Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

This Week’s Events: J. Lohr, Marshall Wharf, Bali High

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Tuesday – Sea Glass is holding a J. Lohr wine dinner.

Wednesday – there will be an Italian wine tasting at the Old Port Wine Merchants.

Thursday – there will be a wine tasting at the Public Market House.

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

Sunday – High Roller Lobster will be holding Bali High, a tiki bar takeover at Rhum.

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.

2017 Beard Award Semifinalists

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The semi-final list of nominees for the 2017 James Beard Foundation awards were released today. There are 12 semifinalist nominees from Maine:

  • Best New Restaurant – Drifters Wife
  • Best Chef: Northeast – Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley, Eventide; Keiko Suzuki Steinberger, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar; Ravin Nakjaroen, Long Grain; and Brian Hill, Francine Bistro
  • Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional – Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co.
  • Outstanding Restaurant – Fore Street, and Chase’s Daily in Belfast
  • Outstanding Bar Program – Portland Hunt and Alpine Club
  • Outstanding Baker – Alison Pray, Standard Baking
  • Outstanding Pastry Chef – Ilma Lopez, Piccolo
  • Rising Star of the Year – Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan

The final list of nominees will be released on March 15th, and the awards ceremony will take place on May 1st in Chicago.

Related information:

Beard House Dinners by Chefs Ginn & Berry

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Chefs Matt Ginn from Evo and Josh Berry from Union are scheduled to cook dinners at the James Beard House in NYC next month. The menus for both dinners are online and reservations being taken via OpenTable:

This Week’s Events: Beard Semifinalists, Valentine’s Day, Edible Landscapes, Hardshore Distilling

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Tuesday – It’s Valentine’s Day, and there will be a lecture on Edible Landscapes at the Maine Historical Society.

Wednesday – the James Beard Foundation is scheduled to release this year’s awards semifinalists, we’ll be posting the full list of nominees as soon as they’re announced; Drifters Wife is celebrating their 1-year anniversary.

Thursday – the Portland Spirits Society is holding a women’s only tasting event at Hardshore Distilling.

FridayRosemont is holding a wine tasting at their Munjoy Hill location, and it’s the first day of Flavors of Freeport.

Saturday – the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – there will be a Haley Henry pop-up at Little Giant.

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: Just Eat It, Bourbon Tasting, Sausuga Release

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Tuesday – there will be a screening of Just Eat It at the Maine Historical Society as part of the New England Foodscapes Series.

WednesdayStroudwater is hosting an event with food from Nosh and the Marshmallow Cart at their distillery on Thompson’s Point.

Friday – Oxbow is holding a bottle release for Sausuga, there will be a bourbon tasting at Tiqa, a Winter Graze dinner is taking place in Yarmouth, and Rosemont is holding a wine tasting at their store on Brighton.

Saturday – the Winter Farmers’ Market  is taking place, as is a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen.

Sunday – The PSO is hosting the next edition of Symphony & Spirits at Sonny’s.

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: Minato, Bitter’s Workshop, Mast Landing Dinner, Corn Tortilla Workshop

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Monday – there will be a press conference about the Portland Food Council at 4pm.

TuesdayIzakaya Minato is scheduled to open, and Vena’s is teaching a bitters workshop.

Wednesday – Terlingua is holding a Mast Landing beer dinner.

Saturday – a corn tortilla workshop is taking place at SMCC as is the Winter Farmers’ Market and there will be an Allagash tap takeover at Central Provisions.

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 Council

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

A new organization called the Portland Food Council launches on Monday with a press conference at Fork Food Lab, 4-4:30pm, followed by an open house

According to the press release,

The Portland Food Council aims to foster a healthy community by advancing the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the food system that supports Portland. Evolving from the Mayor’s Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System started in 2012, the Portland Food Council works to shape food policy that will create resiliency, sustainability, and vibrancy in Portland’s food system. The council brings together community members, Portland government, food producers, and other businesses to collaborate on and shape laws and policies that affect our food system.

This Week’s Events: Sticky Sweet, Brew Pub Cup, Wild Beer Roundup, Coffee Me Up

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

MondaySticky Sweet is opening for business at 11 am, and Two Fat Cats is celebrating National Pie Day with a pie buffet.

