Wine Collective celebrates two years in business and the launch of its canned vermuntino spritzer with a party this week. Photo courtesy of Wine Collective.

From noodles to cocktails to barbecue, this week offers plenty of reasons for Baltimore food-lovers to get out and about. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the Charm City restaurant scene right now:

Openings & announcements

Japanese noodle shop Kajiken opened its first US location on Thursday – in Baltimore. The restaurant, on East 33rd Street near Hopkins, serves fresh ramen noodles with a variety of toppings.

HK A Seafood Joint is slated to open in Cross Street Market this fall. The market spot will focus on New York and Creole cuisine with specialties like the City Island fried fish sandwich.

Woodberry Kitchen, which has been open sporadically since the start of the pandemic, is reconfiguring and will reopen in the (hopefully near) future as Woodberry Tavern. The restaurant is currently hiring for its new iteration and will post news and updates on its website and Instagram.

Cocktail & arts

In an effort to support and promote the city’s art scene and the people who make it vibrant, Baltimore Spirits Co. has created and funded the LAB Award. The award, a $10,000 cash grant that is a part of MICA’s Graduate Competitive Awards and Fellowships, has an inaugural recipient: MICA grad student Penn Eastburn.

Eastburn plans to use the money to open a framing shop and, as part of that initiative, will hang a curated art show that will open in the BSC Cocktail Gallery on Aug. 26.

Vegan SoulFest

Starting Friday, Aug. 19 and lasting all weekend long, Vegan SoulFest will take over West Covington Park with music, fun and vegan food. Dozens of restaurants and food vendors are participating, including local favorites like Liora, The Land of Kush, Char’d City, and Cajou Creamery. Vegan SoulFest teamed up with the organizers of We Give Black Fest to hold that event at the same place and time — so parkgoers can have twice the fun in one spot.

Cosima cooks

On Sunday, Cosima kicks off another session of themed cooking classes. This week, Executive Chef Joshua Cunningham will walk the class through a fabulous pork dish during an interactive class dubbed “A Pork Affair.”

Chef Story Time with TasteWise Kids

On Tuesday, TasteWise Kids (and United Healthcare) will host another installment of its virtual Chef Story Time program. This month’s story will be read by Chef Nino Germano of La Scala. During the storytime, Chef Germano will also share a recipe using the organization’s “secret spotlight ingredient” of the month.

Vermuntino Bash for Wine Collective’s 2nd birthday

On Thursday, Wine Collective celebrates two years in business with a fun party also honoring the release of WC’s first canned vermùntino. The drink, described as a “Spanish version of Aperol spritz” is light and summery, and during the party, it will be paired with tapas and pinxtos. Tickets are available now.

Charcuterie at Sagamore

Also on Thursday, Bon AppleCheese will pop up at Sagamore Distillery for a charcuterie board building class with a side of cheese and whiskey pairings. During the class, participants will build a board to take home – and sip and taste while doing so.

Back to school with Bird in Hand

Bird in Hand, the Hopkins-area bookstore café, is launching a new series of “after-hours markets” featuring pop-up vendors, author signings, and cocktails and mocktails.

The first of these events happens on Friday, Aug. 6 and the theme is Back to School. Local author and activist D. Watkins will be on hand and there will be plenty for readers of all ages.

Big Green Egg at the Four Seasons

Buy your tickets now for the End of Summer BBQ on the rooftop terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event is a collaboration with Big Green Egg; the company’s barbecue specialist and pitmaster, Jack Arnold, will be on hand for BBQ demonstrations, and there will be cocktails with spirits from Moët Hennessy and a special BBQ-centric menu including steaks and sausages, jalapeno cornbread, and more.

Planning for the future

Mark your calendars for:

Aug. 31: Summer Food Series Pairings with Sagamore Spirit and Lib’s Grill

Sept. 30: Passion for Food and Wine benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland

Oct. 6: 50th Annual Greek Festival

Kit Pollard

Kit Waskom Pollard is a Baltimore Fishbowl contributing writer. She writes Hot Plate every Friday in the Baltimore Fishbowl.