Archive for July, 2015

Interview with Heather Sanborn

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The Portland Phoenix has interviewed Heather Sanborn, co-owner of Rising Tide.

KB: You have a small rack of barrels aging in the back of the brewery. Will that be a bigger part of your model going forward, or are your barrel-aged beers more of a side project?
HS: I think that remains to be seen. Right now we don’t have more space for barrel aging, but that’s about to change. We have a 8,000 square foot warehouse in Westbrook that’s coming online in about three weeks. We just hired somebody to manage it and we leased a box truck that we’re going to use to bring things back and forth. So we should have a lot more space for barrel storage soon. Then it’s really just a process of ramping up that barrel program over time. It takes a long time to build up a successful barrel program at any kind of scale.

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2015

Friday, July 31st, 2015

cantillonzwanzeNovare Res is one of a select list of bars worldwide participating in this year’s  Cantillon  Zwanze day. Get to Novare early on September 19 to try this year’s beer.

First Review of Crooners & Cocktails

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The Press Herald has published a bar review of Crooners & Cocktails.

A classy joint with a major throwback vibe to the 50s and 60s era of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Crooners & Cocktails offers classic cocktails, beer on draft, a great happy hour, and a full dinner menu.

Peak Organic’s National Reach

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The Boston Globe has a report on Peak Organic’s expansion into markets across the country.

Peak products are now available in cities beyond New York; they’re all along the East Coast and in California, reflective of their 29 percent overall growth in 2014. Cadoux credits the expansion to thriving restaurant scenes in Miami, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Boston, and a sales staff focused on selling the brew as a good beer for food.

Interview with El Rayo

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

The Portland Phoenix has published an interview with El Rayo general manager Kate Poze.

LO: What do you tell your wait staff the secret is to excellent service?
KP: Always make eye contact, be attentive, accommodating and personal, know the menu. Control the chaos and be ahead of your tables, ask if they would like another drink before their glass is bone dry, mark their table, and don’t serve them soup without a spoon.

The Well TV (Updated)

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

extravirginA camera crew from the Cooking Channel was onsite at The Well yesterday filming for a show called Extra Virgin. The epsiode which includes The Well is expected to air in January.

Update: On Wednesday the Extra Virgin camera crew was filming at Portland Lobster Company. The Press Herald has posted an article with further info, as does Eater Maine.

National Lobster Day?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The  Press Herald reports that a group of New England senators are advocating for September 25th to be designated National Lobster Day.

OAD Fresh List

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Central Provisions (30), Eventide (32) and Caiola’s (97) have made it on to the Opinionated About Dining Fresh List.

The FRESH List celebrates the 100 best American restaurants that feature; F – Farm-to-Table cuisine; R – Regional American Cuisine; E – Ethnic Cuisine; S – Sustainable Ingredients; served with American-style H – Hospitality.

The list is a response to readers who regularly ask for dining advice about where they can find reasonably priced restaurants that offer an interesting take on American regional and ethnic cooking. It’s the perfect list to use to help plan your summer vacations.

F&W Editor in Portland

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Dana Cowin, Editor of Food & Wine, was is in Portland over the weekend, posting photos and commentary onliine of the places she visited:

Maine Craft Distilling

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Distiller-su15-cover-blk-458x600Distiller magazine has published a profile of Maine Craft Distilling (page 47).

This Week’s Events: Harvest Dinner, Sake Tasting, Vermoth/Bitters Tasting

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Monday — Crooners & Cocktails is serving a 7-course Harvest Dinner at Rooted Earth  Farm in Casco.

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

Thursday — there will be a sake and cheese tasting the Public Market House.

Friday — Rosemont on Brighton is holding a vermouth and bitters tasting.

Saturday — the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — MJ’s Wine Bar is celebrating their 2nd anniversary.

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.

Telling Room Reviews

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The Press Herald has posted a set of reviews written by kids who participated in The Telling Room summer camp program.

Cassandra Albano and Andrew Miller wrote about The Honey Paw, and Ella Briman and Elinore Kosak wrote about Rosemont Market.

Fifteen students set out across Portland this month visiting art venues, a food market and a popular new restaurant to offer their critiques and hone their skills as writers and reviewers through a summer camp program with The Telling Room.

Old Port Slice Bar Open

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The Old Port Slice Bar opened earlier this week. The new pizza shop is located at 420 Fore Street in the space that had been the home of Joe’s NY Pizza before a fire damaged the building in 2013.

Tipping and Minimum Wage Change

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

An article in today’s Maine Sunday Telegram looks out how a change in minimum wage could impact consumer tipping behavior.

Fears among waitstaff in Portland over the effects of a minimum wage hike may be misplaced. Consider the psychology of why people tip and it’s likely their generosity won’t change at all.

Review of Evo

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Portland Magazine has reviewed Evo.

Chef de cuisine Matthew Ginn (executive chef is Brendan Hicks, also chef at Chebeague Island Inn) calls Evo’s menu “refreshing–less butter and cream, more olive oil and sumac.” Succulent sautéed chicken livers ($10) from nearby Sumner Valley Farm are prepared with fresh pomegranate and lemon juices, olive oil, and sumac and served with bite-sized crackers inspired by a 10th-century recipe involving crushed walnuts, pomegranate, and vinegar.