Hot Plate: Some Post-Jonas Baltimore Food Events, and a Few Cancellations

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Welcome to Snowzilla! Everybody’s buzzing about the same thing this week: The impending snowstorm and the bare grocery store shelves that come with it.

But there’s more to discuss than milk, bread and banana shortages. Here’s what’s happening in the Baltimore restaurant world, both this weekend and for the remainder of the week.

Closings & Postponements

If you’re thinking of heading out into the storm to find something good to eat or drink this weekend, you should definitely call your destination before putting on your snow gear. Some restaurants will make last minute decisions about whether to stay open – so if you have reservations or are thinking of heading out for dinner, call first to make sure you won’t be met with a chilly locked door!

The Clementine pop-up dinner originally scheduled for this evening, Friday, January 22, is now postponed. If you still don’t have tickets, or can’t swing it, don’t fret – and do keep an eye out on Facebook for additional upcoming events.

Wit & Wisdom’s Cellar Sessions IV, originally scheduled for tomorrow, the 23, has been rescheduled for next Saturday, the 30th. The event features eight wines from eight different regions of Italy, snacks from Chef Zack Mills and instruction and conversation with W&W’s Julie Dalton, a seriously knowledgeable sommelier who is also a lot of fun.

Earth, Wood & Fire on Falls Road will be closed on Sunday, January 24, due to construction on Falls Road. But no need to panic – the restaurant will reopen next week.

Encantada has also announced that it will be closed all weekend, due to inclement weather. The restaurant will reopen on Wednesday, January 27.

Still Standing

Some local restaurants are braving the weather, sticking to their original weekend plans,  or hosting new, snow-friendly events.

If you’re willing to brave the cold, you might be in for a treat. Tonight at Woodberry Kitchen, every dinner guest will leave with a special gift. What is it? You’ll have to head to Woodberry to find out.

Woodberry’s sister restaurant, Parts & Labor, is offering a special gift of its own today. In the shop, ground beef, sausages, milk and eggs are all 20% off…and anyone who spends $50 or more will receive a complimentary roll of TP. Cheeky.

If you’re out and about over the weekend, head to SNAC in Station North for an all-day breakfast snow party this Saturday and Sunday. There will be plenty of “breakfast cocktails” – naughty coffee, anyone? – and lots of fun. Maybe even a snowball fight.

Getting Back Out of the House

After a few days of being snowed in, you will no doubt be ready to get out of the house and do something fun. Here’s some inspiration:

Visit Artifact Coffee on Thursday, January 28, for this year’s first Origins Speaker Series event. In addition to dinner and drinks, the evening will feature a conversation about baking and local grains, with panelists Russell Trimmer (bread baker at Woodberry Kitchen), organic whole grain grower Heinz Thomet of Next Step Produce and host Spike Gjerde.

Every Thursday, The Corner Pantry hosts “family dinner,” featuring one amazing meal (and dessert). It’s available for takeout or dining in and BYOB if you choose to stay at the restaurant. This past week, dinner was Belgian-themed: steamed mussels, fries, kale salad and an ice cream-topped chocolate waffle. All fabulous.

If you’re in the mood for something special, consider Aromes, a tiny French BYOB restaurant in Hampden. Chef Steve Monnier changes the menu each week and his dishes are so creative and well-executed. Dinner there will surely shake you out of any post-blizzard funk.

Restaurant Week

Both Baltimore County Restaurant Week and Baltimore City’s Winter Restaurant Week are on right now, with tons of great restaurants participating.

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.)

Some restaurants are mixing it up during Restaurant Week. The Food Market in Hampden has adopted a new concept for the event – La Food Marketa. And though Aldo’s in Little Italy doesn’t participate in Restaurant Week per se, if diners mention Restaurant Week to their servers, the table will receive a complimentary dish to share.

Given the weather this weekend, you should definitely check to make sure your restaurant of choice is open before heading out.  But the weather brings some good news, too. To make up for tough travel this weekend, some restaurants are extending their deals through February 7.

Planning Ahead

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

Saturday and Sunday, January 30 & 31: Linganore Wine Cellars barrel tasting

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

Friday, February 5: Mardi Gras party at Café Troia

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