February 6, 2013

Food & Dining Dispatches

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From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Kramer offers a "Fun Foods for Kids and Adults" cooking class.

The cost to attend both events is $90, or $50 for either of them.

The classes take place at the school's headquarters at 87 Saint Lawrence St. Call 233-6846 to register for the events.

Sample Marguerite's sweets at Novare Res

Really want to seduce your sweetheart on Valentine's Day? Check out the Valentine's chocolate-and-beer tasting at Novare Res, 4 Canal Plaza.

The event starts on Valentine's Day and goes through Feb. 16. Novare Res is teaming up with Sweet Marguerite's, a South Portland chocolatier, to offer eight special chocolates paired with eight hand-picked beers.

Bottoms up.

Bear plays Cupid with 'I (Heart) Red Ale'

Or, if you just need an excuse to drink more beer, wander over to the weekly "Craft Beer Showcase" Feb. 14 at the Great Lost Bear, 540 Forest Ave.

Since the showcase falls on Valentine's Day, the Bear will be devoting the evening to red beers in an event it's calling "I (Heart) Red Ale."

Among the beers that will be served are Sebago Runabout Red Ale, Belfast Lobster Red Ale, Green Flash Hope Head Red Ale and Moat Mountain Matilda's Red Ale. All pints will be $2.99 from 5 to 9 p.m.

There will also be some Valentine giveaways during the evening.

Chocolate and wine at Roost House of Juice

If you'd rather have wine, there will be a chocolate-and-wine pairing Feb. 14 at Roost House of Juice, 11 Free St.

Roost has teamed up with the Modern Vegan Cooking School to create five chocolate tastings paired with five wines. There will be two seatings, one at 4 p.m. and one at 5 p.m.

There will also be a raw chocolate mousse demonstration by Chris McClay.

Reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call 899-4275.

Whole Foods joins the chocolate parade Friday

Get ready for Valentine's Day by sampling treats from chocolatiers all over the store at Whole Foods Market, 2 Somerset St.

The store's "Chocolate Fest" will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.


Medicinal-herb courses to benefit Russell Libby fund

Herbalist Deb Soule has organized a series of four medicinal-herb classes, with all proceeds to benefit the Russell Libby Memorial Fund. Soule is the owner of Avena Botanicals in Rockport, an herbal apothecary and garden that has been certified organic for the past 28 years. Libby, the longtime director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, died in December.

Called "Our Living Earth, Living Soul Series," the talks begin in February and run through April. Each one takes place on a Saturday. There is no set price for the classes, but donations will be accepted and all money raised will be given to the fund.

The classes are as follows:

"Herbs for Easing Stress and Building Resiliency," 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16, with herbalist Deb Soule.

"Seeds, Soil, and Spirit," 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 16, with C.R. Lawn from FEDCO Seeds.

"Herbs and Meditation for Calming the Mind and Easing Despair and Grief," 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 13, with herbalists Soule and Kahadish Waadabi.

"Cancer Prevention and Treatment with Herbs and Whole Foods," 10 a.m. to noon April 27, with nurse practitioner and herbalist Kristina King.

All the classes will be held at Avena Botanicals classroom facility, 219 Mill St., Rockport. For more information or to register, call 594-0694.

-- Compiled by Meredith Goad and Avery Yale Kamila, Staff Writers


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