Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Babette’s Feast

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The Press Herald has published an article about the upcoming performance of Babette’s Feast at Portland Stage.

“It is a very profound movie,” he said. “It was, in the end, about bringing everybody together.”

Now “Babette’s Feast” is coming to the American stage. A new adaptation, written by New York City playwright Rose Courtney, will have its world premiere Jan. 23 at the Portland Stage Company on Forest Avenue.

Tickets are available through the Portland Stage box office.

Food Writing Workshop

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Acclaimed Maine author, Nancy Harmon Jenkins, will be teaching a food writing workshop this summer in Rockport, July 22-28.

Want to be a food writer but don’t know how to start? Already a food writer but feeling stumped or uninspired? Whether a beginner or experienced writer, you’ll explore every aspect of writing food, from recipes to restaurant reviews, from profiles to feature articles, from food memoir to food history to the issues that make food a compelling read in today’s news. Read, write and share thoughts about what makes the best food writing, what makes it salable, how to pitch a story, how to craft a cookbook, or just how and where to begin.

Join award-winning cookbook author and food journalist Nancy Harmon Jenkins and several of her peers, including Mitchell Davis, executive vice-president of the James Beard Foundation and Kathleen Fleury, editor in chief of Downeast Magazine.   Together, we’ll break apart the complex world of food writing and see what makes it work when it does—and also when it doesn’t.

3rd Purple House Dinner

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Here’s a look at Sunday night’s pasta-themed dinner at The Purple House. This was the third of chef Krista Kern Desjarlais’ dinners in North Yarmouth.

This Week’s Events: Dracula Dinner, Brew Pub Cup, Good Food Awards, Baking Classes

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Wednesday – an Allagash dinner is taking place at Terlingua, and there will be a wine tasting at the Old Port Wine Merchants.

Thursday – Gather is collaborating with the Royal River Community Theatre on a Dracula Dinner, and the Brew Pub Cup is taking place at The Great Lost Bear.

Friday – the Good Food Awards are taking place, 3 Maine vendors are nominees, and there will be a wine tasting at the West End Rosemont.

SaturdayWoodford F&B will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary and raising money for the Locker Project, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayFoley’s is kicking off their baking class series.

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.

This Week’s Events: Ag Show, Farmers’ Market Convention, Park Challenge, Sashimi Grading

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Tuesday – it’s the first day of the 77th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta.

Thursday – the 10th annual Maine Farmers’ Market Convention is taking place in Augusta and the Industrial Park Challenge at The Great Lost Bear, and Mika Higurashi will be giving a talk at GMRI entitled “Making the Grade: Leading the Way for Sashimi-Grade Seafood“.

Friday – there will be a wine tasting at the East End Rosemont.

Saturday – the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place and there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen.

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.

Brunch at Maine Craft Distilling

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Maine Craft Distilling launched their new brunch service today. The bottom two photos are of MCD’s coolship and their private dining/barrel ageing room.

MCD Brunch

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Maine Craft Distilling will begin serving brunch this Sunday, 10 – 3.

This Week’s Events: Christmas, NYE List

Monday, December 25th, 2017

Monday – it’s Christmas.

Friday – there will be a wine tasting at the West End Rosemont.

Saturday – the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

New Year’s Eve – Restaurants are still announcing their NYE plans. IF you don’t see your favorite listed here be sure to give them a call:

