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

For more information on the film, go to

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

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

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 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.


Will and Kathleen Pratt, owners of the business, attended the awards ceremony in San Francisco and participated in a local market along with the 13 other coffee winners and more than 100 other winners in nine different culinary categories.

The Good Food Awards honor products that are sustainable and meet certain social responsibility criteria.

Winners were selected from 1,450 entries in a blind tasting, and honored on stage by Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl and Nell Newman.

Tandem Coffee Roasters is located at 122 Anderson St.

Oxbowl at Eventide features food, brews and the game

Eventide Oyster Co., 86 Middle St., will be transformed into the “Eventide Bar & Grill” on Super Bowl Sunday for Oxbowl 2014.


The restaurant will have two 60-inch plasma screens for watching the game, and ticket holders can eat all they want from a menu of game-day favorites that includes chicken wings, chili, sliders and nachos.

Oysters will cost $1 each, and Oxbow brews will go for $5.

The party begins at 5 p.m. and costs $50 per person. For tickets, go to tickets-10086548137.

For more information, call 774-8538.

BROOKLINFarmers offer workshop on humane pig harvesting

Giant’s Belly Farm and the Reiley Family Farmstead will host a three-day hog slaughter, butcher and dry curing workshop Feb. 21-23.


The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 21 and wrap up by 4 p.m. Feb. 23. Participants can come for just one day, or all three.

The cost is $75 per day, or $200 for all three days.

Pork treats, lunch and hot beverages will be served each day and are included in the registration fee. Registration is limited to 10 people per day.

The first day will showcase the humane harvest of a pig in the farmstead environment, and will allow hands-on training in traditional methods of outdoor scalding, scraping, dressing and chilling of the carcass.

The next day will feature the breakdown of the entire pig using a hybrid of traditional seam-butchery and modern American-style butchery techniques.

The final day will focus on turning the fresh pork into shelf-stable, dry-cured products through the application of salt, spices, sugar and/or smoke.


In addition to demonstrating a variety of recipes and techniques, instructors will discuss the science of curing meat and address basic food-safety concerns.

For more information or to register, call Iggy at 415-4458, or e-mail

FARMS to launch Food and Farm Film Festival

Starting Friday, the new FARMS Community Kitchen in Damariscotta will screen a different food documentary every week until June.

The Food and Farm Film Festival will screen films on various aspects of food, from how it is produced and consumed to the effect it has on health. The screenings, which begin at 7 p.m., are free and open to the public.

The first film will be “Symphony of the Soil,” a scientific and artistic exploration of soil. Upcoming films will include “Killer at Large: Why Obesity Is America’s Greatest Threat” on Feb. 7 and “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” on Feb. 14.

For a complete list of films, go to

FARMS, which stands for Food and Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools, is a new community space above the Rising Tide Community Market at 323 Main St.

For more information, call Heather Burt at 380-6320 or email her at

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