The Brewers Association has released data that shows Maine’s beer industry have the 4th highest economic impact per capita in the nation at $324.36 per person. The economic impact is “derived from the total impact of beer brewed by craft brewers as it moves through the three-tier system (breweries, wholesalers and retailers), as well as all non-beer products that brewpub restaurants sell.”
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The Italian was rich, dark, and roasty without any of the bitterness dark roast often brings. It was smooth and a touch chocolaty. A cappuccino had the same virtues but intensified. [Omi’s]
The results are pretty fantastic, and what initially seems like it will be a bit of a hoot ends up as a revelation. The sodas look gorgeous and taste like nothing else in town. For a ginger julep, fresh ginger and spearmint are muddled and mixed with a root soda. The first sip sends an explosion of ginger through your head, filling your sinuses and tickling the front of your brain, while the spearmint spice lingers on your tongue. A cider bite also gets a head-filling heat from ginger, but mellows it with apple and clove rather than an intensifying minty spice. [Vena’s]
The Holy Donut had been slated to open their Exchange Street store this morning. Unfortunately they’ve had an equipment malfunction and will have to delay. They’re currently aiming for Thursday.
Elsemere BBQ, Miyake Farm, the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club (shown right, click to enlarge), Flanagan’s Table, Gorgeous Gelato, Maple’s Organics, MDI Ice Cream, Beal’s, Gelato Fiasco and food trucks Love Cupcakes, Mainely Treats, Bite into Maine, Small Axe, Mainely Burgers and Wicked Good were all included.
The article isn’t yet online but you can find a copy of the October issue at your local newsstand.
Salvage BBQ & Smokehouse (facebook, twitter, website) is now open for business. Portland’s newest restaurant is located at 919 Congress Street near the intersection of Congress and Saint John Streets. Salvage is being launched by chef/owner Jay Villani and the Local 188/Sonny’s crew.
Villani also is working on launching Ideal Bakery further up Congress Street near Rite Aid.
Update: For more info on the menu at Salvage see this blog post from The Golden Dish.
Salvage BBQ, the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club and Omi’s Coffee Shop all plan on opening in the next week:
- Salvage is first out of the gate. They sent out a press release yesterday to announce they’re opening day will be this Sunday.
- Omi’s plans on opening their Harbor View Park neighborhood coffee shop on Tuesday, September 3.
- The Hunt & Alpine Club has announced their ‘official’ grand opening will take place Thursday September 5 at 4 pm. They’ve published some photos of the furnishings and elements of the space on Facebook.
For those of you keeping score that means in one week there will have been 2 tv crews filming restaurants in Portland, 2 national press articles about Portland restaurants and the chance to try 3 new venues. Yes, restaurant life is good in Portland.
Sheldoyle has stepped up publication of restaurant photos and mini-commentary on her Flickr dining diary. Recent posts include Black Cat Coffee, The Well and Gather.
The Associated Press has published a review of Duckfat.
Your best bet is to treat the fries as the main course, then share a few other dishes as sides. The charred broccoli and goat cheese salad is terrific. And the roasted pork belly panini with manchego and saffron-Tabasco mayo will make your eyes roll back. And despite appearances, Duckfat is family friendly. The little ones will love their handcrafted sodas (try the Roots, Bark, Sticks and Leaves — also known as root beer).
Edible Obsessions has published a set of photos from last weekend’s Pocket Brunch.
Culture Map advises the residents of Dallas to “Escape the Texas Heat with a Weekend Trip to Maine“. While here they visited Fore Street, Bard Coffee, Duckfat, Two Fat Cats, Eve’s at the Garden, Street & Co and Beal’s Ice Cream.
The Boston Globe has published a travel article that calls Portland “hardworking [and] unpretenious“. While in our city they paid a visit to Local 188, Petite Jacqueline, Mount Desert Ice Cream, Two Fat Cats, Duckfat, Gritty McDuff’s and went on a Maine Foodie Tour as well as a cruise aboard Lucky Catch.
