Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

Outdoor Seating Issues

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The Press Herald reports on issues arising from the expansion of outdoor seating at the city’s restaurants.

For Bud Buzzell, a 72-year-old sight-impaired resident, the familiar sidewalks near his Congress Square home are increasingly a frustrating and dangerous maze caused by restaurants he contends are not providing the required 4 feet of pedestrian space.

“One is more or less copying the other and I’m very upset about it,” Buzzell said of the restaurants expanding into the sidewalks of his neighborhood. “And I know a lot of blind or visually impaired or disabled people who are very upset.”

South Portland Food Trucks

Monday, June 9th, 2014

South Portland has begun working on an ordinance that would allow food trucks in the city. You can see the factors under consideration on the South Portland website.

Sentry has also posted an article about the prospect of food trucks in South Portland.

Small Axe and Congress Square Park

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News looks at the impact Small Axe is having on Congress Square Park.

“There are not a lot of places in the city to get outside and have lunch,” said Deuben, a chef who’s worked for Masa Miyake and at Hugo’s. “This gives people the opportunity to see what the park can be with a little effort. Just as we put a lot of thought and effort into our food.”

Vinland Ice Cream Service

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Urban Eye has a report on the new Vinland backdoor ice cream service which is slated to start next week.

To coax the timid to his locavore lair, Levi is using the back door in his kitchen (accessible from Congress Square Park) to hawk cones and homemade popsicles in flavors like cranberry and blueberry yogurt all summer long.

Restaurant Impossible: Uncle Andy’s

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Maine a la Carte has information on how to be part of the Restaurant Impossible remake of Uncle Andy’s.

“Restaurant Impossible” airs on Wednesday nights and the episode featuring Uncle Andy’s will air sometime this summer. We can’t report on the transformation because that would spoil the TV surprise, but YOU can participate.

There are two ways to be involved: As a member of the volunteer crew or as a customer for the grand re-opening on Wednesday, June 11 at 7 p.m.

Down East: Portland Dining Guide

Friday, May 30th, 2014

de201406Stop by your local newsstand and pick-up a copy of Down East to read the Portland summer dining guide I authored June issue. The article maps out 6-day schedule that will take you to 35+ restaurants, bars, bakeries, markets and coffee shops across the city.

The article should be making its way online in the next week or so.

WSJ: A New England Focus on Local Foods

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Chefs at Vinland and Hugo’s/Eventide are featured in this Wall Street Journal article about the New England local food movement,

Griddled until golden but still tender at the center, it arrived nestled up against crescents of delicata squash, in a pool of sage-scented melted goat cheese that evoked the world’s most rarified Welsh rarebit. A tousle of tiny arugula stems and sunshiny tatsoi blossoms topped it all off. The dish was simultaneously surprising and comforting. It tasted of place and possibility. And like everything else on the menu at Vinland, chef David Levi’s fledgling experiment in Down East cuisine, not one morsel of it had started life more than a few dozen miles from my mouth.

Anywhere Coffee Truck (Updated)

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

The Gorham Grind is in the last day of a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to launch their coffee food truck, Anywhere Coffee Bar (twitter). There goal is to raise $9,000 and they’re currently just shy of $6,000.

Update: The campaign reached it’s goal yesterday raising a total of $9,130.

Cupping Coffee in Portland

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Follow along with Portland Phoenix food columnist Kate McCarty on her visits to four local shops to learn more about coffee processing and coffee tasting.

While sipping the four samples, my thoughts went like this: “Hmm, tastes like coffee… also tastes like coffee… yup, coffee again… Woah!” The fourth coffee tasted radically different due to the processing method. The Ethiopian coffee from Slate was naturally processed, meaning the fruits of the coffee plant, called “cherries” (inside of which you’ll find the “bean” or seed), are dried in the sun rather than mechanically pulped and then dried. The resulting coffee frequently is full of berry flavors; this one tasted like someone had infused it with blueberry syrup.

