From French wines to locally-grown peaches, this week the Baltimore food world is full of flavor. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:
Openings & announcements
Locust Point is getting a new food incubator, market and restaurant. The operation, which is slated to open next spring in the Hull Street space that formerly housed The Port Public House and JR’s Bar & Grill, is the brainchild of Digital Bay Center, a local tech incubator and accelerator.
Tucked inside Crossbar Der Biergarten, the Wurst Bar is a new speakeasy-style bar opening in Federal Hill. Opening day is Friday, Aug. 12.
Breakfast and Boards
On Saturday morning, kids – and their adults – can head to Jake’s Skate Park in Rash Field Park for a free skateboard demo and workshop plus breakfast. The workshop, led by Baltimore professional skateboarder Joey Jett, is for kids under 12 but the breakfast, which includes iced coffee from Babe Beans Coffee and waffles from GOOD Food (all available for purchase) is open to all.
Pup brunch at Of Love & Regret
All month long, grab your best boy or girl for a doggie brunch at Of Love & Regret. On Saturdays and Sundays during August, OLAR welcomes the pups with “dog-tail” beverages for the canines, unlimited mimosas for their owners, and food for both.
Sunday promises to live up to its “funday” name in neighborhoods across town.
The area around 4700 Park Heights Ave. will come alive with Taste of Northwest, an outdoor festival featuring music, activities and food from neighborhood businesses. Entertainment will include performances from the Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra and a YBI African Apparel fashion show, and food options include goodies from Juicing with Jazz, Pimlico Market Café, Plantation Park Heights Urban Farm, Sobeachy Haitian Cuisine, Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, Tov Pizza and Wild Heart Bistro.
In Patterson Park, the organization Komite Ayiti, Inc. is teaming up with Friends of Patterson Park for the second annual Haitian Caribbean Festival. In addition to music, vendors and other cultural activities, festival options include a “Taste of Haiti Experience” featuring Haitian food and beverages (including rhum punch).
Water Song pop-up
On Wednesday, Water Song Yunnan Kitchen heads to R. House for a pop-up event. During the pop-up, patrons will have the opportunity to try some of Water Song’s popular dishes.
Water Song has been busy this summer. In addition to a vibrant business on East Cross Street, the restaurant has plans to open a location in Towson.
Thursday wine in the country
Thursday, Aug. 18, is a great day for wine lovers; a pair of wine dinners highlight some of the best flavors and varietals from both America and France.
At the Gramercy Mansion, Chef’s Expressions will host a dinner celebrating the famous 1976 Judgement of Paris, during which California wines outperformed Old World wines, much to the surprise of the contemporary wine community.
At the Chef’s Expressions dinner, French and California wines will be paired with courses like poached French Atlantic cod in jasmine broth and a cocoa-rubbed rack of lamb with fennel and caramelized onions. With several courses, two wines will be served simultaneously for comparison; other courses will feature either a French or a California product.
The same evening, The Milton Inn will showcase the wines of Provence with an Été en Provence wine dinner. The menu includes pairings pastis and garlic-flambéed shrimp matched with a white and a rosé from Château Simone Blanc.
Also on Thursday, Belvedere Square opens its doors for a “market crawl” during which market vendors will prepare small plates of some of their best dishes for sampling. Tickets for the event include a specialty cocktail plus access to all those great small plates.
Summer flavors abound
Mid-August is prime produce season in the Chesapeake watershed and this week, local menus are making the most of what they have available.
At The Food Market, local peaches top a toast with burrata, prosciutto, hazelnuts and honey.
At Magdalena, the peaches are in the glass. The Ivy Hotel restaurant’s new Caipirinha Luxo includes Novo Fogo Tanager, white peach sugar and lime.
Foraged Eatery is also experimenting with summer fruit cocktails, including the Black Raspberry, which includes raspberry gastric, brandies, Banyuls and sparkling rosé.
La Cuchara puts a Basque spin on classic Maryland flavors with crab, crispy green tomatoes, squash blossoms and corn.
Sotto Sopra honors the season with dishes like fried baby eggplant with crème fraiche and fettucine Toscana in cream sauce.
Silver Queen’s current menu is all about summer produce, including a pizza topped with peaches and house-cured pork belly and a gorgeous stuffed zucchini dish.
Dylan’s Oyster Cellar’s basil-topped, cooked peaches are bright, sweet and showcase the fruit at just the right time of summer.
Heritage Smokehouse is making the most of Karma Farm heirloom tomatoes by tossing them with Calabrian chile bread crumbs and olive oil, adding picholine olives and herbs, and serving the whole thing over tzatziki.
Planning for the future
Mark your calendars for:
Aug. 19: Vegan SoulFest begins