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Bourdain Interviews

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Today’s Press Herald includes an interview with Maine native and Bourdain cinematographer Zach Zamboni about growing up in Maine and his life on the road with Anthony Bourdain.

They may be buddies, but Zamboni is nothing like Bourdain’s no-holds-barred public persona. Soft-spoken and thoughtful, Zamboni often speaks in imagery that evokes the landscape, whether he is describing the rolling hills and deep forests of Maine or talking about how when you eat an oyster, you’re tasting the tides. He credits his rural childhood in Maine with helping to prepare him for the life he leads now.

and an interview with Bourdain.

Q: Our culture is so engaged with food now – almost to the point of fetishizing what’s on the plate. Is there any turning back? Or is this fascination with food a good thing?

A: We are more educated about what we’re eating and where it comes from and who’s making it than ever before. I think as silly as it is and as excessive and fetishistic, it signals a real cultural shift where we actually care about what we’re eating and who’s cooking, and this is good. I imagine that at some point we will shift to a more emotional response to food without taking pictures of it. We’re sort of catching up with France and Italy. On balance, however ridiculous it is at times and lampoonable, I’m happy with it.

Bourdain will be in Portland on October 9th for a show at the civic center.

This Week’s Events: Food Systems, Food Lab, Dessert Pop-up, Kermit Lynch, The Coffee Man, Cantillon Zwanze

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Monday — there will be a lecture at the Public Library on Arctic Ocean Food Systems.

TuesdayFork Food Lab is holding their Grand Opening, and pastry chef Brant Dadaleares is serving a dessert pop-up at The Honey Paw.

Wednesday — there will be a Kermit Lynch wine tasting at the Old Port Wine Merchants, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

ThursdayArabica is hosting a screening of The Coffee Man at their cafe on Commercial Street, and a colloquium is taking place at Bowdoin to “explore a whole system approach to increased food production in Maine and to examine the connections between economic growth potential in the food sector, good natural resource stewardship, and the overall health of our communities.”

FridayCellardoor is holding an event called VinFest at Thompson’s Point.

Saturday —  Novare is once again the location for the relase of this year’s Cantillon Zwanze, Rosemont is holding their annual Harvest in the Hood, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayRising Tide is throwing a party to celebrate their 6th Anniversary, and Cellardoor is running a second event, Pairing at the Point.

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: Falchini, Maculan, The Coffee Man, Nikita, Noshbow, Cheese Iron 10th

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Monday — Solo Italiano is holding a Falchini wine dinner, and the Scarborough Land Trust farm dinner is taking place at Broadturn Farm.

Wednesday — There will be a Cellardoor food pairing event on Thompson’s Point, Black Tie is holding a farm dinner in New Gloucester, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — special guest Angela Maculan will be at Piccolo for a 5-course dinner featuring her family’s wine from the Veneto region, there will be a cider and cheese tasting at the Public Market House, and Coffee by Design will be screening the movie The Coffee Man (if you can’t make it this week, Arabica will also be screening this film next week on the 29th)

Friday — it’s the fist day of the Common Ground Fair, The Cheese Iron is celebrating their 10th anniversary (Congratulations to Vince and Jill), Rising Tide is releasing their new beer Nikita, and Maine & Loire is holding a Shacksbury wine tasting.

Saturday — the first PSO Symphony & Spirits event of the season and the Saturday Farmers’ Market are taking place.

Sunday — the 2016 edition of Noshbow is taking place at Slab.

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.

Seed: The Untold Story

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

PrintThe Nickelodeon will be screening the award winning movie Seed: The Untold Story starting this Friday, through Wednesday September 21st.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

The screening of Seed at the Nickelodeon is in partnership with Rosemont Market, Cultivating Community, The Wild Seed Project and the Portland Pollinator Project.

This Week’s Events: Sandy Oliver, Belgian Beer Fest, S&M Cocktail Pop-up, Italian Wine Dinners

Monday, September 12th, 2016

belgianbeerfestTuesday — food historian Sandy Oliver will be delivering a lecture at the Tate House on “the Early American kitchen and its importance to the Colonial household”.

