This Week’s Events: Sandy Oliver, Belgian Beer Fest, S&M Cocktail Pop-up, Italian Wine Dinners

belgianbeerfestTuesday — food historian Sandy Oliver will be delivering a lecture at the Tate House on “the Early American kitchen and its importance to the Colonial household”.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — in anticipation of the weekend’s Belgian Beer Fest, the Great Lost Bear will be featuring Maine produced Belgian inspired beers.

Saturday — there will be two sessions for the Belgian Beer Fest, Maine & Loire is holding a wine tasting, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place. While not a food event, and not even in Portland, I also want to mention that Saturday is the opening of the Amy Stacey Curtis exhibit in Lewiston.

Sunday — Little Tap House is serving a post Belgian Beer Fest brunch, and Spencer Albee and Mark Hubbard are holding an S&M Cocktail Pop-up at the Blue Spoon.

Italian Wine Dinners — special guest Angela Maculan will be at Piccolo for a 5-course dinner featuring her family’s wine from the Veneto region on 9/22, and Micheal Falchini will be at Solo Italiano for a 6-couse dinner featuring his family’s wines from Tuscany on 9/19.

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.

Reviews: Bill’s Pizza, The Armory

The Press Herald has published a bar review of the Armory Lounge,

The dark, cozy and classy hotel bar keeps locals coming back with its iconic décor, well-made martinis and free snack plate. Equally good for date night or for after-work drinks (particularly if you’ve been binge-watching Mad Men and want to enjoy some throwback thrills).

and a review of Bill’s Pizza.

But sometimes you want, as my daughter Sophie calls it, “pizza” pizza. We’re talking about good, basic, time-tested pizza. You know, the kind where the crust is not too thick and not too thin, the sauce is red and the cheese is abundant.

Bill’s Pizza, a venerable pizza place on Commercial Street in Portland, sells exactly that kind of pizza.

Restaurant Branding

The September issue of Dispatch includes an interview with Sean Wilkinson, co-founder of Might & Main, about restaurant branding.

Might & Main have worked with a number of successful restaurants in Portland such as Eventide and Central Provisions, and are now building a client base elsewhere such as Alden & Harlow in Boston.

Voting Begun for the 2016 Indie Biz Awards

indiebizThe ballot is now online for this year’s Indie Biz Awards. This is the 9th year that Buy Local has run the awards program which celebrates outstanding independent Portland businesses.

Many restaurants and food businesses are nominees: Local Sprouts, Vinland, Casco Bay Organics, Woodford F&B, Aurora Provisions, Asmara, Thanh Thanh 2, Treehouse, Lincolns, Rhum, Sister’s Gourmet Deli, The Holy Donut, Gritty’s, Bayside Bowl, Portland Food Coop, and the Farmers’ Market.

Visit the Buy Local website to vote for your favorites.

Certine Flatware

The Food & Dining section in today’s Press Herald includes a feature article about Certine, a new ceramic flatware launched by former Opus Ten server David Muse with Bill Todd and Rachel Rodrigues in June.

“At this point,” he said, “this product is for the type of people who make dinner reservations before they make hotel reservations, because if you don’t get the dinner reservations you’re probably not going to that town. It’s for people who go to buy foodstuffs three or four times a week as opposed to one time a week. It’s for the kind of people who take more pictures of their food than they do their children or their pets. It’s ultimately for the kind of people who are thinking about genuine interaction with their food.”

2nd Annual Fabulous Femmes Dinner

A group of some of Maine’s leading female chefs are coming together this fall for the 2nd annual Fabulous Femmes dinner at Flanagan’s Table, a benefit  for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

The dream team of culinary talent includes:

  • Krista Kern Desjarlais from The Purple House, and Bresca & the Honey Bee
  • Briana Holt from Tandem Coffee and Bakery
  • Melissa Kelly from Primo
  • Ilma Lopez from Piccolo and Caiola’s
  • Kim Rodgers from Hugo’s, Eventide and The Honey Paw
  • Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan and Bao Bao Dumpling House

Tickets go on sale on September 21st.

The Coffee Man

TheCoffeeManArabica Coffee will be hosting a screening of The Coffee Man later this month at their location on Commercial Street.

The movie follows the story of Sasa Sestic on his road to winning the 2015 World Barista Championship.

From the birthplace of coffee in Ethiopia, through Honduras, Colombia, and on to Seattle where the specialty coffee movement originated, The Coffee Man traverses the globe, following Sasa on his journey to the 2015 World Barista Championships. After partnering up with Sasa in 2014, Roland and Jeff from Jeraff have been with Sasa every step of the way on his road to being crowned the World Champion.

This Week’s Events: Black Cow, Christopher Kimball, Miyake Pig Roast, Twilight Dinner, Oliver Lecture

blackcowMondayNicholas Nappi and fellow Local 188 restaurant group colleague Gary Bowcott are holding a pop-up for Black Cow on September 5th to share their “vision for a return to good old days of the soda fountain”.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

ThursdayChristopher Kimball, founder of Cook’s Illustrated and former America’s Test Kitchen host, will be speaking at the State Theater. Tickets are available online, use discount code MSK50.

Thursday — Foundation Brewing is participating in Rails and Ales.

Saturday — There will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen, Rising Tide is participating in Rails and Ales, and the Saturday Farmers’ Market will take place.

SundayMiyake will be serving a Pig Roast at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and Jason Williams and Bryan Dane are the featured chefs at this week’s Twilight Dinner at The Well.

Food History Lecture — food historian Sandy Oliver will be giving a lecture at the Tate House on “the Early American kitchen and its importance to the Colonial household”.

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.