Hot Plate: Local Fry Pops Up at Wet City, Brunch at The Elephant Announced, Wine Dinner at Cinghiale

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On Monday, The Local Fry teams up with Wet City for CHIMAEK, featuring several Korean specialties plus beer pairings.

With another springlike week behind us and more pleasant weather on the way, Baltimore’s restaurants have been filled with customers in good spirits. Let’s keep that going.

Though this week marks the start of Lent, traditionally a time of abstention, there are still plenty of events to keep local food lovers busy. Here’s a look at what’s happening in and around Baltimore this week:

Openings & Announcements

Starting in mid-March, brunching Baltimoreans have another spot to add to their weekend list. The weekend of March 11 and 12, The Elephant will kick-off brunch service, serving its excellent food and cocktails on both Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Earlier this week, the team behind Sagamore Spirit whiskey announced that the company’s new Port Covington distillery will open to the public on April 21. For the first weekend, the distillery will be open for free tours (including tastings). Eventually, the campus will include an event space and restaurant, in addition to the distilling facility.

Have kids? RegionAle, the new creative sandwich shop in Ellicott City, is giving parents good reason to give them a try on Tuesday nights. The restaurant has just announced a “kids eat free” Tuesday policy. The kids’ menu includes grilled cheese and fluffernutters, which sound like a good idea all around.

Sadly, The Pigheaded Butcher, the locally sourcing Timonium butcher shop, announced this week that tomorrow, Feb. 25, will be its last day in business. In a message on Facebook, the shop’s owners wrote, “In the past year and a half, we have met so many wonderful people – our customers, our staff, our farmers and our vendors, so it is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that The Pigheaded Butcher will be closing for business.” 

Local sweets favorite La Cakerie is opening a new Bel Air outpost this Saturday, with a party including a ribbon cutting and a Mardi Gras theme. Bel Air is La Cakerie’s third local location; the bakery also has Towson and Mt. Vernon spots.

Busy at Wet City

This week is a big one at Wet City, the restaurant and excellent beer bar on W. Chase Street.

On Monday, February 27, Wet City is teaming up with the crew from The Local Fry for the CHIMAEK pop-up featuring Korean fried chicken and other fun Korean dishes plus beer pairings. The menu includes wings with soy garlic or gochujang sauce, kimchi fries, tteok-la bok ki (rice cakes, ramen noodles, fish cakes, quail eggs and veggies in a spicy sauce) and the tempura rolls kim mari.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, social media fans can get their Instagram fix with an Instagram meet-up with Amy Langrehr and Jess Mayhugh, two Baltimoreans who are notable for both their love of food and drinks and their terrific Instagram skills.

There will be beers on special, complimentary snacks and creative cocktails made just for the occasion. 

Cheers to Moveable Feast

On Saturday evening, the American Visionary Arts Museum will host a Small Food Party, all about “tiny edibles.” The party ties into AVAM’s captivating exhibit “The History, Fantasy and Future of Food,” and benefits Moveable Feast, a charitable organization that delivers healthy meals to Marylanders living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other debilitating illnesses.

On Friday, March 3, Gertrude’s will go wild with the Rebels with a Cause keg party in support of Moveable Feast.

The evening includes food from a variety of local restaurants, including Wit & Wisdom and Blue Pit BBQ, and beer from local craft breweries. All proceeds benefit the Rebels with a Cause team participating in Ride for the Feast. 

Taco Saturday

Argosy Café is going Oaxacan on Saturday evening, with a pop-up taco party. The night will feature Oaxacan-inspired tacos and El Silencio Mezcal cocktails. A portion of proceeds from the night will benefit the ACLU. 

Bitter & Spicy Sunday

Maggie’s Farm is hosting a workshop on bitters – the classic cocktail ingredient and current darling of bartenders – the evening of Sunday, February 26. The class will cover the history of bitters, plus instruction in how to make them at home.

Also on Sunday, Waverly Brewing Company will host a chili cook-off. The event will feature 20 different chilis, with cash and gift card prices (plus a lot of bragging rights). 

Shrove Tuesday at The Corner Pantry

Mardi Gras parties often get all the love (and there’s a fun party this year at Mt. Vernon Marketplace), but the Shrove Tuesday tradition of pancakes for dinner is just as special.

Also on Feb. 28, The Corner Pantry will celebrate the last night before Lent begins with extended hours, plus, crepes, fillings and mini-doughnut bars. Chef-owner Neill Howell will draw on his British roots to celebrate the day as the Brits do, with plenty of sweets. 

Wine & Conversation

On Feb. 28, “Decanted. A Winemaker’s Journey” will make its Baltimore premiere at The Senator Theater. The film is about winemaking in California’s Napa Valley, but it has Baltimore roots; the producers and directors hail from Charm City.

On Wednesday, March 1, Cinghiale will host a four-course dinner featuring the wines of Ermanno Costa winery. The evening will include five wines produced by the Italian winery and the owners, the Costa siblings, will be on hand for conversation. 

Planning Ahead

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

March 5: Ryes Up Against Cystic Fibrosis

March 25: WTMD Chili Cook-off 

April 1: The Emporiyum 

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