Bob’s Clam Hut to preview Sugarloaf menu choices

Every winter, Bob’s Clam Hut travels north to Sugarloaf Mountain to serve apres ski seafood at the base lodge.

This year, the restaurant in Kittery will hold a Sugarloaf Kick-off Dec. 1-21 featuring mountain-themed menu specials and giveaways from Bob’s Apparel Store at Sugarloaf and from the Kittery Trading Post.

Bob’s will begin serving at Sugarloaf on Dec. 19 and continue through April. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Cellardoor wins eight times in wine competition

Cellardoor Winery’s eight entries in the American Wine Society’s 2014 Commercial Wine Competition have all been awarded medals.

The winery’s 2012 Ned Said Red and its 2012 Riesling won double gold medals, and the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon won a gold medal.

The 2012 Pinot Gris, the 2012 Prince Valiant and the 2012 Chenin Blanc all won silver medals. The 2012 Chardonnay and the 2012 Dolcetto took home bronze.

The awards are determined based on a 20-point evaluation scale; wines are judged on appearance, aroma and bouquet, taste and texture, aftertaste and overall impression.


Owner closes and plans to sell The Salt Exchange

Charlie Byron, owner of The Salt Exchange on Commercial Street, has closed the restaurant after five years.

In an email to customers last week, Byron said he had unexpectedly lost both his chef and sous chef to another restaurant.

“With very short notice and based on the totality of our circumstances, I must close and sell The Salt Exchange Restaurant,” he wrote. “It has been my sincere honor to serve the community of Portland and every guest that has graced our threshold … I wish my peers the very best of luck and great fortune in their futures. To my guests I humbly thank you for your friendship, support, honesty, and kindness.”

Petite Jacqueline dinners to feature Grey Goose, wine

Petite Jacqueline, 190 State St., has two special dinners coming up in November.

On Nov. 19, a representative of Grey Goose vodka will be at the French bistro for a dinner featuring a three-course chef’s menu with cocktail pairings for $65. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.

On Nov. 23, the restaurant will hold its annual Beaujolais dinner. Two seatings are available for the three-course dinner with wine pairings. The cost is $55 per person.

To make reservations for either dinner, call 553-7044.

Oakhurst Dairy introduces almond, lactose-free milks

Oakhurst Dairy on Monday launched a dairy-free almond milk for people with dairy allergies and a lactose-free milk for people who suffer from lactose intolerance.

The company said it has been developing the new lines for almost three years and will be the first New England dairy to offer a local alternative to traditional milk.

The lactose-free product comes in 2 percent fat, 1 percent and skim. Lactose intolerance affects about a quarter of the U.S. population, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The almond milk is being made in three flavors – unsweetened original, unsweetened vanilla and chocolate.

Top local chefs team up to benefit anti-hunger effort

Six of Portland’s best-known chefs are coming together Dec. 7 for an all-star, one-of-a-kind dinner that costs $1,000 per person.

The proceeds will benefit Full Plates Full Potential, a local group that fights student hunger, which affects an estimated 87,000 children in Maine.

Only 50 tickets will be sold for the six-course dinner, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Flanagan’s Table, 668 Narragansett Trail, Buxton. Food, beverages and services are all being donated for the event.

The chefs are the six original Taste of the Nation chefs from Maine: Steve Corry, Rob Evans, Sam Hayward, Jeff Landry, Larry Matthews and Lee Skawinski. Taste of the Nation is an annual dinner, usually held in June, that benefits Share Our Strength, another organization that fights childhood hunger.

To purchase tickets, go to and click on “upcoming” or call 838-9511.

Rising Tide Brewing to host author of porter, stout guide

Josh Christie, author of “Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland,” will be at Rising Tide Brewing Co. from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 to sign copies of his new book, “The Handbook of Porters & Stouts: The Ultimate, Complete & Definitive Guide.”

The brewery, located at 103 Fox St., will offer a special book-and-beer deal during the signing. For more information, call 370-2337.

– Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer