Monday — Chef Jennifer Flock is teaching an Italian cooking class tonight.
Tuesday — wine guru Terry Thiese will be in Portland for a book signing at Rabelais and a sold out dinner at Bar Lola.
Wednesday — RSVP 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”.
Saturday — Rosemont 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.
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.