Archive for June, 2011

Fore & Wharf Street Property Auction

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

This week’s edition of The Forecaster reports on the foreclosure of a few properties along Fore and Wharf Streets. The buildings contain several food-related businesses including Gorgeous Gelato and Havana South.

But the future is uncertain for Zanardi and other Old Port business owners leasing space in two buildings at the Union Street end of Fore and Wharf Streets.

The buildings at 432, 434, 436 and 446 Fore St. and 42 and 50 Wharf St. were scheduled to be auctioned off on Thursday. But the sale has been postponed until July 22.

Tranchmontagne’s Closed

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The American Journal has published a report on the closing of Tranchemontagne’s in Westbrook. (via the Westbrook Diarist)

“We’ve been doing a lot of off-site catering,” said Richardson. “This business has been growing so fast that we just wanted to focus our attention on one thing. With Andre’s band getting signed, something had to give a little.”

Bar Review of Five Fifty-Five

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Portland Bar Guide has published a review of Five Fifty-Five.

When you are looking for that perfect up-scale lounge to show off to out-of-town guests, a starting point for a special night out or simply a good place to experience the height of Portland’s bar scene, make sure to add the Point 5 Lounge to your plans.

Sending Food Back

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Natalie Ladd offers some guidance and when and how to send food back to the kitchen in today’s Portland Daily Sun. Step 1 is to

Evaluate the Error: Make sure the problem is on their end, not yours. Be sure to tell your server if you have a food allergy or aversion to an item listed in a dish. However, if your food is undercooked, overcooked, the wrong temperature, stale, has a foreign object in it, or is not what you ordered, send it back. If it doesn’t taste the way you thought it would, however, try to deal with your disappointment. It is my experience that most food is sent back by nitpickers who are disappointed with their own choice, or occasional scammers who hope to have their bill reduced by a preemptive complaint.

SoPo Bees, Meatless Monday, Grilling Veggies, and Berwick Bison

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Today’s Press Herald reports on the bee ordinance in South Portland. Beekeeper Phil Gaven who was interviewed for the article plans on opening “a store in Portland called The Honey Exchange. He will offer local honey, wax products and honey-based food and drink.”

The paper also includes an article about Sebago Brewing’s new Meatless Monday menu,

“We’ve gotten a lot of requests for more healthy, more local and more vegetarian,” said Elise Loschiavo, Sebago’s marketing manager. “It’s not that hard to come up with a few more meatless options.”

advice on grilling vegetables,

Or brush some Brussels sprouts with olive oil and tamari, and toss them on the grill. “Brussels sprouts are excellent on the grill,” [Toni] Fiore said. “I’ve made them for people who don’t like Brussels sprouts, but they like them on the grill. It just adds a different dimension. It’s not so cabbage-y.”

and a report on a pair of friends who are raising Bison in Berwick, Maine.

Review of Havana South

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Down East has published a review of Havana South.

Meanwhile, the Latin inspiration comes through in dishes such as a cod stew that includes tomatoes, olives, capers, and jalapenos, and a perfectly cooked braised lamb shank with a side of agave-infused mashed sweet potatoes. Other dishes are less well executed: pork gorditas — pulled pork with pico de gallo, guacamole, and onion relish — can be surprisingly bland, with the gordita itself more of a circular slab than a chewy corn tortilla.

Grace Nets Peoples Choice Architecture Award

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Congratulations are due to Grace and their architect Dean Bingham for winning the People’s Choice award from the American Institute of Architects’s Restaurant Design Awards competition.

Taste of the Nation Photos

Monday, June 27th, 2011

has posted a beautiful set of photos from yesterday’s Taste of the Nation. The annual food tasting and auction raises money to fight hunger in Maine.

Photo Credit: Michael Barriault

Greek Festival

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The Blueberry Files has published a report on her visit to the Portland Greek Food Festival.

It’s like Sophie’s Choice in there, deciding what to order. Fortunately, you can do like I did and just get one of most everything.  With the Greek fest happening once a year, why pick?

This Week’s Events: Latte Competition, Rum Tasting, etc.

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Tuesday — Blue is holding a wine and cheese tasting.

Wednesday — a rum tasting is taking place at The Salt Exchange, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — Bard Coffee is hosting a latte art competition for professional baristas and amateur coffee enthusiasts. Wine tastings are taking place at Browne Trading and the Brighton Ave Rosemont and chef Frank Giglio will teach a cooking class at the Public Market House.

Friday — the West End Deli is holding a wine tasting.

Saturday — the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

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.

Photos of Zapoteca & Gingko Blue

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

PortlanTown has posted photos of Zapoteca and Gingko Blue which are just a couple short blocks away from each other on Fore Street.

Museum Cafe Now Open

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The new Museum Cafe is opened on Thursday. This new iteration of the museum’s cafe is run by Aurora Provisions and is formerly styled the Museum Café by aurora provisions. You can see a detailed menu online.

Profile of Blue Mango

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The Portland Phoenix has published a profile of Blue Mango makers of the near ubiquitous veggie burger.

Lallo didn’t set out to make veggie burgers; he isn’t even a vegetarian, but his eclectic clientele and lack of purchasable options forced his hand. “There wasn’t a veggie burger on the market that I liked — most of them were heinous — so I started throwing together my own recipe,” he says. The burger is made with seven ingredients: onions, black beans, bread crumbs, spinach, rice, and spices. Before he knew it, people were coming in asking for the veggie burger.

Zapoteca Opening Today

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Zapoteca is set to open today at 4:30. They aim to be Portland’s answer for the intersection of Mexican food and fine dining. At last count they were planning on offering 80 tequilas at the bar.

I’m especially looking forward to trying the Ceviche Veracruzano which the menu describes as “Fresh, locally caught whitefish marinated in tangy lime juice with tomato, tomatillos, jalapeño, manzanilla olives & avacado. Fresh tortilla chips.”

According to the floor plan the restaurant will seat up to 80 people.

Review of The Porthole

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The Golden Dish has published a review of The Porthole.

In daylight or dark, this little square wood-frame building looks like it’s on the verge of collapse. But that would be a shame because it’s a lovable old spot, offering a sense of place, pretty good food, and a welcome respite from otherwise precious dining alternatives elsewhere in the city.