Archive for November, 2015

Po’ Boys Changes Hands

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Po’ Boys and Pickles founder Peter Zinn has sold the business to Chris Bettera. Bettera doesn’t plan to make any major changes to Po’ Boys, “When you have an amazing product and a great crew, there really isn’t a need to start from scratch.”

Bettera is a 3rd generation restaurateur. His grandfather owned 5 restaurants in the Hartford Connecticut area, and his parents ran La Trattoria Restaurant in Canton, CT for over 40 years. Bettera grew up working in restaurants and has been working at Bonobo’s since moving to Portland while searching for the right opportunity to own his own restaurant. He spent the prior “16 years traveling the world while working in the field of international education”.

Zinn plans to now spend his time growing the Choomi Cookies business he launched in 2013.

This Week’s Events: T. Edwards, Rhum Tiki, Woodford F&B, Urban Sugar, Beard Dinner, Singapore Sling, Jason Loring, Full Plates, Repeal Ball

Monday, November 30th, 2015

It’s going to be a very busy week of food events…

Monday — Maine & Loire is holding a T. Edward wine tasting.

Tuesday — Bramhall is hosting a Rhum Tiki Lounge preview event.

WednesdayWoodford Food & Beverage is holding a neighborhood mixer/preview (menu), and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — the Twelve Beers of Christmas showcase is taking place at The Great Lost Bear, and there will be a beer and cheese tasting at the Public Market House, and it’s the final day to contribute to the Urban Sugar Donuts Kickstarter campaign.

Friday — the Portland Hunt  & Alpine will be serving a Scandinavian Repeal Day dinner at the James Beard House in NYC, guest chef Alfie Jerome Mossade will be serving 5-course dinner at Tempo Dulu for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Singapore Sling, Jason Loring will be the featured chef for a dinner at Flanagan’s Table, and C Salt Gourmet is holding their holiday Sip and Shop.

Saturday — the first Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place, and there will be a encore of the Tempo Dulu Singapore Sling dinner, and Allagash is holding a bottle release for Avance.

Sunday – an ensemble cast of chefs led by Rob Evans are preparing a benefit dinner for Full Plates, Full Potential(facebook, tickets) at Flanagan’s Table, there will be a Jenny & François Selections tasting at Maine & Loire, and the 2015 Repeal Day Ball is taking place at Mechanics Hall.

New Year’s Eve – restaurants have started announcing NYE specials. I’ll be adding to and reposting the growing list each week over the coming month. Let me know if you know of one that’s missing.

  • Honey Paw/Eventide – passed apps and champagne toast, $53.74.
  • Tempo Dulu – 8-course dinner with cocktail and champagne toast, $195.
  • Vinland – 5-course dinner and sparkling wine toast, $108.

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.

Taking Over An Established Restaurant

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The Press Herald has posted an article, focused heavily on the Arrows to Velveteen Habit transition, on the challenges restaurateurs face when buying an established restaurant with a loyal customer base.

Sometimes in life it’s necessary to let go of the old to make way for something different. For the past year, Goldman has been trying to let go of Arrows and its well-loved traditions to make room for his new restaurant, The Velveteen Habit. It hasn’t always been easy. Customers were scarce at first. Longtime fans missed the old wine list, the formality of Arrows and that wisteria.

Unique Sweets: Tandem Bakery

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Tandem Coffee and Bakery will be featured on tonight’s episode of the Cooking Channel program Unique Sweets.

The episode airs at 10pm.

You Dine, We Donate

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Hugo’s, Eventide and The Honey Paw are partnering with the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital program You Dine, We Donate to raise $10,000 during the month of December.

5% of each check at the three restaurants will be donated to the hospital. Arlin Smith, Mike Smith, and Andrew Taylor, owners of Big Tree Hospitality Group, “will contribute a minimum of $10,000”.

Restaurant co-owners Andrew Taylor, Arlin Smith and Mike Wiley feel strongly about partnering about You Dine. We Donate. because they know how important the BBCH is to their local community. Taylor says, “My oldest son was a patient at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital as an infant and the warmth and incredible care meant so much to my wife and I during a difficult time. This is such a great opportunity for us to give back.”

Co-owner Smith says the partnership was a no-brainer. “We have children. Our employees have children. We feel good about supporting such an important institution in our community.” As a non-profit hospital, the BBCH relies on community support to provide world-class healthcare to all children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.

Interview with Chris Harris

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

The Portland Phoenix has interviewed Chris Harris, co-owner of Crooners & Cocktails.

LO: What do you feel makes your restaurant stand out from the other dining options in Portland?
CH: Attention to detail. I do my walkthrough of the dining room every single night. I measure the silverware. I measure the glassware. I measure how far the napkins are from the edge of the table. … We don’t want people to think it’s stuffy, because it’s not. But we are such professionals here, in every aspect. Everyone here is after the same goal, and that’s absolute perfection. We’re trying to do something special here in Portland, and there’s nothing else like us here.

Best Bars: Hunt & Alpine

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Hunt & Alpine has landed on the Liquor.com list of the Best Bars in America.

Portland’s first craft-cocktail bar continues to shine with a deep cocktail list that spans from approachable to geeky. There’s a smoky spin on a Negroni made with Cynar, tequila, mezcal and Fernet Branca and the simple Green Eyes: a gin sour sharpened to a keen edge with a healthy splash of green Chartreuse.

Bar Review of Eve’s

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

The Press Herald has reviewed Eve’s.

Tucked away on the second floor of the Portland Harbor Hotel is Eve’s at the Garden, a warm and elegant hotel bar and restaurant that boasts a toasty fireplace nook, superbly comfortable bar stools, and peaceful views of the patio sanctuary, which transforms into an ice sculpture garden come winter. While the cocktail list is mediocre, this is the perfect place to enjoy a nice glass of Scotch, share a bottle of red, or order a warm Irish Dream Coffee.

