Udder Place Closing

According to a report in the Forecaster, Udder Place is going out of business.

“It’s a bittersweet thing,” owner Sam Lambert said.

Several years ago, after his wife gave birth to triplets, Lambert said he decided it was time to change careers. He got his real estate license and has been working for RE/MAX in Topsham. He and his family live in Bath.

“We have four children under the age of 4,” he said. “With the economic downturn, it just made sense to move on.”

According to the article, “A few of the regulars and some Udder Place employees are hoping another coffee shop will open in the area, and are doing what they can to try to make that happen.”

Cupping Coffee and Crazy Dick’s

In today’s Press Herald, food writer Meredith Goad reports on the process of cupping coffee. In celebration of Specialty Coffee Month CbD will be holding a pair of public cuppings in February.

“Then you roll it around on your tongue,” Spear said, somehow managing to maintain his dignity while talking like the kid in “A Christmas Story” whose tongue got stuck to a frozen flagpole.

Spear was demonstrating his coffee-cupping prowess for employees at Coffee By Design on a cold, rainy October afternoon. I was invited to participate, eager to perfect my schlurping technique and learn how the professionals use “cupping” to evaluate the aroma, flavor, acidity and balance of coffees from around the world.

And today’s Natural Foodie column is about Crazy Dick’s, a line or organic cajun spices made here in Maine. Crazy Dick’s products are on sale at Harbor Fish Market.

“A large part of what we’re trying to do is create Cajun food in a way that’s healthy,” Curole said.

He acknowledges that people don’t often use “Cajun” and “healthful” in the same sentence – and with good reason. A traditional family-sized pot of shrimp creole can contain up to a dozen sticks of butter, according to Curole.

Food Blogs: Breaking Bread with Joe & Burger Meister Meister

Two new food blogs have been added to the Food Map:


This Week’s Events: Market Ordinance, Tuscan Wine Dinner, Peaks Island Gastro, Wine and Pie, MRW Tickets

Tuesday — East Ender is holding a 4-course Tuscan wine dinner in conjunction with Devenish Wines.

Wednesday — the City Council is scheduled to take up the issue of allowing the sale of raw milk, hard cider, malt liquor and wine produced by Maine farmers at the Portland Farmers Market. There will be a wine tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants.

Thursday — a few days in advance of National Pie Day on the 23rd there will be a wine and pie tasting at the Aurora Provisions.

Saturday — the Winter Farmers Market is being held, and the January Peaks Island Gastro Society dinner which was rescheduled from last weekend is taking place.

SundayBeauty and the Beast is on the schedule for movie night at Petite Jacqueline and the Urban Farm Fermentory is teaching a mushroom growing workshop.

Maine Restaurant Week
Tickets for Maine Restaurant Week’s kick-off cocktail and dessert competition are now on sale.

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.

Review of Zapoteca and Taco Escobarr

The Portsmouth Herald has published a review of Zapoteca and Taco Escobarr.

Mexican cuisine is just like any other — you can dress it up or dress it down and both can be delicious, which is why I wanted to give an overview of two Mexican/Southwestern spots, yes, up in Portland, Maine, and both worth telling you about.

I’ll start with a more refined Mexican restaurant and end with the one that you might find yourself in after you hit a few bars or before hitting them for a late night.

Interview with Andrea Lee

The Munjoy Hill News has published an interview with Andrea Lee, a bartender at Sangillo’s, and some of the bar regulars.

Lee said the Tavern formerly was located on India Street, in two different locations. One was part of Miccuci’s Market. It was also a restaurant with 9 booths and a bar with 8 stools. It was open for breakfast and lunch, but not dinner. Debbie Broad was a waitress there. She started when she was 17 and had just been married she said last night at the bar. The current Tavern has no kitchen and so only hot dogs are available. “I wish we did have a kitchen here, but there isn’t enough space for one,” she said wistfully.

Dorothy Larsen, 80

Dorothy Larsen, who ran Moran’s Market on Forest Ave with her husband Bernard, has passed away at the age of 80.

Dorothy Larsen and her husband, Bernard, ran Moran’s Market on outer Forest Avenue for most of the 55 years the market, a popular butcher shop and convenience store in the Riverton neighborhood, has operated.

Dorothy Larsen, in fact, was still involved in the store at the age of 80, although the actual running of the store has been turned over to the couple’s children.

See the obituary in today’s paper for a schedule visiting hours and the funeral.

Sebago Farms Hydroponic Greenhouse

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram reports on the 37-acre hydroponic greenhouse/aquaculture operation being planned in Windham.

One of three huge hydroponic greenhouses would stretch 2,000 feet from this spot — a distance longer than two Eiffel Towers laid end to end. There are plans for fish ponds and unique renewable energy elements that will make it extremely efficient.

By 2013, Sebago Farms should be selling hydroponic vegetables and coldwater fish throughout the Northeast.