Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Reviews: Outliers & Brian Boru

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Today’s Press Herald includes a review of Brian Boru,

My barbecue was outstanding. I loved the zesty flavor of the barbecue sauce, and I really appreciated that the slaw came as part of the sandwich instead of on the side.

The slaw tempered the tender barbecue just enough to create a nice contrast in flavors and texture, and was not at all juicy to dampen the bun.

a bar review of Outliers,

Cocktails made with beer are a trend that in the wrong hands can go, well, wrong. At Outliers, capable hands mixed up my order, Postman Always Rings Twice (wheat beer, gin, St. Germain, lemon and grapefruit juices and orange bitters), a refreshing, perfectly balanced libation for warm summer evenings. On such nights, the outdoor deck beckons, with its view across Harbor View Park to the bridge.

an interview with the owners of Gelato Fiasco,

Since starting out with little idea how to make gelato, let alone profitably, they have won accolades from Food Network Magazine (top frozen dessert in Maine) and Down East magazine (best ice cream in the state) and a trip to the White House for an event honoring young entrepreneurs.

and the latest installment of the What Ales You column.

Vinland in the News

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

David Levi, chef/owner of Vinland, appeared in three news publications on Tuesday. NPR’s food blog, The Salt, quoted Levi on an article about the drain of culinary talent away from NYC and to smaller cities like Portland,

“Because rent is just so much lower, it just gives you a lot more freedom to not drive yourself completely crazy and take a few more risks,” Levi says.

and then the Wire blog published by The Atlantic picked up the story emphasizing the the role interest in local foods is having encouraging chefs to move,

and finally The Forecaster published an article about Levi’s vision for Vinland and it’s connection to local food/farm community.

“This is not just a restaurant, not just a job,” Levi said Monday. “This is about building the local economy, doing more for our land, and creating a truly Maine cuisine. Vinland is totally mission-driven.”

The locavore trend is nothing new, especially in foodie destinations such as Portland. But Levi is taking “local” to the extreme.

Levi is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter to raise part of the capital needed to launch Vinland.

Interview with Arlin Smith

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Eater Maine has published an interview with Eventide’s general manager Arlin Smith taking a look back at their first year in operation.

As far as the concept itself, the three of us all have dreams of what our ultimate restaurant would be, but individually, as a restaurateur, I don’t think it’s the smartest thing to just do what you want. We do a lot of things well, so we decided to look at what Portland wants. It didn’t have an oyster bar. We loved the idea of getting an incredible amount of local oysters that weren’t available anywhere in that quantity, and doing a Hugo’s-style casual fare — a New England-style sushi bar. Once we started throwing those ideas around, it was a no-brainer for us. We had this really cool, fun, relaxed space, and it went gangbusters.

Foodie Word Rant

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Working Waterfront has published a “rant about ‘foodie’ words” by prominent food historian Sandy Oliver.

As cooks, we shouldn’t drizzle anything. Most of us who live along the coast are terribly familiar with drizzle. It happens outdoors, often in winter and spring, and leaves our hair damp, and us in a bad mood, if it goes on for many days. It is done by nature, with water, that fine barely visible mist in the air that we feel on our faces, but when we hold out our hand, does not make drops.

An Appreciation for Restaurant Industry Staff

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Bourbon Portland Beer Politics has published a “little Independence Day appreciation for my friends in food service“.

Today, on America’s birthday, I want to thank the servers, bartenders, caterers and everyone else in the food and beverage industry as they do so much to contribute to the greatness of this nation and their efforts go relatively unsung.

Interview with Maine Craft Distilling

Thursday, July 4th, 2013


WCSH has aired an interview with Luke Davidson, head distiller at Maine Craft Distilling.

“We are a farm to flask distillery.  We are using as much of the Maine grain and other products as we can and putting them into the bottle,” said Davidson.

Their Blueberry Moonshine, which will hit store shelves soon, provides a glimpse into how they hope to help Maine farmers find new markets for their products.

“So we are using a Maine grown barley to make a white spirit that is then infused with our region’s blueberries and sweetened just a little bit with some maple syrup,” he explained.  “It is sort of like liquid pancakes with a kick.”

The new distillery opened for business this week in East Bayside.

July Bollard: Harding Smith, Little Tap House, Taco Escobar

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The July issue of The Bollard is now available on newsstands. It includes:

In’finiti, Flatbread, Baxter, Mark’s

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Today’s Press Herald includes an Eat & Run review of In’finiti,

This time around, I ordered the pretzel crusted chicken sandwich ($7), which came with avocado, tomato, arugula and aioli on a kaiser roll. It was moist, tender and a bit on the sinful side. Therefore, I loved it.

as well as a bar review of Flatbread, an article about Baxter Brewing’s expansion, and an article on the 30th anniversary of Mark’s Hot Dogs.

Under Construction: Bissell Brothers Brewing

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 has published an interview with siblings Noah and Adam Bissell about the new brewery they’re launching.

One would think in a city like Portland, Maine that brothers Noah and Peter Bissell would have a very tough time cracking into the already booming local and national craft brew market.  But what most wouldn’t count on is the experience and creativity each brother brings to the equation.

Interview with Mark Gatti

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

The June issue of The Bollard includes an interview with Mark Gatti, owner of Mark’s Hot Dog’s, in recognition of the 30th anniversary of his food cart.

