Short films on MPBN focus on Maine farmers

A series of eight short documentary films about Maine farms, called “Meet Your Farmer,” makes its premiere at 10 p.m. Thursday on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Produced by North Haven-based filmmakers Cecily Pingree and Jason Mann of Pull-Start Pictures, the films offer an up-close look at a diverse selection of Maine growers.

The farms featured include Ayotte Farms in Hamlin, which grows potatoes; Broadturn Farm in Scarborough, which grows vegetables and flowers; Chase Farm in Freedom, which grows vegetables and sells them at Chase’s Daily, a restaurant and market in Belfast; Horsepower Farm in Penobscot, which grows vegetables and harvests timber; Lakeside Orchard and the Apple Farm in Manchester; Reed Farm in Windsor, which raises dairy cows; Sandy River Farm in Farmington, which grows corn and other feed crops and raises dairy cows; and Tide Mill Organic Farm in Edmunds, which grows vegetables and sells dairy products and meat.

The films will air again on Saturdays at 11 a.m. For more information about the films, visit


Hayward and Evans add talents to hunger fight

Two of Portland’s best-known chefs are teaming up to fight childhood hunger.

Sam Hayward of Fore Street and Rob Evans of Hugo’s are launching a Share Our Strength dinner series Sunday at Hugo’s, 88 Middle St.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include a cocktail reception, auction and multi-course spring dinner with wines. The auction includes in-home dinners prepared by both chefs.

Tickets are $250 per person and are available by calling Arlin Smith, general manager of Hugo’s, at 774-8538.

Arrow chefs will talk about new cookbook

Mark Gaier and Clarke Frasier of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit and food writer Rachel Forrest will be talking about their new cookbook, “Maine Classics,” at the RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth at 1 p.m. May 29.

There will be food samples at the book signing as well. RiverRun is at 20 Congress St.

Wines sampled tonight at Havana South event

Havana South’s Wednesday Wine Club meets tonight at 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $10.

Among the wines to be sampled are Hatzidakis Santorini from Greece; Domaine Grand Cotes du Jura from France; Castell Silvaner Trocken from Germany; and Edetaria Vinya D’irto Garnatxa Negra Terre Alta from Spain.

Cheese and wine tastings offered at Rosemont

Rosemont Market, 580 Brighton Ave., will host two free tastings this week.

From 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Peter Weygandt, a top U.S. importer, will be at the store with Weygandt-Metzler European artisan wines. Most of the wines featured will be under $15.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Barb Skalpa from Echo Ridge Organic Cheese in Mt. Vernon will offer a tasting of her raw-milk, organic, Chaource-, Reblochon- and Taleggio-style cheeses.