On Sunday, La Cuchara hosts a dinner pairing the wines of two Spanish wineries with a five-course meal. Photo courtesy of La Cuchara.

This week promises to be a fun one for Baltimore food lovers, with tons of events, dinners and new spots opening. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Openings & announcements

Fans of old school Baltimore Italian have a big reason to celebrate this week, with the opening of Velleggia’s in Cross Street Market. The restaurant, which is a reprise of the longtime Little Italy favorite, opens on Friday evening.

HEX Ferments is opening a new storefront in Govans. The HEX Superette is a shop and tasting room that will offer HEX Ferments products alongside items like cheeses, meats, local produce, beers and wines.

The shop officially opens on Saturday but Friday night will offer a sneak preview while hosting the Made in Baltimore holiday pop-up launch party.

Changes are underway at Groundwork Kitchen. The Pigtown restaurant, which is an offshoot of Paul’s Place, has a new executive chef, Laurel native Jonathan Hicks. It will reopen, after a long COVID closure, in December.  

Starting Monday, Towson Tavern will have new lunch hours. The restaurant will open for lunch at 11 a.m. and will serve specials plus the menu from the Rec Room.

Congratulations to Max’s Taphouse. The iconic Fells Point bar was recently named the #1 beer bar in the country by USA Today.

Woodberry Kitchen is not quite back and open to the public but the Clipper Mill restaurant does have some new plans in place. The space is now available for private events, featuring food and drink from the Woodberry team.

Happy birthday to BSC

Baltimore Spirits Co. turns seven this week and is celebrating with a day of tastings. All day on Saturday, Nov. 12, BSC will be pouring tastings of sold-out bottles and will open up pre-orders for a new 7th anniversary bottling.

Patterson Park Brewfest

The rain should clear for the 5th Annual Patterson Park Brewfest, which takes place on Saturday in Patterson Park. The party features over 40 local beers, plus food trucks, food from local restaurants, and live music.  

MWT anniversary

Also, on Saturday, Mt. Washington Tavern is hosting a block party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the restaurant’s reopening after the fire that destroyed its original building. The party includes live music, oysters, and a crush bar.

Whiskey, Wine & Fire

Saturday evening, Harbor Point will light up with the inaugural Whiskey, Wine & Fire event. The outdoor party will be lit by firepits scattered throughout the area. Guests can partake in wine, cocktails and whiskey tastings while enjoying live music, BBQ and other food options, and entertainment like firebreathers and artists.

Wine at La Cuchara

On Sunday evening, La Cuchara will host a wine dinner pairing five courses with wines from Bodegas Tierra and Bodegas Exeo. The meal starts with a mushroom empanada with chestnut butter and includes dishes like smoked mussels, salmon and trout and confit of foie gras with pink peppercorn focaccia and Concord grape preserves.

Pizza making at Cosima

Also on Sunday, Cosima will open its doors for a pizza party cooking class. Cosima Chef Donna Crivello will offer instruction and share her recipe for the restaurant’s pizza dough. During the class, guests will create Neapolitan and Sicilian-style pizzas.

Wines of Argentina

On Wednesday, Chef’s Expressions hosts a supper exploring the wines of Argentina. The dinner, which takes place at the Gramercy Mansion, is also a fundraising event; a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Maryland State Boychoir.

Union Collective Apple Fest

Next Saturday, Nov. 19, Union Collective will host its annual homage to the apple. AppleFest 2022 will feature live music and a DJ, fall crafts, and lots of apple-y treats, including apple ice cream from The Charmery, Hungry Harvest apples in the Union beer garden, and apple cocktails at Baltimore Spirits Co.

Thanksgiving plans

Now is the time to make your Thanksgiving plans – whether that means crafting a menu, ordering takeaway, or making reservations. Whether you’re hosting at home or heading out, local restaurants and businesses have you covered:

Heritage Smokehouse has a variety of items available to take home for Thanksgiving, from whole smoked turkeys to oyster corn bread stuffing.

Moon Valley  Farm has a veggie-centric Thanksgiving box available for pre-order now. The box includes items like herbs, apples, mushrooms and finishing salt.

Sally O’s has sides and pies covered and you can even order ice cream for those pies, too.

The Charmery has brought back its lineup of holiday ice cream pies, including options like spiced pumpkin cheesecake and brown sugar molasses pecan.

Johnny’s will be open for dinner on Thanksgiving, offering a buffet with options like turkey leg confit, apple brie toast, and mushroom and leek soup.

Pierpoint’s Thanksgiving box includes all the fixings to feed six people a traditional meal of turkey, stuffing and more.

Gertrude’s is once again offering its curbside pickup options for the holiday. Orders for the restaurant’s heat and serve meals are due by Nov. 17.

Charleston’s menu (for dining in) includes turkey alongside other options, like pan-roasted wild rockfish with lemon beurre blanc and mushroom fricassee.

Thanksgiving dinner at The Milton Inn includes options like an appetizer of lentils with duck confit and frisée.

SoBo Café’s Thanksgiving catering menu is live now – it includes everything from turkey to pie.

The Corner Pantry’s Thanksgiving orders are also now open. The menu includes loads of options, from butternut squash grits to a new pumpkin cheesecake.

Planning for the future

Mark your calendars for:

Nov. 26: Winter Wonderland Opens at Ampersea

Dec. 11: Feast of the Seven Fishes Cooking Class at Cosima

Dec. 14: Gingerbread Haus Decorating at Das Bierhalle

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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