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LUNCHEON: Women Winemakers Lunch @ Falmouth Country Club
Jun
17
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCHEON: Women Winemakers Lunch @ Falmouth Country Club

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DETAILS: This events is part of a series of Opening Day Events at The Falmouth Country Club. Join us for wine, food, camaraderie, and fun. This 4-course wine lunch features the food of FCC Chef Nick Verdisco and his culinary team and wines of some of the women winemakers joining us for this lunch and events throughout Portland Wine Week.

Cost: $50 - per person includes food, wine, tax, and gratuity

RESERVE: TICKETS

This event is sponsored by: Haven’s Candies

Winemakers:

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BRIANNE DAY

Owner/Winemaker
Day Wines, Willamette Valley, Oregon

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CAROL SHELTON

Owner/Winemaker
Carol Shelton Wines, Santa Rosa, California

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DEIRDRE HEEKIN

Owner/Winemaker
La Garagista Farm + Winery, Barnard, Vermont

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Amanda O'Brien

Owner/Winemaker
Eighteen Twenty Wines, Portland, Maine


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TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN PORTLAND AND FALMOUTH COUNTRY CLUB:

Transportation Sponsor Maine Limousine Service will provide complimentary transportation between Portland and Falmouth Country Club. Take a free ride back to Portland for one of the many events taking place or stay at the FCC to relax by the pool, play tennis on the clay courts, take the golf cart for a drive and hit some golf balls on the beautifil driving range — (golf pros will be on site to give pointers), get a ready for the evening with a makeup touch up by local and national makeup artists for Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, and Clinique.

This seminar is part of Portland Wine Week taking place in beautiful, coastal Portland, Maine, June 17-23, 2019. Visit portlandwineweek.me and check out the growing events schedule for event details.

Portland Wine Week is Presented by Wine Wise.

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This event is sponsored by: Haven’s Candies

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WEEKLONG: 3 Course Dinner with Wine Pairings @ Union Restaurant
Jun
17
to Jun 23

WEEKLONG: 3 Course Dinner with Wine Pairings @ Union Restaurant

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DETAILS: Join Union restaurant for a weeklong pre fixe Portland Wine Week menu. Ther 3 course menu by Executive Chef Josh Berry focuses on the bountiful local foods that Maine and New England offer. Alongside the inspired dishes, a variety of wines from around the globe will be expertly paired.

COST: Three course dinner with wine pairings or $55pp tax and gratuity not included. 

RESERVE: https://www.sevenrooms.com/events/unionportland

LINK: unionportland.com

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Grand Opening: Women in Wine Dinner: Who Paired it Better? @ Falmouth Country Club
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Grand Opening: Women in Wine Dinner: Who Paired it Better? @ Falmouth Country Club

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DETAILS: Join us for Portland Wine Week's Grand Opening Women in Wine Dinner: Who Paired it Better? This dinner featured 5 outstanding Maine Chefs and 10 Greater Portland Sommeliers who all happen to be women. 5 courses and 10 wines. Two Somms are paired with each Chef to present their best wine pairing with the dish to each guest. Two wines per dish. The only criteria is that all wines chosen/poured will be made by women winemakers.

Who paired it better? You’ll thoroughly enjoy figuring that out and voting for your favorites … one beautiful wine and food pairing after another. Join for this incredible show of wine and food talent for one epic dinner outside on the lush green Falmouth Country Club golf course (inside if inclement weather).

COST: $125 per person - Includes food, wine, tax and gratuity.

