January 29

Food Dispatches

Vinland owner hosts screening of ‘Fresh,’ Time and Temp sign lights up for Portland Food Co-op

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Vinland owner will host screening of ‘Fresh’ at school

David Levi, chef/owner of the new, 100 percent local Portland restaurant Vinland, will host a screening of the documentary “Fresh” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road.

Levi will give a brief talk and provide some local, organic snacks before the screening in the school’s Community Hall. The snow date is Feb. 10.

The event costs $15. Tickets are available through brown papertickets.com/event/559512.

For more information on the film, go to freshthemovie.com.

New England Distilling brings back local whiskey-making

New England Distilling announced on Monday the launch of its Gunpowder Rye Whiskey, which distiller Ned Wight calls Maine’s “first distilled whiskey launch since Prohibition.”

Gunpowder Rye is a Maryland-style rye whiskey brewed from local grains and distilled in New England Distilling’s traditional copper pot still.

The Portland company says that after the whiskey goes through double distillation, it spends a year maturing in American white oak barrels. Its spicy rye character is followed by notes of roasted malt, chocolate and caramel.

For more information, go to newenglanddistilling.com.

Taste ports in the Old Port at Rosemont Market event

Rui Ribeiro from Symington Estates, one of the great port houses of the Douro in Portugal, will be at the Rosemont Market at 5 Commercial St., Portland from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday for a port tasting.

The event will include both vintage and non-vintage ports. Rosemont will be pairing the ports with house-made foods.

Tickets are $25 and are available at brownpapertickets.com.

Time and Temp sign lights up for Portland Food Co-op

If you’re sick and tired of seeing the Time and Temperature building flash temps that rarely go above 20 degrees, watch out Wednesday for a special message aimed at Portland’s food community.

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.

Now team Bornstein has agreed to donate six days of sign time to the Portland Food Co-op in support of its membership drive.

The Portland Food Co-op recently announced that its new storefront, a full-service grocery store open to the public, will be located at 290 Congress St. It’s expected to open in September, but first the co-op has to sign up 1,400 member-owners at $100 per membership. The co-op just passed the halfway point last Saturday when the tally reached 708.

To sign up, go to the Portland Food Co-op’s website:



Portland in the running in Food & Wine cities survey

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, fellow Portlanders, go to foodandwine.com/articles/americas-favorite-food-cities and start clicking.

The survey asks you to choose which city has the best chefs, the best sushi, the best beer scene, the most adventurous diners, the most pompous foodies, and so on. Voting takes place through April 30, and the results will be revealed in the September issue of the magazine.

Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FWPortlandME.

Tandem Coffee honored with Good Food Award

Tandem Coffee Roasters earlier this month won the Good Food Award for its Aylele Yirgacheffe coffee from Ethiopia.

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