Archive for March, 2018

2nd Union Bagel Open

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

The new Union Bagel Company (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) in Deering at 46 Veranda Street is now open.

Owner Paul Farrell began renovations of the former Pizza Time building in late 2016 and opened this past week on Thursday.

Under Construction: Gorham Bier Cellar

Friday, March 30th, 2018

The Bier Cellar is opening a second location at 593 Main Street in Gorham.

We will spend the next couple of months building out the new location right on Route 25, located near Lone Pine’s new space as well as the beautiful new Sebago Brewing complex and right down the road from Mast Landing in Westbrook. We want to be a part of making Gorham a craft beer mecca just like we have watched the City Of Portland became one of the best craft beer destinations in the United States since we opened in 2012.


Alison Pray, 2018 Beard Nominee

Friday, March 30th, 2018 has published an interview with Alison Pray from Standard Baking about her Beard Awards nomination for Outstanding Baker.

Pray described herself as “stunned” that her bakery, which specializes in old world-style breads, rolls, and pastries, is still on the Foundation’s radar. Bakeries, Pray said, are places that do “behind-the-scenes work — it’s not as glamorous as the restaurant world.” At Standard Baking Co., she strives to serve the repeat customer, the person who comes in every morning to buy their “daily bread.”

Fire & Fowl Dinner with Rob Evans

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Chef Rob Evans will be preparing a Fire & Fowl dinner on May 6th at the new Duckfat Beer Garden collaboration with Oxbow Brewing. The dinner is a benefit for Full Plates Full Potential.

Join us for an evening of culinary and brewed delights celebrating a feast of seasonal flavors. Chef Rob Evans with his expert team at Duckfat, alongside the master craft brewers of Oxbow Blending & Bottling, and local fisherpeople, farmers and foragers come together to create a menu featuring the earthy bounty of spring in Maine. Craft cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, fire-driven full-course dinner and dessert with beverage pairings, live music, and two to-be-announced, money-can’t-buy auction packages featuring the talents who will bring this meal to life.

Tickets are available online.

Guest Chef Pizza Series

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Tipo is launching a guest chef pizza series during April and May. Each Wednesday night for the next two months Tipo will be selling a custom pie designed by a local chef:

  • April 4 – Courtney Loreg, Woodford F&B
  • April 11 – Pete Sueltenfuss, The Otherside Delicatessen
  • April 18 – Brant Dadaleares, Gross Confections Bar
  • April 25 – Lucy and Ian Dutch, Dutch’s
  • May 2 – Krista Kern Desjarlais, The Purple House
  • May 9 – Karl Deuben and Chef Bill Leavy, East Ender
  • May 16 – Mike Wiley & Chef Andrew Taylor, Hugo’s/Eventide/Honey Paw
  • May 23 – Ilma Lopez, Piccolo/Chaval
  • May 30 – Jason Loring, Nosh/Hunker Down

A few years ago Blue Rooster did something similar with guest chef designed hot dogs, and a food blogger named Chubby Werewolf stepped up to write a review of each week’s special. I wonder who will be game for writing about all 9 of the pies in this series.

Gaetano Ascione

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Mainebiz has published an article about Gaetano Ascione, the new chef at Tiqa.

The native of Naples, Italy, has led kitchens in Germany, France, Singapore, and has also prepared meals for Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. He’s now bringing his “good food” approach to the three-year-old Mediterranean-themed restaurant at 327 Commercial St., replacing Bo Byrne, who left in January.

2018 Fabulous Femmes Dinner

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

This year’s Fabulous Femmes dinner is scheduled to take place on April 22nd at Chaval and tickets are now available online. The benefit dinner for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital is a collaboration of among an all female line-up of many of Maine’s most outstanding culinary talents:

  • Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan​, Bao Bao​, and Lio
  • Krista Kern Desjarlais from The Purple House and Bresca And The Honey Bee​
  • Melissa Kelly from Primo Restaurant
  • Kim Rodgers from Eventide, The Honey Paw, Hugo’s, and Little Spruce Baking Co.
  • Ilma Lopez from Chaval and Piccolo
  • ​Briana Holt from Tandem Coffee
  • Alysia Zoidis from East End Cup Cakes
  • Erica Archer from Wine Wise

Portland Wine Week Weekly

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Portland Wine Week (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) is launching a weekly email newsletter. It’s a great way to keep informed on all the new events and ticketing availability—one event has already sold out and others are on there way.

Upcoming issues of the newsletter will include profiles and interviews with speakers, winemakers and local sommeliers.

