Hot Plate: Oyfest 6, Baltimore Beer Night at the BMI, wine dinners and more

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This week is chock full of fun events featuring beer, wine and spirits – including a beer discussion and tasting at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Thursday.

Mid-November is prime time for food in Baltimore. From comfort food to wine dinners to holiday catering menus, this week offers tons of opportunities to eat and drink well. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Openings and Announcements
Baltimore Business Journal reports that Hygge, a café serving breakfast and lunch, will open in Upper Fells Point, in the former home of Canela.

Love gin? Keep an eye on the social media accounts of Dutch Courage, the Old Goucher gin bar that’s been in the works for quite some time. After a lengthy renovation, it’s poised to open very soon.

You may (or may not) have heard about yesterday’s social media dust-up between The Baltimore Sun and Atlas Restaurant Group, following The Sun‘s one-star review of Atlas’ Fells Point restaurant The Choptank. The arguments between the two organizations are outside of the purview of this column–but restaurant deals are not. In response to the review, which specifically criticized the crab cake, The Choptank is offering 25 percent off the crab cake sandwich and crab cake platter now through Sunday. 

Oyfest 6
Saturday, Union Craft Brewing, The Local Oyster and True Chesapeake Oyster Company team up for Oyfest 6 – a celebration of all things oyster at Union Collective. It’ll be a fun party, with live music, tons of beer (of course) and a whole lot of oysters – plus an oyster eating contest, which is always a good time.

New Chesapeake Cooking Class at Gertrude’s
Love fall? So does the team at Gertrude’s. On Saturday morning, they’ll present a cooking class featuring some of the season’s best ingredients. Emily Zaas of Black Rock Orchard will be on hand and the class will also include an apple tasting.

Happy 40th to Mt. Washington Tavern
On Saturday, the venerable Mt. Washington Tavern celebrates 40 years in business (minus a couple following the recent fire). Stop in, grab a beer or a few oysters, and raise a glass to toast one of the city’s iconic establishments.

Familiar Favorites and Forgotten Foods talk
Also on Saturday, Kara Mae Harris of the terrific Maryland culinary history blog Old Line Plate will speak about her research and the “gastronomic legacy” of the state at Rodgers Tavern Museum in Perryville. Harris is a wealth of knowledge: Even if you can’t make the talk, check out her blog. It’s a great one.

Donate Life Gospel Fest
One more event on Saturday: the 9th Annual Donate Life Gospel Fest hosted by The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, an organization honoring organ, eye, tissue and in-spirit donors and their families.

The event, which takes place at the Cornerstone Church of Christ, is hosted by actor Palmer Williams, Jr. and features performances by several musical artists. There will also be a food giveaway for attendees. It is a free event but attendees should register to RSVP.

Make Your Own Genever at Gunther & Co.
On Tuesday, learn how to make your own genever, the spirit that was the predecessor to gin and that has been on trend in recent years. Gunther & Co. and McClintock Distilling team up for a class sharing knowledge about the spirit and walking attendees through the process of making their own custom bottles.

Sweet Tooth Wednesday at Khepera’s Kitchen
Starting this week and lasting through Dec. 18, Khepera’s Kitchen will host weekly Sweet Tooth Wednesdays. Each week, the restaurant will feature a themed dessert menu instead of regular dinner. It sounds like a fun way to celebrate the season.

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arivée!
It’s that time of year again: Beaujolais Nouveau season. Each November, when the young French wine is released, Petit Louis hosts a one night only dinner to celebrate.

This year, the dinner is on Thursday, Nov. 21. The three-course meal, paired with Pierre-Marie Charmette Primeur 2019, is just $39 per person and the menu sounds wonderful.

More Thursday wine dinners
Petit Louis isn’t the only restaurant celebrating the grape this Thursday.

Café Troia in Towson’s monthly wine dinner is that evening. This month, the restaurant showcases the wine and food of Ischia, the island next to Capri.

The meal starts with fritto misto paired with Frassitelli then includes pasta with tomatoes and dried cod, a calzone-style pizza and stuffed calamari. Dessert is rum cake with limoncello.

Thursday at Oregon Grille, get to know the wines of Nickel & Nickel during a five-course meal featuring pairings like pan-seared rock fish with Carolina Gold crab rice and butternut squash bisque paired with a Russian River Valley pinot noir.

Baltimore Beer Night
If wine isn’t your thing, also on Thursday, the Baltimore Museum of Industry hosts Baltimore Beer Night, a ticketed event featuring a discussion with local brewers and a reception with tastings. Brewers on hand include Charm City Meadworks, Checkerspot Brewing, Diamondback Brewing Co., Heavy Seas Beer, Key Brewing, Monument City Brewing Co., and Union Craft Brewing.

Welcoming Heritage Smokehouse
North Baltimore residents are all abuzz about the upcoming opening of Heritage Smokehouse, the barbecue place helmed by former Parts & Labor butcher George Marsh.

While the Govans storefront is under construction, the team is having pop-up events around the area, including one on Friday, Nov. 22 at Peabody Heights Brewery.

New at Topside
Topside, in the Hotel Revival, continues to keep guests on their toes with new additions to the menus. Right now, check out a new slate of desserts, including a gorgeous Pimlico pie and a new full-service bar located in the Garden Room (serving tiki-inspired drinks).

Holiday prep
The holidays are nearly upon us, which means if you’re considering ordering in any food for the season, it’s time to start planning. The good news is that many local restaurants and other food businesses are willing and able to help you stock your fridge and please your guests all season long.

Silver Queen Café’s full catering menu will be available soon, so keep an eye out–and keep your fingers crossed that it includes their peanut butter pie.

Limoncello, the new Italian spot in Anthem House, has launched a catering menu filled with Italian dishes that are good for a group. They might not be traditional Thanksgiving fare, but if you’re hosting a crowd and want to mix it up, they’re a good choice.

Ida B’s Table is offering an excellent Thanksgiving catering menu, including everything from Liberian greens, mac and cheese and biscuits to whole fried turkeys and whole smoked chickens.

Eddie’s has new holiday catering and ingredient menus and there are a wide variety of options that allow for different levels of involvement in the kitchen. One especially good deal is the holiday dinner for six for just $75 (in honor of Eddie’s 75th anniversary). You really can’t beat that!

The Corner Pantry’s Thanksgiving catering menu includes everything from raw or roasted Albright Farms turkey to cornbread stuffing to brown butter pecan pie.

Classic Catering’s holiday catering menu has been released; it covers all your potential needs from brunch for house guests to starters for a huge cocktail party.

The Charmery is now scooping pumpkin cheesecake ice cream; keep an eye out for order forms for ice cream pies for the season.

Gundalow Gourmet recommends kicking off Thanksgiving with the parade and one of their impressive cheese boards, then continuing to eat from there. Sounds like a good plan!

Planning Ahead
Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:
November 23: Jubilee: A Celebration of African American Cooking at Gunther & Co. 
November 23: Whiskey Festival at The Assembly Room 
December 11: Cookies & Cocktails in Harbor East 

Kit Pollard

Kit Waskom Pollard is a Baltimore Fishbowl contributing writer.She writes Hot Plate every Friday in the Baltimore Fishbowl.


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