Hot Plate: Parts and Labor Launches Brunch, Robicelli’s at the Charmery

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The bar at La Cuchara
The bar at La Cuchara

Hopefully everyone has recovered from Valentine’s Day and – the real holiday this past week – National Drink Wine Day. This week in Baltimore, restaurants and bars are hosting a wide range of events celebrating everything from wine to oysters.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening in Baltimore restaurants this week:

Breakfast All Around

Tonight, February 19, Wit & Wisdom goes crazy for brinner with an 80’s-themed breakfast party featuring bottomless mimosas, a made-to-order crepe station and other brunch favorites, plus a DJ and costume contest. Best of all, $10 from each ticket sold will be donated to No Kid Hungry’s School Breakfast Program.

Like meat in the morning? This weekend, Parts & Labor launches brunch service. Get there between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for everything from Bloody Marys to sausage gravy.

Sweet & Spicy Saturday

There’s something for everything in Baltimore tomorrow morning.

At 12 p.m., check out Robicelli’s, the currently Brooklyn-based, but soon-to-be Baltimore-bound bakery as they team up with the crew at The Charmery for a baked goods and ice cream “extravaganza.”

Then make your way over to Swallow at the Hollow, where the bar’s 4th Annual Chili Cookoff will start at 3 p.m. It’s always a good time with a ton of really great chili.

Under the Sea

Oyster shucker extraordinaire Nick Shauman teams up with Chef Egg this week for a class about oyster aquaculture, what to look for and taste in oysters, how to shuck and cook the bivalves. The class takes place at The Local Oyster in Mount Vernon Marketplace on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

Cultural Exploration

Get to know the food and music of the Asian continent at the Taste of Asia Dinner, organized by McDaniel College’s Asian Community Coalition student organization. The event will feature traditional Asian dance and music – and food! – and is sure to be both illuminating and fun.

Drink Up

Restaurants all around the area are hosting boozy events this week.

On Feb. 22, starting at 6 p.m., sample the wines of Tuscany at The Boathouse Canton’s Perfect Pairings event featuring four tasting stations, wine experts and tapas to pair.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Le Garage in Hampden will debut five new cocktails. Be one of the first to taste the drinks that night. They sound wild and fantastic, including exotic ingredients like Lapsang Souchon-infused syrup and duck fat-infused mezcal (!).

If wine is more your thing, head to La Cuchara on the 23rd for the Think Outside the BX Wine Dinner starting at 7 p.m. The five-course, Bordeaux-inspired dinner will be paired with both French and Spanish wines selected by La Cuchara sommelier Greg Schwab, working with Lucien Walsh, sommelier of wine importer Country Vintner.

Sadly, Mt. Washington Tavern’s Kentucky Nights – A Bourbon Tasting, scheduled for the 25th, is sold out. The lucky people who got tickets will be treated to tastings from more than ten distilleries and food pairings, with proceeds benefitting the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.

Casino Nights

The Horseshoe Casino’s restaurants are hopping with events this week. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. Guy Fieri’s Kitchen + Bar will host Brews and Bites, a four-course dinner pairing Flying Dog beers with dishes like crab sliders and beer-brined wings.

And on Feb. 24, Jack Binion’s Steak breaks open the champers with Bubbles and Bites, a six-course meal with sparkling pairings.

Dinner in the Kitchen

Have you heard about dinners in the Private Kitchen at The Food Market in Hampden? Tucked in the basement of the restaurant, there’s a small kitchen outfitted with a table big enough for about 14 people. The room is available for private events, during which diners get a lot of personal love – and amazing food – from the staff. It books up quickly, but it’s worth planning ahead!

Planning Ahead

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

Saturday, February 27: Winter Swish at Birroteca

Sunday, February 28: Bend & Brunch at Encantada

Thursday, March 3: Moschioni Wine Dinner at Cinghiale

Sunday, March 6: 5th Annual Rye’s Up against Cystic Fibrosis at B&O American Brasserie


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