Archive for February, 2018

Under Construction: Crown Jewel

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The Forecaster has posted an update on Crown Jewel and their proposal for a Planning Board change of use on Great Diamond Island.

The Planning Board scheduled a hearing and vote Tuesday on the change-of-use request by Wight and her partner, Gail Landry. They are seeking permission to open the 35-seat restaurant while downsizing the general store now operating at the island’s Fort McKinley historic site. The building is also part of the Diamond Cove Association.

Sebago’s New Brewery Opens Today

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The Press Herald has published an article about Sebago’s new brewery and tasting room in Gorham. The new brewery is located on Route 25. It is slated to open to the public today.

For starters, it’s just bigger. The largest fermentation vessel at its previous location – about a mile away – made 1,240 gallons of beer at a time. Now it has two fermenters that make nearly 5,000 gallons at a time – and capacity to add two more just like them.

This Week’s Events: Cooking, Baking, Brewing Classes, Tally’s Kitchen, Maine Restaurant Week, Alice Feiring

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Monday – Solo Italiano’s Paolo Laboa will be teaching a (sold out) pasta making class, it’s the grand opening of Tally’s Kitchen (website, instagram) located at 84 Marginal Way, Linda Kate Lobster will be featured in an episonde of Travel Channel show Booze Traveller this morning at 9am, and American Sommelier is holding a sherry tasting.

Tuesday – American Sommelier is holding a port and madeira tasting.

Wednesday – the Maine Restaurant Week Incredible Breakfast Cook-off is taking place and there will be a Maine Beer Co tap takeover at The Honey Paw.

ThursdayMaine Restaurant Week officially kicks-off.

FridayMaine & Loire will hold a book signing with acclaimed author Alice Feiring, it’s the opening of the Maine Eats exhibit at the Maine Historical Society, the West End Rosemont is holding a wine tasting.

Saturday – the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place, and there will be a tasting at the Old Port Wine Merchants.

SundayTandem is teaching a series of coffee brewing classes, Foley’s is teaching a baking class and Flights & Bites is taking place at Lone Pine Brewing.

Walkers Maine – March 10th is the opening of Walkers Maine in Cape Neddick. The restaurant is owned by Justin and Danielle Walker formerly from Earth at Hidden Pond.

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: Lena’s, Little Giant, Tuscan Table, Blue Spoon

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Lena’s,

As you might expect, the dining room is decorated with handcrafted platters and bowls, elements that make it feel welcoming and homey. Chef Brian Grossman’s menu adds to that sense with his selection of Italian-American red-sauce classics, like a tender, beautifully cooked meatball Parmesan, and al dente spaghetti with pomodoro sauce, served in quantities large enough to feed a rebel insurrection. Better still are his specials, like crispy pork belly served with handmade, pesto-ricotta-filled ravioli.

The Golden Dish has reviewed Little Giant,

Wyllie’s version of Johnny cake was bathed in a luscious blueberry syrup, with a big fat housemade sausage oozing with cheddar set over the cornmeal pancake and topped with a perfectly fried egg.

Portland Magazine has reviewed Tuscan Table, and

The location adjacent to the Maine Mall notwithstanding, you’ll never mistake this for a mall or chain restaurant. (It does have two popular sister-establishments, the Tuscan Bistro in Freeport and Royal River Grill House in Yarmouth.) Most diners appear to be on dates or enjoying multi-generational, multi-coursed family meals. Everyone appears to have caught the celebratory vibe.

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Blue Spoon.

Here’s what I recommend when you go to Blue Spoon: sit at the bar, order the trio of scotch, keep your ears open, and enjoy what they offer, because every time I go, I like it more. They hit all the marks for excellence in a restaurant and because of that, they are becoming one of my favorites. Go there ready to eat and relax and maybe they will be one of yours too.

Tempo Dulu Bankruptcy

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

The Press Herald reports that the parent companies of Tempo Dulu/Opium in Portland and Natalie’s in Camden are declaring bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure auctions on the two properties.

Bernard Larson, 88

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Bernard Larson, co-owner of Moran’s Market for more 6 decades, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 88.

Bernie began his career at Moran’s Market on outer Forest Avenue in the early 1950s; he and Dorothy purchased the market in 1956. He dedicated his entire life to the market and was well-known by many people in the neighborhood.

When times were tough for families, Bernie was known to extend credit to customers in order for them to make sure their family was fed. He loved his many customers, whom he considered his extended family. Bernie and Dot were well-known for hosting many of the Portland firefighters from across the driveway, to join them for holiday meals.

Loring’s Hunker Down at Erik’s Church

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Jason Loring launched a new restaurant called Hunker Down this season at Sugarloaf. Now comes word that a Hunker Down branded will be setting up shop in the kitchen a little closer to Portland at Erik’s Church, a new country music restaurant under construction in Windham.

Lone Pine Expansion

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The Press Herald has published an article about Lone Pine Brewing’s expansion.

If head brewer and co-owner Tom Madden is worried about the change, he doesn’t show it – and talks about the expansion with eager optimism.

He has a reason to be confident. If Lone Pine had purchased equipment for a brewery of Sebago’s size, it would have spent months making decisions about how to set up the system and even more time attempting to test it and “do the math” to scale up its five-barrel recipes. But purchasing a working brewery’s equipment has a unique advantage. Its quirks and limitations are known, and its ability to produce excellent beer has already been realized in the hands of Sebago’s brewing and production staff.

