Hot Plate: LB Skybar reopening, Ramps & Rose dinner at Foraged, Petit Louis’ April in Paris fete and more

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LB Skybar opens Friday on the 19th floor of the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

If you’re thinking about heading outside with a drink in hand, now’s the time, Baltimore. This week brings tons of opportunities to eat and drink seasonally and locally–and outdoors. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Openings and announcements

On Saturday, Cake by Jason, the new bakery from Jason Hisley, will open in Timonium. Hisley, who made his name on “Cupcake Wars” and was formerly at La Cakerie, will be celebrating the launch of his new spot with a party that will include giveaways, raffles and general revelry.

The Regal Beagle, the excellent-sounding new bar in the old Jack’s Bistro space in Canton, is slated to open sometime next week. The team behind the bar includes Jack’s former owner (and current Blair’s on Hudson owner) Ted Stelzenmuller and former Bookmaker’s Cocktail Club beverage director Ryan Sparks.

Cheers to springtime

As the weather warms, local restaurants continue to open up new spaces for dining and drinking outdoors.

The LB Skybar, on the 19th floor of the Lord Baltimore Hotel downtown, opens on Friday, April 27. This year, the bar has a new indoor area with additional seating and a permanent bar to go with its outdoor space, which has a terrific view.

Gunther & Co.’s patio, which became a popular outdoor destination last year, recently reopened for the season.

On Thursday, May 3, Magdalena will host a Spring Soiree to celebrate the launch of “al fresco season” and dining on the restaurant’s new courtyard and patio. The party will include live music, specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, plus a gorgeous setting.

Reisterstown’s Ristorante Firenze is opening a new outdoor area, the Peroni Beer Garden, on Friday, May 4. Guests will be able to order from the restaurant’s regular menu or from a lite fare menu specific to the outdoor space. There will be live music on Fridays and Saturdays and fun outdoor games, such as corn hole and giant Jenga.

Another recent addition is the new patio bar at Loch Bar in Harbor East. The newly installed bar is in a fantastic location with prime views of the harbor.

Charm City Bluegrass Festival

This Saturday and Sunday, the Charm City Bluegrass Festival returns to Baltimore for its sixth year.

The festival, which takes place in Druid Hill Park, is technically all about music, but as past attendees know, it’s also about food and drink, including local treats custom-made just for the party like Union Craft Brewing’s (Do You Even) Dobro IPA, a citrusy beer made with Citra and Mosaic hops.

Food vendors on hand will include The Charmery, Brick N’ Fire Pizza, The Local Oyster and Bayou Billy’s Homemade Soda Pop.

FashionEASTa in Harbor East

On Saturday, Harbor East will host its annual FashionEASTa party. The event is ostensibly about fashion, but just like the bluegrass festival is about more than music, FashionEASTa is about more than clothing and accessories. It’s also about food.

The street party begins at noon and will include live music and cocktails and bites from Harbor East restaurants.

Supporting Moveable Feast

This weekend brings multiple opportunities to support Moveable Feast, the nonprofit that provides meals to people with life-threatening illnesses.

On Saturday, The HandleBar Café will host Hunt for the Feast, a biking, photo-oriented scavenger hunt (with prizes) that sounds like a blast. All of the proceeds from the hunt go directly to Moveable Feast.

And on Sunday, Union Craft Brewing will host Brew for the Feast “Brunch Edition,” a doughnut and beer brunch benefiting the cause. The party will include doughnuts and other bites from tons of great local food makers, including Donut Stop Believin’, Sundays, Full Circle Artisan Palace, Vent Coffee Roasters, Woodberry Kitchen, Wit & Wisdom, School of Food, The Brewer’s Art, Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Catoctin Mountain Farm. 

Refugee and Immigrants Arts Feast

Mera Kitchen Collective has organized a refugee and immigrant arts feast to take place at 2640 Space on Saturday afternoon. The event, which is free and open to the public, will have food, arts, crafts and other goods from refugee vendors hailing from around the world. There will also be live music and special performances from participating vendors.

Sam’s goes blue on Saturday

Saturday afternoon, Sam’s Canterbury Café hosts an open house to promote autism awareness. The event, part of Sam’s first anniversary celebrations, is billed as a thank you to the community for their continued support over the past year.

Sam’s employs individuals on the autism spectrum, so the cause is especially close to the café’s owners and staff.

Oysters in the country

The old rule about eating oysters only during “R” months has fallen by the wayside, thanks to modern refrigeration and oyster farming techniques. But this weekend still offers a good opportunity to honor the end of the traditional oyster season, when The Manor Tavern hosts its 7th Annual Oyster Festival on Sunday.

The party includes live music, food and drink specials, local artists, face painting and lots of oysters.

April in Paris…in Baltimore

You might not be able to jet to Paris this weekend, but you can enjoy some of the city’s springtime joie de vivre here in Baltimore, when Petit Louis hosts its annual April in Paris party on Sunday, April 29.

The fete takes place outside of the Roland Park restaurant and is family-friendly, with outdoor grilling, special French treats and lots of good cheer.

Behind the scenes with a (funny) restaurant critic

Also on Sunday, former Baltimore Sun and City Paper restaurant critic Richard Gorelick will take the stage at The BIG Theater on North Charles Street to eat and critique…and improv.

Gorelick, who is a funny guy on his own, will team up with his friends from Baltimore Improv Group along with guest chefs Karen and Bud Tiffany, of Peter’s Inn, to put on the show. Karen and Bud will cook, Richard will eat and opine, and the BIG crew will make comedy all around them.

Ramps & Rose at Foraged

Sunday evening is also a great time to get seasonal at Foraged Eatery. The Hampden restaurant will host a “Ramps & Rose” dinner featuring lots of rose to pair with dishes built around ramps, the wild onion that has a very brief season (and makes chefs go crazy with excitement).

The three-course dinner includes choices like duck liver mousse with pickled ramps, black currants and ramp aioli, and charred ramp and oyster pot pie in puff pastry.

Taco & Tequila night at The Elephant

The Elephant’s executive chef, Orlando Amaro, studied at the Culinary Institute of Mexico. He’s putting some of his Mexican cooking skills to the test on Sunday night with a taco and tequila tasting featuring globally inspired tacos and tastings of multiple types of tequila and mezcal.

Meet Your Maker at Golden West

On Monday, Golden West welcomes the crews from Charm City Meadworks and Baltimore Whiskey Company for a meet and greet event geared towards locals in the bar, restaurant and beverage industry. The idea is to get bar industry folks together with the people who make the products they sell, to taste and talk about what goes into the making process.

SEEN at Ida B’s Table

On Wednesday, Ida B’s Table will celebrate the launch of the fifth installment of its rotating art series. The exhibition, called “SEEN Ι A Mother’s Intention,” will be on display from May 2 through the end of the month and includes work from Tracey Beale and Sharayna Christmas that focuses on mothers.

The opening reception will take place Wednesday evening, starting with happy hour from 5-7 p.m. followed by a reception lasting until 8 p.m.

FlowerMart is back

Get ready for lemon sticks! Next Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, FlowerMart returns to Mount Vernon. In addition to the iconic lemon-and-peppermint treats that are ubiquitous during FlowerMart, the annual festival will feature tons of music, food, hats, puppies (!) and, of course, flowers.

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

May 20: Brewscape at Birroteca 

June 3: Tacopalooza at La Food Marketa 

June 15: Twilight on the Terrace at Gertrude’s 

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