The Cliff House Resort & Spa Opens for 140th Season This MonthThe Anniversary Celebration Features Maine-inspired Specials
Ogunquit, Maine – The Cliff House Resort and Spa on Maine’s beautiful south coast is celebrating its 140th season with specials designed for people who love the coast of Maine. The Cliff House opened in 1872 when Elsie Jane Weare, great-grandmother of Innkeeper Kathryn Weare, hosted prominent Gilded Age guests like the Biddles, Cabots and Lodges atop Bald Head Cliff. Today the Resort offers the same spectacular setting along with tempting specials made for 2012 travelers.In the Dining Room
Lobster, anyone? Indulge your obsession with the Resort’s 140th Season Lobster Tasting for Two. This five-course dinner for two includes lobster bisque, fresh lobster spring roll with hoisin plum dipping sauce, mini lobster quesadilla with pico de gallo, lobster citrus risotto with asparagus tips, and half grilled lobster tail with truffle butter, all paired with a bottle of iced Chandon Brut Sparkling Wine. $140 for two.At the Bar
Toast the 140th with the Resort’s Blueberry Bellini and help benefit breast cancer research. With every order of this Maine blueberry-scented Prosecco cocktail, The Cliff House will donate $1.40 to this important cause. $14. In the SpaFinally, relax and rejuvenate with the 140th Celebration Spa Treatment. This 50-minute full-body special, in the Resort’s oceanfront spa, features a tension-releasing back massage and aromatic sea salt body buff, followed by an invigorating Swiss shower and hydrating lotion rub. $140.The Cliff House Resort and Spa is just an hour north of Boston and a world away. Reserve your place on the coast of Maine today.
At only 5 years old, Finn is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. A fundraiser has been set for tonight at all Portland Pie locations to raise money to help him and his family.
Portland Pie will be donating money for every pizza and Maine handcrafted beer sold. They are also raffling off some great prizes like Red Sox-Yankees Tickets, 1hr Massage, Seadog tickets and more.Here are the event details. All Portland Pie Locations. THURSDAY, APRIL 5 2012 FROM 3pm-8pm
Please spread the word to help this little boy.
You can read about Finn's story on Portland Pie's website here.http://www.portlandpie.com/articles/finns-fundraiser/
If you can't make it but still want to make a donation you can visit
Portland Harbor Hotel’s Ice Bar Raised $15,000 in Three Days
PORTLAND, Maine – Portland Harbor Hotel’s popular Ice Bar raised $15,000 in three evenings in late January. These funds have been shared with the following local organizations: Gary’s House, affiliated with Mercy Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Share our Strength Southern Maine.
Gary’s House and Ronald McDonald House will use the funds to help hundreds of families in need of a place to stay while family members are in the hospital. Share our Strength Southern Maine distributes funds to help hungry children.
Funds are raised through the $15 cover charge at the door. One of Portland’s most highly anticipated winter events, the Ice Bar sold out on Friday and Saturday evenings and attendance was high.
On hand to receive the donation were Debra Lavoie, Executive Director of Gary’s House, Whitney Bruce, board member of Share our Strength and Robin Chibroski, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House.
Portland Harbor Hotel General Manager Gerard Kiladjian said, “It’s great that so many people attended the Ice Bar and were able to help support these organizations in need. All three organizations play an important part in supporting our community.”
Sponsors for the event included Smirnoff Vodka, Shipyard Brewery, Sonny’s Restaurant, Kamasouptra, Zapoteca and GoBerry. Planning for Ice Bar 2013 has already begun.
For more information about the Portland Harbor Hotel, visit www.portlandharborhotel.com, or call 207-775-9090.
Photo :In front of the remains of the January Ice Bar: Pictured from left to right Robin Chibroski, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House; Debra Lavoie, Executive Director, Gary’s House; Gerard Kiladjian, General Manager, Portland Harbor Hotel; Celine Couillaut, Ronald McDonald House; Whitney Bruce, Share our Strength Southern Maine board member and Ralph Debay, Share our Strength Southern Maine board member.
Hundreds Crown Supreme Dessert-Maker and Bartender at Maine Restaurant Week Kickoff, The Signature Event Academe Brasserie, The Salt Exchange, and Walter’s Win Prizes
PORTLAND, Maine – It was an evening of decadent desserts, drinks, and décor during The Signature Event, the kick-off to Maine Restaurant Week. The area’s finest bartenders, dessert chefs, and bakers provided samples of their best work to over four hundred guests in the majestic Masonic Temple in Portland last night. Academe, The Salt Exchange, and Walter’s came out winners in the Signature Cocktail, the juried “Art of Dessert,” and the People’s Choice “How Sweet It Is” categories, respectively. “The Signature Event was a great kick off Maine Restaurant Week,” notes Jim Britt of gBritt PR, organizer of Maine Restaurant Week. “Maine is filled with such extraordinary culinary talent. Hopefully people are hungry for more so they’ll go check out some of the many wonderful and wide-ranging restaurants participating in Maine Restaurant Week now through March 12.” Adrian Trudeau, bartender at Academe Brasserie at the Kennebunk Inn won the Signature Cocktail competition with his drink “Sage Against the Machine.” The cocktail featured Absolut Raspberry Vodka, Triple Sec, St. Germain, sour mix, muddled sage and lime. Jay Towle of Brian Boru was the runner-up for the night with his drink “Hot Ginger and Lemon Whiskey Tea” and Tom Laslavic, Natlalie’s, Camden Harbour Inn was the second runner up with a three course cocktail, “Natalie’s House Soda.” Five finalists competed in the juried “Art of Dessert” competition. Patrick Tubbs, pastry chef at The Salt Exchange won the grand prize with his cream stout gingerbread with smoked sea salt and bourbon caramel, black pepper and vanilla ice cream, candied bacon, and cinnamon tulle. The judges’ table was comprised of an elite cast of tasting professionals: Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram food writer Meredith Goad; cookbook author and Maine hospitality specialist Dana Moos; cookbook author Kathy Gunst; and former “Top Chef: Just Desserts” competitor and Maine native Zac Young. The People’s Choice “How Sweet It Is” competition featured desserts and treats ranging from chocolates and cupcakes to reverse root beer floats. Pastry chef Anthony Scherrer of Walter’s received the most votes for his dessert, “Kitt Katt Bar with Sea Salted Caramel.” The Salt Exchange’s Tubbs was the runner up (by just one vote) for his Creme Stout Gingerbread dessert that won the “Art of Dessert” competition. The Signature Event was catered by Natalie’s of the Camden Harbour Inn, which was also a sponsor. Maine Beverage Company and Double Cross Vodka were also sponsors of the event. Part of the proceeds of the event were donated to Maine Harvest Lunch. About Maine Restaurant Week: Founded in 2009, this is the third year for this statewide event. Participating restaurants offer specially priced menus from March 1-12. For restaurant names, menus and special event information, visit www.mainerestaurantweek.com. Sponsors of Maine Restaurant Week include: Down East Magazine, The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Constellation Wines US, American Express, Maine Office of Tourism, MPBN, Shipyard Brewing Company, Citadel Broadcasting, Oakhurst Dairy, WCSH 6, and Native Maine Produce.
MaineDistilleries Announces Maine Mixologist Winners From Its 2nd Annual Cold River Bartenders Bash
Freeport, Maine–Gin trumped vodka at the 2nd Annual Cold River Bartenders Bash, according to partners at Maine Distilleries. The company shared results of its sold-out February 28th mixology competition today, with Old Port Sea Grill’s bartender Leah Chamberlin topping the list of 20 competitors with her Cold River Gin “Cucumber Martini.” Second-place honors went to Roxanne Dragon of Hugo’s who earned high marks for her “Gin Ginger Fizz,” while 50 Local’s James Ferguson took third for his “The Local Greyhound” cocktail. All three awards, decided by attendees’ “People’s Choice” votes, came with cash prizes for the winners ($500, $300 and $200, respectively). Also of interest were results of the event’s “Experts’ Pick” vote, a separate vote cast by attending Maine bartenders, who named Vignola’s “Provincial” cocktail the winner. The concoction, a spin on the French countryside created by Vignola bartenders Scott Doherty and Guy Streitburger, featured Cold River Gin, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, and simple syrup infused with lavender flowers. The evening’s “Most Outrageous Cocktail” vote went to Havana South barkeep Eddie Costales for his popular “The Scorned Woman” cocktail, featuring habañero, jalapeño, and serrano chili peppers, and passion fruit purée. More than 500 guests attended the Bash held at Portland’s Ocean Gateway, which featured the talents of 20 Maine mixologists, live rock and blues music by the Ken Grimsley Band, and gourmet fare by Aurora Provisions. Portland restaurant veteran and Mainemagazine contributor Joe Ricchio acted as emcee. “A tremendous amount of care and attention to detail went into every cocktail entry,” noted Dick Grotton, President and CEO of the Maine Restaurant Association. “Every participating bartender and their restaurants were 100 percent behind the project, and that really wound up being clearly evident in the quality of entries throughout the evening.” On March 11th, over $2,000 raised from the event will be donated to Share Our Strength Maine’s “Cooking Matters to Maine” program. Cooking Matters to Maine, a nutrition education program benefiting hundreds of families throughout the state, features the talents of numerous Maine chefs and nutritionists who teach healthy cooking techniques and how to stretch families’ grocery store dollars. The 2nd Annual Cold River Bartenders Bash was generously sponsored by Mainemagazine, the Maine Restaurant Association, the Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau, Maine Beverage Company, Bow Street Distributors, RSVP Discount Beverage and Better Bread Company.
Photo Caption: Guests cheer the winning entries at the 2nd Annual Cold River Bartenders Bash, held February 28th at Portland's Ocean Gateway. Over 500 guests attended the event. Old Port Sea Grill's Leah Chamberlin took top cocktail honors. (Photo courtesy Ted Axelrod)