Hot Plate: Baltimore Restaurant Week Begins, The Avenue Opens, Sascha’s 527 to Close

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The Trifecta Food Truck Festival rolls into the state fairgrounds Saturday, July 29, featuring food from over 40 food trucks.

With the city’s Restaurant Week kicking off today and Baltimore County’s starting next week, the region’s restaurants have an active month ahead. This week, other news includes food trucks, oysters, donuts, curry puffs and a few high profile openings and announcements.

Openings, Announcements & Other News

The Avenue Kitchen & Bar, the new concept in the Hampden space formerly occupied by Le Garage, quietly opened earlier this week. The restaurant will feature new American food and drinks like the FroBlanc, a combination of frozen Riesling and peach puree.

Union Collective, the soon-to-open 41st Street place that will house Union Craft Brewing, has announced a new food-related tenant: Huckle’s Hot Sauce. Huckle’s, which currently makes their sauces at Maggie’s Farm in Lauraville (when the restaurant is closed), will move operations to the new space in early 2018.

Sascha’s fans received some sad news this week, when the venerable restaurateur and caterer announced that her restaurant, Sascha’s 527, will close after service on August 4. The catering arm of Sascha’s was sold earlier this year, to Mallory Staley of The Elephant.

Trifecta Tomorrow

Tomorrow, July 29, the Trifecta Food Truck Festival comes to the Maryland State Fairgrounds. With over 40 local food trucks, craft beer tends, live bands, tons of kid-friendly activities and a pie-eating contest, the festival sounds like an absolute blast.

Eat+Shop+Vegan at Impact Hub Baltimore

Also tomorrow, the Donut Alliance, a small-batch vegan donut maker, will pop up at Impact Hub Baltimore on North Avenue, along with several other regional vegan makers. The event, dubbed Eat+Shop+Vegan, will be a market featuring vegan goods and edibles.

Southeast Asian Cooking Classes at R. House

Saturday plans also include a fun cooking class at R. House. Malulee’s Kitchen // Karipap is the first in a series of Asian cooking classes that will take place at the Remington food hall. This week’s session will be a hands-on class showcasing karipap, or curry puffs.

Oysters for Everybody

This Thursday, August 3, is National Oyster Day! The Mt. Washington Tavern will start their celebration on Thursday and it will last all weekend long. The Tavern’s will feature oysters from all over the world, with a variety of sauces and Flying Dog beers to pair.

Restaurant Week Starts Today!

One of the most fun week’s of the summer – Baltimore City Restaurant Weekstarts today and runs through August 6. Two-course brunch and lunch offerings range from $12 to $20 and three-course dinner are between $20 and $35.

There are tons of great restaurants participating – and they’ve lined up some fabulous menus.

Start thinking ahead about dining in the county, too: Baltimore County Restaurant Week starts next Friday, August 4! 

Planning Ahead

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

August 8: Rose class at Avenue Kitchen & Bar 

August 26: Vegan Soulfest 

September 15: Picnic in the Park 

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