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Press Herald: Food Trucks

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Today’s Press Herald Food & Dining section has a feature story on food trucks and some of the regulatory issues that still need to be addressed.

The presence of a few food trucks downtown will be a huge step forward for this food-loving city, which struggled over the regulations and made the whole process way more complicated than it needed to be. We should celebrate the fact that the city has finally embraced an idea that will make life here just a little bit better.

But don’t crack open the Champagne too fast.

The paper also includes a detailed directory of the food trucks now in operation and under development.

Blue Rooster

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

The Munjoy Hill News has published an article about Blue Rooster Food Company (website, twitter, facebook).

Location is key to any successful business.  Located at 5 Dana Street, the Rooster is in the epicenter of the bar district in the Old Port and the options for those patrons are somewhat limited.  “We are tryng to fill the need for a good spot for lunch and late night without spending a bundle,” said Damian Sansonsetti, one of the four partners who started the business.

Eventide Profile

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The Bangor Daily News has published a profile of Eventide.

Aside from oysters, however, Eventide pays tribute to some classics of Maine seafood joints statewide. There’s clam chowder and lobster stew, of course, and battered Gulf of Maine hake, as well as a New England Clam Bake, a hearty meal of steamers and lobster served with potato, salt pork and a hard-boiled egg, presented on a bed of seaweed.

“When something’s working . . . “

Friday, March 15th, 2013

holydonut

WCSH has aired a piece that explores back story behind The Holy Donut.

Serious Eats: Tandem Coffee

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Serious Eats has published a profile of Tandem Coffee Roasters.

Owners Will and Kathleen Pratt opened their roastery-cafe in an off-the-beaten-path Portland neighborhood last year, and since then they’ve been quietly caffeinating this Notheastern coastal city the right way: Fresh cup by fresh cup.

New England Distilling Interview

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Eat Maine has published an interview with Ned Wight and Tim Fisher from New England Distilling.

“I love smelling it in the glass,” he says. “One of my favorite things about drinking spirits is the empty glass. I keep coming back to the glass and sniff it and see what’s happening in there. It changes a lot, it keeps on going—even after the liquid is out, it keeps on going.”

Maine Made Sake & Food Pronunciation Guide

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald includes a feature article on Blue Current, a sake brewery under development in Maine.

Ford and Sygowski plan to open a sake microbrewery this spring, right here in Maine.

The two friends already brew for their personal consumption in the garage at Ford’s home in Kittery Point. That’s where the commercial operation, called Blue Current Brewery, will begin once they have all their local, state and federal permits in hand. They hope to be open for business by April or May, and will eventually move the brewery out of Ford’s house.

The Press Herald sister site Maine Today has published a food word pronunciation guide in time for Maine Restaurant Week. I had the pleasure of being the official voice for the recordings.

Diners don’t generally mispronounce “chicken” or “BLT,” which means we’ve gotten along just fine at area pubs and sandwich shops. But our small city’s super-exploding food scene has some phonetic implications: We’re not quite sure how to pronounce this stuff.

The North Point

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

In the City has posted an article about The North Point which opened its doors to the public last week.

“It fills a niche we didn’t think was being fully filled,” Dan said during happy hour on Friday as customers began steadily streaming in. The brothers see it as an “adult” lounge without a single TV, where there’s music and conversation in a warm, cozy, homey space.

According to Noah, one customer described The North Point this way: “It’s like getting into a really nice glass of scotch – it’s envelopes you, it gives you a hug and it makes you feel warm.”

Veranda Asian Market

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

The Bangor Daily News has posted a video tour of Veranda Asian Market.

And you can get stuff that’s definitely not in your average local grocery store, like Vietnamese mints, Chinese celery, Thai basil, Thai okra and an array of bok choy and cabbage-like greens. There’s fish, like blue marlin, spanish mackerel and giant featherback, found only in Southeast Asia. There’s quail eggs, duck eggs and black chicken, which is indeed a chicken that’s completely black, right down to its bones…

Time to Make the Donuts

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

The Maine project has produced this short video showing The Holy Donut owner Leigh Kellis and staff hand making donuts.

West End Deli Profile

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

The Portland Daily Sun has published a profile of the West End Deli and owner Nancy Arnold.

Nancy Arnold, owner of The West End Deli, is not afraid to speak her mind about how tightly she runs her business, whom she choses to do business with, and how she feels about the customers who frequent the little deli, grocery, and beer and wine establishment she’s owned and operated for eight years.

Maine Cocktail Tours

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Maine Today has published a profile of Maine Cocktail Tours.

Slated for its inaugural tour on May 1, Maine Cocktail Tours will lead small groups for thirsty and curious cocktail fans through the streets of Portland. The tour will begin at City Hall, where that Father of Prohibition Neil Dow once kept a stockpile of rum, much to the dismay of local citizens. (Okay, they were probably more than a little dismayed. Rum Riot, anyone?)

