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2018 Veg Fest Speakers

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

The Press Herald has published an article about the speakers at this year’s Veg Fest.

Veg Fest is taking place June 2nd, 11 – 3.

Novare Res Turns 10

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

The Press Herald has published an article on Novare Res’ 10-year anniversary.

This week, Novare Res Bier Café is celebrating 10 years of pouring beer in Portland’s Old Port. While this may seem like a small milestone, it is particularly impressive in the context of the rapid turnover that characterizes the restaurant and bar industry. In 2008, the idea of a bar exclusively devoted to beer – and hard-to-get beer at that – raised some doubting eyebrows.

Portland Wine Week Gala

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Portland Wine Week (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) has announced the chef line-up for their Closing Gala. Dishes prepared by each of the chefs will be paired with wines selected by Wine Wise sommelier Erica Archer.

  • Krista Kern Desjarlais from The Purple House
  • Fred Eliot from Scales
  • Ilma Lopez from Piccolo and Chaval
  • Courtney Loreg from Woodford Food & Beverage
  • Emil Rivera from Sur Lie

The evening will feature “high-flying performances from three aerial cirque performers”. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Preble Street Teen Center.

Tickets for the gala are now on sale.

Tandem x Drifters Brunch

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Drifters Wife is teaming up with Briana Holt from Tandem for a special pop-up brunch this Sunday, noon – 3 at Drifters. Here’s a look at the menu:

  • Morning Bun with sumac
  • Cornmeal Coffee Cake with brown butter, rhubarb and streusel
  • Kale Salad with rhubarb vinaigrette and clothbound cheddar
  • Toast with ricotta, ramps and egg
  • Porchetta with dandelion greens, salsa verde and mayo
  • Buckwheat Waffles with hot sauce butter and chicken sausage

Chef Jason Daly on Chopped

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Jason Daly, the former chef of Crooners and Cocktails, will be competing on an upcoming episode of the Food Networks show Chopped set to air on May 29th. The episode is titled Surf and Turf according to the Food Networks,

The chefs are asked to make a special-occasion meal, starting with appetizers that include a rare prized crustacean. In the entree basket, the competitors encounter more exquisite ingredients from land and sea — as well as a sweet curveball. And the final two chefs open the dessert basket to find a playful take on the theme that proves to be quite difficult.

This Week’s Events: Truffle Truck, Kermit Lynch, Street Eats and Beats, Lamb Jam

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Tuesday – the Truffle Truck is holding their grand opening.

Wednesday – Old Port Wine Merchants is holding a Kermit Lynch wine tasting, and the Monument Square Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – there will be a Mast Landing tap takeover at Bao Bao.

Saturday – the Street Eats and Beats food truck festival is taking place, as is the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market.

Sunday – Chefs from Central Provisions, Emilitsa, The Honey Paw and Mami are participating in the 2018 Boston Lamb Jam.

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: Beard Awards, Salu-Salo, Eight Great Plates

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Monday – The James Beard Awards Gala is taking place in Chicago tonight. Portland Food Map is onsite to cheer on Maine Outstanding Baker nominee Alison Pray from Standard Baking. Arcadia is hosting the Salu-Salo Filipina dinner.

Wednesday – the Monument Square Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SaturdayAllagash is holding their Eight Great Plates event with Big Tree Hospitality, Noble BBQ, Little Bee Ice Cream, Sur Lie, Fore Street, The Clam Shack, Woodhull Public House, and Chaval as a benefit for Cultivating Community, there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayFoley’s 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.

This Week’s Events: Little Bigs Returns, Fire & Fowl, Harvest Spring Dinner, Slab Pop-up, Wine/Beer Dinners

Monday, April 30th, 2018

TuesdaySur Lie is serving an Austin Street beer dinner, the East Deering Other Side Deli is holding a wine tasting (5-7pm).

Tuesday – after weeks of renovation and expansion, Little Bigs is scheduled to re-open.

WednesdayNorth 43 is holding a wine dinner, Black Tie is teaching a cooking class, and the Monument Square Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

ThursdayThe Great Lost Bear will be featuring beer from Banded Horn.

Friday –the Harraseeket Inn will be serving a Maine Harvest Spring Wine Dinner, and the West End Rosemont is holding a wine tasting.

