This Week’s Events

RestaurantWeekME is in full swing this week. In addition to the prix fixe menus as 30+ Portland restaurants there are also special events on the schedule for RestaurantWeekME on Tuesday and Thursday. Also of special note this week are the Whole Hog Dinner taking place at Vignola on Thursday, the 2nd Annual Eco Appetito at Cinque Terre on Sunday afternoon and the first showing of the Food Film Series Sunday evening.  The biweekly Winter Farmers’ Market is scheduled for Wednesday. Piatto per Tutti is holding a cooking class on Monday and Black Tie Bistro is holding one on Wednesday. The Maine Food & Drink Institute’s cheese class starts Tueday night. Both the West End Grocery and Leroux Kitchen are holding wine tastings this week. If that all wasn’t enough to keep you busy this week, First Friday Art Walk is also taking place this week. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

This Week's Events

If you want to learn how to cook Italian this week then you’re in luck, Piatto per Tutti, Paciarino and the Institute for Italian Studies are all teaching  cooking classes this week. The Slow Food Book Group is meeting on Monday to discuss Wrestling with Gravy by Jonathan Reynolds. On Tuesday WMPG is hosting their 14th Annual Fat Tuesday Celebration and Cajun Cookin’ Challenge. There are two wine dinners this week at Bar Lola on Tuesday and the Foreside Tavern on Weddnesday. There are two wine tastings scheduled this week at Browne Trading on Thursday and Kitchen & Cork on Saturday. RestaurantWeekME kicks off on Sunday. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

World's Largest Lobster Roll

The West End Neighborhood Association plans on making a 60 foot long lobster roll at this year’s Old Port Festival. Their goal is to raise money for neighborhood projects and make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Whittaker said the association will name a panel of experts to develop a recipe for a lobster roll that’s enormous, delicious and authentically Maine.

It will be made with fresh Maine lobster meat and mayonnaise. It won’t include fillers such as chopped celery.

“That’s a no-no,” Whittaker said. “We haven’t decided whether we’ll use lettuce, which is mostly added for aesthetic value.”

The association is looking for a bakery that’s willing and able to bake a hot dog-style roll that’s at least 60 feet long.

Food Film Series

One Longfellow Square in association with Rabelais Books and the Maine Institute of Food and Drink is launching a Food Film series.  The movie series will kick off on March 8 with a showing of Big Night and food provided by Paciarino. There will be a new showing the first Sunday of each month with a theme appropriate restaurant partnering with each one. The upcoming schedule consists of:

March 8Big Night with food from Paciarino

April 5Diner with food from Miss Portland Diner

May 3Tampopo with food from Food Factory Miyake

June 7Babette’s Feast with food from Evangeline

This Week's Events

Both Piatto per Tutti and Black Tie Bistro are teaching  cooking classes this week on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.   The biweekly Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place in Monument Square on Wednesday.  Wednesday evening the Portland City Council will debate an ordinance to allow raising domesticated chickens within the city. Also Wednesday night The Great Lost Bear is holding a tasting with Maine Mead Works and Old Port Wine Merchants is co-hosting a Greek wine tasting with Emilitsa.   Leavitt & Sons is holding a  wine tasting on Thursday. On Sunday, the Blue Spoon is offering a Winter Sunday SupperFor more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

Meal Deals

A number of Portland restaurants are now offering specials, giving diners stressed by the bad economy another reason to keep eating out. Here’s a list of the ones I’ve heard about so far:

  • Bar Lola – 5-course prix-fixe menu, Wednesday-Saturday, $36.
  • Blue Spoon – 3-course prix fixe menu, Monday-Saturday, $25.
  • Cinque Terre – “A select chef’s tasting menu”, Wedneday-Saturday, $27.50.
  • Emilitsa – “an endless series of metzethes small plates, chef’s choice, served family style.” Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5-7 pm, $20.
  • Evangeline – 3-course prix fixe menu on Monday nights, $25-30.
  • Hugo’s – 3-course “includes a choice of first course, main course and dessert”, Tuesday-Thursday, $25.
  • Vignola – 4-course prix fixe, Sunday evenings, $25.

And in early March 20+ Portland restaurants are participating in RestaurantWeekME. March 1-10 they’ll all be offering prix fixe menus for $20.09, $30.09 or $40.09.

This Week’s Events

There are three cooking classes scheduled this week: Stephen Lazolatta is holding his weekly Piatto per Tutti class tonight, on Wednesday night Cheryl Lewis is teaching a Mexican Cooking class at the Stonewall Cooking School, and on Friday Paciarino is teaching a class.  On Tuesday the Maine Street Marketplace initiative is meeting at USM.  Thursday night The Great Lost Bear is showcasing the beer from the Marshall Wharf Brew Pub.  There are  two wine tastings scheduled this week: at RSVP on Wednesday, and Scarborough Wine Outlet on Saturday. Cinque Terre is hosting a wine dinner Wednesday night and several restaurants including Five Fifty-Five and Evangeline are offering special Valentine’s Day dinners on Saturday.  For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.