Restaurants

Calories Count Lunch Makes It Easy to Keep 2012 Resolutions

Local restaurants offer lunch items at calorie count price on Tuesday, January 3rd.

January 3rd, Spartan Grill, El Rayo, Sebago Brewing Company, and DiMillo’s On the Water in partnership with the city’s obesity prevention initiative will kick off the New Year with a Calories Count Lunch. The local restaurants will offer a variety of lunch items at the price of their calorie count,  making the easy choice, the healthy choice for their patrons, and giving a boost to diners looking to keep their health and wellness resolutions for 2012.

PORTLAND HOUSE OF PIZZA's "GOT TALENT" Contest for K-8th graders

PORTLAND HOUSE OF PIZZA's "GOT TALENT" Contest for K-8th graders

Participate at : http://www.portlandpizza.com/sing-our-jingle-contest.html

PORTLAND HOUSE OF PIZZA's "Got Talent Contest"

CASA to Offer Responsible Alcohol Seller Training to Local Merchants

 

In an effort to empower local merchants with the skills and confidence to prevent underage liquor sales, and to ensure that stores are operating within Maine’s liquor laws, a local training will be held on Tuesday, December 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Brunswick Landing.  Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA), a coalition coordinated by Mid Coast Hospital, offers this State of Maine-approved Responsible Alcohol Seller Training to clerks, managers, and storeowners.

Spaces are limited and registration is required.  Please call CASA at (207) 373-6957 to reserve a seat. There is a $10 registration fee that can be paid at the door.

Frank Lyons will lead this training. Lyons spent 23 years as a liquor enforcement officer and is a certified instructor with the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Maine Beer Week - Nov 10-17 2011

Maine Beer Week - Nov 10-17 2011

Details about which restaurants and taverns are participating and special Maine Beer Week events are listed on www.mainebeerweek.com:
Back Bay Grill
David's Restaurant
Farmer's Table
Gritty McDuff's
Havana South
Local 188
Novare Res Bier Cafe
Porthole Restaurant
Ri Ra Irish Pub
Sebago Brewing Company
Sonny's
Taco Escobarr
The Great Lost Bear
The Thirsty Pig
Twenty Milk Street/Armory Lounge
Also get details as they're announced through
www.facebook.com/mainebeerweek and
www.twitter.com/dineme.

A Pilgrimage to Bard

A Pilgrimage to Bard

It has been a whole month since I opened my on-line bake shop and it truly feels as though so much has changed.

I have way less sleep under my belt for instance and my kitchen smells like pastry all the time, which is actually fantastic.

A new business, I have discovered has lots of growing pains but the highlights far exceed the difficult moments.

When my website first launched I started to send out e-mails to local businesses because frankly, I had no idea what I was doing. How do you get in touch with people who you want to sell things to? Especially without sounding like you are just a lowly salesperson. It's more difficult than ever in this electronic age to make face contact with those you need to step into success. So, I sent out a simple message to as many places as I could that fit my food morals. Only one responded and that was Bard Coffee in Portland. My e-mail happened to coincide with the soon to be vacant spot they had for a baker.

Serendipitous Success: Harvest on the Harbor

Serendipitous Success: Harvest on the Harbor

The first time I saw: Eat Your Plate on the Harvest on the Harbor Website, I felt anxious, delighted, excited, nervous, I mean, a vast array of emotions.

And since that evening when it was first brought to my attention I have thought about it in waking and in sleep.

As the days came closer, I worked furiously in the kitchen making 2,000 biscotti, 500 cupcakes and 20 sheets of blueberry layer cake for the Lobster Chef of the Year event. Oh and I must not forget the countless batches of chocolate ganache buttercream frosting to top all the cupcakes. Towards the end of the week I started to feel defeated. The only thing that kept me going was the thought of sharing my food with hundreds of people.

The Map to Italy is in the Kitchen.

The Map to Italy is in the Kitchen.

I always thought that my Nana was a little scary growing up. Actually, I thought all of her family was a little frightening. In the kitchen, she was all business, and when things didn't quite go her way, you might as well have found a rock and hid yourself under it. The only time I remember Nana baking was when I was little and she attempted to make brownies. They were the most difficult items to eat, I didn't dare tell her that, as clearly she was pretty upset by the incident. So, she said forget baking and stuck to the savory. Since then, her only successful sweet dish has been "Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake" which in itself is iffy. Sometimes she makes it and it's great, other times, I think she may have lost her marbles.

The other part of crazy I witnessed growing up was watching Nana consume a meal. Lobster especially, and as I am writing this I am praying that no one will ever show it to her, it may get me voted off the island-with a wooden spoon.