Double Happy Hour at the Writing Room; Taste of the Lower East Side Tickets

• On April 24, restaurants like Beauty & Essex, L’Apicio, and wd~50 will join forces for the annual Taste of the Lower East Side. General admission tickets cost $195, and a VIP tasting preview costs $300. [Grub Street]

• Shake Shack announced today that it’s opening its first location in Baltimore. [Baltimore Sun]

The Writing Room now offers a double happy hour, with 20 percent off everything daily from 4 to 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. The same offer extends to diners visiting after 10 p.m. [Grub Street]

Blue Hill bartender Weisi Li has created a series of farm-to-table cocktails to celebrate the upcoming Earth Day. Her off-menu concoctions include the Spring Suite (organic American Harvest vodka, pea puree, Meyer lemon marmalade, lemon juice, and mint) and the Freshly Pick(l)ed (American Harvest vodka, green garlic juice, and beet juice). [Grub Street]

• On May 1, the American Cancer Society will host the Taste of Hope event to honor chef Elizabeth Falkner. All proceeds support the ACS, and general admission to the event (featuring plates from Aldea, Recette, the Smith, and more) costs $175 per person. [Grub Street]