Archive for November, 2017

Grasshopper: It’s Whats for Dinner

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The Portland Phoenix has interviewed Lindsay Baldwin for an article on Entomophagy—consuming insects as food.

Though strange in the West, eating insects is common everywhere else and has been for centuries. The U.N. estimates that two billion people eat insects regularly, especially in countries like Thailand, Ghana, Mexico, Brazil, China and Australia. Snackable species include grasshopper, ants, caterpillars, beetles, locusts, and even wasps and bees.

VinePair Top 50

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Three Maine beers made it on to the Vinepair list of the 50 Best Beers of 2017. Allagash Coolship Red (1), Lone Pine Tesselation (6), and Peak Brewing Fresh Cut Pilsner (17).

Under Construction: Stars and Stripes

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

The Forecaster has published an update on Stars and Stripes Brewing Co. (website, facebook, instagram).

Nadeau has worked since last November with SCORE, a network of business mentors with a chapter in Portland, to develop the brewery. Once he’s found a location, Nadeau will use his construction background to build the business.

“We’re really going to focus on making great beer,” Nadeau said, while donating a percentage of proceeds to veterans who could use the help, such as those with disabilities.

Portland Food Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Thrillist has featured owners of Mami, Nosh/Slab/Rhum and Novare/Liquid Riot in an article about entrepreneurial businesses in Portland.

Gone are the days of Maine’s only claim-to-fame being extensive forests and fresh lobster. In recent years, downtown Portland, the waterfront neighborhood of the state’s largest city, has become a de-facto gathering place for artists, foodies, and people looking to change the world — or at least this little part of it. Here, being a Mainer means that you aren’t afraid to make things, are good to your neighbors, and you embrace local agriculture. In short, it offers the fantasy of a slower way of life with all the comforts of city living.

Restaurant Complaints

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

The Press Herald has explored how restaurants manage complaints and provides advice on how to do it effectively.

How do you walk that line between being a good guest and being assertive about getting what you want? We asked several restaurateurs to describe the right and the wrong ways to complain. Their No. 1 response was this: Please complain, and do it before you leave the restaurant. If you sit on it and stew, you’re more likely to unleash the hounds later in an ill-considered one-star review on social media that may be unfair to the restaurant.

Today’s paper also includes an article on how hospitals are increasing the range of plant-based foods served to their patients and visitors.

Such efforts got a significant nudge this summer when the American Medical Association, the largest physician organization in the country, adopted a resolution calling on hospitals to do three things: add plant-based meals to their menus, get rid of processed meats, and re-stock beverage coolers with more healthful drinks. The move by the AMA follows years of clinical studies linking diets high in animal products and sugar with chronic ailments, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity and diabetes.

Sun Bakery & Restaurant Now Open

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Sun Bakery & Restaurant opened on Saturday. The new bakery and restaurant is located at 699 Forest Ave in Woodfords Corner, in the space formerly Thurston’s and KFC.

I haven’t been able to locate a website or social media accounts for Sun, but you can see photos of the food and interior posted by Thao Koch and Nancy Timberlake on Facebook.

Sun is open 7 days a week, 6:30am – 8:30pm (Monday – Saturday) and 6:30am – 1pm (Sunday).

This Week’s Events: Wild Game Dinner, Winter Farmers’ Market, Allagash Craft Fair

Monday, November 27th, 2017

TuesdayLittle Giant is serving a 6-course Wild Game Dinner with wine/amari/cocktail pairings featuring Haus Alpenz.

Thursday – Liquid Riot is holding a tap takeover at Bolster Snow.

FridayAllagash is hosting a curated set of local artisans for a holiday craft fair, and the Munjoy Hill Rosemont is holding a wine tasting.

Saturday – The first Winter Farmers’ Market of the season will take place at it’s new location, 631 Stevens Ave, and Little Giant is kicking off their new brunch service.

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.

