Archive for January, 2013

Phoenix Does Pork

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

This week’s Portland Phoenix has published a pair of articles about pork, both by Laura McCandlish:

The nomination process for the Phoenix Readership Survey is still ongoing. Go to make your recommendations for the top restaurants, bakeries, bartenders, food blogs, etc.

Maine Shrimp Season

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Working Waterfront has published an article about the short Maine Shrimp season.

The move to cut the shrimping season wasn’t a surprise. The previous shrimping season was cut short after just a few weeks, and summer surveys showed that the Northern shrimp population is in trouble. The survey found that shrimp were small in size in general and that two year-classes were absent, said Michael Waine, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator with the commission. The results were surprising, even for a fishery known for boom and bust cycles.

“We’ve had similar situations, but we haven’t had two absent year-classes in a row,” Waine said.

Reviews of Mama’s Crow Bar and Vespucci’s

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The Press Herald has published a bar review of Mama’s Crow Bar,

The bar itself only serves beer — American craft beer, to be exact. There are six brews on tap and a slew of bottles available.

and a review of Vespucci’s.

While the market itself is shabby in its appearance, I would rate the counter food as above average to excellent.

Under Construction: Blue Rooster & Taco Escobarr

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Eater Maine and Maine a la Carte posted reports today about two Damian Sansonetti projects:

  • Taco Escobarr – Sansonneti is working with owner Tom Barr to revamp the menu “trying to bring in more bold flavor to (Taco Escobarr), almost a little more street food…We’re trying to give it a little bit more of a deeper soul”.
  • Blue Rooster Food Co. is the official name (or not depending which article you read) of the restaurant Sansonetti and partners (including Barr) have under construction at 5 Dana Street.

Local Food Authors: Jessica Porter & Susan Lebel Young

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald includes an article about two local food authors and their books.

In “The MILF Diet,” former full-time Portlander and current summer resident Jessica Porter presents a beautiful cookbook that shows women how to use the techniques of macrobiotic cooking to bring their bodies and lives back into balance.

In “Food Fix,” Falmouth resident Susan Lebel Young provides an accessible self-help guide based on personal experience and the principles of mindfulness to lead readers out of the junk food abyss and into a real food oasis.

#8 in Dining Density

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The Huffington Post has calculated that “Portland-Auburn” has the 8th highest ratio of eateries per capita in the nation.

HuffPost Food used data from The NPD Group’s annual ReCount survey, which takes a yearly census of the number of restaurants in the country, to rank United States metropolitan areas by the number of restaurants per capita.

Interview with Don Lindgren

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Root has published an interview with Don Lindgren, co-owner of Rabelais.

What is the root of your selection criteria for books?
Well, we have many different types of cookbooks and other food and drink books, so the selection criteria vary. There are tens of thousands of cookbooks in print, and hundreds of thousands of titles printed throughout history, so even the largest store can’t handle it all, but the bottom line for us is that a book needs to treat its subject with respect, and be written by someone who brings knowledge and some skill to the task. In terms of rare books, it’s all about what we find, whether it’s an individual item or a whole collection. I love buying collections formed by chefs and food historians because they often contain obscure books on really specific subjects, like Papaya Culture in Hawaii, or a 19th century Goan cookbook, published in Bombay.

Review of Schulte & Herr

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Map & Menu has published a review of Schulte & Herr.

Right as the noon rush hit the restaurant, Meredith and I were paying our bill and putting on our coats, but now we’re faced with another problem – we’ve added yet another restaurant to chose from on our Portland go-to list. Such a tasty tragedy!

Katie Made Bakery

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Munjoy Hill News has posted article about the new Katie Made.

“This place is everything that the old place was not and never could be,” said Katie Capron co-owner of Katie Made Bakery of her new location at 181 Congress Street on Saturday morning. Katie and her sister and business partner Jennifer were holding an open house for the neighborhood to get a look at the sisters’ new Bakery.

Breakfast Review of Sea Dog Brewing

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Edible Obsessions has published a review of Sea Dog Brewing.

If their bare minimum attention to the quality of their breakfast, which they serve daily, is any indication, the only draw to actually darken the door of Sea Dog Brewing may be for a pint and their multiple big screen TV’s in the bar area. Just eat before hand.

Breweries Coming to Portland?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The Insurance Guy Beer Blog has put together an interesting list of all the breweries he knows of that are under development in Maine—20 in all.

In the Portland area, in addition to In’finiti, he also lists Austin Street Brewery, Bissel Brothers Brewery and Brasserie Ici.

Winter Farmers Market

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The Golden Dish has posted some suggestions on improving the winter farmers market.

The market needs  to reinvent itself, creating an  exciting environment that includes an expanded marketplace of farm-related products beyond what comes from the field.  More variety would fill in when the natural demise of produce finally takes a rest for the winter.  More baked goods, prepared foods, seafood, crafts and the like would be vital additions.

This Week’s Events: Cloak & Dagger, Latte Art, Wine Tastings, Specialty Coffee Month, Food Preservation Classes

Monday, January 28th, 2013

MondayCloak & Dagger is holding an homage dinner where they’ll “replicate famous dishes from: Thomas Keller, Escoffier, Albert Adria, Ferran Adria, David Chang, Grant Achatz, Daniel Boulud, and more.” Local Sprouts is screening the movie Betting the Farm.

WednesdayThe Salt Exchange is hosting a Beer & Bacon dinner, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute will be screening Alaska’s Red Gold, a movie about the sockeye salmon at Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Thursday — Bard is hosting the monthly Latte Art Competition, the Great Lost Bear is showcasing a set of beers from New Hampshire, and there will be a wine tasting at the Public Market House and a beer tasting at the Bier Cellar.

Friday — Wine Wise is teaching a class on the wines of Rhone Valley, there will be a wine tasting at the West End Deli, and it’s First Friday Art Walk so make your reservations soon before the restaurants are all booked up.

Saturday — Figa is holding an Art Bar, there will be wine tastings at LeRoux Kitchen and Browne Trading, and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place.

SundayPetite Jacqueline is screening Les Diaboliques.

Coffee by Design — is running a series of educational events in February to celebrate Specialty Coffee Month.

Food Preservation Workshops — the University of Maine Cooperative Extension has published an extensive list of classes on food preservation taking place all over the state.

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.

Review of Local 188

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published a review of Local 188.

Local 188’s menu is thoughtful, balanced and keyed in to the unique desires of Portland foodie types — and has been true to this concept since 1999. Its hipster reputation is not a mandate, just a nod to the area’s upwardly mobile young culture. The restaurant serves excellent food in a gallery atmosphere that features work by local artists. With this mix of art and cuisine, it is a terrific neighborhood spot for a drink, a snack or a full-on dinner date. Meat-free options are plentiful.

The Festival Interview and Brewer List

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Maine a la Carte caught up with Dan Shelton, one of the organizers of The Festival, to learn more about the international beer event that is coming to Portland this summer.

The article includes a list of about a dozen brewers that have already signed on: Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Nogne, Twin, etc.