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By Jannette J. Witmyer, Special to the Afro 

If all goes according to plan, Baltimore County Fall Restaurant Week 2021, October 15-24, will provide a shot in the arm to area restaurants and the county’s hospitality industry, as they rebound from the ill effects created by COVID-19 and its resulting restrictions. More than 40 restaurants located throughout the easily accessible county that encircles Baltimore City have signed on to the 10-day food extravaganza, which will feature pre-fixe menus and meal-deals for patrons dining in, carrying out, or using curbside pick- up. This season’s list of diverse menu offerings will range from food trucks to fine dining.

During the event’s official announcement, County Executive Johnny Olszewski urged residents to get out and enjoy the food and the experience, stating, “We are excited to announce the return of this cherished tradition with our local restaurants. We encourage residents of Baltimore County and beyond to support our restaurant community and take full advantage of all the diverse options to dine safely and comfortably.”

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Additionally, the county announced that it has waived all registration fees required for participation in this year’s promotion, further demonstrating its support for the many eateries’ recovery and success. 

Randallstown’s Grind & Wine Restaurant (3627 Offutt Road) has participated in restaurant week for four years. Owner Kelly Carter says that the restaurant has been a part of the event since its inception, and it’s been good for business. 

“This year is different. Baltimore County waived fees for anyone who participated and really left it up to the restaurants to create their own specials,” she says. “It works really well. Having all fees waived and being able to create our own specials are great benefits.”

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She says that operating through a pandemic forced her to be “super creative,” which is reflected in the restaurant’s special. For this year’s event, the eatery, which offers dining in, carry out, and a bakery, has a special menu and is giving a *percentage discount. *(https://www.baltimorecountyrestaurantweek.com/documents/menus/menu-grind-oct.pdf).

Foodies, like longtime Owings Mills resident Denise Cabrera, are looking forward to the event. This will be her first time, and she is encouraged by the diverse assortment of restaurants. Cabrera says that, during the pandemic, she has ordered carryout much more frequently than she would under normal circumstances, but most of those meals have come from nearby establishments. Restaurant week will allow her to branch out and check out eateries in other areas of the county.  

“I plan to participate in restaurant week because it will give me a chance to explore restaurants in the county that I haven’t known about or had the opportunity to try,” says Cabrera. “The price-break is a bonus.”

To ensure the safety of all participants throughout Baltimore County Fall Restaurant Week 2021, all restaurants must continue to follow the County’s COVID-19 restrictions and CDC guidelines. For additional information, visit Baltimore County Restaurant Week’s website at https://www.baltimorecountyrestaurantweek.com/index.html.

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Jannette J. Witmyer

Special to the AFRO