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Posted Nov. 10, 2009, at 7:13 p.m.

Market your specialty — Your grandmother’s strawberry jam. Your mother’s molasses cookies. Your dad’s homemade salsa. Any amateur (or professional, for that matter) chef has something they make really well, and it’s not uncommon for thoughts of “I should market this!” to cross your mind. Budding culinary entrepreneurs will have a chance to learn the ropes of marketing food at a panel from 4 to 6 p.m. today, titled “How to Turn Your Favorite Recipe Into a Business.” The panel at the Foster Student Innovation Center at the University of Maine is free and open to the public, and features representatives from Stone Wall Kitchen, the specialty foods business based in York; food scientists Al Bushway and Beth Calder from the University of Maine; Jason Bolton, inventor of YoBons; and Ann Marie Orr, creator of Ann Marie’s Secret Sauce. For more information, call 581-1427.

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Winemaking workshop — Shawn Mercer is a musician who has played in his Boondock Blues Band in eastern Maine for several years now. He also makes small batches of wine for personal consumption, and will share the skills he has learned with interested parties this weekend. A winemaking workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Nancy Place Farm, the working farm Mercer shares with his wife, Molly, and children. Participants can learn about the equipment and basic steps involved in small-batch wine making, and a $35 registration fee Includes tasting, potluck hors d’oeuvres and a bottle to take home. To register for the class, and for directions to Nancy Place Farm, call 460-6256.

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New ownership — A favorite downtown Bangor business is now under new ownership. Bangor Wine & Cheese, which for the last 10 years has offered a fine selection of wine, beer and cheese to city gourmands, has been sold by owner Leslie Thistle to Eric and Christine Mihan. Christine is a Bangor native, and has lived with Eric Mihan in Princeton, N.J., for years. According to Thistle, Eric Mihan has an extensive wine background, and the two have long wanted to open their own shop. Purchasing Bangor Wine & Cheese allows them fulfill that wish, as well as the dream of returning to Bangor. We wish Thistle all the best in her future endeavors, and welcome the Mihans back to Bangor. Bangor Wine & Cheese will reopen on Nov. 12, and a wine tasting is scheduled for Nov. 19. Follow Bangor Wine & Cheese on Twitter at twitter.com/bangorwine.

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Attention, vegetarian and vegan readers: We want your Thanksgiving recipes. What do you do for Thanksgiving, a holiday that is extremely meatcentric? Are there any special recipes you always cook? What do your relatives say to you when you say you’ll skip the turkey, but load up on the carrots and squash? Send an e-mail to eburnham@bangordailynews.net with your recipes and stories, as well as your contact info, and we may use some of them in a story to be published just before Thanksgiving.

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