March 27, 2013

Food and Dining Dispatches, March 27, 2013

Compiled by Wendy Almeida and Meredith Goad, Staff Writers

Maine eateries to rumble in lobster-roll battle royale

Four Maine restaurants have been chosen this year to compete in Tasting Table's Fourth Annual Lobster Roll Rumble in New York City.

Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, the Bite into Maine food truck, The Galley Restaurant & Pub in Naples and The Clam Shack in Kennebunk -- last year's winner -- will compete June 6 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea for the title of "America's Best Lobster Roll."

Tickets are $150 for general admission, which includes entry to the main event from 7 to 10 p.m. and samples of 20 lobster rolls, sides and desserts. There will also be an open bar featuring Tequila Don Julio cocktails, Stella Artois beer, Fuze refreshments and wine.

A Tequila Don Julio VIP Pass costs $250 and includes everything in the general admission ticket plus early access to the event from 6 to 7 p.m., access to a VIP lounge and a gift bag valued at more than $150.

Ten percent of all ticket sales will be donated to Share Our Strength, a national culinary charity that fights childhood hunger in America.

BRUNSWICK

Downtown Association hosts week of specials

The Brunswick Downtown Association will host its second annual Eat Brunswick Week. The event is scheduled April 8-14.

More than 15 culinary businesses will offer special pricing on selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as treats and snacks.

Participants include: Byrne's Irish Pub; Domino's Pizza; Frontier Cafe, Cinema, & Gallery; The Great Impasta; Henry and Marty Restaurant and Catering; Lion's Pride; Little Dog Coffee Shop; No. 10 Water at the Captain Daniel Stone Inn; The Parkwood Grille at the Best Western Plus; Tao; The Tavern at Brunswick Station; Trattoria Athena; Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Confections and Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe.

No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Reservations may be recommended for dinner service at some establishments. Diners should check directly with restaurants to find out if this is required.

For complete details, including menu offerings and a listing of participants, go to brunswickdowntown.org.

HAMPDEN

Maine Bake-Off contestant needs votes to advance

Sarah Malikowski is a semifinalist in the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off, and the only one from Maine.

To go any further in the contest, she needs votes from the public for her Southwest Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches in the "Doable Dinners" category.

The Bake-Off redesigned the $1 million competition this year, selecting some recipes to go to an online vote. Voting will be open on BakeOff.com through noon Thursday.

The contest redesign also limited recipes this year to seven or fewer ingredients, and the dish must take only 30 minutes or less to prepare, not including baking or cooling time. The changes are designed to encourage simpler original recipes.

The 100 finalists will compete Nov. 10-12 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

BUXTON

Line forms for seasonal dinners at Flanagan Farm

Some well-known Maine chefs will be cooking true farm-to-table cuisine this spring and summer at benefit dinners for the Maine Farmland Trust.

The "Flanagan's Table" dinners will be held at The Barn at Flanagan Farm, 668 Narragansett Trail in Buxton. The five-course dinners feature local foods, wine and Maine beer.

The March dinner, featuring Masa Miyake, chef/owner of Miyake and Pai Men Miyake, quickly sold out. The next one will be May 12 (there is no April dinner in this monthly series), and will feature chefs Ravin Nakjaroen and Paula Palakawong from Long Grain in Camden. Flanagan's will start taking reservations for that dinner on April 14.

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