The Baltimore Running Festival isn’t the only thing taking over Baltimore this week: it’s also a big one for food events. From oysters to cognac, there’s a little something for everyone over the next seven days. Here’s a look at what’s happening:
Openings & announcements
The Oregon Grille, now part of the Atlas Restaurant Group empire, is under renovation. The Baltimore County restaurant, which will receive a design lift from Patrick Sutton, the local designer responsible for the many good-looking restaurants owned by Atlas, is scheduled to reopen early next year.
Tapas Teatro is now, once again, open on Sundays.
Well-Crafted Kitchen, which has been a beloved part of the Union Collective community, is closing. The pizza spot’s last day of service will be Nov. 13, so there is still time to say goodbye.
No Way Rosé, in Federal Hill, is closing its doors for a renovation; it will relaunch next month as a new, more casual, concept.
Congrats to Checkerspot!
Checkerspot Brewing Company founders Judy and Rob Neff have won a prestigious national award: the team won the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream’s 2022 Experienceship Program. As winners of the program, the Checkerspot crew will have the opportunity to learn from Sam Adams’ successful business practices and they will partner with the Sam Adams brewing team to launch a collaborative beer that will be available in the Checkerspot tap room.
The Chef & The Farmer
On Sunday afternoon, the Foraged Eatery team will head to Karma Farm for a family-style meal featuring ingredients from the farm, paired with wines from Black Ankle Vineyards. The dinner, which is hosted by new local media outlet the Baltimore Banner, starts at 3 p.m.
Shucktober Fest at Phillips
Also on Sunday, Phillips Seafood will bring in the oysters for its third annual Shucktober Fest Oyster Celebration. The all-you-can-eat party starts at noon and features oysters plus Phillips classics like crab soup, New England clam chowder and fried chicken.
Pasta with Donna
Cosima brings back one of its classic, popular cooking classes this Sunday: pasta-making with Chef Donna Crivello. During the two-hour class, guests will learn how to make handmade fettuccine and ravioli, along with sauces, from the master.
Flavors of Maryland
Monday night, TasteWise Kids super fun fundraising event, Flavors of Maryland, is back after a multi-year pandemic hiatus. The event, which features bites from some amazing chefs, who partner up with local farms. It takes place at Whitehall Mill Market.
Participants include John Shields of Gertrude’s; David and Tonya Thomas from H3irloom Food Group; Rey Eugenio from Heritage Kitchen; Jasmine Norton of The Urban Oyster; and archaeologist, food historian and chef Henry Ward. Ingredients and flowers will be supplied by some of the region’s best farms: True Chesapeake Oyster Farm, Firefly Farms, Bliss Meadows Farm, Charlottetown Farm, Hillen Homestead, One Straw Farm, and Stoecker Farms. Top Chef alum and cookbook author Carla Hall will also be on hand for the festivities.
On Tuesday, local expert Katie Livie will present an online talk on the history of the Eastern Shore tomato industry. The Zoom talk, hosted by the Baltimore Museum of Industry, will touch on food, culture and technology.
Tea at Taken
On Wednesday, Sarah Acconcia of Juniper Culinary Apothecary, will pop up at Taken in Towson to conduct a tea-blending workshop. The event includes hands-on instruction in blending herbal teas “for flavor and function.”
Tesseron Cognac Dinner at The Milton Inn
On Wednesday evening, head to The Milton Inn for a luxe four-course dinner featuring pairings from Tesseron Cognac. Course include dishes like a butter-poached lobster tail with osetra caviar paired with a Champs Elysées cocktail and duck confit a l’orange with tastings of three different cognacs.
Rare & Obscure at Max’s
Max’s Taphouse’s annual Rare & Obscure Festival kicks off on Friday, Oct. 21. Throughout the weekend, Max’s draughts will include a bunch of beers that are difficult – if not impossible – to find on tap anywhere else.
Planning for the future
Mark your calendars for:
Nov. 2: Día de los Muertos at Maxímon
Nov. 5: Oyfest at Union Craft Brewing