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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: August 20, 2014

Snacktime: Dobra Tea moving, Joe Ricchio changes his bar plans, MJ’s turns one, and more

Written by: Susan Axelrod

A new home for Dobra Tea

Dobra Tea. Press Herald file photo

Dobra Tea. Press Herald file photo

The “bohemian-style” tearoom is moving from their current home on Middle Street in Portland’s Old Port, to 89 Upper Exchange St. — until recently the home of Aucocisco Galleries. Dobra Tea’s last day on Middle Street will be Sunday, Aug. 24 and they will reopen in the new space in September or October. Friday – Sunday there will be a moving sale, with 10 percent off all loose teas and other deals.

Joe and Joel’s Excellent Adventure

Joel Beauchamp, left, and Joe Ricchio. Photo by Zack Bowen, Courtesy of

Joel Beauchamp, left, and Joe Ricchio. Photo by Zack Bowen, courtesy of

After many months of Facebook postings from such far-flung locations as Croatia, Tanzania, Berlin and California, the irrepressible Joel Beauchamp has returned to Portland. Where, apparently, he and best bud Joe Ricchio will open a drinking establishment. Previously, Ricchio had announced plans to launch a bar with former Masa Miyake partner Will Garfield, in the defunct Miyake Diner space where until recently, he tended bar. But that has been scrapped. This, from Ricchio’s Facebook page:

“I will be opening up a bar, in Portland, with Joel Beauchamp. He has recently returned from eating in damn near every country in this world, and I am looking forward to once again pooling our collective know-how to bring you the best place since your own living room to get drunk and eat delicious food…. And dance, because, you know, it’s Joel.”

Stay tuned …

Help Wanted

Shutterstock photo

Shutterstock photo

This is the time of year when it’s easier than usual to find a restaurant job — all the college age summer help has gone back to school. But if you’re seeking something a little more permanent, these fine places are all looking for help:
40Paper Bistro & Bar in Camden needs full and part-time bartenders who “can work fast and talk at the same time” and are “snappy dressers.”
Baxter Brewing Co. in Lewiston wants a packaging team member, preferably with brewery or packaging experience. You get “paid time off, a killer work environment and then there’s beer.”
The Portland Food Co-Op is accepting applications for grocery manager, produce manager, deli manager and wellness manager. Deadline is Aug. 21, so if you’re interested, get busy.

Happy Anniversary MJs

Mark Ohlson at MJ's Wine Bar. Press Herald file photo

Mark Ohlson at MJ’s Wine Bar. Press Herald file photo

It’s been a year since Mark Ohlson launched MJ’s Wine Bar — named for his mother — on the ground floor of One City Center in Portland. His first anniversary party, on Friday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. will feature “tons of specials including magnums of 20-year-old Vouvray, and prosecco on tap,” as well as “Disco Soul” from DJ Dusty7 at 10 p.m. MJ herself will make an appearance at some point during the evening.

Coming up at Cellardoor Winery

The vineyard at Cellardoor Winery. Press Herald file photo

The vineyard at Cellardoor Winery. Press Herald file photo

The second-annual Cellardoor event charmingly titled Grape Affair is Friday, Aug. 22 and there are a few tickets still left for this country-themed al-fresco evening in the vineyard in Lincolnville. Your $100 ticket includes Southern-inspired savory and sweet treats by Megunticook Market, Cellardoor wines, and live music by Nashville Trio, Mama Dear, Will Hoge, and Jason Michael Carroll.

If your weekends find you in the midcoast stop in to the Farmhouse at the winery, 367 Youngtown Rd., Lincolnville on Sundays through Oct. 26 from 12-3 p.m.. You’ll find a special food and wine pairing featuring a chef, cookbook or product.

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