Hot Plate: Openings from Elkridge to White Marsh, fall festivals, philanthropic dinners and more

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Italian spot Limoncello will open in Anthem House on Oct. 26.

Fall festival season is in full swing, but those aren’t the only fun food events taking place this week. From lots of openings to fundraisers, here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Openings and announcements
A new Italian spot, Limoncello, will open in Anthem House in Locust Point on Oct. 26. This is the second Limoncello location, the original being in St. Michaels.

Rathskeller, a new German spot that sounds terrific, will open in Elkridge on Oct. 19.

The Curious Oyster and Wayward Smokehouse, both at The Avenue in White Marsh, and both owned by the local restaurant group White Oak Hospitality, open on Oct. 16.

Speaking of oysters, early reports from True Chesapeake Oyster Co., which opened Wednesday in Whitehall Mill, are glowing.

The LVH by Taste This will open in a few weeks in the former Lauraville House space.

And just a couple blocks away from there, former Tooloulou chef Shawn Lagergren plans to open a new Japanese restaurant, Fire & Rice at 4801 Harford Road.

Pierpoint, in Fells Point, just celebrated its 30th anniversary. This is a huge accomplishment–30 years is a long time in any business. Congratulations to the Pierpoint staff and its proprietor, chef Nancy Longo.

Topside is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a special cocktail called Falkor’s Luck, made with Tito’s Vodka, anti-inflammatory fruits, Lillet Rose, Montenegro, citrus juices and lavender. For every drink sold, Tito’s will donate $1 to the Helen David Relief Fund, which helps women in the bar industry fighting breast cancer.

Welcoming autumn
We’re halfway through October and restaurants continue to make changes to ring in the new season.

On Thursday, Maggie’s Farm hosts a dog-friendly happy hour to mark the end of patio season. There will be drink and food specials and bacon for the pups.

Wicked Sisters has a new fall menu out this week, including dishes like salt roasted beef carpaccio with burrata and a new charcuterie and cheese board.

Raw & Refined, on the Canton waterfront, is semi-closing its doors for the season. Throughout the fall and winter, the restaurant will be open for private events only. It will return for the 2020 spring and summer season next April.

Hard Cider & Doughnuts
On Friday evening, take a sweet hop around Fells Point during the Baltimore Hard Cider & Doughnut Festival.

The festival includes eight stops at bars in Fells. At each, there will be $1-2 doughnuts and drink specials for bar crawl participants.

Ryleigh’s Oysterfest is back for its 13th year and this time, the party is at South Point in Port Covington. The festival will include oyster bars plus tents serving other foods, from burgers to crab pretzels and crab cakes made with local crustaceans.

There will be music and general revelry–the event is family- and dog-friendly–and the always hotly anticipated Baltimore Oyster Shucking Competition, scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

More festival fun
Oysterfest isn’t the only festival this weekend. The second annual Canton Fall Festival is bringing music, games and food trucks to Patterson Park on Saturday.

And all weekend long, Fells Point will be celebrating its 54th annual Fells Point Fun Festival, featuring 17 bands on two stages and over 100 vendors. Local restaurants are in on the action with additions to make the weekend more fun, like a beer truck, live music and pit beef and pulled pork out on the patio at The Choptank.

Also on Saturday, Heavy Seas hosts a Harvest Festival, featuring handmade art, crafts and clothes, live music and pizzas from Pieces of Eight (and beer, of course).

The Baltimore Greek Festival is also back for its 48th year. This event lasts through this weekend and is a great one; food lovers flock to it for its excellent cuisine, but it’s also beloved for its broader celebration of Greek culture.

Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Das Bierhalle in Parkville will have an Oktoberfest block party, an all-ages event with live music, a beer truck, lots of food, drinking games and more.

Saturday night, the Grand Lodge in Cockeysville hosts a massive Oktoberfest celebration, including music, an uber-German menu (lots of pretzels and sausages) and German music.

Grab your pumpkins
What would October be without a few pumpkin festivals?

On Saturday, The Gathering will take over the Plaza at Metro Centre in Owings Mills for an afternoon of pumpkin “picking,” kids’ activities and cocoa and cider (though no food trucks, which are usually present at Gathering events).

Also on Saturday, head up to Falling Branch Brewery for PumpkinFest, which happens every weekend during October. During the month, the brewery has live music and food vendors every weekend, plus hayrides, a corn maze, face painting, pumpkin-picking and more.

On Tuesday, join in the pumpkin-carving, apple-bobbing fun at Don’t Know Tavern. For $15, you’ll be given a pumpkin to carve, carving implements and (best of all) a bag of roasted pumpkin seeds.

Sustainable Seafood Saturday
On Saturday, Slow Food Baltimore takes over Carriage House Farms in Stevenson for a gorgeous sustainable seafood feast including Alaskan sockeye salmon, Cape May scallops and Eastern Shore oysters.

The event is a ticketed one. Check out the linked event page (above) for more information about the farm, the hosts and the meal.

Sake Sunday
On Sunday night, The Crown hosts Sake+/-. Dubbed “a pop-up Japanese sake and food tasting experience,” the ticketed event will feature sakes from two breweries paired with a vegetarian menu from Matcha Time Café’s Hatsumi Watanabe-Smith.

Mezze Madness Monday
On Monday, Cypriana hosts Mezze Madness, an all-you-can-eat extravaganza of Greek small plates with discounts on beer and house wine. The regular menu is also available, but that evening, really, the mezze are the thing to order.

Feast for Farms and Families
Thursday is the fourth annual Feast for Farms and Families, a fundraiser for Maryland Market Money, an organization that improves access to farmers’ market products by matching funds for purchases made with federal nutrition benefits.

On Thursday, several local businesses will donate a percentage of sales to the organization. And to help out, you don’t have to do anything but dine there. Baltimore-area participants include the Hampden location of The Charmery, Well-Crafted Kitchen, White Oak Tavern, Atwater’s in Belvedere Square and HEX Ferments.

For more information and details about when and what these businesses will be donating, visit the Maryland Farmers’ Market Association website.

Bubbles for Babies
On Wednesday evening, toast to the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital when Mt. Washington Tavern hosts Bubbles for Babies, a fundraiser featuring tastings of more than 20 bubbly wines. (Note: an earlier version of this incorrectly stated the event’s date.)

Dine Out to Help Out at Gertrude’s
Gertrude’s is also getting in on the philanthropic action Thursday evening. The restaurant will donate 30 percent of its dinner proceeds to the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K, which benefits local YMCA branches.

Gnocchi lessons at Cosima
Interested in learning about gnocchi (and not just how to pronounce it)? Also on Thursday, Cosima will host a cooking class offering an introduction to “gnocchi basics,” where guests will learn how to make three types of gnocchi and enjoy the fruits of their labor on-site with paired regional wines.

Maryland Food Truck Week
Maryland Food Truck Week (which is actually 10 days) kicks off on Friday, Oct. 18, with a free food truck rally at South Point in Port Covington. The party includes tons of food trucks, plus drinks and a DJ.

Following the kickoff, there will be events all week long, wrapping up with a “Boo Bash” on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

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

October 19: Harvest at the Hill at Manor Hill Brewing
October 24: Chicken and Champagne at Chez Hugo
November 2: Baltimore Craft Beer Festival

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