Sunday, April 20, 2014
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Last night I was lucky enough to attend a private preview dinner prepared by Brandon Hicks, the new chef at the Chebeague Island Inn.
The inn opens for the season May 16, and judging by the fare we enjoyed last night, it will definitely be worth the trip from Portland to sample whatever Hicks is cooking up in his new environs.
The Pepperclub/Good Egg Cafe on Middle Street has lost its lease and will be moving to a new location by September.
Mary Ledue Paine, a fixture at the Pepperclub for the last 25 years, and at the original Good Egg before that, says increased competition, rising food costs and high overhead - the restaurant can seat 100 people - have all led to this sad but inevitable conclusion.
Eventide Oyster Co., Robert's Maine Grill and The Clam Shack will enter the ring June 5 with 20 other contenders in New York City to battle for the title of "America's Best Lobster Roll" in Tasting Table's Fifth Annual Lobster Roll Rumble.
The Clam Shack in Kennebunk has won the title the past two years. Its lobster roll is served on a slightly sweet hamburger-style bun instead of a traditional split roll, and contains the meat of a 1-pound lobster.
Three Maine chefs are nominated for Food & Wine magazine's online competition to find "The People's Best New Chef."
Cara Stadler, chef/owner of Tao Yuan in Brunsick, and Mike Wiley and Andrew Taylor of Eventide Oyster Co. and Hugo's, areall included in the list of New England nominees. You can vote for them here.
The People's Best New Chef honors "talented up-and-coming innovaters who have run their kitchens for five years or fewer," according to the magazine. There are 10 chefs nominated in 10 different regions. (Wiley and Taylor are nominated together.)
Voting begins today and continues through 5 p.m. March 31. The chef(s) with the most votes in each region will be named a finalist. The finalists and winner will be announced April 2, and the winner will be featured in the July issue of Food & Wine.
Eight Maine chefs, food artisans, brewers, roasters and bartenders have won a 2014 Coastal New England Rising Star Award from StarChefs.com, the restaurant industry trends magazine.
The awards honor up-and-coming culinary stars who represent “future leaders of the national culinary scene.”
To choose the winners, StarChefs.com visited more than 150 chefs and artisans in coastal New England and conducted in-person interviews and tastings.
Here are the winners from Maine: