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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: September 2, 2014

Snacktime: New stop for sweets, brunch is back, Rising Tide turns four, and more

Written by: Susan Axelrod

Tandem Bakery now open

Tandem Bakery. Photo by John Golden

Tandem Bakery. Photo by John Golden

To the delight of pie-starved West Enders and fans of Tandem Coffee Roasters, Tandem Bakery is now open at 742 Congress St. in Portland, adding another bright spot to this once-desolate stretch of the city’s main drag. In case you missed it, The Golden Dish has a detailed first look: Congress Street sweets: Nothing random about the new Tandem Bakery.

Brunch is back – Ole!

Churros. Shutterstock photo

They had me at CHURROS. Shutterstock photo

Labor Day has come and gone, so you know what that means, El Rayo is once again serving brunch. Bloody Marys, migas, huevos rancheros and freshly made churros (YES!) are on the menu beginning at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at both locations — 101 York St., Portland and 245 Route One, Scarborough. For more brunch options, see our great big Brunch Guide.

Friday Flea Bites

Flea Bites. MaineToday file photo

Flea Bites. MaineToday file photo

Portland’s food trucks will circle the wagons on Friday, Sept. 5 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Portland Flea-for-All, 125 Kennebec St. Chef Shannon Bard of Zapoteca will be volunteering with chef Matt Brown on the Good Shepherd Food Bank Truck. No details, but Matt says he and Shannon “have a killer menu planned.”

Seafood dinner at Five Fifty-Five

The dining room at Five Fifty-Five. Press Herald file photo

The dining room at Five Fifty-Five. Press Herald file photo

The four-course dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. is part of the Seafood Dining Series in partnership with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. The $55 per person cost includes dinner; wine pairings are available for an additional $30. Tax and tip not included. Five Fifty-Five is at 555 Congress St., Portland. For reservations and more information,

Rising Tide turning four

Corvus T-shirt, designed by Ladyfish & Rye. Photo courtesy of Rising Tide Brewery

T-shirt with the design for Rising Tide’s anniversary beer, Corvus, designed by Ladyfish & Rye. Photo courtesy of Rising Tide Brewery

Tickets are now on sale for Rising Tide Brewing’s fourth anniversary party, a harvest fest on Sunday, Oct. 26 from noon – 5 p.m. Held at the brewery, 101 Fox. St., Portland, the event will feature meat raised by local farms on diets supplemented by the brewery’s spent grain. A heritage pig from Max Ury Farm and poultry from RC Game Farm will be used on a menu created by chefs Brad Messier of Rosemont Market Productions and Matt Brown of the Good Shepherd Food Truck.  Brianna Warner of Maine Pie Line will be baking pies. Rising Tide’s small-batch anniversary beer, Corvus will be available on draft and for sale in bottles.

In addition, the party will include a pickle competition, judged by “Celebrity Pickle Panel” Joe Ricchio, Jackie Ward, Kate McCarty, and Adam H. Callaghan. The grand prize is a Fox Street Society membership valued at more than $150.

Tickets are $45 and include food, two drink vouchers, and an anniversary glass to take home. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in support of their mission to fight hunger in Maine.

For tickets, stop by the brewery’s tasting room or visit

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