This Week’s Events: Jay Villani, Greek BBQ, Niyat Takeout, Lager Dog, Thanksgiving List

Tuesday – a panel organized by Score and Portland Downtown will “discuss food and beverage business challenges, successes/mistakes, and pivots—as we navigate doing business during COVID-19”.

WednesdayJay Villani from the Local 188 is Wednesday’s guest chef at the Duckfat Friteshack Grill, and the weekday Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

FridayOther Side Diner is holding a Greek BBQ Night.

SaturdayNiyat Catering is doing a night of takeout from Fork Food Lab, and the weekend Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayLager Dog will be at Oxbow for the first day of a 2-day pop-up.

Thanksgiving – I’ve started getting requests for a list of which restaurants are doing in person or takeout Thanksgiving dinners. So I’ll be keeping a running list and reposting it each Monday as part of this event summary. Chefs: email me with details on your plans at anestes@portlandfoodmap.com.

  • Union – will have a Thanksgiving takeout dinner available for pick-up on Wednesday, and will be serving a 3-course dinner on Thanksgiving Day.
  • The Harraseeket Inn — will be serving a “reverse buffet” Thanksgiving dinner. They will also have some Thanksgiving dinner specials that can be ordered to go.

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: Broken Arrow, Josh Potocki, Apples Four Days, Ben Jackson, Snapper Fest

Tuesday – tickets for the launch of Broken Arrow (website, instagram) go on sale Tuesday afternoon.

WednesdayJosh Potocki from the 158 Pickett Street Cafe is Wednesday’s guest chef at the Duckfat Friteshack, and the weekday Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – Belleville, Chaval, Leeward, Magnus on Water, Mr. Tuna, Sur Lie, The Purple House and Union are all participating Apples Four Days—a celebration of heirloom and unusual apples. Follow each of them on instagram to see what they’re cooking up with these special apples, and when you visit tag the pictures you post online with #applesfourdays.

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

Sunday – Chefs Ben Jackson and Chris Wilcox are collaborating on a sold out dinner at Judy Gibson, and Black Tie and Fore River Brewing are collaborating on Snapper Fest.

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.

Apples Four Days

In celebration of fall and Maine apple season, The Righteous Russet (instagram) and Portland Food Map are collaborating with a group of local restaurants to showcase heirloom and unusual apple varieties. The restaurants, bars and bakeries listed below will all be featuring dishes this coming Thursday through Sunday produced with varieties like Bramley Seedling and Knobbed Russet.

  • The Purple House is cooking with Tolman Sweet
    The opening of The Purple House has been delayed a week. Visit them starting October 22nd for their regular menu and their Apples Four Days special.

Follow them on instagram to see what they’re cooking up with these special apples, and when you visit tag the pictures you post online with #applesfourdays.

This Week’s Events: Duckfat Chef Series, PBL Auction, Niyat, Chilangos, Helm, Maple and Creamery Days

Wednesday – Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez from Chaval will be the first participants in the Duckfat Friteshack guest chef series, Portland Buy Local is holding a 24-hour auction in collaboration with small businesses across the city, and the weekday Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

FridayNiyat Catering is holding an Ethiopian Dinner at Fork Food Lab. Make your reservation for the 5:30 or 7 pm seatings.

Saturday –Portland restaurant Helm (under construction on Thames Street) is holding a pop-up event at Lorne Wine in Biddeford, it’s the first day of the Maine Maple Producers Weekend, the Portland Beer Hub is hosting a pop-up by Rhode Island-based Mexican restaurant Chilangos, and the weekend Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – the 13th Annual Open Creamery Day 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.

This Week’s Events: Liu Bian Tan, Sur Lie, Food Lab Member Market

TuesdayLiu Bian Tan is holding a takeout pop-up dinner at Cong Tu Bot.

Wednesday – The weekday Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Saturday – Fork Food Lab is holding a Member Market, Sur Lie is celebrating their 6th Anniversary with a dinner prepared by founding chef Emil Rivera and current chef Jef Wright, a number of Portland area restaurants are taking part in the Equality Maine Gala, the weekend Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – Also in celebration of their anniversary Sur Lie is collaborating with Wine Wise on a virtual wine dinner.

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.

Maine Restaurant Relief Fund


To promote and raise funds for the Maine Restaurant Relief Fund, a growing number of Maine’s talented chefs are collaborating to produce a biweekly cooking show called Sunday Supper. The first three shows are all available online:

Episode 1 – Summer Classics features chefs David Turin, David’s Restaurants; Paolo Laboa, Solo Italiano in Portland; Charlie Zorich and Kirk Linder, The Hichborn in Stockton Springs; Ilma Lopez, Chaval in Portland.

Episode 2 – Comfort Food features chefs Daron Goldstein, Provender Kitchen + Bar in Ellsworth; Carter Light of Coda in Southwest Harbor; Casey Harmon of Havana in Bar Harbor; Cameron Prescott of Copita in Northwest Harbor; & Sara Jenkins of Nina June in Rockport.

Episode 3 – Backyard Barbecue features chefs Justin Walker of Walker’s Maine; David Vargas of Ore Nell’s Barbecue; Ben Hasty & Jen Fecteau of Engrain; Becca Poirier of DaVinci’s.

Watch the shows and consider making a donation to the fund.

Episode 4 is slated to air on October 4th.

Liu Bian Tan Pop-Up Dinner

A Taiwanese food truck under development called Liu Bian Tan (instagram) is holding a take-out pop-up dinner Wednesday night in collaboration with Sichuan Kitchen. The menu for the pop will include:

  • Lo Ba Bung – hand chopped braised pork belly/pork floss/cilantro with a fry egg from Old Mill farm on short grain rice
  • Yo Mein – stir fried handmade Taiwanese style noodle with dehydrated shrimp/shitake/cabbage with a splash of Taiwanese black vinegar
  • Gua Bao – handmade open face bun with slowly braised pork belly with mustard green/peanut powder/cilantro
  • Scallion Bomb Bing – shallow fried handmade scallion pancake made with Snell scallion with an egg from Old Mill Farm
  • Salt/Crispy Chicken – deep fried sweet potato coated soy marinated chicken cubes with Thai basil, sprinkle with seasoning (hint of spice)

Owner Chung Heng Liu plans to serve a menu of  “old school” Taiwanese street food. Liu had 20 years+ of experience working in the family Chinese restaurant before moving to Portland three years ago. The name of the food truck is a mash up between Lu Bian Tan which means street stalls in Mandarin and Liu’s last name.

Ordering will open up Wednesday and will be through the Sichuan Kitchen website.

Pandemic Tipping & 1975 Vegetarian Conference

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram include a look back at the effect the 1975 World Vegetarian Congress had on the development of meat-free eating in Maine (where the conference was held) and the US.

Exactly 45 years ago today, on Aug. 16, 1975, the World Vegetarian Congress opened at the University of Maine in Orono. Historians have called the two-week long event “the most important gathering of vegetarians in the United States of the 20th century.” The significance of the 1975 congress comes from the publicity it generated for meat-free eating, the alliances it forged between vegetarian activists, and the organizations its attendees went on to create.

and an article that looks at how the pandemic is/should impact how we tip staff in the hospitality industry.

Mainers may be known for their Yankee thrift, but when someone is in trouble they have no problem opening their wallets wide. Just look at how they’re tipping during a pandemic that has put restaurant servers’ livelihoods – and very lives – at stake.

Local restaurants report that diners generally have been tipping more generously, especially on takeout at the start of the pandemic.