Hot Plate: crabfeast at Das Bierhalle, Cornival at Hopkins Farm Brewery, markets with the Smithsonian and more

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Thinking about crabs for Labor Day? Das Bierhalle is hosting an afternoon crab feast on Monday.

As Baltimore eases into September, restaurants are celebrating the end of summer and beginning to tweak their menus in anticipation of cooler weather. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the local restaurant scene this week:

Openings & announcements
The Gypsy Queen Food Truck and Truckstaurant have a fresh new name – now, they’re simply The Queen’s Truckstaurant and Food Truck. 

Old Westminster Winery, which is worth the drive, will now be serving Sunday brunch.

Village Square Café has (temporarily) paused dinner service due to staffing shortages. Hopefully the Cross Keys café will be able to resume its regular Thursday through Saturday dinners sooner rather than later.

Cornival at Hopkins Farm Brewery
On Sunday, head to Hopkins Farm Brewery for Cornival, a corn-themed party with shucking, cornhole, shelling and a kernel toss – plus live music, pig roast and food from The Pit Shack, Village Bistro and Salty Buoy Oysters.

End of Summer party at Michael’s
Also on Sunday, Michael’s Café in Timonium celebrates the unofficial end of summer with a patio party featuring live music and discount drinks.

Crabs at Das Bierhalle
Das Bierhalle is hosting an all you can eat crab feast on Monday, with reservations at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Plus, the restaurant is offering 50% off any non-special items for first responders.

High Holiday planning
With the Jewish High Holidays just around the corner, there’s still time to do a little menu planning.

Eddie’s Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur options include full meals for groups of four, eight or more, and a la cart items.

Classic Catering has several Rosh Hashana options, including traditional or contemporary meals and a Shanah Tovah gift box that’s an excellent hostess gift.

WCW at Nick’s
Thanks to Hurricane Ida, many local restaurants closed down for the evening last Wednesday – including Nick’s Fish House, which was supposed to host Women Crush Wednesday with The Flywire and DJ Keebee. That event was rescheduled for this Wednesday, Sept. 8. Hopefully, this time, the weather will hold.

More Farm & Bay to Table with John Shields
Thursday, Gertrude’s owner/chef John Shields presents another installment of his Farm & Bay to Table series, which is a partnership with the Harford County Public Library.

This week, given the back to school season, he will focus on healthy snacks and meals for kids. One Straw Farm’s Joan Norman will join him to talk about veggies for snacking, dips and more.

Smithsonian & the arabbers
On Friday, Sept. 10, food studies and culture expert Christine Rai will conduct an online talk, via the Smithsonian Associates, about the history of Baltimore’s public markets, urban farms and the arabbers, and how they have evolved over time.

Plums at Johnny’s
A new month means a new special cocktail at Johnny’s in Roland Park. The September dink is the Plum Sour, made with Sagamore Rye, ginger liqueur, lemon juice and plum syrup made from local plums. It looks like a perfect late summer/early fall beverage.

Hints of autumn at Magdalena
Magdalena has a new chef and an evolving menu, including some autumnal flavors from figs, apples and more.

Planning for the future
Mark your calendars for:
September 12: Ocean Pride’s 50th Birthday Party
September 23: Dining Out for Life benefiting Moveable Feast 
September 25: Susquehanna Wine & Seafood Festival 

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