Monday, June 28, 2010
Taste of the Nation 2010 was a huge success again this year at it's new location, Portland's Ocean Gateway. The event which raises money each year to fight children's hunger was held inside a large pavilion put up by Leavitt & Parris in the nearby parking area.
If more people realized what a blast this large delicious party really is and what a great value it provides... twenty something of the top food and wine purveyors from the southern Maine area under one roof for the price of an entry ticket... plus the chance to bid on a lot of great food centric auction items. Anyway let's spread the word for next year and mark your calendar as well.
I've took way to many pictures to post them all here, so I will put the larger group on Flickr where the many close ups of the appetizers will be tagged with the names of restaurant that made them.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Just a quick update on Havana South as I decided to go back tonight and grab a few food shots, I'll do a more in depth one later this summer. I especially want to watch the ( i think ) Salvadoran pastry chef work his magic on the flan.
Chile Rubbed Yellowfin Tuna... pan seared yellowfin tuna with a ancho chile and sugar cane rub served with honey and charred carrots and saffron rice... $27
Roasted Halibut... Herb crusted halibut wrapped in a banana leaf, roasted and served salsa verde and grilled green tomatoes with campari... $26
Rack of Lamb... Rioja marinated rack of lamb accompanied by beet greens and a Latin mash with honey and Reggianito cheese... $29
Our Moqueca... Seafood stew with Maine's finest seafood ( lobster, shrimp & mussels ) slow cooked in a rich coconut / dende oil broth... $29
44-50 Wharf Street
One festival I didn't have complete info on the other day is this Satuarday's Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft. Portland's own Cranberry Island Kitchen will be there for the 2nd edition of this culinary decadence.
Havana South is now open for diner. It opened in shakedown mode in the last week while construction continues around the edges.
Mura, the companion bistro next door to Shima has been open for a few weeks with a similar menu and a different feel to the insides. Toby and I haven't made time to get down there yet, but a good friend is very high on Shima.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Summer is a good time to find and especially taste food from various restaurants and specialty food vendors. The where is at the many Food Festivals several of which are in the Portland area starting thursday when the Greek Heritage Festival kicks a three day celebration of all things Greek.
An annual event held under a large tent at the corner of Park and Pleasant Streets in the church parking lot, it's always well attended with music happening during the supper and early evening hours. Saturday it's joined by three more one day events: The Strawberry Festival, in Cape Elizabeth at Maxwell's Farm,
the 2nd Annual Portland Lobster Festival on the Maine State Pier and the 6th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival at the East End Community Center.
These are followed on Sunday by Taste of the Nation 2010, at a new location this year along the Portland waterfront at Ocean Gateway.
Held under a fancy pavilion tent, ( with a wood floor) that Leavitt & Parris was busy putting up Wednesday, this event is a national fund raiser for children's hunger with 100% of the gate going to local charities. Twenty seven of the state's top restaurants, premium wines, beers & spirits are on hand with live music dancing and a superb auction & raffle going on into the evening.
Check Portland Food Map's Event Calendar for details on these and other upcoming events
Friday, June 18, 2010
They were joined on the stop today at Rabelais by Andrew Knowlton, restaurant editor for Bon Appetit magazine.
You can find out more here