Taste of the state

Florida has key lime pie. Massachusetts, naturally, has Boston creme pie. Now, a University of Maine official wants to turn a chocolaty goodie into Maine’s official dessert. Amos Orcutt, president and CEO of the University of Maine Foundation, has asked state Rep. Emily Cain, D-Orono, to request that Gov. John Baldacci proclaim the whoopie pie as the state dessert of Maine, as well as to ask the Legislature to designate the yummy Yankee confection as the official dessert. While other states, such as New York and Pennsylvania, also make their own whoopie pies, any Mainer knows that the true home of the whoopie is right here in the 207. If you feel as passionately about the whoopie pie as we do here at the Bangor Daily News, call or write your local representative and ask them to recognize the treat as the pinnacle of Maine confectionery delights. We’ll keep you posted.

Bite into a book

It gives new meaning to the title “A Moveable Feast.” The eighth annual Books2Eat competition at Eastern Maine Community College’s Rangeley Hall, from 4 to 6 tonight, Wednesday, April 15, features an offbeat selection of edible treats inspired by books, made by local chefs, both professional and amateur. The event, including a high tea hosted by EMCC culinary arts students, is open to the public, who will be asked to vote for their favorite creations from 4 to 5 p.m. Winners will be announced at 5:15 p.m., after which the edible books will be sampled by attendees. Admission for the event is $10, $5 for students and free for children.

Bite into another book

The “Lobsters on the Fly” cookbook, compiled and edited by Monique Coombs, is finally finished and ready for purchase. Coombs, a native of Orrs Island and the wife of a lobsterman, has worked diligently on the book for the past six months, and now has a collection of delicious, Maine-made lobster recipes to spice up your dinner table. The book, which retails for $25, is available at lobstersonthefly.blogspot.com. All proceeds benefit the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, to help the industry, which has been affected greatly in recent months by a drop in market price for lobster and by the economic downturn.

A correction to last week’s Tidbits column: In the item about the sheep and goat cheese-making workshops at Appleton Creamery, an incorrect phone number was listed. To register for workshops, which will take place April 18 and 19, and April 20, 22 and 24, e-mail info@appletoncreamery.com.

Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.