• Hot Ticket

Books, food, wine — recipe for a great day

MEET TWO OF Maine’s best-known food mavens at this book signing and launch party for two newly revised Maine cookbooks. Chef Melissa Kelly, James Beard award winner and proprietor of Primo in Rockland, provided new annotations and updated recipes for “Cooking Down East” by Marjorie Standish. Food historian Sandra Oliver wrote a new introduction and annotations for Marjorie Mosser’s “Good Maine Food.” Kelly is providing the food for the event, with wines from Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., and St. Supery.

WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: The Danforth Inn, 163 Danforth St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: www.downeast.com/danforth

• Cheap Thrill

Hot Pot Harvest Stew great family event

DIG, PICK AND PROCESS the vegetables that will go into the stew pot, and learn about organic gardening along the way. It’s an all-you-can-eat harvest brunch, served with whole grain bread and freshly made cider. This is a good family event, because it teaches kids that food doesn’t come out of a plastic wrapper. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

WHEN: Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Seagull Pavilion, Children’s Garden, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden

HOW MUCH: $4 (includes stew, homemade bread and cider; desserts cost extra)

INFO: www.mainegardens.org