Sign-up today to be in the loop and receive the first issue of the newsletter which goes live tomorrow.

Ice It Now Open

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

The new branch of Ice It Bakery (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) opened on Monday at 502 Stevens Ave.

Under Construction: Sportsman’s Kitchen & Keg

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Paul and son Rocco Severino are opening the Sportsman’s Kitchen & Keg (facebook, instagram) in Sebago Lake. The restaurant is an “homage to Portland’s old Sportsman’s Grill” which was located at 905-911 Congress Street. The original Sportsman’s had a long run from 1952 – 1999.

This Week’s Events: Wine Dinners, Wine Tastings MRA Banquet, New England Brew Summit

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Tuesday – Elda is holding an Austrian wine dinner, the MRA Awards Banquet is taking place, and American Sommelier is holding a Sparkling wine tasting at CloudPort.

WednesdayBlack Tie is teaching a cooking class.

Thursday – there will be a Canary Island wine tasting at Maine & Loire and a Corsican wine dinner at Petite Jacqueline, and the New England Brew Summit is taking place.

Friday – there will be a wine tasting at Maine & Loire with Spanish wine maker Fredi Torres, a wine tasting at the Brighton Ave Rosemont, and Bodegas Albamar wine dinner at Chaval.

Saturday – an Oakleaf dinner is taking place at Fork Food Lab, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayFoley’s/Scattoloni is teaching a baking 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.

Big J’s Chicken Shack Closing (Updated)

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Big J’s Chicken Shack on Thompson’s Point is closing at the end of this month.

Last year Loring and partners opened a new restaurant at Sugarloaf called Hunker Down and is partnering on Erik’s Church in Windham.

Update: The Press Herald reports that Locally Sauced will be taking over the Big J’s space.

Reviews: Elda, Blyth and Burrows, Blue Fin, Miss Portland Diner

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Elda,

No mincing words: Elda is a fantastic addition to the southern Maine dining scene, and the Biddeford 50-seater might very well be the best new restaurant to open in the Portland metropolitan area in the past two years. Chef/owner Bowman Brown’s resume probably should have tipped all of us off to what was in store; as chef at Forage in Salt Lake City, he was widely celebrated for a cooking style that linked place to plates. At Elda, he’s up to many of the same tricks, but with a different palette of ingredients, most coastal, as well as a newfound interest in exploring ways to combine modern and traditional techniques into his small-plates menu. The results are stunning.

the Portland Phoenix has reviewed Blyth and Burrows,

Around 30 percent of the evening fare at Blyth & Burrows is comprised of Asian-focused dishes — mostly baos and dumplings—which carries over to the new brunch menu. Saigon tuna crudo is bright, texturally animated and subtle in flavor, carried by the presence of nuoc cham and crispy alliums.

the Press Herald has published a bar review of Blue Fin, and

Thanks in large part to a generous pour of bourbon, the resulting drink shows just enough sweetness, settling at the back of the tongue, while highlighting the boozy bite it requires for balance. With candied orange overtones and a beautiful appearance, the drink glistens in its glass and finishes with a velvety, almost creamy mouthfeel lasting well into the next sip. It is, in a word, divine.

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Miss Portland Diner.

They don’t do fancy – typical diner stuff for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (3 days), but it’s well prepared, flavorful, and they offer a few mildly inventive options. And they are housed in a historical diner car which gives them a really neat look and feel. Give Miss P. a shot and I think you’ll find your hunger happily satiated.

2018 Phoenix Readership Poll

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

The Portland Phoenix has kicked-off their 2018 Best of Portland readership poll. The Phoenix follows a modified 2-step process: an open voting/nominations process now through April 17. On the 18th, the Phoenix culls down the list in each category to the top 6 and voting continues.

There are dozens of food and drink categories ranging from burgers and barbecue to sushi and salad. Portland Food Map is listed as a nominee in the Best Blog category in the City Life section.

Under Construction: Cousins Maine Lobster

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

The Sentry reports that Cousins Maine Lobster will locate a truck this summer in Fort Williams Park. Bite Into Maine which has been in the park since 2011 will continue to operate in the park in their usual location.

According to Public Works Director Robert Malley, Site A, which was previously located at a 50-square-foot site on the south side of the circle, was moved to accommodate winning bidder Cousins Maine Lobster, a franchise food truck business. The truck will be stationed next to Site B, also 90 square feet, designated for Gorgeous Gelato.

Update: The Forecaster has posted an update on the Cousins food truck.