It’s high summer here in Baltimore, which means high humidity but also some positive things, like crushes, peaches and tomatoes. Local restaurants are celebrating some of the better aspects of the season this week with new menus, outdoor meals and more. Here’s a look at what’s happening:
Openings and announcements
Cans Filling Station has opened in Cross Street Market.
A new Thai spot, [email protected], has opened in the former home of Stang of Siam.
Chad Wells, the former executive chef for Victoria Restaurant Group, will serve as the executive chef for a new spot opening in Howard County. Walker’s Tap & Table is slated to open in September, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Whitehall Mill, situated along the Jones Falls in North Baltimore, is getting a food hall with outdoor table service. The Sun reported this week that the city’s liquor board will consider an application for a new license; a floor plan included in the app shows a large event space on one wing and bar, coffee and tea areas, a bakery, a general store and a pop-up retail shop on the other wing.
Sadly, Atwater’s announced this week that its Falls Road location has closed. The chain’s other locations remain open, though.
A couple local restaurants took summer holidays last week, but are back now with brand new menus.
Magdalena reopened July 11 with new summer options.
The crew at Silver Queen Café is back from vacation and brought back a new summer menu as a souvenir. New dishes include Maryland crab and corn pizza, fried green tomatoes and day boat scallops with corn puree.
The kitchen at Topside hasn’t really been closed for vacation, but it is introducing some new summer specials, including ricotta-stuffed squash blossoms with roasted peaches and a watermelon and cucumber salad.
Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival
On Saturday and Sunday, head to Clifton Park for the One Caribbean Carnival, featuring the music, food and energy of a Trinidadian street carnival.
The festival includes a parade with stilt walkers, floats, steel drum bands and more, plus tons of food and lots of fun.
Bastille Day in Baltimore
Bastille Day always offers a great excuse to celebrate all things French–especially the food and wine.
This year, Chef’s Expressions is starting the party early on Friday, with a wine dinner at Gramercy Mansion. The meal includes dishes like seared scallops in Brittany lobster cream with a squid ink crisp paired with a 2017 William Fevre Champs Royaux Chablis.
Petit Louis will celebrate on Sunday–Bastille Day proper–starting at noon. The Roland Park restaurant will host an outdoor celebration (weather permitting) featuring classic French dishes, wine, live music and berets for the crowd.
Chris Amendola, the chef and owner of Foraged Eatery in Hampden, might just be the city’s best forager. He shares the wealth of his knowledge a few times a year; his next class is coming up on Sunday.
Fat Tiger pop-ups
Broadway Market is hosting a pair of fun pop-ups this week.
On Saturday, grab a doughnut (or two or three), when Sundays, the doughnut shop formerly located in Cross Street Market, comes to Fat Tiger. The doughnuts will be made onsite and include flavors like Boston cream and coconut espresso. While you’re there, check out Fat Tiger’s coffee and other breakfast offerings.
On Monday, the crew from Dutch Courage, the not-quite-open-yet gin bar in Old Goucher, will appear at El Tigre Tiki Bar. They’re billing the pop-up as “Netherlands meets the tropics” and “gin-tiki-fusion adventure,” which sounds like a good time all around.
No Fun Brunch
On Sunday, head to Vent Coffee Roasters in Union Collective for No Fun Brunch, a cheeky, family-friendly breakfast including booze-free mocktails and plant-based dishes like jackfruit and potato hash.
Artscape is this weekend, which means its culinary counterpart, Foodscape, is also returning. On Sunday at 5:30 p.m., head to Mt. Royal Tavern for a celebration of food-themed art running until July 29.
Summer in the Seventh
Residents of the 7th District in Baltimore City, take note: on Sunday, Councilman Leon Pickett is teaming up with The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland for a block party at the former Williams Pinderhughes Elementary School.
The party will include music, kids’ activities, Zumba, burgers and hot dogs and other good, clean summer fun.
Italian Summer Vacation wine dinner series continues
Throughout the season, Cinghiale is hosting a series of wine dinners focused on summertime food and the wines of Italy. The next installment is Wednesday, July 17, featuring the wines of Liguria.
The meal will include four courses and three different wines, with options like seared Mediterranean orate with steamed clams, mussels and calamari in a tomato saffron broth, paired with Ormeasco di Porniassio and a dessert of lemon cake with stone fruits marinated in basil sugar.
Dinner at Cunningham’s Farm
On Wednesday evening, the team from Cunningham’s is heading north for a tour and dinner at Cunningham’s Farm in Cockeysville.
The evening includes a walking tour followed by a dinner in the meadow, with a menu featuring proteins and vegetables harvested right from the farm itself.
Summer Oyster Voyage
Set sail with Ryleigh’s Oyster on Thursday evening, when the bar and restaurant’s crew commandeers the historic Skipjack Sigsbee for an evening sunset sail featuring oysters, beer, wine and crushes. The ship departs from Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park at 6 p.m. and will return around 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit Living Classrooms Foundation.
Oysters in the fall
Speaking of oysters: the U.S. Oyster Festival, held annually in St. Mary’s County, is looking for entrants for its oyster cooking contest.
This event is probably the biggest deal in statewide and national oyster cookery. This year, the festival will take place Oct. 19-20 and will feature shucking and cooking entries from all over the country.
The cooking competition welcomes entries from everyone from home cooks to established chefs. This will be the 40th annual Oyster Cook-Off, so it’s a special one. If you’re interested in participating, check out the details here.
Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:
- Hot Plate: National Margarita Day celebrations, wine dinners, whiskey tastings and more - February 21, 2020
- Hot Plate: Valentine’s Day spillover, Chocolate Fest at Union Collective and more - February 14, 2020
- Hot Plate: Ekiben and CookHouse open, Valentine’s Day around town and more - February 7, 2020