Posts Tagged ‘Back Bay Grill’

Two chefs team for Haiti relief

January 30, 2010

Okay, foodies, here’s an interesting duo. Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich, of Sea Glass Restaurant at Inn by the Sea, and Chef Larry Mathew  Jr., of Back Bay Grill, are teaming on a Share Our Strength for Haiti Relief dinner.

The five-course dinner with wine pairings is $90 per person, with all net proceeds benefiting Haitian relief efforts. Event takes place at the Sea Glass Restaurant on Feb. 11. Seating is at 6 p.m., but if that sells out, a second seating will be added.

Here’s the menu:

Maine Lobster Croquette
Lemon Aioli
First Course
Truffle Parsnip Soup
Second Course
Crispy Sweetbreads, Mushroom & Cipollini Onion Fricassee
Olive Oil Poached Rack of Lamb
Mustard Spaetzel / Roasted Beets / Balsamic Jelly / Mint
Coconut Rice Pudding
Vanilla Braised Pineapple

Foodie tidbits

April 10, 2009

A round-up of new from restaurants that participated in Restaurant Week Maine, courtesy of gBritt PR.


Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour Inn will be hosting a special gourmet brunch buffet on Easter Sunday, April 12, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Also reservations are being accepted for a five course tasting dinner that evening. Guests can opt for the a la carte dinner menu.


King Eider’s Pub
King Eider’s Pub has announced that the Damariscotta River Oysters are back!


Johnny’s Bistro and Bar
Chef Rick Barbata is back at Johnny’s. His new menu will be released April Tuesday 7. Rick was the chef/owner of Rick’s on Munjoy Hill. Also he opened Finch’s and worked with Stephen Lanzalotta at Sophia’s on Market St.


Harraseeket Inn

Harraseeket is extending Restaurant Week menus through mid-May. Both the Maine Dining Room and the Broad Arrow Tavern are participating. Reservations are recommended in the Maine Dining Room. The Broad Arrow Tavern does not take reservations.


The Front Room
Eat dinner at The Front Room on April 20 and show your support for The St. Lawrence Arts Center. 10% of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the organization.

The Grill Room
Eat dinner at The Grill Room on April 27 and support Crossroads for Women. 10% of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the organization.

Eve’s at the Garden
Eve’s new Executive Chef, Earl Morse, has settled in and is adding his distinctive flavors to the Portland Harbor Hotel’s redesigned restaurant. Chef Morse comes to the hotel from White Barn Inn.

Back Bay Grill
Look for Sally’s Lamb from Sunrise Acres Farm later this month. Also don’t miss Executive Chef/Owner Larry Matthew’s cast iron seared skate wings in brown butter.

David’s Monument Square
David’s Restaurant just released a new menu and a new wine list. Also South African winemaker, Neil Ellis, of Neil Ellis Vineyards, will host a wine dinner on May 7. Seating is limited to 30 guests. Also David’s 388 just celebrated its 2nd birthday.

Local 188
Local 188 will be rolling out their new spring menu in the coming week. Also check out their spring beer list!

POM’s Thai Taste
Pom’s is still serving its 3-course Restaurant Week menu.

Plan ahead for Portland’s Restaurant Week

January 21, 2009

Hungry to try something new? Following in the steps of Boston, New York, and other cities around the country, Portland is poised to offer its first RestaurantWeekME March 1-10, 2009.

During the event, participating restaurants will offer three-course menus priced at $20.09, $30.09, or $40.09, plus tax and gratuity; actual rate and menu will vary by restaurant. The idea is to introduce restaurants to new faces (and likely to draw diners during an always-slow season).

The preliminary list of participating restaurants reads like a who’s who of Greater Portland’s foodie faves: Fore Street, Back Bay Grill, Hugo’s, Eve’s, The Front Room, Vignola, The Grill Room, Bar Lola, Bull Feeney’s, Inn on Peak’s Island, Bresca, and Cinque Terre.

Other culinary events planned include tastings, tours, book signings, competitions, cooking demos ,and guest chefs.

For up-to-date info, sign up for the newsletter.

Jazzing up Back Bay

November 19, 2008

Portland’s Back Bay Grill is putting a little pizazz into Monday nights with live jazz twice each month. One of two groups, the Matt Fogg Trio and the Larry Williams Trio, will perform every other Monday evening between 6:30 and 9 p.m., beginning Nov. 24 and ending June 15. Here’s the schedule.

November 24th – Matt Fogg Trio
December 8th – Larry Williams Trio
December 22nd – Larry Williams Trio
January 5th – Larry Williams Trio
January 19th – Matt Fogg Trio
February 9th – Larry Williams Trio
February 23rd – Matt Fogg Trio
March 9th – Larry Williams Trio
March 23rd – Matt Fogg Trio
April 6th – Larry Williams Trio
April 20th – Matt Fogg Trio
May 4th – Larry Williams Trio
May 18th – Matt Fogg Trio
June 1st – Larry Williams Trio
June 15th- Matt Fogg Trio

Back to the future

September 25, 2008

With all the hype about Portland’s foodie-fave restaurants, you know—555, Evangeline, Hugo’s, Fore Street, Cinque Terre, Bresca—sometimes out-of-sight/out-of-mind Back Bay Grill gets overlooked. It shouldn’t.

I dined there last night, and it continues to be one of the city’s top restaurants, with professional service and excellent fare. It’s been around far longer than most of the newbie hotspots, with a pedigree going back 20 years and a bevy of awards of its own. Chef Larry Matthews knows his way around the restaurant’s open kitchen.

My local tomato salad, with goat cheese from Heart Song Farm and drizzled with balsamic was divine. Fresh, luscious, plump tomatoes were at the peak of flavor. Heaven.

Now another foodie had told me to order the foie gras, because he said, no one does it better. I didn’t this time, but I will try it another. I did take his advice on my entree, though, ordering the sauteed duck breast, with duck confit, tallegio risotto and summer squash. When the plate first arrived, I said: too much, I’ll never finish it. Hah.

We finished up with the cheese plate for two, which contained La Peral, a Spanish blue, that was amazing for its depth of flavor.

The Back Bay Grill isn’t in any of the usual foodie neighborhoods, rather its near Back Bay (yeah, the name’s a hint), a few blocks over from the Post Office. And if you go, check out the mural in the dining room, then ask for the story. Oh, and do make reservations, it might be off the tourist radar screen, but locals know this gem.