Archive for May, 2015

Under Construction: High Roller Lobster

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

highroller_logoA new food cart called High Roller Lobster Company(instagram) is under development. Owners Andy Gerry and Baxter Key will be serving lobster and crab roll  on Commercial Street this summer. They hope to be open by mid-June.

Under Construction: Soakology

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Soakology(website, facebook) has a new larger location under construction at 511 Congress Street next to Golden Lotus. The new digs will provide the space to expand the tea house and foot spa sides of their business with dedicated areas for both.

They hope to have the new Soakology open sometime in July.


Under Construction: Figgy’s

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

The Forecaster has published an article on Figgy’s Takeout.

When Natalie DiBenedetto looked out her window on Walker Street last year, she didn’t just see a parking lot. She saw an opportunity.

Now, a year later, DiBenedetto is set to open a business in the once-empty lot that she believes will fill one of the city’s last foodie niches: up-scale comfort food and skillet fried chicken to go.

Figgy’s is scheduled to open on Tuesday at 11am.

Figgy’s Opening June 2nd

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

figgys_menuFiggy’s Takeout(facebook, instagram, website) has announced they’ll be opening on Tuesday June 2nd.

The opening week menu includes skillet fried chicken, wings, potato salad, cole slaw and house made ice cream sandwiches. They’ll be expanding to the full Figgy’s menu the following week.

Reviews: Lolita, Artemisia, Corner Room

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The 207 Foodie has reviewed lunch at Lolita,

If you’re looking for a quiet lunch (available every single day except Tuesday’s) then the East End’s Lolita is a perfect spot. Sit inside and get a taste of how the busy kitchen works, or sit outside and enjoy the beautiful summers that Maine is so well known for.

and the Press Herald has posted a bar review of The Corner Room,

The Corner Room is one of restaurateur and executive chef Harding Lee Smith’s four restaurants in Portland. In its sixth year, The Corner Room is going strong, with a vibrant crowd every night, especially during happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. The cocktail list is unique and a collaborative effort with the bartenders and chefs. This is the perfect place to visit for an after-work drink with a friend or two, and certainly a reliably good place to grab a bite at the bar.

and a review of Artemisia Cafe.

The Pollock delivered on its unspoken promise of perfection by being many things at once: succulent, gooey, savory, multi-dimensional and immensely satisfying. The plan was to eat half now and save the rest for dinner. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. It was served with coleslaw that I didn’t love because it was on the sour side; perhaps it was the choice of cabbage? Or vinegar? Either way, no love lost, I didn’t go there for the slaw.

20 Delicious Years of Standard Baking

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The Press Herald has published an article about Standard Baking. The bakery is celebrating their 20th anniversary.

On April 25, 1995, when the bakery was in its original location on Wharf Street in the Old Port, it had no sign outside and no cash register inside. There were no business hours and no locks on the door. Alison Pray and Matt James, the owners and partners in work and life, didn’t even know on that first day that they would end up with a retail business.

Standard is holding a 20th anniversary celebration this Saturday, 11 – 2.

Catbird Creamery Opening Friday

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Caatbird Creamery has announced they’ll be opening their new store in Westbrook on Friday.

It’s happening! We will be open THIS FRIDAY, MAY 29th!!!!!
Everything is not 100%, but we can’t wait any longer! The mural & dedication will be in process for a few weeks, other perks will be available for pickup and being mailed out in the next couple weeks. We can’t believe it, but here we are. Thanks to ALL of you! See you Friday!

Under Construction: Forq Food Lab

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

forqfoodlab_logoA new venture named Forq Food Lab is now under development in Portland. Founders Neil Spillane and Eric Holstein are creating a commercial kitchen and business incubator to help Maine food entrepreneurs get through the early stages of product development and to successfully launch their businesses.

Business owners will get access to Forq on a membership basis similar to how coworking spaces like Think Tank and Peleton Labs operate. They plan to provide to members:

  • Immediate market feedback and validation with a public tasting room on-site
  • Staff that trains members on equipment, regulatory compliance, and business plans
  • Equipment that is maintained and available to use immediately with no up-front investment
  • Member collaboration: Innovative products, sales leads, lower ingredient costs

Spillane and Holstein have put together a strong board of advisors, located a potential space for the kitchen and are now finding the remaining funding they need to make it a reality.

