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Family Feast

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Knack Factory has published a report from Sunday night’s Indonesian Family Feast.

We can genuinely say that the food and the event itself were both spectacular. We were seated at a table with Arlin Smith and Roxanne Dragon of Hugo’s Restaurant, Jessica Sueltenfuss, [Jason] Loring and others—all worthy judges of spectacular food—and we were collectively impressed plate after plate. Not only was the food worthy of celebration, the communal atmosphere that Pisha-Duffly stresses is imperative to this experience was in full effect and everyone was in the best of spirits.

This Week’s Events: Vinland Seder, Michele D’Aprix

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Tuesday — the Local Foods Networking Breakfast is taking place at Local Sprouts, and Vinland is holding a Passover Seder.

Thursday — the Bier Cellar is hosting Foundation Brewing for a tasting and to kick-off the store’s retail growler program, The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Magic Hat.

FridayMichele D’Aprix will be the featured guest at a Rosemont’s Bordeaux wine dinner.

Saturday — there will be a salmon and gin tasting at the Sweetgrass retail space on Fore Street, and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson 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.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm Dinner Series

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Wolfe’s Neck Farm is collaboration with Miyake, Gather and Frontier on a Farm Dinner series:

  • June 22 – Miyake Pig Roast, $75 person.
  • August 24 – Frontier/Gather Family Farm Feast, $50 per person.
  • September 14 – Miyake Harvest Dinner. $125 per person.

For more information visit wolfesneckfarm.org.

This Week’s Events: Sangillo’s, Marycrest, Beat Bobby Flay, Indonesian Family Feast

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Monday — The Portland City Council will be making a final decision on the renewal of Sangillo’s liquor license; they’ll also be considering the first-time applications from Maps Cafe, Bonfire and Arcadia National Bar. The Good Wine for a Good Cause wine tasting event will be raising money for Cancer Community Center.

Tuesday — winemaker Victor Abascal from Vines on the Marycrest will be partnering with Rosemont on a wine tasting event, and American Sommelier is teaching a class that examines how winery production methods impact the final product.

WednesdayBlack Tie is teaching a cooking class.

Thursday — chef Shannon Bard will be competing on the latest episode of Beat Bobby Flay.

Saturday — there will be a wine tasting at Browne Trading, and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street.

Sundaychef Thomas Pisha-Duffly will be holding the next edition of Family Feast at Grace. The family style dinner will be “presenting contemporary versions of several Indonesian classics: steamed dumpling, bakso, seafood curry, beef rendang and more!”

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.

MECA’s Culinary Arts Program

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News has published an article on MECA’s new Culinary Arts program.

Portland’s growing restaurant and brewery scene has been receiving national acclaim for at least five years. So it seemed only a matter of time before someone stepped forward to launch a culinary arts program in the downtown.

Last week, Maine College of Art announced it would do so.

For more details see this post on PFM.

Chopped Challenge Tickets on Sale

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Tickets are now  on sale for this year’s Chopped Challenge event, a benefit to raise money to fight hunger in Maine. This year’s competitors are:

  • Chris Gould  from Central Provisions
  • Jason Williams from The Well at Jordan’s Farm
  • Karl Deuben from Small Axe Truck
  • Shannon Bard  from Zapoteca

Many other local restaurants and vendors will be serving tastes of their food and products at the event. For more information see this listing on Eventbrite.

Chopped Challenge is once again being hosted by Grace and is taking place Sunday May 4 at 5 pm.

This Week’s Events: Food in a Networked World, Chocolate Lover’s Fling, Gasharoo

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Wednesday — Professor Myron Beasley and Joe Appel from Rosemont will be leading a a discussion at Space Gallery on the topic of Food In a Networked World.

ThursdayMurray Carpenter, author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us will be at Longfellow for a book signing, The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Rogue, GMRI is hosting a tasting event with their culinary partners.

SaturdayFirst Friday Art Walk is taking place.

SaturdayVena’s Fizz House is teaching a bitters class, there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux, Novare Res is holding their annual Gasharoo celebration of beers from Allagash, and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street.

SundayChef Steve Corry will be headlining at Flanagan’s Table, the 28th Annual Chocolate Lovers Fling is taking place, and Toast on the Coast, a benefit for the Easter Seals, is happening at the Ocean Gateway Terminal.

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.

