Sticky Fingers

The Portland Daily Sun has published an article about theft in restaurants.

People steal stuff from restaurants all the time, and surprisingly enough, not just the people who work there. It’s true that restaurant employees have been known to behave poorly or retaliate for a number of reasons by eating and drinking as if they were Robin Hood storming the castle, but a great deal of outright theft comes externally, from restaurant patrons themselves.


Review of Maelily Ryleigh’s

The Press Herald has published a review of Maelily Ryleigh’s.

Back when it was known as Kathy and Dave’s, this place drew commendation for its low prices, good food and friendly neighborhood service. And now that it is known poetically as Maelily Ryleighs, it still has low prices, good food and friendly service.

Also in today’s paper is the latest installment of the What Ales You column.

Carmen at the Danforth, Maine Organic Seed Industry

The Food & Dining section in today’s paper includes an article about chef Carmen Gonzalez and the new restaurant she’s opening this Spring at the Danforth Inn,

“Carmen at The Danforth,” scheduled to open in mid- to late May, will be something really different for Portland – a small, 40-seat boutique restaurant inside an historic inn that has a celebrity chef in command of the kitchen full-time.

The summer menu has just been completed, and is heavy on Maine seafood served with a Latin twist.

and an article about the Maine organic seed industry.

Maine is home to five certified organic seed companies, and some are seeing signs of economic recovery in this season’s sales.

“I think people were more comfortable economically this year,” said Gene Frey, who works at Fedco Seeds in Clinton.

Review of Gorgeous Gelato

Map & Menu has published a review of Gorgeous Gelato.

There was one span of time in the last month or so that I happened to find myself at Gorgeous four times in the course of eight days. In fact, we’ve been twice since taking the photos for this post! After each visit, I’m always reminded why I make a point to stop in for a cup nearly each time I find myself in the Old Port – it is, hands down, the most delicious and authentic gelato I’ve tasted since leaving Italy six years ago. Organic, fresh ingredients, natural flavors – what’s not to love?

This Week’s Events: Latte Art Competition, Wine Tastings, Farmers Markets, Movie Night

Tuesday — there will be a wine tasting at Rosemont on Brighton Ave.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — the monthly Thursday Night Throwdown latte art competition is taking place at Bard Coffee, there will be a wine tasting at Browne Trading, and The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Smuttynose Brewing.

Saturday — the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — it’s movie night at Petite Jacqueline and they’ll be screening the film Three Men and a Cradle.

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.

First Review of Al Huda

The Portland Phoenix has published a review of Al Huda.

The long coastline of Somalia is at the root of its culture’s many complexities. It is also the source of the strange and wonderful variety of its cuisine. It is a style too rarely on offer in its full splendor here in Maine, which has benefited from an influx of Somali immigrants, and many Somali markets, but few lasting Somali restaurants. The new Al Huda on Morrill’s Corner, next to the Banadir Halal Market, has the potential to change that. This is mostly thanks to its expert preparation of a nice variety of Somali dishes, but also because of the warmth of the welcome one receives there.

Spring Food & Sustainable Food Events

Today’s Food & Dining section in the Press Herald includes a survey of Spring foods and events,

In honor of spring, I’ve gathered together a selection of food-related items that will help tide your tastebuds over until summer. I’ve included, among other things, an update on fiddlehead season, a look at the big changes happening at the classic Maine restaurant Arrows, and details on a brand-new “Sweet Weekend” in the Old Port that will have folks with sweet tooths salivating.

and a preview of 3 sustainable food events taking place this week in Maine.

As a reflection of this trend, and just in time for Earth Day on Sunday, three different sustainable food events take place across Maine in the coming days that will explore issues related to local food, environmentally responsible food and food policy.