Archive for February, 2016

This Week’s Events: Restaurant Week, Hero, Mast Landing, Peddleman’s, Fading Light

Monday, February 29th, 2016

MondaySur Lie is hosting a Foundation beer dinner.

Tuesday — It’s the official first day of Maine Restaurant Week, and in celebration of their 1st anniversary Otherside Delicatessen is holding a wine/charcuterie tasting.

Wednesday — winemakers Eric Texier and Hervé Villemade will be at Drifter’s Wife.

Thursday — there will be a wine tasting at Aurora Provisions.

FridayHero is launching in time for First Friday, and Mast Landing is opening their tasting room in Westbrook at 3pm.

SaturdayPeddleman’s is kicking off their to go service at Union Bagel, Foundation is holding a bottle release of Fading Light (8.5%, dark ale aged with Brettanomyces), and Pine Pitch Press is holding a potluck dinner.

Sunday — Tiqa sommelier Zara Edwards will be teaching a Sparkling Wine and Champagne class.

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.

Forest Ave Thai: Esaan

Monday, February 29th, 2016

esaanA new Thai restaurant called Esaan (facebook, instagram) has recently opened on Forest Ave in the space formerly occupied by Joy’s Crepe Cafe.

Brewery Tasting Rooms

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

There’s a front page article in today’s Maine Sunday Telegram about the increasing vitality and contribution to the bottom line of brewery tasting rooms.

An explosion of microbreweries in Portland – and throughout Maine – is being fueled by a 2011 state law that allowed beer-makers to sell beer right at their breweries, in “samples” that can range from 4 to 16 ounces or more. The law gave birth to the modern craft brewery tasting room, an innovation that has pumped up revenues, expanded the market and attracted even more would-be brewers into the industry.

Under Construction: Tiqa Cafe

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Tiqa has leased the Deering Oaks Castle where they plan to operate Tiqa Cafe, reports the Press Herald.

He said breakfast items would consist of bagels and pastries, with coffee by Coffee by Design. Lunches would be sandwiches and salads, and dinners would probably include an item from the restaurant menu along with salads and sandwiches.

Under Construction: Hero

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Urban Eye has posted an update on Hero.

Hero, opening in early March at 30 City Center, is about to rock your downtown lunch game Portland. Don’t have a lunch game? You soon will.

“Portland is in need of a lunch spot that is consistently producing high quality food,” said co-owner Todd Bernard, who makes diners swoon at Empire on Congress Street with lobster dim sum delights.

Harvest on the Harbor Sold

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

The Press Herald reports the Harvest on the Harbor conference has been sold.

The buyers are Stefanie Manning and Gabrielle Garofalo, partners in Portland-based S&G LLC.

Manning is the vice president of marketing and circulation at MaineToday Media and Garofalo owns Gabrielle Garofalo Inc. Consulting & Creative Energy in New York City, where she has worked on the 2012 Billboard Music Awards and New York Magazine’s annual Taste of New York culinary event.

Under Construction: Rossobianco

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

The Press Herald reports that Vinland owner David Levi has decided to name the natural wine bar he has under construction at 3 Deering St Rossobianco. Levi plans to serve Northern Italian food at Rossobianco,

“My family on my dad’s side is northern Italian,” Levi said. “My family’s from Venice and Milan. I’ve spent a lot of time there, and it’s really the cuisine I grew up with. I’ve always had a very deep love for it…

Under Construction: Old Port Lobster Shack

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

The Forecaster has posted an update on the branch of the Old Port Lobster Shack under construction on Fore Street. It is the 4th location of a California firm owned by a Boston native and former Portland resident.

Russell Deutsch is ready for a homecoming, even if it is a bit later than expected.

“There is no rush, I want to do it right,” he said Monday about his delayed plans to open the Old Port Lobster Shack in late April at 425 Fore St.

It has been almost a year since city councilors approved a license for the restaurant, which would be the first on the East Coast for the California chain.

Peddleman’s @ Union

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Peddleman’s (facebook, instagram) held their pop-up dinner last night at Bao Bao, and by all accounts it was a success.

