Dare I eat a peach?
At this time of year, the answer is a resounding “yes!” Especially when it’s on the cake.
From July 1th it’s time to come by Fenwick Bakery on Harford Road for that favorite Baltimore tradition: a big slice of peach cake.
According to the bakery’s owner, Michael “Al” Meckel, 61, the local staple comes courtesy of German immigrants, such as Berger biscuits and Old Bay spices. In the 1800s, newcomers from Pennsylvania used peaches instead of plums to make a home favorite cake.
Centuries later, peach cake remains a top summer seller at Fenwick Bakery, which dates back to 1913, although Meckel notes that other places also sell peach cake. Among them are: Woodlea Bakery on Belairweg, Simon’s Bakery in Cockeysville and Parkville’s Weber’s Farm†
Fenwick Bakery’s version hasn’t changed much since Meckel became part-owner in 1993. But it will now cost more than usual, Meckel said. “Unfortunately, [peaches] are a lot more expensive this year, as with everything else I’m afraid.”
In this week’s non-peach news, I’ve got updates on Red Emma’s, new vendors for Lexington Market, plus info on a new restaurant and bar coming to Owings Mills, and tell you where to get Baltimore donuts and coffee. can be found in New York City. But first, meet Baltimore’s self-proclaimed “Internet celebrity.”
Heritage Smokehouse in Govans shared an intriguing message on their answering machine from a disgruntled customer who claimed to be famous, at least on the internet.
“I’m an internet celebrity and I can [mess] improve your entire business,” said the Baltimore-accented callerwho did not identify herself or leave any contact details, and appears to be a bit of a Karen.
Owner George Marsh said he started laughing as soon as he heard the message. He works in the industry and is used to customers losing their cool in restaurants and voicing their personal grievances to an unsuspecting server. But this post seemed a lot better than the rest. The caller, who complained that the restaurant had messed up its order, left a message Monday, when Heritage was closed.
Marsh says staff are considering naming a drink after the caller and, of course, naming it Internet Celebrity.
Everyone’s favorite radical bookstore and cafe, Red Emmashas made his move to his new “home foreverin Waverly at 3128 Greenmount Ave.
But give them some time to rearrange furniture, will you? They are not ready for guests yet. According to co-founder, the collectively run store will have a soft opening at the end of July Kate Khatibo, with a grand opening this fall. “At this point, we are eagerly awaiting the approval of our fire suppression system,” Katib wrote in an email.
Red Emma’s announced last year that it had bought two buildings in Waverly and planned to start “a multi-storey community coffeehouse, bookstore and social center”.
restorer Vic Chibb places his bets on Owings Mills.
Chibb, an Owings Mills resident who also owns Taco Bravo in Timonium, will open Brews & Casks at the Common Brook Shopping Center. The 5,000-square-foot site was previously home to Artistic gastronomic and received approval for his Baltimore County liquor license in late June.
Opening in mid-September is the second location for Brews & Barrels, which also has a facility in Gaithersburg. On the menu: 50-60 bourbons, but also American classics such as burgers and ribs.
Soon you will be able to get coffee and donuts from Baltimore in New York City.
Cloudy donuts, a Black store with locations in Baltimore’s Hamilton and Federal Hill neighborhoods, is opening a third branch in New York’s Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. The new store will open this fall and will serve coffee from Baltimore’s own Black Acres Roastery†
“The community is already very excited that we are here,” said spokeswoman Zewiditu Jewel Ruffin, who comes by. Zewiditu Jewel†
The move is part of what the company founder, Derrick Faulconwho also owns Federal Hill’s Home-made, calls “reverse gentrification”: giving black-owned businesses access to affluent neighborhoods. On the menu: the store’s signature powdered donut, which Ruffin says “feels like you’re biting into a cloud.”
With only a few months to go until the grand opening of Lexington Market, Seawall Developers continues to announce new tenants for the city market.
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Now it is Sunnyside Cafe and Lumbini Nepali Fusion† The Lexington Market facility will open this fall and will be the second location for Lumbini, a Nepalese merger concept owned by Narayan Thapa. The restaurant’s current location on North Charles Street specializes in products such as samosas, naan and mango lassi.
Meanwhile, Sunnyside Café, owned by the husband and wife team Charles Miller and Kristian Knight-Miller, will offer a brunch-centric menu that includes Cap’n Crunch French toast, grits, and cookies. The company’s previous location, on Monument Street, was destroyed by an electrical fire.
Small business owners and city officials alike have high hopes for the $45 million Lexington Market, which opens this year.
“We’re making good progress, we’re still saying it’s an early fall opening,” said Paul Ruppert, head of Baltimore Public Markets. “It looks good there.”
While some suppliers have expressed concerns about the project’s cost and whether it will turn the market into a “food court,” Ruppert says vendors selling fresh food and staples like bread and spices make up about 20% of the market. “We have a good mix,” he says. “Part of the challenge is finding vendors interested in running fresh food stalls.”
City officials are still looking for a butcher shop and additional product stall to open in the market.
Baltimoreans still waiting for market anchor Faidley Seafood to sign a lease for the new building. Earlier this year, Mayor Brandon Scott tied a $4.9 million drip of the US bailout law to ensure that the old supplier would be in the new market.