This Week’s Events: Best Thing I Ever Ate, Book Signing, Welcome Feast, Full Plates Event

Monday – An episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate which includes Krista Kern Desjarlais from The Purple House will be airing on the Cooking Channel at 9 pm.

Tuesday – Print bookstore will be hosting the release party and book signing for the new edition of Portland Maine Chef’s Table.

Wednesday – there will be a South African wine tasting at the Old Port Wine Merchants, the July edition of the Tempo Welcome Feast is taking place, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Friday – they’ll be a wine tasting at the Brighton Ave Rosemont, and a pop-up bar at Grace.

Saturday – the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – a Full Plates Full Potential event is taking place at Oxbow featuring food and drink by Oxbow, Duckfat, Chaval, Piccolo, Slab, The Honey Paw, Terlingua, Bob’s Clam Hut, O Oysters, Bresca & The Honey Bee, The Holy Donut.

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.

Kitchen Apprenticeship Program

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published an article on the HospitalityMaine kitchen apprenticeship program.

The apprenticeship is mostly hands-on training – 2,000 hours’ worth –  plus 145-290 hours of academic work that covers topics such as nutrition and food safety. Apprentices receive raises as they attain certain milestones, and when they complete the program they get a certificate from the Maine Department of Labor.


Reviews: The Well, Pizza Villa

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed The Well, and

Now celebrating its 10th season, The Well at Jordan’s Farm has become one of the area’s biggest seasonal draws, with dinners selling out a month in advance and impromptu visitors scrambling for the dozen (or so) seats chef Jason Williams saves for walk-in diners. Whether you’re eating a five-course chef’s tasting menu in the tiny trailer kitchen or the family-style feast in one of the large or small gazebos, The Well is as strong as ever – perhaps more so, now that it has begun offering its own list of astutely chosen wines, ciders and beers.

the Press Herald has reviewed Pizza Villa.

My pizza had a nice crispy and rich crust, with a uniform golden color. The chunks of mushroom were definitely fresh, and the homemade sausage was browned and had a spicy, peppery flavor. The cheese was pleasantly stringy, but not too much so. I ate just about the whole thing.

First Look at Monte’s

The Golden Dish has published a first look at Monte’s.

The store is a marvel of spic and span steel counters and appliances with those massive pizza ovens lining the kitchen wall. The display shelves add another modern element to the look of the shop holding dry goods that include fine olive oil and vinegar, wine, condiments (very good brand of imported capers), pastas from Italy. Local foods abound too with seasonal vegetables and fruits like local strawberries, creams, butter, etc. Think of it as a modern version of Micucci Grocery with a more artisanal approach and a larger lineup of specialty and prepared foods.

Maine Maple Creemee Co.

A new food truck called the Maine Maple Creemee Co. (instagram) is launching later this week with planned appearances on the Eastern Prom on Friday, and on Washington Ave Saturday and Sunday.

Owner Hannah Daman will be serving Maine Wild Blueberry and Maine Maple creemees on a house-made sugar cone.

Creemee‘ is the term for soft serve in the regional vernacular of Vermont. It is traditionally maple flavored.

This Week’s Events: Burger Night, Monte’s Opening, Yakitori Night, Chopped Re-Match

Monday – Flood’s and Oxbow are teaming up on a Burger Night taking place at Oxbow on Washington Ave.

Wednesday – the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Friday – it’s the opening day for Monte’s Fine Foods (website, facebook, instagram). Monte’s plans to open at 9 am; they’re located at the corner of Washington and Ocean Avenues. Monte’s is owned by Steven Quattrucci and Neil Rouda. Former Little Bigs co-owner, Pamela Fitzpatrick Plunkett, has joined the staff to to manage their bakery operations. The West End Rosemont is holding a wine tasting. It’s the launch of the Yakitori Night at Duckfat Frites Shack.

Saturday – Evo is hosting a Chopped re-match between Evo’s chef Matt Ginn and his former competitor chef Airis Johnson. The Deering Oaks 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.

Reviews: Sichuan Kitchen, Bánh Appétit, The Whiskey Barrel

The Golden Dish has reviewed Sichuan Kitchen,

Each time I’ve gone to Sichuan Kitchen the food has been better than the last time. Though in the beginning the dishes were dull looking and brown, the kitchen now presents beautifully arranged plates with meticulously prepared food.

The last visit a few weeks ago was for a Chinese-style banquet. The dishes sparkled with decorous presentation and unique flavors.

the Press Herald has reviewed Bánh Appétit, and

Le said the traditional banh mi has proved to be the most popular sandwich. It’s made with Vietnamese sausage, Vientamese ham, mayonnaise, pork pate, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber, cilantro and peppers. The traditional sandwich is just $5, as is the tofu version. My barbecue pork sandwich – filled with tender, well-seasoned meat, along with all the pickled veggies, cucumber and cilantro – cost $6, also the price of the chicken banh mi. If you prefer beef or shrimp, it will cost $7 – still a deal.

the Press Herald has reviewed The Whiskey Barrel.

All four of my visits were fabulous, thank goodness. Owner Jay Ferrara is technically a first-time bar owner but doesn’t come across as one. The Whiskey Barrel is the culmination of his longtime dream to open a country music bar, and he’s deeply involved in every decision, from handpicking the live music acts to greeting patrons (many of whom already have become regulars) by name. Despite living in Massachusetts, he’s a steady presence in the bar.