Peddleman’s regular takeout service at Union Bagel which will operate Saturday through Monday, 5:30 – 9pm begining March 5th. Here’s a look at the menu.


Winter Foraging

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Food  & Wine interviewed chefs David Levi at Vinland and Justin Walker at Earth about ingredients they forage throughout the winter in Maine.

Though his restaurant, Earth, is closed in the off-season, Walker gets inventive with wild Maine moss in winter. “We have a lot of reindeer moss growing on the Hidden Pond property,” he says. “It grows on ledgy areas. If it’s frozen you can reconstitute it in water, or you can burn it into an ash, which you can do a zillion things with. Or you can fry it. It’s very interesting fried,” he says. “But it’s just an addition—you don’t eat a pile of reindeer moss, unless you’re at Noma.”

Lamb Jam Boston

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Chefs Nikos Regas from Emilitsa, Thomas Pisha-Duffly from The Honey Paw and Austin Miller from Mami are competing in the 2016 Lamb Jam in Boston on April 10th. They’ll be competing against 20 chefs from across New England.

Best Pale Ales: Mo, Peeper, Paloma

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Baxter Brewing’s Pamola Xtra Pale Ale (#41), and both Peeper (#7) and Mo (#2) from Maine Beer Company were rated some of the best Pale Ale’s on the market in Paste magazine’s blind tasting.

The verdict: Whoever formulates hop-forward beer recipes at Maine Beer Co. just knows how to push our buttons, but we’re glad to at least note that beer geeks everywhere seem to agree with us. MO is the slightly bigger brother of Peeper, and it’s also the more assertive and unforgettable beer by the same margin…It ends with the immaculately clean crispness we’ve come to expect from MBC. There’s no brewery in 2016 using American hops so well, so consistently.

Under Construction: Hero

Monday, February 22nd, 2016


Here’s a look inside the construction site of Hero, a counter service sandwich shop located at 30 City Center, the former home of Soakology. It is collaboration between Empire co-owner Todd Bernard and Mike Keon and Anthony Allen, founders of Otto Pizza. Hero plans to provide downtown office workers with a new lunchtime alternative, and will also be serving prepared meals like rotisserie chicken to go at the end of the work day.

This Week’s Events: Peddleman’s, Lamb & Whiskey, East Ender Class, Incredible Breakfast Cook-off, Brassserie Dieu du Ceil, Nordi Release

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

MondayVinland is holding natural wine dinner with winemakers Fabien Jouves from Cahors and Benjamin Taillandier from Minervois.

Tuesday — Terlingua is hosting a women’s tequila tasting, Bao Bao is hosting a Peddleman’s pop-up dinner.

Thursday — Evo is serving a Lamb and whiskey dinner, and a Brunello di Montalcino is taking place at Vignola/Cinque Terre.

Friday — East Ender chefs Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy are teaching a cooking class at Stonewall Kitchen in York, the 2016 MRW Incredible Breakfast Cook-off is taking place, Rising Tide is holding a beer and oysters event, BiBo’s is holding a wine dinner, and there will be a Foundation Brewing dinner at Camp Hammond.

Saturday — Novare Res will have 6 rare versions of Brassserie Dieu du Ceil’s Péché on tap, this month’s Rosemont cabin fever dinner is taking place as is the Winter Farmers’ Market.

Sunday — The 2016 MRW cocktail and food pairing competition is taking place, Rhum is hosting the release party for Nordi, a collaboration beer between Banded Horn and Owl & Whale.

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.

Interview with Lauren Pignatello

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published an interview with Lauren Pignatello, owner of Swallowtail Farm and Creamery and manager of winter farmers’ market.

In the next few weeks, Lauren Pignatello plans to open a cafe called Milk and Honey at 84 Cove St., the new(ish) home of the Portland Winter Farmers’ Market. Her cafe will feature dairy products from Swallowtail Farm and Creamery, the family farm she and her husband, Sean, run in North Whitefield, as well as herbal products, including elixirs, that Pignatello has either foraged or grown.