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October 15, 2010

Your weekend dining plans

grasonWho's going where? Baltimore Beer Week is winding down this weekend -- the link will take you directly to the events page. I told you yesterday about a few wine festivals happening across the state. You could even get a head start on Oyster Week, which starts on Monday.

A little later today, I'll be posting a few more Fall menus that I've heard about -- if you know of any more, please send them this way.

Of course, tomorrow is the Baltimore Running Festival. Check out the WikipEATia we've created for navigating your way around the road closures.

I'm off to the Eastern Shore. I might make a stop in Grasonville, but not to look birds. That's what we have photographers for.

A tree swallow at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville, MD. Baltimore Sun Staff/Kim Hairston


Posted by Richard Gorelick at 7:10 AM | | Comments (17)


I'm going to check out the Russian Festival in Washington Hill -- breads, borscht and pierogies. I've heard the cheese bread is amazing but it sells out quickly.

Seven of us are going to The Wine Market on Saturday evening for a good friend's birthday dinner. Somehow no one from our party has made it there yet, and we are all looking forward to our first visit. Although I suspect the menu varies, especially with Becker's recent transition,any suggestions for must try dishes would be greatly appreciated!

I'm going to hit the Russian Festival, too. It and the Greek Festival (at the Cathedral on Preston, 5-7 Nov.) are my favourite two festivals in Baltimore. Great eating at both.

Going to chiparelli's for my carbo load dinner before running the bmore half tomorrow morning! wooo!

i'm hitting sabs also for a pre-race carb-up.

warning to those planning on a normal dinner tonight in little italy -- it's gonna be a mad house of runners.

oooh - greek fest. will have to check that out. thanks Lissa.

After reading Ryan97ou's warning, I'm even gladder my plans tonight are in Belevedere Square. Grand Cru for drinks/apps, opening night at the Senator, and Crush for a late dinner.

Ryan97ou, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral puts on a great festival. Be sure to wander around, as there is stuff going on in rooms scattered around at least 2 buildings.

Taking my fiance to Capital Grille for his birthday. Shhhhh he doesn't know it yet!!!

Karen-The Wine Market has the BEST macaroni and cheese.

Headed to the Milton Inn on Saturday.

Dinner at Cinghiale on Saturday evening, after hopefully surviving my first full marathon on Saturday morning (and into early afternoon).

Hal, I'm sure you will enjoy every mouthful!

Lissa, I'm so glad you're back!

Our Saturday will start with a trip to the market, followed by a memorial service, and ending with a big Bat Mitzvah party. I feel it's one of those alpha to omega days. We are counting all our blessings.

The Greek Festival in Mount Vernon is probably the best ethnic festival in the city, although the Greek Festival in Greektown is up there as well. For the one in Mount Vernon you have to eat in the cafeteria downstairs, whereas the one in Greektown you are pulled more in the street-fare direction.

As far as the Russian Festival, it is nice but somewhat limited. I like tea room that offers jam as a sweetener.

Thanks AMS - I was able to steal a bite of my husband's, and it was completely fabulous!

Thank you, Dahlink. Good to be back.

I've been impressed with the variety of food at Holy Trinity's Russian Festival, RoCK. This was my 4th year there, and I still haven't tried everything.

Besides, every performing group does the one song I know in Russian, so I can sing along.

Lissa -- my money's on Kalinka! RoCK and I saw the Washington Balalika Society perform in Washington, Va. Of course, Kalinka was on the program! When I founded the Goucher/Hopkins Russian chorus, I made them perform it. When I was little, they performed it every night at Miomir's, a Serbian restaurant/nighclub in Chicago. I had a standing Sunday night gig there. However, I did not play Kalinka. I left that to the middle aged ladies with blue eyeshadow and false eyelashes and a martini in their hands.

Sorry, Tamar, it is "Katyusha." It was in one of my learn to play folk guitar books as a kid. I'm sure my pronunciation is abominable, but in a big enough crowd of Russians who've had enough vodka to drown Canton, no one notices.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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