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Small Bites: B&O American Brasserie celebrates fifth anniversary with throwback menu

The Baltimore Sun

B&O American Brasserie opened its doors on July 30, 2009, and the restaurant at the Hotel Monaco is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a limited-time "throwback" menu of $5 cocktail "tastes" and $10 small plates.

The three cocktails -- the Horsecar, the Coal Train and the Camden Crusta -- were on head bartender Brendan Dorr's original B&O cocktail list, although they've been replaced by newer creations. The same goes for the "throwback" menu items -- cornmeal fried oysters, steak tartare, rice-crusted diver scallops and an heirloom tomato and watermelon salad. The anniversary menu is available at B&O now through the end of August.

• The traveling food truck rally known as The Gathering is headed back to Metro Center at Owings Mills tonight. The dining event, which includes live music from Union Jack Band and a family fun zone, goes from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $3, and guests can purchase all-you-can drink wristbands or individual drink tickets. Details about the venues are on The Gathering website.

Union Graze, the combination farmers' market and happy hour held behind Artifact Coffee in Hampden, is back for another season. It includes food by Woodberry Kitchen and Artifact Coffee and beer from Union Craft Brewing and Public Works Ale. Vendors include such notable local names as Five Seeds Farm, Rettland Farm, Pluma Feliz Farm, HEX Ferments and Kinderhook Snacks. There's live music, too. Tonight, it's Appalachian old-time music from Brad Kolodner and Luke Chohany. Union Graze is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Artifact Coffee, 1500 Union Ave. For information go to the Union Graze Facebook page.

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