2018 Lost Kitchen Reservations

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

After receiving 10,000 reservation phone calls in 24 hours last year, The Lost Kitchen chef/owner Erin French began thinking about a different way to handle the enormous interest in dining at her 40-seat restaurant in Freedom, Maine.

French plans on opening the 2018 reservation book on April 1st and will be announcing the new TLK reservation process March 11th. Stay tuned for details.

48 Beers Project

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Portland artist Heidi Geist has launched a Kickstarter campaign for her 48 Beers Project. Geist has designed beer labels for Bissell Brothers, Barreled Souls, Boothbay Craft Brewing, Norway Brewing, Cold Harbor, and many others.

For the 48 Beers Project Geist plans visit each of the 48 contiguous US states, and in each state she plans to design a label for a local brewery. She’s raising $6,000 to help with costs to renovate a short school bus into a livable space that will be my art studio. She plans to depart Maine on June 21st.

Under Construction: 2nd Two Fat Cats

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Two Fat Cats has signed a lease for 740 Broadway in South Portland where they plan to open a second location of the popular India Street bakery.

Portland Wine Week

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Plans for the inaugural Portland Wine Week (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) have been released. The new week-long summer festival will take place June 18 – 24 at various venues across the city.

Crafted as a boutique experience for wine enthusiasts of all types—from the casual wine lover to the serious oenophile—this week of world class wine, learning experiences, and award-winning food will launch you into summer with style. Activities will include pairing and performance events, incredible wine dinners, tastings, educational classes and seminars, special menus, a passport tour of dozens of local restaurants and their wine lists; and other happenings that feature wine, food, art, and fun.

Nearly 20 events are already on the schedule with more are being added as plans are worked out. They include:

  • Six wine dinners:
    • A Night of Rosé at Sur Lie
    • A Southern Italian white wine and seafood pairing at Scales
    • An evening of natural wines at Piccolo
    • A tour of Burgundy at Lolita
    • A focus on the new release and library wines of Channing Daughters at Hugo’s
    • An exploration of Spanish wines at Chaval
  • A meet and greet with Austrian wine expert Klaus Wittier at Central Provisions
  • A pasta making and wine pairing class at Solo Italiano
  • A champagne brunch at Lolita
  • A wine pairing lunch with Bangs Island Mussels at Scales
  • An historical wine list exhibition and talk from Don Lindgren of Rabelais Books
  • Three wine sails in Casco Bay with presenting sponsor Wine Wise featuring oysters, emerging wines and Italian cooking, as well as a Mediterranean wine walk.

Portland Wine Week will wrap up with a Cabernet Cabaret Gala in collaboration with Circus Maine and food from five acclaimed female chefs (including recent Beard award semifinalists Ilma Lopez and Krista Kern Desjarlais). Proceeds from the gala will benefit Portland’s Preble Street Teen Center.

Follow PWW on your favorite social media platform to stay informed as the event program continues to grow: facebook, instagram, twitter.

Get Involved – If you’re interested in becoming a Portland Wine Week vendor or sponsor contact

Portland Food Map is proud to be a sponsor of Portland Wine Week.

Eventide Cookbook

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Andrew Taylor, Mike Wiley and Arlin Smith from Big Tree Hospitality (Hugo’s, Eventide, The Honey Paw, Eventide Fenway) have hired The Lisa Ekus Group to be their literary agent.

The three are working with Boston Globe correspondent Sam Hiersteiner on a proposal for an Eventide cookbook.

Maine Eats Exhibit

Monday, February 19th, 2018

A new exhibit called Maine Eats is set to open at the Maine Historical Society on Friday March 2nd.

From iconic lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, apples, and maple syrup, to local favorites like poutine, baked beans, red hot dogs, Italian sandwiches, and Whoopie Pies, Maine’s identity and economy are inextricably linked to food. Now, a food revolution is taking us back to our roots toward the traditional sources, preparation, and pleasures of eating food that have sustained Mainers for millennia.

Using historical and contemporary stories of individual people and communities, Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here, tells the Maine food story. Throughout the interactive exhibition, visitors are invited to engage their senses and to think deeply about the past, present and future of Maine’s relationship with food.

Alice Feiring to Visit Portland

Monday, February 19th, 2018

James Beard award-winning author and the ‘godmother’ of the natural wine world, Alice Feiring, will be at Maine & Loire on March 2nd 5:30pm for a reading/signing of her new book The Dirty Guide to Wine.

We are thrilled to announce that journalist and book author Alice Feiring will be here next month to read from and sign copies of her latest book, The Dirty Guide to Wine. An award-winning writer for magazines and newspapers, such as the New York Times, Alice was the sole voice in natural wine writing for almost a decade, and is called everything from “The Patty Smith” to the “Godmother” of the natural wine world. The Feiring Line, her indispensable blog-turned-newsletter is as much a lightning rod of inspiration as it is a valuable resource. Alice is also the author of the books Battle for Wine and Love, Living with Wine, Naked Wine and For the Love of Wine.

As part of the event Maine & Loire will also be pouring several Muscadets from Domaine de l’Ecu, imported by Paul Chartrand.