Hot Plate: BWI Restaurant Openings, Beer Bashes & 17 Days of St. Patrick

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Celebrate 17 days of St. Patrick at Slainte
Celebrate 17 days of St. Patrick at Slainte

It’s been a busy week in Baltimore restaurant news, with the announcement of new openings, new chefs and new locations. Plus, as the city gears up for springtime – and St. Patrick’s Day – restaurants and bars are hosting tons of events all week long.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening in Baltimore restaurants this week:

Openings, Closings & More

This week, Tark’s Grill in Green Spring Station announced the appointment of a new Executive Chef, Brendan McKinney. Chef McKinney is a local – he went to Calvert Hall before heading to Philadelphia for college – and most recently worked at The Point in Fells Point.

A handful of new openings at BWI have been announced, including a new Family Meal outpost from local celeb chef Bryan Voltaggio. The restaurant will be located on Concourse A. Voltaggio’s co-Top Chef alum, DC-based Mike Isabella, will open a new spot of his own on Concourse B. Isabella’s restaurant, Kapnos Marketa, will focus on Mediterranean dishes.

Celebrated Fells Point cocktail bar Rye announced today that they will close in their current space on Monday, March 7. They plan to reopen in a new space soon, though the details have not yet been released – so if you have a favorite drink, be sure to get there this weekend.

Clean Eating

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about how to cook great vegetarian and vegan food, in a peaceful environment, now is your chance. Visit the World Peace Café at the Kadampa Meditation Center on Northern Parkway at 5 p.m. on Saturday for a vegetarian and vegan cooking class with their kind and talented staff.

Rye’s Up

Don’t miss the 5th Annual Rye’s Up against Cystic Fibrosis at B&O American Brasserie. Benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this is always a hot ticket. The event is hosted by the Baltimore Bartender’s Guild; Guild members will mix up a variety of Bulleit and Dickel Rye cocktails and local restaurants will provide great snacks to match.

James Beard Prep in Annapolis

If you find yourself in Naptown on Tuesday, March 8, head over Fox’s Den on Main Street, where the team in the kitchen will be doing a dry run of the meal they’ll cook next month at the James Beard House in New York City. While you’re there, order a cocktail or two – the bartenders are fantastic.

Vino Enthusiasts

Towson-area wine lovers will convene on Café Troia on Wednesday, March 9, for a meeting of the restaurant’s monthly wine-tasting club. Each month, a wine representative shares information about varietals and Italian growing regions. Tickets are $10 per person with proceeds benefiting Assistance Center of Towson Churches.

Get Lucky

Start St. Patrick’s Day a little early at Slainte, which is celebrating 17 days of St. Patrick with events like Irish Family Day this Sunday, featuring the O’Connor School of Irish Dance, Guinness gravity glass engraving on Monday, a local brewer meet-and-greet with the folks from Oliver Brewing on Wednesday and a Jameson and Friends Whiskey tasting on Thursday.

Every Meal Has a Story

See the story behind your dinner with a special meal and screening of the documentary “Life of an Ingredient” at Wit & Wisdom, on Tuesday, March 8. The short film introduces viewers to the farmers at Catoctin Mountain Farm and the meal, created by W&W chef Zack Mills, Bartlett Pear Inn chef Jordan Lloyd and W&W pastry chef Dyan Ng, weaves pork from Catoctin Mountain throughout the meal. 

Busy at Waverly

There’s a lot happening at Waverly Brewing Company this week. On Wednesday, March 9, the Clipper Mill brewer will celebrate the release of the new Loyal Oyster Stout, created in collaboration with The Local Oyster in Mt. Vernon Marketplace.

This Friday, the food truck The Smoking Swine will be featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The crew behind the truck – plus many other fans – will gather to watch the episode at Waverly Brewing Company. Arrive around 9 p.m. for BBQ, Waverly beer and a healthy dose of Guy Fieri. 

Beer, Benefits & Bites

On Thursday, March 10, Birroteca will host its first Flights and Bites Pint Night with Burley Oak, featuring four beers paired with samples of the restaurant’s most popular appetizers. Guests will also have the opportunity to try a special dry hopped casked version of Burley  Oak’s new Imperia Berliner Weissel, Lord Baltimore.

Drink for a cause on Friday, March 11, when Gertrude’s hosts the fourth annual Rebels’ Keg Party benefiting Moveable Feast. The party is at Gertrude’s but it will feature food and drinks from several local restaurants and breweries. And, for fun, pony rides! All proceeds benefits fundraising efforts for the Ride for the Feast.

 Hump Day Plans

The Mt. Washington Tavern has started a fun new Wednesday night event: Hometown Brew Night. Every Wednesday, from 7 p.m. until close, Maryland brews will be half price.

Planning Ahead

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

Saturday, March 12: Cunningham Farmhouse Dinner

Wednesday, March 23: Sanford Wine Dinner at Hersh’s

Wednesday, March 23: Farm to Table Wild Feast at Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar


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