Crime Writers Guide to Portland

July 20th, 2016

Author Chris Holm has written a guide to what to eat, drink and do in Portland for the Maine Crime Writers website A Day In… series.

Dutch’s, Standard, Otto, Ten Ten Pie, Nosh, Woodford, Terlingua, Central Provisions, Miyake, Hunt &  Alpine and several brewers and distillers get mentioned.

Nonesuch Oyster Tour

July 20th, 2016

The Blueberry Files has published a report on the Nonesuch Oyster Tour.

Last month a friend of mine came to visit Maine, and we used that as an excuse to check out the Nonesuch Oyster aquaculture tours that owner Abigail Carroll has started offering. Carroll’s farm is located in the Nonesuch River off of scenic Pine Point in Scarborough. Her oysters can be found occasionally on Portland raw bar menus and at Harbor Fish Market. They’re characterized by their green shells and grassy flavors, which we learned all about why that is on our afternoon tour.

You can sign-up for a Nonesuch touch on Eventbrite.

This Week’s Events: Rossobianco, Nothing Gold, Farm Marketing, Pig Roast, Guild Beer Festival, Open Farm Day

July 18th, 2016

TuesdayRossobianco will be holding a pop-up at Vinland to preview the restaurant’s menu.

WednesdayMOFGA is holding a workshop on Creative & Collaborative Marketing for Farms, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — Rhum is hosting a Ballast Point tap takeover.

FridayBissell Brothers is releasing a double IPA called Nothing Gold (a reference to the Frost poem), and there will be a wine tasting at the East End Rosemont.

Saturday — the Portland Club is collaborating with Rising Tide on a Pig Roast, and the Maine Brewers Guild Beer Festival and Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place.

Sunday — it’s Maine Open Farm Day, and the weekly Crofters & Artisan 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: Drifter’s Wife, Foulmouthed Brewing

July 17th, 2016

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Drifter’s Wife,

Most of all, they’ll encourage you to drink whatever you like, rather than steer you toward traditional pairings, and because of executive chef Ben Jackson’s thoughtfully versatile, constantly changing menu, it all works beautifully. Start with something green like the Red Russian kale salad with breadcrumb topping, or the broccoli with harissa-spiced almonds. And if beef tongue in a rich, herbal broth is on the menu, take a leap and order it, no matter how you feel about tongue; Jackson’s version will make you a convert.

and Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Foulmouthed Brewing. For some history on Foulmouthed and thoughts on their beer see this article by the Beer Muse.

Foulmouthed Brewing turned out to be more than just a brewery. They’re a brewery. They’re a bar. They’re a restaurant. They’re a Brewbararaunt. And they’re a really good one. With excellent food and top notch brews it’s like going to your favorite eatery that makes everything from scratch, including the beer. Plus, the prices are very reasonable. South Portland most certainly has a new go-to location and you’d be doing yourself a favor if you get there soon.

Interview with Eric Michaud & Terry Peterson

July 15th, 2016

This week’s Great Beer Adventure episode is an audio interview with Eric Michaud and Terry Peterson from Liquid Riot.

Collaborating is big in the beer world, at least here in Maine! Amanda sits down with Terry Peterson and Eric Michaud from Liquid Riot Bottling Co. Not only do they chat about how and why folks choose to team up; Eric and Terry introduce Amanda to something she never even knew existed.

Squillante on Cutthroat Kitchen

July 14th, 2016

Shipyard Brewing chef David Squillante will be featured later this summer in an episode of the Food Network show Cutthroat Kitchen. It will air August 10th at 9pm.

The show is hosted by Alton Brown. Four chefs compete in a three round competition with the added twist of opportunity to sabotage each others work.

Maine Calling: Farming in Maine

July 14th, 2016

Wednesday’s episode of Maine Calling on MPBN focuses on what it takes to be successful at farming in Maine and what resources are available to get started.

Maine is bucking a national trend – as farms and farmland shrink in other states, the number of new farms in Maine has been on the rise for more than a decade. What does it take to be a small farmer in Maine?  Where can new farmers turn to get help? We’ll learn what it takes to till the land and make a living as a farmer in Maine.

Sam Hayward will appear on the show today on a segment about the novel Sweetbitter,

We’ll hear from the author about her life as a waitress at an upscale restaurant in NYC, how much of the book is based on her own experiences, and we’ll be joined by a Maine restaurateur and by a Maine writer to get their take on food, restaurants and writing.

