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Slow Food Portland presents Writers Night 2009


On Thursday, January 29th at SPACE Gallery Slow Food Portland will be hosting our Annual Writers Night for 2009.  This year’s line-up of writers includes:   

Anne Mendelson, author of Milk, The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages.  Mendelson is a contributing editor at Gourmet Magazine and has written for the New York Times and Saveur.  She is also the author of Stand Facing The Stove, a history of The Joy of Cooking and it’s authors.  

Nancy Carlisle, co-author of America’s Kitchens, an illustrated history of that beloved room. Carlisle, a graduate of Bates College, is a curator at Historic New England, the most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the country.  

Sam Hayward, chef and co-owner of Fore Street restaurant. The James Beard Award-winning chef who barely needs introduction will read from his story Island Sheep, published in The Art of Eating in the Fall of ‘08. 


Renier Nieuwkerk, Owner & Captain of the F/V Hannah-Jo of Kennebunk will read from his segment of Sharing The Ocean, Stories of Science, Politics and Ownership from America’s Oldest Industry, a new book from The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.  

And in a first for the Writers’ Night, Russell Libby, the Executive Director of MOFGA, will read some farm poetry from his new book Balance, A Late Pastoral.  

As in years past, there will be sample tastes from Maine’s soil and sea contributed by local cooks, this year including seafood from the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and Mead from the Maine Mead Works. Books from all the authors will be available for purchase and signing at the event.   

The evening will begin at 6:30, doors will open at 6:00, at Space Gallery, 538 Congress Street in Portland. Tickets are $25, $20 for Slow Food members, and will be available at the door, or in advance at SPACE, 207 828 5600. For more information contact Don or Samantha Lindgren at 774 1044 or SPACE Gallery at  


Book Group Selection: The Fly Truffler

A bit tardy in posting, forgive us, but the group has chosen the Gustaf Sobin title, The Fly Truffler for it’s next read. This time we are reading fiction with the truffling traditions of Provence as the background.

The book is available now at Rabelais for $12, with a 10% discount for Slow Food members.

The next meeting to discuss The Fly Truffler will be on Wednesday, January 7th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Rabelais, 86 Middle Street.


Molecular Gastronomy – the next Slow Food Book Group selection.

The selection for the next Slow Food Portland Book Group is Molecular Gastronomy by Herve This. This is a French biochemist, who has worked for many years alongside Michelin Three-Star chef Pierre Gagnaire. In Molecular Gastronomy, This presents one hundred short chapters, each on a different aspect of food science. He includes not only what happens in the processes of cooking and baking, but what is going on in the mouth and in the brain when one is tasting and eating food. If Harold McGee’s food science classic, On Food and Cooking, sits on your shelf, or even if you’re just interested in what exactly happens to make food taste so good, this is a great book for you. The book also addresses some of the modern techniques embraced by the world’s greatest chefs, so if you are curious about these techniques and want to get a better sense of what Rob Evans, Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz,
Ferran Adria, and Wylie Dufresne are all about, read the book and come join us!

The book is now available in paperback; the price is $16.95. Book group members receive a 10% discount off the purchase. We will meet to discuss this book on Monday, November 17th from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.


Gary Paul Nabhan Speaks in Portland 9/19

Nabhan coverSlow Food Portland and Rabelais Books present an evening with author, food and farming advocate, conservationist and folklorist Gary Paul Nabhan. Gary’s books include Coming Home to Eat, Renewing America’s Food TraditionsSaving and Savoring the Continent’s Most Endangered Foods, and the forthcoming Where Our Food Comes From -Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine. The event will be held at Space Gallery, Friday, September 19th, at 7pm. $5 admission.Space Gallery is located at 538 Congress Street, Portland, ME. More information to come soon.


Dr. Roberto Rubino at Nezinscot Farm 9/14

This Sunday, 9/14 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Dr. Roberto Rubino, Slow Food Italy member and renowned cheese maker will be visiting Nezinscot Farm in Turner for a Slow Food Portland gathering.Come sip wine and nibble on some of Maine’s best artisanal cheeses with the authority on Italian traditional cheesemaking and grass farming If you’ve got questions about making cheese this is an amazing opportunity to speak with a master.Celebrating the English version of his book Cheesemaking: A D.I.Y. Manual and Guide to Making Wonderful Cheeses at Home (translated from the Italian Formaggio Fai Da Te) the day before at Pinelands, this is an opportunity to meet & greet the Slow Food way … on Gregg & Gloria Varney’s stunning farm with a glass of wine in hand.Slow Food Portland is thrilled that ItalTrade Partners (through Constance Wark) was able to convince Roberto to extend his stay so that we could invite our Slow Food community to sit & visit with him in this informal manner.The event is free and the Varneys are looking forward to our visit.Directions:From Auburn:Go North on Route 117 from Route 4 for 1 mile. Nezinscot is the first farm you come to and has a white barn with red trim on the right and a house and store on the left. It’s midway between Turner Center and Turner Village.From Augusta:take 133 into Wayne, 219 to N. Turner, 117 south for 7 or 8 miles. The farm will be on the top of the hill.


