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Wine Dinners: Terry Theise, Italian Organics, Frank Cornelissen, La Spinetta (Updated)

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Several wine dinners have been announced:

  • A group of four Northern Italian organic winemakers—Elisabetta Foradori, Silvio Messana, Alessandra Bera, and Elena Pantaleoni—will be at Vinland for a dinner on October 29th.
  • Winemaker Giorgio Rivetti and Rosemont are teaming up on a wine dinner at O’Maine Studios featuring “rich, graceful, intense wines, from organically grown grapes, biodynamically farmed” from La Spinetta Winery in Piedmont and Tuscany. The dinner is on November 1st, tickets are $85 per person.
  • Winemaker Giorgio Rivetti will be at The Corner Room for a dinner featuring La Spinetta Winery in Piedmont on November 2nd.
  • Hugo’s is hosting James Beard award-winning author Terry Theise for a dinner on November 6th. Theise is the author of Reading Between the Wines. $165 per person.
  • Terry Theise will be joining Rosemont at the Mayo Street Arts Center on November 7th to lead a tasting of several “special, rare, and never-before-available-in-Maine grower-produced Champagnes” along with small plates provided by chef Brad Messier. $85 per person.
  • Frank Cornelissen, a leader in the in the natural wine movement, will be at Vinland for a dinner featuring his wines from his vineyard on Mount Etna on December 6th. Natural wine guru Zev Rovine and Ned Swain from Devenish Wines in Portland are co-hosting the event.

This Week’s Events: Harvest on the Harbor, Rising Tide, Indie Biz, Triple Nickel

Monday, October 20th, 2014

harvestonthebar_logoTuesdayKate McCarty will be speaking about her book Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine at the Maine Women Writers Collection, the monthly Local Foods Networking Breakfast is taking place.

Wednesday — the winners of the 7th Annual Indie Biz Awards are being announced, it’s the first day of Harvest on the Harbor, Black Tie is serving a farm dinner in New Gloucester, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — artist Sam Van Aken will be at Thompson’s Point for a kick-off of the Tree of 40 Fruit grove, tastings are taking place at the Public Market House and The Corner Store, Five Fifty-Five is throwing the Triple Nickel Bourbon & Bacon Bash, and Harvest on the Harbor continues.

Friday — it’s the third day of Harvest on the Harbor.

Saturday — Oxbow is holding The Goods from the Woods at their homebase in Newcastle, it’s the last day of Harvest on the Harbor, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market are taking place.

SundayRising Tide is throwing a party to celebrate their 4th Anniversary.

Pocket Brunch Tickets — after nearly a year and a half sabbatical the Pocket Brunch crew is back with a 6-course brunch in collaboration with Marshall Wharf, Novare Res and In’finiti. It’s scheduled for November 2nd. Tickets are now on sale.

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.

Hams and Clams Photo Set

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Knack Factory has posted a great set of photos from the recent Hams and Clams Family Feast event.

This Week’s Events: Oyster Aquaculture, Makers Meal, Bitters Workshop, Hoptoberfest

Monday, October 13th, 2014

makersmealWednesday — Abigail Carroll from Nonesuch Oysters and Chris Sherman from Island Creek Oysters are giving a talk entitled Oyster Aquaculture: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities, Black Tie is serving a farm dinner in New Gloucester, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — Running with Scissors is holding the Makers Meal catered by Bread & Butter, and The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Founder’s Brewing.

FridayDobra Tea is hoping to reopen at their new location, 89 Exchange Street, on Friday.

Saturday — Vena’s Fizz House is teaching a bitters workshop, In’finiti is holding  Hoptoberfest where they’ll serve 14 beers brewed with Maine hops grown by The Hop Yard, both the East Bayside Block Party and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market are taking place.

SundayRosemont is serving a dinner at Crystal Spring Community Farm in Brunswick.

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: Crafty Bastards, Apple Whisperer, Open Creamery Day, GMRI Lecture

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Crafty-Bastards-CoverTuesday — author Lauren Clark will be at the Hunt and Alpine Club to sign copies of her book Crafty Bastards. The Hunt and Alpine will be serving 3 beer-based cocktails made with brews from Bunker, Oxbow and Rising Tide.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — GMRI Chief Science Officer will be giving a lecture entitled “Why Are They Here? Whales, Fish, and Other Seasonal Visitors to the Gulf”, and there will be a cider and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday — the Palace Diner will be holding a fried chicken dinner event.

Saturday — the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — well known apple expert John Bunker will be at the Urban Farm Fermentory for a “tasting of many heirloom varieties, delicious savory and sweet apple snacks from Rosemont and a full run of UFF’s many locally produced hard ciders.” Sunday is also Maine Open Creamery Day.

