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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, there will be a wine tasting at Maine & Loire, 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.

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.