Baltimore Fishbowl | Hot Plate: restaurant week begins, February begins, new pastry chef at Alma Cocina Latina and more –

FeBREWary, the month-long celebration of all Maryland beers, kicks off Tuesday.

It can be chilly outside, but late January is peak dining time in Baltimore. With Restaurant Week upon us, among other things, it’s a fun food season. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week:

Openings & announcements
Ministry of Brewery celebrated its two years of activity last week. Kudos to the team there, who sailed with confidence through two years of pandemic operations.

Alma Cocina Latina has a new pastry chef: Maria Alejandra Cobarrubio. Chef Cobarrubio has just arrived from Venezuela; Alma’s team has been working to help him get to the United States since last May.

La Scala’s Chesley Patterson
On Monday, the owners of La Scala announced that longtime manager Chesley Patterson had been killed the previous night. Patterson was loved by the restaurant community and by La Scala’s many dedicated customers, who remember him as a kind and welcoming part of the restaurant.

Several hundred mourners gathered outside the restaurant on Wednesday, for a vigil honoring his life, which left much of the community, both inside and outside Little Italy, reeling .

Restaurant week begins
Baltimore Restaurant Week starts Friday and lasts all week, which means this week is the perfect time to get out and try a new spot (or revisit old favorites). Tons of local spots are participating this year, offering fixed price menus of $25, $35, and $45, which can be viewed before you go.

Although the COVID stats are pointing in the right direction, restaurants are still grappling with the effects of the pandemic, so it makes sense to check in at any place you plan to visit – reservations are always a good idea. idea. Given the current COVID situation, some restaurants are also expanding RW take-out specials, giving those who don’t feel comfortable with in-person dining at this time the opportunity to take advantage of the specials at the House.

Tuesday is February 1, which signifies the official start of Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month and FeBREWary – as the Maryland Brewers Association calls it – the monthly celebration of local beers.

During the month, local breweries host many beers and launch new beers. Up-to-date information can be found on the individual breweries’ social media channels and on the association’s website.

Chinese New Year at the Corner Pantry
Tuesday, The corner pantry is bringing back its annual Chinese New Year celebration, this year in honor of the Year of the Tiger. Throughout the day, Corner Pantry will offer a special menu featuring holiday-inspired specialty drinks and baked goods.

Homemade pasta season
With spring still a few months away and low temperatures, restaurant menus are full of comfort food, including homemade pasta dishes.

AT Thames Street Oyster Housethe homemade bucatini come with grilled tuna, artichoke hearts, bell peppers and Marseillaise-style fish broth – a little nod to warm-weather favourites.

La Cuchara’s the menu includes hand-cut charred noodles, currently served with black trumpet mushrooms, butternut squash, basil and Manchego.

the Hersh’s the menu also leans on butternut squash but in a different way, with handmade butternut squash gnocchi that look gorgeous.

In Hamden, Grano pasta bar is always a great place for homemade pastas and sauces.

Gia’s Cafe the taleggio-filled cappelletti are both adorable – pretty little dumplings – and hearty, served in a mushroom marsala sauce.

Plan for the future
Mark your calendars for:
February 6: Small pop-up BBQ at Chuck’s Trading Post
12 February : How does it feel to have dinner with H3irloom Food Group
February 18: Ampersea Birthday Party

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