Hot Plate: Loch Bar Names Chef, Clementine Pops Up

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matthew1We’re closing out a big week in restaurant news, with tons of events and news, including the announcement that Chef Metthew Oetting will be the Head Chef at Loch Bar, the oyster bar, from the owners of Azumi and Ouzo Bay, slated to open in the Four Seasons in March.

But there’s no rest for the weary: next week promises to be just as packed with dinners, classes and pop-ups throughout the region.


Local museums are getting on the food and drink action this week, with Art After Hours event on Friday, January 15 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, sponsored by What Weekly and WTMD and featuring food and drink from Waverly Brewing Company, blacksauce kitchen and Haute Mess Kitchen Sublime Savories (sold out, unfortunately!) and Rye Rocks: A Drinks Party! at the Walters Art Museum on Saturday, January 16. Rye Rocks is sponsored by Sagamore Spirit and the Baltimore Bartender’s Guild and will feature nationally distilled ryes and rye-based cocktails, along with food from Chef’s Expressions and Dooby’s.


If opera is your art of choice, consider the opera dinner at Sotto Sopra this Sunday, January 17th. A five- course Italian meal will be accompanied by live opera performances.


There’s a lot to learn about wine this week in Baltimore.

On Saturday, January 16, Bin 604 in Harbor East will host Binology 101: The Basics of Wine Tasting at 2 p.m. The shop’s classes are accessible and fun – a good start for anyone interested in learning more about wine.

On Tuesday, January 19th, explore the heartbreak grape at Pork & Pinot: A Heritage Pork Wine Dinner at Fleet Street Kitchen featuring four courses paired with pinots from different regions.

On Thursday, January 21, head to the B&O Railroad Museum for their 4th Annual Winter Wine Showcase, featuring vino from over fifteen Maryand wineries and including special picks from WYPR’s “Cellar Notes.” host Al Spoler

Still Eating

Not all dinners this week involve wine. On Wednesday, January 20th, Gertrude’s and Union Craft Brewing are teaming up for The Perfect Pair Beer Dinner, featuring the team’s take on everything from cheese and crackers to surf and turf.

Fans of the now-shuttered Clementine on Harford Road will be happy to hear the team is back, hosting a pop-up event in the old restaurant space on Friday, January 22nd. Unfortunately, both seatings are already sold out – but those who missed it should keep an eye out on Facebook for additional upcoming events.

Restaurant Week

Not only is Baltimore County Restaurant Week still in full-swing until January 30th, with brunches, lunches and dinners priced from $15 to $35, Baltimore City joins in the fun at the end of the week, launching its own Winter Restaurant Week on Friday, January 22nd. Two-course lunches and brunches are priced at $15 or$20 and three-course dinners are $25 or $35. The list of participants is impressive; check out the website for menus and other details. (Note: some restaurants will not participate on weekends, so be sure to check the list before you go.)

Planning Ahead

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

Saturday, January 23rd: Cellar Sessions IV at Wit & Wisdom

Thursday, January 28th: Origins speaker series at Artifact Coffee

Tuesday, February 2nd: Far Niente/Nickel & Nickel wine dinner at The Oregon Grille

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