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This Week’s Events: Rosen’s, Rum Riots, Crawfish Boil, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Jolly Pumpkin

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Monday — today is Memorial Day.

TuesdayRosen’s Deli, aka Full Belly Deli, is opening their new location in Westbrook at 10:30am, and Vinland is hosting a pop-up dinner in collaboration with chef Chris Newton.

Wednesday — The Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — there will be a wine tasting at Maine & Loire., and The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from the Boothbay Craft Brewery.

FridayJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is doing a tap takeover at Pai Men Miyake.

logo_smallSaturday — Standard Baking is celebrating their 20th anniversary, Rosemont is  running a Spanish wine event, RSVP is holding a rose tasting, the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place. It’s also the start of the 2015 Rum Riots festival, Saturday’s program includes a class on how to make bitters, shrubs and syrups at home taught by Owl & Whale, a cocktail book history lecture by Don Lindgren and John Myers, and a tiki cocktail workshop taught by bartenders from The Yachtsman in Philadelphia.

SundayPo’Boys and Pickles is holding their 4th Annual Parking Lot Crawfish Boil, and Rum Riots continues with a lecture on the history of Chartreuse, a class on bar technique taught by Jeffrey Morgenthaler and USBG bartending competition.

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: Bard Coffee, Lois’, Black Box, Wich Please

Monday, May 18th, 2015

bardrenovatedMonday — it’s the opening of the newly renovated Bard Coffee.

TuesdayLois’ Natural Marketplace is opening their new India Street location, there will be a local foods networking breakfast at Local Sprouts, Rosemont on Brighton is holding a wine tasting.

Wednesday — The Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — a beer and cheese tasting is taking place at the Public Market House.

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

Sunday — Black Birch will be the guest chefs at The Bearded Lady for Black Box.

wichpleaseWich, PleaseFrom Away co-author Malcolm Bedell is launching his new Rockland food truck, Wich, Please, on Tuesday. It’s located in Buoy Park on the Rockland waterfront. You can see a full menu on the WP website.

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: Seaweed Dinner, Nepal Benefit, Baxter Lecture, Mosel Wine, Crooners Launch

Monday, May 11th, 2015

MondayVinland is hosting a 5-course seaweed tasting dinner, there will be a tapas event at Lolita this afternoon, and Le Petite Boucher will be holding a pig butchering workshop.

TuesdayBrad Messier is the guest chef for a pop-up dinner at Vinland.

Wednesday — The Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place, and all David’s restaurants in Portland, South Portland and Kennebunkport will be donating 15% of all restaurant sales to relief efforts in Nepal. and Rabelais owner Don Lindgren will give a talk to The Baxter Society on The Apgar Collection of 19th Century Cookbooks “looking at highlights of the collection, and milestones in American cookbook history, as well as examining what a large collection can tell us about American culture that individual books cannot”.

ThursdayRosemont is holding a Mosel tasting event at Think Tank, and chef Shannon Bard is hosting a launch party for her book The Gourmet Mexican Kitchen.

FridayCrooners & Cocktails at 90 Exchange Street is holding their launch party.

SaturdayMaine & Loire is holding a wine tasting, 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.

Bar Fight Club: Hunt & Alpine

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

talesofthecocktailThe Hunt and Alpine Club has been selected to compete in this year’s Bar Fight Club at Tales of the Cocktail, the “world’s premier professional cocktail event.”

Bar Fight Club is an annual battle royale where a small number of celebrated bar teams compete in a spirited showdown to claim the ultimate bar bragging rights.  The rules are simple – there are none. Each bar team will serve up great drinks in their own style featuring spirits from The 86 Co…and Del Maguey Single Village Mezcals…The winners will be determined based on a range of criteria covering cocktail making and presentation, with bonus points awarded to the teams who make some noise to keep the party going. Also up for grabs will be the prize for People’s Choice, chosen by the Bar Fight Club crowd that night. 

They’re up against some serious national and international competition, bars like The Cure in New Orleans and The Aviary in Chicago.

May the Fourth…

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The Press Herald has published a report on Piccolo’s May the Fourth Star Wars Dinner.

