Saturday, May 18, 2013
There's still a week left to brew up a great idea for our Halloween contest.
Missed the announcement in last week's Food & Dining section? Here it is:
If you love Halloween and consider yourself the creative type, have we got a contest for you.
Grab some of your favorite Halloween candies and create a Maine-centric scene featuring your favorite people, places and things from around the state.
Kind of like a scary version of a gingerbread house, with a respectful nod to the Washington Post's wildly entertaining Peeps Diorama contest.
Maybe you'd like to construct Katahdin from candy corn, or paint a waterfront scene out of Tootsie Rolls and gummy bones. Or re-create your favorite Portland restaurant in a weird way -- maybe a political figure dressed as Dracula, slurping French onion soup at Petite Jacqueline, or a Bride of Frankenstein picking up an eyeball pie at Two Fat Cats? A Maine farm populated by Peeps chicks, bats, ghosts and pumpkins?
The only rule is that the subject(s) must relate to Maine in some way.
Send in a photo of your Halloween diorama to food writer Meredith Goad at firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 17. We will choose the finalists, who will be required to drop off their completed diorama to the newspaper the following week for final judging.
The best entries -- winner, finalists and otherwise -- will be featured in our Oct. 31 food section.
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.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod
Wendy Almeida and her family have a smattering of livestock and a summer garden. After 10 years of her kids being involved in 4-H, she's finally accepted the term "hobby farm" to describe her family's work at sustainable living. These days her morning starts with milking a goat before heading into the office for her day job as an assistant editor for features.
Wendy can be contacted at wea [at] mainetoday.com or on Twitter @wea1021.