RestaurantWeekME, a 10-day event in March which was “created to encourage people to dine-out more often,” has continued to add to the list of participating restaurants and sponsors. Bresca, Back Bay Grill, Cinque Terre, Eve’s, Fore Street and Front Room, the Grill Room, Hugo’s, Inn on Peak’s Island and Vignola are all signed up for the event which will feature “specially priced, three-course meals” priced at $20.09, $30.09 or $40.09.
The next Piatto per Tutti cooking class is tonight as is a (sold out) charcuterie tasting being held at Bonobo. Tuesday through Thursday the 68th Annual Maine Agricultural Trade Show is taking place in Augusta. There are four wine tastings scheduled this week: at RSVP on Wednesday, at Public Market House (wine and cheese) and at Leavitt & Sons on Thursday, and at Rosemont at Brighton on Saturday. The Great Lost Bear is showcasing the brews of Dogfish Head on Thursday. Saturday is opening night at Port City Music Hall. Vignola is hosting their 3rd annual beer and cheese tasting on Saturday. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.
BeerBloggers.com has posted details on the 12 Stouts After Christmas menu that will be on tap at Novare Res starting this Monday. Later in the month on January 25 Novare Res is joining forces with Rob Evans at Hugo’s on a beer dinner ($95 per person) at the Middle Street restaurant.
This Spring, Chef Evans along with colleagues from Texas and Arizona, are hosting a culinary vacation in Tuscany ($2149 per person). Travellers will “stay at one of two elegant villas on a 1000 acre Tuscan estate” and “Join Three Great American Chefs as they introduce you to the Culinary Wonders of Tuscany.”
The grand opening for Paciarino is taking place today as is the first of the new season of cooking classes from Piatto per Tutti. On Wednesday the biweekly Winter Farmers’ Market will be held in Monument Square. Wednesday evening the Slow Food Portland Book Group is meeting to discuss The Fly-Truffler by Gustaf Sobin, and there’s a cooking class at Black Tie. Friday morning the Ready brothers will be speaking at the Egg & Issues event about their business Catch a Piece of Maine. On Saturday there’s a class on gluten-free Italian cooking in Falmouth. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.
New Year’s Eve dinners for both Bresca and Evangeline have been added to the event calendar.
There are New Year’s Eve dinners taking at Sea Grass Bistro, Bar Lola, Five Fifty-Five, Frog & Turtle, Emilitsa and Verrillo’s on Wednesday. Frog & Turtle is also holding a New Year’s Day dinner too. Novare Res is having a tasting of Franconian lagers on Wednesday. There are wine tastings taking place at the West End Grocery on Friday and Leroux Kitchen on Saturday. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.
The gBritt public relations firm is organizing Restaurant Week ME which is scheduled to take place in early March. According to today’s paper, Back Bay Grill, Fore Street, Cinque Terre and Hugo’s are all already on board.
A new post from Portland in a Snap reports on the Winter Farmers’ Market and includes a detailed menu of items and prices available from participating vendors. The options range from rutabagas and golden shallots to creme freche and ewegurt.
Foodie events are very limited this week. Many of you are running your own limited access events in your homes over the next few days. As for the public events, on Monday the next Piatto per Tutti cooking class is being held, and on Wednesday night Cinque Terre is holding a Christmas Eve Dinner. As reported by the Munjoy Hill News, a Farmers’ Market will be taking place Wednesday afternoon in Monument Square. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.
Tomorrow afternoon Gritty’s is throwing itself a 21st beerthday party. There will be a plenty of 21 IPA beer, live music and they’ll be serving food from the original 1988 menu (at the 1988 prices). The fun starts at 1 pm and lasts as long as the beer does.
Photo credit: Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company