Randall H. Gifford Jr., co-founder of Giffords Ice Cream, passed away last week at the age of 90.
In 1954, Randall and Audrey purchased a dairy (milk business) in Forestville, Conn. Later, it became R.H. Gifford Dairy & Sons. In 1971, the Gifford’s moved to Farmington, where they owned and operated Gifford’s Dairy, Inc., and founded Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream in Skowhegan.
Maine Calling has aired a show on Vegan & Plant-Based Living with guests Avery Yale Kamila, Chris Bassett, Sarah Skovran and Victoria Moran.
More people are turning to vegan diets for their health and for philosophical reasons. By the same token, others are embracing more plant-based eating, which may not qualify as vegan or vegetarian but might minimize meat as part of each meal. We’ll learn how to be vegan or to shift to plant-based living.
Here are a few pictures from last night’s soft opening at Sagamore Hill (website, instagram). Sagamore is planning to hold their grand opening this Friday.
A new mobile food venture named The Totally Awesome Vegan Food Truck (website, facebook, instagram) is under development.
Owner Tony DiPhillipo plans to launch the truck in July serving “decadent vegan comfort food from his totally rad 80’s synthwave themed mobile kitchen.”.
The menu isn’t set yet but DiPhillipo writes,
Expect to see our own creative twist on some American diner favorites, charbroiled sandwiches on artisan bread, eclectic dishes inspired by international street food, smokey cheese sauces, unique homemade dipping sauces and aiolis along with decadent vegan milkshakes and craft sodas.
The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Drifters Wife (4½ stars), and
Some of Jackson’s best dishes do make use of his new equipment, like a saffron-yellow, heritage-bred chicken, served with roasted parsnips and green garlic ($34). Cooked “al mattone” (under a brick), first in a smoking hot cast-iron pan on the stovetop, then crisped in the oven, the buttery half-chicken is golden-skinned, juicy and so terrifically addictive, it should come with a PSA.
The Golden Dish has reviewed Highroller Lobster Co., and
But the taste was flat, a mere simulacrum to the sweetness of fresh lobster.
Pastry chef Brant Dadaleares has leased 57 Exchange Street, the subterranean former location of Christmas Noel in the John Calvin Steven designed building at the intersection with Middle Street.
Dadaleares will be renovating the 2,000 sq ft space where this November he plans to open Gross Confection Bar (website, facebook, instagram) serving an “ever changing selection of high-quality artfully-plated desserts, cocktails, dessert wines, and digestifs” in the evening, and take-out pastries and coffee in the mornings.
GCB will have seating for 37.
Dadaleares was the longtime pastry chef at Fore Street. He’s also worked at Arrows, Hugo’s/Eventide/The Honey Paw, Roustabout and Central Provisions/Tipo.
Dextrous Creative has been hired as architects for Gross Confection Bar.
To get a sense of what a Gross-style dessert is like check out this fun video from Knack Factory.
Heritage Seaweed (website, facebook, instagram) is under construction at 61 India Street. The new shop will sell specialty seaweed-based foods and other seaweed products such as: skincare and bath products, candles, tinctures, tea, cookbooks, ID guides and art.
Heritage Seaweed hopes to open in July.
The Duckfat Frites Shack (instagram) opened yesterday. The takeout window is located off of Washington in the courtyard outside Oxbow Blending and Bottling.
The frites shack will be in soft opening mode through Saturday, and will be open 5 days a week starting Wednesday.
The Blueberry Files has published a first look at Eaux.
I loved my chicken and waffles ($14), with spicy pickled peppers, apple slices, and fried sage leaves. The most striking part was how much flavor the fried chicken had—the breading was pleasantly salty and the chicken was very tender.
The newest member of the Veranda Thai family of restaurants is under development in South Portland. Hana Thai will be located at 740 Broadway is the mall that is also home to the branch location of Two Fat Cats.
Hana Thai is owned by Than Pham, the younger brother of Hai Pham who opened the first Veranda Thai in Deering.
Than Pham is currently hiring staff and plans to open the 1800 sq ft Hana Thai in June.