Thursday – The annual Brew Pub Cup is taking place at The Great Lost Bear, and there will be a mead tasting at the Public Market House.

FridaySolo Italiano is hosting 2 Italian food producers from the Rogers Collection for 4-course pasta tasting menu.

Saturday – the Allagash Wild Beer Roundup is taking place, Zen Chinese Bistro is holding a Year of the Rooster dinner, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – it’s the opening day for Coffee Me Up at 221 Cumberland Ave.

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.

All-Star Bake Sale

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Bakers and pastry chefs from more than 15 restaurants and bakeries are collaborating on bake sale. The list of participating establishments includes Ten Ten Pié, Aurora Provisions, Fore Street, The Purple House, Central Provisions, Caiola’s/Piccolo, Bao Bao and many more.

The $40 boxes of baked goods will be on sale on Friday at Aurora Provisions, Little Giant and East End Cupcakes. The initiative is a fundraiser for Maine Planned Parenthood.

This Week’s Events: Sticky Sweet, Good Food Awards, Barrel Aging Tours, The Locker Project

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Tuesday – a new food vendor under  construction in the Public Market House called Sticky Sweet will be handing out free samples starting at 11am, and Vena’s will be teaching a cocktail making class.

ThursdayBao Bao is hosting an Oxbow tap takeover.

Friday3 Maine companies will be waiting to hear how they fair in the 2017 Good Food Awards taking place in San Francisco, Woodford F&B is celebrating their 1-year anniversary by raising money to fight hunger in Maine through The Locker Project, and  Rising Tide will be leading 30 minute tours of their new West Wing barrel-aging space.

Saturday – the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – Two Fat Cats is starting their celebration of National Pie Day a day early with the launch of their pie buffet.

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: Maine Ag Show, Tipo Opening, Winter Market

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Tuesday – it’s the opening day of the 76th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta.

WednesdayTipo is scheduled to open at 4 pm.

FridayMaine & Loire is holding a wine tasting to celebrate their 2nd anniversary.

SaturdayLeRoux Kitchen is holding a wine tasting, 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.

This Week’s Events: K. Horton, Vena’s Cocktail Dinner

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Tuesday – it’s the start of the K. Horton Specialty Foods clearance sale.

Friday – the West End Rosemont Market is holding a wine tasting.

Saturday – The Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – Vena’s is serving an Italian cocktail 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.

Year in Review: Drifters Wife, Upcoming Restaurants, Most Popular Restaurants & Articles, Obituaries

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

I’ve scanned through the records for the past year and here’s a summary of events and trends for 2016:

  • Best New Restaurant – 2016 saw the opening of a number of strong new restaurants. However, it’s an easy decision to call out Drifters Wife as the best new restaurant of 2016. On all accounts, food, service and atmosphere they’ve been outstanding and brought something new to Portland. Bon Appétit named Drifters one of the best new restaurants in the nation, the Press Herald selected them as the best restaurant of 2016 and Ed Behr, editor of Art of Eating, wrote a review in the Financial Times concludes with “For a meal, snack or just to drink wine in a low-key atmosphere, on a totally human scale, Drifters Wife is an outstanding place to pass an hour — or a whole long evening”.
  • Breweries/Distilleries – fermentation-based businesses continued to expand and grow in number in 2016. Notable were the moves of Bissell Brothers to Thompson’s Point and Bunker to Libbytown, the opening of Stroudwater Distilling, Hardshore Distilling and the Cellar Door tasting room, and the expansions of Foundation Brewing, Maine Beer Co, Rising Tide and the upcoming expansion of Maine Craft Distilling.
  • Juice Bars – 2016 was the year of the juice bar. Farm Truck Juice opened in the West End, Blake Orchard in the Old Port, Flying Fox on Washington Ave, and Maine Juice Company in Biddeford joined Maine Squeeze and Samantha Lives in this segment of the industry.
  • Upcoming in 2017 – The pace of new restaurant and bar projects looks likely to pick-up in 2017. 40+ new ventures are already being tracked on the PFM Under Construction list and I’m aware of several other ventures in earlier stages of development. The ones I’m most looking forward to in 2017 are:
    • Baharat – CN Shawarma’s new restaurant in East Bayside
    • Black Cow – ‘re-imagining of the classic soda fountain’ by Nick Nappi and Gary Bowcott
    • Cong Tu Bot – a pho noodle bar being launched by Vien Dobui and Jessica Sheahan
    • Gross Confection Bar – a dessert/cocktail bar by Brant Dadaleares
    • Izakaya Minato – a new Japanese restaurant on Washington Ave
    • LB Kitchen – chef Lee Farrington’s new breakfast and lunch restaurant on Congress Street
    • Lio – a wine-driven restaurant by Cara Stadler in conjunction with Chris Peterman
    • Little Giant – Hunt & Alpine’s restaurant in the West End
    • Sichuan Kitchen – a Chinese restaurant scheduled to open on January 2nd
    • Tipo – Central Provision’s new restaurant in Back Cove

