Hot Plate: Molina Pizze & Polpette Opening, The Charmery Announces Expansion Plans, 11th Annual Oysterfest in Federal Hill

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Molina, a new permanent stall in R. House, will open Thursday.

If you’re a fan of oysters, beer and outdoor festivals – or just a fan of food in general – you’ve got a lot to look forward to this week. Here’s what’s coming up in Baltimore’s food world?

Opening & Announcements

This week is an exciting one in terms of new restaurant news.

Remington’s R. House announced a new permanent stall this week: Molina Pizze & Polpette will open on Thursday, October 19. The stall, which is run by the people behind Urban Pastoral and is a collaboration with Chef Melanie Molinary, will feature New Haven-style pizza, cooked in an oven that can fire a pizza in less than three minutes, as well as meatballs served with house marinara.

Nook Café opened near the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus earlier this week, providing a locally-owned option for breakfast items, sandwiches, soups and snacks.

Beloved ice cream shop, The Charmery, announced earlier this week that it will open a Baltimore County outpost near Towson, in the empty York Road space next to Villagio Café. The shop is slated to open next spring or summer.

Oysters & Good Works

October is prime oyster season and this weekend, the bivalves will be celebrated all over the city.

All weekend long, the 11th annual Oysterfest will take place in Federal Hill. Organized by Ryleigh’s Oyster, the festival includes live music, drinks and, of course, tons of oysters.

On Saturday starting at 12 p.m., Lee’s Pint & Shell will collaborate with the Oyster Recovery Partnership to host its second Shuckin’ in the Street block party. The party includes live music and free oysters on the half shell. There will also be beer trucks, bars for crushes and shots and food stands. The $5 entry fee will be donated to the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

Also on Saturday, BoatHouse Canton hosts The Blue Water Bash, a fundraiser for Blue Water Baltimore. The party includes live music and “traditional bull and oyster roast fare” including classic Maryland dishes.

Also on Saturday, Waterfront Partnerships’ Healthy Harbor Initiative hosts the third annual Great Baltimore Oyster Festival at West Shore Park. The event includes a variety of oyster and seafood dishes, plus local food trucks, drinks, live music and an oyster shucking contest.

Fall Festivals All Around

Mt. Vernon will host a multi-day Oktoberfest party tonight and tomorrow, with the action taking place on Read between Charles and Cathedral Streets. The event includes live entertainment and games, plus food and drinks from local restaurants.

This Sunday, October 15, the tenth annual Harbor Harvest festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rash Field.

The festival is super kid-friendly, with a pumpkin patch, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a hay ride and a variety of fun crafts and other activities. Parents will also appreciate the food vendors, which include Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon and Miss Twist ice cream.

Also on Sunday, head to Manor Hill Brewing for the Harvest at the Hill Festival, featuring farm and brewery tours, Manor Hill beers, food from nearby farms and restaurants, a farmer’s market and live music.

Talking with David Tanis

On Monday, October 16, Chef Spike Gjerde will help introduce Baltimore to Chef David Tanis, author of the new cookbook David Tanis Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient.

Starting at 6 p.m., Tanis will be at Bird in Hand for a book signing and reception. After that, Tanis and Gjerde will head to Woodberry Kitchen for a supper and talk starting at 8 p.m.

Get Fresh with Minnow & Ekiben

Two of Baltimore’s hottest food spots – Minnow and Ekiben – are joining together on Tuesday, October 17 for “Gettin’ Fresh,” a collaboration taking place at Minnow. The menu includes dishes like grilled prawn with fermented chili paste, fresh papaya and passion fruit sorbet and suckling pig with a steam bun.

The event is also part of Baltimore Beer Week – check out the full lineup of events here – and will feature a full tap takeover from Union Brewing.


Saucy at The Corner Pantry

The Corner Pantry’s cooking class series returns this week, with a class dedicated to sauce making. On Tuesday, October 17, Chef Neill Howell will walk the class through four basic sauces: béchamel, barbecue, jus and tomato.

Scotch Season

On Wednesday, October 18, The Milton Inn will host a “formal Scotch tasting” featuring whiskies from Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. The event includes light hors d’oeuvres as well as tastes of five different scotches.

Kitchens of Note

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s second annual Kitchens of Note fundraiser takes place this Wednesday. The event includes entrée to six kitchens in the Laurelford community in Baltimore County. The event includes a tour of each kitchen, which will be outfitted with table designs and floral displays from local businesses. In each kitchen, tour attendees will also find a local chef preparing a treat for the guests.

The self-guided tour raises funds for the BSO’s education programs.

Coffee Talk

Artifact’s Origins Speaker Series returns this Thursday, October 19, with a look at coffee from a global perspective. The talk will be led by Migue Mateol, the sales and export manager for a company that works with small coffee producers, and two people from Counter Culture Coffee: Getu Bekele, a coffee agronomist and East Africa supply chain manager and Lenora Yeakes.

Going Greek

On Thursday, SoBo Café goes Greek with an installment of its monthly SoBo Supper Series. The evening includes a three-course Greek menu, served family-style, for $30. (The regular menu is also available Thursday evening.)

Feast for Farms and Families

Also on Thursday, the second annual Feast for Farms and Families, organized by the Maryland Farmers Market Association, takes place across the city. The fundraiser supports Maryland Market Money, a program that assists shoppers using federal food assistance at certain farmers markets.

The event raises funds by working with restaurants, which donate a portion of their October 19 proceeds to Maryland Market Money – restaurants participating include The Charmery, Artifact Coffee and Cardinal Tavern, among others.

Celebrating The League

The League for People with Disabilities celebrates its 90th birthday this week. The non-profit organization, which helps families in need via a variety of programs and services, will toast itself, while raising funds for future efforts, with a Thursday night party at La Cuchara.

The event is called #OMGFood and it will feature dishesand demonstrations from La Cuchara as well as a handful of other great local restaurants – Food Market, La Food Marketa, Wit & Wisdom, Gunther & Co. and The Corner Pantry.

The party is sold out, unfortunately, but food lovers and supporters of good works should keep an eye out for The League’s next fundraiser.

Champagne for Everyone

Next Friday, October 20, is Global Champagne Day and Avenue Kitchen & Bar in Hampden is ready to celebrate. That evening, the restaurant will serve a four-course menu paired with champagne and will offer $10 glasses of champagne in the bar.

Planning Ahead

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

October 25: Bread & Butter Opening Reception at Silver Queen Café 

October 26: Foradori Wine Dinner at Cinghiale 

November 4: Vino in Vogue in Harbor East 

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