Welcome back to work. Summer is almost over, and the fall dining event season is about to kick into gear. This fall's highlights include the 30th edition of the Maryland Wine Festival, Baltimore's 20th Dining Out for Life event, the fifth go-round for Baltimore Beer Week, and The Baltimore Sun's inaugural Supper Club.
Art to Dine For
Sept 7-Dec. 8
Now in its 11th season, the Creative Alliance's dining series features 19 one-of-a-kind parties in a variety of styles and settings, from a picnic in Remington to a tour through Green Mount Cemetery that's followed by a champagne brunch in a private apartment. Many of the events include performances, informal talks or hands-on activities. Prices vary.
Multiple locations, http://www.creativealliance.org
Dining out for Life
Some 40 Baltimore-area restaurants are participating in the annual dining event, with proceeds going to Moveable Feast, a provider of meals for people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging conditions. Among the restaurants participating this year are Brewer's Art, Clementine, Woodberry Kitchen, Jack's Bistro, SoBo Cafe and Waterstone Bar and Grille.
Multiple locations, http://www.diningoutforlife.com/baltimore
The Maryland Wine Festival
Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sept. 22, noon-6 p.m.
Attractions at this annual celebration of Maryland wine, now in its 30th year, include tastings from local vineyards, artisans and craft vendors, wine seminars, food from local restaurants, and lots of live music. Tickets are $30.
Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S Center St., Westminster, 410-386-3880, http://www.marylandwine.org/mwf
Baltimore Sun Supper Club
Sept. 22, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Sun University, The Baltimore Sun's series of seminars led by Sun editors and reporters (including this one), presents The Baltimore Sun Supper Club. Each Supper Club event will include dinner and an informal discussion on dining trends with Baltimore's top chefs, restaurateurs and food authorities. The debut at Gertrude's will be a talk on the farm-to-table movement with Gertrude's owner and executive chef John Shields. Tickets, which include dinner, are $80.
Gertrude's, 10 Art Museum Drive, 410-332-6431, BaltimoreSunStore.com/SunUniversity
B&O; Brasserie 4th Annual Crab Bash
Sept. 26, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Regional chefs cook-off against one another in search of Baltimore's best crab dish. Guests can watch the chefs do battle, enjoy live music, sample the chef's dishes, nibble on hors d'oeuvres and enter a raffle. The Baltimore Bartenders' Guild will prepare a cocktail to accompany each dish. The event is a benefit for the Pratt Contemporaries. Tickets are $35.
B&O; Brasserie, 2 N. Charles St., 443-692-6172, http://www.bandorestaurant.com
Farm to Chef
Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by the Baltimore chapter for the American Institute of Wine and Food, the annual dining event is a culinary competition, in which Maryland chefs are teamed with local farms to create innovative dishes for guests to enjoy. The event is a benefit for Days of Taste, an AIWF Baltimore program that introduces elementary school children to basic farm-to-table concepts.
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, 410-244-0044, http://www.farmtochefmd.com
Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
The Oyster Recovery Partnership's annual fundraiser at the National Aquarium showcases cuisine from restaurant members of the partnership's Shell Recycling Alliance. The event also includes the presentation of the partnership's "It's My Bay" awards to public policy makers, individuals, corporations and others who have made significant contributions to restoring oysters. Tickets are $90.
National Aquarium, 501 E Pratt St., 410-990-4970, http://www.oysterrecovery.org
Taste of the Nation Baltimore
Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.
One of some 40 regional culinary events staged each year by the hunger-fighting organization Share Our Strength, Taste of the Nation Baltimore will showcase the talents of more than 25 restaurants, chefs, and mixologists. The event is a benefit for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign. General admission tickets are $95, and VIP tickets are $150.
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, http://ce.strength.org/events/taste-nation-maryland
Ryleigh's Oyster Ball
Oct. 9, 7-10 p.m.
The annual Moet Oyster Ball, a fundraiser for the Oyster Recovery Partnership and the Living Classrooms Foundation, features unlimited oysters, champagne and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $65. The Oyster Ball is a prelude to Ryleigh's annual OysterFest, a block party on Oct. 12-13 featuring more than 10 raw bars, live music and the annual oyster-shucking championship.
Ryleigh's Oyster Bar, 36 E. Cross St., 410-539-2093, http://www.ryleighs.com
Baltimore Beer Week
Now in its fifth year, Baltimore Beer Week celebrates beer culture in the Land of Pleasant Living with a jam-packed, 10-day schedule of beer-related activities, including a heavy slate of beer dinners and tastings. This year's opening tap celebration is noon-2 p.m. Oct. 19, just before Das Best Oktoberfest, a first-time event at M&T; Bank Stadium. Tickets to the opening tap party are $59.
Event prices vary, baltimorebeerweek.com