Plan A Bachelorette Party in Portland, Maine

Posted May 19, 2017

Portland is an awesome place to plan a bachelorette party. This city by the sea has everything you need to celebrate a bride's last hurrah, including  party bus limos, fancy lingerie shops (try Aristelle and Etain), and fabulous bars (check out hot spots Top of the East, Grace, and Sonny's). But in addition to partying, Portland offers fun and sophisticated activities and tours that can make your bachelorette party a stand-out event. 

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The Best Portland-Based Food Trucks for Your Wedding

Posted March 09, 2017


If you're planning a wedding with a laid-back, hipster, or rustic vibe, food trucks are a great way to cater your event.  In lieu of a formal sit-down dinner with a set menu, you can offer something for everyone with a range of cuisines that appeal to your most finicky guests. Does your crowd include both carnivores and vegans? No problem! You can easily accomodate thier tastes with a couple of different trucks. Plus, food trucks get your guests moving and mingling. 

Portland is home to an awesome fleet of food trucks. We've singled our some of our favorite options, serving both savory and sweet fare. All of these food trucks are happy to cater, and will roll up to your event ready to please your guests. 

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Top Picks for Maine Restaurant Week

Posted February 24, 2017

Kick Those Winter Blues and Go Out on the Town!

Maine Restaurant Week (MRW), our annual herald of spring, is coming up on March 1–12, 2017. If you're not familiar with the tradition, MRW provides a great excuse to dine out at some of the state's best restaurants. Participating restaurants provide three-course prix fixe menus at bargain prices, so you can sample a range of cuisines without spending a ton of money. In addition to eating amazing meals, it feels good to get out and support the local restaurant scene, which tends to suffer during the long Maine winters. 

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The 7 Best Oyster Bars in Portland, Maine

Posted June 16, 2016

There’s nothing like fresh, Maine seafood.

While lobster is the king crustacean around these parts, Maine’s waters are filled with an amazing variety of fish and shellfish, and you simply can’t eat lobster all the time. Or can you? You could start your day with Lobster Benedict, then lunch on Lobster Bisque or a Lobster Roll, and dine on Baked Stuffed Lobster for dinner…Don’t miss a Lobster Beer from Oxbow...and if you’re up to Bar Harbor, finish with Lobster Ice Cream from Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium. Ok, you can eat lobster all the time. But the point is, there are lots of other fish in the sea.

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Topics: Food and wine

Weekend Picks: Empire Dine & Dance 

Posted June 03, 2016

Empire Dine & Dance is Portland’s only all-in-one nightlife venue, where you can enjoy an excellent dinner and drinks, then head upstairs for live music, dancing, and more drinks. This is especially convenient in the winter, when walking even a block or two can be grueling (and often requires inelegant shoes). But in summer, too, it’s nice to settle into one spot, and it makes a great meeting place for groups of friends—”We’ll be at Empire all night.”

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Omnivores Wanted: Dealing With Menu Substitutions in Fine Dining

Posted May 26, 2016

Every chef knows that they must reconcile their art with their customers’ palates.

For most of the country’s history, cooking in the U.S. was an exercise in dumbing down nuanced dishes to match bland American tastes. Luckily, the Food Network came along to teach Americans about unusual flavor pairings and haute cuisine. Now everyone is a foodie looking for braised greens and a fennel emulsion on your menu. But alongside the demand for creativity and experiential dining, a new challenge has risen up to confront cooks around the world. That challenge, as you may have guessed, is the spectre of allergens.

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Top 5 Picks for Maine Restaurant Week 2016

Posted February 26, 2016


Can you believe it’s time for Maine Restaurant Week?

Since we’ve enjoyed such a mild winter, this early sign of spring is truly unexpected. Maine Restaurant Week is March 1–12. (That’s right, it’s really two weeks. We have too much delicious food to eat in just one week.) Get started right away by downloading the Maine Restaurant Week app.

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Topics: Food and wine, In the community

Top 5 Picks for Maine Restaurant Week 2015

Posted February 27, 2015

Maine Restaurant Week (March 1–14) is such a welcome close to winter that we Mainers went ahead and made it two weeks. That means you have no excuses! It’s time to break out of your winter doldrums and head out for a night on the town and a culinary adventure. You need to get out and live a little—in spite of the towering snow piles and poor parking conditions. Plus, Maine restaurants have had a long winter too, and they need our support.

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