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Maine Restaurant Week – March 1-14, 2015

Maine Restaurant Week has been such a hit…heck it’s TWO WEEKS starting Sunday, March 1, 2015 and running until March 14th! You’ll see once again there are many participating restaurants and eateries across the state with many concentrated here in Portland, Maine to delight your taste buds.

This years Maine Restaurant Week has a few interesting events planned like The Pancake Races at Bissell Brothers Brewing Company and the Chef-Am Bowling Tournament at Bayside Bowl.

The Signature Event this year is a food and cocktail pairing competition at Prime Mercedes Benz on US Route 1 in Scarborough on Sunday, March 8, from 530pm to 8pm. According to Maine Restaurant Week,

“Bartenders will work with their restaurant’s chef to invent cocktails that pair perfectly with flavors from the kitchen. The challenge is to create cocktails and dishes that play to each others strengths and deliver a unique cocktail and food tasting experience. Come ready to sip and taste your way through each of the pairings, cast votes for your favorites and help choose Maine’s top bartenders and chefs.”

This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $50 per person or $45 each for groups of four or more. Includes all cocktail and food pairings plus hors d’oeuvres and food stations.

Your 2015 Signature Event Competitors: Academe (Kennebunk), Sonny’s (Portland), David’s (Portland), 40 Paper (Camden), The Good Table Restaurant (Cape Elizabeth), Fuel (Lewiston), Lolita (Portland), Marche (Lewiston), Natalie’s (Camden), The Tavern (Brunswick), TIQA (Portland), and Timber (Portland)
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Thanks to our friends at for their annual New Years Eve Portland Dinner plan list noting the many Portland Maine area restaurants hosting special NYE events. Feel free to check back on their site as they may update their list with other establishments as plans get finalized. You’ll likely want to call ahead and make a reservation, if allowed, as these will all be well-attended. Enjoy and Happy New Years Portland, Maine!

      • Artemisia Cafe, 4-course dinner for $65 per person
      • Bao Bao Dumpling House is holding a Chinese street food party starting at 10pm, “$28 buys you a glass a bubbles and passed bites all night”.
      • BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe, 3-course dinner, $50 per person.
      • Boone’s, 5-course dinner, $85/$110 per person
      • Central Provisions is throwing a party. The $100 tickets comes with a “welcome punch, passed hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink tickets and a midnight toast
      • Ebb & Flow is serving their regular menu “plus lots of specials” and will be “giving out free bubbles to everyone to ring in 2015″.
      • Eventide, will be throwing a party, $50 per person
      • Five Fifty-Five, 5-course dinner in the restaurant for $100 per person with optional wine pairings and truffle, caviar, and oyster supplements. Five Fifty-Five is also planning a champagne and caviar lounge in their private dinning room for $50 per person.
      • Grace will be serving their regular dinner menu. A cover charge of $20 (which funds the Good Shepherd Food Bank) will get you into the late night party which comes with complementary champagne toast.
      • MJ’s Wine Bar “will be offering 9 different sparkling wines by the glass this year. All at either $6 or $10 a glass”.
      • Petite Jacqueline, 3-course dinner for $70 per person, there are also optional truffle, caviar, oyster and foie gras supplements.
      • Piccolo, 8-course tasting menu with a glass of prosecco, $110 per person
      • Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea, 4-course menu, $85 per person with optional wine pairing for $30
      • The Frog & Turtle, 4-course dinner $65 per person
      • Vinland, 5-course/5-snack tasting menu, $90 per person
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Bramhall Pub Opens in Portland

If you had ever been to the old Bramhall in Portland, Maine, you may remember the pool tables and dart boards, well those are gone. But the brick walls, stained glass windows of the Bramhall Pub are still there. The old sign still stands outside, showing the way to the stairs leading down to the grotto-like space, which has the feel of a secret find here in Portland.

