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.

The Salt Exchange Closed Permanently

November 8th, 2014

Owner Charlie Bryon announced yesterday that due to the departure of some key staff he’s decided to close and sell The Salt Exchange.

With very short notice and based on the totality of our circumstances, I must close and sell The Salt Exchange Restaurant. It has been my sincere honor to serve the community of Portland and every guest that has graced our threshold. My time working with the very talented and supportive staff through every iteration of the restaurant has been a growth experience that I will always be grateful for.

He goes on to write,

The landscape of Portland is thickly populated by many good restaurants and I am very fortunate to have been counted among them, even if for just five years. I wish my peers the very best of luck and great fortune in their futures. To my guests I humbly thank you for your friendship, support, honesty, and kindness. I owe you my success and will look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers!

Oxbow Tasting Room

November 8th, 2014

Urban Eye has a report on the new Oxbow tasting room,

The red lettering on the door is the only indication that something new is brewing on Washington Ave. Go behind Coffee by Design and press on through to a world of conditioned ales, barrels filled with aging beer and worldly design. “We are very excited to have this opportunity to be a part of this incredible beer city,” said Geoff Masland, Oxbow co-owner, who opened his doors Thursday.

and Eater Maine has published a Q & A with Oxbow co-owner Tim Adams about the tasting room.

What are you most looking forward to with the new space?
It’s two-fold. One, being able to make a bunch more beer and a lot of the beer that excites us the most: Our aged, bottled, and blended beers. Two, being able to have this retail presence in Portland is huge. I love Portland. I live on the East End and to be able to provide a space like this for all the people around here is pretty cool.

Under Construction: Maine & Loire

November 7th, 2014

A new wine shop called Maine & Loire (website, instagram) is now under development.

Maine & Loire will be a retail wine shop in Portland, Maine featuring well-made wines that are expressions of the people who craft them and the places they’re made.  We will be the first store in Portland that solely focuses on terrior-driven wines and spirits from smaller producers.  We’re excited, in particular, about showcasing natural, organic, and biodynamic wines in our store.  Our goal is to create a wine shop where minds are expanded and discoveries are made. Serious wine can be fun!

Owners Peter and Orenda Hale have recently moved to Maine from NYC where they worked in the restaurant industry.

The Hales plan on holding regular Farmer Flight Tastings, running a monthly wine club and providing curbside pick-up service. They are in the final stages of securing a location for the shop and hope to open sometime in early 2015.

Review of Miss Portland Diner

November 7th, 2014

The Golden Dish has reviewed the Miss Portland Diner.

The Miss Portland Diner is now a 5-star treasure trove of classic diner fare, with its inimitable home-style cooking done so beautifully in a rich array of fine comfort dishes served in a classic 1949 Worcester lunch car and modern dining room.

Review of Taqueria Tequila

November 6th, 2014

The Press Herald has reviewed Taqueria Tequila.

I was impressed.

In addition to the plentiful and excellent fresh food, I appreciated the friendly and efficient service.

I’m not smart enough to know if this is authentic Mexican food, but I believe it is. It’s certainly more tasty and interesting than many of the other choices that we have around here. I’ll be back, and next time I’m getting a beer.

Sangillo’s Hearing

November 6th, 2014

sangillosadSangillo’s liquor license appeal is starting this morning in the council chambers at City Hall. According to a report from the BDN,

The hearing, postponed >from Sept. 11, will be conducted by staff from the state Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations. Laurence Sanborn, who manages the agency’s Liquor Licensing and Enforcement Division, said in June that public comment will be accepted at the hearing, which will reconsider the evidence heard by city councilors on March 17.

An ad ran in this week’s Phoenix letting people know about the appeal and encouraging them to speak on Sangillo’s behalf.

Shrimp Season Cancelled Again

November 6th, 2014

Federal regulators have again cancelled the Maine Shrimp season. According to a report in the Press Herald,

Federal regulators are canceling the commercial fishing season for shrimp in the Gulf of Maine for a second straight year, citing a population collapse blamed partly on rising ocean temperatures.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Section voted Wednesday in Portland to cancel the upcoming winter season. Regulators say the region’s population of northern shrimp fell dramatically from 2011 to 2013.

