Piccolo Anniversary Feast

August 27th, 2014

piccolo_emblemPiccolo will be celebrating their 1st anniversary on September 21st by serving a traditional Abruzzi Panarda, a feast of epic proportions. Piccolo’s Panarda will be a 20-course meal paired with wines from Southern Italy. $110 per person. Call (207) 747-5307 for reservations.

Under Construction: Suzukiya Ramen

August 27th, 2014

Eater Maine has shared some additional details on the new ramen restaurant slated for 229 Congress Street. Suzukiya Ramen will be run by the father and son team of Katsuaki and Cory Suzuki. The family originally hails from the Hokkaido region of Japan.

Profile of Lolita

August 27th, 2014

Eat Maine has published an article about Lolita.

Other dishes go for all-out comfort—the harissa-spiked lamb meatballs are baked in a skillet with tomato sauce, Aleppo chili, hearty croutons, and a single egg then topped with yogurt that with the addition of ghee becomes more decadent and aromatic. “You can eat this morning, noon, and night,” Guy says.

Uncle Andy’s Restaurant Impossible

August 27th, 2014

Just in time for tonight’s 10pm airing of the Uncle Andy’s episode of Restaurant Impossible, the Press Herald has interviewed the family about the experience and checked out whats changed at the South Portland eatery.

Irvine’s team gave the diner new tables and chairs, a fresh coat of apple green paint, flat-screen televisions, a new alarm system, different light fixtures, and enlarged, framed photos showcasing scenes from the 60-year-old diner’s past. The restaurant kept its horseshoe-shaped counters, with updated stools. The menu had its own makeover as Irvine added dishes such as a lobster omelette and grilled Dijon chicken.

Reviews: Central Provisions & Boone’s

August 26th, 2014

Tufts Now has reviewed Central Provisions,

Duck liver crostini have been finding their way onto a number of menus. This version, complemented with kumquats, fried shallot and fresh oregano, set the bar for elevated expectations. Our follow-up of caramelized Miticana sheep cheese from Spain with peaches and 15-year aged balsamic nearly prompted an immediate encore.

and Drink-up and Get Happy has reviewed Boone’s.

Overall it was a great evening enjoying some of the best that Portland has to offer.  While the specials at Boone’s sister restaurants may be a little better, you can’t beat Boone’s for ample patio space, good drinks, and great views!

Interview with Steve Corry

August 26th, 2014

As part of a new series that looks at how business leaders innovate their way around challenges, the Press Herald has interviewed Steve Corry, chef and co-owner of Five Fifty Five and Petite Jacqueline.

In a stroke of good timing, in April 2007, Corry was named Best New Chef by Food and Wine magazine. But he didn’t get to savor that success for long. In September 2008, Wall Street banking giant Lehman Bros. filed for bankruptcy, and the economy went into a tailspin.

Interview with Love Cupcakes

August 26th, 2014

From Away has published an interview with Amy Alward, co-owner of Love Cupcakes.

5. Do you plan to try and transition your truck to a more traditional restaurant someday?
We recently finished construction on the second floor in the Public Market House in Monument Square of a food stall that looks like our food truck. You can find us there Tuesday through Sunday. It is where we bake our cupcakes these days. We will also be offering savory sliders from the market house, which we’ve started selling at the truck out on Outer Congress at the Portland Racket and Fitness Center.

Arcadia National Countdown: 5,4,3,2,1

August 25th, 2014


The front window of Arcadia National Bar(twitter, facebook) on Preble Street has a countdown to their opening day which reads “Please wait while Arcadia LOADS…”

According to their Facebook page, Arcadia plans to open at 4pm on August 31st.

Under Construction: Fore River Brewing

August 25th, 2014

foreriverbrewingA new brewery called Fore River Brewing is under development in Portland. The owners made their plans public after a tasting yesterday. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

This Week’s Events: Restaurant Impossible, Portland Brew Festival, Labor of Love Dinner, Maine Seaweed Festival

August 25th, 2014

Wednesday — the Food TV Network is airing the episode of Restaurant Impossible filmed at Andy’s Diner in South Portland, The Salt Exchange is holding a wine dinner, and the Monument Square Farmers Market are taking place.

Thursday — there will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday — it’s the first day of the 4th Annual Portland Brew Festival.

