Hot Plate: John Brown’s opens in Remington, Pride cocktails & donations, tomato season and more

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Guinness has partnered with The Urban Oyster to launch a summery new brew, inspired by pina colada flavors.

Summer is officially here, which means fun happenings in the Baltimore restaurant scene, from local tomatoes to beachy cocktails. Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

Openings and announcements
Good news for the city: John Brown’s Remington butcher shop is opening on June 29. The Worthington Valley butcher is taking over the old Parts & Labor space, with offerings expanding beyond just meat to seafood and sandwiches. The butcher shop opening is just stage one; in July, the attached restaurant will open.

Local brunch pop-up crew The Brunch Gods is planning to open a permanent location in Windsor Mill later this summer.

Pride fun
On Sunday, Tay Threadgill, the chef at the not-quite-open spot Church, will pop up at Whitehall Market, where she will cook with Jasmine Norton of Urban Burger Bar and The Urban Oyster.

The market is also hosting a drag celebration with a bar, located at Heritage Kitchen and tended by Wight Tea Co.’s Joey Wight. A portion of proceeds from each cocktail sold will go to Baltimore Safe Haven.

The Avenue Kitchen & Bar is also celebrating Pride with an Instagram-friendly balloon installation, a complimentary drag show on Sunday and rainbow crushes on the menu. Ten percent of the sale of each crush will be donated to Baltimore Safe Haven.

Also in honor of Baltimore Pride, all Atlas Restaurant Group spots (including Azumi, Ouzo Bay, Tagliata, The Bygone, Loch Bar and Maximon) have a new addition to their drinks lists: a Pride Punch cocktail. For every Pride Punch sold, the restaurants will donate $1 to the Pride Center of Maryland; Atlas will then match the total amount raised with another donation.

BBQ and Brew
On Sunday, help raise funds for Weekend Backpacks by joining a virtual BBQ and Brew party, including grilling and beer pairing guidance from the Linwoods team.

Surfin’ Sunday at Dutch Courage
This week’s Sunday Supper at Dutch Courage is a great one for summer, with all sorts of tropical drinks and dishes, including a smoked mango and burrata salad and cocktails like a Taro Colada – mix of gin, Aperol, coconut, pineapple, lime and taro.

New brews
A couple local favorites have new summertime beer options.

As part of its Allyship through Collaboration series, Guinness Open Gate Brewery has launched Urban Tiki, a coconut, pineapple and cayenne pepper-laced ale, developed in partnership with Urban Oyster’s Jasmine Norton (who is very busy this week!).

The team at DuClaw has just released a 12-ounce can version of its Lil’ Sour Me America ale, which is inspired by old school rocket popsicles, layering cherry and raspberry purees and key lime juice. It’ll be available in spots around town and you can find it on tap, starting next week, at Das Bierhalle.

Tomato season is upon us
One surefire sign that summer is here: gorgeous local tomatoes have started popping up on menus around town.

At The Food Market, thick slices of tomato are layered with burrata, basil, balsamic, olive oil and a crumble of briny olives.

La Cuchara slices local tomatoes super-thin for a beautiful “carpaccio” dish.

At Silver Queen Café, green Maryland tomatoes are fried and topped with buttermilk dressing and chow chow. 

And at Thames Street Oyster House, local tomatoes make their way into vegetable-studded risotto that is topped with Maine lobster. 

Shores of Us menu & tickets
Tickets for The Shores of Us, the next dinner from H3irloom Food Group, go on sale at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 25. The dinner, which takes place July 10, includes five courses, each paired with a win. The menu sounds fabulous, with courses like glazed octopus and black scallop with succotash and cream, and braised lamb shank with smoked sweet potato and micro collards.

Planning for the future
Mark your calendars for:
July 9: Maryland Food Truck Week 
July 11: Make Your Own Rocks Glass at Sagamore 
August 7: Crabs, Wine & Beer Festival 

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