June 13 marks the 30th anniversary of Mark’s Hot Dogs. Mark Gatti is still in the same spot — Tommy’s Park, in Portland’s Old Port — slinging franks out of the same red wooden cart he and his father built. In 1983, one of Gatti’s dogs set you back 60 cents. Today, it’s $2.50, and credit cards are accepted. In addition to the traditional brown and red hot dogs with ketchup, mustard, onions, chili or kraut, you can pick up an Italian sausage for $5. The Old Porker, a recent special, has bacon, sour cream and sautéed onions ($3). And the bomb dogs ($3.50) are so loaded with toppings and condiments that Gatti gives you a paper plate to catch the mess.


For additional reporting on Mark’s 30th anniversary see this article in the Portland Daily Sun.

Interview with Joel Beauchamp on Pocket Brunch

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Knack Factory has published a podcast interview with Joel Beauchamp about the success Pocket Brunch has enjoyed, the people involved and plans for the future.

Alex Steed: On what, if anything, Pocket Brunch says about Maine?
Joel: Maine is not just what’s happening in a certain little subset of people who frequent certain restaurants and summer up the coast… That’s great; good for them. But there are a bunch of wildly creative people taking risks every day, trying crazy things and some of it doesn’t work while some of it does. But there are people doing super creative things. Pocket Brunch is proof that if you give all these guys who are working at great restaurants, but they’re doing the same thing or same kind of food over and over… [It’s proof that these] are guys who want to be trying new things or crazy stuff.

Interview with Eric Michaud from In’Finiti

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The Press Herald interviewed Eric Michaud, owner of In’finiti.

He told me the company just received its state distilling license the day I talked with him, and that he will probably be selling distilled spirits in a month or so after the federal government approves his labels.

Michael J. Fox @ Tony’s

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Actor Michael J. Fox paid a visit to Tony’s Donuts earlier today.

Sharon Kitchens in Boston Globe Magazine

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Maine food blogger Sharon Kitchens was featured the Boston Globe Magazine this past weekend.

Before opting for a quieter existence in Maine, Kitchens, now 40, worked in the film industry in New York and Los Angeles. In 2008, she moved to a funky factory-turned-loft in Somerville’s Davis Square, where she joined a community-supported agriculture farm-share and a local fish-share and grew vegetables with neighbors on the roof. Finding herself drawn more and more to the idea of sustainable living, Kitchens decided it was time to commit. In 2011, she purchased an 1830s farmhouse with an attached barn and chicken coop on about 2 acres of land in Raymond, Maine, some 20 miles northwest of Portland.

Kitchens is the author of The Root and Delicious Musings. She lives in Raymond where she gardens as well as keeps bees and chickens.

Food Trucks: Interview with Bite into Maine

Sunday, April 21st, 2013


CTN host and Portland Daily Sun editor Curtis Robinson interviewed Karl and Sarah Sutton about their food truck Bite into Maine (website, Facebook, Twitter).

The Suttons have an ongoing Kickstarter campaign to help underwrite the cost of their small operation to participate the Lobster Roll Rumble this summer in NYC.

A Seasoned Server

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Portland Daily Sun food columnist Natalie Ladd share some of her work history and experience,

Prior to my current gig, I worked full time for seven years as Front-of-the-House Manager and Beverage Director at a top notch place that gets rave reviews. My departure from that job is likened to the worst divorce imaginable as I still love and admire the Chef, but as is often the case in our business, it was time for us to part ways. My resume also includes a long management stint with one of my heros, the colorful Roger Bintliff at the original Bintliff’s American Cafe, and the list goes on.

Between the Tinez

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Joe Fournier, manager of the Munjoy Hill Rosemont Market, has begun a video blog called Between the Tinez (website, Facebook) where he posts informal and somewhat random conversations with local food vendors. The discussions can range anywhere from GI Joe to sightings of wild boars in Western Maine to just about anything under the sun.

In the latest episode Joe talks to Ned Swain (Devenish Wines) about…well it’s hard to exactly say but it involves hatless Communists, Ninja’s, a green Ford Expedition and run through the Old port.

Interview with Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Heritage Radio Network interviewed chefs Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley from Eventide/Hugo’s about the restaurants and Eventide’s participation in the Lobster Roll Rumble.

MRA Videos: Dave Evans & Melissa Bouchard

Monday, April 8th, 2013

The Maine Restaurant Association has posted a pair of videos on Youtube:

  • Dave Evans, winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, talking about the founding of The Great Lost Bear
  • Melissa Bouchard, winner of the 2013 Chef of the Year, talking about her career at DiMillo’s

Erika Joyce on Research Tour

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Erika Joyce, author of Vin et Grub, and the creator of Cloak & Dagger supper club and The Chinese Laundry pop-up, has announced that she’ll be leaving Portland for an extended research trip in Europe and Asia.

And now, it’s all changing.  The next step in my journey is to find the roots of my obsession.  To understand it and live it.  That’s why I’m moving on.  I’m hoping on a flight and making my way to Europe to see how and where food is produced.  I’m going to farm and pickle, and jam, and stage, and find the roots to make this picture slightly more vivid.  Sweden, Greece, Denmark, Italy, France.  And an extended stay in Vietnam.  I need to see my passion elsewhere in the world.

She’ll be running just one more Cloak & Dagger dinner and should have an update on the status of The Chinese Laundry “soon”.