Archive for the ‘Profiles’ Category

Vena’s Fizz House

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Instant Portland has posted a profile of Vena’s Fizz Hoise.

Tucked away over on the edge of the Old Port is one of the most interesting and inventive shops in Portland – Vena’s Fizz House. Part antique store, part foodie supply, and part new-fashioned soda fountain, it’s a place no other in the city — and perhaps in the entire country.

Public Market Spirit Lives On

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Portland Daily Sun has published an article about the Public Market House,

When the organizers of the Public Market House were ever faced with a big decision, they asked themselves, “What would Betty do?”

Betty Noyes, founder of the old public market, died before that market opened, but her spirit lives on at Monument Square, where the market house and the Wednesday Portland Farmer’s Market have enjoyed a healthy co-resurgence.

Kris Horton has been at the Public Market House for the past 16 years. Along with her K. Horton Specialty Foods, Maine Beer and Beverage and Big Sky Bakery comprise the “remnants of the old public market,” she said. “We felt that the notions of public market needed to continue. We wanted alcohol, flowers, bread and cheese.”

The latest issue of the Sun also includes this week’s column from Natalie Ladd.

Timber

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Portland Daily Sun has reviewed Timber,

Timber could have served green eggs and ham and the experience would have been great. That is mainly because the of the aura of staff professionalism and the tableside visits from the owners, even when they got slammed and overwhelmed a bit on opening night. Whenever I go into a restaurant I can usually spot one or two servers who are the cream of the crop. The ones who make the operation seamless and make you question if they’re part-owners. Everyone at Timber behaved that way.

and the Bangor Daily News has published an article about Timber.

Noah and Dan Talmatch of The Northpoint opened their second restaurant last week called Timber Steakhouse and Rotisserie on Exchange Street. Offering certified Angus beef in diverse cuts served with sides of batter-fried smoked bacon and a bourbon, whisky, rye and scotch bible to consider, the bold brethren once again have hit upon a winning concept.

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.