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This Week’s Events: Channing Daughters, MCD Grand Opening, Bangkok Dinner, Farm to Fork Fondo

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Wednesday – Hugo’s is holding dinner featuring wines from Channing Daughters, there will be a wine tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – The Great Lost Bear is featuring beer from Foundation Brewing.

SaturdayMaine Craft Distilling is holding the Grand Opening of their new distillery on Washington Ave with a lobster bake and live music, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayLocal 188 is holding a Bangkok themed prix fixe dinner, and the Farm to Fork Fondo event is returning to Wolfe’s Neck for another year.

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, please provide details as a comment to this post.

Portland Food Map’s 10th Anniversary

Monday, August 7th, 2017

August 7th, 2017 marks the 10-year anniversary for Portland Food Map. It’s more than a little surreal for me to type those words.

When the site launched, I didn’t give much thought to how long it would be around. I just was enjoying learning more about Portland restaurants and having fun building a site where I tried to organize all the information about the industry. I certainly had no idea that I was taking the first steps in building something that would last a for a decade or which would have develop such a committed readership.

The few of you who remember Portland Food Map in August 2007 will recall it was just the map and list views of the directory. For a few weeks there wasn’t event a homepage much less a daily chronicling of food news. The event calendar, search feature, under construction list, homepage news blog, and several now deprecated features like the unreviewed list, came along later as the site evolved.

Similarly, I’m not sure anyone in 2007—certainly not me—could have imagined the transformation we’ve seen in the restaurant community over the last 10 years. To put things in perspective, when the Under Construction page went line September 4, 2007, I think there were a total of 7 businesses listed (remember Loco Pollo?). At the time, Cafe Uffa still occupied 190 State Street, Novare Res was about a year away from opening, Bresca had just launched in the spring, Emilitsa was still under construction, I don’t think a new brewery in several years, food trucks were still illegal and Jason Loring hadn’t launched a single restaurant. The big news from that fall was that the Village Cafe was closing.

While a lot has changed since those early days, the pleasure I get from playing a role in the food community has not. Indeed as the readership and my ability to make an impact has grown so has the satisfaction I get and my commitment to keep it going. I look forward to seeing what the next few years bring and sharing it with you along the way.

This Week’s Events: Josh McFadden, Dieu-le-Veut, Truth About Trawling

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Monday – it’s the 10th anniversary of the launch of Portland Food Map.

Monday – Palace Diner is holding a sold out dinner with guest chef Josh McFadden from Tusk and Ava Gene’s in Portland Oregon.

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

Thursday – Rising Tide is releasing Dieu-le-Veut, a Flemish red ale fermented and aged in oak barrels, and there GMRI is holding a lecture entitled The Truth About Trawling.

Saturday – the Kind Stack (instagram) food cart will launch, there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

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.

Maine Apple Camp

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

MOFGA is holding a 3-day Apple Camp this month.

Experts on heirloom fruit conservation in Maine and beyond will discuss how to bring back our lost fruit. We’ll cover efforts to preserve Maine apples, pears and other fruit as well as how those efforts connect (or might connect) to national and international projects. Some of New England’s most innovative hard-cider makers will cover the ins and outs of making our traditional beverage of choice. Others will cover organic orchard techniques and care, and creating community orchards. We will also explore how these forgotten fruits can return to prominence in restaurants, stores and bars as part of Maine’s food renaissance.

Sign-up on the MOFGA website.

McFadden Dinner at Palace

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Joshua McFadden, chef of Ava Gene’s and Tusk in Portland Oregon, will be serving a multi-course dinner at Palace Diner in Biddeford next week. The dinner will feature dishes from McFadden’s new book Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables. The dinner will feature dishes highlighted in the book.

Earlier this year, Food & Wine named Tusk one of the 10 best new restaurants of the past year.

Palace’s co-owners Greg Mitchell and Chad Conley and McFadden met while they were all working on Eliot Coleman’s Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine.

Don Lindgren from Rabelais Books will be at the dinner selling copies of McFadden’s book.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

This Week’s Events: Mississippi Pop-up Dinner, Summer Session Beer Festival

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Monday – Village Vitals is serving a Mississippi pop-up dinner at Fork Food Labs.

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

Thursday – there will be a Stone Fence spirits tasting at the Public Market House.

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

Saturday – the Brewers Guild is holding their Summer Session Beer Festival, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayLocal 188 is serving a dinner featuring cuisine from Seville, Spain.

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 Giant, Friday Fizz Fest, Community Concert

Monday, July 17th, 2017

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

Thursday – Little Giant (facebook, instagram) is holding their grand opening, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival will be holding a community concert at Rising Tide.

