Hot Plate: Post-Snowstorm Restaurant Happenings in Baltimore

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charlestonrestaurantWhat a week, eh, Baltimore? Now that we’re all (mostly) plowed out and our cars have been freed from their frozen cages, it’s time to consider the tough questions – like where we should have dinner. This week, more than ever, Baltimore’s restaurants could use our support. Many local spots were forced to close last weekend, so both owners and wait staff lost income. So this week, order an Uber (parking is still tough in many spots), and head out to dinner.

Here’s a glimpse at the special restaurant events taking place this week:

Rescheduled Events

Several events originally slated for last week have been rescheduled for this weekend or next. Clementine’s pop-up dinner, originally scheduled for Friday, January 22nd will now take place on Friday, February 5th. If you weren’t able to get tickets originally, give it a shot now – as a result of the date change, there have been some cancellations, so a few seats may be available. If you still can’t swing it, keep an eye out on Facebook for additional upcoming events.

Wit & Wisdom’s Cellar Sessions IV, originally scheduled for the 23rd, will take place tomorrow, Saturday, January 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.

Snowzilla threw a wrench in Restaurant Week plans in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County – so many restaurants have extended their deals through February 6th or 7th. Check with individual restaurants for details.


Get to know your local cheesemonger today, January 29th, at the Mt. Washington Whole Foods. Starting at 3:30 p.m., the store’s best and brightest cheese minds will go head to head at a Cheesemonger Throwdown. Cheese trivia, cheese competition and – most importantly – cheese samples will be shared.

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Get a head start on your game time menu with a class at Schola. This week’s options include Super Bowl Chili on Sunday the 31st and Super Bowl Snacks on Thursday the 4th (along with a few other classes, for those of you who love to cook, but will skip the game).

Wine About It

Bin 604 in Harbor East is mixing it up this week, moving their usual Thursday night tasting to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 30th. The topic is “Pinot Envy” and the tasting will include eight pinot noirs from around the world.

If you’re up for a short drive into the country, head to Linganore Wine Cellars on Saturday or Sunday for a barrel tasting. Guests will tour Linganore’s wine-making facility and taste the newest vintages before they’re available to the public.

On Tuesday, February 2nd, explore the wines of Napa at the Far Niente/Nickel & Nickel wine dinner at The Oregon Grille. Hosted by Bruce Mooers, the president of Far Niente, the meal features five courses and six stellar wines. Dinner starts at 6:30; for reservations, call 410-771-0505.

Breakfast All Day – for a Good Cause

Next week, when The Charmery in Hampden hosts Ice Cream for Breakfast. Breakfast-themed flavors, from Mimosa Sorbet and Hair of the Dog to French toast and Whole Bean Vietnamese Coffee, will be available alongside Belgian Liege waffles and coffee from Spro. A portion of the day’s proceeds will support the Baltimore Child Abuse Center.

Grab Your Beads

Start celebrating Mardi Gras a few days early at Café Troia. The Towson restaurant will host a Mardi Gras party on Friday, February 5th, featuring drink specials, king cake and – of course – plenty of beads.

Planning Ahead

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

Tuesday, February 9th

Thursday, February 11th: 8th anniversary celebration at Tark’s


Thursday, February 25th: Bourbon Night at the Mt. Washington Tavern

And don’t forget that Valentine’s Day weekend is rapidly approaching! Baltimore’s restaurants are ready, with plenty of romantic plans on the horizon. Check back here on Tuesday for a roundup of special menus and events hosted by area restaurants.

This article was updated at 3:10 p.m. on 1/29/16.

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