Tables & Tastes

On display at a recent ‘Made In Baltimore’ pop-up event at Brick + Board on N. Howard Street were these examples of striking furniture design, all hand-crafted by local artisans. Three struck me with their sleek, contemporary takes on classic mid-century modern designs: this dining table/desk by Kate Christian/Bliss Woodworks…

…this oval coffee table by Mike Ryback/Ryback Woodworking…

…and this bench-style coffee table by Lawrence Moore/Heavy Paper.

TV celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio’s AGGIO restaurant at Power Plant Live! hosted a tasting for local food writers and bloggers that featured some of their summer menu items. From their antipasto small plates menu: deep-fried zucchini with bail-buttermilk dressing, pine nuts, burrata and chili oil on a focaccia crisp…

…meatball al forno with pomodoro sauce, provolone picante and garden basil…

…and provolone frito, deep-fried with chili-tomato agrodolce and pistachios on a semolina cracker.

A perfect complement to the bites was the Tintaretto cocktail, a refreshing mix of pureed strawberries, ginger beer and Prosecco. {AGGIO, 614 Water Street, Downtown}

This one’s just a tease for the brand new Avenue Kitchen + Bar on the Avenue in local restaurant-mecca Hampden, opening this week. Barman Joe mixed up this perfect margarita for me when I was on a pre-opening tour recently. Look for an in-depth report on this place in a coming post; everything I’ve sampled here so far suggests this will be the new neighborhood hotspot for the fall.

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About Brian Michael Lawrence

Brian Michael Lawrence is one of THE Baltimore style experts. After all, he was the longtime editor-in-chief at STYLE Magazine, which specialized in covering everything stylish around the Baltimore area. Brian also served as editorial director for the digital division at Sinclair Broadcasting, and creative director at Blue Sky Design. Currently, he oversees communications & marketing for the department of Tourism, Film & the Arts at Maryland’s Commerce Department.  In his bi-weekly column, you’ll get to see what cool hotspots are piquing the interest of this Baltimore style maven and why - whether it's the fabulous food, cool cocktails or elegant environs.

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