ELLSWORTH

Chefs’ Gala will benefit the work of breast clinic

Camden National Bank will hold the 21st annual Chefs’ Gala to benefit the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Breast Clinic on April 26.

Proceeds from the event, which has a “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” theme, will support the breast clinic and provide mammogram scholarships for women in need.

Local chefs will provide the food, and there will be live dance music from Larry Williams’ band.

Tickets are available at mainehospital.org or by calling MCMH Development Office at 664-5311, ext. 2030.

FALMOUTH

Cooking for Crowds teaches food safety to volunteers

Volunteers who cook at food events for fundraisers, churches or food pantries can get trained in food safety at the latest Cooking for Crowds seminar at the University of Maine Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive.

The training will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. March 25 and costs $15 per person.

For more information or to register, go to: http://bit.ly/1lwIEEo.

Cupcake War competitors will help fight Alzheimer’s

The fourth annual Cupcake War, a benefit for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will be held May 2 at Sedgewood Commons, 22 Northbrook Drive.

Competitors should bring a display set-up and a dozen decorated cupcakes ready to be judged. There is a $15 fee per entry.

Leftover cupcakes will be sold individually after the judging and award ceremony.

Set-up will begin at 10 a.m., with judging to follow from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. The grand prize is $100 and a trophy.

To register, email Sheri Tewhey at sheri.tewhey@genesishcc.com

PORTLAND

Vignola Cinque Terre changes wine dinner date

The Vietti wine dinner at Vignola Cinque Terre has been pushed from March 20 to March 27 because of a change in the wine shipment.

The four-course dinner will feature Piedmontese fare paired with traditional wines of the Vietti winery.

Wines to be poured include Vietti’s 2012 Arneis, 2009 Perbacco Nebbiolo and several single vineyard Barolos of notable vintages. The “prized gem” of the dinner, according to the restaurant, will be the 2009 Lazzarito Barolo, the most famous “cru” in the Serralunga vineyards. They’ll also be pouring the 2008 and 2006 vintages of Castiglione Barolo.

The event will be co-hosted by Erica Archer of Wine Wise Tours. Dinner will conclude with Vietti’s 2012 Moscato D’Asti.

A reception begins at 6 p.m., with the dinner following at 6:30 p.m.

The price is $120 per person.

For more information, call 772-1330 or visit VignolaMaine.com.

Rising Tide Brewing to host Comedy Co-op performance

The Portland Comedy Co-op will be performing at Rising Tide Brewing Co. at 7 p.m. March 28.

Tickets are $8 at the door and include your first Rising Tide beer of the night. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Rising Tide is located at 103 Fox St.

LeRoux offers free lesson in making shepherd’s pie

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with a demonstration of how to make shepherd’s pie.

The free demonstration and tasting will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at LeRoux Kitchen, 161 Commercial St.

The demonstration will be led by staff member/chef Matt Burnham.

For more information, call 553-7665

Gourmet Gala at Gateway will support Gary’s House

The annual Gourmet Gala to benefit Mercy Hospital’s Gary’s House will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 10 at Ocean Gateway, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier.

Participating restaurants include Salvage BBQ, David’s Opus 10, DiMillo’s on the Water and Gelato Fiasco.

Among the events at the gala will be the Corporate Chop, in which four legal firms are given baskets of mystery ingredients and battle it out in the kitchen.

Tickets are $40 each. RSVP by April 4 by calling 879-3605 or by going to garyshouse.org.

Reception, film screening promote food co-op effort

The Portland Food Co-op will hold a reception and a film screening March 19 at Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., to promote its effort to open a new retail store in the city.

The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and includes light snacks from Local Sprouts and a cash bar.

At 7 p.m., there will be a screening of the film “Food for Change,” a feature-length documentary about co-ops.

This event is free. For more information, call 828-5600.

WINSLOW

Living Way hosts potluck featuring raw, vegan foods

The Living Way health ministry will hold its eighth annual Live Food Dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Winslow Public Library, 136 Halifax St.

This potluck dinner celebrates the raw, vegan lifestyle.

Attendees are invited to bring a raw vegetable or fruit dish – a salad, entree, soup, snack, dessert – or drink that will feed at least eight people.

No cooked, processed, soy or animal-based foods are allowed.

Featured speakers will be Ben St. Peter of 113 Degrees, a raw catering service, and Lauren Downie, director of Plates for Life/House of Fitness and Nutrition in Waterville.

The dinner is free and open to the public, but a raw dish is required in order to participate.

For more information call 873-7404, email thelivingway@livway.org or visit livway.org/meetings_health.

– Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer