Out on a Limb Apple CSA

July 19th, 2015

The Out on a Limb heirloom apple CSA is now signing up members for this Fall. Shares are $150 and get you 5 deliveries of ¼ bushel each which contain “varieties of rare and highly flavored apples with a wide range of uses, appearances, histories and flavors”. See the OOAL website for more info.

Under Construction: Tomaso’s Canteen

July 18th, 2015

Sam Minervino, owner of Samuel’s Bar & Grill, has applied for a liquor license for Tomaso’s Canteen, the new neighborhood pub he has under construction in the former Sangillo’s. Here’s an excerpt from Minervino’s cover letter,

The decor will pay  homage to the history of the neighborhood. My goal is create a comfortable neighborhood gathering place, where those who live and work nearby can come frequently for a drink and a reasonably priced bit to eat.

The draft menu (page 75) includes the Wings that Samuel’s is known for as well as Italian Subs, Burgers and Fried Stuffed Olives. Tomaso’s is named for Minervino’s great grandfather.

Under Construction: Roustabout

July 18th, 2015

Roustabout(twitter, instagram) has applied for a liquor license. The draft menu (page 40) included in the application includes items such as Smoked Baby Back Rigatoni, Roasted Char and Roasted and Dressed Mushrooms.

The restaurant, which includes a private dining room, will seat a total of 75. Owners Kit Paschal and Anders Tallberg hope to open the restaurant this Fall. Roustabout will be open 7 days a week, 11 am to midnight.


Under Construction: Scales

July 18th, 2015

Dana Street and Sam Hayward have submitted a liquor license application for their new restaurant, Scales. The draft menu (page 61) includes classic New England seafood dish such as Clam Chowder, Finnan Hadie and Baked Stuffed Lobster. Scales is located on Maine Wharf. When it opens later this year it will serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week.


Under Construction: Woodford F&B (updated)

July 17th, 2015

A new restaurant called Woodford F&B(facebook, twitter, instagram) is now under construction at 660 Forest Ave. Owner Birch Shambaugh is planning an 85-seat restaurant with a full bar,

Woodford F&B will be a neighborhood restaurant and bar serving dependably delicious Food & Beverage. We’re inspired by classic neighborhood eateries where you can count on having a reasonable, simple meal or, when you feel like it, something a bit more special. Our goal is to make Woodford F&B the kind of welcoming, local spot you’ll want to visit regularly.

The draft menu submitted with the Woodford liquor license application includes items like Radicchio Salad, Fisherman’s Stew and Fried Chicken. Shambaugh hopes to open Woodford F&B this Fall.


660 Forest Ave has a claim to local restaurant fame as the location of the original Valle’s Steakhouse.

Interview with Fred Eliot

July 17th, 2015

A Blissful Interlude has published an audio interview with Fred Eliot from Petite Jacqueline.

Fred recounts what Sunday dinners were like growing up in Normandy, France, and lists his industry influences and inspirations. He also shares his secrets for bliss and his favorite dishes and dining spots (hint: he has a soft spot for American Chinese cuisine). 

Under Construction: Ocho

July 16th, 2015

A new burrito shop called Ocho(website, twitter, instagram) is in the final stages of construction at 654 Congress Street, the space leased by the owners of Otto Pizza back in January.

Under Construction: Fore River Brewing

July 16th, 2015

The Forecaster has published an article about Fore River Brewing(twitter, facebook, instagram) and the new brewery they’re building in South Portland.

Anastasoff, the former landscape contractor, owns the property and used to store up to 1,600 tons of salt during the winter. After selling his business and repurposing the space, the garage will eventually serve as the brewing area, which will be fronted by a large sliding barn door, in keeping with the “rustic, industrial look,” he said. 

According to the article, Fore River hopes to open in October.

Italian Ramen & Restaurant Vegan Options

July 15th, 2015

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald includes an article about Papa’s Juicy Noodles, a packaged noodle dish prepared by the family that opened the first Italian restaurant in Portland,

Enter Papa’s Juicy Noodles, which may never be able to compete with those high-end restaurant selections but will satisfy a nostalgic craving for instant ramen without all the sodium and other bad stuff. Papa’s, produced right here in Maine, can’t be called ramen, actually. Think of it as an Italian version of ramen noodles.

and advice on dining out and eating a plant-based diet.

Yet savvy diners like Woodman know this doesn’t mean a vegan meal is out of the question. As Woodman said, you should always call, “because in my experience they want to bring you in and please you, especially if you are coming with several other people. Chefs can really showcase their skills when preparing a superb vegan dish. It’s one thing to make an excellent meat or seafood dish, but quite another to prepare an excellent vegan entrée.”

This Week’s Events: Distilled in Maine, Flanagan’s, Bastille Day, Food Forest, Clam Festival, Peloton Speaks

July 13th, 2015

foodforestMonday — Ilma Lopez and Damian Sansonetti from Piccolo are the featured chefs at this month’s  Flanagan’s Table dinner.

Tuesday — Petite Jacqueline is serving a Bastille Day dinner.

