2019 Apple Harvest

The Kennebec Journal has published an article about this year’s apple harvest.

Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, said this year’s crop looks good, despite the prediction it will be “less than average.” She said a cold spring hampered pollination, which delayed ripening of the fruit by about 10 days.

Vegan School Lunches

The Bangor Daily News has published an article about the vegan lunches available to students in Portland public schools.

This school year, Portland Public Schools unveiled new vegan lunch options at elementary schools — a rotating menu of falafel and brown rice, roasted carrot “hot dogs” and lentil-based sloppy Joes alongside its traditional meat-based fare. The vegan program replaces a vegetarian option that had been in place since 2011.

This Week’s Events: Wine Dinners, Coloniale, Portland Yard Sale

Tuesday – Evo is holding a Portuguese wine dinner, and there will be a Stekar wine tasting at Maine & Loire.

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

Thursday – Maine & Loire is holding a Chaumont wine tasting.

Saturday – The Tate House is holding “an afternoon of education and entertainment surrounding beer in the 18th and 19th century”, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – there will be a Rising Tide brunch, a Big Tree dinner at Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground, a Cape Farm Alliance dinner at the Inn by the Sea, and the Portland Yard Sale is taking place at the Maine Girls’ Academy.

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 Gather

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published a review of Gather.

Since we last reviewed it, the restaurant has broadened its culinary focus under the rubric of what chef Colin Kelly calls “New American” cooking, a change that has not always worked to its advantage. On the whole, Mexican and Asian dishes such as lobster ramen and fish tacos are not among the restaurant’s strongest. However, Gather’s pizza – especially the cauliflower and mushroom pie, oozing with mascarpone – remain excellent. Under Dylan Suagee, its bar program, including a menu of respectable craft cocktails and a succinct, fruit-forward, mostly New World wine list, has become reason alone for a visit.

Fork Food Lab Looking for New Digs

Mainebiz reports that Fork Food Lab is looking for a new space.

After doubling Fork Food Lab’s membership, Seretta is searching for bigger space as he sets out to raise $150,000 from private donations to cover a loss. He’s looking for a building of 10,000 to 12,000 square feet and ideally on one floor that would be better suited to production.

“This is a neat building,” Seretta says, “but it’s not a manufacturing facility.” Having to walk up and down stairs is a hassle for the producers, on top of a shortage of production space, storage areas and parking spaces, and not even a loading dock. 

Pat’s to Add Speakeasy

The Press Herald reports that the new owner of the Old Port Pat’s Pizza plans to add speakeasy to the Market Street pizzeria.

Mike Lizotte, who owns an interactive stock market-themed bar in Portland, has purchased Pat’s Pizza Old Port and plans to convert an upstairs function space into a speakeasy with a secret entrance.

Pat’s is scheduled to reopen September 20th and the speakeasy grand opening is planned for New Year’s Eve.

This Week’s Events: Labor Day, ChefsFeed, Burger Freak

Monday – It’s Labor Day.

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

Thursday – the first session of the sold out ChefsFeed collaboration dinners is taking place.

Friday – the second session of the sold out ChefsFeed collaboration dinners is taking place.

Saturday – Chef Kevin Gravito is launching his Burger Freak pop-up at Rose Foods, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – the last session of the ChefsFeed collaboration dinners is taking place.

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 N To Tail

Sweet Avieve’s Food Blog has published a review of N To Tail.

If you are seeking a fun and interactive meal, N to Tail is an opportunity not to be missed. Serving lunch and dinner from a fusion menu upstairs, you do have to wait until 5pm for the BBQ section to be open, however it is absolutely worth it!