Beer Cocktail Interview with Vena’s

June 17th, 2016

For their new episode Great Beer Adventure interviewed Vena’s co-owner Steve Corman on his personal journey to be becoming a bartender and about beer cocktails.

As we explore beer cocktails, we learn (yet again) that we should be willing to take more risks in our beer drinking. Steve Corman of Vena’s Fizz House joins us to teach us a thing or two about adding booze to our beer. (Really it’s all about the bitters.)

Caiola’s in Transition (Updated)

June 15th, 2016


Chefs Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez have applied for a liquor license for Caiola’s. The couple are in the final stages of purchasing Caiola’s from owners Abby Harmon and Lisa Vaccaro.

Harmon and Vaccaro opened Caiola’s nearly 11 years ago. They’re immediate plans after the sale call for some much deserved time off.

Lopez and Sansonetti are co-owners of Piccolo. They don’t plan to make any dramatic changes to Caiola’s on taking over.

For additional information, read this article from the Press Herald.

Certine Ceramic Flatware

June 14th, 2016

A new Portland company co-founded by sommelier David Muise has launched a line of ceramic flatware made with a “strong, inert, non-porous, scratch-free and stain-free zirconia-based ceramic.”. Certine (facebook, twitter, instagram) is billed as the “perfect tool for a better food experience”.

Modern innovations in technology and design have transformed human life. Yet our stamped steel, flat-handled, metallic utensils have remained unchanged. Until now. Certine fundamentally changes the experience of interacting with food. Our flatware combines modern form and classic function to create a product with distinctive benefits for the lover of food.

Certine is available at Casco Bay Cutlery & Kitchenware in Freeport.

Vaughan Street Variety Closed

June 14th, 2016

The longtime neighborhood sandwich shop, Vaughan Street Variety, closed yesterday.

This Week’s Events: Brewing in Maine, Mobsters and Martinis, Herban, Immigrant Kitchens

June 13th, 2016

Monday — visit The Great Lost Bear to meet Tom Major, author Brewing in Maine.

Tuesday — The Corner Room and Crooners & Cocktails are co-hosting Mobsters, Martinis & Meatballs.

WednesdayFork Food Lab will be holding an event to promote the Kickstarter  campaign at Bayside Bowl, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — there will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

FridayTempo Dulu is holding a whiskey tasting in conjunction with the Portland Club.

Saturday — the Herban herb festival and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market are taking place.

Sunday — it’s the 2nd day of Herban, the weekly Crofters & Artisan Market is taking place, and Immigrant Kitchens is teaching a Father’s Day cooking class.

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.


2 Reviews of Abilene

June 12th, 2016

Tha Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Abilene,

Start off with a shrub cocktail, such as the strawberry basil rum shrub, made with their own homemade fruit vinegar. Next, try the surprisingly decadent crispy kale and the tender sweet potato and asparagus tacos with a luxurious cilantro cream. Skip the dry risotto and head right for any dish that comes with Colgan’s specialty: homemade pasta. The rich, sweet and saucy chicken marsala, served over tagliatelle is an excellent example. As you wrap up your meal in the quiet, homey dining room, don’t be tempted to leave before tasting the strawberry chocolate truffle cake. And if you feel like a nightcap, Abilene has its own homemade limoncello to put you over the edge…or straight into bed.

and so has Drink Up and Get Happy.

While the setting may be relaxed they don’t slouch one the food or drink offerings. The day we visited the $5 appetizers included BBQ pork sliders, veggie nachos, poutine and sweet potato and asparagus tacos. Portions are generous so a great way to experience a few of these is to share with friends. Everything was exemplary!

Blake Orchard Opens Sunday

June 11th, 2016

blakeorchardBlake Orchard (website, instagram, facebook) has passed their final inspections and will be opening Sunday morning at 9 am serving  their line of raw juices and nut milks.

They’re located in a newly renovated a 1200 sq ft basement space at 19 Exchange Street just a couple doors away from The Holy Donut.

New Food Truck: Tacos del Seoul

June 9th, 2016

tacosdelseoulA new food truck called Tacos del Seoul (facebook) launched in Portland over the weekend. As the name suggests, the truck serves Korean/Mexican food: spring rolls, tacos, rice bowls and burritos.

Check their facebook page on where to find them.

OAD Top 100: Hugo’s, Miyake

June 9th, 2016

Hugo’s(#37) and Miyake(#81) were named to the 2016 Opinionated About Dinning list of the 100 best restaurants in the US.

Fork Food Lab Kickstarter

June 9th, 2016

Fork Food Lab (website, facebook, instagram) has launched a $30,000 Kickstarter campaign. The funds will be used to pay for the Lab’s tasting room.

Education is at our core where we’ll develop a variety of programming from tastings to lectures to cooking classes. Our dream is to become a real destination within Portland, Maine. With the Tasting Room, we can support small farmers, drive awareness to our members’ businesses, and celebrate the local food movement.

Under Construction: Tiqa Cafe

June 9th, 2016

Urban Eye reports that Tiqa Cafe will open next week.

Though located 0.7 miles from the flagship, Tiqa Cafe and Bakery is its own entity. A new granite bar anchors the space. Here up to nine people can soon quaff wine and sip beer while noshing on his savory, fresh fare. In the corner, an alcove ensconced in stained glass screams romantic, mid-day repast.

The Chef and the Dishwasher

June 8th, 2016

Today’s Press Herald Food & Dining section includes an article on the 2 decade relationship between Back Bay Grill chef/owner Larry Matthews and the restaurant’s dishwasher William “Franco” Tucker.

Larry Matthews Jr., chef and owner of the elegant Back Bay Grill in Portland, and William “Franco” Tucker, dishwasher at the same, have worked together for about two decades. Longer than many marriages last. Longer, by decades, than dishwashers typically stay at restaurants. Longer than either ever expected, and longer than Matthews has worked with anyone else at his reliably first-rate restaurant.

Under Construction: Fork Food Lab

June 8th, 2016

Mainebiz reports that Fork Food Lab will be launching a $30k Kickstarter campaign Thusrday to fund their tasting room.

“This is part of the Food Lab that will be open to everyone,” Holstein, who is chief operating officer, told Mainebiz. Contributors will get different goods depending on the amount they give. For example, $100 gets them a holiday gift basket, while $25 gets access to a tasting session.

The company also plans to hold an event at Portland’s Bayside Bowl on June 15 to promote the crowdfunding campaign.

Best Food Truck: Urban Sugar

June 8th, 2016

The Daily Meal has named Urban Sugar Maine’s best food truck in their annual survey of mobile food options across the country.

The traditional flavors are cinnamon sugar and classic sugar sprinkles, and the mini dips inlude glazed, chocolate, maple, and lemon — but you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t opt for one of the signature bites. Whether it’s “The Lucy” (chocolate cream, chocolate sauce, and chocolate graham crumble), the “Southern Sugar” (with maple bourbon and candied pecans), or whatever the weekly special happens to be, you’ll walk away with a smile on your face — and probably some sugar and frosting too.

Bissell Nothing Gold Release

June 7th, 2016

nothinggoldBissell Brothers is releasing a new beer call Nothing Gold this Saturday at noon. It’s made with Amarillo, Citra and Equinox hops. There are 300 cases in total in the production run.