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This Week’s Events: Christmas, New Year’s Eve List

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Thursday — it’s Christmas Day.

Saturday — the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory.

New Year’s Eve — restaurants have started announcing their New Year’s Eve dinner plans. I’ll add more listings as information becomes available:

      • Artemisia Cafe, 4-course dinner for $65 per person
      • Bao Bao Dumpling House is holding a Chinese street food party starting at 10pm, “$28 buys you a glass a bubbles and passed bites all night”.
      • Boone’s, 5-course dinner, $85/$110 per person
      • Central Provisions is throwing a party. The $100 tickets comes with a “welcome punch, passed hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink tickets and a midnight toast
      • Eventide, will be throwing a party, $50 per person
      • Five Fifty-Five, 5-course dinner in the restaurant for $100 per person with optional wine pairings and truffle, caviar, and oyster supplements. Five Fifty-Five is also planning a champagne and caviar lounge in their private dinning room for $50 per person.
      • Grace will be serving their regular dinner menu. A cover charge of $20 (which funds the Good Shepherd Food Bank) will get you into the late night party which comes with complementary champagne toast.
      • MJ’s Wine Bar “will be offering 9 different sparkling wines by the glass this year. All at either $6 or $10 a glass”.
      • Petite Jacqueline, 3-course dinner for $70 per person, there are also optional truffle, caviar, oyster and foie gras supplements.
      • Piccolo, 8-course tasting menu with a glass of prosecco, $110 per person
      • Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea, 4-course menu, $85 per person with optional wine pairing for $30
      • The Frog & Turtle, 4-course dinner $65 per person
      • Vinland, 5-course/5-snack tasting menu, $90 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

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Tuesday — Lolita is holding their inaugural Winter Solstice Cocktail Fest and the monthly Local Foods Networking Breakfast is taking place at Local Sprouts.

WednesdayBlack Tie is teaching a cooking class.

Thursday — there will be a sparkling wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House as well as a pair of wine tasting at the Rosemont Markets on Brighton and Commercial Streets.

Saturday — the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory and Rosemont is holding a wine tasting at their Commercial Street store.

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.

Portland Food Co-op

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The Portland Sun has posted an article about the Co-op and its upcoming Grand Opening.

“We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback, exciting products to add,” said Mary Alice, education and outreach coordinator at Portland Food Co-op. “People have mostly walked in and exclaimed about how beautiful it is.”

This Week’s Events: Co-op, Drink Like a Pro, Bissell Bros, Pick Your Own, Bard Roastery

Monday, December 8th, 2014

coop_logoWednesday — the Portland Food Co-op is having their Grand Opening event, and Black Tie is teaching a cooking class.

FridayRosemont Market will be serving 25 holiday wines at their Drink Like a Pro event, and Bissell Brothers is  celebrating their 1-year anniversary.

SaturdayAllagash is having a bottle release for Pick Your Own, Bard/Wicked Joe is holding a Grand Opening at their new roasting facility, Rosemont and Piccolo are collaborating on a cooking class, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory.

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.

Bissell Brothers 1st Anniversary Party

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Bissell Brothers are celebrating their first year in business with a party at Empire next week. On tap will be “Substance, Angels with Filthy Souls, SWISH (plenty of it) and I-LUCKY (Our Asian-cuisine-inspired ginger-IPA) all pouring loud and proud“.

Tickets are available online at http://holdmyticket.com/event/188671

This Week’s Events: Winter Farmers’ Market, Frank Cornelissen, Alberto Aurilio, Casco Bay Butter

Monday, December 1st, 2014

FrankCornelissenThursday — importer Alberto Aurilio will be leading a Rosemont Market cheese tasting event at a private home in the Art’s District, and the Public Market House is holding a wine and cheese tasting.

Friday — wine tastings are taking place at the West End Deli and The Farm Stand.

Saturday — the first Winter Farmers’ Market of the 2014-15 season is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory,  Vinland is hosting leading natural winemaker Frank Cornelissen for a wine dinner and LeRoux is holding a wine tasting.

Sunday — Chefs Steve Corry, Rob Evans, Sam Hayward, Jeff Lanndry, Larry Matthews and Lee Skawinski are coproducing a $1000 per plate meal at Flanagan’s Table to benefit the Full Plates Full Potential organization, and Casco Bay Butter is holding an open house at their new production facility in Scarborough.

winewise_logoWine Wise — Wine Wise is now leading wine and food walks every Saturday. Check the Wine Wise calendar for details and to make reservations. Walks in December will feature French reds, a sparkling wine primer, Italian reds and Cabernet Sauvignons.

