Every once in a while, Baltimore’s food scene has an exceptionally busy week. We’ve got one of those coming up. From fine wines to down and dirty barbecue, this week holds a ton of promise for food lovers. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:
Openings and announcements
Big news out of Fells Point this week: numerous tenants have been announced for Broadway Market, which is currently being renovated and slated to reopen in February. The new lineup includes a Korean food stall and a bar, both run by by Phil Han, owner of Dooby’s; ice cream from Taharka Brothers, Thai Street, Connie’s Chicken and Waffles and a new location of Hampden-based Indian street food restaurant The Verandah. Several existing vendors will also be present, including Vikki’s Fells Point Deli, Sal’s Seafood Market and Sophia’s Place European Market.
Inner Harbor mainstay Phillips Seafood is launching a new brunch menu, dubbed Bloodys, Bubbles and Brunch, on Sunday.
Republic Restoratives, a Washington, D.C.-based distillery, recently made its Baltimore debut. The distillery’s products, which include Civic Vodka, Borough Bourbon, Rodham Rye and Chapman’s Apple Brandy, can now be found at numerous local bars and restaurants, from Gnocco to Ida B’s Table to The Bygone.
Harvest Festival at R. House
On Saturday, autumn comes to R. House, when the Remington food hall holds a fun Harvest Festival.
The party includes everything from live music to a succulent pumpkin planting class to pony rides and a petting zoo. There will also be a pop-up bar, including “festive fall libations” and a special harvest punch.
Also at R. House on Saturday, Ground & Griddled will donate 10 percent of brunch proceeds to TasteWise Kids, so get there early!
This weekend is a big one for amateur food and drink makers looking to show off their stuff.
On Saturday, WTMD hosts The Mighty Pint Homebrew Competition, the station’s fourth annual homebrewing contest.
The day includes unlimited tastings from over 20 local homebrewers, food from Cunningham’s and Dizzy Cow Pizzeria and live music from several groups. The crowd will determine the winners by popular vote, and a panel of judges will choose a single grand prize winner whose beer will be brewed at The Brewer’s Art.
On Sunday, local chili makers and connoisseurs will head to Union Craft Brewing for the third annual Chili con Cerveza Chili Cook Off, benefiting Moveable Feast.
The event showcases chilis from amateur cooks battling to win prizes in various categories, including best white chili and spiciest. Attendees get unlimited samples, plus some surprises.
Aleppan dinner in Mt. Vernon
On Saturday night, Mera Kitchen Collective teams up with food blogger Antonio Tahhan on a meal celebrating the cuisine of Aleppo, Syria. Aleppo is located along the Silk Road, making its culinary story interesting and diverse, and that heritage will be shown off in the evening’s menu.
The dinner takes place in a brownstone on Cathedral Street; buy tickets in advance.
Day at the farm
Also on Sunday, Star Bright Farm hosts Diamondback Brewing and The Food Market/La Food Marketa for Farm Day Collaborative, a day of beer, food, music and festivities.
The menu includes food grown at Star Bright and the party features live music, lawn games and farm tours.
Friendsgiving at Don’t Know Tavern
Feeling grateful and ready to kick off Thanksgiving season? On Sunday, Don’t Know Tavern is organizing a one-mile turkey trot/fun run (costumes encouraged) followed by a holiday party at the bar featuring all the best food from the season. And don’t worry: you don’t have to run to join the after party!
Wine all week
This week is a major one for wine lovers.
Serious oenophiles can look forward to Monday, when Petit Louis hosts a Château la Conseillante dinner. Foreman Wolf, which owns the French bistro, describes the evening as “the best and most important wine event we have hosted in our recent memory.”
The host for the dinner is Marielle Cazaux, from the “extremely rare and lavish Pomerol producer” Château la Conseillante. The meal includes four courses paired with top vintages, including foie gras with duck breast, pistachio and dried figs paired with the 2015 and 2014 vintages.
