Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is an intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of cookbook author and British ex-pat Diana Kennedy – widely regarded as the world’s expert on Mexican cuisine. At five feet tall and 97 years old, Diana is larger than life: a foul-mouthed fireball far more feisty and energetic than her age and petite frame let on. Author of nine Mexican cookbooks, she has spent over 60 years researching and documenting the regional cuisines of Mexico. Kennedy has lived ‘off the grid’ on an eight acre ranch outside Zitácuaro, Michoacán since the 1970’s: composting, growing her own crops, and using solar power to run her home. Aware of her own mortality, she is working tirelessly to solidify the legacy of her life’s efforts, with the hope of turning her home into a foundation for culinary education in Mexico.
Monday – this week’s edition of Maine Calling on Maine Public Radio will take a look at how restaurants are reacting to the challenges brought on by the pandemic.
Wednesday – Krista Cole from Sure Lie, Andrew Volk from Hunt & Alpine, and Vanessa Santarelli from Your Maine Concierge will be part of a panel discussion on Restaurants in Flux, the India Street Coffee by Design will re-open for takeout, the Maine Juice Company is opening for takeout, and the weekday Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.
Monday – Eventidere-opened for takeout yesterday, and as part of incremental restart they are also doing takeout today.
Wednesday – Luke Davidson from Maine Craft Distilling will be part of a panel discussion on adapting their business services in light of the pandemic, and the weekday Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.
Thursday – the Portland Symphony Orchestra is holding Solo Together, a virtual wine dinner and performance.
Monday – The Beard Foundation is announcing the nominees for this year’s awards program starting at 4 pm (see the list of Maine semifinalists here). Check back later today to see how many chefs and restaurants did. Piccolo is serving up their annual May the Fourth Be With You dinner as a takeout meal.
Tuesday – Pho Huong is launching their takeout service.
Wednesday – Bard Coffee will re-open for takeout from a window on Tommy’s Park, the weekday Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place, and the weekly EDL/Rad Plaid online happy hour series in continuing.
Friday – Tipo is re-opening for takeout (pre-order starting Monday).
Saturday – The weekend Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.
Sunday – It’s Mother’s Day; some restaurants are planning special takeout menu’s. Check with your favorite eateries to see what their offerings are. Central Provisions is re-opening for takeout (pre-order starting Monday).
In place of their annual 5-course wine dinner, the Portland Symphony Orchestra will be holding Solo Together which is being billed as a “virtual ‘un-gala’ experience that will bring performances of our world-class PSO musicians to your home”.
The idea is for members of the PSO community to “Order takeout from your favorite restaurant, grab a glass of wine or sparkling water, dress up in your best evening attire (or fanciest pajamas) and join us for a one-night only virtual performance and musical celebration right from your couch!”
Solo Together is scheduled to take place Thursday May 14th at 5:30 pm.
The Press Herald is hosting an online live event with Ilma Lopez of Chaval and Piccolo, Mary Allen Lindemann of Coffee by Design, and Mike Alfiero of Harbor Fish Market to “talk about what they are doing now to retain as much revenue as possible while keeping employees and customers safe.”
Making It Work: The Food Business Blows Up is scheduled to take place Wednesday April 29th at 1pm. Register online to attend.