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: Porchetta Feast, Oxbowzakaya, Thanksgiving, Coffee Smuggler

Monday, November 24th, 2014

lolita_porchettaTuesdayLolita is throwing their inaugural Pre-Thanksgiving Porchetta Feast, and Oxbowzakaya an annual Oxbow tap take-over/izakaya menu is scheduled for Pai Men Miyake.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — the following restaurants are serving Thanksgiving Dinner:

Saturday — Coffee by Design is hosting a book launch party for Coffee Smuggler, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — author Josh Christie will be at Rising Tide for a book signing of his Handbook of Porters & Stouts.

Thanksgiving — Check out the PFM Thanksgiving Resource Guide for ideas on where to source ingredients for your meal at home.

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.

MCD x Sur Lie Collaboration

Friday, November 21st, 2014

mcdxsurlieMaine Craft Distilling and Sur Lie are c0-hosting a 2-step collaboration next week:

Monday – stop by the MCD distillery on Fox Street to taste some of the drinks Sur Lie bartenders come up with as they experiment with MCD’s spirits. 3 – 6 pm.

Wednesday – visit Sur Lie on Free Street for a Maine Craft Distilling bar takeover. Bartenders will be serving up the new drinks they developed as part of Monday’s experimentation at the distillery.

This Week’s Events: Flanagan’s Table, Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner, BiBo’s

Monday, November 17th, 2014

bnatpjTuesday — the local foods networking breakfast is taking place at Local Sprouts.

Wednesday — there will be a Grey Goose cocktail dinner at Petite Jacqueline, Rosemont is holding a Thanksgiving wine tasting at their store on Brighton, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — MJ’s Wine Bar is throwing a Beaujolais Nouveau release party, and the Public Market House is holding a wine and cheese tasting.

Friday — Rosemont is holding a Thanksgiving wine tasting at their Commercial Street store, and BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe is hosting a wine dinner.

Saturday — the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — Central Provisions’ Chris Gould is the featured chef at a sold out Flanagan’s Table dinner and Petite Jacqueline is holding their annual Beaujolais Nouveau dinner.

Thanksgiving — turkey day is just around the corner. Check out the PFM Thanksgiving Resource Guide for ideas on where to eat or where to source ingredients for your meal at home.

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 at the James Beard House

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

David Levi from Vinland will be the featured chef for a dinner at the James Beard House January 13th.

See Urban Eye for details on the menu.

World Food Championships

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Malcolm Bedell, co-author of From Away, is competing in the Sandwich category today at the World Food Championships.

Bedell is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to launch a sandwich food truck in Rockland called ‘Wich, Please.

Thanksgiving Resource Guide

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Portland area restaurants, bakeries, and kitchens are starting to announce their Thanksgiving dinners and related services. Here’s what I have so far. I’ll update the list as more info comes in.

Restaurants:

For those of you hosting your own gathering:

Community Dinners & Donations:

This Week’s Events: Dutch’s, Alton Brown, Bitters Workshop, Rosemont/Piccolo Class

Monday, November 10th, 2014

altonbrownTuesday — it’s the opening day of Dutch’s located at 28 Preble Street.

WednesdayAlton Brown will be at Merrill Auditorium, orchardist Waite Maclin will be giving a talk entitled The Seven Secrets to Fruitful Fruit Trees, there will be a wine tasting at Rosemont on Brighton, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — Engineers Without Borders’ is holding Uncorked, their 3rd annual beer & wine tasting and silent auction.

Friday — there will be wine tastings at the Rosemonts on both Brighton Ave and Congress Street.

Saturday — Veena’s Fizz House is holding a bitters workshop, Dobra is offering a course on the 6 types of tea, Rosemont and Piccolo are collaborating on a cooking class, 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.

Pocket Feast Game Dinner

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

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Pocket Brunch and Family Feast collaborated to produce a Maine game dinner last night in collaboration with the Maine Brewers Guild and Down East. 6 courses, or perhaps 8 depending on how you count, utilizing more than a dozen different game meats. The game bird ragu served with spelt/rye bucatini, the hare pie, and the panacotta with autumn olive sorbet were my favorites from the menu. There was a standing ovation at the end of the dinner for the kitchen crew.

