Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

This Week’s Events: JBF Nominees, Louis/Dressner, Ardeche Wine Dinner, Sebastien Riffault Wine Dinner, Flanagan’s Table

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

2015-02-11_21-36-56Tuesday — the list of final nominees for this year’s James Beard Awards will be released. 10 Maine semi-finalists are on the long list for 2015.

WednesdayBlack Tie is teaching a cooking class.

Thursday — Maine & Loire is holding a Louis/Dressner tasting, Devenish Wines and Congress Squared are collaborating on an Ardeche wine dinner, it’s community family night at Grace, The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Oxbow Brewing, and there will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday — winemaker Sebastien Riffault will be at Vinland for a natural Sancerre wine dinner.

SaturdayDavid Turn will be the featured chef at a sold out Flanagan’s Table dinner, the Portland Food Co-op is holding a bitters workshop, and the Winter 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.

2nd Annual Rum Riots

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

rumriots_logoThe schedule for the 2nd Annual Rum Riots(facebook, twitter, instagram, website) is starting to take shape. This year’s program includes:

The mission of Rum Riots is to “celebrate cocktails, bars and bartenders”. It’s scheduled to take place May 30 – June 1.

This Week’s Events: PSO Wine Dinner, Maine Maple Sunday, Beer & Cheese Tasting, BiBo’s

Monday, March 16th, 2015

MondayFlock & Vine is holding a wine tasting at their new location in Knightsville.

Tuesday — the monthly Local Foods Networking Breakfast is taking place at Local Sprouts.

Wednesday — the 14th Annual Portland Symphony wine dinner is taking place; the 5-course dinner features dishes prepared by Central Provisions, Lolita, Hugo’s, Fore Street, and the Haraseeket.

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

FridayBiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe is holding a wine dinner, and there will be a rose tasting at The Farm Stand, as well as a wine tasting at Rosemont on Brighton of wines from Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia.

Saturday — Vignola is holding their 8th Annual Beer and Cheese Tasting, RSVP is blind tasting 6 red wines, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — it’s Maine Maple Sunday, Flock & Vine is holding a wine seminar, and Rosemont is hosting a Bean Supper.

Chocolate Lovers Fling — tickets for the Chocolate Lovers Fling 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.

This Week’s Events: Ms Pac Man, Black Truffle, Pozole Night, Joshua Bernstein, Coffee Pairing Event

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Maine Restaurant Week — MRW runs through March 14. See mainerestaurantweek.com for details on participating restaurants.

Monday — the East Ender opens at 11:30 am.

Tuesday — the 2nd Annual Brewers Ms Pac Man Tournament is taking place at Salvage BBQ.

Wednesday — Piccolo is holding their 2nd Annual Black Winter Truffle Dinner, Sam Richman from Salt Water Farm will be holding a pozole night at Tandem Bakery (pozole, various communal garnishes, “something sweet from Briana”), Vena’s will be holding a final trial run prior to their re-opening, and Black Tie is teaching a cooking class.

ThursdayGrace will be holding a Community Family Dinner to raise money for MOFGA, Ebb & Flow and Rising Tide will be collaborating on a beer dinner, there will be a beer and cheese tasting at the Public Market House, and The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Maine Beer Company.

Friday — Rosemont is holding a Cider event at Think Tank on Congress Street.

SaturdayVena’s is holding their grand re-opening, Joshua Bernstein will be at Rising Tide for a book signing and at Salvage BBQ for an event with Banded Horn, Bissell Bros, Foundation and Austin Street, there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayRosemont and Rising Tide are collaborating on a beer dinner, and the MRW Great Coffee Pairing event is taking place at CBD Diamond Street.

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.

Mothers and Thieves at Vinland

Friday, March 6th, 2015

mothersandthievesVinland will be kicking off their Tuesday night pop-up series later this month. On March 31st former Vinland sous chef Ryan Quigley along along with Tavis Potter will be the featured chefs preparing a meal as part of their Mothers and Thieves pop-up series.

