Archive for August, 2013

Portland Food Swap

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Megan Bedford, author of Megansmark, has written a post about the Portland Food Swap for Livework Portland.

Recently, one of my favorite food community events was the Portland Food Swap, a locally organized shindig that welcomes anyone to come swap homemade, homegrown, or foraged foods. Food swaps are growing in popularity throughout the U.S., and have a strong foothold in the Pacific Northwest (particularly in the other Portland) where they are known for high standards of creativity in both content and design.

For more information on the Portland Food Swap visit their Facebook page:

Reviews of Enio’s, Local Press and Crooked Mile

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

The Portland Phoenix has published a review of Enio’s,

Enio’s may be run by veterans of the Maine restaurant scene, and be rooted in traditional strengths of Italian cuisine, but thanks to its imaginative menu and bright interesting space, it feels new and fresh.

and posted a double review of Local Press and Crooked Mile on Brighton Ave.

Two new lunch spots in the Rosemont neighborhood — a second location for local fave The Crooked Mile and the first for panini specialist the Local Press — offer a brighter fate to folks who lunch and labor off-peninsula.

Maine #2 on the Locavore Index

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Maine is in 2nd place on the 2013 Locavore Index (behind VT and ahead of NH) moving up two spots from last year. Sustainable America calculates the index based on the number of farmers markets, CSAs and food hubs per capita.

Salvage, Hunt & Alpine and Omi’s Plan Openings

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Salvage BBQ, the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club and Omi’s Coffee Shop all plan on opening in the next week:

  • Salvage is first out of the gate. They sent out a press release yesterday to announce they’re opening day will be this Sunday.
  • Omi’s plans on opening their Harbor View Park neighborhood coffee shop on Tuesday, September 3.
  • The Hunt & Alpine Club has announced their ‘official’ grand opening will take place Thursday September 5 at 4 pm. They’ve published some photos of the furnishings and elements of the space on Facebook.

For those of you keeping score that means in one week there will have been 2 tv crews filming restaurants in Portland, 2 national press articles about Portland restaurants and the chance to try 3 new venues. Yes, restaurant life is good in Portland.

Under Construction: Azure

Friday, August 30th, 2013

azure_signA new food vendor called Azure is under construction on the 2nd floor of the Public Market House. Azure “a salad company” is taking over the space formerly occupied by Pie in the Sky Pizza.

Black Cat Coffee

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The Portland Daily Sun has posted a profile of Black Cat Coffee.

Black Cat Coffee owner Keith Dunlap had no intention of opening and running a coffee shop. Instead, the former attorney, along with wife and co-owner, novelist Jenny Siler, saw an unfilled need.

Black Cat is located at 463 Stevens Ave.

Bollard: 2nd Article on Harding Lee Smith

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Editor Chris Busby has announced that the September issue of The Bollard will include a second article about Harding Lee Smith, chef/owner of “The Rooms” series of restaurants.

New York Times & Food Republic Eat in Portland

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Both the New York Times and Food Republic have published articles today highlighting some of their favorites from recent visits to Portland.

The New York Times article entitled “Portland, Me.: Locavore in Menu and Décor” features Hugo’s, In’finiti, Grace and Fore Street,

It’s hardly a secret that Portland, Me., is a food-lover’s paradise. Stroll down the sloping streets and cobbled lanes in the heart of this small maritime city, and you can’t miss the evidence: bakeries fragrant with just-baked sour cherry pies; indie coffee shops selling wood-roasted beans; bars where cocktails might be infused with local rhubarb or kale or blueberries; and, of course, restaurants of seemingly every ethnic and gastronomic stripe.

while the Food Republic article “7 Places To Eat And Drink Incredibly Well In Portland, Maine” draws attention to Little Bigs, Miyake, Opus 10, Blue Rooster, Eventide, Outliers and Vaughan Street Variety.

Portland, Maine is quickly climbing the ranks as a culinary destination, offering much more than sublime lobster rolls. With easy access to both fresh seafood from the ocean and seasonal produce from local farms, a recent influx of big-city chefs seeking calmer waters, and a local less-is-more attitude (which translates into top-notch, ingredient-driven food sans hype or attitude), Portland’s dining scene is vibrant, diverse and hotter than ever. Here, a few places worth checking out during your next trip to the beautiful coastal town.

Bar Review of Sonny’s

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The Press Herald has published a bar review of Sonny’s.

But aside from its local history, 83 Exchange St. is now known for good cocktails. Ask a 20- or 30-something professional where to find the best house-made infusions and mixed drinks, and Sonny’s likely will be at the top of the list.

Today’s paper also includes the latest installment of the What Ales You column.

More Food TV: Tastemade

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Online TV show Tastemade will be in town next week to film episode about Portland lobster rolls. They’ll be at Bite into Maine on Thursday (11:30 – 1). They also plan to visit Eventide and perhaps Portland Lobster Company.

Hank Shaw: Duck & Goose Dinner at Beale Street

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Hank Shaw, author and the 2013 Jame Beard award-winner for Best Food Blog (Hunter Angler Gardener Cook), will be at Beale Street Barbeque in Bath on October 30. Shaw and Beale Street chef Michael Quigg will be cooking a “duck & goose with an emphasis on versatility and an eye to the October hunting and harvest seasonal food Maine has to offer.”

Mainely Burgers & Bite into Maine to Appear on Eat Street (Updated)

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The Cooking Channel show Eat Street (website, facebook) will be in Portland this weekend. On Sunday they’ll be filming with Mainely Burgers. You can get in on the action by visiting Mainely Burgers at “108 St. John St in Portland from 11:30-2”.

And on Monday from 12-3 they’ll be in Fort Williams Park filming with Bite into Maine.

Under Construction: Coffee by Design in East Bayside

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Sprudge has published a set of photos as well as a Q&A with Coffee by Design about their new roastery and cafe in East Bayside.

The triangular shape of the coffee bar is designed to highlight different coffee brewing method…A blending station will also be part of the coffee bar mix so customers have the opportunity to create their own blends from that roaster’s choice of origin coffees each week.

CBD expects to open the new cafe “sometime during the holidays”.

Imbibe: Matt Bolinder from Speckled Ax

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Matt Bolinder, owner and roaster at Speckled Ax, was featured in article about wood-roasted coffee in the latest issue of Imbibe magazine.

For Bolinder, wood choice is about controlling this highly specialized process. “The type of wood is important for the rate of burn and how quickly I can manipulate temperature,” he says. “I can’t go from zero to full gas in a second like most roasters, so I compensate by using different types of wood. Ash takes off quickly and with it, I can increase temperature fairly quickly. On the other hand, red oak takes longer to catch and start throwing heat, but its large pieces hold the temperature.”

The article isn’t yet available online but there is a copy behind the counter at Speckled Ax which you can take a look at. Imbibe has posted a short list of coffee shops in the US that feature wood-roasted coffee.

This Week’s Events: Vermouth 101, Makers Market, Twilight Dinner, Portland Brew Festival

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Wednesday — the Old Port Wine Merchants is holding a Vermouth tasting to “demystify this timeless beverage”, the Makers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — Chris McClay from Modern Vegan Cooking School is the featured chef for the weekly Twilight Dinner at Turkey Hill Farm, and The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Shipyard Brewing.

Friday — it’s the start of the 3rd Annual Portland Brew Festival and there will be a wine tasting at Rosemont.

Saturday — the Portland Brew Festival continues, there will be another wine tasting at Rosemont, and 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.