Baltimore's annual Summer Restaurant Week starts on Friday, but you can get a taste of what's to come this Wednesday at Harborplace. Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Visit Baltimore and Harborplace & The Gallery are kicking off the seventh annual summer dining promotion with a "First Course/Appetizer Challenge on the lower level of the Light Street Pavilion.
The public will be able to cast their vote for the People's Choice winner, and a distinguished panel of judges -- including Reagan Warfield from MIX 106.5, Sheldon Dutes from WBAL-TV and Jen Marsh from City Paper -- will critique the appetizer on taste, presentation, creativity and overall appeal.
The competing restaurants at the kick-off event, which goes from noon to 2 p.m., are SoBo Cafe, Ten Ten, The Food Market, Langermann's, La Tasca and Kettle Hill.
So far, 96 restaurants have signed up to participate in Baltimore's Summer Restaurant Week, which begins Friday and runs through Aug. 5. During the 10-day event, restaurants are offering three-course (set) dinner menus for $30.12 or $20.12 per person, not including liquor, tax or gratuity. Select restaurants will also offer a two-course lunch menu for $15.12, not including liquor, tax or gratuity.
A complete list of participating restaurants, menus and a map of restaurant locations can be found online at www.baltimorerestaurantweek.com.