Archive for January, 2010

Maine at Work: Cooking at Becky’s

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Reporter Ray Routhier tried his hand at being a breakfast cook at Becky’s for this week’s Maine at Work column in the Press Herald.

But when I glanced up at the order slips – clipped by clothespins to a string hanging across the window between the kitchen and the dining room – I felt like someone had suddenly shoved an intercepted code from World War II in my face.

“BEOM/#13” read one slip. “B/Scb/It, BagTst” read another. “#3/HF/Whtt” read a third.

I had no idea what any of it meant, never mind how to start cooking any of it.

This Week’s Events

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Monday — The Foreside Tavern in Falmouth is celebrating their 5 year anniversary.

Tuesday Bar Lola is collaborating with Allagash on a beer dinner.

Wednesday — there’s a wine tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants, Grace is holding a Flights & Bites wine social event and Maine Kombucha Works is teaching a combined kombucha and sourdough bread class.

Thursday — The Great Lost Bear is hosting the annual Brew Pub Cup challenge, Leavitt and Sons and Browne Trading are holding a wine tasting and it’s the first night of the Ice Bar at Eve’s at the Garden.

Friday — the Ice Bar continue at Eve’s and there will be a performance of the psychogeographic dinner theater Dual Site at the Whitney Art Works.

Saturday — it’s the final night of both the Ice Bar the Dual Site dinner theater. Author Kenneth Helphand will be reading from his book Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens In Wartime and signing books at Whitney Art Works.

Sunday — Masa Miyake and Rob Evans are cooking an 8-course snout-to-tail pork tasting dinner at Hugo’s.

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.

Meal Deals

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Here are some additional Meal Deals for you:

  • Portland Dine Around Club – members get a discount of $10 to $25 off a second entree at participating restaurants. Annual membership in Portland Dine Around costs $29.95.
  • Old Port Sea Grill– 3 courses for $30 and the option of 3 different wines by the bottle at a 30% discount; they’re also doing a happy hour 4:30-6:30 with appetizers in the $3-$8 range; both offers are available Sunday through Thursday.
  • Vignola Sunday Family Style Dinners –A 3-course family-style meals on the last Sunday of each month for $25 per person; will feature “antipasti, main course, cheese course and dessert with choices of traditional favorites and chef creations”.
  • Vignola Happy Hours– Monday through Friday from 4:30-6 p.m, cocktail specials and complimentary antipasti.

Review of Olive Cafe

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Olive Cafe received 3½ stars  from this Taste & Tell review in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

The flavors of Middle Eastern cooking, cool mint, sour sumac (the Mediterranean kind, not Maine’s ubiquitous poison sumac), tahini and an abundance of parsley and tomatoes, are perfect for relieving January monotony. The Olive Cafe in Portland handles these particulars with panache, tossing grilled slices of aromatic beef on top of a thin pizza that ranks at the top of good things I’ve tasted in Portland lately.

2 Rabbit Reviews

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Appetite Portland has reviewed a pair of rabbit dishes from Emilitsa and Sonny’s.

Perhaps in deference to Bugs and the memory of Harvey — my friend Faryl’s late pet – I had not ordered rabbit in years and years. Until this past week, that is.

Somehow I found myself noshing on two wildly different preparations of the little mammal at two vastly different restaurants: Emilitsa and Sonny’s.


Friday, January 22nd, 2010

According to a blog post on Eat Maine Foods, MOOMilk, a new brand of organic milk sourced from Maine farms, will start appearing on store shelves this weekend.

Produced by 10 Maine family organic dairy farms in Washington, Aroostook, Penobscot and Kennebec Counties, the milk will be trucked by Schoppee Milk Transport of Holden to Smiling Hill Dairy in Westbrook for processing, then distributed by Oakhurst Dairy of Portland and Crown O’ Maine Organic Co-op of Gardiner. That makes it the only organic milk available in Maine that is produced, trucked, processed and distributed exclusively by Maine family businesses.

2010 Best of Portland Readership Poll

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The Portland Phoenix has kicked-off their 2010 Best of Portland readership poll. As in past years its a 2 step process:

  • Step 1, nominate candidates you think are an especially good fit in any or all of the dozens of categories
  • Step 2, based on the nominations, the Phoenix will publish a ballot next month summarizing the top nominees from each category for you to vote on.

There are a plethora of food and drink categories (Bagels, Bars, Barbecue, Beer Selection, Brewpubs, Brunch, etc) there’s even one for food blogs. A list of the 2009 winners is available online as a reference.

Rob Evans on Martha Stewart Show

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Plating Up has posted a reminder that Rob Evans’ appearance on the Martha Stewart Show is set to air tomorrow when he will make “prosciutto consomme with shrimp and bacon-poached egg”. The show airs at 10 am on WMTW Chanel 8.

Help for Haiti

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Several Portland restaurants are raising money for the relief efforts in Haiti.

Pie in the Sky Pizza Open

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Pie in the Sky Pizza, the pizzeria operated by Big Sky on the second floor of the Public Market House is open for business.

Review of Ribollita

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The Blueberry Files has published a review of Ribollita.

So yeah, I liked Ribollita! I didn’t loooooove Ribollita, but that certianly wasn’t due to any failings on their part. I am glad to know where I can go to get solid and relatively inexpensive Italian food in town. But it doesn’t make my ‘hurry back to’ list (man, I sound hard to please!).

Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market Coming to Portland

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Today’s Press Herald reports on a new indoor Winter Farmers’ Market for Portland. According to the article, it’s scheduled to open on February 13 it will be located at 85 Free Street and will take place on Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm.

…it won’t be bound by city restrictions that prevent vendors such as bread bakers and fishermen from selling at the summer markets in Monument Square and Deering Oaks, said Larry Bruns, who coordinates the Portland Farmers Market.

“It’s going to be a very different market from what Portland’s used to,” said Dean Zoulamis, who runs the Mother Oven Bakery in Bowdoinham and is part of the group that’s organizing the Free Street market. “This will be a much more diverse market.”

Interview with Steve DiMillo

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Today’s Press Herald includes a ShopTalk interview with Steve Dimillo, manager of DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant.

Q: How many in the family are in the business?

A: My mother, Arlene, two aunts, Jeanette and Jay, two brothers Dan and Johnny, my twin sister Stephanie, me, my two kids, my brother-in-law Tony Quatrucci, who runs the kitchen. That would be 10. The most recent family member to join is Steve Junior; he’s the banquet manager. Stephanie does the bookkeeping. The primary management team is my brothers and I, and my mom works with the three of us. Another brother, Chris, doesn’t work in the restaurant, but he runs the marina. I’m one of nine kids, I think I mentioned. Gene now has his own place, G & R DiMillo’s, and my sister Vicki has hers, Bruno’s.

Top Destinations

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

According to an article in the January issue of the US Airways in-flight magazine, Portland is one of their Top 17 Destinations for 2010. Portland slots in at #14 right in between Dallas and Stockholm. Miyake, Paciarino, Hugo’s and Five Fifty-Five all get mentioned.


Thursday, January 21st, 2010

For those of you eagerly awaiting the opening of Nosh, you can get some pre-noshing in by perusing the eatery’s menu which is now available on their website.