Friday, December 13, 2013
It's that time of the year when food events fill the calendar thick and fast. But unless you subscribe to a bunch of email list or follow umpteen Facebook pages, it's easy to miss out.
Here are some you might want to know about:
- Fermentation workshop: Sunday, Oct. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.; Gather restaurant, Yarmouth
Kate McCarty, a food preservation expert from UMaine Cooperative Extension, will teach a hands-on workshop on the basic steps of fermentation. Everyone will go home with a jar of vegetables to ferment. Cost: $15 per person. To register, call Lois Elwell; 781-6099 or register HERE.
- Sunday Beer Dinners: Sunday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 9:30 p.m., The Black Birch, Kittery.
Oxbow Brewing will be poured at this five-course dinner; Allagash will be featured at another dinner on Nov. 10. Cost: $75. For reservations: 703-2294.
- Food Swap Tuesday: Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m, Rising Tide Brewery, 103 Fox St., Portland
If you like making homemade jams and pickles or baked or brewed goods, bring your creations in swappable containers. Be sure to label your items with the ingredients. Get more info and sign up HERE.
- Taste of Thomaston: Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Knox Museum, Thomaston.
Participating chefs include Melissa Kelly of Primo, Rockland; Kerry Altiero of Cafe Miranda, Rockland; Scott Yakavenko of The Slipway, Thomaston; Herbert Peters of Thomaston Cafe and Manuel Mercier of The Youngtown Inn, Lincolnville. Pizza, osyters, wine and other artisanal fare will also be offered by a variety of local suppliers. The tasting event will take place, rain or shine, under a heated tent. Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for ages 21 to 35 and seniors 62 and older; free for museum members. For more information: 354-8062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 4 the Kids Fundraiser: The Frog and Turtle, 3 Bridge St., Westbrook
Chef James Tranchmontagne is offering 18, special dinners for four, with drink pairings, in his annual fundraiser. Each four-course dinner for four costs $300, with the menu designed by the purchaser. All of the money will go to My Place Teen Center. The dinners can be purchased until Oct. 7. For more information: 591-4185.
- Place Settings Restaurant Week: Oct. 14-18, Camden/Rockland/Rockport
Five local restaurants will donate half an evening's proceeds to the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Oct. 14: 3Crow, Rockland; Oct. 15: Natalie's at the Camden Harbour Inn, Camden; Oct. 16: Saltwater Farm Cafe, Rockport; Oct. 17: La Bella Vita, Samoset Resort, Rockport; Oct. 18: Fromviandoux, Camden. For more information, visit coastalmountains.org. or call 236-7091.
- Harvest prix-fixe menu: Month of October, Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth
In addition to the regular menu, chef Mitchell Kaldrovich offers the following Fall Harvest menu:
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