PORTLAND

Food-trivia smackdown happens Tuesdays at Grace

Think you know your food trivia? Try your skill in a new league competition, and you could win some yummy prizes.

The competition will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on six Tuesday evenings beginning April 20 at Grace, the restaurant in a renovated church at 15 Chestnut St. (Teams can always pray for the right answer, like they did in sixth grade.)

The play consists of six rounds that test general knowledge, visual identification and tasting rounds, as well as lighthearted problem solving, such as building towers with olives and toothpicks. There will be weekly prizes, including gift certificates to Grace, and a cash prize for the top three overall winners.

Cost to play is $120 per team ($5 per week per person). The first-place team overall wins $200, the second-place team wins $100 and third place wins $50.

The league is limited to 10 teams of four, with two designated alternates. For more information or to sign up, e-mail Margo Mallar at maine [email protected] or call 712-5864.

 

Kamasouptra schedules grand opening for Tuesday

Gourmet soup purveyor Kamasouptra hosts a grand opening for its new retail shop Tuesday on the second floor of the Public Market House in Portland.

At 10:30 a.m., there will be a ribbon cutting and sparkling cider toast, and from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be live music. All day long, the eatery will offer free soup and kombucha tastes.

The company, which has run a delivery and wholesale business for the past year, intends to serve breakfast each day until 11 a.m. Menu offerings include porridge, granola, yogurt and breakfast quinoa.

Soups will be available for the remainder of the day, with a different selection of seafood, vegetarian and vegan soups offered each day. Bowls of soups will be priced between $5 and $7 and served with fresh bread.

In summer, the menu will expand to include frozen fruit soups, frozen lemonade and fresh dips with crostini.

The restaurant will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 415-6692.

FREEPORT

Friday evening gala event kicks off ‘Flavors’ weekend

Spend the weekend tasting the Flavors of Freeport, a special event that begins Friday with a gala tasting at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St.

The Flavors of Freeport event was created by a group of innkeepers, bed-and-breakfast owners and hotels that want to lure more people to Freeport businesses.

The “Gala Tasting and Libation Sensations” event at the Hilton Garden on Friday will showcase 20 Freeport restaurants, plus wine, beer and spirits from local purveyors. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25, or $40 for two, and can be ordered through www.flavorsoffreeport.com.

Other events are also scheduled throughout the weekend. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, try one of three “Lifestyle Demonstration Classes” at the Harraseeket Inn. At 10 a.m., executive chef Theda Lyden will be teaching a class on “Cooking with the Seasons,” demonstrating four variations on a three-course meal using local, seasonal, organic foods. The meals will be paired with wines from Freeport Cheese & Wine.

At 1 p.m., Ruby McDermott, the in-house designer at the Harraseeket Inn, will demonstrate how to create a theme for any occasion and how to make a floral arrangement.

At 2:30 p.m., Heather Desimonse of Beadin’ Path will hold a workshop on making beaded earrings.

A ticket price of $25 buys entry into all three demonstrations.

A community-wide block party begins at 4 p.m. at the Freeport Village Station, with entertainment by the Jerks of Grass.

A portion of the proceeds for the weekend will go to the United Ways of Midcoast, Androscoggin and Portland, along with Freeport Community Services.