Pulling inspiration from world travels, modern art, and curiosity, our dinners are based upon classic techniques, but accented by wild presentations, bright and exotic ingredients, and unusual flavor pairings. With hopes to inspire and spark creative thoughts and conversation, the dinners will be presented to our guest in a classic family table setting.

Tickets are on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

This Week’s Events: The Maine Dish, Food Swap, Forge Release, Signature Event

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Maine Restaurant Week — MRW began Sunday and runs through March 14. See mainerestaurantweek.com for details on participating restaurants.

Tuesday — The grand re-opening is still a couple weeks off but on Tuesday Vena’s is partnering with Sunrise Guides to raise money for Portland Trails; Vena’s will be debuting some of their new drinks.

WednesdayBlack Tie is teaching a cooking class.

Thursday — it’s the first night of The Maine Dish, the March Food Swap is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory, Tod Mott from the Tributary Brewing Company will be at the Great Lost Bear and there will be a wine tasting at the Munjoy Hill Rosemont and a Mayflower Brewing tasting at the Bier Cellar.

Friday — there will be a wine tasting at the West End Deli.

SaturdayFoundation Brewing is releasing Forge their Russian Imperial Stout (2 bottle limit), and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — the MRW Signature Event cocktail competition 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.

Breakfast Cook-off Results

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Vignola/Cinque Terre took first place at yesterday’s Incredible Breakfast Cook-off competition.

The buzz at the Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off Friday was all about the Portland restaurant’s savory smoked brisket hash patties with scrambled eggs and pea shoots, Italian cheese fonduta and salsa verde. This was their first time at the cook-off, and they took home first place.

Four time winner The Good Table came in second and Sea Dog Brewing took third place.

DiMillo’s Fundraiser for Adam Sousa

Friday, February 27th, 2015

This past Sunday falling ice totaled bartender Adam Sousa’s car which was parked on Exchange Street. Sousa’s insurance doesn’t cover falling ice and so friends have set-up a gofund.me page to help raise money for Sousa to replace his car.

The local chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild is holding a fundraiser this Sunday at DiMillo’s, 3-5 pm. A portion of the sales from the drink specials will go toward the the gofund.me campaign.

The Maine Dish Food Theater

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Today’s Press Herald includes an article about a set of 12 short food related plays being staged during Maine Restaurant Week by the Snowlion Repertory Company.

The idea for “The Maine Dish” began with Margit Ahlin and Al D’Andrea, co-founders of Snowlion Repertory Company in Portland. They have an in-house playwriting group, and suggested food as a theme for the playwrights. They were invited to write a short play about food; that was the sole restriction.

The result is a menu of wildly diverse plays featuring 17 actors, a dozen playwrights and four directors. There are comedies, dramas and a musical. Some are set in restaurants, others in the kitchen.

For more information visit www.snowlionrep.org. Tickets are $18 and are on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

This Week’s Events: Beer I, Incredible Breakfast Cook-off, Maine Restaurant Week, My Father’s Garden

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Wednesday — Maine Beer Company is releasing Beer I.

Thursday — the Public Market House is holding a beer and cheese tasting.

Friday — Maine Restaurant Week is holding the Incredible Breakfast Cook-off.

Saturday — there will be a Marshall Wharf tap takeover at Novare Res, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — it’s the first day of Maine Restaurant Week; check the MRW website for menus and pricing at all participating restaurants. MRW is holding the Chef-Am Bowling Tournament, and there will be a screening of My Father’s Garden at MECA.

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: JBF Awards, Salmon/Lamb Tastings, Natural Wine Walk, Viva Lebowski

Monday, February 16th, 2015

2015-02-11_21-36-56Tuesday — the local foods networking breakfast is taking place at Local Sprouts.

Wednesday — the semifinalist nominees for this year’s James Beard Foundation awards will be released.

FridayBrowne Trading will be at Rising Tide for a beer and salmon tasting, and North Star Sheep Farm will be at The Farm Stand for a lamb and wine tasting.

