STATEWIDE

Margaritas restaurants ready to celebrate 25th anniversary

Margaritas Mexican restaurants in Maine are celebrating their 25th anniversary with parties held simultaneously Friday at every location.

The parties will feature retro music, hourly giveaways of $25 gift cards, trivia and a “Two for $25” promotion that offers customers two entrees and an appetizer for $25.

The restaurants will also be serving a Silver Anniversary margarita made with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila for $8.25. The parties will begin at 4 p.m. in the lounge.

There are five Margaritas in Maine, including two in Portland at 11 Brown St. and 242 St. John St. The others are in Auburn, Augusta and Orono.

BAR HARBOR

Sustainable food conference to examine variety of topics

The College of the Atlantic will host a sustainable foods conference, “Food Connections: Reconnecting Hands, Mouth and Mind through Food Systems Education,” from April 20 through 22.

Keynote speakers will be Eric Holt-Gimenez, executive director of Food First/Institute for Food & Development Policy in Oakland, Calif., and Gary Paul Nabhan, author and research scientist at the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center. Nabhan is a MacArthur Fellow and has been called “the father of the local food movement.”

Discussions will center around topics such as new food distribution methods, policies that favor small organic farms, ways of getting more sustainable food to campuses, cultural connections with foodways, and advocacy for food justice and sovereignty.

The conference will be held on the College of the Atlantic campus, 105 Eden St., with field trips to local farms and Acadia National Park.

For information, go to coa.edu/foodconnections.htm. To register, contact Matthew Doyle Olson, COA sustainable food systems coordinator, at [email protected] or 801-5688.

BRUNSWICK

Build up your hunger until it’s time to Eat Brunswick

The first annual Eat Brunswick Week will be held April 9-15.

The event is being organized by the Brunswick Downtown Association as part of its “shop local” campaign. More than 17 food-related businesses are participating, offering special pricing from $5.12 to $30.12.

Among them are Back Street Bistro, Byrne’s Irish Pub, Frontier Cafe, Little Dog Coffee Shop, Scarlet Begonia’s, Trattoria Athena and others.

More details, including menus, are available at brunswickdowntown.org.

Frontier Cafe hosts dinner, Oxbow brewery tastings

Frontier Cafe will hold a three-course wine dinner tonight, showcasing wines from Vines on the Marycrest, a boutique winery in Paso Robles, Calif.

The menu will start with a course featuring squid, a second course of Indonesian Beef Rendang, and a dessert of a flourless chocolate torte. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and costs $45. Call 725-5222 for reservations.

On Thursday, the cafe’s Maine Beer Series will focus on brews from Oxbow Brewing Co. in Newcastle. Oxbow is an American Farmhouse Brewery that specializes in traditional Belgian farmhouse beers.

The evening will include tastings of a limited selection of barrel-aged beers in a bottle.

The cafe is at Fort Andross in Mill 3, 14 Maine St.

Meet local farmers, enjoy films about Maine growers

“Meet Your Farmer,” a series of eight short films about farming in Maine, will be shown at Bowdoin College at 7:30 p.m. April 4.

The film will be screened in Room 315 of the Searles Science Building.

Farm advocate John Piotti will give some remarks, and there will be a panel discussion with local farmers.

The screening is part of the college’s “Meet What You Eat” series, and is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 725-3396.

PORTLAND

Whole Foods offers tastings of Easter and Passover foods

Whole Foods Market, 2 Somerset St., will be offering free tastings of its Easter and Passover foods from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

They will be followed by a spring wine tasting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 774-7711.