Rudys' 2900 kicks off its year-long 20th anniversary next Tuesday, with a "Mardi Gras Dinner." It's a four-course Creole-style prix-fixe meal for $49.50. Then, on March 12, co-owner Rudy Speckamp will offer a cooking class at the restaurant. Speckamp says each month after that, Rudys' will offer a culinary event - alternating between a themed prix-fixe meal and a cooking class. The real biggie will be Rudys' "Fifth Annual Dinner With the Masters" Sept. 8 - when the restaurant brings in at least a half-dozen master chefs from around the country, each preparing one course for a $200 dinner.
Rudys' 2900 is at 2900 Baltimore Blvd. in Finksburg.
Also next Tuesday, Baltimore's Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering its first "Winemaker's Dinner." The wines of Washington state's Stimson Lane Vineyards will be featured in the five-course meal. Joy Anderson, winemaker for Snoqualmie Vineyards, one of the Stimson Lane wineries, will be host of the dinner. Cost is $70, and reservations are suggested.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is at 720 Aliceanna St. in Fells Point.
Petit Louis' Mondays
Roland Park's Petit Louis Bistro is now serving dinner seven nights a week. Previously closed on Mondays, the French-style eatery began Monday dinner service this week. However, the regular weekday lunch hours will not be extended to include Monday. So here's how Petit Louis' schedule looks - 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
You'll find Petit Louis Bistro at 4800 Roland Ave.
Sotto Sopra at home
Sotto Sopra's chef is now offering to cook dinner in your home. Donello Bosio - one of the owners of the chic Mount Vernon restaurant - says chef Ken Plante will work with you on a customized menu, even beyond the restaurant's Tuscan/Mediterranean-style cuisine. Then, Plante will come to your home and prepare dinner for a dinner party - using your china and supplying extra servers if you need them. Or he can make the dinner party one in which he teaches all the guests how to cook. Bosio says the customized service runs from $70 a head and up.
See clearly now
Da Mimmo's Italian Restaurant has something new on its menu. Actually, it's something that'll help you see the menu a little better - reading glasses. In MenuMates, a new program offered by the Katzen Eye Group, Da Mimmo's will lend you your choice of +1.00, +1.50, +2.00 or +2.50 strength glasses. And if you're not sure which is the right reading glass for you, you'll be provided with an eye chart to check out each pair.
Da Mimmo's Italian Restaurant is at 217 S. High St.