January 30, 2013

Maine food dispatches

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

and Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer



Food for Maine’s Future to discuss legislative agenda

Food for Maine’s Future holds its annual membership meeting, potluck lunch and informal discussion from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9. The gathering takes place at the Maine State Grange.

The meeting will focus on the bills likely to be taken up in the current legislative session. Bills of interest to the organization include ones dealing with raw milk sales, on-farm poultry slaughter, food sovereignty, genetically engineered food labeling and other small-farm issues.

Those who attend will learn how they can be involved in advocating for bills supported by Food for Maine’s Future.

Interested people can join the organization at the door by making a donation. Everyone who attends should be bring a dish to share, a plate, a bowl and utensils.

The Maine State Grange is located at 146 State St.

For more information about the meeting, email Bob St. Peter at bobstpeter@gmail.com.




Local Food Rules to air food self-governance ordinance

The group Local Food Rules hosts a finger-food potluck on Saturday to discuss an ordinance adopted by eight Maine towns. The ordinance governs the rights of local farmers to sell food directly to consumers.

Sedgwick, Penobscot, Blue Hill, Trenton, Hope, Plymouth, Appleton and Livermore have all enacted the Local Food & Community Self-Governance Ordinance.
The meeting, which takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Town Hall, 18 Union St., will include updates on the status of the ordinance in towns that have passed it, and details about other towns that are considering it.

Organizers will also discuss the state’s lawsuit against Blue Hill farmer Dan Brown, accused of selling raw milk to two customers without a state license.

State law requires that raw milk sold commercially be tested four times within a six-month period.

Also on the agenda is a report on some of the bills proposed for the current legislative session.
State representatives Ralph Champman (D-Brooksville) and Walter Kumiega III (D-Deer Isle) will both speak at the potluck.

Local Food Rules is the Hancock County chapter of Food for Maine’s Future. For more information about the potluck, call Bonnie Preston at 374-3636.




'Crazy Sexy Kitchen’ author to tell and show

Chef Chad Sarno, who co-authored the “Crazy Sexy Kitchen” cookbook with Kris Carr, comes to Portland at 5:30 p.m. March 4 to offer a talk and cooking demonstration.

Sarno is a culinary educator and the research-and-development chef for Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas. In his latest endeavor, he teamed up with Carr, a cancer survivor and author of The New York Times best-selling “Crazy Sexy” series, to help create the 150 recipes in this latest book.

Sarno will show how to make some of the plant-based, vegan recipes in the cookbook and talk about healthy eating during the event at Whole Foods Market.

Each participant will leave with an autographed copy of the book and a Whole Foods goody bag.

Space is limited at this event, which is expected to sell out. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the customer service counter at the store’s 2 Somerset St. location, or by calling 774-7711.

Pizza party at Flatbread supports anti-hunger efforts

Three top Maine chefs will be throwing a family-style pizza party on Feb. 10 to raise money to fight childhood hunger.

The event will be hosted by Flatbread Company, 72 Commercial St.

Chefs Rob Evans of Duckfat in Portland, Sam Hayward of Fore Street in Portland and Chad Conley of Gather in Yarmouth will be making the all-you-can-eat pizza for the party. Rosemont Bakery will provide salads, and East End Cupcakes will bring dessert.

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