Happy first day of Baltimore Restaurant Week!
If you’re like me, you’ve spent some time looking through menus on the Restaurant Week website, strategically planning where you will eat between August 13 and 22. (Our strategy: make reservations at the restaurants that normally aren’t in our budget.) After all, Restaurant Week has long been one of my favorite events of the year.
But now that I know the event kicks off with “The First Course – Appetizer Challenge,” held in Harborplace’s Light Street Pavilion yesterday? Baltimore Restaurant Week is now the local event of the year for me. (Well, maybe it’s a tie with the Book Festival. But still..)
The Appetizer Challenge brought together chefs from local restaurants, who worked hard to win this enormous fork (the “Judge’s Choice” award), spoon (the “People’s Choice award) or platter (the “Sustainability” award):
I can only think of one way to make the event better: the restaurants could have signs on their table to tell us about their food. Because unless I asked, they often didn’t tell me what I was eating (which I understand – they were busy). And even though the mini voting trash cans in the picture above list each restaurant’s dish, I didn’t realize it until I got home. This is a small criticism though, and an easy fix for an event that was a lot of fun.
But enough talk – here’s what you could be eating this week. Enjoy!
We left before the winners were announced. But, although all the food was delicious and we missed one table, we picked our own winner in the “People’s Choice” category:
Here’s where we cast our vote:
So – if you’re in Maryland and you got this far – where will you eat for Restaurant Week? (And if you’re not in the Baltimore area, tell us where you’ll go for Restaurant Week in your hometown.)