Archive for May, 2010

This Week’s Events

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Monday — the new Monday Farmers Market is taking place in Monument Square.

Wednesday — the midweek Farmers Market is taking place in Monument Square.

ThursdaySlow Food Portland is hosting an event at the Portland Museum of Art which will include the Objects of Wonder exhibit, local food and an address by food author and historian Nancy Harmon Jenkins; Grace is holding a wine dinner; Black Tie Bistro is teaching a cooking class.

Friday Wine Wise is holding their first wine education event; wine tastings are taking place a Scarborough Wine Outlet and the West End Deli; the grand opening of Local Sprouts/Bomb Diggity is scheduled to take place.

Saturday — the weekend Farmers Market is taking place in Deering Oaks Park; LeRoux Kitchen is holding a wine dinner.

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.

Fresh to Flavorful Interviews with Portland Chefs

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

The latest edition of MPBN’s food show Flash to Flavorful includes interviews with chefs Mathews, Villani, Smith and Skawinski at The Back Bay Grill, Sonny’s, The Corner Room, Cinque Terre/Vignola and finishes up with a discussion with Jim and Gillian Britt from gBritt PR about the local restaurant industry.

5 Star Review of Otto/Enzo

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Otto/Enzo Pizzeria received 5 stars from the Taste & Tell column in today’s Maine Sunday Telegram.

Every once in a while, you take a bite of something and it brings you up short. Your mouth is filled with crunch and oil, sweet tomato and liquid cheese. You are being nourished with pleasure. Life is so much better that way.

Frost Impacts Apple Crop

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Saturday’s Press Herald included an article on the early May frost will impact  this year’s Maine apple crop.

Some Maine apple orchards have lost virtually their entire crops two weeks after being hit by a killer frost.

Although many blossoms and early apples appeared to have survived the freeze that began the morning of May 10, they are now wilting and falling to the ground in huge numbers.

2 Openings: The Cookie Jar & Chiang Mai

Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Chiang Mai has reopened after completing their move from Union Street to Washington Ave. They’re in the space formerly occupied by Loco Pollo. Their old space on Union Street is being converted by Havana South into a butcher Shop.
The Cookie Jar has reopened today. The bakery had been almost entirely sold out by the time I stopped by late this afternoon.

Harbor Scoops Now Open

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Harbor Scoops has opened for business. The ice cream shop is owned by Mike Rolyos who also operates A Victory Cafe in Monument Square.

Under Construction: Local Sprouts

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

The Munjoy Hill News has posted an update on the Local Sprouts Cafe, which is under construction at 645 Congress Street in the former Portland Hall dormitory. According the article, Local Sprouts is planning on opening next Friday in time for the First Friday Art Walk.

[Meara] Smith will serve as a chef at Local Sprouts. Previously she has cooked at Street & Co., Caiola, Pepperclub Restaurant and Aurora Provisions. She currently works part-time at the Blue Spoon.

Photos of the Bard Latte Art Competition

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

PortlandTown has published a set of photos he took at Thursday’s latte art competition at Bard Coffee. Anyone is welcome to participate in the monthly event. There are usually baristas from several coffee shops as well as an amateur or two in the mix. This month’s winner was Justin McEdward. I think the next competition will take place June 24. I’ll add it to the calendar as soon as I confirm the date.

Photo Credit: Michael Barriault

Texting Trouble

Friday, May 28th, 2010

MPBN broadcast a report yesterday on the new Text-A-Tip Pic program organized by Portland police to get bars to text information to each other and to authorities about unruly customers.

“This information will be exchanged between bars and the police in what is called real time. When this information is forwarded problem person or group can be expected to be denied access and certainly a contact by the police,” Craig said.

The program is expected to include several dozen establishments throughout the Old Port district, and nearby Congress Street.

For additional reporting see the article in today’s Press Herald.

Construction Photos of Havana South

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

PortlandTown has published a set of photos from the construction site of Havana South on Wharf Street. The restaurant is currently scheduled to open in June.

Photo Credit: Michael Barriault

Review of Boda

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Soooo . . .You Really Like Cats has published a review of Boda.

That’s right, the coconut-averse me just said she wanted to soak up the rest of the curry. I’m sold, that’s for sure. This is one Thai restaurant that I won’t be writing off as contributing to the “Thai food fad” curse we can’t shake off.

Interview with Dennis Yesse

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Today’s Press Herald has published a ShopTalk interview with Dennis Yesse, owner of BagelGuy. Yesse supplies bagels to a number of local cafes including PeRx-U-Up Cafe and the Portland Square Cafe.

Q: What are the qualities of the perfect bagel?
A: Sort of a crispness to it, to the outside. A heaviness to it. You need some type of heft to it, some weight. It’s not an airy product. And it’s got sort of a malty flavor because there is malt in it.

Profile of Olivia’s Garden

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The Portland Phoenix has published a profile of Olivia’s Garden, the New Gloucester farm that supplies produce to Portland area restaurants and markets.

When Scott Howard started growing tomatoes in a small backyard greenhouse in 1997, he never dreamed that one day he would see his products on the shelves of grocery stores and on the menus of local restaurants. But that’s where he finds himself: As the proprietor of Olivia’s Garden, selling his products at Hannaford, restaurants like Cinque Terra and Local 188, even through restaurant-supply giant Sysco.

2 Additional Events

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Here’s a pair additional events for this week’s calendar:

Friday – a screening of the movie Dirt! as part of the new 4th Friday Food Films series.

Saturday – the Tate House Museum is holding their annual herb sale.

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

Girl Gone Raw Interview

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Wednesday’s Portland Daily Sun included an interview with artist Elizabeth Fraser about her raw food preparation program Girl Gone Raw.

Q: Portland’s a pretty progressive food town. Where does going raw fit in?
A: “There’s a huge food revolution across the country. People want to eat better and get rid of processed foods in their diets. With the emphasis on obesity in out kids, the time is right and people are ready to change what hasn’t been working for them. Here in Portland, I hope to share this great thing through my classes, community outreach and by talking to people like you!!”