The cuisine at Piccolo, one of Portland’s most intimate and romantic restaurants, pays tribute to the “humble cuisines of Southern and Central Italy,” particularly food from Calabria and Abruzzi. But on Monday, May 4, an international holiday for Star Wars fans, the menu expanded outside our galaxy to include a Sarlacc Tot-Tooine Salad, Sausages Alla Taun Taun and an appetizer described as the X-Wing Dagobah Ration Kit.

James Beard Awards

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

The James Beard Awards took place last night in Chicago. Sadly, known of the four Maine nominees were selected for an award, but just being nominated is a significant honor. When I caught up with some of the Maine team at last night’s after party at The Aviary they were happy to have been part of the process and out enjoying the celebration.

Given Maine recent track record with the JBF awards I think we can look forward another robust crop of nominees in 2016. I look forward to returning to Chicago next May to join in all the fun and try out more of the city’s fine restaurants.

This Week’s Events: Beard Awards Gala, Star Wars Dinner, Vinland Pop-up, Pocket Flanagan

Monday, May 4th, 2015

2015-02-11_21-36-56Monday — the James Beard Awards Gala is taking place in Chicago. I’m onsite for the event and will report on how our four Maine nominees fare as the winners are announced. Piccolo is holding a Star Wars themed dinner for May the Fourth.

TuesdayFrank Giglio of Three Lily Farm in Whitefield is the guest chef for a pop-up dinner at Vinland., and Oxbow is releasing Saison Dell’Aragosta brewed with Maine lobsters in collaboration with Del Ducato.

Wednesday — Black Tie is teaching a cooking class and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — there will be a beer and cheese tasting at the Public Market House and The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Smuttynose.

FridayChef Sam Hayward will be speaking at the TEDxPiscataqua event in Portsmouth.

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

Sunday — the Pocket Brunch crew are the featured chefs at a Flanagan’s Table event, Vignola/Cinque Terre is hosting an Alto Adige wine dinner.

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: Wine/Beer Dinners, Belgian Biere Fest, Latte Art, Bourbon Walk, Rum Riot Tickets

Monday, April 27th, 2015

piercingthepickleTuesday — there will be a wine tasting at Maine & Loire, and an Alsatian wine dinner at Petite Jacqueline.

WednesdaySur Lie is serving a 6-course beer dinner in collaboration with Maine Beer Company, GMRI is hold a Seafood Celebration, Black Tie is teaching a cooking class, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

ThursdaySur Lie is serving a 5-course wine dinner featuring Gloria Ferrer Winery, there will be a wine tastings at Aurora Provisions and Rosemont on Commercial, and Tandem Bakery is hosting a Latte Art Competition.

Friday — it’s the first night of the 7th Annual Belgian Biere Fest at Novare Res, and for First Friday The Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box is hosting a gallery showing of contemporary condiment utensils and jewelry.

Saturday — Wine Wise is leading a Bourbon Walk, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — there will be a screening on In Organic We Trust at USM.

rumriots_logoRum Riots — tickets for this year’s Rum Riot events are now on sale. The four day event runs from May 30 to June 2, and includes a class on bar technique by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, a lecture on the history of cocktail books by Don Lindgren & John Myers and a chartresuse dinner at Piccolo. Visit mainerumriots.com/schedule.html to buy tickets and to see the full schedule.

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: Bartender Yearbook, 1st Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market, Chopped Challenge, BYOB Hot Dog Night

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Tuesday — chef Sam Richman will be collaborating with Tandem on a BYOB Hot Dog night at the Bakery,  a photo shoot for the 2015 Bartender Yearbook is taking place at Hunt and Alpine, and the local foods networking breakfast is being hosted by Local Sprouts.

Thursday — A lecture on Responsible Seafood Farming is taking place at GMRI, and there will be a beer and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday — an Austrian wine event is taking place at Grace featuring 7 wineries and 40+ wines.

Saturday — the first Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market of the season is taking place, and Novare Res is holding the 4th Annual Farmhouse Funkadelic.

Sunday — Grace is hosting the 2015 Chopped Challenge, Larry Matthews is the featured chef at this month’s Flanagan’s Table dinner, and Maine & Loire is holding a wine tasting.

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: Chateau Musar, Oxbow Dinner, History of Cocktails & Kitchens, Symphony+Spirits

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Monday — Local 188 is holding an Oxbow beer dinner.