RESERVE: Tickets


FEATURED CHEFS:

Cara Stadler

Lio • Bao Bao • Tao Yuan

4-time James Beard Award Semi-Finalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year (Northeast) and Food & Wine Magazine’s Best Chef 2014 Nominee

Melissa Kelly

Primo

2-time James Beard Award Winner, 3-time Semi-Finalist and 1-time Nominee for Best Chef (Northeast)

Ilma Lopez

Chaval • Piccolo

2-time James Beard Award Semi-Finalist for Best Pastry Chef (National)

Paige Gould

Central Provisions • Tipo

James Beard Award Nominee for Best New Restaurant (National)

Shanna Horner O’Hea

Academe

Showcased in Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ateand Beat Bobby Flay

 

FEATURED SOMMELIERS:

Stella Hernandez

Lolita

Tess Boepple

Solo Italiano

Morgan Lacroix

Lio

Courtney O’Neil

Central Provisions

Kelly Nelson

Evo

Brittany Saliwanchik

Magnus on Water

Janet Webber

East Ender

Paige McGuiness

Tipo

Jenn (Flock) Lakari

Bow Street Beverage

Erica Archer

Wine Wise • Falmouth Country Club • Portland Wine Week

 

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TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN PORTLAND AND FALMOUTH COUNTRY CLUB:

Transportation Sponsor Maine Limousine Service will provide complimentary transportation between Portland and Falmouth Country Club. Take a free ride back to Portland for one of the many events taking place or stay at the FCC to relax by the pool, play tennis on the clay courts, take the golf cart for a drive and hit some golf balls on the beautifil driving range — (golf pros will be on site to give pointers), get a ready for the evening with a makeup touch up by local and national makeup artists for Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, and Clinique.

This seminar is part of Portland Wine Week taking place in beautiful, coastal Portland, Maine, June 17-23, 2019. Visit portlandwineweek.me and check out the growing events schedule for event details.

Portland Wine Week is Presented by Wine Wise.

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WINE LUNCH: Chateau Musar Wine Lunch @ Evo Kitchen
Jun
18
12:00 PM12:00

WINE LUNCH: Chateau Musar Wine Lunch @ Evo Kitchen

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DETAILS: Spend your afternoon learning about Chateau Musar and enjoying a delicious lunch prepared Executive Chef Matt Ginn, Food Network’s 2018 Chopped Champion. EVO’s wine guru Kelly Nelson and Elizabeth George from Broadbent Imports (the New England representative of this amazing winery) will walk us through the history and the wines of Chateau Musar. 

Chateau Musar, located in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, was founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar. In 1959, after studying oenology at the University of Bordeaux, his son Serge became winemaker. Serge spent 18 years perfecting the formula for Chateau Musar’s Red and was chosen as Decanter Magazine’s first ‘Man of the Year’ in 1984 for his dedication to producing superb quality wines during Lebanon’s Civil War. 

For this special lunch we will be presenting:

  • 2017  Musar Juene Rose

  • 2015 Hochar Pere et Fils

  • and the amazing 2001 Chateau Musar Rouge

Come enjoy a wonderful lunch prepared by the team at Evo and explore the wines from this incredible winery in Lebanon. 

Cost: $85 - per person includes food, wine, tax, and gratuity

RESERVE: Call the restaurant to confirm your space 207-358-7830

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Jun
18
5:00 PM17:00

WINE DINNER: Let's Rosé @ Sur Lie

DETAILS: Come explore the diverse range of the rosy-hued beauty of the wine world. Start with a 5pm-6pm cocktail hour with a sparkling rosé. Then, dinner begins at 6pm and features a four-course "tapas style" meal with perfect rosé pairings.

The restaurant will be closed for service some come join us in this private, intimate event where we chat with Executive Chef Emil Rivera about his food and wine professionals about the wine pairings!

MENU To be announced

COST: $85, plus tax and gratuity
LINK: www.sur-lie.com

Reserve: Click here to purchase tickets

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WINE DINNER: Patricia Green Cellars Dinner with Winemaker Jim Anderson @ Lio
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

WINE DINNER: Patricia Green Cellars Dinner with Winemaker Jim Anderson @ Lio

DETAILS: Award winning Chef Cara Stadler is thrilled to welcome Jim Anderson, winemaker for Patricia Green Cellars to her new restaurant Lio for a 5-course menu paired to highlight these incredible wines including their fine Pinot Noirs and some rare whites. Join them to learn more about this fantastic wine producer.

"Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation of the Willamette Valley on a 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson.  The winery, and thus the two friends and business partners, are noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of vineyard designated Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Willamette Valley with a particular emphasis over the years on Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and the Chehalem Mountain appellations."


COST: $85 per person + tax & gratuity (includes wines and food)

RESERVE:  207-808-7133 or email reservations@lio-maine.com

LINKS: lio-maine.com and patriciagreencellars.com

Cara Stadler, Executive Chef and Owner

Lio Restaurant is the third full service Restaurant from Cara and Cecile Stadler.  The mother-daughter pair first teamed up professionally in 2009, when they formed Gourmet Underground (one of Beijing’s only private fine-dining clubs), and Eighty Ate Hospitality was established in 2018 to encompass all of the projects Cara and Cecile run in the great state of Maine.

While Cara grew up making Shanghainese classics in a kitchen infused with ginger and shaoxing wine, her training is far more global. Beginning her career at 16, she worked at Café Rouge in Berkeley, followed by Striped Bass in Philadelphia, before heading to Paris to hone her fine dining skills. While in France, after staging at Guy Savoy, Cara worked at Gordon Ramsay Au Trianon Palace, his two-Michelin star restaurant in Versailles.

At the same time as she was learning from these modern masters, Cara began noticing what has become her core guiding concept – what she calls “the perfect bite.” Specifically, she became fascinated with how, in a single bite, flavors harmonize in a sequence of moments, supported by the cadence of texture. Since then, Cara is constantly striving to put both new “perfect bites” and some classics on the table.

With the aim of finding more flavors and texture to bring to this concept, Cara headed to Asia in 2008. After working briefly in Singapore at French-Japanese restaurant Saint Pierre and heading up Gourmet Underground in Beijing in 2009, Cara moved to Shanghai and began her long-standing relationship with one of China’s most esteemed restaurateurs, David Laris. Starting out as sous-chef of Laris – at the time, one of Asia’s fine-dining landmarks – Cara later launched David’s private dining restaurant, 12 Chairs, which has been hailed one of Asia’s best restaurants by The Miele Guide.

Cara returned to the U.S. in November 2011, eager to work with her mother to bring to Brunswick her unique twist of contemporary Asian fusion combined with the bounty of local Maine flavors. Tao Yuan Restaurant opened in May of 2012 as Cara and Cecile’s first full service restaurant. Three years later, Bao Bao Dumpling House was born – a fast casual dumpling shop in Portland’s West End. This was followed in 2018 by Lio Restaurant, in downtown Portland, a modern European small plates restaurant with a strong focus on wine. In 2014, Cara was recognized as a Food and Wine Best New Chef. Each year since 2014 she has been nominated for James Beard Rising Star award, a nod to the industries future talent and leaders.

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WINE DINNER: Stories from the Road: A Night of Tall Tales from the Wine Trail @ Tipo
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

WINE DINNER: Stories from the Road: A Night of Tall Tales from the Wine Trail @ Tipo

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DETAILS: Join us for a Stories from the Road, and night of tall tales from the wine trail with Josefa Concannon of Louis/Dressner and Ned Swain of Devenish Wines. A night of wine, food and tales from the wine world. Josefa and Ned will be selecting 2 wines each and will be regaling our guests with stories from their worldly travels! Remember that one time Ned ran across Mt. Etna (literally) and partied all night with Frank Cornelissen?

Josefa Concannon, jet setting national face of Louis Dressner wines and Ned Swain, local wine and running geek face off in a match off of wine sensibilities.  Josefa and Ned will both be sharing stories from their travels and cumulative 4 decades in the wine business.

We will be offering 4 courses from Chef Chris Gould, paired with 4 wines from Ned and Josefa. Maybe Chef Gould will have a few stories of his own to share!

This is celebration of wine, food, and camaraderie! Not your normal wine dinner.

