Archive for March, 2010

Photos of the Maine Bartenders Bash

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Tom Laslavic from Natalie’s in Camden was the winner of last night’s Maine Bartenders Bash. PortlandTown was on site with his camera and has published a set of photos from the event. There’s also a bunch of photos on the MRW Facebook page.

Visit Portland in a Snap for a recipe of Laslavic’s winning drink, the Camden Hike.

Skinny Cart BBQ Now Open

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Skinny Cart BBQ opened for business on Washington Ave yesterday. According to The Forecaster, Skinny customers have the choice of the “barbecuish, based on a beef barbecue sandwich recipe Gan’s Russian grandmother used to make, or a portobello mushroom sandwich.”

For more information on the business read the Munjoy Hill News interview with owner Ron Gan.

February 2010 Stats

Monday, March 1st, 2010

The 10 eateries looked up most often in February were:

  1. Nosh Kitchen Bar (42)
  2. Boda (-)
  3. Sonny’s (1)
  4. Bresca (4)
  5. Po’Boys & Pickles (2)
  6. Grace (15)
  7. The French Press Eatery (11)
  8. The Salt Exchange (5)
  9. Five Fifty-Five (10)
  10. Bar Lola (7)

The numbers in parentheses indicates their rank last month.

Waiting Tables & the CSA Fair

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Press Herald columnist Justin Ellis takes a look at what attracts younger workers to the restaurant industry,

The thing with restaurant work is that it stuck, and it suited a need for in-between work or, on-the-verge-of-making-new-plans work. It offers prime conditions for young workers.

”I see people of all ages,” she said. ”But I do see a lot of young people coming in.”

Today’s paper also includes a report on Sunday’s CSA Fair, “Think of it as speed dating for vegetables.”

Illustrated Best of Phoenix: Best Desserts

Monday, March 1st, 2010

PortlandTown has published a set of photos illustrating the nominees from the Best Dessert Place category in the Portland Phoenix readership poll.

Photo Credit: Michael Barriault

This Week’s Events

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Monday Maine Restaurant Week starts today and to kick it off right the Bartenders Bash cocktail competition is taking place at the Portland Museum of Art. Also on Monday, Stephen Lanzalotta is teaching a Piatto per Tutti cooking class.

Wednesday Black Tie Bistro is holding a cooking class.

Friday — Maine Restaurant Week’s Breakfast Cook-off is taking place, West End Deli is holding a wine tasting, and Rabelais is having an opening for an exhibit of food industry mug shots (1899-1954).

Saturday — Wolf Neck Farm is holding a workshop on advanced canning techniques, the indoor Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place, there’s a wine tasting at Leroux Kitchen and Port Clyde Fresh Catch is dropping off shares of their Maine shrimp CSF.

Sunday — Bar Lola’s Guy Hernandez is the featured chef at the Food Film Series screening of the movie Delicatessen.

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.