Katie Made Bakery

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Munjoy Hill News has posted article about the new Katie Made.

“This place is everything that the old place was not and never could be,” said Katie Capron co-owner of Katie Made Bakery of her new location at 181 Congress Street on Saturday morning. Katie and her sister and business partner Jennifer were holding an open house for the neighborhood to get a look at the sisters’ new Bakery.

Modern Vegan Cooking School

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The Portland Phoenix has published a profile of Chris McClay and her business the Modern Vegan Cooking School.

McClay, 38, is the proprietor of Portland’s new Modern Vegan Cooking School and the Maine representative for the Wellness Forum, a national for-profit dietary-education organization. She’s been eating a plant-based diet since 1992, when a college course piqued her interest in vegetarianism and then full-on veganism. She hasn’t eaten any animal-derived products since then — really. No meat, no cheese, no dairy products. And, perhaps most remarkably, no cravings.

Haitian Dinner, Others Profile and Perspectives from Former Restaurant Staff

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Friday’s Portland Daily Sun included a report on the Culinary Immersion Feast series that taking place on Thursdays at the Museum of African Culture,

If you’re hungry to learn about Haitian culture, and don’t mind feasting on a meal while delving into a Haitian-themed art exhibit, the Museum of African Culture may offer the perfect pairing. The museum is serving culinary immersion feasts, where the meal is an extension of the art on exhibition.

a profile of Others! in Monument Square,

At Others! a great deal of intent is evident in all aspects of the operation. The effect on the environment is a prime consideration, to be sure. The coffee stirrers, believe it or not, are strands of uncooked organic spaghetti. Bio-degradable coffee stirrers. And the to-go coffee cups and lids are state-of-the art bio-degradable as well. You wouldn’t believe the research Brad did to come up with them.

and perspectives from former restaurant workers on their old careers in the hospitality industry.

Nancy Farrell-Baker, Portland, 29. “I’d still be waiting tables if I hadn’t just had a second child. Even though my husband works days and my job was mostly nights, it was too stressful. He sells cars and does pretty well, but I still made more money and loved the people I worked with. Yeah, that’s the hardest part, not being around such great people.”

The Holy Donut on Phantom Gourmet

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The Phantom Gourmet has broadcast a piece on The Holy Donut.

Royal Rose Cocktail Syrups

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald has an article about Royal Rose cocktail syrups.

The result was Royal Rose (royalrosesyrups.com), a company that handcrafts simple syrups in small batches, about 30 gallons at a time, using filtered water and 100 percent organic and fair-trade sugar. There are no artificial colors or preservatives, and Butler and Butters grind and toast all the spices used in the syrups themselves.

What sets the couple’s syrups apart, in addition to the quality of the ingredients, are the unusual flavors. In addition to a simple rose syrup, they also make cardamom-clove, lavender-lemon, three chilies, strawberry-fennel and tamarind.

For more information visit the Royal Rose website.

Fore Street

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The latest issue of Maine magazine includes an article about Fore Street.

At the end of the day, what makes Fore Street so different from its counterparts is an unyielding pride that employees take in their work. It’s not an environment for those who prefer to cut corners, or those who are simply order-takers in search of a paycheck. There is an expectation that everyone will always pull his or her own weight, and this provides the continual challenge that makes the job worth doing.

Steve and Renee’s Diner

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The Portland Daily Sun has published a profile of Steve and Renee’s Diner.

Renee was having trouble getting into the interview because she saw that my breakfast was getting cold. We had to take a break so I could finish eating, then things were fine. She cared. Just couldn’t get away from it.

Therein lies the tale. At Steve & Renee’s Diner it’s all about people. Has been for the twenty-nine years they’ve been in business. “Just don’t call us a restaurant,” she said, “there’s restaurants all over the place. We’re a diner, like the ones that used to exist in Portland. When people come in here they’re family.”

Three Buoys Seafood Shanty

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

The Munjoy Hill News has published a report on the Three Buoys Seafood Shanty and Grille which opened earlier this week on Cumberland Ave.

The two business partners behind 3 Buoys are former Legal Seafood officials.  Bill Park, chef/owner, directed the test kitchen for it.  “I got tired of being a number,” Park said recently.  Legal Seafood has 30 restaurants between Boston and Florida.  Although they do have growth in mind, the first and highly successful 3 Buoys in York will always be the flagship restaurant for Park.  Currently, he’s looking for the right chef to step into his shoes here so Park can return to the larger York restaurant.  The other business partner is Bill Holler, formerly vp of purchasing at Legal Seafood, Boston, with his wife Nikole.  She’s  former employee in the seafood business and is the operations manager at 3 Buoys.  Nikole is looking for a few good servers, to fill out the staff.  Currently Katie Haggerty is doing that job.