Investors and/or potential Forq business members can contact Neil Spillane for more information at

Farm Use of Brewery/Roastery Byproducts

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Today’s Bangor Daily News includes an article on how brewery and coffee roaster byproducts are being used by Maine farms.

Average beer drinkers and java junkies probably don’t ponder the waste byproducts generated during the production of their favorite drinks.

However, behind the scenes, organic matter produced during brewing and coffee roasting processes is becoming a farming and gardening staple — an effective, low-cost alternative to commercial fertilizer and feed.

Getting a Summer Restaurant Job

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Forecaster columnist Natalie Ladd has put together advice on how to land a summer restaurant job.

During an interview, dress as if you already have the job. Personal appearance and hygiene are key, but that’s not all. In urban-chic Portland, piercings, tattooed arm sleeves and purple hair are all part of our foodie-by-the-sea charm. The bummer is, mature people, regardless of how experienced, have been known to lose out to trendy buff guys and sweet young things with half the professional competence.

This Week’s Events: Rosen’s, Rum Riots, Crawfish Boil, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Jolly Pumpkin

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Monday — today is Memorial Day.

TuesdayRosen’s Deli, aka Full Belly Deli, is opening their new location in Westbrook at 10:30am, and Vinland is hosting a pop-up dinner in collaboration with chef Chris Newton.

Wednesday — The Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — there will be a wine tasting at Maine & Loire., and The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from the Boothbay Craft Brewery.

FridayJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is doing a tap takeover at Pai Men Miyake.

logo_smallSaturday — Standard Baking is celebrating their 20th anniversary, Rosemont is  running a Spanish wine event, RSVP is holding a rose tasting, the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place. It’s also the start of the 2015 Rum Riots festival, Saturday’s program includes a class on how to make bitters, shrubs and syrups at home taught by Owl & Whale, a cocktail book history lecture by Don Lindgren and John Myers, and a tiki cocktail workshop taught by bartenders from The Yachtsman in Philadelphia.

SundayPo’Boys and Pickles is holding their 4th Annual Parking Lot Crawfish Boil, and Rum Riots continues with a lecture on the history of Chartreuse, a class on bar technique taught by Jeffrey Morgenthaler and USBG bartending competition.

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.

(Re)Opening Plans: Rosen’s Deli & Catbird Creamery

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Rosens_logoTwo Westbrook based businesses are planning to open this week:

West End Rosemont Now Open

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015


The new Rosemont Market in the West End opened earlier today.

They’re located at the corner of Brackett and  Pine Streets. The market will be open until 8pm tonight and 9-6 tomorrow.

Reviews: Lolita, Ebb & Flow

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

The Blueberry Files has reviewed lunch at Lolita.

One of the $10 lunch specials was an open-faced sandwich with a speck, arugula, and smoked tomato aioli on grilled sourdough bread. It’s like Lolita in a sandwich: sliced Italian meat and a smoky flavor from their wood-fired grill. The sandwich came with a side of seared Shishito peppers, and I did encounter a few delightfully spicy ones. 

Drink Up and Get Happy has done a happy hour review of Ebb & Flow.

We liked the happy hour at Ebb and Flow so much, that we’ve already been back before getting this review done. The second visit just proved that it was no fluke. Delicious wines and free bites, albeit not quite as plentiful as the first time, make for an enjoyable happy hour. This time we were given a bite of brie topped with compote and a small basil leaf. 

WSJ: Tandem Coffee

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

An article from the Wall Street Journal highlights Tandem Coffee as one of Coffee’s Next Generation of Roasters.

Populated by veterans of those first pioneering brands, this new guard isn’t reinventing coffee so much as continuing a transformation already underway. Small, creative and hyperlocal, they’re sourcing even more adventurously and sustainably, importing the best beans from the farthest corners of the earth. And they’re opening in ever-smaller cities, turning America’s long-brewing revolution into a full-blown indie coffee diaspora.