Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration Mexican heritage (the date harkens from the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 and the Mexican army’s unexpected win over the French during Mexico’s fight for independence). Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated later in the year on September 16. Still, Cinco de Mayo is a welcome occasion to celebrate Mexican history, culture, food, and drink, and we’ve rounded up some local spots where you can do just that.
Strawberry lovers are going to love the first farm-to-table dinner from Graze at Pineland Farms. The series kicks off June 19 with “Strawberry Fields Forever,” a strawberry-centric four-course dinner served either al fresco or under a tent across from Pineland Farms’ English Gardens.
I’ve always known maple syrup was for drinking (quickly and right out of the bottle, the way one might take a take a swig from a coworker’s soda when she steps away from her desk to grab something off the printer). It wasn’t until later that I learned to add alcohol to it and pour the mapley blend into a glass. That’s maple syrup consumption for grown ups.
Considering all that desserts and cocktails have done for us, it’s about time we gave them a celebration to call their own (besides, desserts are frankly tired of playing second fiddle to those first come, always first-served appetizers).
The Signature Event rounds up some of Maine’s best cocktails and desserts and celebrates those master cocktail shakers and dessert makers who bake, blend, and create the fare we love the most.
Maine Restaurant Week runs March 1-10.
We love the restaurants on this list for many reasons (the good food, the willingness of staff to humor us and go on camera pronouncing the restaurant’s name), but we also know we’ve mispronounced them in the past. (I confess to saying “peck a ree no” more than once.) Here’s the right way to say some of Portland’s dining spots, pronounced by the people who know them best:
Our small city’s super-exploding food scene has some phonetic implications: We’re not quite sure how to pronounce this stuff. But we want to try new restaurants. We want to eat unique cuisine and step out of our culinary comfort zones (Maine Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to do so). But we’d also prefer to not sound like complete idiots when doing so.