Saturday — Ned Swain is leading a Wine Wise natural wine walk, it’s the grand opening of Maine Craft Distilling’s Freeport tasting room, Viva Lebowski is taking place at Easy Day, and the Winter 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.

Neptune: Where to Eat Today

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Many restaurants and other food shops have closed due to the storm, but not all. Here’s a growing list of the eateries that plan to be open today, keeping us all well fed despite the white stuff:

  • Union Bagel, where I picked my breakfast of a double toasted everything bagel with butter.
  • Arcadia is open until 10 pm, $5 drafts.
  • Becky’s Diner is open.
  • Bier Cellar is open noon – 6.
  • Black Cat Coffee opened at 7:30 this morning.
  • Brian Boru is open.
  • Bucks Naked BBQ is open all day.
  • Central Provisions is now open.
  • CBD will be opening their shops on Diamond and Congress Streets at 10:30.
  • DiMillo’s will be opening their lounge and bar starting at 11.
  • Dobra will open at noon.
  • Eventide plans to open at 11am for brunch.
  • Five Fifty-Five is open for both brunch and dinner.
  • Frog & Turtle will be open for brunch.
  • Gelato Fiasco opens at 3pm.
  • Great Lost Bear is open.
  • Hilltop Coffee is opening at 10 this morning.
  • Hunt and Alpine will be opening at 1pm serving their happy hour menu.
  • Little Bigs is open.
  • LFK is open today.
  • Local 188 is open.
  • Lolita is open.
  • Maine & Loire reconsidered and is open today until 6pm.
  • Marcy’s is open.
  • MJ’s will be open 11-2.
  • Old Port Wine will open at 10.
  • Omi’s Coffee is open.
  • Pai Men is holding an all day happy hour.
  • Petite Jacqueline is open for both brunch and dinner.
  • Piccolo will be open for dinner.
  • Rosemont is open.
  • Salvage BBQ opened at noon.
  • Sonny’s is having a 15% off white sale off all food today.
  • Speckled Axe plans to be open 10 – 2 today.
  • Timber will open for dinner.
  • Zapoteca will be open for dinner.

I’ll be updating this list throughout the day as more info comes in. Email me at anestes@portlandfoodmap.com or post a comment if there’s someplace I missed.

This Week’s Events: Owl & Whale, Carlo Huber, Valentine’s Day (updated)

Monday, February 9th, 2015

owlandwhale_logoMondayOwl & Whale will be taking over the bar at Outliers Eatery serving a menu of tequila and mezcal based cocktails.

Thursday — there will be a wine tastings at Rosemont on Brighton Aurora Provisions and The Corner General Store (115 Middle St), and a beer and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday —Ned Swain from Devenish will be leading a Valentine’s wine tasting at Rosemont on Commercial St, and Viennese wine importer Carlo Huber will be the guest speaker at an Austrian wine event.

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

Valentine’s Day — times running out to make plans for your Valentine’s Day date. Here’s a selection of dinners and other V-Day events for you to choose from.

  • Allagash, Beer Hearts Chocolate beer and chocolate tasting, $15 per person.
  • Artemisa Cafe, 4-course dinner, $65 per person.
  • Bao Bao, 5-course dinner, $48 per couple.
  • Black Dinah will be opening a pop-up shop at their new space in Westbrook (869 Main St) on February 13 and 14, noon – 6 pm.
  • Boone’s, choose between an all-lobster 4-course dinner for $114 per couple, or a 4-course menu with a variety of options for $55 per person.
  • Bramhall will be serving a special menu.
  • Congress Squared, special menu served on both the 13th and 14th.
  • David’s Opus Ten, 9-course dinner with wine pairings for $150 per person.
  • Elsmere BBQ, 4-course, $50 per person.
  • Five Fifty-Five, 4-course dinner for $75 per person; with optional pairings and supplements.
  • Gelato Fiasco, serving a case of special Valentine’s flavored gelato and sorbetto, February 13-15.
  • Hella Good Tacos, 2-course dinner, $30 per couple.
  • Hunt and Alpince Club will be holding an all-night Allen’s Coffee Brandy happy hour.
  • Novare Res is teaming up with La Crème Chocolat to serve beer and chocolate pairings on the 13th and 14th.
  • Petite Jacqueline, 3-course menu for $65 per person; optional wine pairings available.
  • Piccolo, 5-course dinner and a glass of rose prosecco, $75 per person; optional wine pairings available.
  • Rising Tide, on the 13th Rising Tide Brewing will be releasing Nuit D’Hiver, a “limited rum barrel aged version of D’Hiver, our dark rye saison with winter spices and sweet orange peel” along with D’Hiver, 2013 Cellared D’Hiver, Nuit D’Hiver on tap and chocolates truffles from La Crème Chocolat.
  • Sur Lie, serving their regular menu and a special chef’s tasting menu for $65 per person.
  • Unwined, a bottle of rose or sparkling wine, a dessert to split and chocolate covered strawberries, $39.95 per couple.
  • Verbena is offering a 3-course meal you can bringg home for $65 per person.
  • Vinland has a number of options including a 10-course dinner for 4 for $300.

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: Central Guest Chefs, Search for General Tso, Wine and Chocolate, 21st Chowder & Chilli, Owl & Whale, Valentine’s List

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

searchforgeneraltsoWednesdayKarl Deuben and Bill Leavy will be the guest chefs at Central Provisions for CP’s 1-year anniversary.

ThursdayRising Tide and Ebb & Flow are collaborating on a 5-course beer dinner, the Brighton Ave Rosemont is holding a cider tasting (with ciders from Vermont, New Hampshire, Spain, France, Chile) and Bao Bao is hosting a Hitachino tap takeover.

Friday — there will be a wine tasting at the West End Deli.

Saturday — Space Gallery is screening the movie The Search for General Tso followed by a talk with the director, Maine & Loire is holding a sparkling wine tasting, Dobra is teaching a class on the six classes of tea, Rosemont and Piccolo are working together on a cooking class, Wine Wise is leading a wine and chocolate walk, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — the 21st Annual Chowder and Chilli Challenge is taking place, and Owl & Whale (facebook, website) will be at Maine Craft Distilling’s Freeport tasting room for a product demo.

Valentine’s Day — restaurants have started announcing their plans for Valentine’s Day. I’ll be adding to this list and reposting it on a weekly basis now through then.

  • Allagash, Beer Hearts Chocolate beer and chocolate tasting, $15 per person.
  • Congress Squared, special menu served on both the 13th and 14th.
  • David’s Opus Ten, 9-course dinner with wine pairings for $150 per person.
  • Five Fifty-Five, 4-course dinner for $75 per person; with optional pairings and supplements.
  • Gelato Fiasco, serving a case of special Valentine’s flavored gelato and sorbetto, February 13-15.
  • Novare Res is teaming up with La Crème Chocolat to serve beer and chocolate pairings on the 13th and 14th.
  • Petite Jacqueline, 3-course menu for $65 per person; optional wine pairings available.
  • Piccolo, 5-course dinner and a glass of rose prosecco, $75 per person; optional wine pairings available.
  • Rising Tide, on the 13th Rising Tide Brewing will be releasing Nuit D’Hiver, a “limited rum barrel aged version of D’Hiver, our dark rye saison with winter spices and sweet orange peel” along with D’Hiver, 2013 Cellared D’Hiver, Nuit D’Hiver on tap and chocolates truffles from La Crème Chocolat.
  • Sur Lie, serving their regular menu and a special chef’s tasting menu for $65 per person.
  • Vinland has a number of options including a 10-course dinner for 4 for $300.

