Archive for October, 2016

Under Construction: 211 Danforth Street

Monday, October 31st, 2016

imageAndrew and Briana Volk, owners of the Portland Hunt and Alpine Club, have purchased 211 Danforth Street with Ian and Kate Malin where they plan to “open a full restaurant, bar and general store”.

The general store is slated to open before the end of 2016 with plans to open the restaurant and bar in early 2017.

The restaurant and store will add to the growing cluster of restaurants in the area currently anchored by Ruski’s, Ohno Cafe, Outlier’s and Omi’s. 211 Danforth is the former home of Vespucci’s Market. It was purchased and converted into a restaurant space and the short-lived Clark Street Deli by the former owner Keith Hickman.

This Week’s Events: Wallingford, Scaling Up, Taste the World, Portland Beer Week

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Monday — bartenders from the Wallingford in Kittery will be staffing the bar at The Bearded Lady for Halloween.

Tuesday — USM and Sodexho are running a workshop on Scaling Up for farmers, fishermen and food processors.

Wednesday — Fork Food Lab is  hosting Taste the World, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

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

Friday — Bier Cellar is holding a Jack’s Abby tasting.

Saturday — the Saturday Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — It’s the first  day of the 5th Annual Portland Beer Week – visit portlandbeerweek.org for a full list of events during the week. There are six events scheduled for Sunday including Oxbow Brewing’s bottle release for the 2016 edition of Liquid Swords.

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.

Under Construction: Nonesuch River Brewing Co.

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Construction is underway for Nonesuch River Brewing (facebook) in Scarborough. The owners hope to have the brewery built and in operation in time for summer.

The Forecaster published an article about Nonesuch in April when the brewery was approved by the planning board.

Temporarily Closed: Taco Trio, Rossobianco (Updated)

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Both Taco Trio and Rossobianco are temporarily closed:

  • Taco Trio announced on their Facebook page that they’ll be closed as of November 2nd until early 2017 “due to major medical issues in our family”.
  • Rossobianco has also temporarily closed. Key staff have moved on to new jobs. Owner David Levi hasn’t announced a target date for re-opening yet.

Update: The Press Herald has published an update on David Levi’s plans for Rossobianco.

Review of Solo Italiano

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

The Golden Dish has reviewed Solo Italiano.

We agreed unanimously that we had just experienced  extraordinary dining, one of the finest in Portland.  The service was flawless, the restaurant space elegant but contemporary, and its vast space is finally mitigated with its three dining areas packed with patrons voraciously enjoying an astonishingly good meal.

Under Construction: Tin Pan Bakery

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

tinpanbakery_logoTin Pan Bakery (website, facebook, instagram) is under construction at 897 Brighton Ave. The bakery plans to serve “cookies, brownies, breakfast treats, savory pastries, and more”.

Owner is Elise Richer was the founder of Cream & Sugar, and is the author of Always in Season.

Bottle Release of Chaga Stout

Friday, October 28th, 2016

chagastoutLone Pine Brewing is releasing a new beer, Chaga Stout, today. It will be on tap and for sale in bottles at their tasting room on Anderson Street. Chaga Stout is a collaboration between Lone Pine and North Spore.

No Tipping: What Do Servers Think?

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The Press Herald has interviewed several Portland areas servers to get their thoughts on working at a restaurant that eliminates tipping.

No tips? No thanks.

That’s what some Portland-area servers had to say about the new no-tipping policy that will start Dec. 1 at Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland and Tao Yuan in Brunswick. Others said they were skeptical, but would be willing to give the new policy a try.

Under Construction: Bamboo Bistro, The Holy Donut

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

A restaurant called Bamboo Bistro is under construction in the space formerly occupied by Siam Square in Westbrook. A sign in the window indicates they hope to open in December.

Urban Eye and the Press Herald report that The Holy Donut will be opening a third location in Scarborough in a building formerly occupied by a Tim Horton’s. Owner Leigh Kellis plan to open in March.

16th Annual PSO Wine Dinner

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The Portland Symphony has announced the team of chefs for the 2017 wine dinner. Collaborating on the dinner are:

  • Brian Hill, Francine Bistro
  • Krista Kern Desjarlais, Bresca & the Honey Bee and The Purple House
  • Sam Hayward, Fore Street
  • Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan, Bao Bao and Lio
  • Troy Mains, The Harraseeket Inn

The dinner is scheduled to take place March 15, 2017.