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

Thursday — in anticipation of the weekend’s Belgian Beer Fest, the Great Lost Bear will be featuring Maine produced Belgian inspired beers.

Saturday — there will be two sessions for the Belgian Beer Fest, Maine & Loire is holding a wine tasting, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place. While not a food event, and not even in Portland, I also want to mention that Saturday is the opening of the Amy Stacey Curtis exhibit in Lewiston.

Sunday — Little Tap House is serving a post Belgian Beer Fest brunch, and Spencer Albee and Mark Hubbard are holding an S&M Cocktail Pop-up at the Blue Spoon.

Italian Wine Dinners — special guest Angela Maculan will be at Piccolo for a 5-course dinner featuring her family’s wine from the Veneto region on 9/22, and Micheal Falchini will be at Solo Italiano for a 6-couse dinner featuring his family’s wines from Tuscany on 9/19.

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 Fabulous Femmes Dinner

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

A group of some of Maine’s leading female chefs are coming together this fall for the 2nd annual Fabulous Femmes dinner at Flanagan’s Table, a benefit  for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

The dream team of culinary talent includes:

  • Krista Kern Desjarlais from The Purple House, and Bresca & the Honey Bee
  • Briana Holt from Tandem Coffee and Bakery
  • Melissa Kelly from Primo
  • Ilma Lopez from Piccolo and Caiola’s
  • Kim Rodgers from Hugo’s, Eventide and The Honey Paw
  • Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan and Bao Bao Dumpling House

Tickets go on sale on September 21st.

The Coffee Man

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

TheCoffeeManArabica Coffee will be hosting a screening of The Coffee Man later this month at their location on Commercial Street.

The movie follows the story of Sasa Sestic on his road to winning the 2015 World Barista Championship.

From the birthplace of coffee in Ethiopia, through Honduras, Colombia, and on to Seattle where the specialty coffee movement originated, The Coffee Man traverses the globe, following Sasa on his journey to the 2015 World Barista Championships. After partnering up with Sasa in 2014, Roland and Jeff from Jeraff have been with Sasa every step of the way on his road to being crowned the World Champion.

This Week’s Events: Black Cow, Christopher Kimball, Miyake Pig Roast, Twilight Dinner, Oliver Lecture

Monday, September 5th, 2016

blackcowMondayNicholas Nappi and fellow Local 188 restaurant group colleague Gary Bowcott are holding a pop-up for Black Cow on September 5th to share their “vision for a return to good old days of the soda fountain”.

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

ThursdayChristopher Kimball, founder of Cook’s Illustrated and former America’s Test Kitchen host, will be speaking at the State Theater. Tickets are available online, use discount code MSK50.

Thursday — Foundation Brewing is participating in Rails and Ales.

Saturday — There will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen, Rising Tide is participating in Rails and Ales, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place.

SundayMiyake will be serving a Pig Roast at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Jason Williams and Bryan Dane are the featured chefs at this week’s Twilight Dinner at The Well.

Food History Lecture — food historian Sandy Oliver will be giving a lecture at the Tate House on “the Early American kitchen and its importance to the Colonial household”.

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.

Christopher Kimball Ticket Discount Code

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Christopher Kimball will be speaking next week on September 8th at the State Theater as part of his Culinary Mystery Tour.  Organizers of the tour are offering 50% off on the ticket price, use the discount code: MSK50.

Kimball was the founder of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and the longtime host of the TV show America’s Test Kitchen. He’s moved on from those projects and last year started Milk Street Kitchen, a cooking school and magazine.

This Week’s Events: Highroller Lobster, Rising Tide, Black Cow

Monday, August 29th, 2016

MondayHighroller Lobster will be serving a 5-course pop-up dinner at Bao Bao.

Wednesday — Old Port Wine Merchants is holding an Iberian wine tasting, Black Tie is serving a farm dinner in New Gloucester, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — A team of chefs from 5 local restaurants are cooking a memorial dinner to benefit the family of Kaden Fecteau.

Saturday — Novare Res will have 15+ Rising Tide beers on tap including a double IPA version of Daymark, Rossobianco is holding their grand opening, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place.

