New seafood restaurant and pub opening Monday

Freeport Seafood Co. Restaurant and Pub will open for business on Route 1 on Monday, serving classic Maine seafood and pub fare prepared by chef Emmy Anderson.

The chef has cooked in Maine restaurants for more than 25 years, in venues such as the Cape Arundel Inn and Seasons Grille in Portland.

The restaurant, which will open daily at 11:30 a.m., has a covered outdoor deck as well as a bar area serving local craft beers and offering a pub menu.

The dining room menu features six lobster dishes, as well as a selection of fried seafood.

Freeport Seafood Co. is located at 175 Lower Main St. Call 865-9105.


Great Lost Bear will offer ‘Beers of Summer’ Thursday

Taste the “Beers of Summer” at the Great Lost Bear Thursday night.

All seasonal craft beers will be $2.99 per pint between 5 and 9 p.m.

Some of the beers available will be Brooklyn Summer Ale, Geary’s Summer Ale, Gritty’s Vacationland, Harpoon Summer Beer, Peak Summer Session, Sam Adams Summer Ale and Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager.

The Great Lost Bear is located at 540 Forest Ave.


California winery will hold first Maine tasting tonight

Suzanne Pride Bryan of Pride Mountain Winery in California will hold the winery’s first wine tasting in Maine tonight at Old Port Wine and Cigar, 223 Commercial St.

The winery was selected by Robert Parker Jr. as one of the world’s greatest wine estates. It is located on top of the Mayacamas Mountains at an elevation of nearly 2,200 feet, just on the Sonoma-Napa county line.

Pride Mountain wines have been on Wine Spectator’s list of the Top 100 Wines of the World six times since the year 2000.

Bryan owns the winery with her brother Steve. She said that Maine is the only state they’ll be introducing their limited-production wines in this year.

The tasting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 772-9463 for information.

Petite Jacqueline honoring eponym with prix fixe menu

Jacqueline Derasse, the woman for whom the French bistro Petite Jacqueline is named, will be visiting the restaurant for the first time June 29.

In her honor, the restaurant will be offering a $40, prix fixe three-course tasting menu featuring some of her favorite dishes. Wine pairings will be available at an extra cost.

Among the selections on the menu will be mussel-saffron soup, boeuf bourguignon, seared local fish and creme brulee.

Derasse is the grandmother of one of the bistro’s owners, Michelle Corry, and the grandmother-in-law to chef Steve Corry of Five Fifty Five.

For reservations, call 553-7044. Petite Jacqueline is at 190 State St.


Maine Diner expecting 6 millionth customer

Maine Diner expects to serve its 6 millionth customer during this week – and the restaurant’s calculations point to that customer possibly walking through the door today.

The diner opened 29 years ago on Route 1 in Wells. It apparently took the blue-and-white eatery 12 years to serve its first 1 million customers.

It hit 2 million four years later, and has averaged a million customers every year since then.

What will that lucky 6 millionth customer get? Gift certificates, flowers, gift cards, food from different vendors and a cake.

Everyone else who descends on the diner between now and then will get a raffle ticket for a $1,000 vacation voucher from AAA. The drawing will be held when that 6 millionth customer walks through the door.


‘Chebeague Chebang’ party will be held on June 30

Get an early dose of Independence Day fireworks when the Chebeague Island Inn holds its second annual “Chebeague Chebang” party from 4 to 10 p.m. June 30.

The event begins with a free round-trip “booze cruise” that leaves at 3 p.m. from the Casco Bay Ferry Lines terminal. The ferry trip is sponsored by Double Cross Vodka, and there will be live music on the return trip.

The Chebeague Chebang will have lots of live music, food prepared by the executive chef of the inn, and family-friendly activities, including bocce and other yard games, and a children’s art tent. At the end of the evening, there will be a fireworks display.

Two types of tickets are available. The lobster dinner ticket costs $50 and includes a meal prepared by Justin Rowe, executive chef of the inn, as well as access to everything at the party, including drink specials, a la carte food and kids’ activities. General admission tickets are $25 and include everything but the lobster dinner.

Island residents get a $5 discount, and all children 10 and younger get in free.

Tickets are available at the inn or through

Call 956-3420 for information.



The Well at Jordan’s Farm will host Italian wine dinner

The Well, the farm-to-table restaurant at Jordan’s Farm, is hosting an Italian wine dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The cost is $55 per person. To reserve a spot, call 831-9350.

The Well is at 21 Wells Road.