First Look: Flying Fox Juice Bar

July 13th, 2016

The Blueberry Files has published a first look inside Flying Fox Juice Bar.

It’s pretty much a guarantee that I’ll love anything with beet juice in it, and the carrot combo made it a nice earthy root juice. I love that the juice options are less traditional and tend towards savory, a taste I am personally cultivating in my juice preferences. 


July 13th, 2016

The Urban Eye met with Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez to learn more about their recent purchase of Caiola’s and plans for the West End restaurant.

The couple has ideas for wine dinners, to work in more local produce and feng shui the space, but that is all down the road. For now the biggest change is an Italian ice cream maker in the back and new energy coursing through the sage and terra cotta building, which they now own.

Food Truck: Classic Sliders

July 13th, 2016

A new food truck called Classic Sliders (website, facebook, twitter) recently got licensed and is now operating in Portland. They serve a menu of full sized sandwiches and sliders.

Under Construction: Rossobianco

July 12th, 2016

As part of thee lead-up to the opening of his new Bramhall Square restaurant/natural wine bar, David Levi is holding a Rossobianco (website, facebook, instagram) pop-up at Vinland on July 19th. Diners will get the chance to preview the menu with a 4-course and 3 wine pairing meal for $50.

Maine native  Scott London has been hired as the chef de cuisine. You can bio for him and a menu for the restaurant on the Rossobianco website.

Tickets for the pop-up are available online.

Observations on Caiola’s

July 12th, 2016

The Golden Dish has posted some thoughts and observations on the transition in ownership at Caiola’s and the small impact he’s starting to see on the menu.

When the old is reborn, this or that tweaked, or a  favorite menu item disappears, it’s absolute heresy to old regulars.  But all things change eventually, and it’s exciting to think what such a talented chef as Sansonetti will do in his new kitchen.

Flying Fox Juice Bar Opened Today

July 11th, 2016

flyingfoxjuice_logoFly Fox Juice Bar (instagram, facebook) opened their doors today at 98 Washington Ave. Owner Birch Hincks is serving fresh juices and smoothies as well as iced teas and nitro 44 North Coffee.

Hincks’ vision is to run “a fresh juice and smoothie bar, using a range of local and non-local ingredients. Our focus is to provide products that are delicious, healthy and accessible. Most of our juices and smoothies [will be] more heavily vegetable based, aiming to reduce the amount of sugar content. Our set menu [will be] small, allowing for more space to create rotating seasonally influenced items.”

Flying Fox is open 7:30 – 2.

Summer Visiting Guides: Zagat, Bloomberg, Washingtonian, Saveur

July 11th, 2016

Summer is here and along with the influx of visitors to Portland is a flurry of articles about where to eat, stay, shop and visit:

  • Zagat has posted their list of the Hottest Restaurants in Portland along with video interviews with Rob Evans, Sam Hayward and Andrew Volk. On the list are: Blue Rooster, Central Provisions, Duckfat, Eventide, Fore Street, Lolita, Outliers, Piccolo, Slab, The Holy Donut, Timber, Vinland
  • Bloomberg has posted an article highlighting Maine’s Best New Hotels.
  • Washingtonian magazine has assembled a guide to visiting Maine that highlights a number of shops and restaurants in Portland.
  • Saveur has published a travel piece about visiting Funky Bows in Lyman which it calls “the must-visit brewery tour that’s really a backyard party in disguise”

This Week’s Events: Pulse Benefit, UFF Dinner, Bastille Day, Twilight Dinner

July 11th, 2016

TuesdayDavid’s Opus Ten is serving a 7-couse dinner to benefit the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse night club.

WednesdayBlack Tie is holding a farm dinner in New Gloucester, Novare Res will be showcasing beer from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

ThursdayVinland is serving a 5-course UFF dinner, Petite Jacqueline is holding a Bastille Day dinner, and there will be a wine tasting at Anania’s.

Friday — there will be a beer and cheese tasting at the Public Market House and a wine tasting at the West End Rosemont.

Saturday —the Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place in Deering Oaks.

SundayAustin Miller and Hana Tamaki from Mami are the featured chefs for Cultivating Community’s Twilight Dinner, and the weekly Crofters & Artisan 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.