Chaval

Originally published in the March 2018 issue of Down East Magazine Photos by Molly Haley Photography The culinary duo behind Piccolo, Portland’s much-loved Italian restaurant, dives into Spanish and French fare at their new West End bistro. 58 Pine St., Portland, 207-772-1110 Price Range Starters and small plates $4–$15, entrées $16–$26. Dress Typically hip Portland. But as long as you…

Joe Ricchio on WCSH 207 with Rob Caldwell

Check out my recent spot on WCSH Newscenter, 207 Show with Rob Caldwell! http://www.newscentermaine.com/mobile/article/news/local/207/for-food-writer-joe-ricchio-too-much-is-rarely-enough/97-515033507 FOR FOOD WRITER JOE RICCHIO, TOO MUCH IS RARELY ENOUGH Making a career out of eating & drinking. Author: Rob Caldwell Published: 11:16 AM EST February 6, 2018 The legend goes that Diamond Jim Brady, a railroad executive and bon vivant who lived in New York…

Tall Drink of Water

Originally published in the August issue of Down East Magazine The entrepreneurs behind Tourmaline Spring are betting on a thirst for purity. By Joe Ricchio Photographed by Gabe Souza Of all the lessons drilled into my consciousness growing up, the one about not drinking from a mountain stream — no matter how clear and pure it seems to be, lest…

The Final Word on the Palace Diner

Originally published in the November 2016 issue of Dispatch Magazine Not long ago, after a particularly nasty bout with depression and relapse into very heavy alcohol use, I woke up one morning and decided to stop punishing myself. I needed restoration, a kind of satiation beyond hunger.  I wanted to reconnect with reality and to awaken my senses from their…

Canterbury Royale

Originally published in the May 2016 Issue of Down East Magazine Photographs by Mark Fleming I’ve logged enough miles dining at restaurants in Maine to wear out my odometer, so to learn of a high-end French restaurant in the forests of Aroostook County — one that’s been there more than a decade and that I’d never heard of — was…

Joe Ricchio Goes Back to Jail.. This Time For The Food

Originally published in the May 2016 Issue of Dispatch Magazine Illustration by Lewis Rossignol “No, 30 days isn’t 30 years, but when you leave, you’ll definitely feel like you did time.” These were the words told to me by a fellow inmate on my first day spent incarcerated at Cumberland County Jail. After two OUI offenses, one in 2002 and…

The Diaries of Chef Todd Chapters 1-8

Chapter 1: Salutations! To the denizens of Albuquerque, allow me to introduce myself. I am Master Chef Todd Dürst, and it is with great pleasure that I tell you of my plans. I will begin with a list of my accolades, so you know I am for real. I have worked a full week, for free, in some of Europe’s…

I Ate Shabu-Shabu with Kristen Kish

Originally published on vice.com in May 2014 Though Kristen Kish is arguably one of the most prominent rising stars in the culinary world today—in my opinion—you would never know it upon meeting her. At 30 years old, there is a distinct maturity, relentless honesty, and complete lack of ego about the Top Chef: Seattlewinner that is uncharacteristic of both chefs and TV…

The Elements of Style

Published in the October 2015 issue of Dispatch Magazine  Pete Bissell tells us why it’s about more than just the beer. Photo by Peter Bissell Though there is no disputing that the general public simply cannot consume enough of their beer, there is something more to the success of Bissell Brothers Brewing Company — a style of DIY branding that…

America’s First Water Sommelier Drinks Icebergs

Published on vice.com, November 19, 2013 I think tap water tastes like shit. I drink a lot of bottled water. But the first time I heard about Martin Riese—the German restaurant professional dubbed the “water sommelier”—I wanted to break something. Unless you’re a medically diagnosed supertaster, it seems like the flavors in our drinking water are, well, nonexistent. Unlike probably everyone else…

If you haven’t worked in restaurants for awhile….

Two years ago, after an extended hiatus from the restaurant business, I decided to plunge back in, and found it to be a much, much different place… Boston, Massachusetts – September 2013 After recently arriving at the conclusion that at the time, after a long run given my age, I had no interest in dealing with the world of route…

Sundown in Old Orchard Beach

Published in the October 2015 issue of Dispatch Magazine Why the tiny coastal town remains the last pure, untouched frontier in a state plagued by “foodies” Photo by Skylar Thorne Kelly It’s important for me to begin by admitting that although I grew up in Southern Maine, Old Orchard Beach was never part of my life. My adolescent years weren’t…

Maine’s 30 Greatest Burgers

Originally published in the November 2017 Issue of Down East Magazine From mom-and-pop diners, hole-in-the-wall pubs, and fancy-pants kitchens all across the state, these are the juicy little beauties most worth road tripping for. Did your favorites make the list? By Joe Ricchio and the Down East staff Food editor Joe Ricchio put on over 1,000 miles and at least…

Musette

Originally published in the December 2017 Issue of Down East Magazine Photographed by Douglas Merriam Musette 2 Pier Rd., Kennebunkport, 207-204-0707 At first glance, Musette seems much like The Wayfarer, the restaurant that occupied its clapboard-sided home in Cape Porpoise for nearly 60 years. The dining counter and swivel stools are still in place, the beverage policy is still BYOB,…

Cong Tu Bot

Originally published in the November Issue of Down East Magazine Photographed by Brian Fitzgerald Cong Tu Bot 57 Washington Ave., Portland. 207-221-8022. Vien Dobui and Jessica Sheahan have been hosting Asian noodle pop-ups in Portland since 2013, so they had a good idea of what would resonate with local diners when they opened Cong Tu Bot with partner Joe Zohn on…