Thursday, December 12, 2013
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
If you love trying different international cuisines, this is a good week for you.
First, on Thursday, University of Southern Maine tourism and hospitality students are hosting an international food festival called “Husky Harvest” that is free and open to the public.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodbury Campus Center on USM’s Portland campus. Students from professor Tracy Stutzman’s “Food and Culture” class and members of the Asian American Association, the Muslim Student Association and the Multicultural Student Association will be sharing their recipes potluck style. The dishes will include Asian, Mexican, Greek and Indian cuisine.
Here's some of the dishes that will be available for sampling.
The American-French Geneological Society is once again selling its popular cookbook, "Je Me Souviens La Cuisine de la Grandmere" (I Remember Grandmother's Kitchen), just in time for the holidays.
If you've forgotten all your high school French, no worries. The 400-plus recipes inside are written in English. Included are family recipes for tourtieres (pork pie), sugar pie, pea soup and ragout. To browse a full index to all of the recipes, go to AFGS.org.
The cookbooks cost $15 each, plus $4 for shipping and handling. (For more than one cookbook, add $2 shipping and handling per book.) Send a check or money order to AFGS, P.O. Box 830, Woonsocket, RI 02895-0870. You can also order online at AFGS.org by clicking on the cookbook link.
Sorry, pastry chefs and baking pros ... this one is for the folks at home.
MaineToday.com has launched its first-ever Holiday Cookie Contest; between now and Nov. 27, amateur bakers can enter their signature holiday cookie recipes for a chance to have their cookies tasted by a panel of local pastry chefs and win prizes.
But not just any cookie you've copied out of a magazine or cookbook. It has to be original (something you've adapted from a published recipe is just fine), and it has to have a back story - a reason why it is significant to you.
Portland chef Shannon Bard learned Wednesday she will be cooking a five-course dinner for 80 people at the James Beard House in New York on Jan. 27.
Bard, who owns Portland's Zapoteca Restaurante Y Tequileria and Mixteca in Durham, N.H. with her husband Tom, has to submit her menu within a week.
"I’m planning on doing a Mexico meets Maine (theme)," she said. "I want to feature a lot of Maine products in it.”
Tom Bard will be in charge of the wine pairings. Tequila sommelier Sergio Ramos, who is the managing partner in the couple's two restaurants, will create a tequila cocktail to start off the meal, and one of the courses will feature a tequila pairing as well.