The Wrap: Comfort Food for Drew Brees, Kudos to Hot Suppa, and more Cowbell

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Clam Shack owner Steve Kingston with former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Monday, the day after Tom Brady broke his career passing yard record.

What do you do after seeing your record get beaten by the GOAT? Apparently you are heading to Maine for some seafood.

After Tom Brady passed him in career passing yards at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Sunday night, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees headed north and visited the Clam Shack in Kennebunk on Monday.

Clam Shack owner Steve Kingston said Brees and three of his friends ordered fried clams, fried haddock and lobster rolls.

He said Brees was an “incredibly nice guy, really down to earth” and has happily signed articles for himself and his staff.

On a piece of Clam Shack stationery he wrote, “Maine’s best lobster roll.” Second best is pretty good too, Drew.

THE BEST OF RESTAURATORS

HospitalityMaine named Hot Suppa co-owners Alec and Moses Sabina as its restaurateurs of the year.

Alec and Moses Sabina from Hot Suppa.

The brothers, who opened the Portland Comfort Food Restaurant in 2006, were selected by a committee from nominations submitted by members of the nonprofit business group.

HospitalityMaine staff travel the state to brief their winners in person, with a bottle of champagne in hand. He also named Garry Dominguez of the York Harbor Inn his Innkeeper of the Year and Tina Hewett-Gordon, General Manager of the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, his Hospitality Hero. Still to come: Chef of the Year, Employee of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Sustainability Leader, a new award this year.

The winners will be recognized at the Hospitality Summit, scheduled for November 15-16 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

LIGHTS OFF

The Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth closed for the season, a few weeks ahead of schedule.

The scenic seasonal tourist site was initially closed for cleaning and quarantine on Friday after exposure to COVID-19. Although it was determined that the virus had not spread among staff, the restaurant announced on Monday that it would remain closed until next season due to “the increase in COVID-19 cases in across the country, as well as nationwide staff shortages, ”according to its website.

The Lobster Shack typically closes for the season during the last week of October.

A Ring the Bell Burger is a Cowbell specialty: a 16-ounce burger topped with macaroni and cheese.

MORE FROM COWBELL

Cowbell plans to open a fourth location in its specialty burger chain in the Rock Row mixed-use development in Westbrook.

“We are looking towards the end of spring 2022,” said Alex Markakis, who, along with Jim Albert, owns the Cowbell restaurants, as well as The Martini Bar, 5 Dollar Finn’s and Richie Ribeyes, all soon to be opening. on Main Street in Biddeford. .

Albert also owns Jimmy the Greek in Old Orchard Beach.

The first Cowbell location opened in Biddeford in 2016, followed by Lewiston in 2018 and Scarborough in March 2020, “two weeks before the big storm,” Markakis said.

According to a Facebook post, the Westbrook site will feature “high quality burgers, a full bar with 25 beers on tap and a fun and unique environment.” As for the chain’s continued expansion, there could very well be more Cowbell to come.

“We’re just going to continue to develop the brand and see where it goes,” Markakis said.

NEW OWNER FOR KATIE MADE

The brick building on Munjoy Hill that houses Katie Made Bakery is for sale, but cakes and cookies aren’t going anywhere yet.

The 2,448 square foot building located at 181 rue du Congrès is listed at $ 550,000 by Benchmark Real Estate. According to the announcement, the company is not for sale and is interested in renewing its lease, which is up in February. A final screening is scheduled for Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m., and offers are due by 3 p.m. Thursday.

Katie Made, owned by baker Katie Capron and her sister Jennifer Capron, opened in 2000 and moved in 2013 from Cumberland Avenue to its current location, where it serves baked goods, coffee, the small – lunch and lunch.

LUCKY NO. 13

WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked the nation’s “foodie towns” and Portland landed 13th, between San Diego and Oakland, California. The other Portland arrived at No.1.

In formulating its ranking, the website looked at 29 “food friendliness indicators,” ranging from the cost of groceries to food festivals per capita. Portland placed in the top five for its ratio of full-service restaurants to fast food restaurants.

Portland wasn’t the only Maine city on the list. Lewiston arrived at No.136.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY DINNER

Luke’s Lobster Portland Pier is hosting a five-course dinner Monday – Indigenous Peoples Day – to benefit Wabanaki REACH, a non-profit organization that provides programs and resources to promote the well-being of the Wabanaki people.

The dinner will feature products from Maine native food companies Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Company in Colombia Falls, Passamaquoddy Maple in Moose River and Mic Mac Farms, which breeds brook trout in Presque Isle.

Tickets cost $ 75 and include a signature cocktail or beer. You can buy your ticket and reserve your seat on resy.com. The dinner is also supported by in-kind donations from Allagash Brewing and Glidden Point Oysters.

APPLES ALL DAY

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association dedicates Sunday, October 17 to apple fanatics with a full day of programming around the fruit.

The open-air event, from noon to 4 pm, features a panel of local cider growers, moderated by Khris Hogg of the Perennial Cider Bar in Belfast; a presentation on apple varieties for the family orchard by Seth Yentes of North Branch Farm in Monroe; a demonstration on how to save fall fruit with Jenn Legnini of Turtle Rock Farm & Cannery in Union; visits to MOFGA orchards and activities for children.

You can bring home rare heirloom apples, fruit tree seedlings, and fall produce, and while you’re at it, sample cider and baked apple treats.

Pre-registration is required on mofga.org. Admission ($ 2 for MOFGA members, $ 4 for non-members, free for children) will be collected at the entrance. Masks will be compulsory.

A Nigerian dwarf goat eats hay at the Sunflower Farm Creamery in Cumberland on Maine Creamery Day 2015.

NOTHING BETTER THAN THIS

But you don’t have to wait that long to spend a Sunday among the farmers. This Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is the 14th annual Maine Cheese Guild Open Dairy Day, when the state’s creameries invite the public into the barns to mingle with the milk-producing creatures.

Participating creameries are located from Alfred to Monson. Closest to Portland is the Sunflower Farm Creamery in Cumberland, where you can meet Nigerian dwarf goats and buy goat’s milk fudge and fudge, as well as feta and goat cheese.

For more information on the event and the farms involved, visit mainecheeseguild.org.


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