Hot Plate: Sagamore Spirit celebrates one year, Tacos ‘N Taps at Harbor Point and much more

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Sagamore Spirit distillery will celebrate its first anniversary with a day-long party on Saturday, April 21.

There’s never a bad time to be a foodie in Baltimore, but in terms of restaurant events, some weeks are better than others. This week happens to be one of the better ones. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Openings and announcements

Details are still sketchy, but it looks like the building that once housed the iconic Baltimore eatery Martick’s will once again be home to a restaurant. The developer handling the building’s restoration said he has a well-known local restaurant tenant signed on to the project, which could be up and running later this year or early next year.

The team at Mobtown Fermentation, the Baltimore company behind the Wild Kombucha brand, just announced the introduction of a new flavor: Tart Cherry Ginger. The new flavor, which was introduced Wednesday, is made with a fermented green tea base and flavored with tart cherry and ginger juice. It’s available throughout the region, including at Whole Foods and MOM’s Organic Market.  

After closing its doors several months ago, Brew House No. 16 is back and ready to go. The restaurant has undergone a transformation and will kick off its new menu and introduce new beers during a relaunch party on Saturday, April 21.

Plantbar’s new Harbor Point location is officially open for business. The juice bar is located between Ceremony Coffee and West Elm.

Sagamore Spirit turns one

Saturday marks the first anniversary of the opening of the Sagamore Spirit distillery. More than 30,000 people have visited the distillery over the last year, and the team is ready to celebrate.

The party will be outside, with food trucks, music and games. Tours of the distillery will also be available.

Light City continues

Light City is still going strong, with plenty of light art and fun food and drinks both downtown and around the city.

In Canton, Light Night Canton will take over the Square on Saturday evening, with a lit half-pipe for skateboarders, plus music and tons of food and drinks from local merchants.

Light City’s discussion series, [email protected], includes an intriguing event for food lovers: On Saturday, the FoodLab will feature presentations and discussions from a variety of thinkers, doers and makers in the food world. Presenters will tackle subjects from building community through food, #MeToo’s impact on the food industry and the democratization of food.

Saturday festivities

April 21 just might be the busiest food day Baltimore will see all year. In addition to the party at Brew House No. 16 and the festivities at Sagamore Spirit and Light City, fun cuisine-related parties are happening all over the city.

Diamondback Brewing will host Greener Fest at its South Baltimore tap room (and on the new patio), starting at 11 a.m. The afternoon party will include tons of beer (of course), kid-friendly activities and outdoor games and live music, plus food from local barbecue legends Smoke.

Learn about the art of making wine at Charm City Farms’ spring winemaking workshop. The class will teach you how to use wild and cultivated herbs to develop recipes and make wine. Attendees will also learn how to replicate ancient wine recipes at home.

Support WTMD and sample some of your favorite local beers at WTMD’s 4th Annual Brews and Bands party, also on Saturday. The event, which takes place at WTMD in downtown Towson, will include 16 local breweries, food from Pasta La Vista Baby, MangiAmore, Wanna Pizza This, Cunningham’s and The Local Oyster.

The Brewer’s Art is also making it easy to give back while you drink on Saturday. Between noon and 3 p.m., the restaurant will donate $1 for every beer sold to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Saturday will be all about tacos and beers, when Tacos ‘N Taps comes to Harbor Point Central Plaza. Tickets to the party include all-you-care-to-taste beer and tequila, and chips and salsas. Fifteen local restaurants will also be on hand; the group includes spicy favorites like Little Havana, Blue Agave, Woody’s Roadside Cantina, Encantada, Bandito’s and Vida Taco Bar.

Out in Mt. Airy, Red Shedman Farm Brewery will host its fourth annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ party. Over 25 breweries will be out on the farm, where you’ll also find local barbecue, wines from Linganore Winecellars and music from four bluegrass bands.

