This Week’s Events: Little Sal, Oxtravaganza, Memorial Day BBQ

Monday — Allagash is releasing Little Sal, a blueberry beer aged in oak.

Tuesday — the monthly Local Foods Networking Breakfast will be held at Local Sprouts.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — the Maine Lobsterbake Company is throwing a benefit for Fort Gorges at Crema, the Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Boothbay Craft Brewing, and there will be an wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Saturday — Outliers is hosting Oxtravaganza, a 5k race and craft brew festival is taking place at the Portland Expo, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Memorial Day — Family Feast, Tandem Coffee and Bunker Brewing are throwing a Indonesian themed Memorial Day BBQ party in East Bayside.

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 Vignola Cinque Terre

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Vignola Cinque Terre.

Located in the heart of Portland’s Old Port, this ultra-stylish Italian spot is one of the finest restaurants in the city, from the hand-made thin-crust pizzas, artisanal pasta and antipasti of all stripes to the delectable entrees and desserts. There’s an extensive list of fine Italian wines, too. Standout dishes include fritto misto, potato gnocchi with four-cheese sauce, and hand-cut thick-style spaghetti in a ragu of San Marzano tomatoes and house-made pancetta.

Boston Globe: Bissell Brothers

The Boston Globe has published an article about Bissell Brothers.

Available in silver 16-ounce cans, The Substance is an aromatic IPA weighing in at 6.6 percent alcohol by volume. While the brew was intended to be the company’s flagship, cofounder Peter Bissell says he never intended to stick with one commercial release for so long. A batch consisting of 180 cases of the bitter, sticky brew typically sells out in two days.

Restaurant Impossible: Uncle Andy’s (Updated)

The Portland Daily Sun, The Forecaster and the Press Herald have published reports on the upcoming visit of Restaurant: Impossible to film a show at Uncle Andy’s.

On June 9, “Restaurant: Impossible” host Robert Irvine and crew will take over the 60-year-old diner from owners Dennis and Tina Fogg for a 36-hour, $10,000 marathon restaurant rescue mission before a grand re-opening June 11.

The breakfast-and-lunch diner staff, menu and aesthetic will get an extreme makeover – as well as some tough love – for an episode to be aired later this year.