Chinese New Year is one of the biggest parties in the world, and you can celebrate the Year of the Tiger this week by heading over to Oriental Jade. The festivities began on Feb. 15, and will last through Sunday, Feb. 21. The Chinese New Year celebration will include Chinese music, Chinese calligraphy, a traditional tea ceremony, noodle-making demonstrations, children’s entertainment, a traditional lion dance and drums, Qigong demonstrations and, of course, Chinese food. All of the entertainment will be provided at no extra cost. Those interested should check Oriental Jade’s Web site at for a more updated schedule of festivities.

Bangor Lunch Mob enters into its fourth week this week. The revival of the popular Bangor-centric food club for 2010 means that area diners get yet another chance to sample some of the many fantastic eateries in town. Targeted businesses thus far have included Montes International Catering on Columbia Street, Central Street Cafe and Wo’s Barbecue, the new establishment on Center Street. To get updates on where and when the Mob will be meeting each week, look up Bangor Lunch Mob on either Twitter or Facebook. Happy eating!

Another season, another reason for makin’ whoopie. Whoopie pies, that is; that irresistible Maine confection we all know and love. Amos Orcutt, president of the University of Maine Foundation, has made it one of his top priorities to ensure that the cream-filled chocolate pie is given its just desserts. Orcutt next week will meet with Governor Baldacci’s deputy chief of staff to complete the request to proclaim the whoopie pie as Maine’s official dessert. The request also asks that the fourth Saturday in June be recognized as Whoopie Pie Day, to coincide with the Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover Foxcroft. Additionally, the Ashland High School Youth for Government will be submitting a bill to name the whoopie pie Maine’s official dessert. They will go to Augusta to present the bill before the Legislature on March 5. If you’re interested in helping make sure the whoopie pie is officially recognized, give Orcutt a call at 581-5100.

Brides-to-be and their friends and family can enjoy a lower-key event designed especially for them next weekend with Pairings in Winterport’s first-ever Evening for Brides. The event, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, will showcase local food and vendors, as well as Winterport Winery’s signature wines. The cost is $15 per person, and there will be door prizes. For information or to make a reservation, call 223-0990 or visit

Emily Burnham

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.