COST: $60/per person (does not include tax or gratuity)
LINKS: tiporestaurant.com, devenishwine.com, louisdressner.com

Reserve: Call Tipo 207-358-7970 to reserve your seat.

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(SOLD OUT) DESSERT & WINE: [1st seating] Dessert, Port, and Madeira Tasting @ Gross Confection Bar
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

(SOLD OUT) DESSERT & WINE: [1st seating] Dessert, Port, and Madeira Tasting @ Gross Confection Bar

DETAILS: Brant Dadaleares’ new dessert-only restaurant Gross Confection Bar is pairing up with Elizabeth George from Broadbent Imports for a 3-course dessert tasting paired with some beautiful Ports from Casa Ferriera and Madeiras from Broadbent. Elizabeth will walk you through the perfect pairings to Brants carefully crafted seasonal desserts at their chef’s table. Seating is limited so book your tickets now! 

Here is an idea of what’s on the menu:

  • Welcoming palate….. Hugo sparkling Rose 

  • Course 1….. something fruity paired with Ferreira White Port 

  • Course 2….. something custardy paired with Broadbent 5yr Madeira 

  • Course 3….. Chocolate love paired with Ferreira Dona Antonia Tawny Port 

A little bit about Gross: What started as a simple kitchen sarcasm grew into the idea to create a dessert focussed restaurant and bar named gross. We felt that people needed and deserved somewhere to go with a focus on the sweeter side of life.


COST: $45 per person + tax & gratuity (includes wines and food)

RESERVE: GET TICKETS

LINKS: grossconfections.com

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WINE DINNER: The Rustic Elegance of Southern Italy @ Piccolo
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

WINE DINNER: The Rustic Elegance of Southern Italy @ Piccolo

DETAILS: This five-course wine dinner features wines from Campania, Calabria, Puglia, and Sicily presented by Italian Wine aficionado Fred Mullins of Vias Imports. His enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise in these properties is amazing. Enjoy these beautiful wines while you devour delicious Italian delicacies from the Piccolo kitchen.

The menu will be paired with creative regional dishes of where each wine is from and utilizing as much of the bounty of our state of Maine has to offer such as local organic vegetables, Breezy Hill Farm Pork, Locally caught fish, Northstar Farm Lamb, etc.

Some of these wines are relatively new to Maine/New England and we may include a few special wines available only to Piccolo.

COST: $75 per person, plus tax and tip (includes food and wine)

RESERVE: Call Piccolo at 207-747-5307 


LINK: www.piccolomaine.com

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(4 SPACES LEFT) WINE DINNER: Women Winemakers with Karen Ulrich @ Chaval
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

(4 SPACES LEFT) WINE DINNER: Women Winemakers with Karen Ulrich @ Chaval

DETAILS:  Join Chaval for a wine dinner celebrating women winemakers and owners from the portfolio of T. Edward Wines and associate Karen Ulrich. Karen has selected some of her favorite women in wine from their collection to feature for this dinner.

Our Chefs Damian and Ilma will be creating a five-course menu thoughtfully coupled with each selection. The menu will be seasonally inspired with flavors from each region of the wines origins. Karen from T. Edward Wines will be our guests' guide to each wine pairing, discussing their characteristics and the creative, talented women behind them. Celebrate fine wines, great food and amazing women in the wine world.

COST: $69 per person + tax & gratuity (includes wines and food)

RESERVE:  GET TICKETS or call 207-772-1110

LINKS: chavalmaine.com and tedwardwines.com

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DESSERT & WINE: [2nd seating] Dessert, Port, and Madeira Tasting @ Gross Confection Bar
Jun
18
9:00 PM21:00

DESSERT & WINE: [2nd seating] Dessert, Port, and Madeira Tasting @ Gross Confection Bar

DETAILS: Brant Dadaleares’ new dessert-only restaurant Gross Confection Bar is pairing up with Elizabeth George from Broadbent Imports for a 3-course dessert tasting paired with some beautiful Ports from Casa Ferriera and Madeiras from Broadbent. Elizabeth will walk you through the perfect pairings to Brants carefully crafted seasonal desserts at their chef’s table. Seating is limited so book your tickets now! 