Wednesday — Fred Farber from Maine Craft Distilling and Joanna Corman from Vena’s will be the guest speakers at this week’s Peloton Speaks, Black Tie is teaching a cooking class, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

>Thursday — a Community Idea Night meeting is taking place to “help design an edible park or ‘food forest’ in East Bayside”, there will be a mead and cheese tasting at the Public Market House  and a rose tasting at C Salt, and The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Banded Horn.

kate2Friday — author Kate McCarty is launching her new book Distilled in Maine at Sherman’s Bookstore, Rosemont is hosting an Italian wine event at Diamond Cove, and it’s the first day of the Yarmouth Clam Festival.

SaturdayNovare Res is holding an event to celebrate the new wave of British brewers, Darren Case of Round Turn Distilling will be at Terlingua for an event featuring their gin and Kate McCarty’s new book, 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.

Mobile Eats: Morsel & Snappy’s

July 12th, 2015

A pair of new mobile food vendors have recently launched:

Cafe at the Castle

July 11th, 2015

cafeatthecastle2This summer the Friends of Deering Oaks is running a bake sale in the park during the Saturday Farmers’ Market. Baked goods are sourced from Standard Baking, Bam Bam, Ten Ten Pié and C-Salt and the coffee is from CBD.

The bake sale has been getting a steady stream of customers the first couple weeks they’ve been in business from farmers and market customers. Bake sale manager Norine Kotts tells me the hope to soon have some patio furniture set-up at the Castle as well.

The City and Friends of Deering Oaks also hope that having the building open and in use may inspire some local food entrepreneur to lease the space and open a year-round cafe in the park.

Interview with Austin Street

July 10th, 2015

The Portland Phoenix has published an interview with Austin Street Brewery owners Will Fisher and Jake Austin.

KB: Stylistically you’re all over the place, but your favorites seem to be hop-forward ales and brett-fermented funky stuff, will you focus in more on specific styles once you have the big system?

J: I definitely have plenty more ideas and I know we’ll end up doing new beers at some point, maybe sooner rather than later. But stylistically, yeah, we’ll probably hone in on more light, dry, hoppy stuff, clean fermented, and then just do even more brett stuff. Typically any new beer you see from us now is going be a brett beer, I would say. Maybe push into some more true sour stuff, kind of flirting with the edge with some tart sorts of beers.

Fine Cooking: Sam Hayward

July 9th, 2015

haywardFine Cooking magazine talked with chef Sam Hayward to get his Portland tips on where to eat and go in Portland. His suggestions include: Browne Trading, Central Provisions, East Ender, Eventide, Harbor Fish Market, Hugo’s, Scratch Baking, Standard Baking and The Lobster Shack.

The article also includes Hayward’s recipe for beer-steamed mussels.

The August/September issue of Fine Cooking isn’t online yet.

Reviews: Terlingua, Marcy’s, Glass

July 9th, 2015

Pig Trip has published a first look review of Terlingua,

So far, so good. Latin meets barbecue in an interesting menu with that rare combination of ambitiousness and approachability. Strong flavors, strong smoke and mostly reliable textures are good signs going forward.

the Press Herald has reviewed Marcy’s,

…when I need something reliable, without any pretense and certainly affordable, Marcy’s is my go-to place. I hadn’t been in about four years and now have been twice as of late. I’m sure they’ll see me there soon and though I’ll have to stay away from the Twix Muffin (I am not making this up) on their specials board, I am likely to visit the “Pancake Corner” part of the menu…

and the Press Herald has also posted a bar review of the Glass lounge.

Glass Lounge at Hyatt Place is a swanky hotel bar with a retro vibe and great craft cocktails. Good for a daytime drink with friends or coworkers, or a fancy night on the town, Glass’s central downtown location creates a buzzing metropolitan atmosphere, where you will find exceptional service, impressive bourbon and scotch offerings, and imaginative cocktails.

MJ’s Wine Bar in Top 20 List

July 9th, 2015

Wine Enthusiast magazine has included MJ’s Wine Bar in their list of the Top 20 Wine Bars in America.


Yogurt Valley Open

July 8th, 2015

yogurtvalley2A new frozen yogurt shop called Yogurt Valley(facebook, twitter) is now open at 1140 Brighton Ave adjacent to Kon Asian Bistro.

Pockets Now Open

July 7th, 2015

A new sandwich shop called Pockets opened yesterday. Pockets is located in the former Orange Leaf/Dunkin Donuts space on the corner of Fore and Market Streets.

BP’s Shuck Shack

July 7th, 2015

Urban  Eye has posted a report on BP’s Shuck Shack.

Shucking ‘em before your eyes from an old hotdog cart, BP gives new meaning to the term street food. Once newly pried, Parson’s tucks the gleaming gems in a custom wooden tray. Choose from six finishing sauces, from traditional cocktail to tangy green curry mignonette sauce. Nothing pedestrian here.

Review of Tempo Dulu

July 7th, 2015

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Tempo Dulu.

I give Tempo Dulu my highest recommendation. I assure you that it is not just a meal, but a complete culinary experience highlighted by both eating and learning about first rate Asian cuisine using lots of local ingredients in the best and most elegant of locations. Like most Maine restaurants of any quality, there is no dress code, so you can go and relax while feeling like king for a meal. Save your money and make this place your very next special occasion go-to. You can thank me later.