MECA Mixology Class

November 6th, 2014

The Blueberry Files reports on the MECA mixology class she recently attended, taught by bartender John Myers.

Myers started out by saying that he’d structured the class like an art history class, “from cave drawings to the modern weirdos.” After a short history of early American drinking habits (a lot of cider, rum) we delved into the first time a cocktail was defined. First appearing in a New York newspaper in 1806, the cocktail was described as “spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.” None of us guessed the answer, but that definition also describes the recipe for an Old Fashioned and thus, our first drink of the course. 

Ebb & Flow Opens Thursday

November 5th, 2014


Ebb & Flow (facebook, twitter, website, instagram, opentable) has been fine tuning their operation over the last few days with a series of private events and plans to open Thursday at 5 pm. The menu is a mix of Mediterranean inspired seafood and meat dishes. Appetizers will generally be in the $8-14 range and entrees $15-25. The “1000 Degree” items will be a bit more expensive.

Ebb & Flow is co-owned by Angello Ciocca, founder of Nova Seafood, and chef William D’Auvray. It is located at 100 Commercial Street in the completely renovated space formerly occupied by Spread.

To start out Ebb & Flow will be open for dinner Monday though Saturday. They to eventually start serving lunch and Sunday brunch as well.

Oxbow Tasting Room Opens Thursday

November 5th, 2014


Oxbow Brewing Company’s new tasting room in Portland is set to open on Thursday at noon. The room is part of a 10,000 sq ft space at 49 Washington Ave that Oxbow took over this summer to use for aging, blending and bottling their beer.

The door to the tasting room is at the back of the driveway to the left of CBD. It’s hand lettered sign (by Will Sears) reads Oxbow Blending and Bottling.

Updated: A Happy Tummy and Maine Today have both posted photos of the new tasting room.

Under Construction: Tempo Dulu

November 5th, 2014

A new Asian restaurant called Tempo Dulu(facebook) is under construction according to a brief report in today’s Press Herald,

The new owners of the Danforth Inn, 163 Danforth St., plan to open a Southeast Asian fine dining restaurant called Tempo Dulu in early 2015. It will be the first restaurant at the inn since Carmen at the Danforth, a Latin restaurant, closed in early 2013.

Here’s an explanation of the name from the restaurant’s facebook page,

Many ask us what does Tempo Dulu (or Doeloe) mean? It is Indonesian for the Olden Days..Tempo + Dulu means time of old. A time when Indonesian was part of the Netherlands East Indies and more specifically the time between 1870 and the beginning of the First World War. A time when life was good, the paste was slow and a where an ‘Indies’ lifestyle was created, blending Indonesian and European elements. The rijsttafel (rice table), a meal of rice with spicy side dishes, is one of the best-known aspects of this mixed Indonesian European culture.

See the PFM Under Construction list for information on other projects under development.

Review of Ruski’s

November 5th, 2014

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Ruski’s.

Ruski’s prices are very reasonable, their pours are strong, and their atmosphere is definitively dive. This place is fun for any time of day, week, or year and since they are open both early AND late, you can test that for yourself. I envision this as a go-to hangout in the event my wife isn’t around for a weekend, though I couldn’t see myself spending more than eight or ten hours at a time there. That would be overboard.

North Spore Mushroom CSA

November 4th, 2014

northsporePortland now has a mushroom CSA.

North Spore is run by ” three friends and graduates of College of the Atlantic with an admiration for all things related to the mycological world,” Jon Carver, Eliah Thanhauser and Matt McInnis.

One of our primary goals at North Spore is to engage with the Greater Portland community and help to supply that community with local, sustainably produced mushrooms. What better way to do that then with a mushroom CSA? By becoming a member of our CSA you help to support your local mushroom farmers as well as the larger local food community. As part of this CSA you not only will receive the freshest gourmet mushrooms possible but you will also become part of our mycological network. We will be including education material with our CSA shares and will also be hosting tours and workshops that all CSA members are encouraged to attend.

