This weekend is HonFest, but that’s not the only thing happening around town over the next few days. Chefs are popping up all over the place, changing menus and teaching classes. The next seven days are exciting ones in the Baltimore food scene.
FEASTIVAL weekend is here! On Saturday, June 11, on the Waterfront Promenade in Harbor East, FEASTIVAL features food and drinks from some of the city’s best restaurants and chefs – and all of the proceeds from the event’s ticket sales go to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Encantada, The Food Market, Loch Bar, Azumi, Ouzo Bay, Aldo’s, Clavel, Wit & Wisdom, Gunther & Co., Hersh’s, Colette, Fleet Street Kitchen and Aggio will all have a presence at the festival. It’s a fantastic cause and sure to be an incredible event.
Also on June 11, get educated at Remington Chop Workshops & Biergarten. Some of Baltimore’s best and brightest food and drink minds will be conducting workshops all day long – learn about lamb butchery from the Parts & Labor folks, fish cleaning from Pen & Quill, beer tasting from Union Brewing, and the terroir of mezcal from Clavel.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – there are a ton of other great workshops to choose from. Or, just go for the biergarten, food vendors and live music.
Also on June 11, Alewife Baltimore is hosting Sour Ale Fest, featuring tons of sour beers. The timing is great, as the National Homebrewers Conference is on right now at the Convention Center, so hopheads will not only get to taste some good sour beers, they’ll also have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other beer enthusiasts.
Get to Know Amaro
On June 12, head to Aggio – which has one of the best bar programs in the city – for a class on the Italian herbal liqueur Amaro. The class includes three pours, a cocktail and charcuterie, plus a ton of great introductory knowledge about the drink.
It’s been a busy few weeks in restaurant openings – and the excitement continues this week and next.
Today, Baby’s On Fire opens in Mount Vernon. Both record store and café, the menu includes breakfast and lunch options that sound fantastic, plus Stumptown Coffee. The café, which is owned by longtime members of the Baltimore music scene David and Shirle Koslowski, doubles as a new and used record store.
On June 21, Brewer’s Hill’s rapidly expanding restaurant scene will grow a little more, with the opening of Gnocco. The corner bar space is clean and full of light and the Mediterranean menu includes some big hits, including a gorgeous, tender grilled octopus dish.
If you don’t feel like cooking, this is a great week to head out: Local restaurants are hosting fun dinners all week long.
On June 15, Chef Cyrus Keefer is taking over the Food Market basement kitchen for a special pop up event featuring the dishes of Defie Moi, his Asian French concept. If you can’t make it on Wednesday, don’t worry – he’ll be popping up at other spots around the city later in the summer.
Also on June 15, Alma Cocina Latina is hosting a dinner featuring the wines of Zuccardi Vineyards in Argentina. The meal will include TEN courses with pairings – it’s a big one!
On Thursday, June 16, TasteWise Kids presents an Open Kitchen Wine Supper at Gramercy Mansion, with food from Chef’s Expressions. The event includes demonstrations of farm to table recipe preparation and dinner with wine pairings and a portion of proceeds benefit TasteWise Kids, an organization that helps educate kids on food and farms.
The weather is gorgeous, making the timing just right for a handful of outdoor events taking place around town this week.
On Thursday, The Can Company kicks off its Third Thursday series, including bocce, bands and food and drink from Can Company merchants, including Alma Cocina Latina, Langermann’s and Chesapeake Wine.
Baltimore’s newest food truck rally, Truck Stop, is back on June 17. A bunch of local food trucks will post up at McHenry Row in the evening, for food, beer, music and an all around good time.
As the weather warms, moving from spring to summer, menus around town continue to evolve.
At Wit & Wisdom, Chef Zack Mills has made significant updates to the menu, adding hand cut pastas, like squid ink spaghetti with shrimp, uni, chili and lemon, as well as a handful of small bites, including Buffalo frog legs that sound fantastic.
And Chef Kevin Cauthorne, from Myth & Moonshine, is spending a lot of time mixing up his menu lately, making changes every time he visits the Fells Point Farmers Market. From City Hydro micro greens to Albright Farms meats, Chef Cauthorne lets what looks good at the market influence his menu direction.
Father’s Day is June 19, and though it’s traditionally more about backyard BBQs than restaurants, it’s still a great excuse to do something fun out in the city. A handful of local restaurants are marking the occasion with special events – and some are using Father’s Day as an excuse to kick off new initiatives that will last for the summer or even longer.
If dad is into beer, head up to Cinnamon Tree Restaurant at Hunt Valley Inn. The restaurant is hosting a Father’s Day Brewery Brunch, including a buffet and beer pairings from Flying Dog.
At Birroteca, Encantada and The Nickel Taphouse, dads dine for free on Father’s Day – a pretty great deal overall.
La Cuchara launches a new brunch service on Father’s Day, featuring a Basque take on brunch classics (think Bloody Marys with pintxo garnishes). If you can’t make it on Father’s Day, that’s OK – the service will continue on every Sunday.
Dads dining at the Mt. Washington Tavern on Father’s Day will receive complimentary bottles of Maker’s Mark BBQ sauce along with a recipe for the Tavern’s Maker’s Mark burger.
At Maggie’s Farm, celebrate dad with a special menu and Father’s Day pig roast.
Rusty Scupper is kicking off a summer season full of Sunday Fundays with live music and food and drink specials on the restaurant’s topside deck (which has one of the best views of the city).
Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:
June 28: Vegetarian Wine Dinner at La Cuchara
- Hot Plate: Sally O’s, Water Song Yunnan Kitchen and other spots open, restaurants celebrate seasonal ingredients, wine dinners and more - August 7, 2020
- Hot Plate: NiHao and Hungry Like the Wolfe open, Ekiben and Johnny Spero collab, and more - July 24, 2020
- Hot Plate: Bottoms Up Bagels opens, new Whitehall Market vendors, al fresco dining expands and more - July 2, 2020