Hugo’s Yankee Swap Series

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

yankeeswap_logoHugo’s has announced a new guest chef dinner series called The Yankee Swap,

We’re thrilled to announce The Yankee Swap Dinner Series, a collaborative dinner series where Chefs Andrew and Mike will swap kitchens and host dinners with some of New England’s most talented young chefs. We can’t wait to show Portland diners what’s going on in other great restaurants in our region, and to bring Hugo’s food to neighboring states.

The first two dinners at Hugo’s are with:

Yankee Swap Dinners include a cocktail reception and multi-course meal for $100 per person. Optional wine pairings are $65.

This Week’s Events: A Place at the Table, PSO Wine Dinner, Vietti Dinner, Allagash Tasting

Monday, March 24th, 2014

aplaceatthetableMonday — Space Gallery is screening the movie A Place at the Table which is about hunger in America. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Maine Hunger Initiative.

Wednesdaythe 13th Annual PSO Wine Dinner (sold out) is taking place; this year’s dinner features Greek wines paired with dishes prepared by Emilitsa, Piccolo, Fore Street, Inn by the Sea and the Harraseeket Inn. Black Tie is teaching a cooking class.

ThursdayWine Wise and Vignola are collaborating on a Vietti wine dinner, Eve’s is hosting a South American dinner featuring dishes from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, and the Bier Cellar is holding an Allagash beer tasting.

Saturday — the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street.

American Sommelier Classes – the Maine chapter of American Sommelier is offering several wine education programs this year: monthly seminars on a wide range of topics, a 6-week foundation series on major grape varietals, and a 10-week series on viticulture.

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.

Maine Maple Sunday

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The Press Herald has published a set of articles about the 2014 Maine Maple Sunday taking place this weekend at sugar houses across the state.

When Mark Cooper first started participating in Maine Maple Sunday 26 years ago, he had a little over 300 taps in his sugarbush, and about 300 people stopped by that day to tour his operation and buy some maple syrup.

By the time this springtime Maine tradition rolled around last year, Coopers Maple Products in Windham had grown to 1,800 taps, and “easily” 3,000 people dropped by to walk Cooper’s farm, watch syrup-making demonstrations and buy maple cotton candy and other maple products. About two dozen relatives and friends show up to help with the logistics of putting on the day.

For additional coverage see this article about Merryfield Farm by Press Herald blog The Root.

For a complete list of participating syrup makers see this list from the Maine Maple Producers Association.

Food Truck Improvements (Updated)

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The City Council’s Public Safety, Health and Human Services committee will be meeting Tuesday night (5:30 pm, room 209) to consider some adjustments to the ordinance that regulate food trucks in Portland. The specific changes under consideration are:

  • Open a variety of city parks to use by a limited number of food trucks based on a RFP process.
  • Allow food trucks to operate in Monument Square on some specific days of the week
  • Create designated parking spaces for food trucks similar to the Uhaul rental spaces that already exist
  • Allow food trucks to park in metered spots anywhere in the city after 6pm

Update: the Press Herald published an article on Tuesday about the requests before the subcommittee.

This Week’s Events: Sangillo’s, Bar Night, JBF Awards, Jolly Woodsman, Food for Change, Maine Maple Sunday

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Monday — the City Council will be deciding whether to renew Sangillo’s liquor license, they’ll also be considering liquor license applications from Slab and The Jewel Box.

Tuesday — the Local Foods Networking Breakfast is taking place at Local Sprouts, Tandem and Rosemont are holding another Bar Night event, the James Beard Foundation will be announcing the final nominees for the 2014 JBF awards, and Novare Res will be pouring Jolly Woodsman, a collaboration between Speckled Ax and Banded Horn Brewing.

Wednesdaythere will be a screening of Food for Change at Space Gallery.

Thursday — The Great Lost Bear will be featuring beer from Sebago Brewing.

FridayBibo’s is holding a wine dinner.

Saturday — there will be a wine tasting at Browne Trading and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street. Tickets go on sale this Thursday.

Sunday — it’s Maine Maple Sunday, and Pete Sultenfuss from Grace will be the featured chef at this month’s dinner at Flanagan’s Table.

American Sommelier Classes – the Maine chapter of American Sommelier is offering several wine education programs this year: monthly seminars on a wide range of topics, a 6-week foundation series on major grape varietals, and a 10-week series on viticulture.

Outstanding Winterpoint — Hugo’s/Eventide will be collaborating with Winterpoint Oysters on an Outstanding in the Field event August 24th. Tickets go on sale this Thursday.

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: Þorrablót Beer Dinner, Warren Bobrow, Wine Tastings

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Monday — it’s the last day of the 2014 Maine Restaurant Week.

WednesdayBlack Tie is teaching a cooking class.

