May 22, 2013



‘Aphrodisiac Cookbook’ inspires benefit dinner

Theater at Monmouth celebrates its Season of Lovers with an intimate five-course dinner inspired by “Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook” at 6 p.m. June 1.

Reservations are $150 and tax-deductible. All proceeds support TAM’s artistic and educational programming.

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Chef of Frog and Turtle offering Gourmet Cruise

Chef James of the Frog and Turtle is offering a three-day Gourmet Cruise aboard the historic Stephen Taber sailing ship June 6-9. The cruise includes all meals and a wine tasting with dinner. Chef James will be on hand to discuss techniques, inspirations, wood-stove cookery and his passion for house-made charcuterie.

The cost is $618 per person. Call (800) 999-7352 for reservations.

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Purpoodock Club’s chef opening wine store soon

Jen Flock, the chef at the Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth, is opening her own wine store at 541 Ocean House Road.

Flock and Vine – also the name of her wine blog – will open as soon as Flock gets her state inspection done. She’s crossing her fingers for a Memorial Day weekend opening.

Flock, who lives with her family in Cape Elizabeth, is a certified sommelier, wine consultant and chef who has been working toward the title of master sommelier. (She’s two levels away from her goal.) Her wine store will be in the old Jordan’s Agway building across from Kettle Cove, just down the road from Crescent Beach State Park and the Inn by the Sea.

Flock will be keeping her job as chef at Purpoodock, so the store will only be open four days a week at first. Her parents will be manning it for her three days a week to help it get off the ground, and she’ll be in on Sundays.

Local delivery will be available, and wine also will be available for advance purchase on the store’s website.


Farm-to-table dinners set for June 19 through Oct. 9

Pineland Farms in New Gloucester and The Black Tie Co. catering have partnered to present a series of farm-to-table dinners, Graze at Pineland Farms. Kicking off on June 19 with “Strawberry Fields Forever,” the themed dinners, 10 in all, will continue on Wednesdays through Oct. 9.

The evenings will begin at 4 p.m. with a tour of the farm and end with a family-style four-course meal served outdoors (or under a tent) and “created with a cornucopia of food that was raised, planted, nurtured and harvested within minutes of where guests will dine,” according to a news release.

Dinners will include beer, wine and cocktails, as well as live music. Guests will have a chance to meet the farmers and the chefs.

Strawberry Fields Forever will feature Maine strawberries in cocktails; tossed in a salad of goat cheese and greens from Olivia’s Garden; featured in sauces, salsas and chutneys served with Pineland Farms organic beef and lamb; and, of course, in a starring role in dessert. (Seafood and vegetarian meals are available.)

Graze at Pineland Farms is sponsored by Allagash Brewing Co., New England Distillery, Cellardoor Winery and Maine Distilleries.

Tickets are $95, all-inclusive, and are on sale now at or 761-6665.

The dinner schedule is:

June 19: Strawberry Fields Forever
June 26: Mind Your Peas and Carrots
July 10: One Potato, Two Potato
July 26: Cool As a Cucumber
Aug. 7: Blueberries for Sal
Aug. 21: Wild and Crazy Mushrooms
Sept. 11: Indian Summer Maize at Graze
Sept. 25: Eat, Drink and Be Cranberry
Oct. 2: Back to Your Roots
Oct. 9: How Do You Like Them Apples?

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