Taste of Home show event will include cooking lessons

Learn how to make a raspberry mustard-glazed pork roast, huevos rancheros, barbecue chicken pizza and a rich agave chocolate cake at the Taste of Home cooking show on Saturday.

Chef Michael Barna will be appearing at 7 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center, where he’ll teach home cooks how to prepare 10 recipes in a two-and-a-half hour show. Barna is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who works as a culinary specialist for the Taste of Home Cooking School in Wisconsin.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. so guests will be able to shop and sample at vendors’ booths and exhibits.

The event is sponsored by MaineToday Media’s Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel newspapers.

Premium seating is $20, and stadium seating is $15. Second-level seating is $10.

For tickets, call the Augusta Civic Center box office at 626-2400 or go to!/TasteOfHomeMaine.


Tickets available to see celebrity chefs at Merrill

Fewer than 15 VIP tickets are left for the Portland appearance of Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert.

The celebrity chefs are bringing their evening of storytelling to Merrill Auditorium on Nov. 3. Bourdain is the hose of The Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” and author of “Kitchen Confidential.” Ripert, chef at Le Bernardin in New York City, is a regular guest on the “Top Chef” series on Bravo.

VIP tickets cost $125 and include premier seating, an invitation to a reception with Bourdain and Ripert at Grace Restaurant, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a VIP tour laminate and a limited edition poster.

Regular ticket prices are $55, $50 and $45. For more information, go to

For $5, you can take part in Slow Food challenge

Think it’s possible to make a healthful meal for $5?

Then take the Slow Food Portland challenge on Sept. 17, part of the National Day of Action for Slow Food USA. The idea of the event is to show that slow food from local, sustainable sources doesn’t have to cost more than fast food.

Join Slow Food Portland at the Quimby Colony’s newly renovated kitchen, 769 Congress St. Everyone will put $5 into a spending pool and walk down to the Deering Oaks farmers’ market together to buy ingredients for lunch.

Jonah Fertig of the Local Sprouts Cooperative and Cafe will lead the shopping excursion and lunch preparation back in the Quimby Colony kitchen.

Space is limited to 30 people.

To sign up, go to:

Early bird ticket deadline is Friday for Epicurean Benefit

Friday is the last day to buy early bird tickets for the 16th Annual Epicurean Benefit for Ovations Offstage, the community arts program of Portland Ovations.

The evening includes silent and live auctions, as well as food and wine from more than a dozen Maine restaurants and businesses. Among those participating this year are Azure Cafe, Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe, the Black Point Inn, Grace and The Good Table.

Early bird tickets cost $50. After Sept. 9, tickets cost $60. Groups of six or more pay $40 per ticket.

Call 773-3150.


Soil to Supper will celebrate organic harvest with dinner

The seventh annual Soil to Supper event will celebrate the harvest on the banks of the Saco River with live music, farm tours and a sustainable supper featuring organically grown produce.

The event will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Rippling Waters Farm, 55 River Road, off Route 25. Supper begins at 4 p.m. This is a rain or shine event.

A $10 donation is suggested. For more information or to RSVP, call 642-5161 or email [email protected]