Tandem Liquor License

April 27th, 2015

Tandem Bakery has submitted an application for a liquor license. Once approved at Monday night’s City Council meeting, Tandem will be joining the ranks of Gorgeous Gelato and Vena’s Fizz House—businesses that were formerly ethanol-free but now have the option to incorporate it into their menu.

Pure Pops Mobile

April 26th, 2015

mobilepurepopsNatural popsicle maker Pure Pops is launching a food cart this year.

Mayor Brennan’s Food Initiative

April 26th, 2015

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram reports on Mayor Brennan’s Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System.

Those are some of the more visible projects being worked on by a wide-ranging group of Portlanders who have joined the Mayor’s Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System. Mayor Michael Brennan formed the initiative in 2012 after participants in a casual community food forum expressed a desire for a council that could work on the city’s food policy and on increasing residents’ access to local foods.

For more info on the Initiative visit the HSFSI website.

Review of Tiqa

April 26th, 2015

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Tiqa.

Bright, attractive and busy, Tiqa is a large “pan-Mediterranean” restaurant on the western edge of the Old Port. With dishes and recipes inspired by the foods of southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, there’s a broad range of lunch and dinner options, from flatbreads and skewered meats – the chicken merguez kefta is excellent – to pan-seared Egyptian-style fish and memorable braised oxtail from Sicily. Avoid the fried food: fried broccolini (fritto misto) and chickpea fritters (falafel) here both fall flat. And take advantage of the free valet parking (after 5 p.m.), the opportunity to sample wines before ordering and the superb fruit sorbets made daily. Those sorbets blend silky texture with intense flavor for a deeply satisfying finish to a meal.

Under Construction: Lively

April 25th, 2015

A new “small cafe & retail chocolate shop” called Lively is under construction at 54 Washington Ave; the space is adjacent to Terlingua and was formerly occupied by Falmouth Flowers and Gifts.

For the past 5 years owner Paul Olaf Lively has been the chef/owner of Chef Paul’s Truffles & Catering in Brewster, MA. He won the Best Truffle award earlier this month at the 29th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling.

Lively plans to serve soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch (draft menu on page 178) in the evening they also plan to serve “desserts and lighter fare”. The 31-seat cafe will also be selling truffles and prepared food to go. They hopes to open the cafe sometime in early June.


Visit the PFM Under Construction page for the most complete list of food businesses under development.

City Defines Sidewalk Dining Rules

April 25th, 2015

The City has detailed rules governing restaurant sidewalk dining spaces.

The permit application that restaurants must submit to apply for outdoor seating spells out clear measurements for how much sidewalk space their tables and chairs can take up, and how many feet of pedestrian space must be maintained.

For restaurants without sidewalks wide enough to support outdoor dining, businesses can request to use a parking space, or appeal to planners for an exemption.

Review of Sur Lie

April 25th, 2015

The Golden Dish has reviewed Sur Lie.

Everything was so good that I felt no need to end the meal with a final sweet, of which there are some tempting choices on the menu.  But one fact is certain.  Sur-Lie has hit its stride since it opened in October of last year.  Now it’s right up there with the best in town and should be indubitably on the top of your list to enjoy fine dining in Portland.

Bon Appétit: Tandem Bakery

April 24th, 2015

ba_briana2The May issue of Bon Appétit features Tandem Bakery in their article Will Fly for Food which highlights 29 locations worldwide “to get lost and fed”.

A cool coffee bar tucked inside a brilliantly restored old gas station? This is Tandem Coffee + Bakery in cozy Portland, Maine, where you’ll find some of the most impressive and innovative baked goods this country has seen in years. Here’s why we’re heading north for our sugar fix.

The article includes a sidebar which lists a few other venues in town: Bao Bao, Bissell Brothers, East Ender, Maine & Loire, Slab, The Danforth Inn, The Press Hotel.

The magazine should begin arriving in mailboxes and on newsstands in the next few days.

Review of East Ender

April 24th, 2015

The Portland Phoenix has reviewed the East Ender.

So the low-key remake of East Ender offers a boost to a block now packed with good restaurants. It is quite a change from last year when the bright orange Small Axe Truck stood loud, proud and alone in Bayside or Congress Square Park. The truck was named for the Bob Marley song about the power of small efforts to result in big change. Perhaps in abandoning the truck for the East Ender, the chefs hope to follow the path of their new neighborhood’s anchor — Hugo’s, which chef Rob Evans similarly bought and remade under its original name. It was a subtle change that gave birth to a food empire. The truck-magic often results in something significant and long lasting — teen-pregnancy and parenthood, for example, or a Clinton presidency, perhaps. The new East Ender should be around a long while, too.

More Yarmouth News

April 23rd, 2015

Urban Eye reports that Lolita/Hilltop Coffee owners Guy and Stella Hernandez will be opening  a cafe in Yarmouth in the same building as the new Otto.

Developer Sean Ireland purchased the corner market, which resembles Mr. Hooper’s Store (complete with awning). After interviewing 30 prospective coffee slingers, he tapped Guy and Stella Hernandez of Hilltop Coffee and Lolita to open a cafe.

Bar Review of JP’s

April 23rd, 2015

The Press Herald has published a bar review of JP’s Bistro.