Top 10 Articles

The most popular articles published on Portland Food Map in the past year.

  1. Tipo – first word on Central Provision’s new restaurant in Back Cove (July 23)
  2. Petite Jacqueline – Corry’s decision to relocate Petite Jacqueline to Market Street (January 27)
  3. Lio – first word on Cara Stadler’s new wine restaurant (October 7)
  4. Woodford F & B – announcement of opening day (January 15)
  5. Ebb & Flow – news that Ebb & Flow was closing (March 7)
  6. Baharat – first word on CN Shawarma’s new brick and mortar restaurant (October 5)
  7. Fork Food Lab – first word on the commercial kitchen/business incubator (March 16)
  8. BA ArticleBon Appétit article on Portland (May 18)
  9. Scales – opening day announcement (March 5)
  10. Little Giant – first word that Hunt & Alpine was planning a restaurant and market for the West End (October 31)

 

Notable Events of 2016

  • January – Bissell Brothers announced plans to move to Thompson’s Point, 6 Maine food producers were honored at the Good Food Awards, Woodford F&B opened, and Fore River Brewing launched.
  • February8 chefs and restaurants were listed as James Beard Award semifinalists, the Brew Bus made plans to expand to Boston, Harvest on the Harbor was sold, and Thai Essan, Drifters Wife, Portland Mash Tun, Farm Truck Juice and Rhum opened.
  • March3 Maine chefs were named James Beard award final nominees, The Press Herald published an article about Jason Loring, Scales, Falafel Underground, Hero and Mast Landing opened, and Little Lad’s closed.
  • April – The Milk and Honey Cafe and the Lone Pine Brewing tasting room opened, the Salt Box Cafe launched, and Paul’s Food Center closed.
  • MayBon Appétit published an eating guide to Portland, the New York Times published an article about The Honey Paw, PFM won Best Food Blog and Best Blog in the Portland Phoenix readership poll, Solo Italiano and the Cellar Door tasting room opened, the Sugarbird Coffee Truck and the Gorgeous Gelato truck launched.
  • June – Hugo’s and Miyake were listed on OAD’s list of the Top 100 restaurants in the US, Bissell Brothers opened their new brewery on Thompson’s Point, Petite Jacqueline, Blake Orchard, Tiqa Cafe, and Salty Sally’s opened, the LemonCycle food cart and Taco del Seoul food truck launched, and Sala Thai closed.
  • July – Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez purchased Caiola’s, Central Provisions announced plans to open a new restaurant in Back Cove, Down East published an oral history of the lobster roll, Food & Wine published an article about Portland, Novare Res was included in Draft magazine’s list of the 100 best beer bars in the country, and Stroudwater Distilling, Flying Fox Juice Bar, and the Munjoy Hill Tavern opened.
  • AugustBon Appétit named Drifters Wife to their list of the 50 Best New Restaurants in America, Food & Wine named Andrew Volk one of 2016’s Best New Mixologists, Big J’s Chicken Shack and Rossobianco opened, and Hero closed.
  • September – USM announced plans for a new food studies program, Condé Nast Traveller has included Eventide in their list of the best restaurants in the world, Food Republic published a guide to eating in Portland, Mark’s Sports Bar, Fork Food Lab and El Rayo opened, and Thurston’s closed.
  • October – acclaimed food writer Rowan Jacobsen visited Portland to launch his new book, Cara Stadler announced plans for her new wine restaurant Lio, Hunt & Alpine announced plans to open a restaurant and market in the West End, Sugarbird sold their food truck to Tandem, Hardshore Distilling opened, and Rossobianco closed.
  • November – Some of Maine’s best chefs collaborated on the 2nd Annual Fabulous Femmes dinner to raise money for the Barabara Bush Children’s Hospital, Bunker Brewing completed the move to their new brewery in Libbytown, and both Tin Pan Bakery and the New England Distilling tasting room opened.
  • December – Eventide announced plans to open a 2nd location in Boston, Pho Co, Bambo Bistro, Big Fin Poke, The Purple House, Little Giant Market, Mini Mogadishu and Baristas + Bites opened, and Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe closed.

