Interview with Arlin Smith

Eater Maine has published an interview with Eventide’s general manager Arlin Smith taking a look back at their first year in operation.

As far as the concept itself, the three of us all have dreams of what our ultimate restaurant would be, but individually, as a restaurateur, I don’t think it’s the smartest thing to just do what you want. We do a lot of things well, so we decided to look at what Portland wants. It didn’t have an oyster bar. We loved the idea of getting an incredible amount of local oysters that weren’t available anywhere in that quantity, and doing a Hugo’s-style casual fare — a New England-style sushi bar. Once we started throwing those ideas around, it was a no-brainer for us. We had this really cool, fun, relaxed space, and it went gangbusters.

Hey Bartender

heybartenderA movie called Hey Bartender is scheduled to be shown at Space Gallery on Monday August 19, 7:30 pm. The movie “is the story of the rebirth of the bartender and the comeback of the cocktail. Featuring the world’s most renowned bartenders and access to the most exclusive bars in New York with commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco.”

The event at Space is sponsored by The Bearded Lady. Tickets are now on sale at

This Week’s Events: Graze, Twilight, Beer Festival, Bastille Day

Wednesday — Black Tie is catering one of their Graze Dinners at Pineland Farms, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — there will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House, The Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Southern Tier Brewing and Jonah Fertig from Local Sprouts will be the guest chef at this week’s Twilight Dinner at Turkey Hill Farm.

Saturday — a craft beer festival is taking place on the Maine State Pier, Novare Res is holding an all day celebration of Dogfish Head Brewing, there will be wine and food tasting at Rosemont Produce, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — The Language Exchange is holding a Bastille Day dinner at Turkey Hill Farm to benefit Cultivating Community, Petite Jacqueline is serving a special 4-course meal in honor of Bastille Day, and Wine Wise is hosting a wine and oyster sail in Casco Bay.

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 dinner series called Supperpie is being launched next week. It’s the creation of Rocco Salvatore Talarico who was the featured guest chef at the first Pocket Brunch last summer and has played a supporting role at two others.

Supperpie is billed as “meticulously hand-crafted, righteously & unnecessarily gluttonous”. Each of the six dinners in the series will be a 9-course meal. Tickets are $150 per person and are available online at

Food Trucks: Mainely Treats

The Bangor Daily News has published an article about Mainely Treats, a new food truck from the owners of Mainely Burgers.

The decadent creation, called The Buckeye, is one of three gourmet ice cream sandwiches being sold on the streets of Portland this week from the city’s newest food truck, Mainely Treats.

Run by childhood friends Jack Barber and Ben Berman of Cape Elizabeth, the ice cream sandwich, sundae and root beer float truck is the third mobile canteen in their fleet.

Foodie Word Rant

Working Waterfront has published a “rant about ‘foodie’ words” by prominent food historian Sandy Oliver.

As cooks, we shouldn’t drizzle anything. Most of us who live along the coast are terribly familiar with drizzle. It happens outdoors, often in winter and spring, and leaves our hair damp, and us in a bad mood, if it goes on for many days. It is done by nature, with water, that fine barely visible mist in the air that we feel on our faces, but when we hold out our hand, does not make drops.

Maine Distilling, Part 1

The Root has posted the first of a three part series on Maine’s distilling industry.

Over the course of the next two months The Root will dip into the subject of Maine’s craft distilled spirits industry by profiling three distillers who are distinguishing themselves using primarily Maine sourced ingredients in the form of grains and/or fruit in the liquor making process. For these three posts, The Root is collaborating with Andrew Volk, a native New Englander, and nationally award-winning bartender who is opening Portland, Maine’s first craft cocktail bar, the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club this summer.

An Appreciation for Restaurant Industry Staff

Bourbon Portland Beer Politics has published a “little Independence Day appreciation for my friends in food service“.

Today, on America’s birthday, I want to thank the servers, bartenders, caterers and everyone else in the food and beverage industry as they do so much to contribute to the greatness of this nation and their efforts go relatively unsung.