Hot Plate: National Oyster Day, Ellicott City Flood Fundraisers

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Oysters at Rusty Scupper
Oysters at Rusty Scupper

Happy National Oyster Day! What a great holiday for food-lovers, especially in the Chesapeake region. And what a great way to kick off what promises to be a great food week in the area.

Here’s a look at how local restaurants are honoring oysters today and what else they have on tap all week long.

 National Oyster Day

There are plenty of places to celebrate today’s big bivalve holiday, including Mt. Washington Tavern, which will feature live music, giveaways, beer pairings and charity, with a portion of the day’s proceeds benefitting the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

The Rusty Scupper is in on the ORP action, too. All through the weekend, the restaurant will donate 25 centers per oyster sold to the organization.

It’s an incredibly worthy cause. ORP manages the largest shell recycling alliance in the country and has been a driving force behind the recent boom in Maryland’s aquaculture industry. Oysters aren’t just delicious – they’re also good for the economy and for the Bay, so ORP’s efforts benefit everyone in the state.

 At Loch Bar, the staff is celebrating both National Oyster Day and International Beer Day, with specials on both beers and oysters all day long.

At Gunther & Co., eat all you want from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., when oysters are only $1.

At Wit & Wisdom, National Oyster Day will include $1 oysters and $5 glasses of bubbly.

At all Ryleigh’s locations today, oysters are free between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m., oysters are $1, craft beers are $5 and wines are $6. Plus, through August 21, Ryleigh’s will participate in the 2016 Oyster Games, an initiative by Flying Dog Brewery, benefitting the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

Recovery Efforts

Last weekend’s flooding devastated businesses in both Ellicott City and Clipper Mill. One of the few silver linings of the horrific event is that the Baltimore and Howard County communities are coming together to support those affected.

If you’re interested in food and drink fundraisers benefitting Ellicott City, we have rundowns here and here.

In Clipper Mill, several businesses were extremely damaged, including Nepenthe Homebrew. To help Nepenthe, Le Garage will donate $5 from each prix fixe dinner from their extended restaurant week menu and a dollar from each beer flight. to the company.

Birroteca is also raising money for Nepenthe; at 4:30 p.m. today, they will go live on their Facebook page to talk about their weekly cocktail and their fundraising efforts. 

Italy in Baltimore

On Monday, August 8, stop by Modern Cook Shop to sample the wines of Giorgio Colutta. The winemaker himself will be at the restaurant, chatting with customers, and bottles purchased at the tasting will receive a discount.

Dining in the Country

On Tuesday, August 9, Clementine will head up to Star Bright Farm to host a three-course farm to table dinner featuring some of the best produce of the season. The event is designed by Stephanie Bradshaw and the meal features special guest Lauren Liess, author of Habitat, and is a part of the OUTSPIRE Summit taking place next week at the Four Seasons.


Every Thursday this month, Gertrude’s will celebrate Lobsterama, with specials including classic New England-style lobster or lobster Maryland-style (stuffed with crab). The meals are popular – you should definitely make reservations – and perfectly summery. 

Restaurant Weeks

Though Baltimore City’s restaurant week has officially ended, many restaurants have extended the promotion. Plus, Baltimore County Restaurant Week starts tonight, with meals ranging from $15 to $35.

Jump Start on Next Weekend

Next Friday, August 12, food truck event The Gathering returns with an event at Owings Mills Metro Centre. Featuring bands, kids’ events and several of the city’s most popular food trucks, The Gathering is always a good time.

Also on August 12, if you’re in the Forest Hill area, stop by Ronnie’s Beverage Warehouse for a cheese festival in recognition of Bel Air Beer Week. Starting at 4 p.m., the shop will offer cheese pairings for a variety of local beer, wine and spirit makers.

Planning Ahead

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

August 13: Grand opening of Juniper Culinary Apothecary

September 8: CFF Passion for Food & Wine 

September 15: Dining Out for Life

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