• HOT TICKET

Immigrant food at the top of the menu

MEET JANE ZIEGELMAN, author of “97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement,” and Andrew Coe, author of “Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States” at the Our Immigrant Food event Saturday. Lindsay Sterling, founder of the Immigrant Kitchens project, and a local Afghan immigrant will prepare food.

WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: The Quimby Colony, 769 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $15

INFO: 774-1044 or e-mail [email protected]

• CHEAP THRILL

You can really chowder down at this contest

MORE THAN A dozen Portland restaurants, from Cinque Terre to Kamasouptra, have signed up to bring their best chowder to a heated tent for a Sunday-before-Thanksgiving throwdown — Siano’s Chowderfest. People will be able to vote on their favorite chowder, and part of the proceeds from the event will go to the Preble Street soup kitchen.

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Siano’s parking lot, 505 Fore St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $5

INFO: 899-3185