Hot Plate: DockBar and Skybar Open for Summer, Food Truck Rallies, Cooking with Beer

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BoatHouse Canton's new DockBar.
BoatHouse Canton’s new DockBar.

It’s Friday the 13th and it’s been raining for weeks. The general mood around Baltimore is, safe to say, a little grumpy.

But looking ahead to next week, there’s plenty of reason for cheer. Not only is the sun scheduled to make an appearance on Monday, softshells are starting to pop up on local menus! Plus, it’s the week leading up to Preakness week, Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey is now officially available, and there are tons of events taking place around town (both horsey and otherwise).

Here’s a look at what to watch out for this week:

Head Outdoors

In anticipation of sunnier days ahead, The BoatHouse Canton has just launched The DockBar, an outdoor space overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. An outdoor kitchen, complete with smoker, Taco Bar and a raw bar are all on site and the DockBar will host live music on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Sounds like a good spot for an orange crush or two.

This Thursday, May 19, LB Skybar reopens for the season. LB Skybar is the lounge atop the Lord Baltimore Hotel. In addition to fantastic city views, LB Skybar will offer a short menu, including sushi and antipasti and excellent drinks, including a custom selection of specialty cocktails.

Saturday Festivals

At Rash Field on May 14, celebrate the good things in life at the inaugural Wine & Food Festival. This festival features over 150 different wines, beers and spirits, plus cooking demonstrations, food from local restaurants and food trucks and, in its last hour, a champagne closing party.

The same day, Michael’s in Timonium will host its fifth annual Crab Ball Spring Jam & Pig Roast, featuring live music, an all-you-can-eat pig roast, beer from Union Craft plus crushes and more cocktails.

New Pizza

Towsonites have something new to get excited about – this week’s opening of Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza. Located in the space that formerly housed The Orient, this is Lotsa’s second location; the first is in Morgantown, West Virginia. 

Support Your Local Businesses

Crowdsourcing is an increasingly popular way to raise funds for everything from bobble heads to mission trips. This week, two sets of local entrepreneurs have taken to GoFundMe in an effort to fund their food-related business ventures.

Matthew and Andy Weaver, the husband and wife team behind Maggie’s Farm on Harford Road, are planning to open a second restaurant next spring. The new place, dubbed “Restaurant B,” will also be located on Harford Road, but will be a different concept. Read the story and help them here.

Chef, caterer and party orchestrater Sarah Acconcia, who has helmed several local kitchens, including Le Garage and Bookmakers Cocktail Club, is in the process of opening a retail shop in Mount Vernon Marketplace. Called Juniper Culinary Apothecary, it will carry a variety of hard to find and interesting ingredients, including a blend-your-own-tea bar and edible flowers. To read about what she’s doing, and support the effort, click here.

Books & Drinks

Support the Towson branch of the Baltimore County Public Library at Taste of the Town, held at the library on Saturday, May 14. The party, which is hosted by Greg and Nicole Priebe of the blog A History of Drinking and authors of Forgotten Maryland Cocktails, will feature food and drink from a variety of local spots, plus live music.

Getting Tipsy

As luck would have it, the city is home to not one, but two events with “tipsy” in the title this week.

On Tuesday, May 17, Silver Queen Café will host The Tipsy Trowel, a 4-course meal, with education from future Master Gardeners. The event is inspired by The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart – a must-read for anyone interested in gardening, drinking, or both.

On May 19, Homewood Museum hosts Tipsy Tea, an “evening of traditional beverages” with a focus on cocktails made with tea. The talk and cocktail reception includes light bites and “tea-tails” from Woodberry Kitchen, using products from Sagamore Spirit, Baltimore Whiskey Company and Channing Daughters Winery.

We All Scream for Ice Cream

On Friday, May 20, head north to Prigel Family Creamery for Sweet & Savory, an evening of blind ice cream tasting and sweet and savory treats. The event will include wines from Boordy, bites from Clementine and three sweet and savory ice creams to taste, blind.

Guests are invited to guess the ice creams’ flavors. Anyone who guesses all three correctly will win a gift card – but that will be tricky. Last year, at a similar event, no one was able to correctly identify all three flavors!


It’s a big week for food truck lovers!

On Saturday, May 14, the Canton Food Truck Rally, held on South East Avenue, will include some local favorites like Kommie Pig and GrrChe.

Head to McHenry Row on May 20 for Truck Stop B’More’s very first Food Truck Festival. Hosted by World of Beer, with Soundtown Baltimore on stage, the event will include trucks like Madame BBQ and Iced Gems.

A Bagel Affair

Get up close and personal with Bottoms Up Bagels when they pop-up at Lexington Market from May 18 through May 21. The stall will sell bagels, lox, spreads and breakfast sandwiches each day, starting at  7 a.m. (8 on Saturday) and will keep going until they sell out. Get there early!

Opening… Again

Mount Vernon Marketplace officially opened months ago, but they’re celebrating again on Wednesday, May 18. The impetus for the Grand Re-Opening party is the launch of several new Marketplace artisans, including burger spot Between2Buns and Brown Rice Korean Grill, which sells Korean food that is as quick as it is delicious. 


On Thursday, May 19, cooking school Schola is partnering with Waverly Brewing on a class all about cooking with beer. From beer-battered onion rings and beer-steamed mussels to deep fried beer brownies, the class will teach students how to incorporate the suds into every course.

Planning Ahead

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

May 23: Hats & Horses at The Grand Lodge of Maryland 

June 4: Great Grapes Wine Festival 

June 11: FEASTIVAL -A Food Adventure for a Cure, from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation



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    • Thank you so much! I love keeping up with what’s happening – and there are always so many things to report!

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