Tune into the Food Network on Tuesday night at 9 pm to see chef Bo Bryne from the Harraseeket Inn compete on the latest episode of Chopped.
Mike Mwenedata CEO of Rwanda Bean, Niky Watler co-founder of Maiz, and Lucie Narukundo owner of Moriah Market will be part of a panel discussion on Monday 11th, noon to 1 pm on Barriers and Opportunities for BIPOC Entrepreneurs in Maine.
May 16th through May 22nd participating restaurants will donate $1 for every order of the Stop AAPI Hate item on their menu. Already signed up for this program are:
- Austin Street
- Central Provisions
- Cocktail Mary
- Copper Branch
- Highroller Lobster Co.
- LB Kitchen
- Little Giant
- Luke’s Lobster
- Mr. Tuna
- Sur Lie
- The Good Table
- The Honey Paw
On a related note, Hilltop Coffee has announced they’ll be raising funds for Asian Americans Advancing Justice. During the month of May, $1 will be donated for every Green Goddess avocado toast purchased during the month at Hilltop. Hilltop’s initiative was inspired by the Dough Something project launched by Chicago pastry chef Beverly Kim.
You can also make a donation to Asian Americans Advancing Justice online.
The 3rd Annual Portland Wine Week (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) is taking place this summer June 14th to 20th at various locations across the city. There are 38 events already on the calendar and more are being added every week.
Here are some of the highlights:
- A 4-course lunch featuring wines from four women winemakers
- A tasting seminar on the wines from Lopez de Heredia and a Lopez de Heredia wine lunch at Chaval
- A pair of tasting seminars of Chateau Musar
- A Women in Wine dinner featuring 5 chefs and the 10 women sommeliers. Each dish paired with different wines by two sommeliers with voting on who paired it better.
- Wine dinners and wine lunches with Little Giant, Isa Bistro, Chaval and Sur Lie
- A Hungarian wine tasting at Grippy Tannins
- A wine and Maine cheese tasting organized by the Maine Cheese Guild
- A Barre & Bubbles event at Solo Italiano
- Wine Wise wine sails in Casco Bay Wednesday through Sunday
- Numerous weeklong wine pour and food specials at restaurants around Portland from Mr Tuna, Local 188, The North Point, Evo, Leeward, Old Port Sea Grill, Little Giant, Maine Oyster Company, and Knotted Apron
Follow Portland Wine Week on instagram to keep in the loop on new events as they’re announced.
Also check out the Sponsorship page on portlandwineweek.me for opportunities to support Portland Wine Week overall or specific events on the program.
This Friday a Salvadoran pop-up called Vagabundo (instagram) will be having a few items on the take-out menu at Central Sandwich and Provisions (aka Central Provisions).
The Vagabundo menu will include:
- Tamale de Cerdo – wrapped in banana leaf, braised pork, chickpea, potatoes, olives
- Chilaquiles de Frijoles y Queso – tortilla stuffed with beans and cheese pan fried in an egg batter served with spicy tomato sauce
- Pan con Pollo – Braised chicken, watercress, tomato,cucumber, fermented radish on a baguette style bread
With Vagabundo chef Khristian Martinez plans to share the traditional and modern takes on the Salvadoran food he grew up eating. Follow Vagabundo on instagram to stay in the loop on future events.
The Portland Museum of Art is launching a chef speaker series called The Maine Course. Mike Wiley from Big Tree Hospitality—Eventide, Honey Paw, Hugo’s, XO—will kick-off the series this week on Tuesday at 6 pm.
The PMA is excited to announce our new series titled “The Maine Course.” Inspired by the exhibition “Stories of Maine: An Incomplete History,” we invite Maine-based chefs to cook a favorite dish and share the story behind it with our audiences. Join us Tuesday, April 6 at 6 p.m. for our exciting program with Mike Wiley from Eventide Oyster Co! Afterwards you will receive a recipe so you can try your hand at creating a special dish from home.
Register for the event on the PMA website.
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.
Ordering is now live for the Beautiful Swimmer (instagram) pop-up takeout dinner by chef Ben Jackson taking place next week.
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.
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
Maine Restaurant Week continues through to Friday March 12.
Monday – Little Giant is hosting Central Provisions for a pop-up (check back on March 15th for a dinner at LG by Minato).
Tuesday – Woodford F&B is taking part in the BBQ collaboration series at Terlinga
Wednesday – Gather is re-opening in Yarmouth with inside and heated outdoor seating.
Thursday – the Vy Banh Mi food truck is launching at Three of Strong, noon to 6pm, and Dizzy Bird is re-opening in Biddeford.
Friday – Lorne Wine in Biddeford is re-opening after a long winter break for “limited indoor seating and bar service”.
Sunday – Mitr is kick-off its weekly pop-up series at Mi Sen.