February 27, 2013

Food & Dining Dispatches, Feb. 27, 2013

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Belfast: Belfast Boathouse, 34 Commercial St., 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday

Hallowell: St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 20 Union St., 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Newcastle: Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday (part of the third annual FARMS fundraising dinner)

Norway: Fare Share Commons, 443 Main St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Rockland: First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday

Topsham: Midcoast Winter Farmers' Market, Topsham Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall (entrances from Route 24 and Route 196 bypass), 1 to 6 p.m. Friday

Waterville: Barrels Market, 74 Main St., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2

If none of these locations is convenient, go to mofga.net to find CSAs near you.

For more information, contact Melissa White Pillsbury at 568-4142 or melissa@mofga.org.


Cooking for Crowds focuses on food-safety training

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be holding another Cooking for Crowds food-safety training workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. March 26 at the University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104.

The cost is $15 per person. Scholarships are available. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 781-6099 or, in Maine, (800) 287-1471.

Details on future workshops are available at: umaine.edu/food-health/food-safety/cooking-for-crowds.


Maine Beer, 50 Local join to host four-course dinner

Maine Beer Company is teaming up with 50 Local, a restaurant at 50 Main St., again this year for a four-course beer dinner.

The March 6 dinner will start at 6 p.m. and cost $60 per person. Gratuity is included.

The menu will include a burrata cheese plate with hazelnut vinaigrette and figs; pork belly with farm egg, polenta and root-vegetable gratin; gnocchi with braised pork sugo, ricotta and roasted tomatoes; and chocolate stout cake with malted milk crunch, dulce le leche and vanilla gelato.

For more information or reservations, call 985-0850 or go to localkennebunk.com.


Red Mango now serving smoothies at Maine Mall

Red Mango, the national frozen yogurt and smoothie chain, has opened a location inside the Maine Mall, 364 Maine Mall Road. The store will hold an all-day grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 15 featuring discounts and giveaways.

This is the first Red Mango in Maine. The Dallas-based corporation has more than 200 stores across the United States. The Maine store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Unity College expands hunger-relief program

Unity College will begin a new program in March raising free-range chickens as part of an ongoing hunger-relief effort.

Sponsored by a grant from the Future Farmers of America, the program will provide meat from 100 birds to the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry in Unity and the Belfast Soup Kitchen.

The chicken project is an extension of the college's "Veggies for All" program. Each year, gardens on campus produce thousands of pounds of vegetables for area food pantries.


Maine Grain Conference to be hosted by Extension

The annual Maine Grain Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday at the Spectacular Events Center, 395 Griffin Road.

The focus of the conference, which is sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will be commercial production for small grain markets.

Speakers will include Mark Bernard, a Prince Edward Island farmer who will talk about the conversion of his family's conventional potato farm to organic feed grains; agronomist Elisabeth Vachon of Les Moulins de Soulanges flour mill in Quebec, who will speak on producing food-quality grains; agronomist Eric Gallandt, who will discuss managing problem weeds in organic small grain crops; Ellen Mallory, a University of Maine Extension professor and sustainable-agriculture specialist who will give an overview of local markets and information resources for small-grain producers; and John Chartier of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Organic Valley, who will discuss organic certification.

For more information, call Ellen Mallory at 581-2942, or email her at ellen.mallory@maine.edu.

The conference website is umaine.edu/agriculture/2013-maine-grain-workshop.

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