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With each newsletter, I like to share a favorite photo I've taken lately.

Back in February, I had dinner with friends at the new Vellegia's location in Cross Street Market. It was very good (get the Panzanella salad and melon with prosciutto) and after dinner we took a stroll through the market. Okay, that's not completely accurate. We walked directly to Taharka and got ice cream cones. I got my favorite flavor, Honey Graham – for me, it's THE most perfect ice cream. Much like egg custard and marshmallow snowballs for me, I rarely deviate from my beloved Honey Graham. But I applaud all of you people who try a new flavor every time. 
Pizza truck pop-up on Key Highway in Federal Hill
Rejoice, South Baltimore! Not only do you have a new Local Oyster and Ekiben, but soon you will have a pizza pop-up from the folks at Verde – Key Neapolitan by Verde. Per Christina Tkacik of the Baltimore Banner, the popular Canton pizza spot Verde will serve pizza, shaved ice and other treats out of truck on loan from the folks at Well Crafted Pizza. The pop-up is scheduled to run from mid-May through mid-October. More info HERE.
(aka the old Wharf Rat) Opening Soon
Coming soon to 801 S. Ann Street is the next spot from Jesse Sandlin – Bunny's. 
I mentioned this in a past newsletter, but I saw Jesse a few weeks ago (at her restaurant Sally O's which is so, so good) and she said they were currently on schedule to open in the next month or so. 

I hope to chat with Jesse when it opens for sure. Stay tuned!

Maryland's First Zero Proof Bottle Shop
Hopscotch, Maryland's first zero proof bottle shop is opening soon in Fell's Point. They're hoping for sometime in May, it just depends on all of the usual hurdles with the city, BGE, etc. 

Whether you don't drink alcohol at all, are drinking less these days or are simply curious about this fast-growing part of the beverage industry, you'll likely want to check out Hopscotch. They will not only sell non-alcoholic products (exclusively) but they will also hold classes, tastings and more. It's going to be a complete game changer for Baltimore. 

Follow along on Instagram. Website and Facebook content coming soon. 
New crab cake spot coming to Hampden
A new crab cake shop is coming to Hampden – Capt'n Crabby's. The owners started a food truck back in 2011 and have been in a couple of different cities before coming back to Baltimore, where they originally met. 

They're planning to open in time for Hampden's HonFest, which is in mid-June.
Changes at the butcher shop
JBGB's in Remington is two years old. Seems like yesterday, I was watching them load in that huge pizza oven! And just in time for their second birthday, they are making some changes – on the butcher shop side ONLY.

From now until roughly mid-May, the butcher shop is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And on those days, you can also pick up sandwiches for lunch from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Then, around the second week of May or so, the butcher shop will reopen with a new name (which is under wraps) and focus on butchery production for both the Remington shop and John Brown General Butchery up Falls Road in Cockeysville, selling from the deli/butchery case and running an expanded lunch menu. They will also offer some seating for lunch and the new lunch menu will consist of about eight sandwiches and two salads.

Stay tuned as details become available! 

New daytime spot at Cross Keys
The long-awaited new cafe, Easy Like Sunday, is now open at Cross Keys
Note: this is NOT the Donna's space. 

From their website:

"Easy Like Sunday brings its comforting All-American breakfast, lunch and brunch to Cross Keys. The restaurant features globally-inspired dishes and showcases locally-sourced fresh ingredients, paired with elevated gourmet coffees. The relaxed atmosphere provides the perfect setting for diners to enjoy popular dishes such as shrimp and grits and blueberry ricotta lemon pancakes, along with craft mimosas and cocktails."

View the menu HERE.
All vendors are scheduled to be closed by the end of May
What a bummer, and yes, this place has it's challenges. I worked with the developers early on to bring in potential vendors and both the out-of-the-way location and possibility of flooding from the Jones Falls were both big challenges. All that said, I'm really happy for some of the vendors who definitely grew their businesses while operating in this space.

I learned from a few of the remaining vendors that they all plan to close as a group at the end of May. As you may have heard,
Crust By Mack is opening at Harborplace and Gundalow Gourmet & Design already has a successful second location at Kenilworth.

I'm not sure what will happen with the market space in the future, but Whitehall will continue to rent
spaces for private events
A New Feature on Charm City Cook
                                                                                          Photo: Laura Ferrara, Blacksauce Kitchen
Years ago, I did a series of chef interviews for Baltimore Fishbowl. It was lots of fun,I learned a lot and really loved doing it. I've been wanting to get back to it but just don't have the same amount of time to put into it these days. I started thinking about ways I could make it work, while keeping it fun.

So, here's the plan: loosely based on my own Q+A on my website which is a play on the Proust Questionnaire, I decided on 13 questions (a 'la baker's dozen) to ask a small group of food and beverage folks around the city. And, I wanted this to be a really different group so it's not just chefs...it'll also include bartenders, business owners, managers, farmers, bakers, etc – friends of mine, plus a few people I don't know well but whose work I admire very much.

I will share these every so often on social media, on my blog and in my newsletter. I have received the first two and they're really fun. Can't wait to share!

REMINDER: All past newsletters are available on my website HERE

As always, please do forward this onto your friends who love Baltimore and food.

Thank you so much,

xo - 


Amy Langrehr
Charm City Cook
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