Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Portland Wine Week Q&A

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Map & Menu has published a Q&A about Portland Wine Week with Erica Archer from Wine Wise, Stella Hernandez from Lolita and Kelly Nelson from Piccolo.

What are some of the Portland Wine Week events you’re most looking forward to?
: I’m excited about the diversity. I want everyone to feel like there is something for them. I really want the locals to feel that way more than anything. Maybe for them, it’s pick two things – supporting someone you really like and then trying something that’s completely out of their repertoire.

See the current list of events scheduled for Portland Wine Week, online at More events are being added to the calendar in the coming weeks. To stay informed sign-up for the PWW email newsletter.

Britts Acquire Stake in Harvest in the Harbor

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Jim and Gillian Britt, organizers of Maine Restaurant Week, and principals of the gBritt PR agency have bought Gabrielle Garofalo’s 50% share ownership in Harvest on the Harbor.

Mami Chef on Chopped

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Austin Miller, chef and co-owner of Mami, will be appearing on an upcoming episode of Chopped, according to a report from Eating Portland Alive.

Episode 8, A Frog Leg Up, is set to air April 17 at 10pm.

Maine Foodie Tours Wins Award

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Maine Foodie Tours owner, Pamela Laskey won the 2018 Award for Innovation & Creativity at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

”With Maine Foodie Tours, Pamela Laskey has created an exceptional visitor experience that promotes Maine’s culinary scene to a niche travel audience, and helps to strengthen an industry sector that is one of Maine primary tourism pillars,” said Steve Lyons, director of the Maine Office of Tourism.

Alison Pray, 2018 Beard Nominee

Friday, March 30th, 2018 has published an interview with Alison Pray from Standard Baking about her Beard Awards nomination for Outstanding Baker.

Pray described herself as “stunned” that her bakery, which specializes in old world-style breads, rolls, and pastries, is still on the Foundation’s radar. Bakeries, Pray said, are places that do “behind-the-scenes work — it’s not as glamorous as the restaurant world.” At Standard Baking Co., she strives to serve the repeat customer, the person who comes in every morning to buy their “daily bread.”

Gaetano Ascione

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Mainebiz has published an article about Gaetano Ascione, the new chef at Tiqa.

The native of Naples, Italy, has led kitchens in Germany, France, Singapore, and has also prepared meals for Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. He’s now bringing his “good food” approach to the three-year-old Mediterranean-themed restaurant at 327 Commercial St., replacing Bo Byrne, who left in January.

Incomer Magazine: Ameera & Maiz

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

The inaugural issue of Incomer magazine includes articles on Ameera Bread (page 10) and Maiz (page 14).

Christian Hayes, Chopped Champion

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Chef Christian Hayes beat out the other contestants on Chopped last night to win $10,000 and become a Chopped Champion. Hayes is the chef/owner of Dandelion Catering Company in Yarmouth.

Zimmern Show in Portland

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Portland is the focus of a new episode of Andrew Zimmern’s TV show The Zimmern List set to air tonight at 9:30 on the Travel Channel.

But when a Portland-centric episode of his new show, “The Zimmern List,” airs Tuesday night, it’ll be largely about his dad.

“The whole episode is really an homage to him. I went to places that he first turned me on to,” Zimmern, 56, said Monday from his home in Minnesota. “It was a very poignant and personal episode for me. I think it’s one of the better pieces I’ve done for television.”

Andrew Knowlton in Portland

Monday, March 19th, 2018

[Recently former] Bon Appétit editor Andrew Knowlton landed in Portland yesterday and is eating his way around the city. So far he’s visited:

  • Goodfire Brewing where he’s had a roll from Mr. Tuna
  • The Island Creek Oyster Shop on Washington Ave
  • High Roller Lobster on Exchange St
  • Cong Tu Bot
  • Oxbow Blending & Bottling
  • Blyth & Burrows
  • The Francis
  • Rose Foods
  • Ten Ten Piè
  • Speckled Axe
  • J’s Oyster Bar
  • Central Provisions
  • Ruski’s
  • Izakaya Minato
  • Belleville
  • Drifters Wife
  • Little Giant

Chef Josh Berry, Vegetarian

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The Press Herald has published an article about Union’s chef Josh Berry and the year he spent eating a vegetarian diet,

Berry has long wanted to experiment with his diet so that he could get firsthand experience of what it’s like to live with food restrictions, and could embrace the trend of meatless meals. He figured the exercise would help him improve the menu choices at the restaurant, too.

Having completed a year as a vegetarian, Berry has switched over to a gluten-free diet in 2018.

Interview with Bite Into Maine

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Brocavore has published an interview with Sarah and Karl Sutton from Bite Into Maine.

B: What aspect of running a food truck do you find most personally satisfying, and why?

S: First and most important would be the direct contact with our customers. In restaurants, a lot of chefs are behind the scenes. In a food truck, not only can customers seeing you preparing their food, but you can watch them enjoy it and they give you direct feedback.

It has been incredible to interact with locals who have been coming to us since the beginning, or visitors who come once a year on vacation. We get to experience people telling us how excited they are for their food each and every day. It is an honor to make people happy.

But honestly, I really really like people telling us that we are THE BEST. It is something that I aspire to each day.

Brocavore is a new blog writing about “dope-ass street food for the home cook” written by ‘Wich Please and From Away creator Malcolm Bedell.

Maine Beer Co. Hires a CEO

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Maine Beer Company has hired Steve Mills to be the CEO for the Freeport-based brewery, reports Brewbound.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Maine Beer Company,” Mills wrote to Brewbound. “I’ve known David and Dan since almost the beginning. They had such awesome vision for what they wanted Maine Beer to be: people focused, exceptional quality and supporting 1 percent For The Planet. And look at what they’ve built! It’s all about doing what’s right. I’m looking forward to contributing wherever I can.”

Mills is moving to Maine from Utah where he was the CEO of Uinta Brewing.

Bernard Larson, 88

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Bernard Larson, co-owner of Moran’s Market for more 6 decades, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 88.

Bernie began his career at Moran’s Market on outer Forest Avenue in the early 1950s; he and Dorothy purchased the market in 1956. He dedicated his entire life to the market and was well-known by many people in the neighborhood.

When times were tough for families, Bernie was known to extend credit to customers in order for them to make sure their family was fed. He loved his many customers, whom he considered his extended family. Bernie and Dot were well-known for hosting many of the Portland firefighters from across the driveway, to join them for holiday meals.

Eventide Cookbook

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Andrew Taylor, Mike Wiley and Arlin Smith from Big Tree Hospitality (Hugo’s, Eventide, The Honey Paw, Eventide Fenway) have hired The Lisa Ekus Group to be their literary agent.

The three are working with Boston Globe correspondent Sam Hiersteiner on a proposal for an Eventide cookbook.