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Harvest Starts; Roastery Tours; A Restaurant Week; More

PORTLAND — For those who just woke up from a long sleep, Maine's biggest food and wine event, Harvest on the Harbor, starts tonight with a kick-off gala and continues through Saturday. The Epicurious Travelers blog has a thorough preview, also published in The Portland Daily Sun. [EaterWire]

PORTLANDCoffee By Design will host an open house at its Coffee Micro Roastery and Origins Bar, 43 Washington Ave., on Friday as part of its participation in Harvest on the Harbor. The event includes free tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; samplings and demonstrations of brewing techniques. [EaterWire]

SOUTHERN MAINE — Four Maine restaurants: Anneke Jans, Black Birch, and Tulsi in Kittery and Stage Neck Inn in York are participating in Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast from Nov. 8-17. A total of 49 restaurants are offering 3-course lunch menus for $16.95 and dinner menus for $29.95. [EaterWire]

PORTLANDTimothy Labonte, chef at Eve's Garden at the Portland Harbor Hotel since May, talked to Hilary Nangle of the Maine Travel Maven blog about Friday's caviar dinner, seasonal cooking and the challenges of running a hotel restaurant. [EaterWire]

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