Hot Plate: Harry Potter Cocktails, Hersh’s Italian Takeover at The Corner Pantry

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Hersh's squid ink pasta
Hersh’s squid ink pasta

Congratulations, Baltimore – you made it through the week. And it was a hot one! Everyone in and around the city deserves at least one orange crush this weekend.

Over those celebratory drinks, plan your week. Here’s what’s happening in the restaurant world over the next few days:

Love & Light

On Saturday, July 30, Baltimore’s creative and food communities will come together at the Clipper Mill Pool to host the second annual Love & Light for Melissa, a fundraiser created to support the medical costs of Melissa Kirby, co-founder of Shine Creative, who experienced multiple brain stem strokes two years ago.

In addition to being a worthy cause, the event will feature food and drinks from some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, including Woodberry Kitchen, Cosima, Gunther & Co., Colette, Tapas Teatro, Clavel, Hersh’s, The Corner Pantry and The Local Oyster, with drinks from Union Craft Brewing and Waverly Brewing Company. Event planner Stephanie Bradshaw is the design mind behind the event; the décor will be developed around the concept of “elevation.”

Can It

On Saturday, July 30, Slow Food Baltimore presents a canning class with Zenobia Taylor-Weiss. Taylor-Weiss, an experienced canning instructor, will walk participants through the process of creating and canning fruit preserves. Every participant leaves with a jar of homemade seasonal fruit preserves – and a lot of knowledge.

If you can’t make the Slow Food class, Schola is holding a canning class of its own, just a few days later, on August 4. This class will focus on pickle-making, canned tomatoes, confit vegetables, plus preserved and jams.

Accio Cocktail!

Harry Potter uber-fans already know that July 31 is a special day. Not only is it Harry’s birthday, this year, it’s also the day The Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling’s newest book about the wizarding world, hits the shelves.

Bookmakers Cocktail Club and The Book Escape have teamed up for Cocktails and the Cursed Child, a book release party featuring wants, potions and butter beer (that means Potter-themed cocktails!) – plus copies of the book itself.

Patio at Parts

Parts & Labor opens up patio seating this Sunday, July 31. They’re celebrating the occasion by featuring “meats on the street” – an Argentinian-style mixed grill, including asada, blood sausage, and chimichurri. 

Bring on the Fernet

Also on July 31,  Aggio bartender Amie Ward continues her afternoon drinking series on July 31, with a look at Fernet. The class includes four pours of Fernet, one cocktail, and a charcuterie plate – plus instruction and discussion from Ward herself.

Italy Takes England

It sounds like a soccer – sorry, football – matchup, but really, it’s dinner. On August 4, beloved pizza and pasta joint Hersh’s storms the kitchen at the British mainstay, The Corner Pantry, for a one night, three-course “Italian Takeover.”

The Corner Pantry will return the favor in a few weeks, taking over Hersh’s kitchen for a Nose to Tail Pig Roast featuring a hog locally sourced from Whistle Pig Hollow Farm.

 National Oyster Day

Get your shuck on! Friday, August 5 is National Oyster Day. Baltimore offers plenty of places to enjoy oysters, both raw and cooked. One favorite is the Mt. Washington Tavern, which will celebrate the day with live music, giveaways, beer pairings and charity. A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership, an organization that works hard to encourage oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.

Undersea Ale

This week, the National Aquarium and Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery announced an exciting partnership as they released SeaQuench Ale, a sour beer flavored with lime and sea salt. The beer, which will launch on August 1, will be available year-round at the National Aquarium café. 


This summer has been a busy one, with new restaurant announcements and openings every week. Not only does The Elephant officially open to the public this week, but we’ve also heard promising opening news from all over the region.

In Towson, a second location of The Point, the Fells Point seafood spot, will open in the space formerly occupied by The Crease. 

In Upper Fells Point, Chef Malcolm Mitchell, a veteran of the Food Network shows Beat Bobby Flay and Food Network Star has opened Ryder’s, a corner bar gastropub.

R. House in Remington has announced the addition of a permanent stall that will be a dedicated rotating kitchen, allowing chefs to test out restaurant concepts for short periods of time – from one week to two months.

Harbor Point’s roster of tenants continues to expand. This week, the new development announced that Ceremony Coffee Roasters will be opening in the Exelon Building, likely sometime before the end of the year. Ceremony is an Annapolis-based company with a popular Baltimore location attached to Mt. Vernon Marketplace.

In Annapolis this August, Muse Paintbar will open a location in Annapolis Towne Center. The Muse concept combines dining with art; the menu includes wine beer and tapas – plus a side of instruction from local artists.

Restaurant Weeks

Technically, Summer Restaurant Week in Baltimore ends this Sunday, July 31. But be on the lookout for local restaurants, like Cosima, extending the deals through the following week. If you’re making reservations around town, be sure to check the menu before you go. (That’s always a good move, anyway!)

And in case the thought of Restaurant Week going away has you down, don’t fear. Baltimore County Restaurant Week starts on Friday, August 5. Like the city’s event, this year, restaurants will feature deals at multiple price points, from $15 to $35. The promotion lasts until August 20.

Planning Ahead

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

August 9: Clementine OUTSPIRE dinner at Star Bright Farm

September 8: CFF Passion for Food & Wine

September 15: Dining Out for Life


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