Maine Food Strategy Survey

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The Press Herald has published a report on the results of a local foods survey released yesterday by Maine Food Strategy.

In a survey of food-buying habits, nearly 80 percent of Maine consumers said they prefer purchasing their produce, meat and fish locally, primarily because they want to support their farmers, fishermen and community businesses.

Restaurant Impossible: Uncle Andy’s (Updated)

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The Portland Daily Sun, The Forecaster and the Press Herald have published reports on the upcoming visit of Restaurant: Impossible to film a show at Uncle Andy’s.

On June 9, “Restaurant: Impossible” host Robert Irvine and crew will take over the 60-year-old diner from owners Dennis and Tina Fogg for a 36-hour, $10,000 marathon restaurant rescue mission before a grand re-opening June 11.

The breakfast-and-lunch diner staff, menu and aesthetic will get an extreme makeover – as well as some tough love – for an episode to be aired later this year.

From Away on Portland Food Book

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

From Away has published an article about Kate McCarty’s new book, Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine.

Portland, Maine is fortunate to have so much incredible food, and even more fortunate to have such gifted local writers to document it. Kate McCarty’s new book, “Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine” is the kind of volume you thumb through again and again, admiring its thoughtfulness, research, and the care the author took in crafting it.

Malcolm and Jillian have just completed their own book about Maine food and I am eagerly awaiting my copy from Amazon.

Restaurant Impossible in SoPo

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Food Network show Restaurant Impossible will be in South Portland next month where they’ll be filming at Uncle Andy’s.

Under Construction: Danforth Inn

Friday, May 9th, 2014

New owners of the Danforth plan eventually open a restaurant in the Inn, according to reports from the Press Herald and Bangor Daily News.

“I think the restaurant and how it looks needs a different concept. It will be fine dining like Natalie’s. It will also be relaxed fine dining like Natalie’s,” he said. “But we are looking at different cuisine and concepts and talking to different chefs right now to come up with something Portland would like to have, embrace and would also fit our brand and what our guests are expecting from us.” [PPH]

Sangillo’s, Joe’s, Hyatt Lounge, Lobster Away

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

In other recent food news:

Maine Spirit

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

The Bangor Daily News has published a report on the growing Maine distilled spirits industry.

Food Truck RFP

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

The City of Portland has put out an RFP for food trucks and carts that want to operate this summer in parks and other public spaces, according the Bangor Daily News and West End News.

The City of Portland has issued a Request for Proposals to seek qualified vendors to provide concession operations through the use of food trucks and push carts at seven locations throughout the city. The food truck locations include: Back Cove Trail, Congress Square Plaza, Deering Oaks Park parking lot, Western Promenade, and Kiwanis Pool parking lot. The push cart locations include: East End Beach, Lincoln Park, Kiwanis Pool parking lot, and Western Promenade.

Kosher BBQ

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Press Herald has published a feature on the kosher BBQ taking place this weekend to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Levey Day School in South Portland.

Why is a rabbi getting so close to a barbecue smoker, a device that is most often used to cook decidedly unkosher pork? This particular smoker, built by Doors Services Inc. (owned by a Levey alum) and never used before, will make its debut Sunday at a kosher barbecue at the school on Deering Avenue. A kosher barbecue is an event so rare that organizers could find reference to only one other like it in the whole country.

For more info see the event listing on leveydayschool.org.

Sangillo’s Postponement

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News reports that the City Council has voted to postpone sending the liquor license denial to the state to address a procedural matter.

Councilors unanimously approved the postponement to Monday, May 5, but cautioned Bryant and Sangillo that public comments will be limited to the record of the council action.

“This is not a do-over,” warned Councilor Ed Suslovic, one of the strongest opponents of the liquor license renewal because of incidents city police linked to the bar or its patrons.

More Food Truck Reporting

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Today’s Press Herald includes an article on the Good Shepherd Food Bank food truck and its chef Matt Brown.

The Blueberry Files has published an addendum to the food truck article she wrote last week for the Portland Phoenix.