Potluck & Meeting Nov. 14

We will be having a Slow Food Portland potluck and meeting on Sunday Nov. 14, from 5-7pm at Local Sprouts Cooperative Cafe at 649 Congress Street. Jonah Fertig from Local Sprouts will give a brief presentation about the cooperative and what they are doing to support and promote local food in Portland. We’ll also begin looking to 2011 and discussing what role Slow Food Portland as an organization can and should play in Maine’s sustainable food landscape. Local Sprouts has a great little kids area, so feel free to come with the next generation of foodies!

Hope to see you there!


Soil to Supper at Rippling Waters Organic Farm!

Sunday, September 12th, come celebrate the harvest at non-profit Rippling Waters Organic Farm with live music, farm tours, & a sustainable supper! Meet farm staff & our many volunteers, CSA members, & friends who have helped Rippling Waters’ efforts to increase local food security through education, action, & service. The afternoon lasts from 2-7 p.m. (rain or shine) with supper starting at 4 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Please contact education.ripplingwaters@gmail.com or call (207) 642-5161 for more information. Co-sponsored by Slow Food Portland & Saco Valley Food Connections. 55 River Road, Steep Falls, ME 04085.


Slow Food at the Portland Museum – Update

Here are a few highlights of next Thursday’s pairing of Slow Food Portland with the Portland Museum of Art:- Chef Sebastian Carosi of New England Farm 2 Fork Project paired with Edward Weston’s ‘Pepper’
- Cellardoor Winery paired with Walt Kuhn’s ‘Dancing Pears’
- Aurora Provisions and guest artist Lisa Pixley paired w…ith Biltius’s ‘The Hague’
- Stacy Glassman of Swan’s Way Catering and Dolcelinos paired with Therman Statom’s ‘The Chair’
- Maine Cheese Guild & Margaret Hathaway Schatz paired with Marc Chagall’s ‘Anniversary Flowers’
- Stephanie Pilk of Flora Home paired with Max Beckmann’s ‘Still LIfe with Blue Iris’
- Dean’s Sweets paired with Christiaen Striep’s ‘Still Life with Peeled Lemon and an Apricot’
other participants include Maine Mead Works and Fiachre, Maine Beer Company, Hugo’s, and more …. Hope to see you there!


Congresswoman Chellie Pingree on School Nutrition

This Tuesday at 9 am I’ll be hosting a forum on children’s nutrition in schools. I’ll be joined by Kevin Concannon, United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumers (and a Mainer, I might add). I’m taking questions and comments from the public — that’s you! I’ll also be live-streaming the event on my website, and I’m hoping you’ll tune in to watch.

To watch the live stream, go to http://pingree.house.gov/live at 9 am on Tuesday, June 1st.

The Child Nutrition Re-authorization Act — which is responsible for school lunches and many other important programs — will be coming up for a vote in Congress this year. This program started in 1966 and has played a vital role in helping to make sure all children are fed and healthy.

The forum will be held at Bonny Eagle Middle School, from 9:00 – 10:30 am, and will include leaders in Maine’s education and nutrition efforts — from teachers and daycare providers to state agencies and advocates. The panel will be testifying to Under Secretary Concannon about what they would like to see in the next version of this program. This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight Maine’s effective children’s nutrition programs and identify the changes to the federal program that would benefit Maine.

I would love to hear from you. If you have a comment or question you’d like to add to the testimony to Under Secretary Concannon, please email it to me at pingree.questions@mail.house.gov! I will be selecting a handful of questions and will present them to him at the forum and the rest will be answered individually. Be sure to include your full name, address and best contact number in case we have questions for you, and please send your question by noon on Monday, May 31st.

I also hope you’ll tune in to watch the forum online. It will be live from 9:00 to 10:30 am on my website, or you can replay it later at your convenience.



Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
1st Congressional District, Maine


Home Cheesemaking Workshop at Ten Apple Farm

There are still a few places available for this weekend’s home cheese making workshops at Ten Apple Farm in Gray. Join Karl and Margaret and the goats!  Click here for more info.


A Slow Food Evening at the Portland Museum of Art

n107314215974341_81451.jpg Thursday, June 3rd (6:30-8:30pm), join the Portland Museum of Art and Slow Food Portland for this evening of beautiful art and bountiful delectables. Take a long, slow look at the exquisite still-life paintings in Objects of Wonder, and savor samples of the best Maine has to offer in locally grown food. Guest speaker Nancy Harmon Jenkins is a nationally known food writer and historian who resides in Italy and Maine. She is an expert in sustainable agriculture and farm-to-market connections and will talk about Maine’s bounty. Enjoy an evening with friends and meet new people who share your interest in promoting Maine-grown food.Tickets are $25 / $20 for Museum Members, and are available from the Museum.


The Menu for SFP Writers Night, 3/10/10

If this doesn’t tempt you to come on Wednesday, I don’t know what will.  This menu is making our mouths water….

10 MARCH 2010

Chicken marinated in a yogurt based sauce, grilled and skewered

Wild mushrooms from Greg Marley baked in phyllo dough

Tomato based sauce with Indian spices, Maine shrimp,
Served on top of a small blini with corn and scallion

Brazilian style ground beef stuffed in tomatoes

New Hampshire Goat Cheese, wild Maine honey from Harecrest Acres

Black Oxford apples from John Bunker, phyllo dough
Brazilian chocolates:  some rolled in coconut flakes, sea salt


The Fifth Annual, Slow Food Portland Writer’s Night!