Black CowNicholas Nappi and fellow Local 188 restaurant group colleague Gary Bowcott  are holding a pop-up for Black Cow on September 5th to share their “vision for a return to good old days of the soda fountain”.

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: Summer Luau, Agrarian Acts, Saco River Brewing, Farm to Fork Fondo

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Tuesday — Rhum and Sur Lie are collaborating on a Summer Luau.

Wednesday — The Great Lost Bear will be featuring beer from Saco River Brewing, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — the Maine Farmland Trust is holding Agrarian Acts concert and dinner at the Deering Grange, and there will be a beer and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday — Palace Diner will be holding Fried Chicken Friday at Oxbow.

Saturday — Slab is hosting a Hoof Hearted Brewing tap takeover, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place.

Sunday — Wolfe’s Neck Farm will be the site of the Farm to Fork Fondo, a ” farm to table cycling event”.

Highroller Lobster — Highroller Lobster will be serving a pop-up dinner at Bao Bao on Monday, August 29.

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: Oxbow 5th, Fermie Permie Cafe, Dirigo Launch, Brett Camp

Monday, August 15th, 2016

TuesdayOxbow is celebrating their 5th anniversary.

Wednesday — the Bier Cellar is holding an Austin Street tasting, Old Port Wine Merchants is having a Sicilian wine tasting, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — UFF is hosting a Fermie Permie Cafe where people interested in fermentation or permaculture can gather and share ideas, and The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Fore River Brewing.

FridayDirigo Brewing is scheduled to open in Biddeford, and there will be a wine tasting at Rosemont on Brighton.

Saturday — the Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place.

SundayAustin Street Brewing is holding Brett Camp, and the weekly Crofters & Artisan Market is taking place.

Rabelais Book Sale — Rabelais books will be holding their annual book sale August 25-28 at their store in Biddeford’s North Dam Mill.

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: Oxbow @ Eventide, Pomology, Foulmouthed Beer, Twilight Dinner, Jolly Pumpkin

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Monday — there will be an Oxbow tap takeover at Eventide tonight.

WednesdayBlack Tie is holding a farm dinner in New Gloucester, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — Foundation is releasing 500ml bottles of their new beer Pomology:Apricot, and The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Foulmouthed Brewing.

Friday — the West End Rosemont and the Public Market House are holding a wine tastings.

Saturday — Novare Res will be featuring 21+ beers from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place.

Sunday — Emmet Helrich from Local 188 and Chef Paul Tuck from Sonny’s are  the featured chef for Cultivating Community’s Twilight Dinner at The Well, and the weekly Crofters & Artisan Market is taking place.

Rabelais Book Sale — Rabelais books will be holding their annual book sale August 25-28 at their store in Biddeford’s North Dam Mill.

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: Birth of Sake, Oster Twilight Dinner, Rabelais Book Sale

Monday, August 1st, 2016

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

Thursday — the Portland Public Library is screening the movie The Birth of Sake followed by a presentation and Q&A session with Dan Ford of Blue Current Brewery.

Friday — the Portland Spirits Society is holding an informal women-only tasting event at Stroudwater Distillery.

Saturday — the Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place.

SundayLeslie Oster from Aurora Provisions is the featured chef for Cultivating Community’s Twilight Dinner at The Well, and the weekly Crofters & Artisan Market is taking place.

Rabelais Book Sale — Rabelais books will be holding their annual book sale August 25-28 at their store in Biddeford’s North Dam Mill.

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: Drifters Cook-out, CN Shawarma Pop-up, Maker’s Mix, Evo Lobster Dinner

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Tuesday — there are two different Middle Eastern food events taking place, extra credit for anyone who makes it to both: Drifters Wife is holding a Middle-Eastern Chicken Cook-out at Oxbow and CN Shawarma is serving a pop-up dinner at Bao Bao.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place, and the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association is hosting a Makers’ Mix to bring together “Artists, Artisans, Smiths, Wrights, Tailors, Cooks, masters & Amateurs, Inventors & Dubbers” for “an evening of conversation and camaraderie”.

ThursdayEvo is serving a 5-course lobster dinner.

FridayBiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe is holding a wine dinner.

Saturday — the Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place.

Sunday — the weekly Crofters & Artisan 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.