During these chilly, gray days of winter, we love to daydream about the sunny days of summer, when fresh produce is harvested from the gardens and served at our Farm-to-Table dinners. These events have been a highlight of the season at Wolfe’s Neck Center since 2014, showcasing local food and the talents of our wonderful chef partners. We are hoping to offer some smaller-scale Farm-to-Table events in 2021 and are looking forward to when we can celebrate food and farming with our community in this unique and memorable way once again.
Like restaurants everywhere, our partners have been hard hit by the pandemic. We are inspired by the way they have adapted to not only keep their businesses moving forward, but also to support food security efforts in the community. We are so pleased to share how our partners are a key part of a stronger, more resilient food system for everyone. While we wish we could all gather around a table together, we encourage you to support these restaurants and enjoy their delicious food!
Gather – Yarmouth
After months of finding creative ways to serve meals outside on their deck and lawn, Gather recently launched Gather Italia, an Italian-leaning takeout menu. With an emphasis on house-made pasta, Neapolitan-style pizzas, creative sandwiches, and farm-fresh salads, Gather has created a delectable menu that travels better and is cost-effective. Most dishes serve two people, there are gluten-free and vegan options available, and delivery is available through CarHopME. Gather is also giving back as part of Cooking for Community, which provides prepared meals to those in need.
Frontier Café – Brunswick
The team at Frontier Café has re-envisioned its role around a new impact-driven model centered on three areas of engagement with the community. They will continue being guided by their mission, but their most pressing initiatives are to nourish the community through curbside takeout and to provide for the food insecure by leveraging their excess kitchen capacity and volunteer staff while preserving Frontier as a food, arts, and cultural hub with the financial support of the community.
Chaval – Portland
After deciding to close their sister restaurant Piccolo, the chefs at Chaval focused their attention on offering their delicious Spanish- and French-inspired cuisine for pick up and in a safe outdoor environment. This winter they built greenhouses on their patio so that guests can enjoy their meals in a heated, lighted, and truly magical setting. Chavalprovides weekly meals through Cooking for Community and donates to Full Plate Full Potential’s Feed Kids Campaign.
Miyake – Portland
Miyake remains closed but Pai Men offers a great selection of sushi, ramen, donburi and other Japanese cuisine for curbside pickup. In addition, $1 from every order of Brussels Sprouts and Wolfe’s Neck Pork Gyoza goes to Full Plates Full Potential’s Feed Kids Campaign.
Big Tree Hospitality – Portland
The talented crew at Big Tree Hospitality has adapted in a number of creative ways. Through Big Tree Grocery they’ve been able to put the resources and talents of their teams to good use, offering the house-made ingredients, hand-picked proteins, and pantry staples that their chefs use at their restaurants. This winter they added XO Burger & Wings, offering chef-driven burgers and wings for takeout and delivery only. And they are bringing the oyster bar to you with their Eventide cookbook. Big Tree is also part of Full Plate Full Potential’s Feed Kids Campaign.
UNION – Portland, ME
UNION delivers contemporary American cuisine that is seasonally inspired, sustainably sourced, and altogether local. At this time, reservations are required for indoor dining and take-out service is available during dinner only. In addition, they are offering UNION at Home, family-style meals for two that you can heat and enjoy. UNION is also a partner of Cooking for Community.
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