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.

FAME Approves Financing for Old Town Bakery

The Board of Directors of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) today approved low-cost financing for an historic Old Town bakery to help it modernize, expand, and preserve Maine jobs.  FAME also authorized the issuance of bonds to help Berwick Academy finance the costs of building construction, and adopted various new program rules.

Approved for low-cost financing through the Recovery Zone Facility Bond Program was LaBree’s Bakery of Old Town.  LaBree’s is a family-owned business with roots in the community dating to 1948.  The company was approved for a bond allocation in the amount of $5,550,000 for the expansion of a building and the purchase of manufacturing equipment used in its baking processes.  Bangor Savings Bank will provide financing for the project.  The project does not carry any liability or credit enhancement on the part of FAME or the state. 

FAME Board Chair Glenn Lamarr stated:  “FAME is pleased to assist LaBree’s

Maine Children's Home Lobster Lunch Raises over $2,400 for Christmas Program

The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers, the nonprofit agency that operates the state's longest-running adoption program announced that it raised $2,403 as part of their annual Lobster Roll fundraiser on October 15. The event was generously supported by a major donation of 100 pounds of lobster meat from the Cozy Harbor Seafood Company in Portland.

To raise money from the Lobster Roll lunch fundraiser, Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers' employees and volunteers pre-sold the lobster rolls to local businesses and organizations in the greater Waterville area at $10 each with 100 percent of the proceeds going to help fund the agency's Christmas Program.
The Christmas Program distributes boxes of gifts and clothing to approximately 1,600 financially disadvantaged children throughout the state.