Food & Beverage Experiences

Everyone loves a little behind-the-scenes access. And all over town, Baltimore foodies are chopping and sipping their way to culinary pro status - and it’s really delicious. Cooking classes, private kitchens, wine pairings and are some great options.

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Da Mimmo

Chef Masood leads each cooking class at Da Mimmo in Little Italy, and guests learn how to prepare a multicourse Italian meal. Perhaps the best part is that you then eat what you’ve learned to cook. Da Mimmo’s owner Mary Ann Cricchio hosts the classes to add stories about the traditions in Italy, origin of the dishes, history of Da Mimmo and more. Classes are offered on Sundays from 5:00-8:00 p.m., and the cost is $105, with discounts offered for booking multiple classes.

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Union Craft Brewing

Union Craft Brewing in Woodberry hosts free tours on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tours are usually given by Union’s head brewer, Kevin Blodger, and no reservations are required. The taproom offers a full list of their house beers, and the brewery often hosts food trucks in the parking lot. The shop in the tasting room offers Union gear like hats, T-shirts, growlers that can be refilled over and over, crowlers (32 oz. cans), Union 6-packs and more.

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The Food Market

Nestled in the basement of The Food Market in Hampden, the Private Kitchen at The Food Market offers an intimate dining experience like no other in Baltimore. Guests can choose from a five-course meal prepared in the space with wine pairings, order a’la a la carte from the restaurant’s menu; or “Slay the Menu” and feast on a family-style menu of their most popular dishes like Amish pretzels and beer cheese, salt and pepper tuna, sea scallops, short ribs, and more. Room rental is $300, and meal pricing varies and may be found on the restaurant’s website.

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Verde in Canton offers Neapolitan pizza–making classes where students learn the history of Neapolitan pizza while enjoying wine or beer, homemade mozzarella, housemade bread and tiramisu. You’ll leave with a pizza dough recipe and tips for making pizza at home. The cost is $70 per person.

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Sotto Sopra

Mount Vernon Italian stalwart Sotto Sopra hosts a series of Opera Nights, which are a truly unique dining experience. Savor a five-course Italian dinner while being entertained by vibrant, live performances of arias and duets. Sotto Sopra’s dining room with its high ceilings, draped curtains and mural is the perfect backdrop for this special evening. The cost is $58 per person, not including wine, tax or gratuity.

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Heavy Seas Brewing Company

Local brewing veteran, Heavy Seas Brewing Company, offers free tours on weekends in Halethorpe, just south of Baltimore. The brewery tour is free and open to all ages. For $5 you can purchase a souvenir pint glass and four beer samples. Of course, you must be 21+ years of age to drink. Children under 18 may attend tours but do not need to be registered.

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BIN 604 Wine Sellers

BIN 604 Wine Sellers in Harbor East hosts Binology, a series of tasting classes for burgeoning wine enthusiasts. These in-depth wine classes cover many topics and include tastings. The classes are limited to 12 students, which encourages lots of interaction and questions. These Saturday classes take place from 2:00-3:30 p.m., and the cost ranges from $29-$39 per student.

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Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar

The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar hosts local chefs for weekly cooking demonstrations every Sunday. The demos run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and are held near the Saratoga Street entrance. Spring demos have included Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen, Michael Stebner of Sweetgreen and Ben Lefenfeld of La Cuchara. Market shoppers are encouraged to stop by and pick up helpful cooking tips, recipes and enjoy delicious samples. The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar runs on Sundays from 7 a.m. to noon mid-April through mid-December and is located on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets, underneath the Jones Falls Expressway (JFX).