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This Week’s Events: Baristas + Bites, I Corsi, Royal Thai Dinner, Selection Massale, Champagne & Caviar, New Year’s Eve

Monday, December 5th, 2016

MondayBaristas + Bites is scheduled to open at 5 am today. They’re located at 469 Fore Street.

WednesdayPho Co. is scheduled to open on the 2nd floor of the Public Market House, and Old Port Wine Merchants  will hold a holiday wine tasting.

ThursdayPiccolo is serving an I Corsi Le Marognole wine dinner, and it’s the first of three nights that guest chef Goy Siwaporn is preparing a Royal Thai Dinner at Tempo Dulu.

Friday – Guilhaume Gerard from Selection Massale will be at Maine & Loire for a natural wine tasting, and Lone Pine is holding their first can release.

Saturday – the annual Champagne and Caviar tasting is taking place at Browne Trading, LeRoux Kitchen is holding a wine tasting, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

New Year’s Eve – restaurants are starting to announce details for their NYE plans. I’ll be adding to the list over the next 4 weeks:

  • BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe – this will be their final meal before closing.
  • 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”.
  • Five Fifty-Five – 5-course dinner, $100 per person.
  • Lolita – 4-course dinner for $100 per person with optional wine pairings.
  • Petite Jacqueline – 3-course dinner and glass of sparkling wine, $85 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: Tom/Mariah Farewell, Winter Market, Greek Pastry Sale, Repeal Day Ball, Helena

Monday, November 28th, 2016

MondayOxbow is hosting a farewell party for Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly.

WednesdayCellardoor is holding an Italian food/wine pairing event.

Thursday – The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Dirigo Brewing.

FridayMaine Spirits is holding a luxury spirits tasting, and there will be a wine tasting at the Munjoy Hill Rosemont.

Saturday – it’s the first week of the Winter Farmers’ Market, the Greek Holiday Pastry Sale is taking place, Browne Trading is holding a wine tasting, and Allagash is releasing a new beer called Helena.

Sunday – the Repeal Day Ball is taking place at Mechanics Hall.

New Year’s Eve – restaurants are starting to announce details for their NYE plans. I’ll be adding to the list over the next 5 weeks:

  • BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe – this will be their final meal before closing.
  • Central Provisions – serving an 8-course preview of the Italian menu at their new restaurant Tipo. $220 for 2  people.
  • Crooners and Cocktails7-course dinner “influenced by your favorite mobster films over the years”.

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: Friendsgiving, Austin Street, Tiki Drinksgiving, Thanksgiving

Monday, November 21st, 2016

drinksgiving2Monday – It’s the last day of the Rabelais book sale,  Fork Food Lab is hosting Friendsgiving, and Sur Lie is holding a 5-course Austin Street beer dinner.

WednesdayFalafel Underground and Rhum are collaborating on a tiki drinksgiving featuring a mezze pupu platter,  and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – it’s Thanksgiving.

Saturday – the Saturday 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: Allagash Beer Dinner, Rabelais Book Sale, Cider Event, Symphony & Spirits

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Tuesday – Rob Tod will be at Local 188 for an Allagash Beer dinner.

Wednesday – Brian Smith from Oyster River Winegrowers in Warren Maine will be at Maine & Loire for a wine tasting, there will be a tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – the Public Market House is holding a beer and cheese tasting, and the Portland Public Library is screening the movie Like Water for Chocolate.

Friday – it’s the first day of the Rabelais book sale.

SaturdayNovare Res will be serving a line-up of ciders from around the  world, Immigrant Kitchens is teaching a Iranian cooking class and the Saturday Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – the Hunt & Alpine Club is hosting the next Symphony & Spirits for the PSO.

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.

Tickets on Sale for Repeal Day Ball

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Repeal Day Ball takinging place Sunday December 4th at Mechanics Hall.

The Ball is an annual event celebrating the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

This Week’s Events: Portland Beer Week, Husky Harvest, Bunker Brewing, Innovation Challenge

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Monday5th Annual Portland Beer Week continues through Saturday – visit portlandbeerweek.org for a full list of events.

