Bollard on Myers

October 15th, 2008

The Bollard has an update on John Myers’s write-in campaign for the at-large seat on the City Council. According to the article, Myers is running to “give more voice to those who work and recreate in the Old Port and other parts of the peninsula.” Myers is a highly regarded “mixologist and cocktail historian” and is a bartender at The Grill Room.

Back Bay Interview

October 15th, 2008

The Antenna, a multimedia blog from the folks at the gBritt public relations firm, have posted an audio interview with Larry Matthews the chef and owner of Back Bay Grill. Matthews talks about the restaurant’s personality and his approach to running it.


October 14th, 2008

Allagash has collaborated with the famed brewers from De Struise to produce a beer they’re calling Fedeltá. Homebrew Chef has a great photographic record of the collaboration in action. Fedeltá will be available this Fall at select locations and only in draft form.

Food Messenger

October 14th, 2008

There’s now a bicycle-based food delivery service in town called Veloport. Veloport provides delivery services from several Portland eateries, and are available to pick-up groceries for you too.

Savoring Maine Calendar

October 14th, 2008

South Portland photographer Stacey Cramp has published a 2009 calendar called Savoring Maine. Each month features one of Cramps beautiful photos and a recipe from a Maine “food expert”. Jay Villani from Local 188 provided the parsnip and leek tortilla recipe for March and Abby Harmon from Caiola’s contributed the apple salad recipe for the month of October. The calendar on sale at Rabelais Books on Middle Street.

Propping up Lobster Prices

October 14th, 2008

In today’s Press Herald there’s an article about the steps being taken by “lobstermen, dealers, grocery stores and restaurants” to increase sales of lobster and in doing so support the lagging price.

Portland’s First Chinese Restaurant

October 14th, 2008

Also in today’s paper is an interesting article about an effort to identify to recognize Portland’s Chinese heritage. Plaques will be placed on the sites of early chinese business including Portland’s first Chinese restaurant which was opened in 1880 on 1 Custom House Wharf.

Big Mama’s Out, Papaya King In

October 13th, 2008

The Bollard has this update on the closing of Big Mama’s. It confirms that Papaya King will be moving into the space vacated by the diner.

Hot Suppa!

October 13th, 2008

Type A Diversions has reviewed Hot Suppa!.

“Hot Suppa is a perfect place for a casual breakfast. The menu is diverse and offers something for everyone, the food is well prepared, and the portions are generous.”

Open Creamery Day

October 13th, 2008

In today’s article Chow Maine reports on Open Creamery Day visits to the cheese making operations at Silvery Moon Creamery and Snell Family Farm.

This Week’s Events

October 13th, 2008

Haven’s Candies is holding an open house on Monday morning. Monday evening, the Audubon Society’s book club is meeting to discuss Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World, and the next Piatto per Tutti cooking class is taking place. There will be wine tastings at Old Port Wine Merchants on Wednesday and Leavitt and Sons on Thursday. Thursday night, The Cheese Iron is teaching a class on Fall cheeses, and The Great Lost Bear is showcasing the beer of Victory Brewing. On Saturday, the Audubon Society is holding their Apple Day celebrationFarmers’ Markets are taking place in Monument Square on Wednesday and at Deering Oaks Park on Saturday. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

Woodpile Photo Contest

October 12th, 2008

Matt’s Wood Roasted Organic Coffee in Pownal is running a photography competition. To enter you need to send in a photo of your woodpile by midnight November 15—no that’s not a typo, it’s really a woodpile photo comptetion. According to Matt’s site, the photos will be judged on “image composition and creativity, the skill and industriousness of the stacker, our own whim and state of indigestion, and the like.” The winner gets a free supply of Matt’s coffee beans. Complete rules and instructions are available on the Matt’s website.

Big Mama’s to Close

October 11th, 2008

As reported by Portland Psst!, Big Mama’s Diner will be going out of business. A call to the diner has confirmed that Sunday will be their last day. I’ve heard that Papaya King may be moving into the space at 5 Dana Street.

Myers for City Council

October 9th, 2008

John Myers has launched a write-in campaign for a seat on the Portland City Council with the slogan of “Change we can count!” Myers works as the bartender and The Grill Room and writes a monthly column entitled The Land of the Forgotten Cocktail for The Bollard.

Thai Chef Buffet Opens

October 9th, 2008

Thai Chef Buffet opened for business today on Congress Street.