Hunters for the Hungry

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

The Times Union has published an article about the state’s Hunters for the Hungry program, which provides a way for hunters to donate to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries.

It’s a cool fall morning outside a red brick warehouse in Maine’s largest city, and Don Morrison is facing a tall order. It’s time to turn 40 pounds of moose and deer meat into enough shepherd’s pie to feed 200 people by sundown.

Morrison, manager of the Portland anti-hunger group Wayside Food Programs, is happy to do it, in part, because of the source of the meat. Tonight’s dinner was acquired through Hunters for the Hungry, a state-run program that allows hunters to donate their game. It has grown exponentially in recent years.

For more information, visit this page on the state’s website.

The Rink at Thompson’s Point

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Bramhall and the PB & ME food truck will be serving “food, treats, alcohol and warm beverages” at the 7,500 sq. ft. ice rink at Thompson’s Point. The rink is scheduled to open on December 1 and operate through to February 22.

More info on the rink: website, facebook, twitter.

Tomaso’s Canteen Now Open

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Primary_Logo_RGBTomaso’s Canteen(website, facebook, instagram, twitter) is now open.

Tomaso’s is located in the former Sangillo’s building at 18 Hampshire Street. Owner Sam Minervino has fully renovated the space; a long bar runs along the right wall and a kitchen has been installed at the back. The opening night menu includes the Wings (buffalo, Thai chili, or dirt) as well as single, double or triple Flat-Top Burgers and sandwiches such as Blackened Haddock, Fried Chicken and Italian Sausage with peppers and onions.

Tomaso’s is named for Minervino’s great grandfather.

CEI $10k Matching Challenge

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

CEI—the nonprofit community development corporation Coastal Enterprise Inc—has received a matching challenge from Newman’s Own Foundation to raise $10,000 over the next 7 days. If CEI is successful, Newman’s Own will match the funds with an additional $10k.

CEI plans to devote the money to “help create economic opportunity for young farmers and food related businesses in rural Maine”.

Global food security starts on the farm and requires a strong and vibrant system that supports farmers, producers, the value chain, consumers and the environment. In the rural state of Maine, Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) provides loans and technical assistance to smaller, low-income players in innovative farm-food businesses, helping them to increase production, create a livelihood, and connect to markets.

Reversing a generational decline, there are 2,000 more Maine farms with 100,000 more acres in production than 30 years ago. From 2007 to 2012, Maine farmers under 35 increased by 40%. Help us build the foundations of our local food systems to spur sustainable economic growth and revitalization.

You can help CEI meet their goal by making a donation online at Crowdrise. The deadline for the matching challenge is December 1st.

New Winter Farmers’ Market Location

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The winter edition of the Farmers’ Market starts on December 5th. This year the market is moving to a new home at 84 Cove Street which is just around the corner in East Bayside from the Urban Farm Fermentory.

The winter market began February 13, 2010. In its first year it was located at 85 Free Street, for the next 2 years it operated out of the Irish Heritage Center and it has been held at the Urban Farm Fermentory for the past 2 seasons.

This Week’s Events: Farmers’ Market, Thanksgiving, James & Julie, Black Friday, Duckfat/Oxbow Dinner

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

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

Thanksgiving — If you plan to eat out for Thanksgiving make your reservations now.

  • Brian Boru, Thanksgiving buffet, $23.99 (children under 12 are half priced), noon – 5:30
  • C-Squared, 3-course, $65 per person, 11 – 8.
  • Eve’s at the Garden is serving a buffet, $55 per person, ages 6-12 $24.95 and children under 6 are free.
  • Five Fifty-Five, 4-course dinner for $80 per person, there’s also a 3-course children’s dinner for $35 per person, 1-8.
  • Harraseeket Inn is serving their Thanksgiving Grand Buffet.
  • Old Port Tavern, $20, 3-9.
  • Saltwater Grille is serving a Thanksgiving buffet, $49.99 per person, $14.99 for children.
  • Sea Glass is serving their Thanksgiving Grand Buffet, $60 per adult, children 5-12 are $22, kids under 5 are free, 12-8.
  • Tempo Dulu, 5 courses, $85 per person.
  • Timber, 4-course dinner, $35 per person, vegetarian options available, 1-8.
  • Twenty Milk Street is serving a Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Union is serving 3-($55) and 5-($79) course Thanksgiving dinners, 12:30 – 8:30.
  • Wayside Food Program is holding their annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Portland Club, 11-1.
  • Zackery’s is serving a Thanksgiving buffet, $27 per adult, $22 for seniors, children under 10 pay their age.
  • While making your own dinner plans, please consider making a donation to the Good Shepherd Food Bank to help them fight hunger in Maine.

Friday — Allagash is holding a bottle release for James and Julie, a “Flemish Sour Brown and offers an aroma of raisins, figs, cherries, and caramelized sugar”, and Oxbow is celebrating Dark Friday with all dark beers on tap and the release of the Black IPA, Snowball.

Sunday – the 4th Annual Duckfat/Oxbow Dinner 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.

Review of Terlingua

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Terlingua.

Terlingua is a boutique BBQ restaurant serving at least three – sometimes as many as five – house-smoked meats, plus a variety of Latin American specialties. With almost every dish available as a large or small plate, it’s also an affordable place for trying and sharing. Start with the bean and corn salad – it’s light, fresh and beautifully balanced – or the intensely flavorful chicharron, a square of pork belly with a crispy, scored skin that’s drizzled with a rosy ribbon of house-infused hibiscus honey.