Hot Plate: Farmers’ markets in full swing, new summertime menus, Bastille Day celebrations and more

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It’s prime time to grab great produce, like these raspberries from the Fells Point Farmers Market, which takes place on Saturdays in Broadway Square.

By the normal standards of Baltimore’s restaurant scene, the week we have coming up is a quiet one. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring. With Bastille Day on the horizon and local restaurants revamping their menus to showcase summer ingredients, there’s a lot of promising events.

Here’s a look at what to expect:

Farmers’ market season

This week brought good news for Cantonites: The southeast Baltimore neighborhood now has a farmers’ market of its own. Every Wednesday afternoon from now through late October, a waterfront market will pop up at Canton Waterfront Park.

The new market is one of several around the city, including the Sunday morning market under the JFX and the Saturday morning markets in Broadway Square in Fells Point and on 32nd Street in Waverly, and the Wednesday market in Druid Hill Park.

Summer menus

Speaking of farmers’ markets – and all the gorgeous produce they provide – Aldo’s currently has an excellent deal: a $29 three-course farmers’ market menu featuring fresh, local produce. It’s available every evening, starting at 5 p.m.

Overall, it’s an ideal time of year for local food. Restaurants all over have recently jump-started their menus with regional and seasonal ingredients. Just this week, Linwoods, Magdalena, Foraged Eatery and Silver Queen Café all announced summertime updates.

Support Peter’s Inn

Late last December, Peter’s Inn, the iconic Fells Point restaurant that is a favorite among food-loving Baltimoreans, was severely damaged in a fire. Now, nearly seven months later, the restaurant’s renovation efforts are still underway, with a goal of reopening in August.

Unfortunately, the insurance process hasn’t gone as smoothly as it could have, so the owners, Karin and Bud Tiffany, are facing some financial challenges on the path to reopening. They have created a GoFundMe page for help with expenses–things like renewing their liquor license and getting necessary inspections.

If you’re interested in helping with the reopening effort, you can find the page here.

Bluebird branching out

The owners of The Bluebird Cocktail Room are opening a new concept, Little Bird Coffee Bar, on Aug. 1.

Little Bird, which will be located two stories below Bluebird, will be an “Italian-inspired café” serving breakfast, lunch, cocktails, snacks and light dinner.

Celebré Bastille Day

It’s a big weekend for the French–and not just because they’re in the World Cup finals on Sunday. Saturday, July 14, is Bastille Day, giving local Francophiles reason to celebrate all weekend long.

Friday, July 13, Chef’s Expressions will host a Bastille Day wine dinner, benefiting Meals on Wheels. The dinner, held at the Gramercy Manson, includes several courses of French food paired with French wine.

Chez Hugo Bistro’s menu will include dishes like whole monkfish tail brushed with tomato and eggplant paste; the fete will also feature wines, toasts and costumes.

Petit Louis Bistro will host an outdoor festival to honor the day, with live music, food and wine–and it happens rain or shine.

Derby Daze at R. House

R. House is hosting a fun event on Saturday: Derby Daze, an afternoon of baseball and roller skating. The party includes a home run derby as well as a skate party held in the garage. It’s a double derby.

The party is in partnership with Union Craft Brewing, which will be providing beers, and for every home run during the home run derby, R. House and Union will donate $2 to MissionFit, an organization that helps promote fitness and confidence in young people living in underserved communities.

Planning Ahead

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

July 23: RAR Sour Beer Dinner at Outpost American Tavern 

July 26: Crabs &Beer Dinner at Gertrude’s 

August 23: Summer Soiree at The Pendry 



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