This Week’s Events: Good Wine, 2 Beard House Dinners, Eating You Alive, Pizza Series, Gasharoo

MondayGood Wine for a Good Cause is taking place at Grace.

Tuesday – Ilam Lopez and Damian Sansonetti from Piccolo/Chaval, Chris and Paige Gould from Central Provisions/Tipo, and Danielle and Justin Walker from Walkers Maine will be collaborating on a dinner at the Beard House in NYC.

Wednesday – the Tipo guest chef pizza series gets off to start with a pizza designed by chef Courtney Loreg from Woodford F & B.

ThursdayAndrew Chadwick from the Sea Glass at Inn is the guest chef at a dinner at the Beard House in NYC, there will be a single screening of Eating You Alive at Cinemagic in Westbrook, and The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing beer from Hidden Cove Brewing.

Friday – there will be a wine tasting at the West End Rosemont, and First Friday Art Walk is taking place.

Saturday – Novare Res will have 30+ Allagash beers on tap for their annual Gasharoo, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Saturday – LB Kitchen is hosting a Northern Thai dinner with chef Matt Towle and Paige McGuinness.

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.

10 Years Ago in April

Here’s a look at the top stories from April 2008:

  • Erik Desjarlais opened his new restaurant Evangeline in Longfellow Square.
  • Bresca was included on the Conde Nast Traveler‘s 2008 Hot List.
  • Andrew Zimmern was working on new episode of his show set in Maine.
  • An article by Sam Hayward on island raised sheep in Maine was published in The Art of Eating.
  • Chef et al opened on Forest Ave and Granny’s re-opened on Congress Street.
  • Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham gave a lecture entitled “The Natural Cook: What Diet Does to Make us Human” at the University of New England.

Maine’s Food Heritage

Food historian Sandy Oliver, author Nancy Harmon Jenkins, culinary antiquarian bookseller Don Lindgren, and Tilly Laskey, curator of the “Maine Eats” exhibit at the Maine Historical Society were interviewed earlier this week on Maine Calling about Maine’s food heritage.

In conjunction with a new exhibit at the Maine Historical Society, we examine Maine’s food heritage, including what ingredients and dishes have come from the different cultures that have shaped our state.

Reviews: Bite Into Maine, Evo, Highroller Lobster

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Bite into Maine and Highroller Lobster, and

Call Sutton’s approach cautious if you must, but it results in a roll that has been widely celebrated as one of the best in the nation. Bite’s classic Maine-style roll ($17.95) is almost architectural in its attention to balance among its few ingredients. First sweet lobster meat – claw and knuckle only, as long as supply from local lobstermen allows – which has to be mixed with cooling mayonnaise in precisely the right quantity and piled generously into the yielding center of a butter-toasted bun. With a million ways to get it wrong, Sarah Sutton and her husband, co-owner Karl Sutton, get it exactly right, every time.

the Portland Phoenix has reviewed Evo,

Evo’s menu separates proteins as “Fish” and “Meat” respectively, and this is where the bulk of the fun is to be had. A shallow monkfish stew with mussels, chickpeas and green garlic is as rich and satisfying in taste as it is beautiful to look at. Seared tuna with ginger, cilantro and avocado toum (an eggless Lebanese garlic emulsion) remains wholly faithful to the rest of the menu while clearly taking inspiration from Asian cooking. A dish of buttery cod, lobster and cauliflower—framed by tahini and celery root—steals the show in its barrage of opulent textures and flavors.