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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: October 1, 2014

Snacktime: Bonfire Country Bar opens, last call for Flea Bites, and more

Written by: Susan Axelrod

Bonfire Country Bar opens in Portland

Self-service beer wall at Bonfire. Photo/Facebook.

Self-service beer wall at Bonfire. Photo/Facebook.

Cue the line-dancing tunes; the Old Port has a new place to get your redneck groove on. Bonfire Country Bar at 37 Wharf St., created by Tanner Herget — owner of 51 Wharf Restaurant and FortiFem Martini Lounge — is described as a “high technology saloon with a modern country vibe.” It boasts the “first ever self-service beer wall in the state of Maine,” iPhone and USB charging stations and “premier booths” with “different themes such as the saddle table, the porch swing table, the tire swing table, the keg table.” In keeping with the down-home vibe, most drinks are served in red Solo cups. Happy Hour is offered  daily from 4 to 7 p.m., with free bacon, $2 select beers, $3 select glasses of wine. $1 tacos, $2 fries, and $3 burgers. For a real party, you can order the Bonfire Bowl cocktail, which comes in three sizes: “single-wide,” “double-wide” and “trailer park.” Giddy-up.

Final flea bites

Emily McDermott chows down on raw pad Thai from Wicked Good food truck at the July Flea Bites. Photo by Amy Paradysz/

Emily McDermott chows down on raw pad Thai from Wicked Good food truck at the July Flea Bites. Photo by Amy Paradysz/

The last Flea Bites of 2014 is on Friday, Oct. 3 from 6-9 p.m. at Portland Flea-For-All, 125 Kennebec St. The food truck fleet includes: El Corazon, Gusto’s Italian, Love Cupcakes, Wicked Good, Fishin’ Ships, CN Shawarma, and Good Shepherd Food Truck.  Harding Lee Smith of “The Rooms” restaurants is the guest chef for Good Shepherd Food Truck.

Ten Ten PM

Ten Ten Pie, Portland’s most interesting new take-out restaurant, is celebrating its first two months in business on Friday, Oct. 10 with an event they’re calling “Ten Ten PM.” Join owners Markos Miller and Atsuko Fujimoto from 4 – 7 p.m. at 171 Cumberland Ave. (where DiPietro’s used to be) for pastries and other snacks.

Dutch chef cooking at Natalie’s

Natalie's bar and dining room. Photos courtesy of Camden Harbour Inn

Natalie’s bar and dining room. Photos courtesy of Camden Harbour Inn

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Relais & Chateaux this month, Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn brings the Netherlands to Maine on Thursday, Oct. 9. The evening begins with a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6 p.m., followed by a seven-course dinner. Joining the inn’s co-executive chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens will be Dutch chef Dennis van den Beld, executive chef at the Netherlands Relais & Chateaux hotel Landgoed Het Roode Koper. For reservations: 800-236-4266.

Free food and stories

Forktale was created by The Wood Chop School around the idea that two things are common to every culture: sharing food and telling stories. On Saturday, Oct. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m., bring a blanket, walking shoes, and picnic supplies to Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport for its free inaugural event, with stories by Larraine Brown and dessert by Emily Anderson, baker at Camden’s Boyton-McKay Food Company. Note the event will include adult themes and language. Admission is free but registration is required:

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