ThursdayVinland is hosting a Þorrablót (wikipedia) Beer Dinner in collaboration with Rising Tide, there will be wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House, a book signing at Longfellow Books with Warren Bobrow author of Apothecary Cocktails, and The Great Lost Bear will be featuring beer from Banded Horn.

Saturday — there will be a wine tasting at Browne Trading and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson 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.

Rosemont/Allagash Dinner

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The Blueberry Files has published a report on the Rosemont/Allagash dinner that took place earlier this week.

Next, in the wild beer room, we enjoyed a curried goat stew paired with a ginger wit (a “ramped up” version of the White with loads of ginger added) and smoked beef ribs over a potato pancake and sauteed spinach with a Curieux reduction. The Curieux was also the pairing for this course.

Shel Doyle was also on site for the dinner and has published a set of photos from the event, as has Allagash Brewing (shown in viewer above).

This Week’s Events: CBD, Maine Restaurant Week, Cajun Cookin’, Food History

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

All WeekMaine Restaurant Week continues.

Tuesday — it’s opening day at CBD’s new coffee shop in East Bayside, Gary Libby will be giving a talk about the history of the history of Chinese restaurants in Portland, the 19th Annual WMPG Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’ Challenge is taking place, Vinland is hosting a natural wine dinner with importer Zev Rovine, and Maine Restaurant Week is holding a pancake flipping race.

WednesdayAllagash and Rosemont are collaborating on a beer dinner which will feature unusual beers from Allagash and behind the scenes tour.

Thursday — Food historian Sandy Oliver will be giving a talk at the Maine Historical Society.

Friday — the opening night reception for From Chop Suey to Washington Pie: Maine Menus is taking place.

Saturday — Vena’s Fizz House is teaching a bitters workshop, there will be a wine tasting at Browne Trading and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street.

Sunday — The MRW Cocktail and Dessert  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.

Lamb Jam 2014

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Chefs Niko Regas from Emilitsa and Jack Smith from East Ender along with Rising Tide Brewing will be participating in the 2014 Lamb Jam.

This year’s Lamb Jam is scheduled for Sunday April 13 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Boston.

This Week’s Events: Maine Restaurant Week, Portuguese Dinner, Rising Tide Progressive Dinner

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Monday — Oscar’s New American is holding a Portuguese Wine Dinner.

Wednesday — The Maine Brew Bus has organized a progressive beer dinner featuring Rising Tide Brewing, and Black Tie is teaching a cooking class.

Thursday — The Great Lost Bear will be featuring beer from the Maine Beer Company.

Friday — Maine Restaurant Week’s series of special events kick-off with the Incredible Breakfast Cook-off.

Saturday — It’s the first official day of Maine Restaurant Week, there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street.

Sunday — The MRW Bowl Big Tournament 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.

James Beard Awards 2014

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The semifinalists for the 2014 JBF Awards will be announced on Wednesday by the James Beard Foundation.

What Maine chefs and restaurants would you like to see on the list?

For reference take a look at the semifinals lists from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

This Week’s Events: Imbibe 75, Allagash Dinner, Indonesian Dinner, Bitter’s Workshop

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Tuesday the local foods networking breakfast is taking place at Local Sprouts.

Wednesday — Piccolo is holding an Allagash beer dinner; Bunker Brewing, Tandem, and Rising Tide and Speckled Ax are joining the Hunt & Alpine Club to celebrate their inclusion in Imbibe magazine list of the top 75 “people, places and flavors that will shape the way you drink in 2014″.

Saturdayauthor Ben Keene will be at Rising Tide to sign copies of his book The Great Northeast Brewery Tour, Vena’s Fizz House is teaching a bitters workshop, and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street.

Sunday — Chef Thomas Pisha-Duffly will be serving a Indonesian dinner (tickets) as part of the Family Feast series.

Coffee by Design — Coffee by Design has announced plans to open their new cafe in East Bayside on March 4.

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.

2 More Valentine’s Day Events

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

RicHarinyato_1000An additional pair of Valentine’s Day events have been announced:

  • Vena’s Fizz House is holding a Valentine’s Polka Party, go for the dancing and to try one of the alcohol-free cocktails, Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordial, Lumber Jack Love, Love Potion #9 or the Black Heart Martini, 7:30 – 9:30 pm.
  • Indonesian coffee farmer, Ric Harinyato will be at Coffee by Design on 1 Diamond Street to give a presentation on Sumatran coffee and cooking samples of Indonesian cuisine, 1 – 3 pm.