Wood-fired catering pops up in Rockland


Altiero with his steampunk oven on wheels

If you know chef Kerry Altiero, you know this isn’t unusual. The owner of Rockland’s Cafe Miranda is taking his show on the road this summer with a mobile oven on wheels. Yes there will be fire.

“It’s a steampunk version of a brick oven,” Altiero says of this three-ton-steel-and-brick-wood-fired oven built on a trailer. “It’s funky as hell.”

His new catering arm FAB, Food And Beverage, is not just about wood-fired pizza, though that’s part of it too. “It gives me an opportunity to do whatever I want to do,” said Altiero, who glommed onto the wood-fired trend long before Fore Street fired up its furnace to fuel Portland’s white-hot food scene.

On July 28th Altiero joins forces with wine expert Erica Archer and gallery owner Jared Cowan for Fire and Wine. Held at Asymmetrick Arts on Rockland’s swinging Main Street, the multi-course, multi-sensory popup is designed to fuse genres and spark community.

“We are bringing notice that Rockland is not just a hotbed of culinary arts and the art scene is not just American realism,” said Altiero of the popup dinner in the contempo art space. “Modern art is a challenge and edgy and pushes people out of their comfort zone.”


Look for FAB at other events on the Midcoast this summer

Described as an “interpretive art and culinary experience of the Mediterranean and Middle East,” the dinner cooked outside in the oven starts with wood-fire roasted olives served warm and loaded with farm fresh oregano. Fire-roasted Kasseri cheese and red Pepper kabobs; spiced lamb flatbread with garlic, cumin, tomato, fresh farm parsley and olive oil comes next. Then young goat is fire braised with secret spices served with farm lettuce wraps.

All produce is from the chef’s Headacre Farm in Owls Head.

Wines from Lebanon, Greek and Croatia selected by Archer of Wine Wise Events are paired to complement this rich smoky repast. Not enough?

Artists will mingle with diners in this intimate 40-seat pop up. “We are going into the cathedral of art. We are in their space. It’s community building,” said Altiero, who is also firing up pizza outside the Strand Theater for the city’s Friday Art Walks this summer.

Tickets are $150, which includes tax, wine and tip. For more info visit: http://www.cafemiranda.com/chefs-blog/events.


Kathleen Pierce

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