JP’s Bistro is a small neighborhood restaurant specializing in Italian dishes and craft cocktails. Capacity is about 50, but the bistro doesn’t leave much room left over. Reservations are recommended, even at the bar on weekend nights. The bar is snug, but comfortable, and you’ll likely strike up a conversation with the friendly staff as you enjoy expertly made cocktails, craft beer on tap and a solid wine list.

Deering Castle RFP

April 22nd, 2015

The City has released an RFP to run a food concession in the Deering Oaks “Castle-in-the-Park”. The city is looking for a entrepreneur who is interested in turning the 435 sq ft building into a cafe that serves “to the public a variety of food products and beverages at a reasonable cost”. Interested parties are required to participate in a mandatory meeting at 10am at City Hall.

what do you think would be a good idea for a cafe in Deering Oaks?

Yankee’s Best of New England

April 21st, 2015

yankeeSeveral Portland area food enterprises have been recognized by Yankee magazine in their annual Best of New England list:

  • Maine Brew Bus for Best Brewery Tour
  • Vinland for Best Locavore Restaurant
  • Li’s Chinese Express in Freeport for Best Chinese Food Cart
  • Bresca and the Honey Bee in New Gloucester for Best Lakeside Snack Shack


MK Kitchen

April 21st, 2015

Urban Eye has posted a report on MK Kitchen in Gorham.

Finally a key corner space in this sleepy downtown became available and Kaldrovich and his wife Lisa, a Gorham native, pounced. “I have wanted to do this my whole life,” said Kaldrovich, an Argentinean with a pan-European background who grew up grilling meats and learning handmade gnocchi from his Italian grandmother. He made good on that dream last weekend when MK Kitchen opened on School and South streets.

This Week’s Events: Bartender Yearbook, 1st Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market, Chopped Challenge, BYOB Hot Dog Night

April 20th, 2015

Tuesday — chef Sam Richman will be collaborating with Tandem on a BYOB Hot Dog night at the Bakery,  a photo shoot for the 2015 Bartender Yearbook is taking place at Hunt and Alpine, and the local foods networking breakfast is being hosted by Local Sprouts.

Thursday — A lecture on Responsible Seafood Farming is taking place at GMRI, and there will be a beer and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday — an Austrian wine event is taking place at Grace featuring 7 wineries and 40+ wines.

Saturday — the first Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market of the season is taking place, and Novare Res is holding the 4th Annual Farmhouse Funkadelic.

Sunday — Grace is hosting the 2015 Chopped Challenge, Larry Matthews is the featured chef at this month’s Flanagan’s Table dinner, and Maine & Loire is holding a wine tasting.

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.

Otto in Yarmouth

April 19th, 2015

The Press Herald report that Otto Pizza will be opening a new location in Yarmouth.

Yarmouth’s quaint Main Street is poised to become ground zero for a pizza war. Otto Pizza will be one of three businesses sharing space in Andy’s Handy Store in Yarmouth when the building’s renovation is completed later this year.

The arrival of Otto Pizza will leave the town of 8,400 residents with four pizzerias within one mile of one another.

MK Kitchen Opening Sunday

April 17th, 2015

MK Kitchen(website, facebook) have announced they’ll be opening this coming Sunday. MK is the creation of Mitchell Kaldrovich, former chef at the Inn by the Sea, and his wife Lisa who has worked the past 8 years at Fore Street. MK Kitchen will serve a menu of contemporary American cuisine which Kaldrovich described earlier this year as “simple handmade food, all from scratch from desserts to pastas”.

Under Construction: South Portland Brewpub

April 17th, 2015

The Press Herald, The Forecaster, and Eater Maine all report that a new brepub is under development in South Portland at 15 Ocean Street.

Julia and Craig Dilger have purchased an abandoned repair shop at 15 Ocean Street in South Portland and plan to turn it into a new neighborhood brewpub.

The couple, who live in Portland, say their as-yet-unnamed pub will “offer an unpretentious yet modern and comfortable aesthetic in terms of food, drink and experience.” They plan to offer family brunch on the weekends, “Pints and Purls” knit nights, and bicycle racks for folks riding the nearby Eastern Trail who want to stop in for some refreshment.

Zimmern’s Top BBQ

April 16th, 2015

Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern has included Salvage BBQ in his list of the top barbecue spots in the country.

I ate here a few months ago and demolished a platter of pork ribs and a pile of some of the best sliced brisket in recent memory, and I still managed to roll over to the counter and eat a quarter chicken because I couldn’t leave without ingesting more smoke and sauce. Food geeks will be inspired and—dare I say it?—barbecue freaks will travel here and be made happy, despite their contrarian, contemptuous hang-ups about geographic authenticity.

Bar Review of Vena’s Fizz House

April 16th, 2015

The Press Herald has reviewed the bar at Vena’s.

Vena’s Fizz House is the cutest soda bar in existence, and it just got a lot cuter with its recent addition of alcoholic beverages. Owners Johanna and Steve are incredibly welcoming, creative and seem to genuinely love what they do. The cocktails and mocktails are nothing you’ve ever tasted before and are served in vintage glassware found by Johanna. Vena’s is a must-visit.