Hot Plate: B-More Kitchen Battle of the Brands, Fiesta del Mar at Clavel, cooking classes at Gertrude’s and Cosima and more

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B-more Kitchen’s Battle of the Brands is back again this year, with a fun party and friendly competition at the Accelerator Space on Thursday.

Summertime is waning, but that doesn’t mean the Baltimore restaurant scene is heading off on vacation. This week includes news of a bunch of high-profile autumn openings, continuing restaurant week promotions and several events that promise to be a lot of fun.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Openings and announcements
True Chesapeake Oyster Co. has an opening date. The new seafood spot in Whitehall Mill will debut Sept. 17.

Also in early fall, Ministry of Brewing will open to the public in the old St. Michael’s Church in Fells Point. Early pictures suggest the beer hall-style restaurant will be gorgeous, making the most of the 19th-century church’s architectural details.

Azumi announced plans to open a Teppanyaki room in the Four Seasons Hotel in late October. The restaurant will have 36 seats and serve two seatings per night.

Cross Street Market has announced its final anchor tenant: family grocery store Rooster & Hen. The shop, now located in Catonsville, will relocate to the market and occupy an 1,800-square-foot space near the Light Street entrance.

Huck’s American Craft has updated its menu, so if you haven’t made it to the Canton/Brewer’s Hill restaurant recently, now is a good time to go.

Summertime cooking classes
This week includes a pair of cooking classes from some of the best in the business.

Gertrude’s’ New Chesapeake Cooking Class with Joan Norman of One Straw Farm was supposed to take place earlier this summer, but had to be rescheduled. It’s now happening on Saturday and it sounds like a great one: rockfish tacos, pasta, and greens and peach upside down cake using peaches from Black Rock Orchard.

On Wednesday, the Cosima crew will offer instruction on throwing a summertime pizza party. The class includes a dinner featuring small pizzas topped with great Italian ingredients and summer vegetables.

Fiesta del Mar
Right now is exactly the right time to eat seafood, and this weekend Clavel is the place to do it.

On Sunday, the Remington restaurant will host its first-ever Mexican seafood festival, Fiesta Del Mar, featuring grilled whole snappers, prawns (head-on), oysters from The Local Oyster and lots of ceviche. There will also be a special cocktail menu and TJ Steele, chef of Brooklyn Oaxacan restaurant Claro, will step in as a guest chef.

Battle of the Brands
B-More Kitchen’s Battle of the Brands is back again this year. On Thursday, B-More Kitchen members will face off in competition for the best bites, as determined by the crowd, and by judges Zack Mills of True Chesapeake Oyster Co., Jasmine Norton of The Urban Oyster, Sarah Malphrus of Rye Street Tavern and Sid Sharma of Wild Kombucha.

The event will be held in the brewery’s Accelerator Space. General admission includes tastes of the entries, complimentary valet and more. Upgraded tickets are also available, featuring perks like early admission and tasting pours from Full Tilt Brewery.

End of Summer Soiree
Fells Point businesses are joining together to celebrate the waning days of summer with the End of Summer Soiree. The party, which takes place Thursday night at the Sagamore Pendry, features signature cocktails, food from Fells Point restaurants and live music from Reverend Smackmaster.

Restaurant weeks winding down
If you still haven’t made plans to take advantage of restaurant week events around the area, your last opportunities are coming up.

Baltimore City’s event officially ended last week, though many restaurants extended the promotion through this weekend, so if you plan to head out in the city, check to see if your destination is on the extended list.

Baltimore County’s restaurant week also lasts through this weekend.

Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week kicks off today and lasts through Sept. 1. Throughout that time, restaurants around the area will have special vegan menus and fun events.

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

August 25: Farmers Market Dinner at La Cuchara
September 21: Charm City Night Market
October 12: Ryleigh’s Oysterfest 13



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