A pair of Portland companies are raising funds on the Indiegogo crowdsourcing site:
The Urban Farm Fermentory (facebook) is trying to raise $16,000 to fund the build out of a community kitchen and the construction of a greenhouse along the back side of their building on Anderson Street. The community kitchen will provide commercial kitchen space that’s needed by small food business that don’t yet have their own building. To watch a short video by owner Eli Cayer and contribute visit the UFF page on Indiegogo.
Tortilleria Pachanga (facebook) is a new company still under development that wants to manufacture “fresh, local corn tortillas using organic and heritage varieties of corn grown” in Maine. They have all the equipment needed, and are raising the funds to build our their space and to underwrite the other start-up costs associated with getting the business running. To watch a short video about Tortilleria Pachanga and contribute visit the Pachanga page on Indiegogo.
While not a Portland food business, it’s interesting to see that Samantha Hoyt Lindgren, co-owner of Rabelais, also has a new company called A Gathering of Stitches that raising funds on Indiegogo.
The Bee Babe has published a review of Bunker’s 122 Coffee IPA,
It arrived fresh from the tap with a slightly muddy light amber color. The aroma, however, was immediately unmistakable. Clear coffee notes arrived first, followed by something else entirely. Not strong hops, but a beery characteristic that offered up some additional spice notes.
and today’s What Ales You column in the Press Herald comments on the coffee beer as well as some additions to the Rising Tide line-up.
The 122 Coffee IPA is good and flavorful, but I have not completely gotten comfortable with the coffee and beer mix. It makes me think I should be having it for breakfast, and there are very few days each year when I want beer with breakfast.
The Portland Phoenix announced the winners of their 2013 Best of Portland readership poll last night.
Here’s a representative sampling that I noted down while watching the presentation: Scratch won Best Bagel (I think that the first time in the history of the event that someone beat out Mr. Bagel), Novare won Best Beer Bar and Gritty’s won Best Brewpub, Emilitsa won Best Ethnic Restaurant, El Rayo won Best Mexican/Latin Restaurant, Rob Evans won Best Chef, Paciarino won Best Italian Restaurant, Allagash won Best Brewery, Grace won for both Best Romantic Dining Spot and Best Decor, etc. There are about 100 categories in all so be sure to check the Phoenix website for the complete list.
Personally I was thrilled to win in the Best Food Blog category. Many thanks to all of you who voted for Portland Food Map!
WGME has visited The Porthole for a interview with the new owner. According to the report, the restaurant will open later this month.
Meredith Goad tweeted an enthusiastic two thumbs up “Try the Rundown Stew, a Caribbean chowder. It’s amazing!” for The Local Press, a soup and sandwich destination on Woodford Street that’s managed a nearly impossible feat in Portland fly beneath the radar of the local food press, PFM included, for three months since they opened.
Portland Daily Sun columnist Natalie Ladd has written about her “love/hate relationship” with Maine Restaurant Week.
No matter if they care to or not, most people have heard the down and dirty, sordid details of my love/hate relationship with Maine Restaurant Week. Like all my love/hate relationships, I like to recant the events, the play-by-plays and the lessons learned, and see how I can approach things differently next time.
Lam, meanwhile, said customers have been understanding, but sad, about his situation.
“Everybody feels so bad,” Lam said. “Everybody feels so sorry. Other people have given me their name and phone number. If I do re-open, they ask me to contact them.”
Maine Today has published a profile of Wine Wise.
Erica [Archer] leads regular Wine Wise events – including Wine Walks through the Old Port, wine dinners, and First Friday session at The Wine Bar during Portland’s monthly Art Walk. There’s even a Wine Wise cruise in Casco Bay during the fall when the weather’s accommodating (something about being surrounded by ocean makes everything taste even better). Each event has specific theme, be it reds and whites of Bordeaux, perfect wines for summer, sparkling wines, Spanish reds, or great value wines for under $15.