This Week’s Events: Terry Thiese, Whoopie Pie Throwdown, Terra Madre

Monday — Chef Jennifer Flock is teaching an Italian cooking class tonight.

Tuesdaywine guru Terry Thiese will be in Portland for a book signing at Rabelais and a sold out dinner at Bar Lola.

WednesdayRSVP and Old Port Wine Merchants are both hosting wine tastings, Wine Wise is exploring French wines and the Food Network is airing a whoopie pie throwdown between Cranberry Island Kitchen and Bobby Flay.

Thursday — a French wine dinner is taking place at the Sea Glass restaurant in Cape Elizabeth, there will be wine tastings at Aurora Provisions and Rosemont Market, and the Great Lost Bear will showcase beer from Rising Tide.

Friday — Slow Food is holding a potluck dinner and panel discussion entitled “Bringing Home Terra Madre: A Panel Discussion on Slow Food & Maine Food”.

SaturdayRosemont Market and Black Cherry Provisions are holding a wine tastings, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Christmas Eve — I haven’t heard yet from any restaurants that are planning dinners on Christmas day but several have announced that they’ll be open Christmas Eve: El Rayo, Five Fifty-Five, The Corner Room, The Front Room, The Grill Room and Vignola. Cinque Terre is also open on Christmas Eve when they’ll be holding their annual Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner, 4-8, $65 per person.

New Year’s Eve — Bar Lola, Five Fifty-Five, Figa, Frog & Turtle and Sea Glass have all announced special events for New Year’s Eve. I’ll be adding more to the calendar as I hear of them.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

3 comments on “This Week’s Events: Terry Thiese, Whoopie Pie Throwdown, Terra Madre

  1. Novare Res will be featured on the new episode of Brewmasters on Discovery Channel this Thursday night. This event took place at Novare this summer….

    GRAIN TO GLASS
    Premieres Thursday, Dec. 9 at 8 pm E/P
    When a company approaches Sam about making a beer out of cedar scraps salvaged from their hand-made surfboards, Dogfish jumps at the chance to create their first “cedar-fied” beer. But, the team faces a major setback when 9,000 gallons of their signature beer, 120 Minute IPA, gets flagged by Quality Control.

  2. I wouldn’t mind a list of Asian restaurants that are open Christmas Day, for those of who are in town and are interested in some variation of the traditional Jewish Christmas. Thanks.

  3. El Rayo Taqueria will be open for lunch on Christmas Eve.

    Happy Hour pricing will be in effect all day (11am-9pm) on New Year’s Eve.
    $2 Sol, Dos XX, Tecate and Bohemia beer
    $5 Hornitos Reposado Margaritas
    $5 Cruzan Daiquiris
    $3 Tacos & Nachos

    Open New Year’s Day 11am-9pm featuring Huevos Rancheros & Breakfast Burritos
    in addition to our regular menu

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