Hush, Hush Redux

In a throwback to their early days launching the Hunt and Alpine Club, Andrew and Briana Volk are holding a series of evening pop-up events called Hush, Hush in the Little Giant Market space on Clark Street.

The late-night bar will be open 9 – 11 pm, one Tuesday a month December through May: December 18th, January 15th, February 12th, March 12th, April 9th and May 7th.

They plan to serve natural wines, beer, tinned fish, caviar, burgers, calamari, disco fries and olives.

This Week’s Events: Go Sweet, Seinfeld, Oxbowzakaya, Matt James Art, NYE List

Monday – the 2nd Annual Go Sweet for Hunger event is taking place on Thompson’s Point, and there will be a Banded Horn beer Dinner at Sur Lie.

Wednesday – Eaux is holding a Seinfeld Dinner, the 7th annual Oxbowzakaya is taking place at Pai Men Miyake, and there will be a Musar tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants.

Thursday – Casco Bay Artisans will be hosting a gallery opening featuring the art of Matt James, co-owner of Standard Baking Co. Oxbow Brewing is hosting a party for Candy’s, the cafe/coffee shop, bar and queer community hub under the construction in West Bayside. Students from the USM Tourism and Hospitality Program are holding A Taste of Culture.

Friday – there will be a wine tasting at the Brighton Ave Rosemont.

Saturday – there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayTwo Fat Cats is leading a holiday cookie decorating class.

New Year’s Eve – restaurants have begun announcing their NYE dinner options:

  • Blue Spoon – 4-course with champagne toast, optionan wine pairing $60 per person.
  • Central Provisions – 7-course dinner with pairings, $150 per person. Two seatings at 6 pm and 10 pm.
  • Lolita – 6-course dinner for $110 per person (tax and tip included).
  • The Honey Paw – is serving a dim sum menu all night.

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.

Go Sweet for Hunger

Full Plates Full Potential is holding their 2nd Annual Go Sweet for Hunger event this Monday at Thompson’s Point.

Join us for the second annual Go Sweet for Hunger – a Holiday Dessert Extravaganza. Enjoy decadent pastries and delightful confections from greater Portland’s finest bakers, chefs, and chocolatiers and sip on local craft cocktails, locally brewed beer and wine tastings all while helping to ensure that 2019 is a year in which Maine kids have access to the nutrition they need to live their best lives.

Dozens of local restaurants, bakeries and other food producers will be part of the event: Katie Made, Chaval, Dean’s Sweets, Stroudwater Distillery, Bissell Brothers, LB Kitchen, The Bread & Butter Catering Company, Cellardoor Winery at The Point, Five Fifty-Five, Black Tie, Gorgeous Gelato, Hugo’s, Bam Bam Bakery, Landry’s Confections, Portland Pulp, The Bar Of Chocolate, baristas + bites, Central Provisions, LB Kitchen, Krista Desjarlais, Two Fat Cats, Woodford F&B, Ten Ten Pié, Solo Italiano, Eighty 8 Donuts.

Tickets are available online

This Week’s Events: Chisai, Matteo Furlani, Winter Farmers’ Market

MondayChisai—a pop-up collaboration between Carbon, Mr. Tuna, and Piccolo—is taking place at Piccolo.

TuesdayChef Laboa will be teaching a pasta making class at Solo Italiano.

Wednesday – There will be a wine tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants, and the tasting room at the Batson River brewery and distillery is opening in Kennebunkport.

Thursday – The Great Lost Bear will be showcasing Foulmouthed Brewing.

Friday – Winemaker Matteo Furlani will be at Maine & Loire for a tasting and Solo Italiano for a wine dinner.

Saturday – It’s the first day of the Winter Farmers’ Market at 631 Stevens Ave.

New Year’s Eve – restaurants have begun announcing their NYE dinner options:

  • Central Provisions – 7-course dinner with pairings, $150 per person. Two seatings at 6 pm and 10 pm.

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.

World’s Longest Lobster Roll

Back in 2009 Portland set a world record when it built a 61 foot lobster roll on Commercial Street.  As this article from Atlas Obscura details, the record has extended by leaps and bounds over the last few years as towns in Canada, New Hampshire and New York got in on the act.

Shediac, New Brunswick reclaimed the title with a 180 lobster roll.

Savoie said they originally planned to make their lobster roll 150 feet long, recognizing Canada’s 150th birthday, but decided rather than contest New Hampshire’s claim [159 feet], they would just beat it.

The new record also beats the one set in 2016 by the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association, which created a roll measuring 122 feet.

All of which makes me wonder whether it’s time for Portland to get back into the fray and reclaim the title for Maine.

The Brick South building on Thompson’s Point measures 224 feet long and would make for an great spot to bake and build 200+ foot roll. What do you think?

This Week’s Events: Minstorm, Thanksgiving, Food Lab Market

WednesdayFoundation Brewing will be having a new New England IPA (7.1%) called Mindstorm on draft in their tasting room, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving is just 11 days away. Here’s a list of the restaurants I’ve heard are doing holiday dinners that day:

SaturdayFork Food Lab will be holding a mid-day market where all their vendors will have products on sale.

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.

This Week’s Events: History Maker Awards, Wine Dinners, Cooking Classes, Leeward Pop-up

Monday – a Canning Workshop is taking place at Fork Food Lab.

Tuesday – The Maine Historical Society will be honoring the Barber Family, Sam Hayward, David L Geary, the O’Hara Corporation, and Smith’s Farm with History Maker Awards. There will be a Piedmont wine dinner at Lolita and a Leeward pop-up dinner at The Honey Paw.

Wednesday – there will be a Thanksgiving wine tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – Petite Jacqueline will be serving a Beaujolais Nouveau dinner, and Maine Heritage Seaweed is teaching a Cooking with Seaweed class.

Friday – Tipo is holding a Natural wine dinner, Belleville is holding a Pizza Night, and there will be a Rioja wine tasting at Rosemont on Brighton Ave.

Saturday – the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving is just 11 days away. Here’s a list of the restaurants I’ve heard are doing holiday dinners that day:

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.

This Week’s Events: Beer Week, Elda Wine Dinner, Food System Challenge, Brewmaster, Stars and Stripes, Claire Z. Cramer

MondayPortland Beer Week is taking place through Saturday.

Tuesday – Elda is holding a Austrian wine dinner featuring wines from Netzl.

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

Friday – it’s the opening day of the 2018 New England Food System Innovation Challenge at Saint Joseph’s College, and Rosemont is holding a wine tasting at their West End location.

Saturday – Space Gallery is screening the movie Brewmaster, there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen, and  the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayStars & Stripes Brewing is holding the Grand Opening of their tasting room in Freeport, Two Fat Cats is teaching a pie baking class, and friends of the late food writer Claire Z. Cramer will be gathering at Tiqa to remember her and her life.

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.