As March draws to a close, local restaurants are gearing up for warmer weather, with spruced out outdoor spaces, fun events on the calendar, and more. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the Baltimore restaurant scene:
Openings and announcements
The Charmery’s original Hampden location, which briefly closed for renovations, has reopened with a fresh new look, with a bright new mural. But don’t worry, the shop still has the same fun, sweet vibe it’s had since day one.
Petit Louis’ outdoor space, which was added early on in the pandemic, has reopened and it is better than ever. The outdoor tables are now located on a pretty wooden platform in front of the restaurant.
James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant, which closed in 2020, is making its triumphant return. The Harbor East restaurant and bar has been purchased by Atlas Restaurant Group. It is slated to reopen late this summer.
Easy Like Sunday Morning is coming to the Village at Cross Keys. The restaurant, which also has a location in Charlotte, North Carolina, will specialize in breakfast, brunch and lunch. Think shrimp and grits, mimosas, gourmet coffee, and more.
Together for Ukraine at Woodberry Kitchen
On Saturday, Woodberry Kitchen will host an event supporting two Ukrainian organizations: Razom for Ukraine, a community humanitarian organization delivery medical and communication supplies, and Kyiv bakery Bakehouse, which is baking and distributing loaves of bread to residents of Kyiv.
The event will feature Ukrainian-inspired food and drink, including dishes like sausage and sauerkraut, dill potatoes and borscht, and drinks made with Ukrainian rye vodka.
Admission is free and all proceeds from food and drink sales will go to Razom and Bakehouse.
Woodberry has been in the news lately, as some contents of the restaurant will be up for auction on March 29 and the restaurant is undergoing a renovation. According to Woodberry’s Spike Gjerde, the restaurant’s event space and outdoor patio are still open for private and community events (like this one) and a grand reopening of the restaurant will happen sometime later this spring.
Cook-Along with Foraged
On Saturday, cook along with the chefs from Foraged Eatery and the crew from the exceptional Black Ankle Vineyards in Mt. Airy. The two have teamed up to present an at-home cooking experience – tickets include ingredients, access to a pre-recorded cook-along, and a link to a virtual hangout to chat with members of the team behind the magic.
Baltimore Street Food Festival
Also on Saturday, Power Plant Live! will host a festival featuring a bunch of local food trucks serving items priced $5 or less. The event will also include a beer garden, eating challenges and live entertainment.
Cosima wine dinner
On Tuesday, Cosima will host a four-course wine dinner featuring wines of Siciliy. Courses include dishes like orecchiette with anchovies, garlic and red pepper flakes paired with Pitos Vittoria Rosso, and grilled venison over goat cheese polenta and prosciutto-braised kale, with Nero di Lupo.
Magdalena at the Ivy Hotel is introducing a new Cherry Blossom-inspired cocktail as an homage to the flowers that bloom each year in D.C. and Baltimore. The “1912” Clarified Cherry Blossom Punch derives its name from the year that Japan donated 3,000 Cherry Blossoms to the U.S. capital as a sign of friendship.
Planning for the future
Mark your calendars for:
April 3: Opera Night at Sotto Sopra
May 1: Fire Hero Chili Cook Off at Of Love & Regret
May 28: Brew at the Zoo
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