The Minervino Family

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published an article about Minervino Family.

The Minervinos are perhaps not as well known as some Portland restaurateurs, but their roots here run deep – their family immigrated to Portland from Italy in the early 20th century. In addition to Pizza Villa, which reopened March 25, the Minervino brothers and two of Sam’s children, Tom and Meg, own Tomaso’s Canteen in the Old Port, and Rob’s son Marcus has worked there. Sam owns Samuel’s Bar & Grill on Forest Avenue, where Rob is assistant manager. Siblings Tom and Meg are partners in Legends Rest Tap Room in Westbrook and hope to open a second restaurant together in Portland within the year.

Reviews: Food Delivery Services & Pancakes

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published a review of 6 Portland area restaurant delivery services, and

2 Dine In’s roster of restaurant partners tops 100, offering food as varied as pork schnitzel (Other Side Delicatessen), Sicilian pizza (Slab) and cactus-blossom pupusas (Flores). Deliveries generally arrive when they are supposed to, although the back-end technology seems to sandbag expectations by frequently proposing wait times that exceed an hour, even when the actual delivery arrives far sooner.

The Golden Dish has reviewed local options for pancakes.

To me the perfect pancake is light and fluffy (not leaden and too floury) with crisp edges from being cooked on a well-greased griddle. The batter is lightened by folding in whipped egg whites to the flour, milk and egg batter.   They should be no larger than 4-to 5 inches in diameter, sensibly large compared to the dinner-plate size pancakes that some restaurant kitchens deem are likable by the dining public.

9 Italian Wine Dinners

Nine (9!) Italian wine dinners are taking place in Portland and elsewhere in Maine on May 8th. Participating restaurants are:

  • Enoteca Athena, Brunswick
  • Evo Kitchn + Bar
  • Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth
  • Lolita
  • Paciarino
  • Solo Italiano
  • Tipo
  • Union
  • Varano’s, Wells

Collectively, 43 wines from 23 different wineries will be served. They’re all imported by Leonardo Locasio Selections/Winebow.

For more details consults the individual restaurants.

Rosemont Market HQ on Stevens Ave

Rosemont Market and Bakery has announced that they’ve leased 10,000 sq ft of space at 832 Stevens Ave to consolidate in one place their bakery, food production, offices and warehouse operations.

The 10,000-square-foot space will allow Rosemont to increase efficiency; encourage collaboration among our bakers, cooks, produce specialists and local producer partners; and minimize travel times from production to retail, thereby maximizing freshness and reducing environmental impact.

“This project is the next natural step for Rosemont’s growth,” says Rosemont Director of Operations Erin Lynch. “Rosemont’s products as well as our relationships with local suppliers are the soul of what we do. Our aim is to create a beautiful workspace that can accommodate and nurture our creative work as well as deepen and expand how we work with producers throughout the region.”

Rosemont plans to begin the build-out soon, and hopes to starting using the new facility by the middle of the Summer.

Rose Foods Guest Chef Series

Rose Foods is launching a guest chef program later this month. Each week a guest chef will create a signature bagel sandwich that will be featured on the menu Friday – Sunday. Here’s the schedule:

  • April 26 – 28, Mr. Tuna
  • May 3 – 5, Eventide
  • May 10 – 12, Drifters Wife
  • May 17 – 19, Meat Hook (a butcher shop from Brooklyn)
  • May 24 – 26, The Honey Paw
  • May 31 – June 2, Duckfat
  • June 7 – 9, Noble BBQ
  • June 14 – 16, Cong Tu Bot
  • June 21 – 23, Little Giant

Under Construction: Copper Branch

Mainebiz has published an update on the Copper Branch vegan restaurant under development in Canal Plaza.

Chris and Melissa Hooper, husband-and-wife entrepreneurs who will become the building’s first tenants after signing a lease, told Mainebiz they’re targeting a September opening — possibly sooner — for the business.

Originally from Canada and now living in Cape Elizabeth, the couple will be franchisees for Copper Branch, a fast-growing Montreal-based chain that specializes in “100% plant-based power food” from avocado toast and other all-day breakfast fare to power smoothies and poutine with cremini mushroom sauce, a vegan take on a Quebec classic.

Woodfords Corner Maiz Opened Sunday

Maiz (websitefacebookinstagram) opened their new 1,200 square foot restaurant located at 621 Forest Ave yesterday. The hours for the new location are Tuesday – Saturday 3pm-9pm and Sunday 11am – 6pm. 

Check out this set of photos by Eating Portland Alive for a look at some of the food at the Forest Ave Maiz.

Owners Martha Leonard and Niky Watler opened their original location in the Public Market House July 2, 2017.

This Week’s Events: Darling Ruby, Lone Pine, Sunday Seminar, Good Wine for a Good Cause

MondayGood Wine for a Good Cause, a wine tasting event that raises money for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, is taking place at Grace.

Tuesday – the April Hush Hush event is taking place at Giant.

Wednesday – Woodford F&B is holding a launch party for Allagash Darling Ruby.

Friday – there will be a wine tasting at the Brighton Ave Rosemont and Vermont wine/cide maker Deirdre Heekin from La Garagista will be at Maine & Loire for a wine tasting, Oxbow Brewing is hosting Bully Boy Distilling for an event to launch their amaro, and a Graze Dinner is taking place.

SaturdayLone Pine is opening their Gorham tasting room, a Titanic-themed dinner is taking place at the Cumberland Club, as is the Winter Farmers’ Market.

Sunday – there will be a Selections de la Vina tasting at Maine & Loire, and Bow Street is holding their monthly Sunday Wine Seminar.

A Look Ahead – here are a couple events happening a little further out that you may want to check out.

    • Ripka is holding a pop-up dinner at Piccolo “a night filled with vodka, “zakuski” to share, pierogis, “golubtsi” (stuffed cabbage) & more” on April 15th, 5-10pm.
    • Chefs Matt Ginn and Christian Hayes will be guest speakers at a MaineVoices event taking place on April 23rd at One Longfellow Square.

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.