Tidbits: Raise glass … and funds

Posted June 16, 2009, at 6:51 p.m.

Tickets are still available for Thursday’s wine, food and art extravaganza, “Pop the Cork!” a fundraiser for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, sponsored by Cellardoor Winery. Starting at 5:30 p.m. June 18, the Rockport waterfront will feature art, music and a selection of local foods paired with Cellardoor’s locally made wines. CMCA will present its new exhibit, “YOU ARE HERE: Linden Frederick, Studies and Paintings,” which celebrates Frederick, a longtime Maine resident and nationally renowned realist painter. Cellardoor will offer its first “artist’s series” wine, a red that will feature a painting by Frederick on the label. Tickets for the event are $75, and include dinner, wine, music and admission to all other associated events. For details, call 236-2654.

Class is cooking

Also in Rockport, a class on cooking and eating local will make the “slow” in “slow food” seem like a misnomer. “Eating For Life: Delish, Nutrish and Under 30 Minutes” is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. June 20, at the Lily Pond House, brings together fresh new recipes, organic local ingredients and a fun, experiential group setting. The class is taught by Gretchen Heilman, a holistic health counselor, clinical herbalist and founder of Alive and Awake Healing Arts, who specializes in making healthful, seasonal and above all delicious foods. This class is part of the summer course schedule of the Total Health Alliance, a Maine-based not-for-profit organization that invites the medical community, wellness community and complementary practitioners to participate in classes and workshops. For complete information on this class and others, visit www.totalhealthalliance.net. The program fee is $35 if registered by June 18, and $45 thereafter. Call 236-2112. Lily Pond House is located at 120 Union St., Rockport.

Eatery scenery

A few new restaurant openings to report: The Home Kitchen Cafe, located at Main and Cottage streets in Rockland, features a dizzying array of breakfast and lunch options, with rave reviews being given to the huevos rancheros, the pecan sticky buns and an astounding selection of burger options, from beef to turkey to terrapin. Yes, you read that right, terrapin, as in turtle. In other news, Bangor hops on board the tapas wagon, with the apparently imminent opening of L’Aperitif, Tapas Restaurant & Eurolounge at 193 Broad St. in downtown Bangor, where Opus Restaurant used to be. No word yet on an opening date, but the place is hiring all staff positions. If I can get good tapas and a nice cocktail in Bangor, I’ll be a happy lady.

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