October 23, 2013

FOOD DISPATCHES: A Round-Up of the Week’s Culinary News and Events

Seasonal happenings include pumpkin ale tastings and some Hallowines

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Drawings show a 54-seat dining room and 10-stool bar, with an entrance on Danforth Street. The entrance to the store will be around the corner on Clark Street.

Farmers market to move indoors in December

The Portland Farmers Market will remain open until Thanksgiving this year in both of its locations, Monument Square (7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays) and Deering Oaks Park (7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays).

The indoor winter market will begin Dec. 7 and will be held in a new location this year, at 200 Anderson St. in the Bayside neighborhood. The winter hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cook with beer at LeRoux, then sharpen your knives

LeRoux Kitchen, 161 Commercial St., has scheduled three cooking-with-beer demonstrations for Saturday as part of Harvest on the Harbor week.

At 11 a.m., guests will learn how to make fresh beer bread with Rising Tide Daymark and homemade baked beans featuring Allagash Dubbel.

At 1 p.m., make mushroom risotto with Allagash Trippel and roasted pork tenderloin basted with Brother Adams Bragget from Atlantic Brewing Co.

The 3 p.m. session will feature ice cream churned with Rising Tide Ursa Minor and creme brulee made with Allagash Curieux.

All three demonstrations are free, and will be held on the second floor of the store.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 2, Wusthof Cutlery will hold a knife-sharpening clinic at LeRoux to benefit Preble Street Resource Center. Bring one knife that will be sharpened for free, and up to three more for $3 each. No serrated knives or scissors, please.

Pumpkin ale tasting boasts a big assortment

If you like pumpkin ales, sample some of the new ones being made by craft breweries dabbling in this seasonal libation Thursday at the Great Lost Bear’s annual Smashing Pumpkins event.

At this tasting of pumpkin ales from 5 to 9 p.m., you’ll be able to sample Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Long Trail Pumpkin Ale, Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale, Sam Adams Fat Jack, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Pumking, UFO Pumpkin Ale, Uinta Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

The Great Lost Bear is located at 540 Forest Ave.

Food co-op wants new members, with store as goal

The Portland Food Co-op is trying to recruit 1,000 new members so it can open a new storefront market in the city. The new store will be a full-service grocery open daily.

The co-op currently has 400 members but needs more to raise the $1 million it will take to open the storefront, which will be open to the public. Members make a one-time $100 equity investment for a share in the co-op.

Member-owners currently must work a shift running the co-op, but they also get benefits such as special discounts, rebates and a voice in decision-making. Once the store is open, members will no longer be required to work a shift because the market will be fully staffed with employees.

To become a member, go to portlandfood.coop.

Slovenian wine tastings to include amphora wine

Slovenian wine maker Jean Michel Morel, owner of Kabaj in Slovenia, will be hosting a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Cumberland Club, 116 High St.

Kabaj is famous for his amphora wine, which he was taught to make by monks living in the mountains of Georgia.

Cost of the dinner is $75. Call 773-6402 for reservations.

Morel will also be at Tandem Coffee at 5 p.m. Thursday for a Kabaj tasting in partnership with Rosemont Markets. He’ll serve his fermented-on-the-skin orange wines paired with snacks from Rosemont. The event will conclude with coffee from Tandem, which is located at 122 Anderson St.

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