Friday, March 7, 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.
Portland has been chosen by the editors of Food & Wine magazine as one of 40 contenders in its "America's Favorite Food Cities" survey.
And, for the first time, the public can vote for their favorites - so, my fellow Portlanders, go to www.foodandwine.com/articles/americas-favorite-food-cities and start clicking.
Portland chef Shannon Bard will be preparing a five-course "Mexico Meets Maine"-themed dinner for 80 guests at the James Beard House in New York City on Monday evening.
Bard, who owns Portland's Zapoteca Restaurante Y Tequileria and Mixteca in Durham, N.H. with her husband Tom, has been preparing for the event for weeks.
Maine Today Media content producer Susan Axelrod will be in NYC Monday to document the dinner for MaineToday.com and Maine a la Carte, so check back here for updates. She'll also be covering the event for the Tuesday edition of the Portland Press Herald.
Bard went through a trial run of her Mexico Meets Maine menu at Zapoteca on New Year's Eve. Here's a look at what she'll probably be serving Monday night:
If you're sick and tired of seeing the Time and Temperature building flash temps that look like this:
...watch out next week for a special message aimed at Portland's food community. Next week, from Wednesday through Monday, instead of bitter-cold temperatures or messages that say things like CALL JOE or PARK BAN, the sign will flash FOOD COOP.
Attorney Joe Bornstein leases the sign from CBRE, the owner of the building, and often goes off topic, interspersing special messages like GO SOX during the World Series and THNX MLK on Martin Luther King Day.
The drawing for Timber at 106 Exchange Street in Portland
There is a plethora of restaurant/food and drink news on the agenda for Wednesday's Portland City Council meeting. The Council usually meets on Mondays, but has shifted the meeting due to the MLK holiday.
Timber, which will be brothers Noah and Dan Talmatch's second Portland restaurant — they also own The North Point on Silver Street — was rumoured to be a steakhouse, but the menu included with the liquor license application is much broader. There are steaks and chops listed, also pasta, chicken, fish and an "Under 600" section of dishes all under 600 calories. Timber will be a "full-service restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, brunch & dinner," according to the application.
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the pudding-race!