Drifters Wife is teaming up with Briana Holt from Tandem for a special pop-up brunch this Sunday, noon – 3 at Drifters. Here’s a look at the menu:
- Morning Bun with sumac
- Cornmeal Coffee Cake with brown butter, rhubarb and streusel
- Kale Salad with rhubarb vinaigrette and clothbound cheddar
- Toast with ricotta, ramps and egg
- Porchetta with dandelion greens, salsa verde and mayo
- Buckwheat Waffles with hot sauce butter and chicken sausage
Jason Daly, the former chef of Crooners and Cocktails, will be competing on an upcoming episode of the Food Networks show Chopped set to air on May 29th. The episode is titled Surf and Turf according to the Food Networks,
The chefs are asked to make a special-occasion meal, starting with appetizers that include a rare prized crustacean. In the entree basket, the competitors encounter more exquisite ingredients from land and sea — as well as a sweet curveball. And the final two chefs open the dessert basket to find a playful take on the theme that proves to be quite difficult.
Definitive Brewing Co. (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) has announced plans to open this Saturday.
Definitive is now located at 35 Industrial Way across the street from Allagash.
Definitive is launching with a “15-barrel brewhouse and four 40-barrel fermenters, which is enough to make more than 1,000 gallons a week.”
Tuesday – the Truffle Truck is holding their grand opening.
Wednesday – Old Port Wine Merchants is holding a Kermit Lynch wine tasting, and the Monument Square Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.
Thursday – there will be a Mast Landing tap takeover at Bao Bao.
Saturday – the Street Eats and Beats food truck festival is taking place, as is the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market.
Sunday – Chefs from Central Provisions, Emilitsa, The Honey Paw and Mami are participating in the 2018 Boston Lamb Jam.
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.
A new coffee bar called All Those Who Wander (website, facebook, instagram) is under development at the corner of inner Washington and Marion Street. ATWW is one of several businesses located in the Black Box space including The Cheese Shop.
Owners John-Henry and Cynthia Mlyniec recently moved to Portland from Providence where they worked in the coffee industry. They will be sourcing their coffee for All Those Who Wander from Parlor Coffee in Brooklyn. The Mlyniecs hope to open sometime in June.
A new food cart called Vantage Point Chowder (facebook, instagram) recently launched.
Owner Garrett Patteson serves clam chowder by the cup or bowl. You can generally find him and his cart on Commercial Street near Custom House.
The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed the BlueFin, and
BlueFin, the seafood-themed restaurant in the Portland Harbor Hotel, is a head-scratcher, with prices that rival the area’s most expensive restaurants, yet little of the allure to justify them. It starts with spotty service, thanks to a front-of-house team who, apart from the lone server during dinner hours, all seem to be employed elsewhere in the hotel. Bartenders and piano players double as valets, front-desk staff double as hosts and bussers, lending the whole enterprise an ad-hoc feel. The menu is just as off-kilter, with a few genuinely enjoyable dishes – dressed lobster served in a custardy homemade popover, and creamy, egg-yolk-enriched lobster mashed potatoes – alongside a few dire ones, like a wet, underseasoned paella; a hazelnut panna cotta so firm you could drive across it served with a hot, salty waffle; and an acrid affogato made with cold espresso.
the Press Herald has reviewed Scratch Toast Bar.
The spreads I picked were a three-berry jam, Yummus (hummus with pureed carrots and other veggies) and an artichoke heart and spinach bake. The jam was like berry pie filling, so good you could eat it with a spoon. But it was also great on the cinnamon raisin nut bread. The Yummus was tangy and flavorful, and oddly, didn’t taste that much like carrots. The spinach and artichoke bake was creamy and rich. It was especially good on the airy miche, which was my favorite of the breads.
Legends Rest Taproom (facebook, instagram, twitter) opened Friday in Westbrook. The new restaurant is located at 855 Main Street in the same building as Big Fin Poké. It is owned by Tom Minervino along with his sister Meg and business partner Mike Barton.
Locally Sauced (facebook, instagram, twitter) opened their new restaurant on Thompson’s Point Saturday. The new brick and mortar location serves barbecue in addition to burritos and tacos. Locally Sauced is located in the space formerly occupied by Big J’s Chicken Shack.
Urban Sugar/Eighty 8 Donut Cafe owner Kevin Sandes and his business partner David Gilbert are developing a new restaurant in Waterville called Money Cat Fried Chicken and Donuts. The restaurant will be located at 173 Main Street and is slated to open in summer 2018.
Gilbert and Sandes were culinary school classmates and are longtime friends.
“This is more than a business,” said Sandes. “It’s about building community, friendships, connections.” Added Gilbert: “This is a partnership that has grown out of friendship. Twenty years after culinary school and some pretty wild adventure travel, we’re reconnecting and bringing together these two concepts—that’s where the magic is.”
Gilbert was a 2013 Beard award semifinalist in the Best Chef: South West category. He has traveled through Asia and used those experiences to inform the cooking at his restaurant Tuk Tuk Taproom in Texas.
Sandes spent years as a hotel chef and in catering before launching Eighty 8 Donut Cafe (formerly Urban Sugar) first as a food truck and then as a brick-and-mortar location at Sugarloaf Mountain.
The pair selected the restaurant’s name to “reflect the restaurant’s Asian inspiration, abundance for Waterville, and good fortune for all”.