Did you ever want to dish out ‘tough love’ at restaurants?

Fancy yourself a “restaurant expert”?

A major cable TV network is seeking someone with food safety and restaurant management expertise to visit struggling restaurants “and give them tough love in order to help them improve.”

Gordon Ramsay apparently need not apply, since he’s already got a similar gig. But the show says it’s looking for someone whose style is “Gordon Ramsay meets the cool, unique appearance of Billy the Exterminator.” Former health inspectors are encouraged to apply, especially if they are 30-ish to 50-ish.

Submit a short (five minutes, max) video showcasing your big personality and how well you kick butt in the kitchen. Throwing things is encouraged.

Submit videos to Jennie Berger via www.yousendit.com to [email protected], or send a direct link to a website or upload a link to YouTube. Videos should be received by June 3.


Local Sprouts Cafe will mark first anniversary on June 4

Local Sprouts Cafe will mark its first anniversary June 4 with a daylong celebration that includes food and drink specials, art, music and dancing.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Music will be provided by Papadello, Ahmad Hassan Trio, Meghan Yates, Butcher Boy, Leif Sherman Curtis, Robin Jellis and others. There will be a dance performance in the afternoon, as well as art making and face painting.

Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., is a worker-owned and community-supported cafe that provides seasonal, local, organic foods from farms around Maine. For more information, call 899-3529.

North Haven to host weekends with farm-to-table events

Nebo Lodge and Turner Farm on North Haven Island are holding “Island Farm Weekends” in June and September. The island is accessible by an hour-long ferry ride out of Rockland.

At these farm-to-table events, guests will be able to try artisan cheesemaking and harvesting vegetables.

The restaurant at Nebo Lodge and Chef Amanda Hallowell will provide gourmet meals. On Saturday, a family-style supper will be held in the classic timber-frame barn on Turner Farm.

The Island Farm Weekends will be held June 24-26 and Sept. 30-Oct. 1, and range in cost (depending on accommodations) from $795 to $1,095.

There will be four barn dinners at Turner Farm, held on June 25, July 16, Aug. 6 and Sept. 31. The prix fixe menu includes wine and costs $75 per person.

For more information, go to www.nebolodge.com.

Wine Revolution club samples Spanish and MS Walker wines

Wine Revolution, the monthly wine club at Grace Restaurant, will hold its next meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. June 1.

The club will sample Spanish wines with MS Walker wines. Ali Cheevers of MS Walker will present three whites and three reds from different regions within Spain. The event is open to the public and costs $10.

For more information, or to RSVP with the number of people in your party attending, contact Melanie Bolduc at 408-5364, or email her at [email protected]

Grace is at 15 Chestnut St.


Camden Harbour Inn chef enters lobster roll competition

Chef Geoffroy Deconinck of the Camden Harbour Inn will represent Maine in Tasting Table’s 2011 Lobster Roll Rumble in New York.

The event, a benefit for Share Our Strength, will be judged by, among others, Harold Dieterle, chef/co-owner of Perilla and Kin Shop; Kyle MacLachlan, actor/owner of Pursued by Bear Winery; and Martha Stewart. Deconinck’s entry will feature lobster tossed in a light citrus mayonnaise with a house mix of herbs and spices, on a toasted roll. He’ll be serving more than 1,000 lobster rolls at the event.


Vineyard to host open house introducing its newest wine

Breakwater Vineyards, 35 Ash Point Drive, will hold an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The vineyard will introduce its newest wine, Breakwater Blues, and offer free tastings and winery tours. Live entertainment will be provided Saturday by blues musician Tom Albury.

Beginning in June, Breakwater Vineyards will be open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.