Tuesday – Three winemakers – Denis Jamain from Domaine Reuilly, Pierre Ravaille from Ermitage du Pic Saint-Loup, and Daniel Ravier from Domaine Tempier –will be at Drifters Wife.

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

Thursday – USM is hosting the 4th Annual Husky Harvest dinner, Josh Christie is leading a tour on the history of Portland beer, and the Portland Public Library is screening the movie Chef.

FridayBunker Brewing is opening their new tasting room on Westfield Street, master beekeeper Cindy Bee will be speaking at Maine Mead Works, the East End Rosemont is holding a Thanksgiving wine tasting, and it’s the first day of the Maine Food System Innovation Challenge at Bowdoin College.

SaturdayBrowne Trading is hold a Thanksgiving wine tasting, Leroux Kitchen is holding a wine tasting, and the Saturday 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 Fabulous Femmes Dinner

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Some of Maine’s leading chefs collaborated Sunday night on the 2nd Annual Fabulous Femmes dinner at Flanagan’s Table. The 6-course dinner raised $12,000 in support of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

The good folks at Knack Factory produced this video about the motivation for the annual event and behind the scenes footage from the kitchen.

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, Bao Bao Dumpling House and Lio

Erica Archer from Wine Wise served as the evening’s sommelier, and Leigh Kellis from The Holy Donut and Alysia Zoidis from East End Cupcakes produced baked goods for diners to take home.

Here’s a look at the menu:

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This Week’s Events: Wallingford, Scaling Up, Taste the World, Portland Beer Week

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Monday — bartenders from the Wallingford in Kittery will be staffing the bar at The Bearded Lady for Halloween.

Tuesday — USM and Sodexho are running a workshop on Scaling Up for farmers, fishermen and food processors.

Wednesday — Fork Food Lab is  hosting Taste the World, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — there will be a beer and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday — Bier Cellar is holding a Jack’s Abby tasting.

Saturday — the Saturday Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — It’s the first  day of the 5th Annual Portland Beer Week – visit portlandbeerweek.org for a full list of events during the week. There are six events scheduled for Sunday including Oxbow Brewing’s bottle release for the 2016 edition of Liquid Swords.

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.

Bottle Release of Chaga Stout

Friday, October 28th, 2016

chagastoutLone Pine Brewing is releasing a new beer, Chaga Stout, today. It will be on tap and for sale in bottles at their tasting room on Anderson Street. Chaga Stout is a collaboration between Lone Pine and North Spore.

16th Annual PSO Wine Dinner

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The Portland Symphony has announced the team of chefs for the 2017 wine dinner. Collaborating on the dinner are:

  • Brian Hill, Francine Bistro
  • Krista Kern Desjarlais, Bresca & the Honey Bee and The Purple House
  • Sam Hayward, Fore Street
  • Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan, Bao Bao and Lio
  • Troy Mains, The Harraseeket Inn

The dinner is scheduled to take place March 15, 2017.

This Week’s Events: Rowan Jacobsen, Hardshore Distilling, Fabulous Femmes, Cooking for Crowds, Mami Pop-up

Monday, October 24th, 2016

theessential-oysterMondayMami will be serving a pop-up dinner at Bao Bao, and the Portland Spirit Society is holding a women-only Tiki Rum Punch event at Rhum.

Tuesday — the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is teaching a class on Cooking for Crowds.

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

Thursday — award-winning author Rowan Jacobsen will be at Eventide signing copies of his new book The Essential oyster followed by a 5-couse oyster dinner at Hugo’sHardshore Distilling Company is scheduled to open their tasting room at 3 pm, and Bon Vivant Imports will be taking over the wine list at Drifters Wife for the evening.

Friday — Worcester’s Hangover Pub will be serving a dinner in Portland as part of their 4-city Way of Life tour.

