September 18, 2013

Food & Dining Dispatches

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“Harvey,” b.good’s truck, will be handing out free shakes at the Exchange Street franchise’s grand opening on Sept. 26.

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The workshops will begin Oct. 3 and run every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 9:30 through Nov. 21. They will feature information on licensing, how to prepare and package food products safely, how to assess potential profits, and how to find the resources needed to support a developing business.

You must have a specific food product in mind and will be expected to attend all sessions. The sessions will be held at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Cumberland County, 75 Clearwater Drive.

The cost of the program will be $50 per person; scholarships are available. Registrations must be received by Sept. 25. To register, call 781-6099 or email


Benefit dinner to feature Fore Street chefs, farm crops

The chefs from Fore Street will prepare a five-course dinner, with drink pairings, on Oct. 13 at Dandelion Spring-Straw Farm, 30 Brick Hill Road.

The dinner, which costs $100 per person and will feature only food grown on the farm, is a benefit for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in honor of its late executive director, Russell Libby. The event will begin with a farm tour at 2 p.m., followed by dinner at 3 p.m.

Seating is limited to 100 and is by reservation only. Tickets may be purchased by calling 568-4142 or going to


Author to teach appreciation of wine in course at SMCC

Layne Witherell, author of "Wine Maniacs: Life in the Wine Biz" will be teaching a five-week course on wine appreciation at Southern Maine Community College beginning Oct. 2.

All classes will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Witherell will give tips on how to select quality wines at the local grocery store as well as how to choose from the wine list at a restaurant. Wine tastings will be included in each class.

The cost of the course is $250. For more information, go to


Old, new events await you at Harvest on Harbor festival

Tickets are now on sale for this year's Harvest on the Harbor food and wine festival, which will be held at Ocean Gateway Pier Oct. 23-26.

This year the festival is once again hosting some new events in addition to old favorites like the Grand Tasting, the Lobster Chef of the Year competition and Top of the Crop: Maine's Best Farm to Table Restaurant.

Among the new events this year are "International Maine: Taste the World" and a wine tasting in which guests will get the chance to blend their own wine. The brewers from Oxbow Brewery in Newcastle will be featured at a beer tasting.

For more details, go to

Two new eateries, American and Mexican, on the horizon

Papers filed at Portland City Hall give a sneak peak at two new restaurants in the works -- one that will serve classic American cuisine and another that will be a Mexican bar and grill.

The King's Head is expected to open soon in the Merrill's Wharf building at 254 Commercial St.

Owners Rick Binet of Waterbury, Vt., and Justin O'Connor of Portland said in documents filed with the city that the 78-seat restaurant will "focus on fresh ingredients highlighting local/regional/sustainable cuisine" and have an atmosphere that focuses on maritime and historical themes.

The King's Head will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. A sample menu shows that entrees will include dishes such as a grass-fed lamb burger with hand-cut fries for $18 and a braised seafood and shellfish stew for $30.

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