Campers’ Weekend

Portland Daily Sun food columnist has documented her thoughts on the mid-summer event known as Campers’ Weekend.

I know. I know. Many readers will say, “There goes Natalie Ladd again. She’s being disrespectful and unappreciative to the hand that feeds, pays and tips her.” On the surface, the scolders may be right, but, in my defense, here’s a little background on the whole thing. If it offends anyone by stereotyping and making presumptions — too bad. I’ve worked through enough of these weekends to know what I’m about to vent is true.

Review of The Well

Down East has published a review of The Well.

The sun is setting, the kids are playing happily in the grass, and you’re drinking that crisp bottle of sauvignon blanc you’ve been meaning to open. Yet a few key details signal that you’re someplace just a bit more pleasurable than your own backyard: You’re noshing on warm homemade bread and butter, the table is set with napkins and glowing tea lights — and a server arrives, bearing generous plates of tender greens and other vegetables, plucked from the nearby fields and gently dressed.

Bite into Maine Interview

The Maine Culinary Podcast has posted an interview with Sarah and Karl Sutton, owners of Bite into Maine.

Our conversation with Sarah and Karl begins with how they ended up here in Maine, then dives deep in to their menu and how they decided on which Rolls to keep.  We also discussed the wide world of food trucks and how the Maine food truck economy can continue to improve.

Beginnings and Growth of Otto Pizza

The Bangor Daily News has published an article about Otto Pizza.

“We started very barebones with all used equipment,” said Keon, who leased a 300-square foot space at the corner of Congress and Forest streets for their first slice shop. “It was very minimal.”

Four years later OTTO Pizza has 215 employees working in five thriving shops in Portland and Boston. Two more stores will open by summer’s end in South Portland and Lynnfield, Mass., and in the next few weeks OTTO will hire 50 more people.

Review of Brea Lu Cafe

The 207 Foodie has published a review of Brea Lu.

Home is the feeling you’ll get when you step into Brea Lu, and full to the brim filled with an amazing breakfast (or lunch) is how you’ll leave Brea Lu. I have nothing but praise for this Portland classic.

This Week’s Events: Dogfish Dinner, Twilight Dinner, In’finiti Showcase, Flea Bites, Heart of the Mediterranean

TuesdaySonny’s, in conjunction with GMRI’s Out of the Blue initiative, is holding a 4-course wine dinner featuring Dogfish.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

ThursdayJosh Potocki from 158 Pickett Street Cafe will be the guest chef at this week’s Twilight Dinner at Turkey Hill Farm, and The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from In’finiti.

Friday — Wicked Good Street Kitchen, Portside Picnic, Mainely Burgers, el Corozan, Bite into Maine, and Pretty Awesome Street Food will be serving at Flea Bites in Bayside, and there will be a wine tasting at the West End Deli.

Saturday — there will be wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen and Browne Trading, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — Rosemont is holding an event featuring the food and wine of North Lebanon.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Review of Susan’s Fish and Chips

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published a review of Susan’s Fish and Chips.

Susan’s Fish-n-Chips is a local treasure on outer Forest Avenue. The lack of ambience becomes a sort of meta/alt-ambience. Go to Susan’s for the fried fresh seafood. The staff is friendly and welcoming, portions are great, and the price is right.