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PortlandFoodMap.com’s New Years Eve Portland Maine Dinner Plans 2015

Thanks to our friends at PortlandFoodMap.com 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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Vinland Restaurant – Local. Organic. Maine.

Simple. Their marketing says it all. Local. Organic. Maine.

Vinland, one of Portland’s newest restaurants is located at 593 Congress Street, Portland (Congress Square just steps from the former Eastland Hotel – now Westin Portland Harborview), and as their website states they “will be the first restaurant in the United States to serve 100% local, organic food”. You can’t help but be intrigued by owner David Levi’s determination to open an restaurant in Portland with so many great establishments already vying for their stake in the market. And I must say, I am impressed at their WHY – a wonderful mission statement of their 19 principles – reminding me of author Simon Sinek’s “golden circle” and quote, “People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it”.

As I have yet to eat at the restaurant I can’t advise / comment on my experience or the food, though there has been a fair amount of press leading up to the grand opening of restaurant; Huffington Post, Grub Street, Bangor Daily News, and Portland Press Herald

Here at ILovePortlandMaine.com, we certainly can appreciate the support local efforts represented by Vinland, from their use of only locally sourced ingredients to our learning that a Kickstarter campaign helped to initially fund the restaurant. We wish them success and all the best.

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