Hot Plate: Restaurant Week Continues, Filipino Pop-Up at Ida B’s, Peter’s Inn BLTs at Bertha’s & More

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Chef Kiran Patnam’s butter chicken, which beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network last week, is now available at Apropoe’s in Harbor East.

It’s chilly outside, but Baltimore’s restaurant scene is hot with openings, Restaurant Week and intriguing collaborative events. Here’s a look at what’s happening around town:

Opening & Announcements

New Fells Point Pizza joint Pie in the Sky opened last week and the first reports are nothing but good. The menu covers the classics as well as “gourmet” pizzas and sandwiches, and the restaurant offers both dine-in and delivery/carry-out options.

Baltimore Soup Company opened a Federal Hill location this week. The restaurant, which also has a spot in Towson, will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

There’s still time to hit a couple of beloved local spots that are closing soon. Both Jack’s Bistro and Ryan’s Daughter will close on Sunday, Jan. 21, so if you’re hoping to make one last visit to either, now is the time.

Jack’s Bistro fans do have something to look forward to, though, with the upcoming opening of Blair’s on Hudson.

Restaurant Week

Local restaurant weeks are going strong right now. Baltimore City’s week has been extended through next Sunday, Jan. 28 and Baltimore County’s week begins Friday, Jan. 19, and Howard County’s begins Monday, Jan. 22.

Happy Milestone Birthday, Liberatore’s!

Liberatore’s Timonium location celebrated its 25th birthday on Thursday, Jan. 18. As any restaurateur will confirm, 25 years in the business is a major accomplishment. Congratulations to Lib’s!

Prigel Is Open

On Saturday, Jan. 20, Prigel Family Creamery will open its doors for a creamery tour, offering a glimpse of how their fabulous ice cream is made. Unfortunately, the event is sold out, but keep an eye on the Prigel Facebook page for announcements about similar events in the future.

Support Peter’s Inn at Bertha’s

Baltimore restaurant lovers were devastated to hear that Peter’s Inn, long revered for its excellent food and welcoming vibe, caught on fire on Dec. 29. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the restaurant suffered significant damage and is closed for the time being.

The owners will reopen, though they don’t yet know exactly how soon that will happen.

This Sunday, Jan. 21, their Fells Point neighbor Bertha’s is opening their kitchen to the Peter’s Inn crew, allowing them to sell their famous BLTs. The BLTs will be available starting at 1 p.m. until they sell out.

Coffee Time at Zeke’s

Love Zeke’s Coffee? Love trying new things? This Sunday, Jan. 21, Zeke’s will offer a four-coffee flight every hour on the hour for just $10, at their Harford Road location. The event, dubbed “Flight of Fancy,” lasts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features brews from Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Hawaii and Jamaica.

Customer Appreciation at Bin 604

It’s Customer Appreciation Week at Bin 604. Starting Monday, Jan. 22, the Harbor East wine shop will host daily events and offer excellent specials, including 100 cases for $99 each, each of which includes a special bottle of wine or another fun prize. Six of those cases will include a bottle of Opus One 2014.

Baltimore Beat Bobby Flay!

Last week, Apropoe’s Executive Sous Chef Kiran Patnam appeared on the Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay” – and he won! Even if you missed Charm City’s small-screen triumph, you can celebrate it here at home. Chef Patnam’s winning dishes, including his take on the traditional Indian meal butter chicken, are now available on the Apropoe’s menu.

Free Soup Day at Atwater’s

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than soup. Unless it’s free soup.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, all Atwater’s locations will offer a free cup of soup to customers coming in for a dine-in meal. With their commitment to creativity and excellent local ingredients, Atwater’s makes some of the best soup around, and this is a terrific deal.

Chesapeake Farm to Table Goes Home

Chesapeake Farm to Table, an online farmer’s market that connects local growers with those looking for food, has expanded its offerings. The organization’s business was focused specifically on restaurants, but they have recently shifted to offer a home delivery option as well (while capacity lasts).

The Philippines Go Soul

Ida B’s Table is a relative newcomer to the Baltimore restaurant scene, but they’re already on the map thanks to their thoughtful cuisine and innovative events.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, they’re collaborating with Calasag Pop-Up, a culinary collective that specializes in Filipino cuisine. The chefs from both organizations will work together to meld traditional Filipino and soul food dishes, and chefs David Thomas and Dylan Ubaldo will share their thoughts about how the two cuisines and cultures similarly express themselves through food.

Planning Ahead

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

January 28: Comparative wine tasting at The Vineyards at Dodon 

February 10: Kids’ etiquette class at Miss Shirley’s 

February 24: Swig & Pig at Ryleigh’s Oyster 

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