Taste of the Nation takes on childhood hunger

The state’s largest fundraiser to fight childhood hunger will be held Sunday under a tented pavilion at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth.

Top chefs from all over Maine will be cooking for Share Our Strength’s 9th annual Taste of the Nation dinner overlooking Portland Head Light and Casco Bay. The dinner includes an open bar featuring premium wines, local craft beers and cocktails prepared especially for the event by local mixologists. There also will be a DJ, dancing and live and silent auctions.

Last year’s event raised more than $170,000 for local anti-hunger groups. This year, any funds raised will go to Opportunity Alliance, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Cultivating Community and Preble Street Teen Center, and to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.

The main event begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. General admission is $125. VIP tickets include a reception that starts at 3 p.m., and cost $200 each.

To purchase a ticket, go to


Petite Jacqueline co-hosts winemaking documentary

Petite Jacqueline is co-hosting a screening of “A Year in Burgundy” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Patriot Cinemas Nickelodeon, 1 Temple St.

The documentary follows winemakers in the French region over a year.

After the show, Petite Jacqueline will offer a glass of burgundy and an appetizer for $15 at the restaurant, located at 190 State St.

Film tickets are $10. For more information, go to

Chebeague Chebang means family-fun Fourth

Looking for something different to do on the Fourth of July? The Chebeague Island Inn will host its fourth annual Chebeague Chebang from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The family-friendly celebration includes live music, food trucks, fireworks, yard games, a dunk tank and face painting. An island art fair will showcase work by local artists and island-made products.

The menu will feature picnic-style food – hamburgers, lobster rolls, hot dogs and other casual fare. Wine, beer and mixed drinks will be available, as well as soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages.

The evening ends with fireworks, shot from an offshore barge in Casco Bay. The pyrotechnics provider will be Atlas PyroVision Productions, which also does fireworks for the Boston Red Sox.

The inn has teamed up with Casco Bay Lines to offer complimentary charter service that day to and from Portland. The charter ferry will leave at 2:15 p.m. for Chebeague Island and depart for Portland after the fireworks show at 10 p.m.

For other transportation options, and information about overnight accommodations, go to

Tickets for the Chebeague Chebang are $30 per person, with no charge for children under 10 years old.

To purchase tickets, visit or call the inn at 846-5155.

Proceeds will be donated to the Chebeague Recreation Center, a year-round community center.

Chebeague Inn, Allagash pair up for special dinner

On Thursday, the Chebeague Island Inn will co-host a beer dinner with Allagash Brewing Co. at 6 p.m.

The inn’s executive chef, Brandon Hicks, will prepare a five-course dinner featuring items that are not on the inn’s regular menu, paired with seasonal and vintage beer selections from Allagash.

The courses will include a Belon oyster served with an Allagash White sorbet; foie gras torchon served with housemade brioche, sweet potato preserves and pickled blueberries paired with an FV-13 aged sour beer; Maine diver scallops and pork belly with cocoa and banana sunchoke puree, paired with Allagash Tripel; charcoal-grilled lamb ribs served with fiddlehead fern salsa verde and paired with Allagash Saison; and a passion fruit mousse parfait with white chocolate, almond dacquoise and passion fruit sorbet, paired with a golden ale.

The cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Call 846-5155 for reservations. Seating is limited.

Vive la France party at Petite Jacqueline

Celebrate Bastille Day from 2 to 8 p.m. July 13 at Petite Jacqueline, 190 State St., Portland.

The cocktail-style event will feature regional food stations, wine and cocktails, games, festive music and decorations.

Tickets are $20 and include all-you-can-eat food and one cocktail. The raw bar is additional.