Review of Dutch’s

November 17th, 2014

The Golden Dish has reviewed Dutch’s.

Lucy’s time with Tartine might account for the exquisiteness of her breads and pastries.  Layers of butter define their incredible croissants or the brioche dough for the sandwich rolls.  The all-butter fruit Danish would remind you of one from a Parisian patisserie. Speaking of butter, they make their own, taking pasteurized local cream, mixing it with buttermilk to form a culture until it cures several days later into a rich high-fat spread that they use on everything.

This Week’s Events: Flanagan’s Table, Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner, BiBo’s

November 17th, 2014

bnatpjTuesday — the local foods networking breakfast is taking place at Local Sprouts.

Wednesday — there will be a Grey Goose cocktail dinner at Petite Jacqueline, Rosemont is holding a Thanksgiving wine tasting at their store on Brighton, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — MJ’s Wine Bar is throwing a Beaujolais Nouveau release party, and the Public Market House is holding a wine and cheese tasting.

Friday — Rosemont is holding a Thanksgiving wine tasting at their Commercial Street store, and BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe is hosting a wine dinner.

Saturday — the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — Central Provisions’ Chris Gould is the featured chef at a sold out Flanagan’s Table dinner and Petite Jacqueline is holding their annual Beaujolais Nouveau dinner.

Thanksgiving — turkey day is just around the corner. Check out the PFM Thanksgiving Resource Guide for ideas on where to eat or where to source ingredients for your meal at home.

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.

Outdoor Seating Regulation

November 17th, 2014

Today’s Press Herald reports on discussions between city officials and restaurant owners regarding regulation of outdoor seating.

Portland planning officials are struggling to find a way to protect the city’s vibrant restaurant scene while also making sure that pedestrians can maneuver through sidewalks and public spaces cluttered with outdoor seating.

Review of The Good Table

November 16th, 2014

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed The Good Table in Cape Elizabeth.

The best of The Good Table is old-fashioned, hearty fare – from nicely grilled beef burgers with fried onions to moist and flavorful fish and chips with cole slaw. Start with a pail of fresh mussels served in a broth infused with butter and garlic. Move onto a rich standard such as rib eye steak with horseradish cream, or a lighter, Greek-style baked fish. All the food here is comforting – and filling.

Turkey Buying Guide

November 15th, 2014

The Blueberry Files has published her annual Thanksgiving turkey buying guide. It includes price per pound details on 18 different turkey brands available from local farms and markets.

Ah, meat. The epicenter of the local food dilemma. On one side, you could argue that meat should not be cheap. On the other side, you have your desire to serve a huge, perfectly-roasted, glistening bird that will satisfy all of your guests, with plenty of leftovers for the next day. Somewhere lost in all of that is the financial reality that locally-raised or organic meat simply costs more than the unethical alternative. 

Coastal Root Bitters

November 15th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News has profiled Coastal Root Bitters.

With a classic aromatic on the market since May, he is gearing up for a few more varieties. Coffee bitters made with Tandem Coffee Roasters coffee, star anise, oak and chocolate is in progress, as is an Indian spice, garam masala, and possibly a pine.

“I’m working on giving it a Maine identity,” [Nolan] Stewart said. “The possibilities are endless.”

Vinland at the James Beard House

November 15th, 2014

David Levi from Vinland will be the featured chef for a dinner at the James Beard House January 13th.

See Urban Eye for details on the menu.

First Review of Ebb & Flow

November 14th, 2014

The Golden Dish has published a first look review of Ebb & Flow,

The “mezzes” are delightful and perhaps my favorite part of the menu and offer such other choices as taramasalata (whipped roe and almond milk) and fire roasted eggplant, which are served with the wonderful pita. And choose one of the hearty appetizers or skip that course and go straight to other main dishes like tomato-based braised lamb shank with pistachios or chicken roasted in the wood oven.  Then you easily enjoy the simplicity of the fine cooking–sometimes a relief from  the fine madness elsewhere.

Review of Tandem Bakery

November 14th, 2014

Vrai-lean-uh has reviewed Tandem Bakery on Congress Street.

Every time I go I order a new thing that is more fantastic than the last. The poppyseed grapefruit bundt cake was spectacular. The jalapeno cheddar biscuits are perfectly tender and soft with just the touch of crispy edges. I mostly hate scones, but these ones are light and buttery and come in flavors like plum rosemary. The chocolate chip cookies are somehow both sophisticated and nostalgic. The sticky bun, guys. It’s so good.

World Food Championships

November 14th, 2014

Malcolm Bedell, co-author of From Away, is competing in the Sandwich category today at the World Food Championships.

Bedell is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to launch a sandwich food truck in Rockland called ‘Wich, Please.

Interview with Heather Sanborn

November 13th, 2014

The Press Herald has published an interview Heather Sanborn, co-owner of Rising Tide Brewing.