Next Slow Food Book Group Selection

The next meeting of the Slow Food Book Group has been re-scheduled due to a cooking conflict. So we will meet on Thursday September 3 from 6 to 7:30pm.

The title we are reading this go around is Little Heathens, Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. It’s a fantastic read, so pick up your copy today, there’s still time to read it.

The meetings are held at Rabelais Books – 86 Middle Street, Portland, and are open to all. Slow Food members receive a 10% discount on the Book Group selection.


Fiddlefest 2008!

Sunday June 1st from 4 – 7, SFP will be holding our 4th annual celebration of spring, Fiddlefest! 


Local chefs will be presenting tastes of spring foods including the eponymous fiddlehead fern. We will also be holding a mead tasting that will include Fiddler’s Reach Merrymeeting Mead and Shalom Orchard mead. Poor Valley Salvation Society will be performing LIVE from 5 – 7 for our entertainment. If you haven’t heard them yet, they are a fun rockabilly, gospel, old-timey ensemble. Kid’s activities will be held throughout the event. Peak Organic Ales is a sponsor of the event this year. There will be a cash bar with hand-chosen wines in addition to Peak Organic Ales.The event is being held at the Dining Hall at SMCC in South Portland, overlooking the ocean.

    Tickets are 20/15/5 (adults/members/kids) and are available at the door or in advance at Rosemont Market, Standard Baking, Aurora Provisions or Rabelais Books. Hope to see you there!


Next Slow Food Book Group Meeting

Hey All,

Just a heads up that the next meeting of the book group will be Wednesday, May 14th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Rabelais, 86 Middle Street.  This month we are reading The Warmest Room in the House, How the Kitchen Became the Heart of the Twentieth Century American Home by Steven Gdula.   There will be a special treat this month as just a couple days after we have our meeting to discuss our ideas about the book, Gdula will be coming to Rabelais to speak and sign copies of the book.  So we will all have a chance to speak directly with the author while the book is fresh in our minds. Slow Food Members get a 10% discount on the book at Rabelais.

Please remember that the book group is open to any and all, the conversations are lively and spirited, the company engaged and the book selections thoroughly democratic.  Our next read will be In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.  The meeting for that discussion will be set at this next gathering. 

If you are mulling over joining, dive in, the water’s fine!


CSA Fair – Sun February 10, 1-4pm

csa08-posterv2.jpgSlow Food Portland is very pleased to cosponsor a gathering of CSA farmers this Sunday, with the Maine Council of Churches and MOFGA. Last year the event was a tremendous success, drawing in over 350 people to meet local farmers. This year, thanks to the hard work of organizers from SFP, Mofga and MCC, the event will grow much larger. We have nearly fifty farmers lined up this Sunday, at 4 locations around the state! Here are the details:

Portland: 1st Parish Church of Portland, 425 Congress Street
Hallowell: St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 18 Union Street
Auburn: St. Michael’s Episcopal Parish, 78 Pleasant Street
Bangor: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex Street

All events will run from 1-4 pm this Sunday, February 10. Admission is free. Directions are online at the MOFGA website.

Hope to see you all Sunday!


Writer’s Night Jan. 24


The Slow Food Portland Writers’ Night

Thursday, January 24th, 2008 6:30pm
SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress Street, Portland Maine

Tickets, $25, $20 to Slow Food members
Tickets available at the door, and in advance at Aurora Provisions, Rosemont Market, and Rabelais Books, and online from SPACE Gallery.

Thursday, January 24th, join Slow Food Portland as they gather at SPACE Gallery for the Annual Slow Food Portland Writers’ Night. Hear writers from Maine and beyond as they read from their works, and sample tastes from Maine’s soil and sea, with an array of cheeses and hors d’oeuvres inspired by our guest writers. This year’s line-up of includes:

Margaret Hathaway is a founding member of the Slow Food Portland convivium, and author of The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles in Search of the Perfect Cheese.

Culinary historian Sandy Oliver is editor and publisher of Food History News, and author of Saltwater Foodways, winner of the 1996 Jane Grigson Award for Scholarship of the Julia Child Cookbook Awards (now the IACP Awards).

James Peterson is the author of twelve books on cooking, technique and wine, including Sauces, Splendid Soups, Fish & Shellfish and his newest book, Cooking. He is the winner of two James Beard Foundation Awards, and one IACP Cookbook Award, and has been additionally nominated for three James Beard Foundation or IACP awards.

Melissa Pasanen & Rick Gencarelli are the authors of Cooking with Shelburne Farms: Food & Stories from Vermont. Shelburne Farms is a 1,400 acre working farm and National Historic Landmark with its restaurant dedicated to local and seasonal foods.



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