Hot Plate: Dia de los Muertes at La Calle, fall cocktails at Clavel and Topside, champagne dinner at Charleston and more

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The Gettysburg, Golden Hour cocktail at Topside is one of a new crop of autumnal drinks available around Baltimore this season. (Photo by Grace Clark.)

The candy is gone and the temps have dropped: It’s November. But it’s not time for turkey just yet. This week in the Baltimore restaurant scene, there’s a diverse collection of events planned, from wine tastings to margarita pitchers.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Openings & Announcements
Abbey Burger Bistro’s new Mount Washington spot, Uptown Abbey, has opened in the former home of Nickel Taphouse.

El Salto has opened in Perry Hall.

While those openings are a bright spot, this week also brings sad news of several closings around the area.

Arba Mediterranean in R. House will close Nov. 26. But fans of chef/owner Farid Salloum’s food won’t have to miss out entirely; his Riverside restaurant Baba’s Kitchen will still be open.

The Hot Dry, the south Baltimore noodle spot that replaced Minnow earlier this year, has closed. 

New fall sips
Local restaurants and bars continue to roll out updated menus celebrating the flavors of the season.

This past week, both Clavel and Topside introduced new batches of autumnal cocktails.

At Clavel, drinks include options like the Campo Verde, a concoction combining rum, sake, coconut, turmeric and poblano.

Topside’s new lineup includes drinks like the Dread Pirate Roberts, a drink of rum and lime (among other things) and the Gettysburg, Golden Hour, made with Baltimore Spirits Company Shot Tower barrel-aged gin, St. Germain, Maraschino and rhubarb bitters.

Topside is also running a special with a new cocktail: In honor of the Movember fundraising efforts focused men’s health, throughout the month of November, the restaurant will donate $1 to the Movember Foundation for every The Business cocktail sold.

Brilliant Baltimore
Brilliant Baltimore–the Light City-Baltimore Book Festival combo event–begins Nov. 1. There’s a ton to experience and many, many events to enjoy during the course of the festival and, as in past years, food will be an important element.

The book festival piece of the event features numerous cookbook authors giving talks and doing demonstrations and, of course, there are plenty of opportunities to eat during the festival.

One highlight is the Friday night Taste of the Sweet Life dinner, held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel and hosted by former Top Chef star Chef Sam Talbot.

Kids Cook Series at Emma’s Tea Spot
On Saturday and Sunday morning, Emma’s Tea Spot will welcome Chef Jane Parker for a pair of kids cooking classes. The classes will focus on Thanksgiving treats, including Pilgrim Hats and a fall fruit and cheese tray.

The classes are open to children from ages 5-11, but they are limited to 8 kids each.

Baltimore Craft Beer Festival
Canton Waterfront Park gets sudsy on Saturday when the Brewers Association of Maryland’s Baltimore Craft Beer Festival takes over.

The afternoon event features live music, games, lots of food and vendors, plus beers from 64 Maryland breweries.

Baltimore Station Chili Cookoff
The Baltimore Station hosts its fifth annual Stars, Stripes & Chow fundraiser on Saturday. The party, which is a fun chili cookoff taking place at South Point in Port Covington, raises funds for the organization supporting veterans and others dealing with homelessness and substance abuse.

It’s a great cause and a fun event, featuring lots of chili, plus Mission BBQ, pizza from Pizza Di Joey and beer and wine from City Limits.

Crush at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion
On Saturday evening, taste over two dozen wines from the Pacific Northwest at Crush, a wine and gourmet food tasting at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion. The party includes live music, food and wine tastings and an optional education session focused on wines from Chateau Ste. Michele.

The event benefits the mansion’s endowment fund.

Dia de los Muertos at La Calle
On Saturday night, La Calle hosts a Dia de los Muertos party featuring face painting, a DJ, special cocktails and lots of Puebla-inspired food.

La Calle has also been rolling out some fall dishes, like slow-roasted pork shank carnitas. If you haven’t been in awhile, now’s a good time to try it.

Oysters & Ed Reed
The Curious Oyster, a new spot in White Marsh, is celebrating its grand opening with an Oysterfest on Saturday afternoon. The party will include food and drinks, plus live music, a kiddie corner, outdoor games and a cameo from folks from the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

The restaurant is also teaming up with its sister restaurant, Wayward Smokehouse at The Avenue, for an afterparty following its big grand opening celebration.

The Saturday night party at Wayward starts at 10 p.m. A $5 cover charge gets you in and gets you a signature cocktail, and a portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Ed Reed Foundation. The famous Raven will be there DJing.

Halfway to Cinco at Papi’s
Are you missing warm weather (and late sunsets) already? Papi’s Tacos in Fells Point is ready to take you back to springtime with a Halfway to Cinco party.

All day on Tuesday, Papi’s will have deals on margaritas, beers and shots, plus raffles and giveaways to celebrate the halfway point.

Louis Roederer wine dinner at Charleston
On Thursday night, Charleston in Harbor East hosts a wine dinner showcasing bottles from the Champagne region’s Louis Roederer.

The meal includes six courses and six paired Champagnes, including dishes like butter-poached Maine lobster with seared foie gras and polenta, and bottles including both the 2002 and 2008 Cristal vintages.

Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital Night at La Cuchara
Thursday, La Cuchara will donate 10 percent of proceeds to Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. It’s an easy way to give back to an important and valued community institution.

Murder on the Menu at The Manor Tavern
Also on Thursday, The Manor Tavern will partner with Ovation Dinner Theater for a fun interactive murder mystery evening.

The event is comedic, so don’t worry about things getting too serious. Tickets include a meal, a drink and the show.

Planning Ahead
Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:
Nov. 9: All Things Apple at Union Collective 
Nov. 13: Greek Wine Dinner at The Black Olive 
Nov. 23: Whiskey Festival at The Assembly Room 

Kit Pollard

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


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