On Thursday, Gypsy’s Truckstaurant will celebrate the annual debut of France’s most youthful product: Le Beaujolais Nouveau. That evening, guests will receive a complimentary taste of Beaujolais Nouveau with the purchase of a meal.
Also on Thursday, Café Troia will host a dinner featuring the wines of the Marche region of Italy. The dinner includes four courses, each paired with a wine from DeAngelis in Marche, with dishes like stuffed calamari served with Offida Pecorino and pork tenderloin with figs, and prosciutto and pecorino paired with Rosso Piceno Superiore.
The annual Baltimore Whiskey Festival takes place Thursday, Nov. 15, at The Assembly Room. The evening is bigger than ever before, with over 60 whiskies available to taste, plus tasting seminars, gourmet food and a DJ. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet distillers and blenders, and taste a wide variety of products, including rare “Founder’s Finds” that range from $89 to $500 per bottle.
The same night, Scotch fans can head to The Capital Grille for a multi-course dinner featuring Glenfiddich pairings. The meal, which sounds extravagant and incredible, includes courses like kona-dusted scallops and wild mushroom ragu paired with Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 year and roast striploin of American Wagyu paired with Glenfiddich 18 year.
Fiesta de Tequila & Mezcal at Bandito’s
On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Bandito’s Bar and Kitchen in Federal Hill hosts an educational tasting featuring a variety of tequilas and mezcals, accompanied by food from the restaurant’s kitchen.
The event is a casual one, perfect for flexible schedules. You can buy tickets in advance, but arrive and leave throughout the evening.
Mixing up the drinks
Bluebird Cocktail Room and Little Bird Coffee Bar are hosting a Fall Drink Pairing Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 15, featuring five courses of autumnal Italian food paired with cocktails, cider, wine and beer–a little bit of everything.
Calasag at Artifact
Calasag, the local pop-up that shines a light on Filipino flavors, will be at Artifact this Wednesday, Nov. 14, for the latest installment of “Bowl and a Beer.”
The evening will pair Calasag’s food from the Philippines with Artifact’s ingredients from the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which sounds like an interesting collaboration with a lot of potential.
Cooking class at Cosima
On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Cosima will host its monthly cooking class. This installment focuses on small plates perfect for a party.
Dishes featured include tuna crudo with chili aioli and cucumber, arancini and involtini, all excellent party foods.
Slay the Menu for CF
Also on Thursday night, a handful of the city’s top chefs will take over the Carbiz dealership on Reisterstown Road for a killer meal benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland.
The crew in the kitchen includes chefs from The Food Market and Azumi, Sergio Vitale of Aldo’s, Neill Howell of The Corner Pantry and chef-about-town Beej Flamholz.
Meaty at Monument City
On Friday, Nov. 16, blacksauce kitchen and Chef Patrick Morrow are joining forces at Monument City Brewing Company for a BBQ extravaganza. The event, dubbed Intercostal Breakdown (“intercostal” means “between the ribs”) will be heavy on ribs, and also feature $5 beers and music from Ampersand Stringband.
Oysters at Inverness
Inverness Brewing in Monkton is hosting its first Oysterfest next weekend, starting Friday, Nov. 16. Through Sunday, the brewery will have oysters, live music and lots of beer.
If you’re hoping to order any or all of your Thanksgiving meal, now’s the time to make those plans.
The Classic Catering People, which can handle the meal from soup to nuts (or turkey to pie), is accepting Thanksgiving orders now through Monday, Nov. 19.
The Charmery is taking pre-orders for Thanksgiving ice cream pies. Flavors include spiced pumpkin, brown sugar molasses pecan and vegan spiced pumpkin.
Johnny’s in Roland Park and Lupa in Columbia are both offering Thanksgiving pies for pre-order and pickup. Flavors include pumpkin cheesecake, buttermilk pumpkin pie, bourbon pecan pie, rustic apple pie and cranberry crumble pie; orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 16.
Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:
Nov. 17: Oyfest
Jan. 11-12: Krautfest at Gertrude’s
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