  • Baharat – pre fixe and regular menu.
  • Bolster Snow – 3-course dinner, $65 per person.
  • Boone’s – 4-course dinner, $95 per person, 9 – 2am they’ll be a NYE gala for $40 per person, $125 if you combine both options. The events are a benefit for Full Plates Full Potential.
  • Central Provisions – 5-course dinner with optional pairings, $150 per person.
  • Chaval – serving regular menu plus specials.
  • East Ender – serving regular menu.
  • Evo – 4- and 7-course menus.
  • Five Fifty-Five – 5-course dinner, $100 per person.
  • Grace – will be open serving their regular menu.
  • Hunt & Alpine – champagne cocktail and special menu.
  • Little Giant – will be serving their regular menu with some NYE specials.
  • Lolita – a 5-course dinner with optional wine pairings, $110 per person (tip included).
  • Petite Jacqueline – 3- and 5-course dinner, $45/$65 per person.
  • Piccolo – 10-course dinner, $115 per person.
  • Sonny’s – their last night in operation before starting the renovations for the launch Black Cow.
  • Terlingua – 4-course tasting menu in addition to their regular menu.
  • Tipo – 4-course dinner, $75 per person with optional wine pairings ($35).
  • Tiqa – 3-course dinner for $55 per person.
  • Vinland – 5-course dinner for $121.60 (tax and tip included) plus optional pairings.
  • Woodford F&B – will be serving their regular menu with some NYE special until 10pm, the rest of the evening is a menu of fried chicken, oysters, caviar and champagne.

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.

This Week’s Events: Fore River Dinner, Sidework, Hugo’s Holiday Dinner, Swain Anniversary Dinner, 7 Fishes, New Year’s Eve

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Monday – Sur Lie is holding a Fore River Brewing beer dinner.

TuesdayThe Honey Paw is hosting Sidework, a craft fair featuring work by restaurant industry professionals.

WednesdayHugo’s is holding a 5-course holiday wine dinner.

Thursday – a 5-course wine dinner to celebrate Ned Swain’s 15 years in the wine business is taking place at Vinland.

Saturday – the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayPiccolo will be serving a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner.

New Year’s Eve – Restaurants are starting to announce their NYE plans. Here’s the ones I’ve heard of so far. I’ll be expanding the list over the next couple weeks as more information comes in:

  • Baharat – pre fixe and regular menu.
  • Bolster Snow – 3-course dinner, $65 per person.
  • Boone’s – 4-course dinner, $95 per person, 9 – 2am they’ll be a NYE gala for $40 per person, $125 if you combine both options. The events are a benefit for Full Plates Full Potential.
  • Central Provisions – 5-course dinner with optional pairings, $150 per person.
  • Chaval – serving regular menu plus specials.
  • East Ender – serving regular menu.
  • Evo – 4- and 7-course menus.
  • Five Fifty-Five – 5-course dinner, $100 per person.
  • Grace – will be open serving their regular menu.
  • Hunt & Alpine – champagne cocktail and special menu.
  • Little Giant – will be serving their regular menu with some NYE specials.
  • Lolita – a 5-course dinner with optional wine pairings, $110 per person (tip included).
  • Petite Jacqueline – 3- and 5-course dinner, $45/$65 per person.
  • Piccolo – 10-course dinner, $115 per person.
  • Sonny’s – their last night in operation before starting the renovations for the launch Black Cow.
  • Terlingua – 4-course tasting menu in addition to their regular menu.
  • Tipo – 4-course dinner, $75 per person with optional wine pairings ($35).
  • Tiqa – 3-course dinner for $55 per person.
  • Vinland – 5-course dinner for $121.60 (tax and tip included) plus optional pairings.
  • Woodford F&B – will be serving their regular menu with some NYE special until 10pm, the rest of the evening is a menu of fried chicken, oysters, caviar and champagne.

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.

Certified Bourbon Steward Training

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

The Maine Distillers Guild is collaborating with Man & Oak to hold a Stave & Thief Society Certified Bourbon Steward training class in Portland in February. The all-day course is taking place at Tiqa and Liquid Riot.

This Week’s Events: Dessert & Drink Extravaganza, Food-Tech, Erin French, NYE List

Monday, December 11th, 2017

MondayThe Great Holiday Dessert & Drink Extravaganza is taking place at Thompson’s Point, and Janet Helm will be giving a talk on The Food-Tech Revolution at Cellardoor.

TuesdayErin French, chef of The Lost Kitchen, will be speaking at One Longfellow Square.

Wednesday – there will be a tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants, and Little Giant market is holding a holiday pop-up shop.

Thursday – The Great Lost Bear will be holding their annual 12 Beers of Christmas showcase.