The bar now had 12 stools and is on your left when you first walk in. Behind the bar you will find a piece of old slate, that serves as a specials board. You will also find vintage claw-foot bathtubs are filled with ice to chill beer and wine. There are also 14 more seats at tables as well. Jerks of Grass will play for the opening on tonight,  just as they did every Thursday at the old Bramhall. Happy Hour will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employees of Maine Medical Center can show their IDs for extended Happy Hour prices. Bramhall Pub opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. Beginning on Oct 10 it will be open from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. daily.

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Binga’s Stadium and Shipyard Present: Pumpkin Bash 2014!

Bingas/Shipyard Pumpkin Bash 2014

Bingas/Shipyard Pumpkin Bash 2014

Halloween is getting closer!  Actually too close for some of us who are already missing summer.  Binga’s Stadium and Shipyard are teaming up this year to put on the BIGGEST halloween party in all of Portland!

Well, what makes this party so huge you ask?  Two local favorites Kilcollins and Hello Newman will be performing on the same night, all shipyard brews will be $4 and there will be a $1,000 costume contest winner prize!

Pre-sale tickets on sale now for only $5 online at

The night of tickets will be just $10 at the door!

More information as event gets closer, don’t miss out on Portland’s biggest Halloween party!





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Brea Lu Cafe – Great for Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch…

portland-press-herald_3599419If you are in the market for a great place to not only have lunch but breakfast then you have to check out Brea Lu’ Cafe. This is the type of place that is the perfect example of a mom- pop kind of place. Not only do you want large portions when you go out to eat but you want to feel like you are in a place that has style, class, and mouthwatering food. Well this is that place! The portions are huge and it tastes even better! There is art hanging on the walls and it has a nice down home family feel to it. Not only is the food to die for it is very inexpensive, and let me tell you, you get what you pay for.

Brea Lu’ Cafe has something to offer to everyone, whether you like your eggs scrambled or poached, they have it all. Not only do they have stIMG_3348acks of pancakes for breakfast, they have a huge variety of sandwiches, burgers, and chili for lunch. The best part about ordering a sandwich, it doesn’t come with your classic fries, it comes with HUGE home fries! So I must say Brea Lu’ Cafe has got it right!

– Jordan Stolt

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Food, Drinks, And More Food

Here are some upcoming events that are happening right here in Portland that bring you fresh Farm dinners, barbecue, wine, cheese, and beer!



Where: DiMillo’s on the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland

When: 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $50


At this annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes, Dr Michael Pinette, medical director of MaineHealth’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine will be honored. The guests can sample dishes from local Maine restaurants including DiMillo’s, Ri Ra, Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, Vinland, and The Frog & Turtle.





Where: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

When:  7 – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $150


This year the first-ever gala event is an introduction to Harvest on the Harbor, this annual celebration of Maine’s celebrated food and drink scene, which runs through Oct. 25. Seven outstanding local chefs will prepare a course of a locally-sourced meal, complimented with beer, wine and laughs. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank Summer Food Service Program. Also Sommelier Erica Archer from Wine Wise will be the entertainer for the night.







Where: Rising Tide Brewery, 101 Fox St., Portland

When: Noon – 5 p.m.

Cost: $45


The Rising Tide Brewery is celebrating with a “Harvest Fest”. The Brewery will be having fresh meat raised by local farms, on diets that were provided by the brewery’s spent grain. Max Ury Farm will be providing a heritage pig and RC Game Farm will be providing poultry. All of which will be used on a menu crafted up by chefs Brad Messier of Rosemont Market Productions and Matt Brown of the Good Shepherd Food Truck. There will also be pies provided by Brianna Warner, of Maine Pie Line and  small-batch anniversary beer from Rising Tide’s will also be provided. Corvus will be available on draft and in bottles. In addition, the Fest will include a pickle competition, judged by “Celebrity Pickle Panel” Joe Ricchio, Jackie Ward, Kate McCarty, and Adam Callaghan. The ticket price includes food, two drink vouchers and a souvenir glass. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in support of their mission to fight hunger in Maine.



