From start to finish every dish was a revelation of taste and culinary superlatives. I’m referring to a special dinner that I was invited to at the Kennebunk restaurant, 50 Local. The name implies that locally sourced foods are the focus of this dining establishment. And indeed they are. The farms and local suppliers are prominently posted on a blackboard in the dining room, and there’s barely a dish that isn’t based on local provender from an excellent roster of farms.
What sets Miyake apart from other Portland restaurants is not just the caliber of the food or the stunning décor of its new digs at 468 Fore Street. But, rather, chef and proprietor Masa Miyake has gone beyond what’s loosely deemed culinary fusion and cruises through a starry celestial spin around global cuisine that is nothing short of exceptional.
1. Grand Foyer, Staircase, and Upstairs Hall
Vanessa Helmick, Fiore Interiors
“My design for the grand foyer and hall is inspired by organic coastal colors, Portland’s commitment to historic preservation, and Maine’s vibrant art community. Featuring art depicting Maine by Maine artists (some works date to the 1920s), the space is a celebration of Maine’s history and beauty.”
In 1846 James Hopkinson Hamlen arrived in Portland to make his fortune. And why not — the city was prospering as reflected in its fine brick residences and busy port filled with commercial ships. Young Hamlen strolled down to the waterfront where ships from around the world were being loaded with barrels of goods for transport. What intrigued young Hamlen were those hundreds of barrels, the essential containers of nineteenth-century commerce. In front of him was an opportunity: he would supply those barrels. That vision was the genesis of the James H.
The Ageless Appeal of Tudor Design
Entering its eighty-seventh season, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is among the most recognized and accessible performing arts organizations in the region. Under the artistic leadership of Music Director Robert Moody, the PSO engages audiences from ages four to 104 in the highest standards of live orchestral music and education programs.
Dates: Opens with Gala Preview Party, September 9. Open to the public Saturday, September 10, through Sunday, October 2.
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Closed Monday.
Has it really been four years since the last Portland Symphony Orchestra Designers’ Show House? “Let’s put together another” was the directive last November, so here we are again! The thirteenth Designers’ Show House is the expression of more than twenty of the region’s top designers, five hundred-plus volunteers, several Portland Symphony Orchestra musicians, two brave homeowners, and a healthy measure of tenacity.
I wonder if the Falmouth Sea Grill, recently and dazzlingly renovated, would draw such an eager crowd if it didn’t offer such stylish creature comforts on an opulently stunning piece of waterfront. Will diners flock to this new incarnation for the food, the setting or both?
The evening the three of us were there during the horrendous heat wave of last week, the place was packed to the rafters.
Bristling with simplicity, Maine lobster pounds, clam shacks, and other restaurants where the fish practically swim onto your plate are very nearly faultless.
In some ways, these beloved strongholds contend with Maine’s growing reputation as a serious food region, but the inexorable allure of fried clams, lobster, baked beans, whoopee pies, and Moxie are local necessities.
Yet, it’s nice to have both—both the serious food and the seriously simple food—at our disposal.