April 10, 2013

Food & Dining Dispatches

Compiled by Meredith Goad and Wendy Almeida

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For the complete menu, go to pressherald.com/blogs/mainealacarte/201706611.html.

For more information or to make reservations for the dinner, go to five-oshoreroad.com or call 646-5001.

PORTLAND

Gingko Blue celebrates Jazz Month with drink specials

April is National Jazz Appreciation Month, and Gingko Blue is celebrating. Each Wednesday and Thursday this month, mixologists Guy Streitburger and Patrick McDonald will be offering a special cocktail creation for $8. For beer lovers, the jazz-themed Brother Thelonius Belgian Style Abbey Ale by North Coast Brewing will be specially priced at $4 on the same nights.

Gingko Blue is located at 455 Fore St., and does not charge a cover.

Plant sale to feature herbs, seedlings and expert advice

The 20th annual Cumberland County Master Gardener's Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon May 18 at the Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Ave.

The sale features herbs, vegetable seedlings, an extensive variety of perennials, house plants and a large assortment of annuals. Gardeners can pick up some shellfish compost by the bag or container. Many garden-related products and services, as well as a sale of gently used garden tools, will also be featured.

Participating this year will be a representative from Garbage to Gardens, a local composting operation. Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to share growing tips and advice.

The proceeds from this event support the group's Seed Grant program for community projects.

Haven's Candies wins best new product at food show

Haven's Candies announced that its Maine sea salt butter toffee won first place in the Best New Product category at the 2013 New England Made Giftware and Specialty Food Show. Organizers of the annual Portland-based event said the Haven's toffee was chosen for its "highest quality of product, representing the best of New England craftsmanship."

Haven's Candies has been handcrafting candy since 1915. They have retail locations in Portland, Westbrook and Scarborough, and can also be found on the web at HavensCandies.com.

Rosemont, Old Port Wine to feature Argentinian varietals

There will be two wine tastings featuring Argentinian wines in Portland this month.

Rosemont Market, 580 Brighton Ave., will feature Malbecs from Tinto Negro at its free tasting, which will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call 831-2553.

Old Port Wine and Cigar Merchants, 223 Commercial St., will hold a free tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. April 17 featuring Argentinian wines from Bodega Catena.

For more information, call 772-9463.

'Raw Food Trucker' to pay a visit to Roost House of Juice

"Dave the Raw Food Trucker" will be at the Roost House of Juice, 11 Free St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Dave Conrardy will share his experiences of overcoming cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease through a vegan/raw food lifestyle. The sponsors of the event, Roost House of Juice and Girl Gone Raw, will be serving a limited juice, smoothie and food menu during the evening.

Tickets are $15 at the door. Reservations are not required, but the event is expected to sell out, so call 899-4275 to reserve a spot.

After buzzed-about run under radar, word out on Hush, Hush

You may have seen photos and write-ups on local food blogs featuring a speakeasy-style club called "Hush, Hush" that meets on the sly around town, serving up creative cocktails and great dishes from local chefs.

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