A new food truck called Tacos La Poblanita (instagram) is under development and the owners hope to open in the next few weeks. They’ll be serving “authentic Mexican street food” including tacos, burritos and quesadillas.
Candy’s hopes to open sometime in late summer.
The 2nd Annual Portland Wine Week (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) is taking place June 17 – 23 at various venues across the city. 73 events are on the calendar. Here are some of the highlights:
- A grand opening Women in Wine dinner featuring 5 women chefs (Cara Stadler, Melissa Kelly, Ilma Lopez, Paige Gould, Shanna Horner O’Hea) and the 10 women sommeliers.
- Classes and seminars such as one on Rancio wine by Patrick McDonald and Lauren Clarke, and a panel discussion on “What Really is Natural Wine?”
- Numerous special events and tastings including the opportunity to meet winemakers like Brianne Day who will be at Maine & Loire and Cedric Guyot who will be at Eventide, as well as importers like Karen Ulrich from T. Edwards Wines
- There’s a Women in Wine track running through all 7 days of Portland Wine Week
- 22 wine lunches and wine dinners. A few highlights include a Chateau Musar lunch at Evo, a 4-course dessert and sherry tasting at Chaval, a 3-course dessert, port and madeira tasting at Gross Confection Bar, and a 5-course dinner at Lio featuring wines from Patricia Green Cellars
- And for those of you who want to enjoy your wine and work off a few calories too there’s a PWW run with Ned Swain as well as a Barre and Bubbles class.
- And a wide variety of non-ticketed events that you can take advantage of throughout the week.
- 25 restaurants are participating in a wine passport program
In short, unless you really don’t like wine at all (and really, how could you not?) there’s something for everyone in the PWW calendar.
Wednesday – the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.
Sunday – Po’ Boys is holding the 8th Annual Crawfish Boil, Cong Tu Bot will be on the road for an event at the Oyster River Winegrowers, 3 Portland distillers are releasing their collaboration spirit Rum Riot Rum and raising a toast to the memory of John Robbins, the 22-year-old sailor from Deer Isle who died in the 1855 Portland Rum Riot. Hugo’s and OurCookQuest are collaborating to offer a Koji Workshop.
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.
The Press Herald has reviewed the Three Dollar Deweys.
The new and improved version of Three Dollar Deweys includes some slight layout changes, nicely renovated bathrooms and a menu revamp that I’ll discuss later, but by far the most exciting development, in my opinion, is that there’s now a specialty cocktail menu featuring 10 drinks ranging from $8 to $13. I went with the $11.50 blood orange martini, one of my drinking companions ordered the $13 Commercial Street (tequila, apricot brandy liqueur, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice), and my other friend chose the $12 Paloma (tequila, grapefruit juice, agave nectar and soda water).
The Press Herald published a profile earlier this week on Scott Tyree, the Freeport resident who recently became the 256th Master Sommelier in the world.
At 8:30 a.m. on April 29, Scott Tyree, wearing a dark navy suit with a lucky stone from a friend tucked into a pocket, entered a suite at the Four Seasons in St. Louis, the city’s acclaimed arch visible in a window behind him. Waiting for Tyree was a panel of four proctors, all master sommeliers, and six glasses of classic wines – three white, three red. He was there to take, for the 10th time in 16 years, the famously rigorous master sommelier exam.
A couple of new openings have been announced:
- Greg Mitchell is planning to open his new restaurant Flood’s (website, instagram, facebook) to the public on Friday May 31st. The 50-seat restaurant is located at 747 Congress Street in the West End. Floods will initially be open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner with plans to eventually add lunch and brunch. Here’s a look at the draft menu Mitchell put together back in March. This is Mitchell’s second restaurant, he’s also the co-owner of Palace Diner.
- Old Port cold press juice and smoothie shop, Blake Orchard is opening their 2nd location on June 12th. The new shop is located near Woodfords Corner at 561 Forest Ave.