Stop AAPI Hate/Dough Something (Updated)

A growing number (18 and counting) of Portland restaurants are working together to raise money for Stop AAPI Hate, an organization dedicated to addressing anti-Asian hate amid the pandemic.

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:

Restaurants that want to take part should reach out to Krista Cole at Sur Lie ( You can also make a donation to Stop AAPI Hate online.

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.

Portland Wine Week

The 3rd Annual Portland Wine Week (websitefacebookinstagramtwitter) 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:

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 for opportunities to support Portland Wine Week overall or specific events on the program.

Vagabundo Salvadoran Pop-up

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 Maine Course: Mike Wiley

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.

A Conversation with Briana Holt

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.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite, and the event is free for MCMA members.

Beautiful Swimmer Pop-up

Ordering is now live for the Beautiful Swimmer (instagram) pop-up takeout dinner by chef Ben Jackson taking place next week.

Visit to place your order.

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.

2021 Rose Foods Guest Chef Series

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

This Week’s Events: Pop-ups, Reopenings, MRW, Vy Banh Mi

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).

TuesdayWoodford F&B is taking part in the BBQ collaboration series at Terlinga

WednesdayGather 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.

FridayLorne Wine in Biddeford is re-opening after a long winter break for “limited indoor seating and bar service”.

SaturdayRamona’s will be doing a pop-up at A&C Grocery, Mile End will be doing a pop-up at Ramona’s, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayMitr is kick-off its weekly pop-up series at Mi Sen.