Hello everyone, and welcome to another tasty edition of Bite Sized Food News. Yes, we’re all full and couldn’t possibly think about food after surviving Thanksgiving, but here we are. There’s no turkey or cranberry sauce to be found here, only an exciting update on the world of food in Portland. This week, Urban Sugar gets nominated for Food Truck of the Year by Mobile Cuisine, 3 local Maine companies have been named finalists in 2017’s Good Food Awards, Harding Lee Smith is opening a new restaurant at Sunday River, a Saco restaurant leases a second location in Portland and USA Today gives a shout out to New England.
Urban Sugar Nominated For Dessert Food Truck of the Year
Though everyone’s favorite mobile donut truck, Urban Sugar, has been traveling around Thailand (check out their Instagram for pictures of their search for donuts) they’ve also been named a nominee in Mobile Cuisine’s 2016 Food Truck Of The Year contest. Voting closed on November 25th, with the winners being announced that Monday. Before publication, Urban Sugar had a significant lead in the contest, but as everyone knows, voting isn’t finished until the contest ends. The winner of the contest gets featured on Mobile Cuisine in a feature article, giving readers background information on the vendor, how they got started and why they started serving up such tasty treats.
3 Maine Companies Named As Finalists In Good Food Awards
The Good Food Awards have announced their list of finalists for 2017, with companies named from all over the country. Three Maine companies have made the list. The first two are for coffee, with Bard Coffee and Speckled Ax noted for their ethically sourced coffee. The 3rd nomination in Maine is for Gold Star Honeybees and their local and delicious honey offerings. Before tabulating the finalists, there were 2,059 entrants, with just 291 companies who made the finalist list. The Good Food Awards are given to companies who contribute to an authentic and responsible food system that supports their local food economies. The winners of the Good Food Awards will be announced on January 20, 2017.
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Harding Lee Smith of The Rooms Opening Restaurant At Sunday River
Love The Rooms in Portland? Harding Lee Smith, owner and chef at The Rooms, including The Front Room, The Corner Room, Boone’s, and The Grill Room, is opening a new room at Sunday River, reports Kathleen Pierce of The Bangor Daily News. The new Room at Sunday River will be called The Mountain Room, and will open at North Peak Lodge on December 20th. The Mountain Room will open in two phases. The first phase opening offers a full-service bar and small plate appetizers. In 2017, the second phase plans to offer full entrees for both lunch and dinner, which will complement the culinary offerings currently found at the other Rooms.
Luis’s Arepera & Grill Leases Second Location In Portland
Portland is adding Venezuelan cuisine to its culinary melting pot with the leasing of 945 Forest Ave to Saco restaurant, Luis’s Arepera & Grill, according to Portland Food Map. The Forest Ave location will be the second location for Luis’s, which classifies itself as a gluten free Venezuelan restaurant on their website, specializing in the arepa. There’s no word yet on when Luis’s Arepera & Grill will be open to the public.
New Pho Company Opening At The Public Market
There’s one more reason to come check out Monument Square’s Public Market House: a new food vendor called the Pho Company is planning on opening on the second floor. The Portland Food Map reports that Pho Company will serve “authentic Vietnamese cuisine” and are hoping to be open by December. With a name like Pho Company, one can only hope that there will be pho to be found as well, which are perfect on cold afternoons in the Old Port.
USA Today Sponsor Toyota Camry Travels New England
Even cars can’t resist the allure of New England, and Portland. USA Today’s sponsored story about the 2017 Toyota Camry writes about the beauty of the East Coast, and its constant allure. Writer Jennifer Franklin says that she is from New England originally, though she tends to forget about its appeal, because she’s been to 24 countries and counting. In the story, she resolves to take a crash course in exploring New England and takes a quick stop in Portland. She doesn’t stay long, but of course she stops at Bite Into Maine, remarking on the simplicity and flavor of their Picnic Style Lobster Roll. She continues to peruse Portland, and remarks that Tandem Coffee Roaster’s malted ice coffee is a must try.