Where: Novare Res Bier Cafe and other beer bars around Portland

When: TBD


The organizers of Portland Beer Week (Nov. 1 – 7) are hoping they can convince actor Bill Murray to come to Portland by brewing beers in Murray’s honor. Whether or not Murray, who is most famous for his movies “Ghostbusters” and “The Life Aquatic” shows up, guests can enjoy Vigo’s Pink Ooze, Jaguar Shark and Lost in Fermenation along with the beers Maine brewers have already promised to make.



Where: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

 Time: 7:30 p.m.

 Cost: $46-$76


Yes! You got it, the host of “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Iron Chef,” along with cookbook author and renowned food world personality is taking his unconventional humor and culinary expertise on the road. His show is a mixture of his stand up comedy, food, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, and, live music. Audience will be required to interact of course!


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Bonfire grand opening – First 50 people get free burgers for a year! Sept 26, 2014




Bonfire Country Pub in the old port is Portland’s newest bar!  This Friday they are doing something kind of unheard of.  The first 50 people in the door will receive free burgers for a YEAR!  Bonfire Country Pub located in the Heart of the Old Port at 37 Wharf Street in Portland. This amazing place features a country vibe with fun lively atmosphere. They Specialize in drinks served in Red Solo Cups and a hint of technology.  They even have a self serve beer wall!



Check them out this Friday at their grand opening!


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Portland Kitchen Tour- May 9-10, 2014

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This is a unique opportunity to tour some of the best kitchens that you have ever seen or even dreamed of seeing right in the heart of Portland.  Attendees of the 2nd annual Portland Kitchen Tour gain access to some of the most amazing and intriguing kitchens in all of Portland.  Each kitchen will feature a chef, cookbook author, cooking demo, and a tasting from some of Maine’s most celebrated culinary figures.  Attendees can spend one morning or full two days traveling from location to location.  A perfect event for the upcoming Mother’s day weekend!


The tour is open from 10AM to 4PM each day. This self-guided tour takes 2.5-3 hours to view all the homes, chat with chefs and designers and anything else you may want!


Tickets and details at Day-of box office and first tour stop:  Mercy Hospital’s Fore River Campus, 175 Fore River Pkwy, Portland, Maine.



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Shannon Bard of Zapoteca to compete against Bobby Flay on The Food Network

Courtesy of Bangor Daily News.

Courtesy of Bangor Daily News.


Shannon Bard’s episode of Bobby Flay’s new show “Beat Bobby Flay” is airing next month on April 10 on the Food Network!  Shannon is the co-owner and chef at Zapoteca restaurant in Portland.  

On the April 10th episode Bard will be going up against Kamel Rose, executive chef at Tribeca Grill in New York City.  The premise of the show is that the two chefs will go head to head competing against each other creating a dish with a secret ingredient chosen by Flay.  Judges then choose the winning dish.  Some of the judges on Bard’s episode will be celebrity chef Michael Symon and comedienne Ali Wentworth.

Tune into the Food Network on April 10 at 10 PM to watch Bard in action and represent Portland!





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Brunswick Ice Bar- February 6-8, 2014

Ice Bar 2014 Brunswick Ice Bar 2014 is starting tomorrow at the Inn at Brunswick Station, and running until Saturday night.  The event runs form 5-10pm nightly and will feature two bars this year, live music, entertainment, specialty cocktails, and great local beer served up on the one-of-a-kind ice bars!

The ticket grants you access to the ice bars on the tavern patios and complimentary appetizers!  Cocktail offerings will include: Cosmos and Dirty Vodka Martinis with Svedka Vodka; Hot Toddies and Jack Honey Shots with Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey; and Orange Freeze Martinis, Dreamsicle Martinis, and Orange Cake Shots with Svedka’s Orange Cream Pop Vodka. Gritty’s and Sam Adams beers will be served as well. Ticket prices include hors d’oeuvres that will be offered throughout the evening, including buffalo wings, pigs in a blanket, and a fruit and cheese display.


DJ Larry Moore will provide entertainment on Thursday and Friday, and the Scott Davis Blues Band will perform on Saturday!


Tickets are only $10 and they can be purchased online here!-

Inn at Brunswick Station contact- 207-837-6565



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