March 20, 2013

Food & Dining Dispatches, March 20, 2013

Restaurant Week raises $6,000 for United Way

This year's Maine Restaurant Week events March 1-10 raised $6,000. A percentage of every ticket sold to Maine Restaurant Week's Signature Event at Prime Mercedes in Scarborough and 100 percent of the proceeds from the Incredible Breakfast Kickoff at Sea Dog Brewing Co. in South Portland contributed to the total amount. The money raised will be donated to the United Way of Greater Portland.


Local kids learn about USDA's new 'MyPlate'

On Tuesday and March 28, 100 children from Portland will be digging into the USDA's "MyPlate" with the help of the Junior League of Portland. The new food plate, "MyPlate," is a simple visual cue designed to teach Americans about portion control and how to build a healthier diet.

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sagamore and Riverton, the Junior League will stir things up in the Boys and Girls Club test kitchens with children ages 5 to 13. Each event will focus on teaching kids how to build a meal rich in nutrients while keeping the cost of the dish affordable.

Kids in the Kitchen is a signature program of the Association of Junior Leagues International. This is the fifth year the Junior League of Portland has hosted this program.


Chef Tobey revamps Sonny's lunch menu

Sonny's lunch menu has a whole new look and taste these days. Continuing the farm-to-table tradition, chef de cuisine Ethan Tobey has revamped Sonny's lunch menu to feature an array of new sandwiches, soups and starters, salads and house favorites, all made with fresh local ingredients.

New sandwiches include the jerk chicken, beef brisket and the Cuban-style meatball.

South American-inspired favorites like the chile relleno, daily stuffed tamal and the empanada round out the menu. Daily burrito and taco specials are available, along with house-made corn chips, guacamole and pico de gallo.

Sonny's also offers an array of seasonal salads with fresh cheeses.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The restaurant's lounge features live music at 10 p.m. Thursdays.

Sonny's is located at 83 Exchange St. For more information about Sonny's menu and events, visit or call 772-7774.


Sushi buffet to be served at Whole Foods on Thursday

If you love sushi, Whole Foods Market is the place to be on Thursday. "We Love Sushi! All You Can Eat Buffet" will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The market's sushi team is pulling out all the stops and offering up a buffet of sushi in many different guises.

The cost is $19 per adult and $9.50 per child (12 and under).

Reservations are required. Stop by or call customer service at 774-7711.

Whole Foods Market is located at 2 Somerset St.


Wine dinner on a German theme at Bibo's Cafe

BiBo's Madd Apple Cafe, in conjunction with SoPo Wine Co., will host a German winemaker dinner on Saturday. The menu will include latkes with house-made applesauce and creme fraiche, spaetzle topped with caramelized onions and three cheeses, pan-fried trout with a German horseradish apple creme fraiche sauce and schnitzel over egg noodles with cracked mustard sauce and braised cabbage.

A Berliner pfannkuchen dessert will top off the meal. Each course will be served with the wines of von Schleinitz presented by Thomas Haehn.

The cost is $60 per person.

BiBo's is located at 23 Forest Ave.

To make a reservation, which is required for this event, call 774-9698.


'Oodles of Noodles' raw food class at Whole Foods

Join Elizabeth Fraser of Girl Gone Raw for "Raw Foods: Oodles of Noodles." This class will teach participants how to make delicious meals using noodles at the Whole Foods Market, 2 Somerset St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Fraser will demonstrate a "raw-licious" noodle soup, three noodle entrees and a sweet "rawvioli" dish.

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