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Holiday Humbugs; Brewery Move; No Kid Hungry Dinner

The dory bar at the Thistle Inn in Boothbay Harbor/Ted Axelrod

PORTLANDNatalie Ladd takes a flying leap down "the slippery slope of holiday eating/depression/doesn't-anybody-want-to-see-this-smashing black-dress damn it" to address the holiday craziness she sees as a restaurant server in her column for The Portland Daily Sun. Among them: "people who come in during the height of lunch to buy ten individual $15 gift cards" and "a phone reservation for ten people the kitchen took and forgot to write down."

FREEPORT Maine Beer Co., which currently operates out of Portland, is moving its brewery to Route 1 in Freeport next spring, according to The Forecaster. The new facility will increase production from 3,000 to 5,000 barrels a year and owners David and Daniel Kleban say they are also adding a 25-seat tasting room.

ROCKPORT — At his restaurant Shepherd's Pie, chef Brian Hill hosts Krista Desjarlais of Bresca in Portland and Ravin Nakjaroen of Long Grain in Camden for a Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry benefit dinner on Sunday, Dec. 16. Tickets are $125 per person, 100% of which goes to Share Our Strength. For tickets:

· Holiday Overeating From Both Sides Of The Table [PDS]
· Hopping Up To Freeport: Portland Microbrewer To Open Larger Brewery [TF]
· No Kid Hungry Dinner Rockport, ME [Official Site]

Appetizers by Mark and Patrick from Shepherd's Pie

1st course: wood roast sea urchin, cool cauliflower, lobster gelee

2nd course: Roman gnocchi, grilled butternush squash agrodolce, toasted walnuts, Gorgonzola dolce latte, brown butter, petite kale

3rd course: Juniper wood grilled flounder, calamari chou croute, bacon parsley broth

4th course: braised and grilled lamb ribs, lentil cucumber ajhad, curry

5th course: bittersweet chocolate panforte, grilled rosemary pears, toasted hazelnut semifreddo, olive oil crema

The Thistle Inn

55 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 207 633 3541 Visit Website

Long Grain

20 Washington Street, , ME 04843 (207) 236-9001 Visit Website