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.

MECA Culinary Arts Program

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The Bangor Daily News has published an article on MECA’s culinary arts program.

“We felt as though there was a real connection to be explored between Maine’s preeminent destination for arts education and a city that has such a passion for culinary arts,” Raffi Der Simonian, director of marketing and communications at MECA, said. “Our new foodie programming directly aligns with MECA’s institutional mission of educating artists for life.”

See the MECA website for details on the current set of classes.

Dinner at the Beard House: Piccolo and Opus Ten

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Chefs Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez from Piccolo will be heading down to NYC in early November to prepare a meal at the James Beard House in the West Village.

At Portland, Maine’s intimate Piccolo, chef Damian Sansonetti and wife/partner Ilma Jeil Lopez pay homage to the rustic, soul-satisfying cuisine of Central and Southern Italy with great care and passion. For this Beard House dinner, the former Bar Boulud chef de cuisine will return to his roots with a tantalizing menu inspired by the rich flavors of Italy’s Calabria and Abruzzo regions.

You can see a detailed menu with pairings and make reservations on the JBF site.

As previously reported chef David Turin from Opus Ten is also scheduled to prepare a meal at the James Beard House. His dinner is taking place later this month on October 21st. More details on the meal are now available. You can see a detailed menu with pairings and make reservations on the JBF site.

This Week’s Events: Vinland Flanagan’s Table, Cowspiracy, Flea Bites

Monday, September 29th, 2014

fleabitesMonday — David Levi from Vinland is the featured chef at this month’s Maine Farmland Trust dinner at Flanagan’s Table, and Rob Tod will be at Old Port Spirits for an Allagash beer tasting.

Wednesday — Black Tie is serving a farm dinner in New Gloucester, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — the Signature Chef’s Auction is being hosted at DiMillo’s, and there will be screening of Cowspiracy at Cinemagic.

Friday — a group of food trucks will be in Bayside at the Portland Flea-for-All for Flea Bites, and there will be a wine tasting at the West End Deli.

SaturdayLeRoux Kitchen is holding a wine tasting, The Farm Stand is having a grand opening, 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: Rowan Jacobsen, Allagash Dinner, Winter Hill Dinner

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

applesMonday — James Beard award-wining author Rowan Jacobsen will be speaking at Space Gallery tonight about his new book Apples of Uncommon Character. Jacobsen is also the Author of A Geography of Oysters and a very influential book on honey bee colony collapse disorder entitled Fruitless Fall. Fellow author and heirloom apple enthusiast David Buchanan will be leading an apple tasting as part of the event. Rabelais Books will be at Space selling copies of Jacobsen’s new book. 6pm, 538 Congress Street, admission is free.

Tuesday — The Well is serving an Allagash Beer Dinner.

Wednesday — the grand opening of the Geary’s tasting room is taking place,  as is the Monument Square Farmers Market.

Thursday — there will be a beer and cheese tasting at the Public Market House and a wine tasting at The Corner Store.

Friday —author Kate McCarty will be speaking about her book on the Portland food scene at the Portland Public Library at noon.

Saturday — Rosemont is holding Harvest in the Hood on Commercial Street, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

SundayFamily Feast is holding their Hams & Clams “Indonesian style New England shellfish boil” at Slab, and Rosemont is serving a dinner at Winter Hill Farm in Freeport.

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.

Just a Little Bit Off

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Rosemont and Piccolo are collaborating on a set of cooking classes called Just a Little Bit Off.

Piccolo chef Damian Sansonetti, along with special guests from Portland’s food and wine world, will demonstrate techniques and recipes that any interested home cooks can use to dramatically expand their range.

In groups of no more than a dozen, we will explore the glories of less familiar vegetables, “off” cuts of meat (which are usually the tastiest kinds!), unfamiliar (but simple to execute) preparations, and small-production wines from out-of-the-way and often unfamiliar regions.

Visit Brown Paper Tickets for details on the first five classes and to register.

Common Ground Fair

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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The Common Ground Fair kicks off today in Unity Maine. You can see the full schedule of activities on the MOFGA website.

This Week’s Events: 555/GMRI Dinner, Zwanze Day, Harvest in the Hood, Piccolo Panarda

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Tuesday — the monthly Local Foods Networking Breakfast will be held at Local Sprouts.

Wednesday — Five Fifty-Five is collaborating with GMRI on a sustainable seafood dinner, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — the Wayside Food Programs are kicking off a three day food drive at Whole Foods, Black Tie is serving a farm dinner in New Gloucester, and The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from 21st Amendment Brewing.