Q: Since the business has grown, have you stepped back from the actual brewing?
As we’ve grown, I have been able to do less and less on the production side. Back when we had one employee, I would work on the bottling line and clean out the tanks and brew a pilot batch now and then, but now I can focus on other things I like. And I can say, “I want a beer that tastes like this,” and Nathan and the others can come up with the recipe and try that. The thing I enjoy doing the most is working on financial projects – how we can finance the next tank and making sure everyone gets paid and working on hiring plans. We’re a team of 11 right now and we hired our first full-time employee in 2012. So there’s an HR role and CFO role that falls to me as well.

Andrea Lee, 65

November 13th, 2014

Longtime Portland bartender Andrea Lee passed away last week at the age of 65.

Andrea Lee, a beloved bartender at Sangillo’s Tavern who offered comfort, laughter and “really good drinks” to its patrons for 37 years, died unexpectedly on Nov. 6. She was 65.

Ms. Lee worked Wednesday and Friday nights at the popular Portland neighborhood bar, which usually drew large crowds with Lee behind the bar.

For details on services see the obituary in today’s Press Herald.

Reviews: Maps Cafe and The Thirsty Pig

November 13th, 2014

Drink Up and Get Happy has reviewed Maps Cafe,

The vibe is almost like 70’s basement home bar mixed with your neighborhood pub.  It’s comfortable and friendly.  The owners are always in house, serving up drinks or grilling sandwiches. They have a great selection of albums and are often playing them on the turntable.  Our favorite feature is the jukebox tucked in the corner.  It’s free to play any song on it and the owners rotate the selection so there is often a new song to rediscover.

and the Press Herald has reviewed The Thirsty Pig.

The Thirsty Pig in Portland’s Old Port neighborhood is serious about local craft beer, but not in an off-putting, pretentious way. The staff is friendly and talkative, and the atmosphere encourages a laid-back crowd. Owner Allison Stevens has made it her mission to offer great tasting craft beer and handmade sausages at an affordable price.

Booze, Fish and Coffee: Bramhall, Hunter’s Bend, Wich Please

November 12th, 2014

In the new episode of Booze, Fish and Coffee co-hosts Bo Bigelow and Brian Ericson talk about the new Bramhall, The Hunter’s Bend and the kickstarter campaign for Which Please food truck.

Dutch’s is Now Open

November 11th, 2014

Dutch’s (facebook, instagram, twitter)is now open. Owners Lucy and Ian Dutch are serving breakfast and lunch from their cafe at 28 Preble Street. I’d recommend the brioche cinnamon bun.

Thanksgiving Resource Guide

November 11th, 2014

Portland area restaurants, bakeries, and kitchens are starting to announce their Thanksgiving dinners and related services. Here’s what I have so far. I’ll update the list as more info comes in.


For those of you hosting your own gathering:

Community Dinners & Donations:

This Week’s Events: Dutch’s, Alton Brown, Bitters Workshop, Rosemont/Piccolo Class

November 10th, 2014

altonbrownTuesday — it’s the opening day of Dutch’s located at 28 Preble Street.

WednesdayAlton Brown will be at Merrill Auditorium, orchardist Waite Maclin will be giving a talk entitled The Seven Secrets to Fruitful Fruit Trees, there will be a wine tasting at Rosemont on Brighton, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — Engineers Without Borders’ is holding Uncorked, their 3rd annual beer & wine tasting and silent auction.

Friday — there will be wine tastings at the Rosemonts on both Brighton Ave and Congress Street.

Saturday — Veena’s Fizz House is holding a bitters workshop, Dobra is offering a course on the 6 types of tea, Rosemont and Piccolo are collaborating on a cooking class, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

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.

Crown O’Maine

November 9th, 2014

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram includes an article about Crown O’Maine.

Crown O’ Maine helps farmers and food producers get their product in supermarkets, company cafeterias and hospitals.

Pocket Feast Game Dinner

November 9th, 2014


Pocket Brunch and Family Feast collaborated to produce a Maine game dinner last night in collaboration with the Maine Brewers Guild and Down East. 6 courses, or perhaps 8 depending on how you count, utilizing more than a dozen different game meats. The game bird ragu served with spelt/rye bucatini, the hare pie, and the panacotta with autumn olive sorbet were my favorites from the menu. There was a standing ovation at the end of the dinner for the kitchen crew.





100 Best Beers: Mo, Substance, Dubbel

November 9th, 2014

Men’s Journal has included Bissell Brothers The Substance, MBC Mo and Allagash Dubbel in their list of the 100 Best Beers in the World.

To ensure you can actually find and enjoy these heavenly brews, we eliminated one-off batches and limited the list to beer sold in America and available on shelves and taps beyond the brewery. Our team also balanced entries from the stylistic families of beer — pilsners, wild ales, stouts, to name a few of the 23 official, judged styles — to ensure this wasn’t just a list of IPAs, America’s most popular craft brew. Consider this a to-drink list for year ahead.