Relax amid the fire and ice at Nonantum Resort event

Need a break from the holiday rush already? Imagine relaxing with a cocktail in an Adirondack chair overlooking the Kennebunk River – a chair that’s strategically placed near a fire pit to keep you warm.

The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., will host a Fire and Ice Bar from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11. Tickets are $20 and include live music, hors d’ouevres from local restaurants, and cocktails from the ice bar. Indoor fireside seating will also be available.

Ocean Exposure will have a photo booth on site so guests can capture the event with some fun photos. Drawings will be held both nights for gift certificates from local businesses.

Some proceeds will be donated to Winter Kids, a program that helps children develop healthy habits through outdoor winter activities.

Wine guru and author Theise to attend dinner at Bar Lola

Meet wine guru Terry Theise at an exclusive wine dinner Tuesday at Bar Lola.

The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $100 per person, which includes a five-course dinner paired with wines, tax and gratuity.

Theise has just written a new book, “Reading Between the Wines” (University of California Press, $24.95), which will be for sale at the dinner.

Bar Lola is at 100 Congress St. Seating is limited, so call 775-5652 for reservations.

Chef leaves Salt Exchange, is replaced by the sous chef

Chef Jacob Jasinski has left the Salt Exchange, 245 Commercial St., to become executive sous chef at Patina in Los Angeles.

The new chef at the Old Port restaurant will be Jeffrey Hodgdon, who worked as sous chef under Jasinski. Hodgdon previously worked at Brio, Vespaio and Granite Cafe in Austin, Texas, and at Chez Betty in Park City, Utah.

Jasinski has been the only executive chef at the Salt Exchange since it opened in 2008. The restaurant is owned by Charles and Martha Bryon.