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

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The winter/spring semester of MECA’s Culinary Arts program begins this week. Here’s the full list of classes:

  • Food Blogging Workshop, taught by Susan and Ted Axelrod
  • Puff Pastry, taught by Andrea Swanson from Foley’s
  • Professional Cake Building, taught by Andrea Swanson from Foley’s
  • Whole Pig Butchering, taught by Evan Mills from from Rosemont
  • World of Wine, taught by certified sommelier Jennifer Flock

You can see the full program on the MECA website.

Food Film Series

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Rosemont Market & Bakery, Cultivating Community and Maine College of Art are working together on a food film series. The films will be screened on Sundays at 4pm at MECA in Osher Hall. Here’s the line-up:

This Week’s Events: R. Stuart Dinner, Brew Pub Cap, Brewers wo/ Borders, Natural Wine Tastings

Monday, January 26th, 2015

bwbWednesday — Outliers is serving a 5-course dinner featuring Willamette Valley wines with special guest Rob Stuart from from R. Stuart Wines.

Thursday — The Farm Stand is holding natural wine tasting , Rosemont is also holding a wine tasting, there will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House, the Bier Cellar is hosting an Allagash tasting, and the 16th annual Brew Pub Cup is taking place.

Friday — Novare Res is holding a Brewers Without Borders event to raise funds for the Hof ten Dormaal brewery is Belgium that was recently damaged by a fire,  and The Farm Stand is holding another wine tasting.

Saturday —  Maine & Loire is holding their first wine tasting, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Valentine’s Day — restaurants have started announcing their plans for Valentine’s Day. I’ll be adding to this list and reposting it on a weekly basis now through then.

  • Congress Squared, special menu served on both the 13th and 14th.
  • David’s Opus Ten, 9-course dinner for 2 with wine pairings for $150
  • Five Fifty-Five, 4-course dinner for $75 per person; with optional pairings and supplements.
  • Novare Res is teaming up with La Crème Chocolat to serve beer and chocolate pairings on the 13th and 14th.
  • Petite Jacqueline, 3-course menu for $65 per person; optional wine pairings available.
  • Piccolo, 5-course dinner and a glass of rose prosecco, $75 per person; optional wine pairings available.
  • Rising Tide, on the 13th Rising Tide Brewing will be releasing Nuit D’Hiver, a “limited rum barrel aged version of D’Hiver, our dark rye saison with winter spices and sweet orange peel” along with D’Hiver, 2013 Cellared D’Hiver, Nuit D’Hiver on tap and chocolates truffles from La Crème Chocolat.
  • Vinland has a number of options including a 10-course dinner for 4 for $300.

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.

East Ender @ Central Provisions

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Central Provisions has announced that the Small Axe founders and now owners of East Ender, Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy will be the guest chefs at Central Provisions for CP’s 1-year anniversary on February 4th.

This Week’s Events: Growing Local, Ice Bar, Emotional Honey, Honey Dinner, Bean Suppah

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Tuesday — Local Sprouts is hosting the Local Foods Networking Breakfast.

Wednesday — Space Gallery is screening Growing Local followed by a discussion with the director, Baxter Brewing owner Luke Livingston will be speaking at Peleton LabsThe Corner Room is holding a  wine dinner and Black Tie is teaching a cooking class.

Thursday — it’s the first night of the 2015 Ice Bar, the Thirsty Pig is hosting a rlease party for episode 4 of Local Brew TV, and GMRI is hosting a talk on How Climate Change is Affecting Fish and People by scientist Andy Pershing and Kathy Mills.

Friday — it’s the second night of the Ice Bar.

Saturday — Allagash is having a bottle release for Emotional Honey,  it’s the last night of the Ice Bar, the Portland On Tap beer festival is taking place as is the Winter Farmers’ Market.

Sunday — The Good Table is holding a 5-course dinner made with 5 local honeys paired with mead, wine, beer, and Rosemont Market cooking a Grange Bean Suppah.

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.

Vinland Guest Chef Series

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The Golden Dish has a report on Vinland’s guest chef series.

Starting in February, chef and owner David Levi will be introducing a guest chef night on Tuesday evenings – a formula that resembles pop-up dinners, which have become so popular around the country.