The highly anticipated opening of Jackrabbit Cafe (instagram) is slated to take place late next month—tentatively on
April 21st May 5th. The bakery and cafe from Elda (instagram) chef/owner Bowman Brown will “focus on Scandinavian-inspired breads and pastries as well as seasonal vegetable dishes, sandwiches, and heartier small plates”.
Jackrabbit is located in the first floor of 14 Main Street in Biddeford. The second floor of the newly renovated building will be the future home of Elda when it re-opens.
Brown moved to Maine from Salt Lake City where he was the co-owner and chef of Forage. He was a Food & Wine Best New Chef in 2011. Additionally, Brown was six time Beard semifinalists in the Best Chef: Southwest from 2011 to 2016. Elda was named one of the Best New Restaurants in America by Bill Addison at Eater in 2018, and was the feature of a New York Times article in that same year.
Here’s a look at the draft menu for opening day at Jackrabbit:
8 am and on…
- Triple cream yogurt, maple granola, grapefruit
- Raw oatmeal, almond milk, chia, blueberry, lavender
- Rolled omelet, on toasted spelt brioche, onion marmalade
- Avocado hummus, grilled whole grain flatbread
- Crispy potatoes, pork green chili, poached egg
- Sourdough waffle, brown butter syrup, berries, vanilla crème fraiche
10:30 and on…
- Smoked trout, on danish rye toast, crushed peas, radish
- Potato soup, hake, celery, wild garlic
- Warm asparagus salad, toasted seeds, whipped egg yolk
- Green salad, young lettuce, almond ricotta, snow peas, herb dressing
- Salmon tartare, sprouted grains, avocado, nori, jalepeno
- Fried pork sandwich, milk bread, charred cabbage, onion mayo
- Russian dumplings, beef and smoked beet, sour cream, dill
A new Peruvian pop-up series called The Lost Llama (instagram) got underway this past weekend when a dish by chef Rafael Zimmerman was featured on the Cong Tu Bot takeout menu. Zimmerman is a member of the CTB staff and is launching The Lost Llama as a solo side project from his work at the popular Vietnamese restaurant.
Zimmerman has worked in Portland for the past 7 years with Guy Frenette at Artemisia as well as at Nura and Cong Tu Bot. Zimmermann was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Pennsylvania.
Zimmerman is planning a 8-10 dish pop-up at Cong Tu Bot in the coming months to share his “own versions of Peruvian food as well as paying homage to the original dishes” served along with Peruvian ceviche and beverages.
Follow The Lost Llama on instagram to get alerted about their next event.
Tandem Coffee’s Briana Holt will be participating in the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association’s Makers in their Studio series. this Wednesday at 7 pm.
Holt was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, a small island rich in east coast agriculture and food ways. Her first job at age 13 was making donuts and bread at a tiny bakery that has served her hometown since the early 30’s. After studying film and art in western Massachusetts, she moved back to her hometown where she met Will and Kathleen Pratt while baking at a coffee shop Kathleen was working at. The three friends eventually moved to New York where Kathleen opened the Blue Bottle affiliate in Brooklyn and where Will worked as a roaster. Meanwhile, Briana lucked out working under some of Brooklyn’s best cooks and bakers at Pies ‘n’ Thighs, as well as M.Wells Diner.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite, and the event is free for MCMA members.
Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram reports on food insecurity and the work being done to better address the needs of immigrants and communities of Black, indigenous and people of color residents in Maine.
While the pandemic highlighted the disparity and inequity that already existed with food insecurity in Maine, it also made clear that smaller nonprofits led by people of color and tribal communities were not getting the funding support needed, Miale said.
“I think what COVID really highlighted is that while we have an amazing network of partners doing amazing work, we realized that we were not adequately reaching these communities,” she said. “If we were reaching them, we weren’t always providing them the support they needed and the food they needed, particularly our New Mainer communities.”
Food Coma has published a podcast interview with Josh Potocki.
In this episode, chef and entrepreneur Josh Potocki begins with describing his personal journey, before we start waxing nostalgic about the golden age of decadence. Well, for us anyway. It was our scene, different from now – not that there is anything wrong with the current state of affairs. I think it’s part of getting old when terms like “Pop-Up” can’t help but solicit a huge eye roll. Also if you can take away anything from this episode, it’s that your event will inevitably be a lot less cool once you lose control of the guest list. Plus the world started going downhill once “Everyone” was now considered a “Winner.” Lastly, we kill some deer. For a good cause.
Brickyard Hollow Brewing (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) has leased the former Arabica coffee shop at 9 Commercial Street where they plan to open a 60+ seat pizzeria and brew pub with a menu similar to what they offer at their location in Freeport. The room will feature a long bar along the right side of the room, a banquet along the left wall and table seating throughout the rest of the dining room. The 3,000 sq ft space will soon be under renovation and the owners hope to open by mid-summer.
Brickyard plans to keep their main brewing facility in Yarmouth but will likely be producing small batch specialty beers on Commercial Street.
Brickyard Hollow Brewing launched in Yarmouth in 2018 and opened their Freeport location in 2019. This new outpost follows a pattern of other Maine breweries (e.g. Oxbow, Banded Brewing and Batson River) that have opened second locations in the city after founding their business elsewhere in the state.
Ordering is now live for the Beautiful Swimmer (instagram) pop-up takeout dinner by chef Ben Jackson taking place next week.
Visit beautifulswimmer.com to place your order.
The menu for the takeout dinner for two will feature:
- Fried monkfish and marinated mussels
- Winter squash stew with chicken and buckwheat
Pick-up for the dinner will be on April 2nd with time slots available from 5 – 7:30 pm. Tandem Coffee is lending out Little Tandem in East Bayside (122 Anderson Street) for Beautiful Swimmer to use as pick-up location for the night.
Beautiful Swimmer is being launched by Ben and Alexis Jackson. Ben is a Beard Award nominated chef. In Brooklyn he worked at Marlow and Sons and Diner before becoming the executive sous chef for Reynard at the Wythe Hotel. He moved to Maine in 2016 to become the chef de cuisine at the now closed Drifters Wife. He received a James Beard award Best Chef nomination in 2020 for his work at Drifters.
Beautiful Swimmer is a new and evolving concept. Follow Beautiful Swimmer on instagram to stay in the loop on future events and milestones in its development.
Belleflower Brewing (website, facebook, instagram) is officially opening today. Belleflower has taken over the former Brewery Extrava space on Cove Street in East Bayside. The opening day menu includes:
- Lost Leaf, a pale lager
- Magpie, a New England pale ale
- Scruggsy, a New England IPA
- 2 versions of Secret Clubhouse, an imperial stout
Rose Foods is kicking off the 2021 edition of their guest chef series on April 9th. 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 9 – 11, Mamelah’s
- April 16 – 18, Mr. Tuna
- April 23 – 25, Eventide
- April 30 – May 2, Taj
- May 7 – 9, Duckfat
- May 14 – 16, Ramona’s
- May 21 – 23, Baharat
- May 28 – 30, Quiero Cafe