Gardeners give 140 tons of produce to fight hunger

Volunteer gardeners donated more than 140 tons of fresh produce to charity this year through the Harvest for Hunger program sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Almost 500 gardeners in a dozen counties donated fruits and vegetables valued at $473,328 to food pantries, shelters and other groups, according to program coordinator Barbara Murphy in the Oxford County extension office.


Sunday dinner to include chocolate in three courses

Geoffroy Deconinck, executive chef at Natalie’s, will team up with Kate Shaffer, owner of Black Dinah Chocolates, for a “chocolate dinner” Sunday at the Camden Harbour Inn.

Shaffer will begin the evening with a cooking demonstration at 5 p.m., during a wine reception featuring Cellardoor wines. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

The menu includes a first course of roasted lobster tail served with mango chutney and cacao-paprika sauce, and a second course of roasted chicken breast with pilaf rice and red mole sauce.

The third course will be a chocolate souffle accompanied by pistachio ice cream and berries marmalade.

The three-course dinner costs $57 per person, which includes a copy of Shaffer’s new book, “Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier.”

For reservations, call 236-7008.



– Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer