It may be the most important day of the year — that is, if you’re Homer Simpson. This Friday, June 4, is National Doughnut Day. To observe this most auspicious of food holidays, why not visit one of the places that’s celebrating the day? All day on Saturday, June 5, at Farmer’s Fare in Rockport, Tracy Bakery of Belfast will serve old-fashioned doughnuts, including plain buttermilk, raised glazed, jam-filled and cream-filled. National Doughnut Day also will be celebrated by The Salvation Army, which invented the day back in 1938 to honor Army women who served the treat to soldiers. The Lewiston Salvation Army will serve doughnuts at 11 a.m. Friday at Kennedy Park. Finally, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer one free doughnut to customers on Friday, with the purchase of a coffee or tea. And don’t forget to check your local bakery to see if it is celebrating National Doughnut Day.
Dolcelino sounds like a name you’d give your sweetie. Instead of honey or darling, call them your little Dolcelino. In truth, it’s actually the name of something equally sweet — an ice cream sandwich made by Swan’s Way of Camden, a catering company that, for the past 30 years, has made fine meals for parties from all over the state. Dolcelinos come in four flavors. There’s Coco-Aztec, featuring a chili chocolate cookie with vanilla ice cream; Ginger-Lemon, showcasing a ginger cookie and lemon ice cream; Coco-Chocolat, a chocolate-on-chocolate sandwich; and Coco-Coffee, a chocolate cookie with coffee ice cream. Last summer, the company sold 7,000 of the iced confections. Whatever your flavor preference, it’s a taste sensation. Southern Mainers and those heading south can try Dolcelinos for free at Whole Foods Market from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and at the Portland Museum of Art from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3. Dolcelinos are available in numerous spots around the state, including the Belfast Co-op, the Blue Hill Co-op, French & Brawn and Megunticook Market in Camden, Dot’s at Lincolnville Beach and at Farmer’s Fare and the Market Basket in Rockport. For more information, visit www.dolcelinos.com.
We spoke too soon in last week’s column. The Whig & Courier, a bar and restaurant in downtown Bangor for the past 26 years, is not closing its doors after all. Last-minute negotiations resulted in the business being able to stay open despite a message posted at www.whigandcourier.com stating it was set to close May 29. Fear not, Bangorians: You can still get criss-cut fries, a mean burger and a pint of Guinness for dinner most nights of the week.
Attention grill masters of Maine: We need your help. For a coming story, we’re looking for your stories and recipes on unusual grilling fare or techniques. Sure, everybody loves steaks, burgers and ribs, but what else are you putting on the flame? What are you doing to make it special or different? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas, as well as your name, hometown and phone number.