Saturday — Novare Res will be one of a select few beer bars in North America that are participating in the 2014 edition of Cantillon Zwanze Day, Rosemont is holding Harvest in the Hood on Brighton, Cape Elizabeth is organizing a kitchen tour, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — Piccolo will be celebrating their 1st anniversary by serving a traditional 20-course meal paired with wines from Southern Italy, and Vignola/Cinque Terre is serving their 10th Annual Harvest Dinner in Greene.

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.

Bill Murray Beer Week (Updated)

Friday, September 12th, 2014

billmurrayAs part of this year’s Portland Beer Week, Novare Res is collaborating with a set of Maine breweries to create Bill Murray inspired beers. Novare has launched a social media campaign (hash tag #billmurraybeerweekME) to persuade Murray to come to Portland and try them out.

BDN beer blog If My Coaster Could Talk reports, “The list of brewers and Bill Murray inspired beers isn’t official yet but the participant list so far is pretty impressive, keep an eye out for updates and expect some fun brews for this event.”

Portland Beer Week will take place November 1-7.

Update: The Press Herald has published an article about this initiative which includes details on the participating brewers.

Family Feast: Hams & Clams

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

familyfeast092014Chef Thomas Duffly has announced a new Family Feast event. The September edition of Family Feast, dubbed Hams & Clams, is an ” Indonesian-style New England shellfish boil”. It’s scheduled for September 28th 3pm at Slab. Tickets are $20 and there’s a cash beer bar managed by Banded Horn Brewing.

This Week’s Events: Miyake Harvest Dinner, Marine Bioinvasions

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers Market are taking place.

Thursday — GMRI is hosting a talk on Marine Bioinvasions in the Gulf of Maine, and , and The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Magic Hat.

Saturday — the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — Miyake is serving a Harvest Dinner at Wolfe’s Neck Farm.

Cantillon Zwanze Day — Novare Res will be one of a select few beer bars in North America that are serving the 2014 edition of Cantillon Zwanze. September 20.

Piccolo Panarda — Piccolo will be celebrating their 1st anniversary on September 21st by serving a traditional Abruzzi Panarda, a feast of epic proportions. Piccolo’s Panarda will be a 20-course meal paired with wines from Southern Italy. $110 per person.

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: Hunt & Alpine, Bartender’s Brunch, Flea Bites

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Wednesday — Black Tie will be serving a Graze Farm dinner in New Gloucester, and the Monument Square Farmers Market are taking place.

Thursday — The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Dogfish Head.

Friday — the Hunt and Alpine Club is throwing a party to celebrate their 1st anniversary, the West End Deli is holding a wine tasting, and Flea Bites (a monthly gathering of food trucks in West Bayside) is taking place.

SaturdayLeRoux Kitchen is holding a wine tasting, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — Coffee By Design, Maine Beer Company, Novare Res Bier Cafe, In’finiti, Maine Pie Line and Holy Donut are working together to organize the Bartender’s Brunch to celebrate Maine Beer Company’s 5th Anniversary. MBC will release 2014, a maple imperial stout with cold pressed Ethiopian coffee, at the brunch.

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 Seaweed Festival

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News has published an article of the Maine Seaweed Festival which is taking place this Saturday at SMCC.

Food vendors for the event, including food trucks from Good Shepherd Food-Bank, Locally Sauced, Fishin’ Ships and Maine Grain Alliance, will provide seaweed dishes and the festival also will serve up Maine seaweed ice cream.

The festival will wind down with a ticketed dinner featuring offerings from local chefs and farmers.

Piccolo Anniversary Feast

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

piccolo_emblemPiccolo will be celebrating their 1st anniversary on September 21st by serving a traditional Abruzzi Panarda, a feast of epic proportions. Piccolo’s Panarda will be a 20-course meal paired with wines from Southern Italy. $110 per person. Call (207) 747-5307 for reservations.

This Week’s Events: Restaurant Impossible, Portland Brew Festival, Labor of Love Dinner, Maine Seaweed Festival

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Wednesday — the Food TV Network is airing the episode of Restaurant Impossible filmed at Andy’s Diner in South Portland, The Salt Exchange is holding a wine dinner, and the Monument Square Farmers Market are taking place.

Thursday — there will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday — it’s the first day of the 4th Annual Portland Brew Festival.

Saturday — it’s the last day of the 4th Annual Portland Brew Festival, Vinland is serving the Labor of Love Tasting Dinner, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — the inaugural Maine Seaweed Festival is taking place at SMCC.

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.

Fall MECA Culinary Arts Program

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

MECA has posted details for the fall semester Culinary Arts continuing education program:

So many great classes, so little time…