Cape grads ready to serve deluxe burgers at the beach

Everything tastes better with sand between your toes – even a good burger.

Mainely Burgers, a food truck featuring gourmet hamburgers, will open at Scarborough Beach on June 1. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The truck is run by two Cape Elizabeth High School graduates who sampled burgers from Boston food trucks during their first year of college.

Mainely Burgers’ burger toppings will include macaroni and cheese, maple mayo, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and apple slices.  Prices will range from $4 to $8.

The food truck will also serve hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, sliders, salads, french fries and onion rings. For dessert, there are S’mores raviolis – marshmallow and chocolate inside a folded graham cracker pastry topped with confectioners’ sugar and chocolate drizzle.

For more information, email [email protected] or go to Mainely Burgers’ Facebook page,


Farmers market opens today in new location near rink

The Falmouth Farmers Market opens for the season today in a new location.

Construction of the new Walmart addition means the market has relocated around the corner to Twombley Park, near the Family Ice Center on Hat Trick Drive.

This year, 20 farmers and craftspeople will participate in the market, which is open from noon to 4 p.m. every Wednesday.

Call Donna Palmer at 829-5004.

‘Living with Goats’ author to speak at town library

Margaret Hathaway, author of “Living with Goats: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Backyard Herd” and “The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese,” will speak at the Falmouth Memorial Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday .

Hathaway and her husband own Ten Apple Farm in Gray.

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Craft brewery to pour it on by hosting 633 Hop Swap

The Boothbay Craft Brewery, in partnership with several local businesses, will host the first 633 Hop Swap on June 1-3.

The weekend begins with a golf scramble from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Boothbay Country Club, followed by a local brew tasting and swag party in the clubhouse. Tickets are $45. The price includes nine holes of golf with a cart and the after-party.

The country club is at 33 Country Club Road. For more information, call 633-6085.

On Saturday, the Hop Swap continues with the grand opening of Boothbay Craft Brewery, 301 Adams Pond Road. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m., and the $10 ticket price includes a brewery tour, a pint of fresh-brewed ale and a hop plant to bring home.

Tickets are on sale at

For more information, call 633-3411.


Ice cream lighter, warmer at new Dock Square shop

Rococo Artisan Ice Cream has opened in Dock Square at 6 Spring St.

The owner, Lauren Guptill, was inspired by her years living in Argentina, where ice cream is lighter and served at warmer temperatures than American ice cream, more in the style of Italian gelatos.

Flavors will include strawberry basil as well as organic chai and cardamom.


Winning strawberry recipe will earn two nights at inn

It’s almost strawberry season. If you’ve got an original strawberry recipe that family and friends rave about, you could win a two-night stay at Inn Victoria in Chester, Vt.

That’s the grand prize in a strawberry recipe contest being held by Maxwell’s Strawberry Farm and the Cape Farm Alliance. Any recipe is acceptable as long as it is original and the main ingredient is strawberries.

The top eight finalists will be asked to prepare their recipes for the opening night gala on June 29 at the fourth annual Cape Elizabeth Strawberry Festival. The gala will be held at Shady Oak Farm on Fowler Road, where there will be a lobster bake and pig roast.

Winners will be announced at the festival on June 30 at Maxwell’s Strawberry Farm on Two Lights Road. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature food, music, dancing, crafts, children’s activities and information about local agriculture. Admission is free.

The grand prize for the recipe contest includes a three-course gourmet breakfast each morning at the inn and a high tea on one of the afternoons. To learn more about the inn, go to

The deadline to submit a recipe is June 7. Submit your entry by email to [email protected], or mail it to Suzanne Martin-Pillsbury, Attn: Recipe Contest, 78 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.

Full contest rules are available on the Cape Farm Alliance’s website,


Rosemont Market offering Oregon wines at free tasting

Rosemont Market, 580 Brighton Ave., will hold a free wine tasting from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Kim Laramy from ORWA Wine will be bringing some Oregon wines that are exclusively available at the vineyards and in Maine.

Rosemont’s Yarmouth store, 96 Main St., will hold a free wine tasting Friday with Tabitha Blake of Crush Distributors featuring wines from Austria and California. That tasting will also be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

‘Little Garden’ at Bresca five-course vegetarian feast

Bresca, 111 Middle St., will prepare a five-course vegetarian wine dinner on May 31.

“The Little Garden” dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with an aperitif and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a five-course dinner featuring vegetables and grains. No meat will be served, but the chef will be using butter, cheese, wheat and eggs.

Each course will be paired with wines from Devenish Wines.

The dinner costs $65 per person, and includes food and wine. Call 772-1004 for reservations.

Lunch grill fest to benefit Cultivating Community

Lunch on a grilled burger, hot dog or veggie burger on Saturday, and your $5 donation will benefit Cultivating Community.

The fundraiser will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Whole Foods Market. The grills will be fired up in front of the store.

Representatives of Cultivating Community will be on hand to talk about their work with new farmers growing food with organic, sustainable practices.

– Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer