Woodberry Kitchen pop-up shot. Photo credit: Shannon Partrick.
Woodberry Kitchen pop-up shot. Photo credit: Shannon Partrick.

With Thanksgiving behind us and the calendar officially flipped to December, it’s party season in Baltimore. That means tons of fun restaurant events all around town, all month long.

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week:

Openings & Upgrades

After months (years?) of anticipation, the opening date for R. House is finally here. Next Thursday, December 8, the Remington food hall will open its doors to the public. R. House will include spaces to hang out, plus 10 permanent food stalls, with concepts ranging from Korean barbecue, Venezuelan comfort food and experimentally-flavored ice cream.

R. House will open at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends. It’ll close around 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. 

The popular breakfast spot Iron Rooster opened a new location in Hunt Valley Towne Center this week, pleasing homemade pop-tart fans all over Baltimore County. 

Hamilton restaurant Maggie’s Farm has recently announced some changes, including a brand new chef who is sprucing up the menu. Executive Chef Chris Carino will reveal his new menu later in December and it sounds like a good one. The restaurant promises “more international influences, adventurous fall flavors, the return of housemade charcuterie and a robust dessert list.” What more could you ask for?

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore hotel recently announced that Chef Andrew Carmellini, of NoHo Hospitality Group, will run the food and beverage operations at the Fells Point hotel, which is being developed by Kevin Plank. The hotel’s dining options will include a restaurant, Rec Pier Chophouse, a whiskey bar called The Cannon Room and a pool bar and grill.

Shop Local & Eat Local

On Saturday, December 3, head to Green Spring Station to do a little shopping at the Makers Market – then a little sipping, thanks to the folks at Tark’s, who will be providing libations for the event. The restaurant’s bartenders will be demonstrating shaken, fruit-infused holiday cocktails at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Last week, The Farm Alliance of Baltimore kicked off a weekly pop-up market at Lexington Market. From 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. every Wednesday through January 25, 12 Baltimore City-based farms will hold a farmers’ market in the entrance just off Eutaw Street. The second Wednesday of every month, the market will also feature a guest vegan chef preparing a sit-down or carryout lunch.

This past Tuesday, Woodberry Kitchen opened its Holiday Market, which is open every weekday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until the end of the year. The market is located inside the restaurant and features things like Woodberry’s own jams, jellies, spices, baking mixes and Snake Oil hot sauce.

If Liberatore’s gift cards are on your shopping list, this is the week to buy them. From now until December 8, if you spend $50 in gift cards, you’ll receive an extra $5 card. Spend $100 and get $10 and buy $200 to get a $20 card. That’s a great deal for a restaurant that is reliably excellent.

You still have a little time left to hit the Holistic Holiday Pop-Up Market at Juniper Culinary Apothecary in Mount Vernon Marketplace. With 15 guest vendors added to the usual Marketplace mix, there are a lot of shopping options. The pop-up lasts all weekend long, but after Sunday, it’s gone.

Last Artifact Collab of 2016

Artifact Coffee has established itself as a hotbed of collaborative efforts. Every month, Artifact hosts at least a couple events, ranging from dinners to talks, that bring together chefs and other food personalities.

Tonight and tomorrow night, December 2 and 3, mark Artifact’s last collab of 2016, when Chicago chef Cleetus Friedman returns to Baltimore (his hometown) to cook a laid back supper at Artifact. Dinner, including Maryland-influenced dishes like Chesapeake Bay chowder, followed by a late-night snack menu (think burgers and beers) starting at 9:30 p.m. The meal will be paired with brews from Union and Waverly – and hip-hop chosen by Cleetus and his buddy, Artifact and Woodberry Kitchen’s Spike Gjerde.

Brunch with Santa

There will be plenty of breakfasts with the Big Guy around town this month, but Waterfront Kitchen is getting in on the action early, with a brunch with Santa tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m. The restaurant’s deck has become a fabulous winter wonderland, a photographer will be on call for photos and – maybe best of all – holiday cocktails are on special. 

Annapolis Action

There’s no place quite like Annapolis during the holidays. This weekend brings a pair of restaurant events that will give you an excuse to make the drive down.

On Saturday, Red Red Wine Bar is hosting an ornament decorating event – make your own ornament while sipping vino. Also on Saturday, Blackwall Hitch will host the 2nd Annual Merry Motown Blackwall Bash, featuring the band NightLife, lots of champagne and tons of hors d’oeuvers, while raising money for families identified by the Annapolis Salvation Army. 

Silver Queen Turns One!

Silver Queen Café, the charming, kid-friendly restaurant in Hamilton, celebrates its first birthday tomorrow. On Saturday, December 3, they’ll party it up with half-price small plates and complimentary glasses of champagne (for all those old enough!)

Silver Queen’s space is small, so reservations are recommended – and worth it. From the crab dip to the killer pizza, the restaurant is worth a stop. Happy birthday to them!

Voltaggio Deer Dinner

On Monday, December 5, popular hunting/gardening/foraging blogger Hank Shaw will team up with Bryan Voltaggio for a dinner at Volt in Frederick. Chef Voltaggio will adapt several recipes from Shaw’s most recent cookbook, Buck Buck Moose.

Moules Wednesdays at b

Have you been to b bistro lately? The Bolton Hill restaurant is a reliable charmer and, starting this week, they’ve given everyone extra reason to visit during the week. Each Wednesday, they’ll offer moules and frites for just $14 – a bargain and a great excuse to go out mid-week.

Cheers to Hairspray Live

On Wednesday, the John Waters classic Hairspray is getting NBC’s “live” treatment. The show will feature stars like Martin Short and Jennifer Hudson – and Baltimore’s bars will feature Hairspray-inspired cocktails for your drinking-while-viewing pleasure.

You can hit a bunch of different spots for a shot of Hairspray – Apropoe’s, B&O American Brasserie, Birroteca, Café Hon, Encantada, Germano’s Piattini, Gunther & Co., Poets Modern Cocktails & Eats, Points South Latin Kitchen, Nickel Taphouse and The Yard all have something special on their drinks menus in honor of the show.

At Points South, a rum, pomegranate and pineapple cocktail is topped with a cotton candy “beehive” and at Encantada, the Good Morning Baltimore is an eye-opening mixture of espresso vodka, creamy liqueurs and espresso. Start tonight and you might have time to try them all before the show starts on Wednesday. 

Tips for Tots

On Wednesday, December 7, several Greene Turtle locations will get into the giving spirit with Tips for Tots. That evening, many employees will donate their tips to Toys for Tots; last year, the one-night initiative raised over $70,000 for the organization. 

Empanadas to Go

Puerto 511, the downtown restaurant that’s earned tons of fans for its high-end, authentic approach to Peruvian cuisine, has added a to-go window for lunchtime empanadas. Called Empanadas 5111, the window is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. If you’re in the neighborhood, grab some. You won’t be sorry.

Planning Ahead

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

December 13: Celebrate the Classics wine dinner at La Cuchara

December 14: Cocktail Dinner at Ouzo Bay 

December 14: Truffle Dinner at Gnocco 

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