The CSA will run for 18 weeks, from December 1st through March 30th. Participants receive a pound of culinary mushrooms per week for $250. Half shares are an option. Medicinal mushrooms are available for a $50 premium. Full details are available at northspore.com/mushroom-csa


The Hunter’s Bend

November 4th, 2014

thehuntersbend A new supper club and catering operation called The Hunter’s Bend (website, twitter, instagram) is now in operation in Portland.

Founders Frank Anderson and Rebecca Ambrosi originally hail from northern Maine and Chicago respectively. Frank has spent the last 15 years cooking restaurants across the country including as the chef de cuisine at Son of a Gun in Los Angeles. Rebecca is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute and has worked for both Thomas Keller and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

The supper club is described as a “closed-door restaurant offering an intimate, dinner party style experience at unique locations around Portland.”

The hunter’s bend club is a closed-door restaurant offering an intimate, dinner party style experience at unique locations around Portland. The evening includes a guided food tour of the one of a kind menu, where Frank and Rebecca explain every course, it’s ingredients and why they chose it. Their favorite parts of the dinners so far include bringing people together, strangers who are seated next to each exchanging their information by the end of the night and answering guest’s questions about technique, ingredients and anything else they might be curious about.

The upcoming dinner they have planned is a 6-course meal featuring Ora King king salmon from New Zealand.

The Hunter’s Bend is a reference to a type of knot credited to Dr. Edward Hunter.

Review of Schulte & Herr

November 4th, 2014

The Portland Phoenix has reviewed Schulte & Herr.

Most fundamentally it is nice that they manage to preserve what is comforting in German cuisine while giving it unexpected brightness. So a salad of smoked trout and potato does not chase flavor with an aggressive dressing or by over-smoking the fish, but instead uses peppery arugula, spicy shards of radish, and tart-sweet pickled beets to enliven things. Even potato pancakes are almost light—under the thin layer of gorgeous brown crunch is a whipped up fluff. The dish is best ordered with salmon, cured in house with notes of citrus and pepper suffusing its creamy texture.

Dutch’s Opening Soon (Updated)

November 3rd, 2014





Dutch’s (facebook, instagram, twitter) is making good progress and co-owners plan to open on Tuesday November 11th.

They’ll be serving breakfast and lunch from their new store at 28 Preble, right next to Arcadia and across the street from Slab. Here’s a look at the sandwich section of the menu.


Co-owners Lucy and Ian Dutch have have spent the early part of their career working in fine dining and as a private chefs. According to a recent article from Urban Eye,

Together the 30-year-olds have two decades of culinary experience and kitchen star credentials. Ian has worked for top chefs like Todd English and the couple helped open Market for global chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the W Hotel in Boston.

And here’s a few of the wonderful set of photos that Zack Bowen from Knack Factory shot Monday at Dutch’s.




Mainebiz: Business is Brewing

November 3rd, 2014

Mainebiz has published a feature article on Maine’s rapidly expanding brewing industry.

A study released earlier this year by the Maine Brewers’ Guild, the state’s trade group, found that at 2013’s 35 breweries, production was expected to increase by 36% this year and double by 2018, figures that sound a little conservative now, considering this year’s boom.

“Now we’re making up for lost time,” says the Maine Brew Bus tour guide on that fall afternoon, referring to Maine’s Prohibition era, led by “Father of Prohibition” Neal Dow, who must surely be spinning in his grave now.

Brunch Review of Piccolo

November 3rd, 2014

The Bollard has reviewed the Sunday brunch at Piccolo,

The prices at Piccolo were a bit higher than at most places in town, but not unreasonable. Thanks to attentive service, a creative menu, locally sourced ingredients and flawless execution, this easily ranked among the best Sunday brunches we’ve ever had in Portland. I can’t wait to go back.