Friday – Devenish Wines will be holding a sparkling wine event at Tandem Coffee on Congress pouring four unusual and rare Italian sparkling wines, and a wine tasting at Rosemont on Commercial Street.

Saturday – the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

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: Noble Barbecue, Pils & Love, Bastille Day, Food Lab Market

Monday, July 10th, 2017

WednesdayNoble Barbecue is scheduled to open at 11:30 am, there will be a wine tasting at Browne Trading, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Friday – Petite Jacqueline is holding their annual Bastille Day Dinner, and there will be a wine tasting at Rosemont on Congress.f

Saturday – the Pils & Love beer festival is taking place, the Fork Food Lab is holding a market, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

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: Fourth of July, Down East Lobster Roll Festival

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Tuesday – it’s the 4th of July. Head to the Eastern Prom at 7:30 for an outdoor concert by the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the annual firework display over the water.

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

Friday – Rosemont on Brighton is holding wine tasting.

Saturday –the Down East Lobster Roll Festival is taking place on Thompson’s Point, LeRoux Kitchen is holding a wine tasting, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market are taking place.

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.

Full Plate Expands to Midcoast

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Full Plate Full Potential, the Maine organization fight childhood hunger in the state, is expanding to the Midcoast with an event at 250 Main in Rockland. Chef Kerry Altiero from Cafe Miranda, Michael Mastronardi from Yardbird Canteen, Maine Street Meats, and Chartrand Imports  are participating in the event.

Inner Washington Block Party

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The businesses along the in-town stretch of Washington Ave are having a block party this Saturday.

Participating food vendors include: Oxbow, Maine Mead Works, Hardshore Distilling, Terlingua, Izikaya Minato, Silly’s, Cong Tu Bot, Coffee by Design , Flying Fox, A&C Grocery, Portland Pottery.

This Week’s Events: Yes Brewing Launch, Hugo’s Chef Dinner, Brother Cleve, Craft Brew Race, Champagne Dinner

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Tuesday – influential Boston bartender Brother Cleve will be guest mixing tiki cocktails at the Hunt and Alpine Club, 5-7 pm.

WednesdayHugo’s is holding a dinner featuring food and wine from southern France, there will be wine tastings at Browne Trading and the Old Port Wine Merchants, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – there will be a Champagne wine dinner at Petite Jacqueline.

FridayYes Brewing is scheduled to open at 3:30. They’re located at 609 Main Street behind Mister Bagel.

Saturday –the 2017 Craft Brew Race and Festival and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market are taking place.

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: Falafel Mafia, Portland Food Festival, Strawberry Festival, Miyake Farm Dinner

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Wednesday – the Falafel Mafia (facebook, instagram) food truck is set to launch, they plan to be on Commercial Street for lunch time and then head up to the Eastern Prom for dinner. The Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – it’s the first day of the Holy Trinity Church Greek Festival, there will be a latte art competition at Bard Coffee at 8pm, the Portland Food Festival Will be at Thompson’s Point, Slab is holding the the 3rd Annual Barreled Souls tape takeover, the next meeting of the Portland Spirits Society is taking place and Woodford F&B, and The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Allagash.

Friday – the Cape Farm Alliance Lobster Bake & Pig Roast is taking place, and there will be a wine tasting at the West End Rosemont.

Saturday –the Allagash Street Fair, the 9th Annual Strawberry Festival and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market are taking place.

SundaySur Lie, Lolita, Union, Piccolo and David’s are collaborating on a 5-course fund raising dinner to benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, and Miyake is holding a farm dinner at Wolfe’s Neck Farm.

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: Louie’s at Tipo

Monday, June 12th, 2017

WednesdayOld Port Wine Merchants will have a Burgundy tasting, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

ThursdayThe Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Rising Tide.

Friday – there will be a wine tasting at Rosemont on Commercial Street, and Louie’s from Portsmouth, New Hampshire will be serving a pop-up dinner at Tipo.

SaturdayFoulmouthed Brewing is celebrating their 1-year anniversary, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

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.

Maine Summer Food Festivals

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Today’s Press Herald has assembled a round-up of summer Maine food festivals,

Mainers love good food, and in the summer they love to celebrate it.

Lobster, blueberries, potatoes, even that love-it-or-hate-it soda known as Moxie – Maine has long shared its affection for such bounty through summer food festivals. This year, three new festivals will be joining the mix, all in southern Maine.

and includes an article about omnivores who order vegan and vegetarian dishes when eating out.

For years, chefs and restaurant owners across Maine have told me how their vegan dishes are being snapped up by meat-eating customers. So I decided to investigate further. What I discovered is a sizable group of people who eat meat at home but order vegan meals when they dine out.