Maine Restaurant Week Culinary Events
Our events highlight the food and drink professionals who make Maine's restaurant scene one of the best in the country. MRW culinary events support Preble Street and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. Order your tickets and thank you again for supporting Maine Restaurant Week!
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The Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off
at Sea Dog Brewing Co South Portland
Winner: Vignola Cinque Terre
Runner-up: The Good Table and Sea Dog Brewing Co
Chef-Am Bowling Tournament at Bayside Bowl
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The Pancake Races at Bissell Brothers Brewing Company
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The Signature Event
Food and Cocktail Pairing Competition
Sunday, March 8, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
At Prime Mercedes-Benz, Scarborough
This year's Signature Event is a reimagined competition. Bartenders will work with their restaurant's chef to invent cocktails that pair perfectly with flavors from the kitchen. The challenge is to create cocktails and dishes that play to each others strengths and deliver a unique cocktail and food tasting experience. Come ready to sip and taste your way through each of the pairings, cast votes for your favorites and help choose Maine's top bartenders and chefs. 21+
2015 Competitors: Academe (Kennebunk); David's Opus Ten (Portland); The Good Table Restaurant (Cape Elizabeth); Fuel (Lewiston); Local 188 (portland); Lolita (Portland); Marche (Lewiston); Natalie’s (Camden); Sonny’s (Portland); The Tavern (Brunswick); TIQA (Portland); Timber (Portland)
Tickets: $50 per person or $45 each for groups of four or more.
Includes all cocktail and food pairings plus hors d'oeuvres and food stations.
The Signature Event is presented by:
The Great Coffee Pairing Event
At Coffee By Design
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2-5 p.m.
Maine Restaurant Week ends with dessert. The coffee experts of Coffee By Design will host many of our favorite local dessert makers and match their creations with CBD coffees. Come and discover the array of flavor, aroma and body among varieties of coffee beans and brewing techniques.
Participants: Bintliff's American Cafe, Dean's Sweets; Five Fifty-Five, Frisky Whisk; Little BIGS; Scratch Baking Company; Standard Baking Company; Two Fat Cats; Walter's, Love Kupcakes.
Cost is $35 per person, includes all coffees and desserts
Other ways to celebrate during MRW
The Maine Dish
A Feast of Plays about Food
Performances Thursday - Sunday, March 5-8.
At Snowlion Repertory Company (Portland Ballet Studio Theater)
Snowlion Repertory Company is presenting "The Maine Dish: A Feast of Plays about Food" at Portland Ballet Studio Theater March 5-8. The “Feast” is twelve courses, each written by a different local playwright.
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MRW at Camden Harbour Inn:
Thursday, March 5: Tempo Dulu Pop-Up at Natalie’s
Restaurant Week diners will have an exclusive opportunity to get a taste of Portland’s upcoming Tempo Dulu, opening this spring at the Danforth Inn. The event takes place at Natalie’s and will feature an exquisite five course tasting menu from Tempo Dulu Executive Chef Lawrence Klang. The dinner is $75 per person, not including beverages. Reservations are accepted from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 6 & Saturday, March 7: Natalie’s Cocktail Dinners
NYC mixologist Greg Bell returns to Natalie’s for the second year in a row to partner with Natalie’s bartender Mac McGaw for two unforgettable cocktail dinners. Bell has spent nine of his 16 years in the food industry as a bartender at some of New York City’s most acclaimed restaurants, including at the Michelin star ranked Spotted Pig, and trained under Sasha Petraske, master of the craft cocktail.
Bell and McGaw have worked with Natalie’s Co-Executive Chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens to create a five course dinner menu, complete with cocktail pairings for each course. The dinners are $98 per person, including the cocktail pairings. Reservations are accepted beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 - 2 p.m.: Master Cocktail Class with Greg Bell and Mac McGaw
After sampling complimentary hors d’oeuvres, guests are invited to learn the key to craft cocktails with Greg Bell and Mac McGaw at this cocktail class led by two masters of the art. The class is available for $15 per person, and is complimentary for Inn guests. (Learn more
Wednesday, March 11: Spanish Wine Dinner with Joe Ricchio and Micah Wells
Joe Ricchio, Maine Magazine Food Editor, and Natalie’s wine expert Micah Wells will present an informative and delicious evening, inviting guests to explore the world of Spanish wines. Chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens will prepare an exquisite meal paired with a selection of wines from SoPo Wines. This dinner is $98 per person, including wine pairings. Reservations are accepted beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 - 1 p.m.: Lobster Cooking Class with Chris Long and Shelby Stevens
Natalie’s Co-Executive Chefs Shelby Stevens and Chris Long, Maine’s 2013 Lobster Chef of the Year, will demonstrate how to make their famous lobster bisque and lobster tortellini. The class is available for $15 per person, and is complimentary for current guests at the Inn. (Learn more
March 1-14: Maine Restaurant Week Camden Getaway
To extend the MRW experience, guests are invited to book a one night stay for two, including the three course dinner, for $247, available Sunday through Thursday nights. There is also a two night package available for $404, including the dinner, a la carte Champagne breakfast every morning, and a welcome glass of Prosecco at the bar or in the lounge before dinner. The package can be found online at CamdenHarbourInn.com
or booked by calling 800-236-4266 or 207-236-4266.
Breakfast Photo: Courtesy Portland Press Herald
Pancake Race, Bowling and Signature Event: MRW