Archive for October, 2013

Bountiful Mushrooms Farm

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The Forecaster has published an article about Portland-based Bountiful Mushrooms Farm.

On the outskirts of downtown, wedged between a billiards bar and a busy stretch of train tracks, lies a graffiti-marked cinder-block garage. Deep within, a delicate beauty grows under heavenly white light.

Welcome to Bountiful Mushrooms Farm. Here, alongside heavy traffic and light industry, three urban farmers toil to bring fresh oyster mushrooms to life and deliver them to 20 local restaurants.

You can keep up to date on the farm by visiting them on Facebook.

Portland Food Co-op

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The Bangor Daily News has published an article about the Portland Food Co-op and their efforts to scale up and open a retail store.

In a warehouse in downtown Portland, scores of people share a secret. Two nights a week, a local farm-fresh cornucopia including beets, chard and free-range chickens are packed into boxes and sent out the door.

Is it the best farmers market you’ve never heard of?

Not quite. It’s the Portland Food Co-op, and it hopes soon to be a visible part of this food-centric city.

Reviews of Piccolo and Zapoteca

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Portland Magazine has published a review of Piccolo,

Patrimonio ($24) features “Abruzzi style” pork sausages that simply melt in our mouths. Think an ever so lightly orange touch, with a subtle mix of herbs and no gristle. Alongside creamy polenta and fennel, this is a dish worth remembering and ordering again.

and the Press Herald has published a bar review of Zapoteca.

Zapoteca’s tequila menu, which features more than 60 varieties, will definitely impress. And the tequila flights – 12 different flight combinations to choose from – are three half-ounce glasses of special samplings, which include blanco, repossado & anejo, served with Zapoteca’s own tomatillo sangrita (a non-alcoholic shot meant to cleanse the palate).

Tandem/Rosemont: Kabaj Tasting

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Map & Menu have posted a report from last week’s Kabaj wine event. The wine and food tasting was a collaboration between Rosemont and Tandem.

Learning a new cuisine in the weeks leading up to the event proved to be an easy task for the talented chef, and we were fortunate to enjoy meats that he had cured himself, a regional bean, pork, and cabbage soup, potica nut rolls, and a tasty salted bread that accompanies many Slovenian meals. The night was capped off with an optional cup of the best espresso in town, and as Meredith and I made our way home that evening, we couldn’t help but think of what an enjoyable date night these pairings might make in the months to come.

An Insiders Look at Tip Pooling

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Portland Daily Sun columnist Natalie Ladd provides a behind the scenes look at the practice of tip pooling at restaurants.

3) One upside to pooling (which conversely is the downside as well) is you never know who’s going to be in your audience. Rotating tables and even reservations are always the luck of the draw. I can have a great night where my section is full of drinkers and overeaters, while my colleagues have the water (with lemon, please) and appetizer people. My experience is that it all comes out as a wash. In other words, the next shift it’ll be my turn to randomly wait on the entree-splitters and decaf drinkers.

Portland Beer Week

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Today’s edition of the Press Herald includes an article about Portland Beer Week and a comprehensive calendar of all 75 PBW events.

Portland Beer Week begins Friday and runs through Nov. 10. It’s only the event’s second year, but last year’s Beer Week was so successful there was never really any question that it would have an encore. Allison Stevens, owner of the Thirsty Pig on Exchange Street, owns the event and began meeting last January with about 10 other organizers to evaluate the best and the worst from last year and plan activities for this year.

For more information check out the Portland Beer Week website.

Little Bigs

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The Bangor Daily News has published a profile on Little Bigs bakery.

Set up like an open kitchen, Pamela makes dough in one area while her husband prepares fillings in another. Little Bigs takes customers off guard. Is it a shop or a commercial bakery?

It’s neither.

“We call it a food studio. A place where we come to work and it just so happens that we sell the stuff that we do,” James said. “We are both very happy to do what we do.”

Review of Miyake and Pai Men Miyake

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Booze, Fish & Coffee have published a review of Miyake and Pai Men Miyake.

This week Bo and Brian deliver a double dose of Masa Miyake, to give you the scoop on the new menu items at both Miyake and Pai Men Miyake in Portland. For you home cooks, the boys share secrets of Japanese pantry items and also how to avoid the top three mistakes in cooking pork loin. And as for drinks this week, they sip sake and teach you how to craft a nifty beverage gift.

Holy Donut Delayed

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The Holy Donut had been slated to open their Exchange Street store this morning. Unfortunately they’ve had an equipment malfunction and will have to delay. They’re currently aiming for Thursday.

Under Construction: Slab

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Today’s Press Herald includes a front page story on Slab, a new bakery/pizzeria headlined by Stephen Lanzalotta.

Slab will operate in the spot once occupied by Scales, a seafood restaurant that anchored the public market. The space has 30-foot-high beam ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. If approved by the city, the layout will include an outdoor beer garden with 20 taps and 160 seats.

Food Truck: Cafe Crepe

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013


A Greenville Maine food truck called Cafe Crepe is now operating in Portland. They were at Tandem this weekend and have posted a schedule on Facebook that includes the Falmouth winter farmers market on Wednesday, Bunker Brewing on Friday night and Tandem Saturday morning.

Hunt & Alpine: Hottest Cocktail Bars in America

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Eater National included the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club in their list of the 30 Hottest Cocktail Bars in America.

Gingko Blue Now Serving Food

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Maine a la Carte has published a report on the new food menu at Gingko Blue.

This Week’s Events: Maine Food Means Business, The Holy Donut, Halloween, Portland Beer Week

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Tuesday — the Maine Food Means Business Conference kick’s off in Freeport.

WednesdayThe Holy Donut’s new location on Exchange Street will be opening at 7am, it’s the second day of the Maine Food Means Business Conference, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place in the morning.

Thursday — It’s Halloween there will be a Hallowine tasting at Aurora Provisions, Taste Tours will be leading a trick or treat tour of the Old Port, and Hugo’s will be serving a Halloween Curiosities Dinner.

Friday — it’s the start of Portland Beer Week, see for a full calendar of the all PBW activities taking place November 1-10. There will be a wine tasting at the West End Deli and it’s the November edition of First Friday Art Walk.

Saturday — the Maine Brewers Festival will be held at the Expo, LeRoux Kitchen and Browne Trading are holding wine tastings, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — Petite Jacqueline kicks off their fall movie night series with a screening of Entre Les Bras.

Winter Farmers Market — the Winter Farmers Market will be starting up on December 7. This year they’ll be located at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street in East Bayside.

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.

Changes on Exchange Street: Steak House, Mornings in Paris, Holy Donut #2

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

There are a number of changes taking place on Exchange Street:

  • The Mornings in Paris coffee shop at 13 Exchange Street is closing down sometime next month. From what I’ve heard the owners are closing their Portland location in order to focus their energies on the MiP in Kennebunk.
  • The new Holy Donut location at 7 Exchange Street is scheduled to open this coming Wednesday at 7 am.
  • North Point owner Daniel Talmatch is launching a steakhouse. He’s hasn’t signed a lease yet but hopes to locate the new restaurant at 106 Exchange, the longtime home of Oriental Table.