This Week’s Events: Pie Buffet, Ice Bar, Latte Art, Peddleman’s Pop-up

January 22nd, 2018

TuesdayTwo Fat Cats is celebrating National Pie Day with a pie buffet, and it’s the opening night for Portland Stage’s production of Babette’s Feast (get tickets).

Wednesday – there will be a tasting at the Old Port Wine Merchants.

Thursday – it’s the opening night of the annual Ice Bar at the Portland Harbor Hotel, Tandem Coffee is hosting a barista latte art competition, Petite Jacqueline is holding a Loire wine dinner, Bao Bao is holding a Boothbay Brewing beer dinner, and Island Creek is teaching a (sold out) oyster shucking class.

FridayPeddleman’s Falafel is holding 4 seatings of a pop-up dinner at Palace Diner, and there will be a wine tasting at the Brighton Ave Rosemont Market.

Saturday – the Winter 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.

Reviews: Yobo, Izakaya Minato, Bolster Snow, Maelily Ryleigh’s

January 21st, 2018

The Blueberry Files has reviewed Yobo,

Yobo brings a delightful Korean option back to the peninsula, each dish solid in its preparation and flavor. While it’s on a relatively quiet block in Portland, I recommend you think of it next time you’re in the mood for some Korean spice.

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Izakaya Minato, and

Izakaya Minato knocked it out of the park again. They create stunning dishes that always leave me in food-borne ecstasy, reinventing some basic Japanese to make it exponentially better, while also creating their own bold recipes that excite anyone looking for something uniquely delicious.

the Press Herald has reviewed Bolster Snow and Maelily Ryleigh’s.

The drinks are good, well thought out and made with care. However, the food here is where it’s at. Get the best of both worlds by sitting at the chef’s counter and watching the magic happen or, if you’re not eating, sit out in the front lounge by the fireplace and enjoy one of the fabulous cocktails.

New Benkay Now Open

January 20th, 2018

Benkay (website) opened their new location at 16 Middle Street Middle Street on Wednesday. Benkay had long been located at the intersection of India and Commercial, just a couple blocks away.

The restaurant is opened for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

Photo Credit: Don Littlefield

Good Food Awards: Allagash & Gold Star Honey

January 20th, 2018

Congratulations to Allagash Brewing and Gold Star Honey on their wins at last night’s Good Food Awards:

Here’s some background on the Good Food Awards program,

The Good Food Awards were created to redefine ‘good food’ as being tasty, authentic and responsible. We aim to set criteria for entry that are realistic and inclusive of food and drink producers who have demonstrated a commitment to be part of building a tasty, authentic and responsible food system, going far above and beyond the status quo for their industry, while not making them so strict that eligible participants are limited to a small handful of products.

Under Construction: Sagamore Hill

January 20th, 2018

Construction has begun on Sagamore Hill (website, instagram) the new cocktail bar located at 150 Park Street in the lobby of the former Lafayette Hotel building. As you might have guessed from the name of the bar, the owners are fans of Teddy Roosevelt, and the nation’s 26th president is a touchstone for the design and cocktail menu.

Sagamore will seat 96 overall, including sidewalk seating for 38 during the warmer months. Kaplan Thompson are the architects and Burnham & Lobozzo the contractors. Might & Main has been hired to handle branding and design.

Owners Ryan Deskins and Michael Savona are aiming to open Sagamore this May.


January 20th, 2018

Map and Menu has published a profile of Belleville.

If we lived on the peninsula, I have a feeling it would be an everyday struggle not to swing by Belleville for a cup of Tandem coffee and a pain au chocolat in the morning, or a slice of hot pepper & salami pizza in the afternoon.

Chef of the Year: Troy Mains

January 20th, 2018

Troy Mains from the Harraseeket Inn has been named the 2018 Chef of the Year by the Maine Restaurant Association.

Babette’s Feast

January 17th, 2018

The Press Herald has published an article about the upcoming performance of Babette’s Feast at Portland Stage.

“It is a very profound movie,” he said. “It was, in the end, about bringing everybody together.”

Now “Babette’s Feast” is coming to the American stage. A new adaptation, written by New York City playwright Rose Courtney, will have its world premiere Jan. 23 at the Portland Stage Company on Forest Avenue.

Tickets are available through the Portland Stage box office.

Craig Dilger

January 17th, 2018

Beer Advocate magazine has published a profile of Craig Dilger, co-founder of Foulmouthed Brewing.

