Salt Exchange, Allagash holding beer, bacon dinner

The Salt Exchange, 245 Commercial St., and Allagash Brewery are holding their Annual Beer & Bacon Dinner from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The dinner will include courses such as Pan-Roasted Local Cod with Bacon Fat-Dark Roux, Mixed Pepper Relish and Bacon-Butter Glazed Root Vegetables paired with Allagash Curieux “Bourbon Barrel” Ale; Oak-Smoked Pork Belly Confit with Salt Pork-Baked Beans and Molasses Corn Bread paired with Allagash Odyssey Ale; and Dense Espresso-Mousse Cake with Grilled Cherries, Bacon-Cherry Compote and Smoked Vanilla Ie Cream paired with Allagash Black Stout.

The cost is $75 per person, and advance purchase is required. Call 347-5687 for reservations.


Lobster chef competition taking recipes through June

The next Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition is already under way, with a call for original lobster recipes from Maine chefs and sous chefs.

Recipes must be accompanied by a photo of the completed dish and be submitted by midnight June 30 to [email protected]

A panel of culinary professionals will review the recipes and photos to narrow the field down to three finalists. Candidates will be judged on originality, professionalism of the written recipe, the use of Maine lobster as a primary ingredient and plate presentation.

The winner of the contest will be chosen by a live audience at the Portland’s annual Harvest on the Harbor Food and Wine Festival Oct. 21.

The contest is sponsored by the Maine Lobster Promotion Council. For more information, call 541-9310.


Bean supper, live readings will celebrate radio dramas

Eat some beans and celebrate the radio dramas of the past at the Second Annual Live Audio Drama and Bean Supper sponsored by the Mad Horse Theatre Company.

The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and start with a traditional New England bean supper. After dinner, there will be a dramatic reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Casque of Amontillado,” followed by dessert, coffee and a reading of “Sunrise Boulevard” by radio drama author Roger Gregg.

The supper and readings will be held at The Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland. The suggested donation is $15. Reservations are strongly suggested, and can be made by calling 730-2389 or going to madhorse.com.


Empty Bowl Supper benefits projects bringing Salvadorans

The 10th Annual Empty Bowl Supper will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St.

The supper helps to fund projects that bring Salvadorans to Maine to tour farms, meet with community organizers and agricultural officials and participate in the annual Common Ground Fair. Participants receive a Maine-made bowl they can take home.

Tickets are $15, with a $35 maximum for families. Paul D’Alessio of Primo Cubano will provide live music. For more information, call the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association at 568-4142.


Eggstravaganza will feature natural egg dying, egg hunt

The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History at the College of the Atlantic will be holding its own natural-dye Easter egg event from 3 to 5 p.m. April 21.

The museum’s Spring Eggstravaganza will feature natural egg dying using materials such as spinach, grapes, tea and flowers. The event includes an egg hunt for plastic eggs filled with candy and slips of paper with fun facts about egg-laying animals.

The event is open to children ages 2 to about 10. Bring a basket. No pre-registration is necessary, but there is a suggested donation of $2 per child. For more information, call 288-5395 or 801-5839, or email [email protected]



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