Restaurants

More Than Just Dinner’s on the Docket at Maine Restaurant Week 2011

PORTLAND, Maine — Restaurants across the state are gearing up for the third annual Maine Restaurant Week, taking place March 1-12. Restaurants around Maine will participate in the event by featuring special three-course dinners ranging in price from $20-$40. Some restaurants will also offer three-course prix-fixe lunches from $15.

Restaurant Week celebrates the vibrancy and richness of Maine’s culinary traditions while giving restaurants a much-needed boost during the slowest time of the year.

More than seventy restaurants are already registered for the March 2011 Maine Restaurant Week, from Eliot to Bangor to Rockland. A list of participating restaurants and featured menus is available on www.mainerestaurantweek.com.

Kicking off Maine Restaurant Week is The Signature Event™, on Monday February 28 at the Masonic Temple in Portland.

Gritty McDuff's Christmas Ale now on Tap and in Stores throughout New England

Gritty McDuff's (http://www.grittys.com/) is kicking off the holiday season with the release of its seasonal "Christmas Ale," available now through the end of the year, the company announced today.

"This ESB-style beer has a full-bodied, malty taste with slightly roasted undertones," said Thomas Wilson, Gritty’s marketing director.  "Its flavor perfectly complements richer holiday foods, and it’s a natural choice for entertaining."

A robust ale that will be served throughout the fall on draft at Gritty's three Maine brew pub locations (Portland, Freeport and Lewiston/Auburn), Christmas Ale also will be available on draft in select bars and restaurants throughout the region and at beer retailers throughout New England in 6- and 12-packs, 22-ounce bottles and mini-kegs.

Made with English Pale and Crystal Malts and a touch of Roasted Barley, a blend of Clusters, Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Yakima Goldings l

Maine chefs to gather tomorrow at Grace!

Native Maine Produce & Specialty Foods, the states largest independent distributor of fresh fruits, vegetables and specialty foods is hosting Fancy Flavah, the states first ever micro specialty food show open to hospitality professionals only. The show is being held at the beautifully restored Gothic Revival styled Restaurant Grace, 15 Chestnut Street, Portland, Maine, from 1pm - 4pm.

"This is an opportunity for the professional Maine chef who features boutique proteins, artisanal cheeses and extraordinary specialty foods on their menus to meet local food producers and European specialty food purveyors in one place.

At this event, Maine farmers who raise pasture fed and sustainable proteins will be along side merchants who work with small, family-owned European artisans that produce cheese, olives, oils, vinegars & musts, thus bringing to Maine the finest flavors of the world.

Gritty McDuff's "Red Claws Ale" to be Expanded to 6- and 12-Packs

Ed Stebbins, master brewer with Portland, Maine-based Gritty McDuff's, today announced that beginning mid-November, its best-selling Red Claws Ale is expanding to six and 12 packs in grocery stores, convenience and beer stores throughout Maine.  It also will continue to be available in 22 oz. bottles and on tap.

Popcorn and activism: a recipe for a great night!

This Friday, the Maine Women’s Policy Center is pleased to co-host, with the Environmental Health Strategy Center, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and The Naked Truth Project, a screening of the film Living Downstream.
This poetic, 85-minute film follows Sandra Steingraber during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links.