Here is an idea of what’s on the menu:

  • Welcoming palate….. Hugo sparkling Rose 

  • Course 1….. something fruity paired with Ferreira White Port 

  • Course 2….. something custardy paired with Broadbent 5yr Madeira 

  • Course 3….. Chocolate love paired with Ferreira Dona Antonia Tawny Port 

A little bit about Gross: What started as a simple kitchen sarcasm grew into the idea to create a dessert focussed restaurant and bar named gross. We felt that people needed and deserved somewhere to go with a focus on the sweeter side of life.


COST: $45 per person + tax & gratuity (includes wines and food)

RESERVE: GET TICKETS

LINKS: grossconfections.com

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WINE LUNCH: Summer Lunch in Northeast Italy with Winemaker Robert Princic @ Central Provisions
Jun
19
11:00 AM11:00

WINE LUNCH: Summer Lunch in Northeast Italy with Winemaker Robert Princic @ Central Provisions

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DETAILS: Join us for a light, bright lunch at Central Provisions. We will be pairing 3 delicious Italian whites from owner/winemaker from Robert Princic of Gradis’ciutta—making some of the most delicious Italian White wines in Italy’s northeast—paired with 3 delicious courses from celebrated Chef Chris Gould.

Seating is limited to 12 people!


LINKS: central-provisions.com

Reserve: Call 207-805-1085

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WINE DINNER: A Night of Iberian Intrigue @ Sur Lie
Jun
19
5:00 PM17:00

WINE DINNER: A Night of Iberian Intrigue @ Sur Lie

DETAILS: Explore delicious wines from Spain & Portugal in this 4-course "tapas style" wine dinner with incredible food prepared by Executive Chef Emil Rivera and wines presented by wine aficionado Karen Ulrich, Director of National Sales for T. Edward Wines. Dinner begins promptly at 6pm. Join us a little early to mingle in the bar from 5-6 with your first glass of a lovely Iberian wine on us.

COST: $85, plus tax and gratuity
LINK: www.sur-lie.com

Reserve: Click here to purchase tickets

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SPECIAL EVENT: Devenish Does Dinner @ LB Kitchen
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Devenish Does Dinner @ LB Kitchen

DETAILS: Join LB Kitchen for a unique dinner focused on pairing food with wine. Devenish Wines will be featuring a diverse wine by-the-glass list accompanied by suggested food pairings curated by Devenish staffers and sometimes chefs William Gibney and Christopher Hughes. Food will range from small plates to large format, family style, dishes. Let us serve you a full-bodied menu with upfront notes of good times and friends.

No reservations necessary.

Price: Varies

For questions/inquiries please call 207-775-2695, email cgaffneykessell@gmail.com, or visit https://www.lbkitchenportlandme.com/events.

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(SOLD OUT) WINE DINNER: Jorge Ordonez Spanish Wine Dinner @ Chaval
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

(SOLD OUT) WINE DINNER: Jorge Ordonez Spanish Wine Dinner @ Chaval

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DETAILS:  Hosted by Monica Ordonez. This 5-course Spanish Wine Dinner celebrates the selections of Spanish wine legend and importer Jorge Ordóñez. The wines are paired with a regional Spanish inspired menu utilizing local Maine ingredients by acclaimed Chefs Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez. This dinner is part of the Women in Wine Track and is an exclusive Portland Wine Week event.

