July 10, 2013

Food & Dining Dispatches

Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer


Rabelais puts books on sale for one day: July 27

Rabelais, a store that specializes in books on food, wine, farming and gardening, will hold a summer sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27.

Hundreds of books will be on sale for $1, $3 or $5. Everything else in the store that is under $200 will be 25 percent off, and everything $200 and over will be 20 percent off.

A new feature of this annual sale is a special table of "reading copies" of rare cookbooks in "less than collector's condition," including many 19th-century cookbooks.

Boxes will be available, or you can bring your own shopping bags. Early birds will not be admitted.

For more information, call 602-6320. Rabelais is located at 2 Main St., in the North Dam Mill.


Bastille Day observance Sunday at Turkey Hill Farm

Celebrate Bastille Day on Sunday by practicing your French at a special dinner at Turkey Hill Farm, 120 Old Ocean House Road.

The Language Exchange in Portland is organizing the event as a fundraiser for the non-profit group Cultivating Community. The dinner will be catered by Jennie Gwilym of Catering to You. Desserts will be provided by Standard Baking Co.

The outdoor dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and costs $50. After the food is paid for, all funds will go to Cultivating Community.

For more information, go to immersionprograms.com/info.php?s=1.


Twilight Dinners lined up for a month of Thursdays

Cultivating Community has several of its popular Twilight Dinners coming up. The casual three-course dinners, held in the orchard at Turkey Hill Farm, feature a different southern Maine chef every week.

The dinners cost $40 per person and are BYOB. The lineup of chefs over the next few weeks includes:

Thursday: Jonah Fertig of Local Sprouts.

July 18: Mitch Gerow of East Ender Restaurant.

July 25: Brad Messier and Erin Lynch of Rosemont Market & Bakery.

Aug. 1 : Josh Potocki of Bread and Butter Catering Co.

Turkey Hill Farm is located at 120 Old Ocean House Road. For more info, call 761-4769. For tickets, go to brownpapertickets.com/event/385071.


Compass Rose now serving on Fore Street

Compass Rose, a new restaurant at 339 Fore St., opened on July 4.

The restaurant, owned by chef Tony Kratovil and his wife Rose, will serve a variety of classic steak and seafood dishes.

"We will be serving lunch and dinner and probably brunch on Sunday," Rose Kratovil said. "We'll do a light-fare menu late afternoon, from 2 to 5. We're serving hand-cut steaks. Everything's done on-premises."

She said they hope to be open for lunch Thursday, but "if it's not a lunch menu, it will be at least a light-fare menu ... which will include a couple of sandwiches and appetizers."

Dinner will be served from 5 to 10 p.m. Appetizers on the menu include oysters Rockefeller, escargots and seafood crepes. Dinner entrees include such classics as a 2-pound baked stuffed lobster, a 14-ounce prime rib (served with a homemade popover), steak au poivre with peppercorn brandy sauce, baked stuffed haddock and surf & turf.

Rose Kratovil said her husband has been a chef for about 38 years. They are originally from Kennebunkport and once owned a restaurant called the Peppermill Steak House. Most recently, she said, they handled all the functions at the Sanford Country Club.


Distillery now open for business in East Bayside

The latest boutique beverage business to set up shop in Portland's East Bayside neighborhood is Maine Craft Distilling at 101 Fox. St.

Maine native Luke Davidson started building the distillery a year ago, constructing the stills, grain silo, wooden fermentation vats and floor malting space to follow historical distilling methods. He uses Maine-grown barley in his spirits, three of which are currently available: Alchemy gin (see related story, page C1), Ration rum and Black Cap vodka. Four others -- 50 Stone Whiskey, Blueshine (moonshine made with Maine blueberries and maple syrup), QueeQueg spiced rum and Chesuncook botanical gin (distilled from carrots) -- will be available soon.

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