2nd Floor Visit

About Town paid a visit to the new 2nd floor of the Public Market House and posted a report on the newly expanded market.

Chairs and tables look out over Monument Square, making it a prime people-watching location (and the yet-to-be-completed glass elevator, also overlooking the square, will only heighten the experience).

“All of a sudden I’m beginning to feel this is really what I hoped it would be,” Horton says of the endeavor, which she sees not just as a public market for fresh foods and produce, but also as an “incubator for businesses.”

Chicken and Scallops

Today’s Press Herald includes an article on new rules that would regulate small scale chicken farms

[Organic farmer Rick] Stanley is among a number of small poultry producers planning to speak against the proposed rules at a hearing at 10 a.m. today in Room 208 at the Cross Office Building in Augusta. The issue highlights how the booming demand for locally grown and produced food can collide with the regulatory framework set up to ensure its safety.

The newspaper also reprinted a piece from the Bangor Daily News about the Maine scallop industry

“When the water is warm, they swim right through the water like Pac-Man,” he said, referring to the classic video game. “This year, I’ve seen quite a few small scallops. You know, little guys, 1-inch, 2-inch scallops. I’ve heard from other people around the state that they’re seeing some small scallops, which we haven’t seen in many, many years.

“I hope it bodes well for the future,” he added.

This Week's Events

Monday—PortlandTaps.com has organized a Solstice Pub Crawl. the Maine Ambassadors of Food and Drink are running the weekly Foodie Trivia Contest at Bull Feeney’s, and Stephen Lanzalotta is teaching a cooking class.
Tuesday—Port Sports is facilitating a second Mead Crawl. The event starts with a tour at Maine Mead Works, wends it way through the city and ends up at Novare Res.
Thursday—Cinque Terre is serving a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve. There’s also a Christmas Eve dinner taking place at Grace.
For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.
If you are holding a local area food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

This Week’s Events

Monday—PortlandTaps.com has organized a Solstice Pub Crawl. the Maine Ambassadors of Food and Drink are running the weekly Foodie Trivia Contest at Bull Feeney’s, and Stephen Lanzalotta is teaching a cooking class.

Tuesday—Port Sports is facilitating a second Mead Crawl. The event starts with a tour at Maine Mead Works, wends it way through the city and ends up at Novare Res.

Thursday—Cinque Terre is serving a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve. There’s also a Christmas Eve dinner taking place at Grace.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a local area food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Review of Hugo's

Hugo’s received 5 stars from the Taste & Tell Column in this week’s Maine Sunday Telegram.

If there were a book called “100 Things to Do in Portland Before You Die,” eating at Hugo’s would be at the beginning, because Rob Evans assembles delicious, high-design dinners no one should miss.

Review of Hugo’s

Hugo’s received 5 stars from the Taste & Tell Column in this week’s Maine Sunday Telegram.

If there were a book called “100 Things to Do in Portland Before You Die,” eating at Hugo’s would be at the beginning, because Rob Evans assembles delicious, high-design dinners no one should miss.

Review of Five Fifty-Five

Appetite Portland has posted a review of Five Fifty-Five.

Our waiter, Ezra, was attentive, knowledgeable and opinionated (just the way I like ‘em), and the entire service experience was top notch . . . My first experience at Five Fifty-Five gets a first-rate high five from me.