Dinner to support school garden

Rippling Waters Organic Farm, 5 River Road, and MSAD #6 are sponsoring a school garden fundraiser at Bonny Eagle Middle School, 92 Sokokis Trail, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The school garden project provides more than 1,600 students from kindergarten through the eighth grade the opportunity to grow and harvest vegetables. The food grown at the schools is used for taste tests and cooking lessons, and is donated to local food pantries.

The fundraiser will include a dinner of vegetable lasagna, salad, bread, corn and apple crisp, all made with local ingredients and prepared by Pearson’s Cafe at Saint Joseph’s College. There will also be a live and a silent auction.

Adult tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 776-4961. Youth tickets are $5, and children under 4 get in for $1.


Expert to teach fermenting

Kate McCarty, a food preservation expert with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will teach a fermentation workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Gather restaurant in Yarmouth.

The hands-on workshop will teach the basic steps of fermenting and will recommend recipes and ingredients. Everyone will go home with a jar of vegetables to ferment.

The workshop costs $15 per person. To register, call Lois Elwell at 781-6099 or go online to http://bit.ly/GzrGa0.


Oxbow, Allagash at beer dinners

The Black Birch is selling limited tickets to two upcoming Sunday Beer Dinners.

Oxbow Brewing will be featured this Sunday, and Allagash Brewing on Nov. 10.

Both dinners cost $75 per person and usually exceed five courses. Arrival is at 5 p.m., with dinner beginning by 5:45 p.m. The evening usually lasts until 9 or 9:30 p.m.

To reserve a seat at either dinner, call 703-2294.


Swap homemade food and brews

If you like making jams and pickles, or baked or brewed goods, bring your creations in swappable containers to the next Portland Food Swap on Tuesday.

The swap will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Rising Tide Brewery, 103 Fox St. Swapping will start just after 6 p.m., but come early to set up.

Be sure to label your items with the ingredients. For more information, go to facebook.com/portlandfoodswap

Otto contest seeks winning design

The Otto pizzerias are asking students to help design a new pizza box. Students from kindergarten age through the eighth grade can win their school $1,000 for art education by entering the Draw Outside of the Box contest, which runs through Dec. 18.

All entries will appear online in a Facebook photo album. The 30 designs that gather the most “likes” will move on to the next phase of the contest. There will be 30 finalists. First, second and third place will be chosen by a panel of design experts, including Scott Nash of Flat Stanley fame. The first-place winner’s design will be printed on pizza boxes to be used at Otto’s locations in New England.

The top prize also includes a pizza party for up to 30 students, a $50 Otto gift card, and an Otto T-shirt and cap. The winner’s school will receive the $1,000 check.

The second-place winner gets a pizza party, a $25 Otto gift card and a T-shirt and hat. For third place, it’s a pizza party, a $15 Otto gift card and the shirt and hat.

For contest rules and more details, go to ottopizza.wordpress.com/contest.

Art show about food opens Friday

“Vittles,” an art show featuring works celebrating food, will open Friday at the 3fish gallery at 377 Cumberland Ave.

The show will open during First Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., and feature food-centric art — a stack of whoopie pies, a plate of fish, a bunch of bell peppers — by Marciana Teegan, Rita Spinella Olsen, Michael Branca, Claudia Hughes, Christine Spinella and Daniel Simpson.

Regular hours at the gallery are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call 773-4773, or go to 3fishgallery.com

Apple samples, expertise shared

Apple expert John Bunker will share samples of more than 50 varieties of apples at a special event Oct. 11 at Rosemont Produce Co., 5 Commercial St.

The event is co-sponsored by Rabelais Books, which will have copies of Bunker’s book on sale.

For more information, call 699-4560.


Food, wine festival at Montpelier

The Knox Museum will host Taste of Thomaston, a local food and wine festival, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 12.

The tasting event will take place, rain or shine, under a heated tent on the grounds of Montpelier, the big white house just off Route 1 at the turn to Saint George in Thomaston.

Participating chefs include Melissa Kelly of Primo in Rockland; Kerry Altiero of Cafe Miranda in Rockland; Scott Yakavenko of The Slipway in Thomaston; Herbert Peters of Thomaston Cafe; and Manuel Mercier of The Youngtown Inn in Lincolnville.

Pizza, oysters, wine and other artisanal fare will be served by The Uproot Pie Co.; Glen Libby of Mid-Coast Fisherman’s Co-Op; Breakwater Vineyards; Spruce Mountain Blueberries; Hootin Gluten-Free Bakery; Andrews Brewing Co.; Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars; Coastal Farms Heiwa Tofu; The Sugar Tree and others.

The Thomaston farmers market will relocate to Montpelier for the event. Montpelier will be open for free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12, and 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14.

Admission to the festival is $10 for adults, $8 for people between the ages of 21 and 35 and seniors 62 and older, and free for museum members. For more information, call 354-8062, or email [email protected]


Frog and Turtle dinners help kids

James Tranchemontagne, chef/owner of The Frog and Turtle, is offering 18 four-course dinners for four people, with drink pairings, in his annual 4 the Kids Fundraiser.

Each four-course dinner for four costs $300 and is designed by the person who purchases it. All of the money will go to the My Place Teen Center.

Dinners can be purchased until Oct. 7. For more information, call 591-4185.


Restaurants to help land trust

Five restaurants will donate half an evening’s proceeds to the Coastal Mountains Land Trust during Place Settings Restaurant Week, Oct. 14-18. Here’s the schedule:

Oct. 14 — 3Crow in Rockland

Oct. 15 — Natalie’s at the Camden Harbour Inn, Camden

Oct. 16 — Saltwater Farm Cafe, Rockport Village

Oct. 17 — La Bella Vita Ristorante, Samoset Resort in Rockport

Oct. 18 — Fromviandoux, Camden

The proceeds will directly fund the trust’s land conservation programs. For more information, visit coastalmountains.org, or call 236-7091.

Compiled by Meredith Goad, staff writer


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