Portland Wine Week

The 2nd Annual Portland Wine Week (websitefacebookinstagramtwitter) is taking place June 17 – 23 at various venues across the city. 73 events are on the calendar. Here are some of the highlights:

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.

This Week’s Events: Flood’s Opening, Street Eats and Beats, Crawfish Boil, Rum Riot Rum, Koji Workshop, Caffeine Crawl

Monday – It’s Memorial Day, the informal start of Summer.

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

FridayFlood’s (websiteinstagramfacebook) will open its doors to the public, and there will be a wine tasting at the Brighton Ave Rosemont Market.

SaturdayCaffeine Crawl has produced four different tours of Portland coffee shops, the 2019 edition of Street Eats and Beats is taking place, as is the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market.

Sunday – Po’ Boys is holding the 8th Annual Crawfish BoilCong 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.

Review of Three Dollar Deweys

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).

Scott Tyree, MS

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.

Openings: Floods and Blake Orchard

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.