About Monica Ordóñez

Thirty-two years ago Jorge Ordóñez founded the brokerage company, Fine Estates of Spain to fulfill a hole within the US consumer wine market and would go on to be dubbed the “Pioneer of Awakening Spanish Wines”. As Jorge transitions to the next stage in his career, he passes the torch to his two children, Victor and Monica. Monica Ordóñez, once an Olympic hopeful for the U.S. Women’s Crew team, felt the calling of the family business and joins her brother Victor at the helm of Fine Estates of Spain as the new Director of Operations. Monica is a recent graduate of Cornell University’s Viticulture and Enology program. She grew up in the famous vineyards of Muga, Sierra Cantabria and beyond, learning the history of each family’s beginning in Spain. Armed with her degree in enology and her Father’s passion for Spanish wines, Monica and her brother are reigniting the market once again and maintaining a long tradition of quality wines, along with a fresh outlook for up and coming new regions.


COST: $69 per person + tax & gratuity (includes wines and food)

RESERVE:  GET TICKETS or call 207-772-1110 or email reservations@chavalmaine.com

LINKS: chavalmaine.com and Jorge Ordóñez Selections

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WINE DINNER: Spend a night in Rome @ Roma Cafe
Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

WINE DINNER: Spend a night in Rome @ Roma Cafe

DETAILS: Enjoy a 5-course dinner with wine pairings (make your reservation anytime between 5-10 pm) at The Roma Café—the oldest American Italian Restaurant in Portland dating back to 1924.  The building that Roma is located in was the home of the family who built the Eastland Hotel (now the Westin), and shares the same architect with the Eastland.  It feels like it was meant for the occasion of a night on the town, and it has hosted many a night for almost 100 years now.

Chef Paul Archambault (a disciple of Big Tree Hospitality (Hugo's, Eventide and Honey Paw)) has designed a menu that will make you feel like you've been magically transported from Portland to Rome.  Experience dining as it was meant to be, with the Roma Cafe, and you'll understand why some people say, "There's nothing more romantic than italian food!"

COST: $75 plus tax and gratuity, includes wine and food.

RESERVE: Call 207-761-1611 

LINK: romaportland.com

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(SOLD OUT) WINE DINNER: Cru Beaujolais Wine Dinner @ Chaval
Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

(SOLD OUT) WINE DINNER: Cru Beaujolais Wine Dinner @ Chaval

DETAILS: A 5-6 course menu showcasing different crus in Beaujolais—vintage aged and large format bottles included. This is an awesome opportunity to experience some great unsung properties’ wines in this southern region of Burgundy and the differences within the celebrated crus of Beaujolais. A Classic French menu from acclaimed Chefs Lopes and Sansonetti, us a larder of local and french-regional ingredients available to them.


Chef Ilma Lopez has worked in some of the most demanding and rewarding kitchens in the industry, such as DB Bistro, Corton, Tailor, El Bulli, Café Boulud, and Le Bernardin. When she left New York City to the quieter reaches of Maine, Lopez found a new terrain she couldn’t resist. Arriving with a mastery of colors, flavors, textures, and spices—and a seasoned ability to work under pressure—Lopez makes classic dishes her own, with attention to micro-detail and thoughtful twists. For her work, Lopez earned a 2014 StarChefs Coastal New England Rising Star Pastry Chef Award, Has been a multiple-time James Beard top-Chef finalist, and you may have seen her name in the September issue of Bon Appetit Magazine highlighting her incredible talents when naming Portland, Maine as their pick for Restaurant City of The Year.

Before Chef Damian Sansonetti was the acclaimed chef de cuisine at the uber-French Bar Boulud in New York, co-owner Damian Sansonetti grew up savoring his mother's and grandmother's cooking.  From handmade pasta to grilled fish to learning how to cure meat and make sausages with his grandfather. A career in food was practically his birthright. Graduating from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Sansonetti worked at Nantucket’s Brant Point Grill and Pittsburgh’s Steelhead Grill, moving to New York to open Heartbeat in the W Hotel. Sansonetti met Daniel Boulud while working at Shallots in Midtown and eventually took a position at Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne.


