November 7, 2012

Food and Dining Dispatches

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The restaurant will also be collecting coats and blankets that will be going to the Rockaway peninsula on Long Island, where aid has been slow to reach. 

Wine expert Swain to pour on a Thanksgiving theme

Ned Swain of Devenish Wines will be doing a Thanksgiving-themed wine tasting at Aurora Provisions from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Swain said he will be showcasing his picks for Thanksgiving, including "some crazy new wines," such as Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley and an Illahe Oregon Pinot Noir that is a product of all-natural wine making.

Aurora Provisions is located at 64 Pine St.

Swain will also be pouring a few natural wines, some of them rare, at the Rosemont Market on Munjoy Hill, 88 Congress St., from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. 

Oakhurst lauches egg nog effort for Salvatation Army

Oakhurst Dairy is kicking off its 13th annual egg nog fundraiser for the Salvation Army with something a little different: Chocolate nog.

The new product is a blend of the company's egg nog and its super premium chocolate milk. Oakhurst says it's the first chocolate nog in New England.

Every year, Oakhurst donates 5 cents for every container of egg nog sold to the Salvation Army. To date, the annual fundraiser has raised more than $200,000.

Oakhurst will be offering samples of chocolate nog at a number of local holiday events, including the Portland tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 23 in Monument Square. 

Special guest in the house for Bar Lola wine dinner

Felipe Gonzalez-Gordon Terry, president of Gonzalez Byass USA, will be the guest at a Tuesday wine dinner at Bar Lola, 100 Congress St.

The Gonzalez Byass family has made sherry in Jerez, Spain, since 1835. Their Tio Pepe Fino Sherry is the best-selling sherry in the world, and will be served at the dinner. The family also owns several wineries.

The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and costs $75 per person, which includes the multi-course meal, wine pairings, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations available for Figa Champagne dinner

Figa is taking reservations for a Champagne dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. The four-course dinner will cost $75 per person. Call 518-9400 for reservations. 

Native Mainer to pour his California wines Nov. 14

Peter Merriam, owner of Merriam Vineyards in California, will be serving some of his wines at a five-course dinner at The Salt Exchange on Nov. 14.

The dinner will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at 245 Commercial St. and costs $78 per person, which includes tax and gratuity.

Merriam is a native Mainer. He and his wife, Diana, also a New Englander, named their vineyard on the edge of the Russian River Valley Windacre, after their 1919 Maine summer cottage. To read a Press Herald profile of the family and how they got into the wine-making business, go to


Highland Lake Grange dishes up harvest supper

Highland Lake Grange #87 will be serving a harvest supper beginning at 4:45 p.m. Saturday.

The menu will include shepherd's pie, lasagna, meatloaf and chop suey, plus beverages, dessert and bread. There will also be a bake sale with pies, whoopie pies, candy and fudge.

The cost for the dinner is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The Grange is located at the corner of Hardy Road and Route 302.


At Wilbur's of Maine, turn 'turkey' into a sweet treat

Transform a rice-cereal marshmallow treat shaped like a turkey into a seasonal confection using candies and melted chocolate at Wilbur's of Maine Chocolate Factory on Sunday.

Each turkey will cost $6.

The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at 174 Lower Main St. Call 865-4071 for more information.

-- Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer


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