Hot Plate: Irish food and drinks this weekend, followed by a week of wine

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The Corner Pantry’s corned beef and cabbage is just one of the Irish specials to be had around town this weekend.

From beer and whiskey to wine and funky mushrooms, this week is a festive one in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Openings & Announcements

Union Collective announced another great new tenant this week: Well Crafted Kitchen, from the folks behind the Well Crafted Pizza food truck. Well Crafted Kitchen will be located adjacent to Union’s taproom; the pizza and beer do pair well together.

Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar in Hampden marks eight years in business this week. Stop by and help the Corner team celebrate; they have a special three-course menu available for $25.

Cosima is adding brunch to its lineup! Easter Sunday–April 1–will be the restaurant’s brunch debut.

Unfortunately, this week brought news of a couple closings, too. The Federal Hill staple Regi’s will serve its last meal on April 7 and Aggio, Bryan Voltaggio’s Italian restaurant in Power Plant Live, closed earlier in the week.

St. Paddy’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, which means the annual celebration of all things Irish might be even more festive than usual. There are parties and other fun ways to celebrate happening all over the city, including these:

Gertrude’s has been celebrating since Thursday, March 15. The Baltimore Museum of Art restaurant has a special menu, available through Sunday, including dishes like corned beef and soda bread.

Donut Stop Believin’ is teaming up with Full Circle Artisan Palace for a Saturday morning doughnut party, including sweet things like the Drunken Lullabies, a Guinness Stout doughnut topped with whiskey glaze (and green sprinkles).

Though they’re British, all day long The Corner Pantry will celebrate their Irish neighbors with corned beef and braised cabbage with scallion mash for $18.

Parts & Labor is teaming up with Peabody Heights Brewery for a St. Paddy’s Day party starting at 11 a.m. Beers will be just 25 cents each for the first hour (prices go up from there) and P&L will offer $1, $3 and $5 snacks, plus the regular menu.

Just for the day, Tark’s Grill & Bar becomes O’Tark’s Grill, with live Irish music, Irish food and (of course), Irish drinks.

At Boathouse Canton, the party includes whiskey, craft beer and lots of oysters, too.

Keep the party going on Sunday, when Encantada is the site of a whiskey tasting and pairing organized by Mixolo. The event will include tastes of three whiskeys, bites to go with them, and discussion around how whiskey is made.

Wine All Week

The weekend might be all about beer and whiskey, but this week will belong to wine.

On Tuesday, wine writer Jon Bonne will be at Bird in Hand talking about his new book, “The New Wine Rules,” and tasting wines from Old Westminster Winery.

Following the talk, Bonne will head to Woodberry Kitchen for a special dinner featuring oysters, flatbreads and burgers alongside the author’s wine picks.

Also on Tuesday evening, Wit & Wisdom will debut their new private label Wit & Wisdom wine from Oregon’s Alexana Vineyards. The launch party will also showcase several other Alexana wines, as well as small bites from Chef Zack Mills.

This is a ticketed event, and four ticket-holders will also win a bottle of the Wit & Wisdom wine.

On Thursday night, Gunther & Co. hosts a five-course dinner featuring the wines of Revana.

Courses include dishes like oysters on the half shell with avocado and Thai chili granita paired with an Oregon pinot gris and espresso-rubbed wagyu tri-tip steak paired with a Napa cab.

Dine Out 2 Help Out

From March 19 through March 22, a handful of restaurants across the state will participate in Dine Out 2 Help Out, an initiative raising money for the Maryland Food Bank. Throughout that time period, participating restaurants will donate 5 percent of customers’ bills to the organization.

In Baltimore City, Rye Street Tavern, Explorers and Rachel New American Cuisine are all part of the effort. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit the Maryland Food Bank website.

Taste of Pikesville

The Pikesville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of Pikesville event will take place at the Suburban Club on Wednesday, March 21. The evening features food and drinks from a variety of Baltimore County eateries, and a portion of proceeds benefits the Baltimore Hunger Project.

Night Brunch at R. House

On Wednesday night, head to R. House for a ’90s springtime-inspired Night Brunch, featuring mimosas, music and fun brunch food from the R. House chefs.

Get Funky at Foraged

On Thursday, March 22, Foraged Eatery will showcase chef/owner Chris Amendola’s love for mushrooms with a Funky Fungi Mushroom Dinner. The three-course meal will feature mushrooms from Funky Fungi, which is a part of Serenity Farm in Sparks.

Dishes include more traditional preparations, like roasted duxelles served with ricotta and toasted baguettes, as well as less expected choices, like a shiitake and caramelized white chocolate crème brulee.

Planning Ahead

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

April 7: Oyster festival at Manor Tavern 

April 14: Lock House Craft Beer & Wine Festival 

April 21: Winemaking workshop at Charm City Farms 

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