COST: $85 per person + tax & gratuity (includes wines and food)

RESERVE: GET TICKETS or call  207-772-1110 or email reservations@chavalmaine.com

LINKS: chavalmaine.com

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BRUNCH: Bubbles & Brunch @ Union Restaurant
Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

BRUNCH: Bubbles & Brunch @ Union Restaurant

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DETAILS: Join us for an intimate brunch at our Market Table where you will enjoy a 3 course brunch menu exquisitely paired with sparkling wines from around the world.

COST: Three course brunch with wine pairings, $35pp. Tax and gratuity not included.

RESERVE: https://www.sevenrooms.com/events/unionportland

LINK: unionportland.com

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WINE DINNER: Handley Cellars @ Otherside Diner
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

WINE DINNER: Handley Cellars @ Otherside Diner

DETAILS:  Join us for a night of delicious food and wines from Handley Cellars. We will start off the night with a brand new sparkling rosé from the winery and meet Lulu McCllellan the daughter of Milla Handley. Followed by a 4 course dinner paired with the wonderful wines from Anderson Valley California. 


COST: $75 per person + tax & gratuity (includes wines and food)

RESERVE:  Purchase Tickets or email info@othersidediner.com

LINKS: handleycellars.com

Pete and Jessica Sueltenfuss 

Pete Sueltenfuss cut his teeth cooking in and around Boston for more than a decade.  Restaurants such as Davio’s, Eat, Eastern Standard and Green Street helped Pete to identify a true passion for whole animal butchery and charcuterie.  Upon moving to Portland with his wife, Jessica, Sueltenfuss cooked at Fore Street and Miyake before eventually taking the helm at Grace.  In 2015 Pete and Jessica opened Other Side Delicatessen, becoming Portland’s source for locally sourced, hand made deli meats, charcuterie and a pretty killer sandwich board.  

Long before moving to Portland, Jessica Sueltenfuss was absorbing as much as possible about wine and service from some of the most acclaimed restaurants in Boston.  Leaving New England Culinary Institute with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management for No.9 Park, Jessica was on the fast track to an exciting career. From there, she took the lead role of Service Manager at Eastern Standard and led an award winning team of servers and bar tenders.  Leaving Boston for the greener pastures of Portland, Jessica worked as a server at Fore Street and led the team at Miyake before moving to focus on her passion for wine and represent Easterly Wines. 

The couples’ latest venture, Other Side Diner will open in April 2019 with friendly service and well-prepared American/Greek diner fare in an every day, neighborhood environment. 

Lulu McClellan will be here from Handley Cellars was founded in 1982 by her mom Milla.

Lulu is the younger of Milla Handley’s two daughters. She and her sister Megan grew up on the Handley Estate, riding the bus to the winery after school every day. When she was a child, the vineyard and gardens were Lulu’s playground. After graduating from Anderson Valley High School, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she studied Rhetoric at UC Berkeley, and worked part time at Chez Panisse. She loved being part of the food community but realized her place was in the country, working in the fields, so she traveled to Galicia, Spain, where she apprenticed in the cellar at Do Ferreiro Winery. There, she learned how to make and appreciate the Spanish varietal Albariño.

Upon her return from Spain, Lulu moved to Maine, seeking to learn, first-hand, old-world farming and homesteading skills. Since then she’s been apprenticing on diversified farms, learning to drive horses, work sheep with Border Collies, and survive harsh winters. She’s also been working with The Greenhorns, a grassroots non-profit organization of young farmers working to promote responsible small-scale farming and the communities that form around that lifestyle. Lulu currently lives and farms in Maine, with her boat-building partner Scott, but comes back to California often to check in with winery staff, visit her Mom, and renew her deep bond with the land and community here in Anderson Valley.

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DESSERT & SHERRY: 4 Courses with Nominated "Best Pastry Chef" Ilma Lopez @ Chaval
Jun
22
6:30 PM18:30

DESSERT & SHERRY: 4 Courses with Nominated "Best Pastry Chef" Ilma Lopez @ Chaval

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DETAILS:  Join renowned pastry Chef Ilma Lopez in her restaurant Chaval for her four course dessert tasting menu each thoughtfully paired with delicious sherries from the famed Gonzalez Byass family of wines. Don’t miss this delicious event.