Reviews: BRGR Bar, Sichuan Kitchen, Brea Lu Cafe

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed BRGR Bar,

Part of the problem with BRGR Bar is that such gorgeously conceived and executed dishes sit side-by-side with others that are flawed or just plain uninspired. And from the menu alone, it’s hard to tell which is which.

the Portland Phoenix has reviewed Sichuan Kitchen, and

If there’s a “best” dish at Sichuan Kitchen, it’s got to be the Sichuan poached fish. Filets of Swai — a river-farmed catfish native to Southeast Asia — are gently poached in a hellfire broth of more chilis and peppercorns, finished with a generous portion of yellow bean sprouts throughout. The fish flakes beautifully and is mild in flavor, serving as a blank slate for the vicious, yet spot-on spice levels. Rich, incendiary and impossible to find elsewhere in Maine, it’s a must-try for those who are new to Sichuan cuisine.

the Portland Press Herald has reviewed Brea Lu Cafe,

The turkey club with bacon on my beloved white toast served with a healthy handful of rippled potato chips was just what I wanted: basic deliciousness that didn’t stray from the standard and didn’t need to. It hit the spot and I came darn close to eating every single morsel, like the Grinch who took even the last crumb from Cindy Lou Who’s house on Christmas Eve.

Maine State Pier Proposal

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

The City Economic Development Committee will discuss a draft proposal on Tuesday to reinvent the Maine State Pier building (page 15) to include first floor retail stalls for fresh seafood, seafood takeout, seafood specialty foods as well as a bakery, butcher, deli/cheesemonger, grocer, wine merchant, brewery tasting room, coffee roaster and restaurant, with office and event space on the second floor.

For more information, see the article in today’s Press Herald.

Neon Dave Art Exhibit

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

The Institute for American Art is showing a collection of light art Saturday by local artist David Johansen.

Johansen, aka Neon Dave, is probably best known for the neon signs he’s done for numerous Portland restaurants such as Rose Foods, Island Creek Oysters, Arcadia and Little Giant. For this exhibit Johansen is showing pieces of his non-commercial light art.

The Institute for American Art is located at 158 Saint John Street. The exhibit opens on Saturday, 4 – 7 pm.

One Six Green Coffee

Friday, November 24th, 2017

A new coffee shop called One Six Green Coffee (website, facebook, instagram) has taken over the space at 22 Monument Square formerly occupied by Monument Grill. One Six Green is serving coffee from Seacoast Coffee.

Where to Eat on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

A number of local restaurants are serving traditional Thanksgiving dinners today:

  • Restaurants
    • BlueFin is serving a buffet, $49 per person, ages 6-12 $25 and children under 6 are free.
    • Bolster Snow is serving a 3-course dinner for $60 per person, 11 – 3.
    • Congress Squared, 3-course.
    • Five Fifty-Five, 4-course dinner for $88 per person, there’s also a 3-course children’s dinner for $35 per person, 12:20-8:30.
    • Harraseeket Inn is serving their Thanksgiving Grand Buffet.
    • Saltwater Grille is serving a Thanksgiving buffet 11:30 – 5, $55 per person, $20 for children 12 and under.
    • Sea Glass is serving their Thanksgiving Grand Buffet, $66 per adult, $24 per child, 12-7.
    • Tempo Dulu, 5 courses, $85 per person with optional wine and cocktail pairings for $55 or $59, 1 – 7.
    • Timber, 4-course dinner, $49 per person, 12 – 8.
    • Twenty Milk Street is serving a Thanksgiving dinner, 12 – 7.
    • Union is serving a 3-course meal for $55 per person with a children’s menu for $16.
    • Zackery’s is serving a Thanksgiving buffet, $32 per adult, $28 for seniors, children under 10 pay their age, 11 – 2.
  • Community Dinner
    • The Wayside Food Programs will hold a community dinner at the Portland Club, 11 – 1.

Goodfire Brewing Opens Today

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Goodfire Brewing is opening their brewery today and will be selling cans of their India Pale Ale, Prime.

The brewery is located at 219 Anderson Street, and will be open noon – 8pm.

Under Construction: Tuscan Table

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Former Cinque Terre/Vignola chef Lee Skawinski will be headlining a new Italian restaurant call Tuscan Table (facebook, instagram) in South Portland.

Tuscan Table will be located at 390 Gorham Road next to Books-A-Million at the Mall. The 165-seat restaurant is part of the same restaurant group as the Royal River Grill House and Tuscan Bistro. The owners hope to open in mid-December.

Winter Farmers’ Market New Location

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

The City Council approved ordinance changes last night that cleared the way for the Winter Farmers’ Market to move to 631 Stevens Ave to the building occupied by the Maine Girls’ School.

The first market is scheduled for December 2nd, 9 – 1.