Update: VOLT benefit. Coming up: The Farmer and the Chef, Fresh Thoughts dinner at the Aquarium, and Ryleigh's Oyster Fest. Here are the details.
Monday (Sept. 26): "The Farmer and the Chef." Baltimore's top chefs and farmers will partner to create recipes using local foods. The dishes will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges. Guests will also be able to savor the fare. Tickets, $75 inclusive. Presented by the American Institute of Wine & Food to benefit Days of Taste, a program that teaches children about food and its origins. 6 p.m. at the Maryland Science Center.
Tuesday (Sept. 27): "Fresh Thoughts." The National Aquarium's sustainable seafood dining series continues with a cooking demonstration by chef Galen Sampson of The Dogwood with a focus on oysters. Guests will also enjoy wine and local artisan cheese. Tickets, $89. 6:30 p.m. at the National Aquarium.
Tuesday (Sept. 27): Benefit Dinner. Former Top Chef contestant Bryan Voltaggio of VOLT restaurant and some of the country's top chefs will create a multi-course menu paired with wines to benefit Share Our Strength's efforts to end childhood hunger. Guest chefs include Charlie Palmer, Cathal Armstrong, our own Spike Gjerde, and Matt Hill. Tickets, $500 for dinner, $125 for the reception, other options. 6 p.m. at VOLT in Frederick.
Oct. 6-9: Ryleigh's Oyster's fifth annual Oyster Fest. The events benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Maryland's Oyster Recovery Partnership.
Oct. 6: "The Moet Oyster Ball." The fundraiser features Champagne, vodka cocktails, beer, seafood, and oysters. Tickets, $60. 7 p.m. at Ryleigh's Oyster.
Oct. 8: "Baltimore Oyster Shucking Championship." Oyster shuckers will compete for a $500 cash prize at this event that's opened to the public. Just-shucked oysters and wine will be shared with guests. Donation, $10. 5 p.m. inside and outside Ryleigh's Oyster.
Oct. 9. "Bull & Oyster Roast." A block party on East Cross Street with drink and food specials, including pit beef, shrimp, steamed and raw oysters, and more, and a money wheel to benefit the above-mentioned charities.
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