Timothy Dyson is leaving Bluegrass in South Baltimore, where he's been the executive chef for just about two years, to join the team at Dooby's in Mount Vernon.
Dyson's first official day as executive chef at Dooby's is Tuesday, but he'll be helping with the transition at Bluegrass, he said. Antonio Rice will be taking over from Dyson with Lori Yanke taking over the restaurant's charcuterie program.
Dyson, a veteran of Kali's Court and the Peabody Court Hotel, will be launching a new dinner menu at Dooby's on Aug. 21. Dyson's menu will have new sections of Asian-American bar bites, comfort eats and seasonal entrees -- things like chicken curry summer rolls, meatballs banh mi and a vegan-friendly quinoa bibim bowl.
The cafe's popular ramen dishes from chef Paul Lee are staying on the menu, said Dooby's owner Phil Han, and Lee is staying at Dooby's, too.
• Dooby's will be among the restaurants participating in A Summer BBQ, Beer and Bourbon Cocktail Throwdown, a first-time food event on Charles Street. The free event will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 16 on the parking lot across from the Charles Theater at 1706 N. Charles St.
Presented by the Historic North Charles Association, the event will feature barbecue dishes from restaurants along the Charles Street corridor including Bottega, The Brewer's Art, Dylan's Oyster Center, Iggies, Pen & Quill and Tapas Teatro.
Admission to A Summer BBQ, Beer and Bourbon Cocktail Throwdown is free. Guests at the event can help judge a cocktail competition using ingredients from the Farm Alliance of Baltimore. The cocktail tastes are free; there is a charge for all other drinks and food.
There is more information on the event's Facebook page.
• On Aug. 18, The Admiral's Cup in Fell's Point is hosting a benefit show featuring Rodney "The Pie Man" Henry. The show will raise money for the 2014 Scunny Memorial Paddle, a six-day kayak fundraiser benefiting Believe in Tomorrow National Children's Foundation, a Baltimore-based non-profit organization that provides hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. Scunny, of course, is the late Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, the Nacho Mama's owner who was known for his outsize personality and charitable deeds.
The show is free, but donations are requested at the door. Those who make donations will receive an arm band entitling them to drink specials and complimentary food. Performing with Henry will be the Charm City All-Stars, a one-night-only lineup of the popular Baltimore-based musicians Sean K. Preston, Todd Miller, Angelo Cammarata and John Thomakos.
The Admiral's Cup benefit for the 2014 Scunny Memorial Paddle is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Aug. 18 at 1647 Thames St. For information, call 410-534-5555 or go to theadmiralscup.com.