Hot Plate: Pickles and jams at Birroteca, Battle of the Brands at B-More Kitchen, End of Summer Soiree at the Sagamore Pendry and more

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Learn to make pickles and jams with the Birroteca charcuterie chef this Sunday.

Look for fun food and drink events in Baltimore every night this week, from pickling to wine tasting to outdoor summertime dinners. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Openings and announcements

This week brought good restaurant news on a couple fronts.

In Bolton Hill, the space formerly occupied by b bistro will soon have a new tenant, a restaurant called CookHouse.

Farmer’s market favorite Pie Time is opening its first brick-and-mortar location in Patterson Park, at the corner of Baltimore and Ellwood Streets.

Baltimore Brunch Tour

On Saturday, Baltimore Brunch Tour, a fundraiser for Believe in Music, hits The Food Market. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a portion of all sales will be donated to the organization, which brings music and technology-oriented programming to schools and community centers throughout Baltimore.

Whiskey on the Waterfront

Whiskey on the Waterfront, the Sagamore Spirit Distillery’s outdoor party featuring live music and food and drinks for purchase, will take a benevolent turn this Saturday. That afternoon, all proceeds from sales of Sagamore Spirit Cognac Finish whiskey will be donated to the Ellicott City Partnership to assist in rebuild efforts following the flooding that took place earlier this summer.

Sunday School at Birroteca

On Sunday, Birroteca will take you back to class with Sunday School: Pickling & Jams with Mr. Rob. Learn all about pickling and jams from charcuterie chef Rob Hood, while noshing on a three-course, light fare lunch paired with Evolution Craft Brewing beers or wine.

Evening at the Farm

Last month’s Evening at the Farm event where La Cuchara chefs had planned to pop up at Zahradka Farm was unfortunately rained out. This month, the dinner takes place on Sunday, and the weather (fingers crossed) looks like it will be more pleasant.

The menu will feature seasonal produce, served in a beautiful, outdoor setting.

Duckhorn at Roy’s

On Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 22, Roy’s in Harbor East will host back-to-back wine dinners featuring the wines of California’s Duckhorn Vineyards. The dinners feature dishes like lobster dim sum paired with Decoy chardonnay and Shoyu charred ribeye paired with Duckorn Merlot.

Crabs at Ida B’s

On Wednesday, Ida B’s Table will host The Whole Bushel Live, a traditional crab feast set to live music and artist talks. This edition of the regular event features soul singers Ama Chandra and Jonathan Gilmore.

Busy Thursday

If you’re going out any specific night next week, you should probably make it Thursday. Your biggest problem will be choosing what to do.

At B-More Kitchen in Govans, there’s the first-ever Battle of the Brands, a competition pitting a variety of food brands made at the shared kitchen space. The event sounds like a blast and is sure to be filled with terrific food.

The Sagamore Pendry Hotel, along with the businesses of Fells Point, will toast the end of summer with its first ever End of Summer Soiree that same night. The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Fells Point Main Street, and is touted as a celebration of all things Fells Point.

Also that evening, Magdalena will host A Night with Newton Vineyard, a tasting featuring the wines of Newton Vineyards. Newton’s brand ambassador will be on hand to answer questions and discuss wines.

Restaurant Weeks continue

Restaurant week promotions are starting to wind down, but they’re still not over.

Baltimore County’s restaurant week lasts through tomorrow. For one more day, the many participating restaurants will offer prix fixe menus between $15 and $35.

Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week begins today and lasts until next Sunday, Aug. 26. The promotion, now in its third year, includes more than 40 local restaurants, all of which will offer new vegan-friendly menu options during the event.

Dining Out for Life is coming up

Dining Out for Life, the annual fundraiser that benefits Moveable Feast, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20. The evening is one of the best fundraisers around: all you have to do is dine out at a participating restaurant, just like any other night, and the restaurant will donate a percentage of your check to the organization.

Dozens of local restaurants participate. For a list of those involved, and the percentages they will donate, click here.

Planning Ahead

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

August 30: Summer in Provence Dinner at Ludlow Market 

September 15: Brunchfest 

September 30: Mermaid’s Kiss OysterFest 



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