‘Cuisine de la Grandmère’ cookbook available again

The American-French Genealogical Society is again offering its popular cookbook, “Je Me Souviens La Cuisine de la Grandmère” – or “I Remember Grandmother’s Kitchen” – for the holidays.

The cookbook, now in its fifth printing, contains many family recipes for tourtières (meat pie), sugar pie, pea soup and ragout, as well as some modern recipes. Although the title is in French, the 400-plus recipes are in English. A full index to the recipes can be found at AFGS.org.

The cookbook costs $15, plus $5 for shipping and handling. For additional cookbooks, add $2 shipping and handling per book. Order by sending a check or money order to the AFGS, P.O. Box 830, Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895-0870. Order online by visiting AFGS.org and clicking on the cookbook link.


Portland Food Co-op opens, Gardiner’s reveals location

The Portland Food Co-op had a soft opening last week, and the Gardiner Food Co-op and Cafe has announced where it will be located when it opens next spring.

The Portland co-op, located at 290 Congress St., is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The staff is taking feedback from customers so they can fine-tune before the grand opening on Dec. 10.

So far the co-op has recruited more than 2,000 member-owners, but you don’t have to be a member to shop at the store.

The Gardiner Co-op, in the planning stages for three years, is closing in on 180 members and announced last week that it will be located at 269 Water St. in downtown Gardiner. The store and café will be open daily.

The Gardiner Co-op has raised more than $120,000 and needs another $45,000 to reach its goal.

For more information on the Portland Food Co-op, go to portlandfood.coop. For more information on the Gardiner co-op, go to gardinerfood.coop.

Sing hosannas to cheese at event with Alberto Aurilio

Cheese importer Alberto Aurilio, from Seacrest Foods in Lynn, Massachusetts, is teaming up with Rosemont Market Productions to host a food-and-wine event called “Praise Cheeses: Holiday Cheese Spectacular with Alberto Aurilio.”

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 at a private loft apartment in downtown Portland, and will focus on the alpine cheeses of France, Italy, Switzerland and Vermont.

Aurilio and Rosemont cheese buyer Caitlin Marshall will offer ideas for cheese-based dishes and cheese courses for the holidays.

Tickets cost $30 and are available at brownpapertickets.com.

The featured cheeses and wines will be available for special orders, with discounts offered for orders placed the evening of the event.

Brewers’ Guild announces plans for ‘beer school’

The Maine Brewers’ Guild announced Monday that it is launching a new “beer school” in 2015 with teachers from Maine’s micro-breweries. (Why wasn’t school like this when we were going?)

The school will consist of a series of small, interactive classes that will be held around the state, including Hop Knowledge, Beer Breaking Bad: Chemistry and Sensory of Off-Flavors, and The Art of Blending Barrels.

Ian McConnell, owner of Banded Horn Brewing, will invite students to his family farm in Etna to harvest spruce tips for the company’s Greenwarden beer.

And the beer school will offer field trips to Streaked Mountain in Hebron and a mountain biking excursion.

Classes will range in price from $25 to $50, and each will open for sign-ups about four weeks before its start.

Proceeds will support the activities of the Maine Brewers’ Guild.

For more information, go to mainebrewersguild.org.


Public invited to evening with chef Mary Ann Esposito

Television chef Mary Ann Esposito will make an appearance at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Star Theatre, located in the Kittery Community Center at 120 Rogers Road.

“An Evening with Mary Ann Esposito” is free and open to the public.

Esposito’s nationally televised PBS series, “Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito,” is celebrating its 25th season, making it the longest running cooking series in television history.

She has written a dozen cookbooks, most recently “Ciao Italia Family Classics,” which will be available for sale and signing at the event.

For more information, call 439-3800 or go to kittery communitycenter.org.

— Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer