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.