BBQ and Brew

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Date(s) - Sunday, June 27, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Weekend Backpacks, a nonprofit that provides nutritious meals to Baltimore City youth on weekends, today announced that it has partnered with Baltimore’s beloved fine dining restaurant, Linwoods of Owings Mills, for part three of its virtual food fundraising series, BBQ and Brew. Hosted by Linwoods’ Executive Chef Tony Jerbi, the event will broadcast live from Linwoods’ kitchen on Sunday, June 27 from 3-4 p.m. EDT via Zoom.

“It’s exciting to be a part of such a fun and imaginative series that blends my love of culinary arts with giving back to kids right here in our community,” said Jerbi. “There are many families who are going through some really tough times, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to play a role in easing some of the pressure they face.”

During the event, attendees will learn the art of marinating meat and using rubs along with expert tips for grilling the perfect Peruvian chicken and savory Mexican street corn salad. Bond Distributing will also provide beer pairings that balance and complement the flavors of each dish for a mouthwatering experience. Just in time to gift for Father’s Day, this is one event that friends and family won’t want to miss.

“We’re thrilled to have one of the area’s top and most respected restaurants step in to help our cause,” said Barbara Spector, board member of Weekend Backpacks. “Good food nourishes the body and the soul. These events were created to celebrate the happiness that food can bring us while raising much-needed funds so that we can continue helping these kids and their families.”

Many kids in Baltimore City rely on public schools to provide free breakfast and lunch as a primary source of food. But when school is not in session over the weekend or during holidays, they often have little or no access to food. This problem was exacerbated when COVID-19 hit and schools across the country shut down. The number of meals that Weekend Backpacks needed to provide this vulnerable population more than doubled from nearly 300,000 in 2019 to 630,000 in 2020.

Proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing essential food items that are provided to children every Friday such as canned vegetables, tuna or chicken, a loaf of bread, peanut butter, fruit cups or apples and other pantry staples. Weekend Backpacks understands that no child lives in isolation, so each bag contains enough food to feed three children up to six meals.

The minimum donation to participate in the virtual BBQ and Brew fundraiser is $45, which includes custom wet and dry rubs from Linwoods, spices from a local spice master, grill accessories, recipes and other fun accoutrements. BBQ and Brew kit pickup will take place from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26 at 1505 Bedford Avenue in Pikesville.

This event is part of Weekend Backpacks’ four-part virtual Chefs’ Event Reimagined food series. The final event, Artisanal Breads, will take place in September. Those interested can sign up for one or both remaining events by visiting To learn more about Weekend Backpacks and how to make a difference, visit