Saturday – the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

New Year’s Eve – Restaurants are starting to announce their NYE plans. Here’s the ones I’ve heard of so far. I’ll be expanding the list over the next 4 weeks as more information comes in:

  • Baharat – pre fixe and regular menu.
  • Bolster Snow – 3-course dinner, $65 per person.
  • Boone’s – 4-course dinner, $95 per person.
  • Central Provisions – 5-course dinner with optional pairings, $150 per person.
  • Evo – 4- and 7-course menus.
  • Five Fifty-Five – 5-course dinner, $100 per person.
  • Grace – will be open serving their regular menu.
  • Lolita – a 5-course dinner with optional wine pairings, $110 per person (tip included).
  • Petite Jacqueline – 3- and 5-course dinner, $45/$65 per person.
  • Tipo – 4-course dinner, $75 per person with optional wine pairings ($35).
  • Tiqa – 3-course dinner for $55 per person.
  • Vinland – 5-course dinner for $121.60 (tax and tip included) plus optional pairings

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.

2018 Portland Symphony Wine Dinner

Friday, December 8th, 2017

The PSO ha announced the line-up for the 17th annual wine dinner. The culinary team for the 2018 dinner are:

The dinner will feature wine from the Blue Danube Wine Company, and will take place March 14, 2018 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport.

Sur Lie at the Beard House

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Sur Lie and chef Emil Rivera will be serving a dinner at the James Beard House in NYC March 24th. Tickets to the dinner will go on sale later this month.

In collaboration with Sur Lie, Wine Wise Events is organizing a 3-day trip to the city with the dinner at the Beard House as the focus.

This Week’s Events: Elda Opening, New Rosemont, Champagne & Caviar, NYE List

Monday, December 4th, 2017

TuesdayElda is scheduled to open in Biddeford, and there will be a Canary Island wine tasting at Maine & Loire.

ThursdayBissell is celebrating their 4th anniversary with the release of an IPA named The Nuclear Whim with the Fuse of a Mile.

FridayRosemont is holding a wine tasting at their new store in Cape Elizabeth.

Saturday – Browne Trading is holding their annual Champagne & Caviar tasting, there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

New Year’s Eve – Restaurants are starting to announce their NYE plans. Here’s the ones I’ve heard of so far. I’ll be expanding the list over the next 4 weeks as more information comes in:

  • Bolster Snow – 3-course dinner, $65 per person.
  • Central Provisions – 5-course dinner with optional pairings, $150 per person.
  • Five Fifty-Five – 5-course dinner, $100 per person.
  • Grace – will be open serving their regular menu.
  • Lolita – a 5-course dinner with optional wine pairings, $110 per person (tip included).
  • Petite Jacqueline – 3- and 5-course dinner, $45/$65 per person.
  • Tipo – 4-course dinner, $75 per person with optional wine pairings ($35).
  • Tiqa – 3-course dinner for $55 per person.
  • Vinland – 5-course dinner for $121.60 (tax and tip included) plus optional pairings

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.

Holiday Dessert & Drink Extravaganza

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Full Plates Full Potential is throwing a Holiday Dessert & Drink Extravaganza on Thompson’s Point next Monday.

Take a sweet bite out of hunger in Maine! Join Full Plates Full Potential for a tasting event inspired by the whimsy of the holiday season featuring Greater Portland’s most creative pastry chefs, bakers, confectioners, gelaterias, mixologists – and a few savory friends to balance the palate.

Participating in the event are: Chaval/Piccolo, The Purple House, Tao Yaun/Bao Bao, Little Giant/Hunt & Alpine, Landry Confections, East End Cupcakes, Bam Bam Bakery, Dean’s Sweets, Hugo’s/Eventide/The Honey Paw, Gorgeous Gelato, LB Kitchen, Vena’s Fizz House, Black Tie Catering Company, Botto’s Bakery, Coastal Maine Popcorn, Browne Trading Company, Katie Made Bakery, Rosemont Market & Bakery, Whole Foods Market, Bread + Butter Catering, Aurora Provisions, Standard Baking Co., Little Bigs, Cellardoor, Bissell Brothers, Stroudwater Distillery,