COST: Only $45 per person + tax & gratuity, includes wines and food.

RESERVE: GET TICKETS or call  207-772-1110 or email reservations@chavalmaine.com

LINKS: chavalmaine.com

Chef Ilma Lopez has worked in some of the most demanding and rewarding kitchens in the industry, such as DB Bistro, Corton, Tailor, El Bulli, Café Boulud, and Le Bernardin. When she left New York City to the quieter reaches of Maine, Lopez found a new terrain she couldn’t resist. Arriving with a mastery of colors, flavors, textures, and spices—and a seasoned ability to work under pressure—Lopez makes classic dishes her own, with attention to micro-detail and thoughtful twists. For her work, Lopez earned a 2014 StarChefs Coastal New England Rising Star Pastry Chef Award, Has been a multiple-time James Beard top-Chef finalist, and you may have seen her name in the September issue of Bon Appetit Magazine highlighting her incredible talents when naming Portland, Maine as their pick for Restaurant City of The Year.

Chris Peterman will pair and discuss the sherries. Chris was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, spending his childhood summers on the coast of Maine. His first experience working in restaurants was at a small, seasonal, coastal Maine restaurant where Chris returned every summer for 10 years. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, Chris moved to the Maine coast full time before moving to New York City in 2008. In Manhattan, Chris enrolled in the education program offered by American Sommelier. He successfully completed both the Viticulture & Vinification and Blind Tasting Courses, before being offered a position on the Faculty. While in New York, Chris held positions as General Manager & Wine Director at Ouest, followed by Wine Director and Head Sommelier at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s OTTO. Upon moving back to Portland, Maine Chris was involved in the opening of Central Provisions and most recently was the Director of Operations for Cara Stadler's restaurant group which includes Tao Yuan Restaurant in Brunswick, ME and Bao Bao Dumpling House in Portland, ME.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Portland Wine Week Run of Indeterminate Length with Ned Swain of Devenish Wines
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Portland Wine Week Run of Indeterminate Length with Ned Swain of Devenish Wines

DETAILS: Starting from the running path down by the East End Beach. We will run over to and around Back cove finishing over by the parking lot by Hannaford’s.  The run will be self timed and as fast or slow as you want it to be. 

From there we will repair to a yet to be determined location in Bayside for a wine tasting and short talk by Ned Swain about his experiences and philosophical reflections on his journey running across Italy and the parallels to natural wine making.

Ned has run many hundreds of miles across country in Italy, putting him self in vulnerable positions in order to meet more people and learn about the places these wines come from. There will be natural wine.  There will be pictures.  There will be food available.  Sign up will be available (not live yet) at www.Crowathletics.com

Price: $20 per person.  All money goes to Look Up, a program to empower kids through running and build community by running with authority figures

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WINE DINNER: Natural Winemaker Dinner featuring Ismael Gozalo of Spain's MicroBio @ Chaval
Jun
23
5:50 PM17:50

WINE DINNER: Natural Winemaker Dinner featuring Ismael Gozalo of Spain's MicroBio @ Chaval

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DETAILS: A 5-course Spanish inspired menu paired with wines from MicroBio winery in Castella y Leon, Spain. Winemaker Ismael Gozalo will be on hand to discuss and showcase his wines during the dinner along with his wine importer Alvaro De la Vina.

These wines are truly unique and have a dual personality to them and unlike other natural wines tasted before. The Chaval team is super excited to welcome them into their restaurant and cook to pair with these wines.

Yes, 5:50 is the correct start time :-).


COST: $69 per person + tax & gratuity (includes wines and food)

RESERVE: GET TICKETS or call 207-772-1110 or email reservations@chavalmaine.com

LINKS: chavalmaine.com and MicroBio Wines

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