And a look forward into March
The big event this month is the Second Annual Foodie Experience at the Hippodrome, featuring Alton Brown. That's on Saturday, March 19th. Check out the photo gallery of this year's participating restaurants.
But there's more.
Just announced - the First Annual Baltimore Greek Week, March 20-27. The theme is "The Mediterranean Diet -- A Journey through Food"
Talbot County Restaurant week is March 21-27. The dining promotion concludes on March 27 with An Evening with Julie & Julia a fund-raising dinner and movie screening featuring Amanda Hesser and Julie Powell.
St. Patrick's Day falls this year on a Thursday. Expect bars and restaurants to expand one day into a four-day drinking weekend.
Mardi Gras comes first, though, on Tuesday, March 8. Pazo's Big FAT Tuesday will feature live entertainment and a $59 "Seven Deadly Sins" fixed-price menu. The full a la carte menu will also be available. Paladar Kitchen & Rum Bar has already started its Carnaval celebration with Brazilian-inspired menu specials and half-off bottles of South American wine. The March 8 event will feature live music by Mambo Combo and heavily discounted mojitos and caipirinhas.
(Restaurant owners and managers, send your St. Patrick's Day and Mardi Gras promotions and menus to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wednesday, March 2, at V-No in Fells Point, Chris Kern returns to Baltimore to host Getting Friendly with Forgotten Grapes: An Evening of Uncommon Wine Tasting. The event's flier reads, What do Helen Mirren, Beyonce, Joey from “Friends”, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Major League Baseball have to do with wine? And Kern provides each wine and its pop culture doppelganger through songs, jokes, skits, costumes and interactive games.
Baltimore Green Works welcomes the arrival of spring on Friday, March 18, with the 3rd annual EcoBall at the Frederick Douglass-Isaas Myers Maritime Park, featuring a Top Chef-style cooking competition and live music by Mambo Combo.
Beginning on Saturday, March 19, the Evergreen Museum & Library hosts a five part kitchen and garden series hosted by John Shields and his restaurant, Gertrude's. The series includes gardening workshops, cooking demonstrations with chef John Shields, an optional chef's tour of Baltimore's 32nd Street Farmers' Market and a fall harvest luncheon at Gertrude's Restaurant. More information here.
Baltimore Sun photo/Kenneth K. Lam