Saturday — the Saturday Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — Chefs Ilma Lopez from Piccolo, Melissa Kelly from Primo, Krista Kern Desjarlais from The Purple House, Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan, Kim Rodgers from Hugo’s and Briana Holt from Tandem Bakery, aka the Fabulous Femmes, are collaborating on a dinner at Flanagan’s Table to benefit the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. The Maker’s Mug, Sugarbird Coffee Truck and Vagabound Coffee will be gathering on the Eastern Prom.

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: Rob Tod, Food Business Conference, Librandi Dinner, Harvest on the Harbor, Latte Art Competition

Monday, October 17th, 2016

TuesdayMechanics Hall is holding an open house for event planners, Roustabout is serving a Harvest Moon Dinner, and Allagash founder Rob Tod will be speaking at One Longfellow.

Wednesday — the Maine Food Means Business conference is taking place in Freeport, special guest Paolo Librandi will be at Piccolo for a 5-course Librandi Calabrian wine dinner, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — it’s the first day of Harvest on the Harbor, Coffee by Design is hosting a barista latte art competition at their Diamond Street cafe, 19 Gneiss beers will be on tap at Slab, there will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House, and the Portland Farmers’ Market and The Bearded Lady are collaborating on the Agricultural Gems Pop-up.

Saturday — David’s Opus Ten is kicking off a Saturday Supper prix fixe dinner series, Ned Swain from Devenish Wines is teaching a Tuscan Sangiovese wine seminar at Rossobianco, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday — it’s the last day of Harvest on the Harbor.

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: Meat Hook, Natural Wine Dinner, Cru Night, Winery Guild, Harvest Dinner

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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Monday — Brooklyn-based butcher shop The Meat Hook is holding a pop-up dinner at Oxbow in collaboration with Drifters Wife, and the Hunt & Alpine Club is hosting a Clement ‘Ti Punch happy hour.

TuesdayRossobianco is hosting an Italian natural wine dinner, and Sea Glass is holding a Cellardoor wine dinner.

Wednesday — The Cooperative Extension is teaching a class on Cooking for Crowds, Solo Italiano is participating in Cru Night, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Funky Bow Brewing.

Saturday — the Maine Winery Guild is holding a pair of events featuring wines from 13 producers, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayUnion restaurant is serving a Harvest Dinner at Wolfe’s Neck Farm.

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.

Rowan Jacobsen to Visit Portland

Friday, October 7th, 2016

theessential-oysterAward-winning author Rowan Jacobsen will be visiting Portland later this month on October 27th to celebrate the launch of his new book with a 5-course oyster dinner at Hugo’s.

Jacobsen is the author of several wonderful books including A Geography of Oysters, Fruitless Fall, and Apples of Uncommon Character. He received a James Beard award for A Geography of Oysters.

The dinner is a collaboration between Hugo’s and Rabelais Books.

Harvest on the Harbor, Mike Wiley, Kathy Gunst

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The Food & Dining section in  today’s Press Herald also includes an interview with the organizers of Harvest on the Harbor,

Some changes are afoot at Harvest on the Harbor, Portland’s annual food and drink festival, as new owners Stefanie Manning and Gabrielle Garofalo gradually put their own stamp on it and bring it, in their words, “to the next level.” This year’s Harvest on the Harbor will be held Oct. 20-23.

the second installment in a 3-part series by Hugo’s/Eventide/Honey Paw co-owner Mike Wiley,

Whether it’s streaming from Apple devices at Hugo’s and Eventide, blasting from tiny technicolor portables, or spinning from the turntables at The Honey Paw, without fail every Saturday at 4 p.m. – which may be the busiest, craziest, most frantic part of our entire week – we all listen to Jeff Lynne and his Electric Light Orchestra. Every Saturday since 2011.

and an article about food writer and Maine resident Kathy Gunst.

“Our quality of life was so much higher,” said Gunst, who is now 60. “There was no turning back, really. We stayed and we stayed and we stayed, and it’s been 32 years. I’ve raised two daughters here. I’ve written 15 cookbooks here. Maine informs everything that I do. Everything about it – the landscape, the ocean, the seafood, the chefs, the community. The food consciousness in this state is huge.”