Tuesday — Historian Sandy Oliver will be giving a talk in Yarmouth on The History of Colonial Kitchens.

WednesdayHugo’s is holding a Chateau Musar wine dinner, and the Portland Spirits Society will be gathering at Salvage for a Bourbon tasting.

FridayDon Lindgren, owner of Rabelais, will be giving a talk at the Maine Historical Society entitled Spirited Ephemera: Cocktail and Liquor History Through Paper.

Saturday — the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayRosemont is holding a Bean Supper, and the PSO is collaborrating with Hunt and Alpine on a Symphony + Spirits event.

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.

Primo’s Kelly at JBF Gala

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Melissa Kelly, chef/owner of Primo in Rockland is one of a team 17 award winning chefs that have been invited to prepare a dish for the James Beard Award Gala in May.

Other chefs participating in the gala include luminaries such as David Chang, Daniel Patterson and Nancy Silverton.

Four Maine chefs are nominees in this year’s awards competition: Cara Stadler(Rising Star), Central Provisions(Best New Restaurant), Masa Miyake(Best Chef: Northeast) and Andrew Taylor/Mike Wiley(Best Chef: Northeast).

Chef Potocki at Bearded Lady

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Chef  Josh Potocki from 158/Pocket Brunch will be the guest chef this evening along with colleague Sean Esten at The Bearded Lady. This will kick-off an ongoing roll by the pair as TBL’s “ghost chefs”. They’ll be periodically dreaming up new dishes and reconfiguring the menu for the bar.

Looking further out, on Sunday, May 24th, the bar staff of Black Birch will be doing a bar takeover at The Bearded Lady serving up a special cocktail menu for the evening.

Digital Marketing for Restaurants & Bars

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

This Friday’s Social Media Breakfast will present a program on Digital Marketing for Restaurants & Bars. Sean Wilkinson from Might & Main, Sarah Sutton from Bite into Maine, and Jim Britt from gBritt PR will be the featured speakers for the event.

In today’s digital world, it’s easier than ever for people to find a place to whet their appetites – and their whistles – with just a few clicks or swipes. Social media, local directories and apps have empowered patrons – and changed the game for restaurants and bars.

Food and drink establishments have a wealth of tools and channels (many free!) available to connect with the local community and get in front of people when they’re looking to eat and drink. So many free tools, and for many, so little free time. That’s why we’ve gathered some local experts to shine a little light on the topic.

2015 Lobster Roll Rumble

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Bite into Maine will once again be competing in the Tasting Table Lobster Roll Rumble. The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport and Robert’s Maine Grill have also been invited to participate along with the California-based Old Port Lobster Shack. OPLS currently has their first Maine-based location under construction on Fore Street.

The Rumble will take place in New York City on June 4th. Tickets are now on sale.

This Week’s Events: Owl & Whale, Chocolate Lover’s Fling, Good Wine for a Good Cause, Dinner, Resurgam

Monday, April 6th, 2015

MondayOwl & Whale will be at Slab preparing a menu of beer and cider cocktails, and Good Wine for a Good Cause is taking place at Grace.

Thursday — Rosemont is holding a Spanish Wine event at Think Tank, there will be a wine tastings at the Public Market House and at The Corner Store, The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Rising Tide, and Toast of the Coast is taking place.

Saturday —Maine Beer Company is releasing Dinner and Allagash is releasing Resurgam, there will be wine tastings at Maine & Loire and at LeRoux Kitchen, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — the 29th Annual Chocolate Lover’s Fling is taking place. Chefs from Emilitsa, Piccolo and Central Provisions will be competing in the 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: Mothers & Thieves, Edible Book Contest, Winter Market, Vinland Seder

Monday, March 30th, 2015

mothersandthievesMonday — there will be a wine tasting at Flock & Vine.

Tuesday — as part of their new pop-up series, Vinland is hosting chefs Ryan Quigley and Tavis Potter for a Mothers & Thieves 7-course dinner.

WednesdayBlack Tie is teaching a cooking class.

ThursdayThe Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Liquid Riot, and Sur Lie is holding a wine tasting event.

Friday — the Edible Book Contest entries will be on display at the Public Library and there will be wine tastings at the West End Deli and at Rosemont on Brighton.

Saturday —the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — Vinland is serving a Passover Seder.

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 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.