New restaurant will serve Maine food with Latin twist

Carmen at The Danforth, the new restaurant at The Danforth Inn, 163 Danforth St., will open May 25.

The 40-seat restaurant, the creation of New York chef Carmen Gonzalez, will offer Maine food with a Latin twist.

Gonzalez is a Puerto Rico native who owned her own restaurant in Miami, competed on season two of “Top Chef Masters,” and now hosts a Spanish-language cooking show that reaches food lovers in 18 million Latin-American households.

Carmen at The Danforth will be open for dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Gonzalez also plans to serve Sunday brunch.

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Fundraiser with top chefs to help fight child hunger

Dozens of leading chefs from around the state will gather on June 24 for an evening of delectable food at Maine’s 7th Annual Taste of the Nation, a benefit for Share Our Strength.

The event raises money to help end childhood hunger in Maine, with funds going to four local organizations working to feed hungry children in Maine: Opportunity Alliance, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Cultivating Community and Preble Street Teen Center.

Participating chefs include Sam Hayward of Fore Street, Steve Corry of Five-Fifty-Five and Petite Jacqueline, Larry Matthews of Back Bay Grill, Lee Skawinski of Vignola Cinque Terre and Jeff Landry of The Farmer’s Table, as well as chefs from Bresca, Diamond’s Edge Restaurant/Chebeague Inn, Cleonice/The Maine Grind, CVC Catering, David’s/David’s 388, El Camino, Francine Bistro/Shepherd’s Pie, Grace, Hugo’s, Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea, The Corner Room/The Front Room/The Grill Room, The Salt Exchange, When Pig’s Fly and Zapoteca.

The event takes place at Diamond’s Edge Restaurant and Marina on Great Diamond Island. Tickets are $125 each (VIP tickets are sold out) and can be purchased at tasteofthenation.org/maine. A boat will leave Portland at 3:45 p.m. to bring attendees to the island. The event ends at 8 p.m.

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‘Gypsy brewer’ set to host tasting of his artisanal ales

Baltimore native Brian “Stillwater” Strumke will be at Whole Foods Market, 2 Somerset St., from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday for a tasting of his Stillwater Artisanal Ales.

Strumke has garnered a cult following because of his unconventional brewing method. He’s been called a “gypsy brewer” because for two years, he has rented space and equipment wherever he could to make his beer.


Dinner offers sparkling wines from Schramsberg Vineyards

The Tavern at the Inn at Brunswick Station, 4 Noble St., will hold a five-course wine dinner at 6 p.m. May 31 featuring wines from Napa Valley’s Schramsberg Vineyards.

Hugh Davies, president and CEO of Schramsberg Vineyards and a Bowdoin College alumnus, will choose the pairings from the family-owned sparkling wine house.

The dinner is $100 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 837-6565.