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Hotel Plans; Whiskey Tastings; Wine Dinner

Chicago chef Ryan McCaskey and organizer Ingrid Bengis-Palei at the recent dinner on Deer Isle to benefit the Island Culinary and Ecological Center. Bengis-Palei says she hopes to make the center like Blue Hill at Stone Barns in N.Y./

PORTLAND — Plans for converting the old Portland Press Herald headquarters into a hotel and restaurant have been submitted to the city by 119 Development, LLC, according to the newspaper that used to occupy the building. The entrance for the 100-room hotel would be off Exchange Street; the 80-seat restaurant would be entered via Congress Street.

DAMARISCOTTA — King Eider's Pub will host whiskey tastings on Tuesdays: Oct. 16, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. "We will be walking guest through the history, production and taste of 6 unique whiskeys each of these nights." $30 per person; for reservations, 201-563-6008.

PORTLAND — Joe Ricchio, who in addition to writing for Maine Magazine works at South Portland Wine Company, will headline a wine dinner to celebrate the fall menu at Carmen at The Danforth on Wednesday Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. $80 per person, including tax and gratuity; for reservations 207-358-7103.

First plate
Side by side:
Artisan Manchego and house chorizo croquettes, smoked paprika aioli
Crispy green plantains, rum barbecued pulled pork, green mango slaw
2011 Mas De La Dame Rosé du Mas, Provence

Second plate
Warm roasted beet salad, escarole, bacon, cabrales cheese
2011 Arygros Estate White, Santorini

Third plate
Grilled baby, califlower octopus, white bean puree, chayote salad, La Cosecha 25 year Sherry vinaigrette Albondigas, plantain dumplings, gravy
2010 Domaine Hauts de Sanziers Saumur Blanc, Loire Valley

Fourth plate
Red snapper, yuca, Island relish
2009 Seguinot-Bordet Chablis, Burgundy

Fifth plate
Grilled Berkshire pork tenderloin, root vegetable stuffing, apple-habanero pepper glaze
2009 Sattler St. Laurent, Mittburgenland

Dessert plate
Buñuelos, dulce de leche dipping sauce
2010 Samos Muscat, Samos

· Plans Submitted For Congress Street Hotel Complex [PPH]
· Carmen at The Danforth [Official Site]
· Island Culinary & Ecological Center [Official Site]