Start picking. The summer edition of Baltimore Restaurant Week returns on July 27, and the event's website is scheduled to go live on Monday. About 65 restaurants have signed up to participate so far, but the number is sure to grow. During the 10-day event, participating restaurants will offer three-course fixed-price dinner menus for either $20.12 or $30.12 (but not both). Some restaurants will also offer a two-course lunch, consisting of an appetizer and entree, priced at $15.12.
A Potbelly Sandwich Shop opens on Tuesday in Columbia at 6490 Dobbin Center Way, just off of Route 175. This is the first Potbelly in Columbia and the 15th in the Maryland area for the Chicago-based franchise, which began back in 1977 in a small antique store that offered homemade sandwiches to its customers. The new Potbelly will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Looks like Foodie Experience headliner Andrew Zimmern was on the level about bringing "Bizarre Foods America" back to Baltimore. He's due back in the area for filming on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wednesday, on "Restaurant Impossible," first lady Michelle Obama assigns host Robert Irvine the task of rebuilding Horton’s Kids, a children’s community center that serves after school meals in one of Washington, D.C.’s neediest neighborhoods. The very special episode airs at 10 p.m. on the Food Network.
The Star-Spangled Sailabration, the national launch of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, begins Wednesday. The maritime festival's cooking component, Galley Works, will stage demonstrations and cooking contests, and restaurants are launching special Sailabration menus. At least The Wine Market is. The Locust Point restaurant is offering a $33 three-course menu during Sailabration.
It's Baltimore Pride time. On Wednesday morning, the newly formed Maryland Corporate Council hosts a business breakfast with keynote speaker Freeman A. Hrabowski at the Hotel Monaco. Ultra Nate headlines Thursday night's Pre-Pride Party at Pazo, and on Friday, Gertrude's hosts the seventh annual Twilight on the Terrace cocktail party.
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