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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.

This Week’s Events: Maine Beer Co Dinner, Falafel Winter Solstice, Christmas, NYE List

Monday, December 19th, 2016

MondaySur Lie is serving a 5-course Maine Beer Co. beer dinner.

WednesdayFalafel Underground is holding a Winter Solstice Celebration at Katie Made.

FridayRosemont Market on Brighton is holding an afternoon wine tasting.

Saturday – The Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – Christmas.

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

  • 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.

Watch Tampopo

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

The Portland Museum of Art will be screening a digitally restored version of the great Japanese food film Tampopo this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Juzo Itami’s 1985 rapturous “ramen western” returns to U.S. screens for the first time in decades, in a new 4K restoration. The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster. Sweet, sexy, surreal, and mouthwatering, Tampopo remains one of the most delectable examples of food on film.

Visit the PMA website for show times and to buy tickets.

This Week’s Events: Field to Glass, BiBo’s Farewell Dinner, Holiday Market, NYE List

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Wednesday – Oxbow will host Field to Glass, a look at process and people who grow, malt and brew with Maine grain.

Thursday – The Great Lost Beer will be featuring beer from One Eye Open Brewing, and the Public Market House will hold a beer and cheese tasting.

FridayBiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe is serving a Farewell Dinner, and Weft & Warp is holding a 3-day pop-up shop in the Old Port.

SaturdayFork Food Lab is holding a Holiday Market, 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 few weeks:

  • 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.
  • Terlingua – 3 and 5-course dinner options for $65 or $85 per person.
  • Vinland – 5-course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine for $95 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.

Beard House Dinners: Evo & Union

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Two Portland chefs are scheduled for dinners at the James Beard House in NYC:

Chef Matt Ginn from Evo Kitchen + Bar will be serving a meal entitled Savoring Eastern Mediterranean Spring on March 6th.

 Chef Josh Berry from Union will be serving a meal entitled Modern Maine on March 22nd.

Tickets are $175 per person. Menu details will be posted on the Beard Foundation website next year.

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, it’s the first of three nights that guest chef Goy Siwaporn is preparing a Royal Thai Dinner at Tempo Dulu, and there will be a beer tasting at  the Bier Cellar.

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”.
  • Drifters Wife – holiday menu with special list of grower champagne options.
  • 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.

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.