Club will try to line up a mile of donated food

The Gorham High School Interact Club will try to create a mile of food Saturday from Robie Gym on South Street to St. Anne’s Church on Main Street.

The food collected from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be donated to the Gorham Food Pantry.

Donations to the pantry slip during summertime because of school vacation and slow attendance in local churches. Lower-income families who rely on school lunches to feed their children need the pantry to fill that gap.

Food and cash donations can be made at the grassy area in front of Mr. Bagel on Main Street.

For more information or to suggest donation ideas, call Katelyn Di Lorenzo at 653-0388 or Cortlandt Dunn at 839-8040.


LobsterFest on Saturday to include eating contest

Eat lobster for a good cause Saturday at the third annual LobsterFest on the Maine State Pier from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The event, which raises funds for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, will feature a lobster-eating contest for the first time this year. The contest begins at 1 p.m., and judges will be Gov. Paul LePage, “Survivor” winner Bob Crowley and Miss Maine Ashley Marble. Contestants will be judged on how many lobsters they can shuck and eat in 10 minutes.

There will also be a gourmet lobster tasting bar sponsored by the Calendar Island Lobster Co., where the public can sample lobster cakes, lobster pizza, lobster bisque and lobster stew.

Lobster dinners that include a lobster or lobster roll, a slice of melon and an ear of corn will be sold for $12.50 each.

Three bands will provide live entertainment, and there will be a beer garden.

Admission is free. For more information, go to portlandlobsterfest.com.


Rabelais will dedicate July 1 event to lobster

Celebrate the lobster at an evening dedicated to the crustacean at Rabelais on July 1.

The event, which runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will include a reading from Elizabeth Townsend, author of “Lobster: A Global History (Reaktion, $15.95), and a photographic exhibit from Matthew Robbins of the 2010 Maine Lobster Festival.

The evening will also feature the first offering of a limited fine press edition of “Consider the Lobster” from Ascensius Press, originally written by David Foster Wallace for Gourmet magazine about the 2004 Maine Lobster Festival. The book, produced in Maine, is limited to 26 deluxe copies. Only a small number remain for sale, and one will be on display during the event.

Rabelais, 86 Middle St., is a book store that focuses on food, drink, farming and gardening.


Wine club will sample Italian whites and reds

Michael Burke of Vias Imports will be the guest speaker at the July meeting of Wine Revolution, the wine club at Grace Restaurant.

The group will be sampling five or six Italian whites and reds. The tasting is $10, and is open to the public. To reserve a spot, call Melanie Bolduc at 408-5364, or email her at [email protected]

Grace is located at 15 Chestnut St.


Doctor to discuss power of a plant-based diet

Dr. John Herzog, an osteopathic physician and orthopedic surgeon, will give a free lunchtime talk today about the connection between diet and health at Little Lad’s Bakery, 482 Congress St. He will discuss research that claims a diet centered on plants rather than animal products has the power to reverse many diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Lunch can be purchased during the talk, which begins at noon. For more information, call 781-9077.


Local resident takes blue ribbon for soup

Portland resident Chiara Ferrante recently won a blue ribbon for her creamy vegan asparagus soup through the national recipe-swapping site justapinch.com. The Just a Pinch Recipe Club is based in Franklin, Tenn., and allows members to search for and share thousands of recipes.