Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

BYO: A Customer Don’t

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In her latest column Natalie Ladd talks about the frustration of dealing with customers who bring their own food to the restaurant.

Despite my less than tactful comments on the subject, people continue to bring their own food and drinks into the restaurant where I sell food and drinks to make money. According to my industry friends, that weirdness is on the rise and, as one veteran pointed out, the practice may be a seasonal offense. Not unlike fruit flies.

 

Maine Tea Time

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Today’s Press Herald Food & Dining section includes a feature article on the small but growing number of specialty tea stores in Maine.

Scratch’s 10-year Anniversary

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

In celebration of their 10-year anniversary, Scratch Baking has posted some photos from the original construction of the space they now occupy.

Food Trucks/Carts to be in City Parks

Friday, June 13th, 2014

After an RFP process the city awarded 6 food trucks and food carts the access to operate in specific Portland parks:

  • Urban Sugar will be joining Small Axe in Congress Square Park
  • Wicked Good Truck will be in Back Cove
  • Perry’s Sidewalk Café will be at the East End Beach
  • Ana’s Mobile Gourmet will be Deering Oaks
  • Taco Trio will be in Lincoln Park and on the Western Prom

Restaurant Impossible: Uncle Andy’s

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News has published a report on the Restaurant Impossible makeover of Uncle Andy’s Diner.

The end product was a shocker: Their previously open kitchen is partially sealed off, with a brown window panel separating food prep from customers. But it looks like Dennis Fogg will still be able to make his specialty animal pancakes in front of an audience.

The old booths were replaced with sleek tables and chairs. Muted chartreuse paint and a simple tile frame reading “ANDY’S” replaced the diner’s outdated wall decor.

Roll Call’s Taste of America Contest

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Urban Eye reports that the lobster roll has made it to the finals of Congressional Roll Call’s Taste of America contest.

This celebrity sandwich is not only killing it on menus this season, the roll is quashing other state’s edible claims and taking names. Maine’s royal roll made the final round of Congressional Quarterly Roll Call’s Taste of America contest this week and (watch your back cherry cobbler of Utah) has the most votes right now.

To cast your vote visit rollcalltasteofamerica.com/brackets.cfm

Maine Coffee Prices

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News has reported on an uptick in coffee prices at some Maine shops.

The cause is threefold: A coffee leaf fungus called roya is killing crops in Central America, on top of a lengthy drought in Brazil. In addition, increasing transportation costs are making delivery of green coffee beans more costly.

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.