Whiskey & Waffles at Cedar & Cotton

Have you been to Cedar & Cotton yet? It’s an extremely charming shop that sells vintage and revamped furniture. On Sunday, it will also make a great place to grab breakfast.

At noon on Sunday, the shop will collaborate with Chef Will Wes for Whiskey & Waffles, a fun brunch with food, drinks, music and games. The brunch will probably sell out, so be sure to snag your tickets ahead of time.

Mujeres Para Puebla at Clavel

Also on Sunday, the women of Clavel will team up with women from several other local organizations, including Cocina Luchadoras, Jinji Chocolate, Larder Baltimore, Plantbar and Priya Means Love, for a five-course meal celebrating the food and culture of Puebla, Mexico.

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit Tochan Nuestra Casa.

Moveable Market at R. House

On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., local vendors will pop up at R. House, selling their wares to help support Moveable Feast.

Sunday books

Food & lit lovers have a lot to look forward to this weekend.

On Sunday, authors (and siblings) Andre and Tenaya Darlington will be at Atomic Books to celebrate the release of “Booze and Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks.”

The book’s name gives you a good idea of what you’ll find inside: guidelines and recipes for what to drink while you listen to a variety of different classic records.

The party will include snacks and cocktails from Modern Cook Shop, plus plenty of tunes.

Also on Sunday, Lindsey Smith (aka the Food Mood Girl) will be at Trohv in Hampden, sharing snacks and talking about her book “Eat Your Feelings.”

Monday Television

If Sunday is for food books, Monday is for food TV–especially the local variety. On April 23, “Eatin’ the Chesapeake: The Five Feasts” debuts on Maryland Public Television at 9 p.m.

The show will share stories about five meals built around regional specialties: German sour beef and dumplings, stuffed ham from southern Maryland, Eastern Shore fried chicken, a seafood feast concluding with Smith Island Cake and a meal based on the food of colonial Annapolis.

Next week, on Saturday, April 28, three new episodes of the culinary show “Good Catch” will premier on MPT. Each will feature a handful of chefs–including Baltimore’s own Spike Gjerde–heading out on the Bay with watermen.

Illuminati Wine at Tagliata

On Monday, April 23, Tagliata will host a five-course dinner pairing elegant dishes with wines from Illuminati vineyards. The pairings will feature five wines showcasing the Montepulciano grape, paired with dishes like a grilled lamb loin chop dressed with oyster mushroom vinaigrette and pea salad.

Jager Dinner at The Outpost

When you hear the word “Jägermeister,” you might not immediately think “perfect to pair with food.” The Outpost American Tavern is hoping to change that perception.

On Tuesday, April 24, The Outpost will hold a Jägermeister Cocktail Dinner, pairing tiki drinks made with the iconic liqueur with fun and flavorful dishes like a coconut shrimp bao bun.

RAR at Victoria Gastro Pub

On Wednesday night, the Eastern Shore’s RAR Brewing will pop up at Victoria Gastro Pub for a dinner pairing RAR beers with four courses of Asian street food-inspired dishes. Courses include pairings like shrimp shumai with smoked pork belly and black vinegar paired with That One Kid’s Mom, a double IPA hopped with Amarillo and Azacca.

Chalk Hill wine dinner at Linwoods

On Thursday, Linwoods will partner with Mays Chapel Wine & Spirits and Graul’s Wine & Spirits for a wine dinner featuring selections from California’s Chalk Hill Estate.

The dinner will include four courses, each paired with one or two Chalk Hill wines. Dishes include seared scallops with corn fondue, trumpet mushrooms and white truffle foam, paired with 2015 and 2016 Chardonnays, and roasted beef tenderloin with béarnaise paired with the 2014 Chalk Hill Estate Red.

Planning Ahead

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

May 20: Brewscape at Birroteca

June 3: Tacopalooza at La Food Marketa 

June 15: Twilight on the Terrace at Gertrude’s 

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