August 21, 2013

Food & Dining Dispatches


Claw Down to boast starry lineup of region's chefs

Nineteen Boothbay region chefs are participating in the second annual Claw Down from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at Ocean Point Marina.

Sponsored by the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, the event challenges participating chefs to come up with the best lobster bite for the title of the 2013 Claw Down Lobster Bite Chef of the Year, Judges' Choice and People's Choice.

Guests will have a chance to taste the chef's dishes and wines provided by Central Distributors.

Michele Ragussis, chef at The Pearl restaurant in Rockland and a finalist on "The Next Food Network Star" and "Chopped," will emcee the event. Judges will include the Lobster Chef of the Year, Kerry Altiero of Cafe Miranda in Rockland; Lynn Archer, aka "The Queen of Clubs," owner of Archer's on the Pier and the Brass Compass Cafe and winner of the "Lobster Dekkah" challenge on the Food Network's "Throwdown with Bobby Flay"; and Sandy Oliver, Maine food historian, newspaper columnist and author of "Maine Home Cooking."

Participating restaurants and chefs in the 2013 Claw Down are:

1. Boathouse Bistro & Tapas Bar, chef and co-owner Karin Guerin

2. Boothbay Harbor Country Club, executive chef Geoff Cornell

3. Boothbay Lobster Wharf, chef Kosta Rigas

4. Brown's Wharf, chef Micah Jones

5. Eventide Specialties, chef and co-owner Kim Martin

6. Fisherman's Wharf Inn, chef John Reed

7. Kaler's Restaurant, chef and co-owner Sam Kaler

8. McSeagull's Restaurant, chef and co-owner Ralph Smith

9. Newagen Seaside Inn, chef Fiona Dunlap

10. Oliver's at Cozy Harbor Wharf, chef Stacy McLellan

11. Ports of Italy, chef Fabrizio Ventricini

12. Robinson's Wharf & Tugs Pub, chef Jason Chamness

13. The Lobster Dock, chef and co-owner Mitch Weiss

14. The Rocktide Inn & Restaurant, chef Joe Pinkham

15. The Thistle Inn, chef Michael Whitney

16. The World Is Mine Oyster, chef Steve Richards

17. The World Is Mine Oyster, sushi, vhef Harrison Maung

18. Tugboat Inn & Restaurant, chef Mike Ham

19. Windows on the Harbor, chef Patrick Jones

Cocktail attire is suggested. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online on the website for Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce or by calling 633-2353.

Various chamber members are posting "Hot Deals" with special pricing, promotions and lodging packages on the Chamber's website.


Tuesday preservation class all about tomatoes

It's time to start putting up the harvest, and you can start with the tomatoes.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is holding an "Introduction to Preserving Tomatoes" workshop Tuesday taught by Kate McCarty, food preservation community education assistant.

The class will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104. The cost is $15 per person. Scholarships are available.

For more information, call 781-6099. To register online and see details of future workshops, go to:


Funky Bow Brewery launches CSB program

Funky Bow Brewery has become the second Maine beer company to initiate a CSB, a version of the CSA with shares of beer instead of produce. (The first was Strong Brewing Co. in Sedgewick, which employed the CSB model to fund its start-up.)

Funky Bow shares are $300, entitling members to fill one 64-ounce growler a week for 20 weeks. There's also a one-time, $30 fee for the growlers and administration costs.

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