Thursday, December 12, 2013
Hungry for oysters?
Hugo’s new owners are hosting a benefit cocktail party at the restaurant tonight that will feature shellfish donated by Winter Point Oysters.
The purpose of the benefit is to thank the sponsors of the upcoming medical mission planned by Partners for Rural Health, a Maine-based organization that serves more than 2,000 people in 15 rural villages in the Dominican Republic.
Arlin Smith, Andrew Taylor and Michael Wiley have donated the use of Hugo’s, as well as their time and skills. Winter Point owner Johnny Hennessey will shuck oysters at a raw bar.
The event will include hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer.
A $40 donation is requested at the door. Students will be admitted for $20. No reservation is required.
Partners for Rural Health was founded by nursing faculty at the University of Southern Maine. The non-profit sends medical teams to the Dominican Republic twice a year. The teams donate their time, pay their own expenses and raise money for medical supplies.
Their next mission, scheduled for July, is being sponsored by Bernstein Shur; Micucci Wholesale Foods Inc.; Micucci Grocery Co.; University of Southern Maine Yodas; Bob and Whitney Lutz; Gordon and Anne Grimes Jerico; Katherine Pena; and Rob and Elizabeth Baldacci.
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Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
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