Main Street Bath announces the 4th annual Bath Blarney Days celebration "City of the Irish"

Bath - March 11-17, when for one week the City of Ships becomes the “City of the Irish”. 

The city will celebrate all things Irish with a week of festivities as we march, sing, run, eat, drink, enjoy family activities and welcome spring with the “wearin’ o’the green”. 

The event will be launched on Sunday, March 11, with an Irish Sing-along at Byrnes’ Irish Pub from 5-7pm. There will also be a pig roast at Beale Street Barbecue from noon- 9pm and the Bath Antiques Show at the Bath Middle School.

On Monday, March 12, Byrnes’ Irish Pub will conduct an Irish Sessiun from 7-9pm, followed by Irish Trivia on the evening of Tuesday March 13.

On Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, downtown retailers will hold a March Madness Sale with “green tag” items, discounts and demos.

On Friday, from 5-7pm, a free Irish cultural evening at City Hall Auditorium will feature Irish poetry, music and art.

Tweets about Maine Restaurant week

When banks couldn't, Starbucks could; national media feature Gelato Fiasco financing story

PORTLAND, Maine -- The Gelato Fiasco was served a giant dish of national press coverage yesterday as word spread of the company's unusual method of financing its new Portland store. The company was featured by CNN Money and Bloomberg News.

Last year, founders Joshua Davis, 29, and Bruno Tropeano, 28, sought financing from traditional banks for the new store that they planned for Portland's Old Port. The company already operated a successful store on Maine Street in downtown Brunswick and sold its pints at more than 140 other grocery stores and restaurants in New England. Even with that history, local banks couldn't make the loan. So Davis and Tropeano sought assistance from Coastal Enterprises, a nonprofit community development lender.

Coastal Enterprises offered The Gelato Fiasco a loan funded in part by the Create Jobs for USA program.

CASA to Offer Responsible Alcohol Seller Training to Local Merchants


In an effort to empower local merchants with the skills and confidence to prevent underage liquor sales, and to ensure that stores are operating within Maine’s liquor laws, a local training will be held on Tuesday, December 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Brunswick Landing.  Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA), a coalition coordinated by Mid Coast Hospital, offers this State of Maine-approved Responsible Alcohol Seller Training to clerks, managers, and storeowners.

Spaces are limited and registration is required.  Please call CASA at (207) 373-6957 to reserve a seat. There is a $10 registration fee that can be paid at the door.

Frank Lyons will lead this training. Lyons spent 23 years as a liquor enforcement officer and is a certified instructor with the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

A Pilgrimage to Bard

A Pilgrimage to Bard

It has been a whole month since I opened my on-line bake shop and it truly feels as though so much has changed.

I have way less sleep under my belt for instance and my kitchen smells like pastry all the time, which is actually fantastic.

A new business, I have discovered has lots of growing pains but the highlights far exceed the difficult moments.

When my website first launched I started to send out e-mails to local businesses because frankly, I had no idea what I was doing. How do you get in touch with people who you want to sell things to? Especially without sounding like you are just a lowly salesperson. It's more difficult than ever in this electronic age to make face contact with those you need to step into success. So, I sent out a simple message to as many places as I could that fit my food morals. Only one responded and that was Bard Coffee in Portland. My e-mail happened to coincide with the soon to be vacant spot they had for a baker.

Tasting Party at FIORE’s 503 Main Street, Rockland

Tasting Party at FIORE’s 503 Main Street, Rockland


Penobscot School and FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars join together to celebrate Penobscot School’s 25th Anniversary by hosting a tasting party at FIORE’s 503 Main Street, Rockland location on Thursday, November 10th from 7-9 pm. Enjoy an incredible tasting event with FIORE’s many olive oils and specialty vinegars, organic wine from Chartrand Imports, music and a variety of appetizers sure to please the palate.

Meet Your Chefs



Top-notch chefs of four Mid-Coast restaurants are volunteering to share their culinary expertise for a great cause this month in a new four-week Maine Adult & Community Education program, “Meet Your Chefs.”  Fifteen participants gather in the kitchen of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church one evening each week to learn from the experts how to prepare signature dishes, as well as sample the excellent fare.

Profits of the series fund a free cooking and nutrition program for clients of the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Help Yourself Shelf food pantry. Certified Holistic Health Coach Julie Hofheimer of Edgecomb is designing and teaching a course this fall that involves learning how to prepare nutritious meals with healthy and inexpensive ingredients.  In addition, a $100 donation will be made to St.