Archive for December, 2008

This Week’s Events

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Foodie events are very limited this week. Many of you are running your own limited access events in your homes over the next few days. As for the public events, on Monday the next Piatto per Tutti cooking class is being held, and on Wednesday night Cinque Terre is holding a Christmas Eve Dinner. As reported by the Munjoy Hill News, a Farmers’ Market will be taking place Wednesday afternoon in Monument Square. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

Back Bay Grill

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Back Bay Grill received 5 stars from this week’s Taste & Tell review in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

“Excellent service and dinners are both part of the picture at Back Bay Grill, an elegant restaurant that makes you feel at home.”

Freegans at Whole Foods

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Both The Bollard and the Portland Phoenix have published articles this week on the controversy over a food salvaging operation at Whole Foods.

The Kitchen is Closing

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

According to a report on Original Portland, The Kitchen is closing for good as of 2 pm on December 24. The owners are moving their commercial falafal business, Papou’s Kitchen, to Woodford Street where they will also sell a limited menu of falafel and gyro wraps. The space on Woodford Street used to be the headquarters for Daily Thyme.

21st Beerthday

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Tomorrow afternoon Gritty’s is throwing itself a 21st beerthday party. There will be a plenty of 21 IPA beer, live music and they’ll be serving food from the original 1988 menu (at the 1988 prices). The fun starts at 1 pm and lasts as long as the beer does.

Photo credit: Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company

Borealis Breads

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Portland in a Snap has posted a brief profile of the new Borealis Breads.

Hannaford To Go

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

The Press Herald has reviewed the meals to go options at the Forest Ave Hannaford.

“Located in the back corner of the store between the bakery and the deli-salad bar area, the little meals-to-go cafe offers fresh, hot food at really reasonable prices.”

2 Stars for David’s

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Chris2fer has given David’s 2 stars (out of 5) after a disappointing meal at the Monument Square restaurant.

“I hadn’t been to David’s in over a year . . . there’s just so many places to try in Portland. It hadn’t changed much since I had been there. Not much, but enough . . . “

The People of Paciarino

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

This week’s Portland Phoenix has the back story on the couple that are opening an Italian food store called Paciarino on Fore Street.

Baldacci at B4

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

The Borealis Breads Bakery & Bistro is scheduled to open today. Governor Baldacci will be on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am.

Food Now!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

There’s an article about the Food Now buying club in the Food & Health section of today’s Press Herald. The Food Now program is run by the Portland Food Co-op.

Maine Roasters and Freaky Bean Split Up

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Maine Roasters Coffee and Freaky Bean Coffee Co., which merged their operations late last year, have now decided to go their separate ways. According to an article that appeared in The Forecaster, the original owners of Maine Roasters Coffee bought back the business in mid-November.

Slainte’s Liquor License

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

According to a report in today’s Press Herald, the City Council voted last night not to renew Slainte‘s liquor license. The bar can appeal the decision to the state.

Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Type A Diversions has reviewed Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe.

“Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe serves eclectic comfort food at an incredible value . . . The cuisine is creative and hearty, and the service is friendly and upbeat. While I wouldn’t make it a destination restaurant, it is a convenient and delightful spot for a pre-theater meal.”

Wine & Cheese Tasting

Monday, December 15th, 2008

An additional wine tasting has been added to this week’s calendar. There will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House on Friday at 4:30.