Saturday – there will be a Slab pop-up and rose tasting at A&C Grocery, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayChef Rob Evans will be serving a dinner at Oxbow to benefit Full Plates Full Potential.

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: GMRI Seafood Celebration, Jacqueline Event, Tippling at the Tate House

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

TuesdayAmerican Sommelier is holding a wine tasting at Cloudport.

Wednesday – there will be a wine tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants.

Thursday – the 5th Annual GMRI Gulf of Maine Seafood Celebration is taking place.

Friday –there will be a ine tasting at Rosemont on Brighton, Petite Jacqueline is celebrating the life of the restaurant’s namesake (who passed away in 2017) with a “toast and happy hour” in her honor serving “Champagne toast, foie gras, shrimp cocktail, oysters, cheese and charcuterie, sweet treats”.

SaturdayJoe Appel will be leading a tasting and giving a lecture on wine in the 18th century at the Tate House, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayVignola is holding their annual beer and cheese tasting, and Foley’s 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.

This Week’s Events: Chopped, MCD Cocktails, Farmhouse Funkadelic, Fabulous Femmes

Monday, April 16th, 2018

TuesdayAustin Miller, the chef from Mami, will be competing in an upcoming episode of the Food TV Network show Chopped, and Central Provisions will be have 9 glass pours from the Selections de la Vina portfolio.

Thursday – there will be a wine tasting at Bow Street Beverage.

SaturdayMaine Craft Distilling is launching their new line of canned cocktails, Novare Res is holding Farmhouse Funkadelic – their annual Oxbow tap takeover, Liquid Riot is releasing the 2018 edition of their beer Blushing Star, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – the Fabulous Femmes dinner is taking place at Chaval.

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.

Tickets for Fabulous Femmes Dinner on Sale

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Tickets for this year’s Fabulous Femmes dinner are now on sale.

The 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:

  • Ilma Lopez, chef and co-owner of Chaval and Piccolo, and 2018 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef
  • James Beard award winner Melissa Kelly from Primo Restaurant
  • James Beard nominated chef Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan​, Bao Bao​, and Lio
  • James Beard nominated chef Krista Kern Desjarlais from The Purple House and Bresca And The Honey Bee​
  • Kim Rodgers, head pastry chef atEventide, The Honey Paw, Hugo’s, and Little Spruce Baking Co.
  • Erica Archer, sommelier and founder of Wine Wise
  • Briana Holt, head baker at Tandem Coffee
  • Alysia Zoidis, founder of East End Cup Cakes

The dinner is scheduled to take place April 22nd at Chaval.

Portland Wine Week Q&A

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Map & Menu has published a Q&A about Portland Wine Week with Erica Archer from Wine Wise, Stella Hernandez from Lolita and Kelly Nelson from Piccolo.

What are some of the Portland Wine Week events you’re most looking forward to?
Erica
: I’m excited about the diversity. I want everyone to feel like there is something for them. I really want the locals to feel that way more than anything. Maybe for them, it’s pick two things – supporting someone you really like and then trying something that’s completely out of their repertoire.

See the current list of events scheduled for Portland Wine Week, online at www.portlandwineweek.me/events. More events are being added to the calendar in the coming weeks. To stay informed sign-up for the PWW email newsletter.

Britts Acquire Stake in Harvest in the Harbor

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Jim and Gillian Britt, organizers of Maine Restaurant Week, and principals of the gBritt PR agency have bought Gabrielle Garofalo’s 50% share ownership in Harvest on the Harbor.

Allagash x Oxbow = Wild Rivulet

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Allagash and Oxbow are releasing a collaboration beer this weekend named Wild Rivulet, “Wild Rivulet carries hints of citrus, wine-like aromas and a silky, dry flavor that’s augmented by tartness from its time in the foudre.

Wild Rivulet will be available at Allagash and at the Oxbow Saison Day event.

This Week’s Events: Bar Boulud Pop-up, Titantic Dinner, Classes

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Wednesday – there will be a wine tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants, Black Tie is teaching a cooking class and Andrew Volk from the Portland Hunt and Alpine Club is kicking off a 2-day pop-up at Bar Boulud in Boston.

Saturday – The Cumberland Club is hosting a “Last Dinner on the Titanic” dinner, there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Saturday – Foley’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.