Archive for the ‘Profiles’ Category

Portland & Rochester

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Eat Maine has profiled the Portland & Rochester.

All in all the Portland Rochester has become an indispensable staple in West Bayside, offering a variety of different experiences to loyal patrons. The recent update with the menu only furthers the eclectic nature of a pub that should be on everyone’s radar this summer.

USA Today: Portland Lobster Co.

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

USA Today has published an article about the Portland Lobster Company.

The restaurant sits at the foot of a pier in the heart of the harbor that in turn is the heart of Portland and the center of its downtown – in short, it could not have a better location for visitors. Facing the street it looks like a fairly simple shack-like building, which it is, but behind the main structure it continues down the pier with ample seating at traditional red wooden picnic tables, both covered and open-air, and an outdoor bar featuring an array of local Maine microbrews. Inside you order at the counter and wait for your name to be called, picking your food up at a window on plastic trays.

Local Brew TV: Little Tap House

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The new episode of Local Brew TV includes a visit to Little Tap House (starts at 22:45).

Aroma Joe’s, Sebago Bar Review, Shipyard Turns 20

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Today’s Press Herald includes an article about Aroma Joe’s,

No intercoms. No mistakes. No attitudes.

Those three laws of service at Aroma Joe’s Coffee have helped propel the drive-thru coffee company from its first kiosk in a New Hampshire parking lot in 2000 to its plan to have 250 locations by 2020. The Portland-based chain currently has 19 founder-owned locations and three franchised locations.

a bar review of Sebago Brewing,

You can bet there will be at least one bachelorette or bachelor party a week, especially during the summer, and each weeknight seems to be designated for a particular meet-up group. For instance, the German club meets on Tuesdays, the Spanish club on Wednesdays, and recently, a small group of folks readying for the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada began meeting on Thursday nights. They sit by the fireplace.

and an article on Shipyard turning 20.

Shipyard Brewing Company turned 20 on April 24, but the big party will not be until July 12. The company won’t brew any special beers for the anniversary, I was disappointed to hear, but I understand.

Profile of Oscar’s

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Eat Maine has posted a profile of Oscar’s New American.

Often the elements of each dish are classic combinations that Krunkkala reimagines in his own way. The lamb belly, for example, is served with a delicate carrot puree, grilled asparagus, and fresh lion’s mane mushrooms. The meat is rubbed with garlic and rosemary then slowly braised for several hours in champagne vinegar and white wine, and finally is topped with pea shoots that are dressed in a lemon and mint vinaigrette. Plenty of familiar combinations, appropriate to the season, but still with a unique flavor and texture.

Liquid M2

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Urban Eye has posted an article on the opening of Liquid M2.

Opening three days ago on the emerging end of Fore Street, this heath-bar-meets-hip-lounge is the newest refueling station by Jacqueline Bradley.

Farm to bar means fruit and vegetables are added to smoothies and spirits for cocktails with a wholesome edge. Beet-infused vodka gives the ruby martini its hue. Not purple food coloring no. 2.

Vinland on WCSH

Friday, April 4th, 2014

WCSH interviewed chef/owner David Levi for a report on Vinland.

If they can deliver this bounty in the dead of winter imagine what they’ll deliver when the growing gets good.

Vena’s Fizz House

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The Portland Daily Sun has published an articl about Vena’s Fizz House.

Vena’s Fizz House offers a whole lotta buzz in a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. Mixing natural sodas at their Fore Street bar and mixology shop, Steve and Johanna Corman say the decision to fill a niche in the Portland drink scene was one brought about by a confluence of events — the desire to add a mainland connection to their Cliff Island market, Steve’s job loss, and Johanna’s habitual brainstorming. “It just came to me,” she said of the idea for a soda bar.

Tortilleria Pachanga

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

The Portland Phoenix has published a profile of Tortilleria Pachanga.

Rowe has expanded her tortilla operation into a production space on Industrial Way in Portland next to established brewers Allagash Brewing and up-and-comers Foundation and Bissell Brothers Brewing Companies. A new machine, purchased with funding from a successful Indiegogo campaign, is capable of pressing and cooking 12,000 tortillas per hour. Rowe has learned to talk about “fixed overhead costs” and “profit margins,” while ensuring she stays true to her mission of using Maine-grown corn to produce fresh tortillas.

Portland Hunt + Alpine Club

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Star Chefs has published a profile of the Hunt + Alpine Club.

When he opened Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, he didn’t want to recreate that Portland. Instead, he wanted to help Maine develop its own cocktail and spirit culture. “In smaller markets in particular, it’s important that owners pay very close attention to what their guests are looking for,” he says—facilitating but never foisting, forcing, or otherwise (sometimes literally) funneling cocktail culture down local gullets. But with his nurturing and finesse, Portland Hunt + Alpine Club has received “an overwhelming positive response.”

Vena’s Fizz House

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Maine Today has posted a profile and set of photos of Vena’s Fizz House.

Owned and operated by Johanna and Steve Corman, longtime Portlanders who also own the seasonal Pearl Seaside Market & Cafe on Cliff Island, Vena’s is named for Johanna’s great-grandmother, a staunch proponent of Maine’s temperance movement in the 1900s. She would approve of the drinks mixed and served at her namesake shop: housemade sodas, shrubs, mocktails and slushes — all made from high quality ingredients and without a drop of demon rum (or gin, whiskey or vodka).

Fishermen’s Grill Gets Top Rating

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Fighting the Tides has published an article about Fishermen’s Grill and its owner Mike Nappi.

The charming hole in the wall seafood joint, tucked unpretentiously across the street from Baxter Woods in an area that’s traditionally been hard on restaurant owners, is known for their large portions and fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

As of last week they’re also becoming known for their national ranking of 60th best restaurant in the entire country and the number one (I repeat, NUMBER ONE) seafood restaurant in all of New England.

Bissell Brother Interview

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The Bier Cellar has posted an interview with Peter Bissell.

Tell us about The Substance and where it came from. The name comes from an experience in the Nevada desert on a road trip we took in 2009. A story for another time, perhaps. The beer has been a work in progress for almost as long as we’ve been planning the brewery. It’s everything we love about beer – soft, bursting with flavor, crushable, and most importantly, possessing a flavor profile that’s distinct and unique.

The Bier Cellar has also announced that they’ll have Bissell Brothers beer The Substance for sale in cans starting on Wednesday.

Central Kitchen’s Focuses on Local Foods

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The Forecaster has published an article about the new central kitchen that serves Portland’s public schools and increasing amount of local foods being used by the school district.

Increasingly, the food students eat is grown on farms throughout Maine. A small amount comes from students themselves.

Last year, the kitchen served 50,000 pounds of local produce and 15,000 pounds of local meats. This year, the kitchen is on track to double those amounts, according to Blair Currier, the School District’s local food specialist.


Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News has published an article about Kamasouptra.

In The Maine Mall’s bustling food court, Kamasouptra sticks out like a sore, independent thumb.

Named after the ancient Indian treatise on sensuality, the Portland soup company is doing its best to arouse your palate.