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Sangillo’s Hearing

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

sangillosadSangillo’s liquor license appeal is starting this morning in the council chambers at City Hall. According to a report from the BDN,

The hearing, postponed >from Sept. 11, will be conducted by staff from the state Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations. Laurence Sanborn, who manages the agency’s Liquor Licensing and Enforcement Division, said in June that public comment will be accepted at the hearing, which will reconsider the evidence heard by city councilors on March 17.

An ad ran in this week’s Phoenix letting people know about the appeal and encouraging them to speak on Sangillo’s behalf.

MECA Mixology Class

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The Blueberry Files reports on the MECA mixology class she recently attended, taught by bartender John Myers.

Myers started out by saying that he’d structured the class like an art history class, “from cave drawings to the modern weirdos.” After a short history of early American drinking habits (a lot of cider, rum) we delved into the first time a cocktail was defined. First appearing in a New York newspaper in 1806, the cocktail was described as “spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.” None of us guessed the answer, but that definition also describes the recipe for an Old Fashioned and thus, our first drink of the course. 

This Week’s Events: Blind IPA Tasting, Terry Theise, Champagne Tasting, Pocket Brunch Game Dinner

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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Monday — Allagash is releasing Farm to Face, a pale ale fermented in stainless with pediococcus and lactobacillus added along with 3lbs of peaches per gallon, and Portland Beer Week continues until Friday.

Tuesday — The Thirsty Pig is holding a Blind IPA Tasting; correctly name all 10 and win a $500 prize.

WednesdayBill Murray themed beers will be on tap at bars across the city, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — award-winning wine expert Terry Theise will be the special guest at Hugo’s for a 5-course wine dinner, and there will be a beer and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday — Terry Theise and Rosemont are collaborating on a champagne tasting featuring “special, rare, and never-before-available-in-Maine grower-produced Champagnes”, and Bite into Maine will be featured in an episode of Eat Street at 8pm on the Cooking Channel.

SaturdayPocket Brunch and Family Feast are working together on a Game Dinner (tickets), 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.

Pocket Brunch: Dirigo

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

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After nearly a year and a half hiatus, Pocket Brunch came back into action Sunday with one of their signature multi-course brunches. The Dirigo brunch took place at Novare Res and featured beers from Marshall Wharf and In’finiti Fermentation. As a special treat the meal ended with a taste of an Amaro that In’finiti has under development.

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Portland Beer Week Starts Today

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

pbwToday is the official start of Portland Beer Week. You can find a detailed schedule on the Portland Beer Week website. Here are a few events that look especially interesting:

  • On Saturday Austin Street is releasing their new beer called Grist Mill, an “interpretation of a classic saison. Brewed with a blend of grains, hopped with Sterling and fermented with a blend of saison yeast and brettanomyces, this beer features a rustic malt base complimented by a spicy hop character and earthy brett funk”
  • On Sunday is holding Freshmen Orientation, an event to celebrate the new class of brewers that opened in 2014, and the Maine Brew Bus is leading the 2nd Annual Home Brew Tour.
  • On Monday Oxbow will be at Novare Res for a special bottle tasting of their beer.
  • On Tuesday there will be a blind IPA tasting with a $500 prize for whomever can name all ten correctly.
  • On Wednesday Bill Murray themed beers will be on tap throughout the city. Proceeds will be going to a charity of Bill Murray’s choosing.

This Week’s Events: Wine Dinners, Portland Beer Week, Pocket Brunch, East Ender Pig Roast

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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MondayJason Loring will be the featured chef at a sold out Flanagan’s Table.

Wednesday — Vinland will be hosting a dinner with four organic winemakers from northern Italy– Elisabetta Foradori, Silvio Messana, Alessandra Bera, and Elena Pantaleoni, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Friday — Rosemont is holding a Halloween Party at their store on Commercial Street.

Saturday — It’s the first day of Portland Beer Week,Rosemont is hosting Italian winemaker Giorgio Rivetti for a wine dinner, Rosemont and Piccolo are collaborating on a cooking class, both LeRoux Kitchen and The Farm Stand are holding wine tastings, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

SundayPocket Brunch is serving a 6-course brunch in collaboration with Marshall Wharf, In’finiti and Novare Res, the East Ender is holding a pig roast, Italian winemaker Giorgio Rivetti will be at The Corner Room for a wine dinner, The Maine Brew Bus is leading the 2nd Annual Home Brew Tour, and the Maine Brewer’s Guild is organizing Freshmen Orientation which is an event high the new breweries that launched in 2014.

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.