J.R. Maxwell & Co. in Bath is now developing its menu for Maine Restaurant Week, slated for March 1-12.  Sande Updegraph / For The Forecaster

The format will be a bit different Maine Restaurant Week, being held this year from March 1-12, but as always the unique menus will be something special. Restaurants will offer special items along with their familiar menus and patrons will be able to safely dine in, dine outside in heated areas or take out complete meals. At this writing, 37 restaurants from Ogunquit to Camden are participating and more are signing up each day. In the southern Midcoast, J.R. Maxwell & Co. in Bath is now developing its menu. Gather, in Yarmouth, will be offering a three-course, Italian-inspired menu for two at $46. Cocktails are additional. The dinner includes Classic Caesar Salad, Maine Beef Bolognese or Vegetarian Risotto, and Tiramisu. Reservations at 847-3250.

Sande Updegraph lives in Brunswick and is a longtime food writer. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Bath Farmers Market, located in the Freight Shed at 27 Commercial St., has been very successful with its online store. These vendors offer the option: Alchimia, Big Barn Coffee, Chase Farm Bakery, Goranson Farm, Hootenanny, Mana Medicinals, Old Narrow Gauge Farm and Oyster Creek Mushroom Co. Go to bathfarmersmarket.com to preorder and items will be ready for pickup at the new window at the north end of the shed from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Access the vendors’ websites from the farmers market site for all ordering details. Many vendors also have onsite shopping as well.

Seacoast Tours of Freeport conducts oyster farm tours of Casco Bay May through Oct. 15. The tours include a sampling from one of the farms on the bay, a glass of wine or local craft brew and a discussion of oysters and their contribution to the mitigation of climate change. Tours are 5:30-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $58/adult at seaacoasttoursme.com.

Thoroughfare, the takeout arm of the Garrison in Yarmouth, opened Feb. 10 at 367 Main St., Yarmouth. They serve an enticing array of breakfast sandwiches, burgers, fries and milkshakes. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Order at the takeout window at the restaurant. Online ordering coming soon.

Portland Wine Week, June 14-20, has just been announced. It is a weeklong celebration of wine and food events throughout the city (following CDC safety guidelines). Details are unfolding at portlandwineweek.me.

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