This Week’s Events: Lil Deb’s, Figgy. Seaweed, Beard Nominees, Pierogi Pop-up, Tiki Shake-off

Monday – it’s the second of a 2-night restaurant takeover of Cong Tu Bot by Lil’ Deb’s Oasis. Both restaurants are semifinalists in the Best Chef Northeast category in this year’s James Beard Awards. The event is  purely on a walk-in basis.

TuesdayFiggy DiBenedetto from Figgy’s Fried Chicken will be a contestant on Chopped, Paolo Laboa from Solo Italiano is teaching a pasta making class, the latest edition of Symphony & Spirits is taking place, and there will be a panel discussion at Maine Craft Distilling on Why Seaweed Matters.

Wednesday – the Beard Foundation will be releasing the name of the 2019 award nominees. The list of the semifinalists were announced in February. Check back here mid-day to see who made it to the final stage.

Thursday – the 1st Annual Cultivator Showcase is taking place. Big Tree Hospitality and Portland Flea-for-All are collaborating on a 5-course plant based dinner.

FridayRosemont is holding a wine tasting at their West End store.

Saturday – there will be a Moroccan cooking class and dinner, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – The Cheese Shop and Tandem are collaborating on a Raclette Night, the 5th Annual Tiki Shake-Off is taking place, and Ripka will be at Rose Foods for a Pierogi Pop-up.

A Look Ahead – here are a couple events happening a little further out that you may want to check out.

  • Fred Eliot from Scales will be the guest chef for a 6-course dinner paired with “classic vintage varietal French wine” taking place at Hugo’s on April 4th. Tickets are $135 per person.
  • The 2019 Portland Symphony wine dinner is taking place April 3rd. The dinner will feature wines from Portugal from Rose Wine Traders with a 5-course meal prepared by chefs Courtney Loreg from Woodford F&B, Jay Magill from Fore Street, Kate Fisher Hamm from Lio, David Turin from David’s, and Troy Mains from the Haraseeket Inn.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

This Week’s Events: Blossom Bar, Farmer Appreciation, Maine Maple Sunday, Lil’ Deb’s Oasis

Wednesday – the Portland Hunt and Alpine Club is hosting a pop-up by bartenders from Blossom Bar, and there will be a wine tasting at the RSVP.

ThursdaySolo Italiano is holding their 3rd Annual Farmer Appreciation Dinner, the Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Liquid Riot, Austin Street will be at Bao Bao for a tap takeover and a la carte beer dinner.

Saturday – the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – it’s Maine Maple Sunday, Bow Street is holding a Chateau Musar wine seminar, and it’s the first of a 2-night restaurant takeover of Cong Tu Bot by Lil’ Deb’s Oasis. Both restaurants are semifinalists in the Best Chef Northeast category in this year’s James Beard Awards. The event is  purely on a walk-in basis.

A Look Ahead – here are a couple events happening a little further out that you may want to check out.

  • Found and Foraged is a collaboration between Big Tree Hospitality and Portland Flea-for-All. The night includes a 5-course plant-based dinner and pre-opening opportunity to explore Flea-for-All’s finds for the week. The event is taking place March 28th.
  • LB Kitchen is hosting a Magnus on Water pop-up dinner on April 19th. The 3-course natural wine paired menu also includes two low ABV cocktails by bartender Brian Catapang.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

This Week’s Events: Hen of the Woods, Bird & Co, Palace Diner, Beer & Cake, Mamaleh’s, Pop-ups

MondayMaine Restaurant Week continues through Tuesday.

TuesdayBird & Co. plans to open with a Grand Opening scheduled for March 19th, and the March edition of Hush Hush is taking place at Giant on Clark Street.

Wednesday – There will be a wine tasting at the Old Port Wine Merchants.

Thursday – Vermont restaurant Hen of the Woods will be at Hugo’s for a collaboration dinner, and Noble BBQ is holding a Detroit Pizza Pop-up.

Friday – there will be a wine tastings at the Congress Street Rosemont Market and at Maine & Loire. Black Tie is holding a Graze farm to table dinner in Yarmouth.

SaturdayPalace Diner will be open 30 hours straight starting at 8 am to celebrate their 5-year anniversary, you’ll have the chance to try beer and cake pairings at Goodfire Brewing, RSVP is holding a beer tasting, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Saturday – Cambridge delicatessen Mamaleh’s will be bringing some of their signature products to Rose Foods for the day.

Upcoming Pop-ups – two very interesting pop-up dinners are taking place in the next few weeks:

    • Túramali, a pop-up Mexican restaurant, is holding their first dinner at Belleville on April 1st. As of Sunday both seatings were nearly all sold out. Turamali is the creation of Carlos Duarte, a baker at Belleville who formerly worked as sous chef at Five Fifty-Five.
    • Lil’ Deb’s Oasis from Hudson NY will be staging a kitchen takeeover of Cong Tu Bot March 24th and 25th. Both restaurants are semifinalists in the Best Chef Northeast category in this year’s James Beard Awards. The event is on a walk-in basis only.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Speed Rack

Five bartenders from Portland are competing in the Northeast regional Speed Rack competition:

  • Liz Smith from Lio
  • LyAnna Sanabria from Chaval
  • Sylvi Roy from Hunt & Alpine
  • Kristen Mixter from Hunt & Alpine
  • Charlotte Stanton from Little Giant
Speed Rack is a charity female bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer research. The winner in the Northeast will go on to keep in the national competition in NYC this May.
Tickets for the Northest regional competition taking place March 11 are available online.

This Week’s Events: MRW, Chopped, N To Tail, Hi Bar Brunch, TLK Reservations

MondayMaine Restaurant Week continues.

TuesdayElise Miller, a butcher at Rosemont, will be competing on Chopped at 9 pm.

Wednesday – the 1st floor of N To Tail will open. The downstairs space opened as a Korean BBQ and sake/soju bar in December. The final renovations are now complete and the first floor will serve a “unique Korean Fusion menu with popular dishes such as Bibimbap and Poke”.

Thursday – there will be a wine tasting at Maine & Loire.

FridayVignola is holding a wine dinner featuring wines from Corte alla Flora, and there will be a wine tasting at the Brighton Ave Rosemont.

SaturdayHi Bar Bakery  is holding a brunch pop-up at Fork Food Lab, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayThe Lost Kitchen will be announcing their method for accepting reservation requests for the 2019 season; check back here on Sunday and I’ll publish the details. Maine Restaurant Week is holding their (sold out) Spirit Quest event.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

2019 Portland Wine Week

The 2019 edition of Portland Wine Week (website, facebook, instagram, twitter) is scheduled to take place June 17 – 23.

Fifteen events are already on the schedule with new ones being added as details are locked in. They include a pasta making and wine pairing class at Solo Italiano, a rosé and tapas dinner at Sur Lie, a Wine Wise sails in Casco Bay featuring brunch by chef Ilma Lopez from Chaval and Piccolo, a curated Women Winemakers wine list at Central Provisions; and Bivalves & Bubbles at The Shop.

In addition to the wine dinners, classes, tasting events, seminars and other sessions that made last year’s PWW  a success the 2019 festival will  include a Women in Wine track which will have “special event programming that highlights dozens of female wine makers, sommeliers, and wine industry leaders.”

Last year 46 local restaurants participated Wine Week which in over 50 events in the seven-day schedule.

This Week’s Events: $3 Deweys, Giant, Beard Award Semifinalists, Maine Restaurant Week

Tuesday – Chef Paolo Laboa from Solo Italiano will be teaching a sold out pasta making class.

Wednesday – The semifinalist list for this year’s James Beard Awards are due out; check back here midday for a full list of the Maine chefs and restaurants that were included. Andrew and Briana Volk will be speaking at the Public Library about their book Northern Hospitality.

Thursday – The Maine Restaurant Week Incredible Breakfast Cook-off competition takes place, Liquid Riot is hosting chefs from 6 restaurants for a Chicken Wing Challenge, and Maine & Loire is holding a Women Winemakers wine tasting.

Friday – Both Three Dollar Deweys and Giant are opening on e Friday. It’s the first full day of  this year’s Maine Restaurant Week. The New England Craft Brew Summit is taking place, and Giant is holding a wine tasting.

Saturday – the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

This Week’s Events: Prohibition Dinner, Queer Soup Night, Bibliophile Supper Club, Polish Dinner

Wednesday – Eaux, Good Fire Brewing and Mr. Tuna are collaborating on a Prohibition-themed dinner.

Thursday – This month’s edition of the Bibliophile Adventurer’s Supper Club will be at Schulte & Herr.

FridaySolo Italiano and Allagash are teaming up to put on a special menu with matched beer pairings.

Saturday – Swallowtail Farm is serving a 4-course Polish dinner, there will be a wine tasting at Browne Trading, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – Cong Tu Bot is hosting a Queer Soup Night.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

This Week’s Events: 207, Rosemont Falmouth, Hush Hush, Wine Dinners, Valentines Day

MondayRosemont Market is opening their new store in Falmouth today. Chef Krista Kern Desjarlais is the subject of a segment on the show 207 airing today at 7pm on Channel 6 in Portland and Channel 2 in Bangor.

Tuesday – the February edition of Hush Hush is taking place.

WednesdaySur Lie and the Portland Chamber Music Festival are collaborating on a sold out salon series dinner, and there will be a wine tasting at the RSVP.

Thursday – A little holiday called Valentines Day is taking place. Consult the social media accounts for your favorite restaurants for V-Day special events.

Friday – Black Tie is holding a Graze farm dinner is taking place in Yarmouth, and there will be a wine tasting at the new Rosemont Market in Falmouth.

Saturday – the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.