Saturday — it’s the last day of the 4th Annual Portland Brew Festival, Vinland is serving the Labor of Love Tasting Dinner, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — the inaugural Maine Seaweed Festival is taking place at SMCC.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Review of Duckfat

August 24th, 2014

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Duckfat.

I find the fried onions, pork belly and ham (which Ben recently delivered here), delectable eaten straight up with my fingers, while Ben cuts the Sorella’s Bakehouse brioche rolls in half to fill with various combos of ham and fried onions or duck terrine and pickles. His works of art look like the perfect highbrow sandwich, though still providing lowbrow delight.

Under Construction: Tandem Bakery

August 23rd, 2014


Tandem Coffee held a friends and family preview party last night at their new location on Congress Street in the West End. The new Tandem Bakery will open to the public this week.

Otto Pizza Hacked

August 23rd, 2014

Otto Pizza put out a statement on Friday that shared details on a point-of-sale data breach that may have compromised credit/debit card numbers at up to 900 customers at 2 Portland locations.

For additional reporting see these articles in the Bangor Daily News and Press Herald.

Review of J’s Oyster Bar

August 23rd, 2014

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed J’s Oyster Bar.

J’s has the distinction of being one of the finest dives in Portland – a place where moderately low class and culinary arts class intersect to make a burping, bubbling cauldron of absolute awesome that is as entertaining as it is delicious. Everything about the restaurant says “party like is 1983 and feel free to drink like it’s the prohibition.”

Blue Spoon

August 22nd, 2014

Eat Maine has posted a profile of Blue Spoon.

When Iovino opened the doors in 2004, he envisioned a neighborhood meeting place, which is exactly what Blue Spoon has become, especially during its wildly popular version of happy hour, simply called “wine time.” The bistro burger, made with lean ground steak in a Burgundy reduction and topped with caramelized onions, garners an almost cult-like following throughout the city. ­­

Immigrant Kitchens: Russian Beef Tongue

August 22nd, 2014

In the latest entry from Immigrant Kitchens, Lindsay Sterling learns how to make Russian Beef Tongue from Yulia Converse and Alla Zagoruyko (read the story, get the recipe and see the photos).

Most animal parts come so deconstructed from the whole that I don’t think of animals at all when I’m cooking. Steak tips are steak tips. Hamburgers are hamburgers. This is perhaps how I’ve lived as a meat eater, in a kind of denial: I’m not eating animals, I’m eating meat. But recently I came face to face with an animal part that threatened my usual delusion. At a recent family reunion, my brother-in-law, Tom, gave me a gift from Vermont: the tongue of his young grass-fed, organic heifer.

Zagat: 10 Hottest Restaurants in Portland

August 21st, 2014

Zagat has published their list (and the above video) of the 10 Hottest Restaurants in Portland.

On the list: Blue Rooster, Central Provisions, Duckfat, Eventide, Fore Street, Hunt & Alpine, Lolita, Piccolo, Slab, Timber, Vinland

Under Construction: Dutch’s

August 20th, 2014

A new restaurant called Dutch’s (facebook, instagram, twitter) is now under construction at 28 Preble Street in the space formerly occupied by Down Home Cookin’. Owner Ian Dutch plans to “using the best ingredients to Create Food You Crave“.

The menu will include sandwich items like the Dutch Crunch (red wine braised beef, mashed potatos, crispy onions) and the Crispy Chicken (chicken, red pepper jelly, bacon, cheddar, romaine). Dutch’s will be open for breakfast and lunch.

See the PFM Under Construction page for a complete list of Portland food businesses in development.

Under Construction: Makara’s Market

August 20th, 2014

Makara’s Market (facebook)—formerly Mittapheap Market on Washington Ave—has launched a crowdfunding campaign. Owner Makara Meng is in the final stages of launching her new market on Brighton Ave. She plans on using the $6,500 raise in Kickstarter-clone Indiegogo for the initial cost of inventory, a to-go kitchen and initial marketing expenses.

For more information or to contribute to the campaign visit Indiegogo.

BA Best New Lists: Central Provisions & Hunt & Alpine

August 19th, 2014

BA201409Bon Appetit recognized a pair of Portland hot spots as two of the best new venues in the country.