Top 25 Restaurants

  1. Roustabout (-)
  2. Woodford F&B (-)
  3. Scales (-)
  4. Isa (1)
  5. Abilene (11)
  6. Solo Italiano (-)
  7. Union (8)
  8. Terlingua (3)
  9. East Ender (7)
  10. Petite Jacqueline (20)
  11. Piccolo (17)
  12. Caiola’s (25)
  13. Lolita (18)
  14. Evo (9)
  15. Big J’s Chicken Shack (-)
  16. The Treehouse (13)
  17. Bao Bao Dumpling House (6)
  18. The Honey Paw (2)
  19. Back Bay Grill (21)
  20. Rossobianco (-)
  21. Five Fifty-Five (17)
  22. Pizzaiolo (-)
  23. Rhum (-)
  24. Outliers Eatery (19)
  25. Hot Suppa (43)

The numbers in parentheses indicate their rank last year. The order of the list is determined by the number of times these restaurants were looked up on PFM during the year.

Passings

For some other perspectives on the past year see Portland Press Herald, The Golden Dish, Bangor Daily News, Portland Phoenix, Peter Peter Portland Eater, Portland Magazine and The Beer Babe.

Here are links to the Portland Food Map year in review reports for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

Local 188 Paella Fest

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Local 188 is serving their annual Paella Fest 5-9 pm on New Year’s Day, a fixed price all-you-can-eat seafood, veggie or meat paella.

This Week’s Events: Little Giant, New Year’s Eve Dinners

Monday, December 26th, 2016

WednesdayLittle Giant is scheduled to open in the West End.

Saturday – The Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

New Year’s Eve

  • Abilene – will be serving a special prix fixe menu
  • BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe – this will be their final meal before closing.
  • Boone’s – 4-course dinner, $85 per person.
  • Central Provisions – serving an 8-course preview of the Italian menu at their new restaurant Tipo. $220 for 2 people.
  • Crooners and Cocktails – 7-course dinner “influenced by your favorite mobster films over the years”.
  • Drifters Wife – holiday menu with special list of grower champagne options.
  • Eventide – New Year’s Eve party, $50 per person.
  • Evo – 3 and 5-course dinner options for $55 or $85 per person.
  • Five Fifty-Five – 5-course dinner, $100 per person.
  • Lolita – 4-course dinner for $100 per person (tax and tip included) with optional wine pairings.
  • Petite Jacqueline – 3-course dinner and glass of sparkling wine, $85 per person.
  • Piccolo – 8-course dinner and a glass of prosecco with optional wine pairings, $115 per person.
  • Portland Regency – New Year’s Eve Gala, $85 per person.
  • Sur Lie – 5-course dinner with optional wine/cocktail pairings, $90 per person.
  • Terlingua – 3 and 5-course dinner options for $65 or $85 per person.
  • Twenty Milk Street – serving a special NYE menu.
  • Vinland – 5-course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine for $95 per person.
  • Woodford F&B – serving an expanded menu.
  • Zapoteca – 4-course dinner, $85 per person with optional pairings.

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.