This Week’s Events: Hush Hush, Cocktail Class, Whiskey Tasting, Crawfish Boil, Book Supper Club, Beer Releases

Tuesday – the January edition of Hush Hush is taking place at the Little Giant Market, and bartender  Patrick McDonald is teaching a Barrel-Aged Cocktail class at New England Distilling.

WednesdayMaine & Loire is celebrating their 4th anniversary with a wine tasting, the Independent Ice Company is hosting a hybrid one-man show and whiskey tasting by Robin Robinson, and Eaux and Bissell Brothers are collaborating on a crawfish boil.

Thursday – members of the Silent Book Club will be meeting up at Evo for the first edition of the Bibliophile Adventurer’s Supper Club.

Saturday – Foulmouthed is launching their new Russian Imperial Stout Egregious Cosmonaut, and Allagash is releasing Coolship Clermont, the opening of Flavor Profile is tacking place at the Border Patrol gallery in the State Theater building, and 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.

Music Be the Food of Love

The Portland Chamber Music Festival and Sur Lie are teaming up to present Music Be the Food of Love, a salon concert and dinner on February 13th,

“Music Be the Food of Love” is designed to showcase the shared intimacy of chamber music by entwining performances with family-style food and drink pairings inspired by the music on the program. The Valentine’s Day Eve event features four internationally renowned chamber artists performing music for various combinations of flute and strings by French composers including Ravel, Debussy and Francaix. Elegant, colorful, and intriguing, it’s the perfect complement to chef Emil’s sophisticated, boldly flavored small plates that critics have declared “brilliant” and “a kind of alchemy.”

Tickets are available on the PCMF website.

Reviews: Totally Tubers, Asian Soup

In lieu of a review the Maine Sunday Telegram has published a guide to the best Asian soups in Portland, and

So as we slide into the nippiest part of the year, I’ve been compiling another list. This one I’m sharing with you: a brief guide to some of Portland’s best Asian soups. Here’s hoping it helps you track down something soothing and restorative when you’re feeling bulldozed by the winter chill.

the Press Herald has reviewed Totally Tubers.

We went for the custom-designed taters, one Russet and one sweet potato, all with cute names, like I Yam What I Yam and Silence of the Yams. We chose the Bosemite Yam, a sweet potato with maple butter, applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese and candied maple pecans, for $9. It tasted as good as it sounds.

Maine Nets 6 Good Food Awards

Four Maine food producers received a total of 6 wins at last night’s Good Food Awards gala in San Francisco:

  • Beer – Liquid Riot for their Blushing Star Barrel-Aged Lager
  • CharcuterieA Small Good for their Cider Brined Coppa
  • Cider – Portersfield Cider for their Ridlon 16/2
  • Coffee – Bard Coffee for their Organic Costa Rica La Mirella
  • Spirits – Liquid Riot for both their Old Port Straight Bourbon Whiskey & Fernet Michaud

New Cafe Slated for Aurora Property

West Enders will be happy to read the report in today’s Press Herald that the former Aurora Provisions building has been bought by a developer with plans to “replace the longtime West End eatery with a similar business”.

In an interview Friday, Landry said he was interested in the property because his office is nearby and he wanted to ensure that the property’s new owner would replace Aurora, a West End fixture that opened in 1997, with a similar type of business. Aurora’s gourmet market and café shut down in August, followed by the closure of its catering business in November.

Frog & Turtle Expanding

The American Journal has a report on Frog & Turtle’s plans to expand upward, adding a second floor and deck with water views to their building in Westbrook.

More than a decade after opening the Frog & Turtle Gastro Pub, James Tranchemontagne and his co-owners want to buy the building, build a second floor and expand.

Guy Cote, a partner in Vallee Square Holding, the owner of the restaurant, said the plan is to add an outdoor deck and glassed-in lounge area “so our guests see views of the river.”

This Week’s Events: Aurora Auction, Counter Culture Series, Quebecois Dinner, Roasting Seminar

Wednesday – Old Port Wine Merchants is holding a Cru Beaujolais wine tasting.

Thursday – the former Aurora Provisions building is getting auctioned at 11 am, Time & Tide is holding coffee roasting seminar/tasting, and The Great Lost Bear is holding the Industrial Park Challenge.

Friday – the A&C Grocery Luncheonette is launching their Counter Culture pop-up dinner series with a “casual pan-Asian 3 course meal celebrating Maine’s edible bounty” by guest chef Will Gibney, and Rosemont is holding a wine tasting in the West End.

Saturday – there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – The Purple House is holding a sold out Quebecois Dinner.

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.