Food Buzz is the latest addition to the BDN’s food and dining coverage. Each week, we’ll compile the latest news in Maine food and drink — from restaurant openings and closings to Maine food in the national spotlight to special food-related events and happenings. Got a hot tip or a cool event going on? Submit events and press releases online at https://bangordailynews.com/post/ or send an email to email@example.com with your insider food news.
Lost Kitchen found in Waldo County
Erin French, former head chef and owner of the acclaimed but now-closed Lost Kitchen in Belfast, has found a new permanent home for her elegant farm-to-table restaurant. After her popular eatery closed abruptly earlier this year, French took to serving intermittent prix fixe meals out of her converted Airstream trailer kitchen. But she recently announced on her Facebook page that she had signed a lease to develop a restaurant within The Mill at Freedom Farms, an old grist mill in the small Waldo County town of Freedom. No word yet on an exact opening date, but French says she’s shooting for spring 2014.
Manly food on the menu for BDN Maine Man Expo
So hungry you could eat a horse? Well, maybe not a horse, but how about a pile of wings or platefuls of pie? Test your tummy at the BDN Maine Man Expo’s Pie Eating Contest sponsored by Governor’s Restaurant & Bakery at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, followed by the Hot Wing Eating Contest sponsored by Hero’s Sports Grill & Entertainment Center at 12:30 p.m. Not up for the competition but still want some food fit for a grown man? Stop by the concession stand, which will be serving up nachos, hot dogs and other manly portions. Then wash it all down with a frosty beverage at the beer tent. For a full schedule of events for the expo, which runs Sept. 28-29 at the Cross Insurance Center and is sponsored by Friend & Friend, visit bdnmainemanexpo.com.
Harborside grub in the wee hours
A breakfast burger ($5.50) filled with local sausage and fried eggs from nearby roaming chickens in a ciabatta roll is enough to power a lobsterman through his rounds. Uncle Mike’s Grill, in a stationary Grumman panel truck steps from Stonington Harbor, is the newest fueling stop for workingmen or tourists with a laborer’s appetite. Wash down these sandwiches — roast beef, forest ham and chicken, too — with 44 North Coffee, an island favorite, and you’ve got yourself a hearty morning pick-me-up. Opened last weekend by Bill Ralston and Mike Hardy, the hours are 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day but Tuesday at 6 Atlantic Ave. in Stonington. For information, call 367-2722.
Wine seminars in Portland
Get up close and personal with your vino at The American Sommelier Maine Chapter’s inaugural Sunday seminar at Vignola, 10 Dana St. in Portland. This Sunday, eight wines will be sipped and deconstructed. Learn about grapes, terroir and taste from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. To purchase tickets, $60 per person, register at americansommelier.com/maine.
Blueberry beer, blueberry muffins and now blueberry moonshine. The latter is the newest creation to celebrate Maine’s beloved berries from Maine Craft Distilling in Portland. The East Bayside distillery, which opened in July, celebrates the release of Blueshine, made with local berries, maple syrup and barley, with a tasting party at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Maine Craft Distilling, 101 Fox St. in Portland. Bring your ID and dress in blue to receive a free shot glass. The Blueshine Band performs live bluegrass at 5 p.m. For information, visit mainecraftdistilling.com.
Gorham Grind takes to the streets
Food trucks are great, but coffee trucks are better. The Gorham Grind launches its anywhere coffee bar this weekend at the Great North Music and Arts Fest in Norridgewock. The black truck, named Flo, sells just-brewed coffee, tea and espresso drinks — hot and iced. The cafe’s famed Rocket Fuel, a high-test coffee milk, tops the drink list. Wash it down with assorted pastries. After that, Flo will be available for events. She hits the streets in the spring. Catch her if you can. For information, visit gorhamgrind.com.