Stadlers to Eliminate Tipping at Bao Bao & Tao Yuan

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Cara and Cecile Stadler have announced plans eliminate tipping at Bao Bao and Tao Yuan as of December 1st. The restaurants will add a service charge to the bill that is “a percentage of the pre-tax amount a consumer spends while dining.” According to the press release, the “service charge will allow for an increase in pay for all kitchen employees as well as each restaurants management team. Positions that were once before a, ‘tipped’ position will now be paid hourly.”

It goes on to explain,

With the implementation of this system the wage inequality that currently exists between what is referred to as the, “back of the house,”(kitchen) and the, “front of the house,” (tipped employees) will be drastically reduced at first, with the goal to have pay be equal across the board. It will provide a steady year round income for all restaurant employees. The no-tip system will also allow for numerous benefits to employees, including healthcare, vacation time, and parental leave. With these benefits, Cara also plans to invest significantly in her employees through extra curricular experiences, bonus incentives and educational offerings. “We want to invest in people that want to invest in our company for the long term,” says Cara Stadler, “this system just makes sense.”

The Stadler’s new restaurant Lio will also be tip-free when it opens next year.

Update: the Press Herald has published a front page story about this upcoming change at Bao Bao and Tao Yuan.

This Week’s Events: Rowan Jacobsen, Hardshore Distilling, Fabulous Femmes, Cooking for Crowds, Mami Pop-up

Monday, October 24th, 2016

theessential-oysterMondayMami will be serving a pop-up dinner at Bao Bao, and the Portland Spirit Society is holding a women-only Tiki Rum Punch event at Rhum.

Tuesday — the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is teaching a class on Cooking for Crowds.

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

Thursday — award-winning author Rowan Jacobsen will be at Eventide signing copies of his new book The Essential oyster followed by a 5-couse oyster dinner at Hugo’sHardshore Distilling Company is scheduled to open their tasting room at 3 pm, and Bon Vivant Imports will be taking over the wine list at Drifters Wife for the evening.

Friday — Worcester’s Hangover Pub will be serving a dinner in Portland as part of their 4-city Way of Life tour.

Saturday — the Saturday Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — Chefs Ilma Lopez from Piccolo, Melissa Kelly from Primo, Krista Kern Desjarlais from The Purple House, Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan, Kim Rodgers from Hugo’s and Briana Holt from Tandem Bakery, aka the Fabulous Femmes, are collaborating on a dinner at Flanagan’s Table to benefit the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. The Maker’s Mug, Sugarbird Coffee Truck and Vagabound Coffee will be gathering on the Eastern Prom.

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 Foulmouthed Brewing

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Foulmouthed Brewing in South Portland,

And as you drink, be sure to sample chef Dan Lindberg’s sandwiches, especially the Spicy BLT, with house-cured pork belly. Lindberg’s bar snacks are also worth a try, particularly the Korean BBQ pork nachos, which are both a little unorthodox and completely addictive. But apart from an iffy Summer Harvest Salad, you can’t go wrong: Everything on the food menu – including desserts like a German chocolate cake sundae – is designed to pair well with at least one of the beers on the constantly changing brew schedule.

The Golden Dish has posted a report on a press dinner at Tempo Dulu, and Peter Peter Portland Eater has posted a report on the Pairings at the Point event hosted by Cellardoor.

Down East: Where to Eat Now

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

img_2521The new issue of Down East highlights to 20 restaurants and 1 town that are Where [You Should] Eat Now.

We’re not asking you to dine out at every amazing restaurant in Maine. Just these 20. Plus one entire town. Hope you’re hungry.

Mentioned in the article: Caiola’s, Drifters Wife, East Ender, Eventide, Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, Rhum, and Woodford Food & Beverage.

The article isn’t online yet.

Beard Awards: Open Call

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

JBF_AWARDS_MEDALLION-BLOGIs there an outstanding chef or restaurant you think should be considered for a James Beard Award in 2017?

Every year the Beard Foundation receives tens of thousands of recommendations from the public as part of the process to select the 20 semi-finalists in each category.

Fill out this form to send in your favorites for consideration.