Food Buzz: The Looking Glass, Portland Brew Fest and more

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.

The Looking Glass restaurant receives national wine award

Call up your wine friends and book a gourmet escape to Bar Harbor. For the fourth time, Wine Spectator magazine has given The Looking Glass Restaurant at the Bluenose Inn the award of excellence. The seaside dining restaurant is one of 18 establishments in the state to receive this award from the gourmet glossy. The annual honor recognized the restaurant for its detailed and extensive selection of vino, which complement the complex flavors of chef Arturo Montes’ menu. The prestigious award means tables will be hard to come by, so go early and hungry.

“Not only does the establishment have to have an excellent wine list but it must also have outstanding food,” said Bluenose Inn co-owner Jim Ash.

The Looking Glass Restaurant is located at 90 Eden St., Bar Harbor.

Lobster rolls and beer: Portland Brew Fest is on deck

More than 40 breweries will be tapping their best ales Labor Day weekend in the Port City.

The fourth annual Portland Brew Festival Aug. 29 and 30 celebrates the craft beer renaissance across the country with a special focus on home brewers.

“This event has evolved into a well-rounded event with a robust schedule of activities,” said producer Mak Sprague. “All three sessions offer an enriching ale experience. Plus the new requirements for festivals eliminate the use of drink tickets, which will give attendees a bit more tasting flexibility.”

We like that. The fest features breweries throughout New England. New this year is Brewery Ommegang from Cooperstown, New York; Branded Horn Brewery from Biddeford; and Bantam Cider from Somerville, Massachusetts. Cash the suds away with lobster rolls from Mainely Bartenders, pizza from Pizza-Pie-on-the-Fly and Mexican fare from Hella Good Tacos. Cheers!

Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street, Portland. Tickets are $40 and available at portlandbrewfestival.com.

Learn real Maine cuisine with Passamaquoddy food workshop

Long before there were fancy four-star restaurants, lobster pounds and craft breweries, the Passamaquoddy people were whipping up an array of truly locavore dishes. The distinctive cuisine of the Native peoples of Maine will be part of a workshop taught by Molly Neptune Parker, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Abbe Museum in downtown Bar Harbor. In addition to her world-renowned skills as a basketmaker, Molly is also a talented chef and owned her own restaurant for nearly 20 years. Using a mixture of traditional and contemporary ingredients, Molly will demonstrate methods used in modern Wabanaki cuisine, with samples for those in attendance. The menu will include Hull Corn Soup, Tumahsis (Wabanaki frybread), and fiddlehead ferns.

Abbe Museum, 26 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, Maine. Free.

 

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