Bob Bowman at Simone's Restaurant - Ellsworth

Bob Bowman at Simone's Restaurant - Ellsworth

Thursday, April 28, 2011 6:00 PM at Simone's Restaurant in Ellsworth, Maine (

Maine Inns Raise Funds for Habitat for Humanity sends its support to Maine Bed and Breakfasts involved in the “Hospitality for Habitat” Charity Event

New York, Mar. 30 – Beginning April 25, 2011 and ending May 27, 2011, bed and breakfasts and inns in Maine will be participating in a special charity event benefitting Habitat for Humanity., a top ranked bed and breakfast online directory, supports these inns and the work they are doing.

The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) has announced the 8th Annual Hospitality for Humanity program, a fund-raising event that benefits local chapters of Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Maine Town Passes Landmark Local Food Ordinance

Sedgwick becomes first town in Maine to adopt protections

SEDGWICK, MAINE - On Saturday, March 5, residents of a small coastal town in Maine voted unanimously to adopt the Local Food and Self-Governance Ordinance, setting a precedent for other towns looking to preserve small-scale farming and food processing. Sedgwick, located on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Western Hancock County, became the first town in Maine, and perhaps the nation, to exempt direct farm sales from state and federal licensing and inspection. The ordinance also exempts foods made in the home kitchen, similar to the Michigan Cottage Food Law passed last year, but without caps on gross sales or restrictions on types of exempt foods.

Local farmer Bob St.Peter noted the importance of this ordinance for beginning farmers and cottage producers.

“I’d like the Dine Around Special, Please!”

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with thirty local eateries to bring you the 2nd Annual Dine Around for the entire month of March.
“It is our local spin on the food week concepts that originated in New York City in the early nineties. The concept caught on in Maine in 2009. Restaurant weeks are a great way to showcase a large sector of our membership. In the Ellsworth Area we have so many great options, a week is not enough!” – Phyllis Young, Assistant Director, Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.
March can be a long month here in Downeast Maine our area restaurants are rolling out the red carpet with “Dine Around” specials. The offers are diverse and include a baker’s dozen of fresh rolls to take home, daily specials, new menu options specially created for ‘Dine Around’, ‘buy one get one’ specials and prix fixe dinners sure to please.

Maine Restaurant Week kicks off with the 2011 Signature Event

PORTLAND, Maine – Expanding on last year’s legendary cocktail competition, the March 2011 Maine Restaurant Week kick-off Signature Event introduces a two-pronged dessert competition. Taking place on February 28 at the Masonic Temple in Portland from 5-8 pm, the Signature Event celebrates the priceless individuality behind Maine’s cocktail shakers and sugar shacks.

Cookies challenge cakes and cupcakes take on truffles in the “How Sweet It Is” portion of the competition, but only one can win. Guests at The Signature Event have the final say in this people’s choice face-off.

More Than Just Dinner’s on the Docket at Maine Restaurant Week 2011

PORTLAND, Maine — Restaurants across the state are gearing up for the third annual Maine Restaurant Week, taking place March 1-12. Restaurants around Maine will participate in the event by featuring special three-course dinners ranging in price from $20-$40. Some restaurants will also offer three-course prix-fixe lunches from $15.

Restaurant Week celebrates the vibrancy and richness of Maine’s culinary traditions while giving restaurants a much-needed boost during the slowest time of the year.

More than seventy restaurants are already registered for the March 2011 Maine Restaurant Week, from Eliot to Bangor to Rockland. A list of participating restaurants and featured menus is available on

Kicking off Maine Restaurant Week is The Signature Event™, on Monday February 28 at the Masonic Temple in Portland.

Book Signing

Book Signing

Please join us for a book signing and sampling of treats from the collection of cookbooks by Elinor Kilvens on Saturday December 18th from 2-4pm at the good table, 68 Main Street, Belfast, ME.