2010 Slow Food Portland Writers NightMarch 10, 2010, SPACE Gallery,538 Congress Street, Portland, ME.The doors will open at 6:00, the speakers will start at 6:30.  Food starts at 6:00. Tickets are $25, $20 for Slow Food members and are available online at SPACE Gallery, and at Rabelais, Aurora Provisions and Rosemont Markets.  For more information contact Rabelais at 774-1044.Breaking with tradition, Slow Food Portland moves its Writers Night from January to March to coincide with Maine Restaurant Week.  Writers Night is an evening filled with delicious local foods and engaging readings from authors near and far.  This year the subjects covered will range from apples to mushrooms, with a trip through American moonshining, landing in Hardwick, Vermont, a town saved by the food business.As in years past there will be a variety of tasty food offerings – the best Maine has to offer from land to sea. This year the menu will highlight ingredients discussed by the speakers.  After the program, all authors will be on hand to sign copies of their books, which will be for sale at the event.  Below is a list of the authors and their books.


Max Watman, author of Chasing The White Dog, 

An Amateur Outlaw’s Adventures in Moonshine. Simon & Schuster.Journalist Watman traces the historical roots and contemporary story of hooch, from George Washington to NASCAR.  Along the journey he chronicles his own attempts to distill, discussing ingredients, techniques, and the trials and tribulations of the process. He crisscrosses the country uncovering craft distilleries and the people who are driven to make moonshine. The impact underground alcohol has had on our economy and the political system is laid out for the reader.  Watman was awarded a literary fellowship in 2008 from the National Endowment for the Arts.  His first book, on horse racing, is titled Race Day and was an editor’s choice in the New York Times Book Review.


Ben Hewitt, author of The Town That Food Saved, How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food.Rodale Books.Hardwick, Vermont was labeled “one of the most important food towns in America” by Gourmet Magazine.  In his brand new book, Hewitt chronicles how the home of Jasper Hill Farm, High Mowing Seeds, Vermont Soy, Claire’s Restaurant & Bar and a host of other quality food producers, went from an unemployment rate 30% higher than the rest of the state, to the foodie capital of Vermont. Hewitt is a journalist and a farmer who lives with his family on a diversified 40 acre farm where they produce vegetables, berries, beef, lamb, pork and dairy.


John Bunker, author of Not Farm From the Tree, A Brief History of the Apples and the Orchards of Palermo, 1804-2004.Not Far From the Tree documents Bunker’s years studying the apples and the farmers who raise them in his home town of Palermo, Maine. The book includes maps of orchards and detailed diagrams of the many historical varieties that still grow in Maine.John Bunker is Maine’s resident pomological expert, head of Fedco Trees, orchardist at Super Chilly Farm and creator of the Out On A Limb Apple CSA (the first rare apple CSA in America!).  Most anyone who has attended the MOFGA Common Ground fair has had a glimpse of John and his remarkable apple display.


Greg Marley, author of Mushrooms for Health, Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi,and the forthcomingChanterelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares.Down East Books.Mushrooming has become even more popular in recent years.  Marley covers the health benefits of Northeastern fungi. He details where to find them, and how to pick and prepare them.  Marley publishes an internet newsletter called Coastal Maine Mushrooming, and collects and cultivates mushrooms for local chefs.  He also consults for the Northern New England Poison Control Center and various local hospitals.


A Discussion with Kenneth Helphand, author of Defiant Gardens, Making Gardens in Wartime

 Slow Food Portland, Whitney Art Works and Creative Material Group present:  Kenneth Helphand, author of Defiant Gardens, Making Gardens in Wartime. A reading and booksigning.On Saturday, January 30th at 8:15 pm, author Kenneth Helphand will give a 30 minute presentation, reading and book signing for his book Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens In Wartime, at Whitney Art Works, 492 Congress Street.  Helphand remarks that even in the midst of war one can still find gardens: defiant gardens. Illustrated with ninety-five photographs of gardens from such locations as the trenches of the First World War,  the internment camps of the Second World War, and the Gulf Wars.

This fascinating book documents the triumph of the gardening spirit over the horrors of war.Defiant Gardens was named one of the New Statesman ‘Books of the Year’ for 2007, received an American Horticultural Society book award and the John Brinkerhoff Jackson Book Prize.

There will be 20 seats available and a $5 donation will be requested.  For more details go to the Whitney Art Works website.



A Ten Apple Farm Pruning Workshop

Our friends Karl Schatz and Margaret Hathaway, of Ten Apple Farm in Gray, are hosting an apple tree pruning workshop at the farm this Sunday, January 24, from 1-4pm, which they’re doing in conjunction with the Lakes Region Permaculture group. Dave Homa, who has pruned trees professionally, will be showing us how to prune our apple trees while they are in their winter dormancy in order to improve their ongoing health and productivity. The event will include discussion of techniques, common mistakes and suggested tools. Handouts will be provided. The session is expected to run about 3 hours, including an hour outside pruning (so dress warm and in layers), and will be followed by the sharing of a potluck meal (please bring a dish to share). There is a $5 fee that covers the Permaculture group’s Meetup costs. Bring pruners or loppers if you have them. There is a limit of 15 people, and there are 7 spots still available. Email or call if interested or if you have any questions.

What: Winter Tree Pruning Workshop

When: January 24, 1-4pm

Where:  Ten Apple Farm

241 Yarmouth Road

Gray, Maine



Cost: $5

Bring: Potluck dish to share, pruners or loppers if you have them.



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