course meal with pairings, served in the restaurant’s wine cellar and tasting room.
Taste Wise Kids benefit at Gertrude’s
Gertrude’s Community Night fundraisers, when the BMA restaurant donates a portion of proceeds to a local organization, are some of the best around.
On Thursday of this week, the community night beneficiary is Taste Wise Kids, which educates and encourages children to understand the world of food.
Baltimore Supper Club Pocket Party
Have you heard about Baltimore Supper Club? It’s a cooking club for home cooks; the club hosts frequent “BYOR” (Bring Your Own Recipe) parties with interesting themes.
The next party is on Saturday, Nov. 16 and the theme is pockets. Yes, pockets. Think ravioli, empanadas, lettuce wraps–anything in which the food provides the pocket for another food.
The party takes place at a home in Station North, so tickets are limited. You can follow the group on Facebook to get regular notices about events.
Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:
Nov. 16: Oyfest 6 at Union Craft Brewing
Nov. 23: Whiskey Festival at The Assembly Room
Dec. 11: Cookies & Cocktails in Harbor East
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