Craig Dilger and his wife, Julia, spent the better part of a decade honing the plans for Foulmouthed Brewing. They placed the things Dilger loves about homebrewing—the creativity, the variety, the limitless experimentation—at the core of their business plan. Foulmouthed, the brewpub the couple launched in June 2016 out of an old automotive garage in South Portland, Maine, hews closely to that vision, eschewing flagships and long-range production calendars for an eclectic and ever-evolving tap list. And while going pro involves a lot more squeegee-pushing and business management than his days racking carboys in a kitchen, the payoff comes in the opportunity to offer underappreciated styles in an IPA-heavy market. “People will come in specifically to get our German-style Black Ale. They’re happy we have a Brown on tap,” Dilger says, “even if malts aren’t that sexy anymore.”

CNT: The Lost Kitchen

January 17th, 2018

Condé Nast Traveler has included The Lost Kitchen on their list of the Most Beautiful Restaurants in the World.

Freedom, Maine: a quaint town located just an hour-and-a-half-drive from culinary capital Portland, and the site of self-taught chef Erin French’s The Lost Kitchen. Situated over a bridge, through the woods by a babbling stream, French has built a true fairytale story in a renovated 19th century gristmill building. The chef welcomes diners into her home, to eat at wooden tables (made from old barn boards) in her kitchen. And along with her all-female team she works with the produce (all sourced from local friends) that looks best each day.

Food Writing Workshop

January 16th, 2018

Acclaimed Maine author, Nancy Harmon Jenkins, will be teaching a food writing workshop this summer in Rockport, July 22-28.

Want to be a food writer but don’t know how to start? Already a food writer but feeling stumped or uninspired? Whether a beginner or experienced writer, you’ll explore every aspect of writing food, from recipes to restaurant reviews, from profiles to feature articles, from food memoir to food history to the issues that make food a compelling read in today’s news. Read, write and share thoughts about what makes the best food writing, what makes it salable, how to pitch a story, how to craft a cookbook, or just how and where to begin.

Join award-winning cookbook author and food journalist Nancy Harmon Jenkins and several of her peers, including Mitchell Davis, executive vice-president of the James Beard Foundation and Kathleen Fleury, editor in chief of Downeast Magazine.   Together, we’ll break apart the complex world of food writing and see what makes it work when it does—and also when it doesn’t.

3rd Purple House Dinner

January 15th, 2018

Here’s a look at Sunday night’s pasta-themed dinner at The Purple House. This was the third of chef Krista Kern Desjarlais’ dinners in North Yarmouth.

This Week’s Events: Dracula Dinner, Brew Pub Cup, Good Food Awards, Baking Classes

January 15th, 2018

Thursday – an Allagash dinner is taking place at Terlingua, Gather is collaborating with the Royal River Community Theatre on a Dracula Dinner, and the Brew Pub Cup is taking place at The Great Lost Bear.

Friday – the Good Food Awards are taking place, 3 Maine vendors are nominees, and there will be a wine tasting at the West End Rosemont.

SaturdayWoodford F&B will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary and raising money for the Locker Project, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayFoley’s is kicking off their baking class series.

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.

Maine Scallops

January 14th, 2018

The Maine Sunday Telegram has explained why only a limited part of the Maine scallop makes it on to the dish and reports on a new aquaculture operation that may change that.

December into April is the season when wild Atlantic sea scallops can be pulled from state-regulated waters in the Gulf of Maine both by divers and mechanical drags for our dining delight. Maine scallops are both delicious and pricey, but few of us realize that half of the scallop is chucked out at sea even though it’s perfectly edible.

This might also explain why it’s illegal in Maine to serve scallops on their shell in Maine.

Reviews: Tuscan Table, Maiz, Pearl

January 14th, 2018

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Tuscan Table, and

In addition to the service, the meat and cheese plate – which I felt was both really delicious and a very fair value needs a couple of – I’ll call them logistical – improvements. And my haddock was good, but not the great, flavorful piece of art I’d look for in a perfect world. Still, Tuscan Table is off to a good start in their first weeks. In fact, good enough that my wife went back with a friend the very next night. I think it’s reasonable that you check it out at least once and see what you think.

the Press Herald has reviewed Maiz.

What I am saying is I’m glad none of you witnessed my consumption of this arepa. This delicious arepa, with its crispy (gluten free!) exterior and its messy interior. It comes with an optional sauce that varies from day to day. I chose chimichurri. Something made the arepa the tiniest bit greasy, and I think the chimichurri might have been the source. But it wasn’t enough to stop me from enjoying every single last bite.

Also, the Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Pearl in Kennebunk,

Some dishes, like golden shoestring fries, an overstuffed bouillabaisse and a meaty, lightly dressed lobster roll ($24) are twins of dishes she serves at Pearl Oyster Bar in Manhattan. Others, like a warm-spiced apple crisp and a crunchy, schnitzel-like pan-fried chicken breast served with creamy celery remoulade, demonstrate that Charles – who, unlike many famous chefs, frequently cooks on the line in her own kitchen – knows a whole lot more than oysters. You won’t be able to score a table here once the tourists arrive, so take advantage of the off-season and get here while you can.