“Travel to Tuscany” Cooking Class – November 7th & 8th

November 7th or November 8th, 2015 – 1-3pm

Our first cooking class of the year, “Travel to Tuscany” is fast approaching!  If you can’t join Chef Michael in Italy for one of his Culinary Adventures, then come to Camden and experience some of his favorite Tuscan dishes. “Travel to Tuscany” will begin with Baked Artichokes with fresh Ricotta, Aged Pecorino and Italian Herbs.  Next will be Roasted Bell Pepper, Arugula and Grilled Eggplant Salad followed by Seafood Risotto with White Truffle Oil.  Class will finish up with dessert, Salted Caramel Budino – Italian Butterscotch Pudding.

Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food!  Enrollment is $45 per person or make it a getaway and book our Cooking Class Package!

Click here for our complete cooking class schedule. 

Hartstone Inn Travel to Tuscany Cooking Class


2015-2016 Hartstone Inn Cooking Class Schedule

Hartstone Inn Cooking Classes


Our 2015-2016 Cooking Class Schedule is now online!

This years topics include “Travel to Tuscany”, “Haute Chinese”, “Maine Seafood”, “Dim Sum”, “Lobster, Lobster, Lobster” and more!  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food.

Our Cooking Class Package includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning, dinner for two, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and enrollment for one in a scheduled afternoon cooking class.  Cooking classes include recipes, hands-on participation, wine to complement the cuisine and lots of food to taste. For dates, topics and availability of cooking classes, click here.  Additional enrollment in the cooking class is $45 per person. 

View our entire Cooking Class Schedule here.





Maine Foodie Tours – Rockland

Maine Foodie Tours
Join Maine Foodie Tours and TASTE your way through Rockland!  New this summer, their entertaining tour guides immerse you in rich cultural history and reveal artisans whose culinary delights capture the flavors of Maine! Maine Foodie Tours has just added Rockland to their roster which already includes Portalnd, Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor. 
From Maine Foodie Tours website:


“You may already have heard about the culinary scene in Rockland, and it is well worth the praise.  From farm to table freshness and seafood right off the shore, award winning chefs and creative brewers of all kinds, a chocolatier, a candy maker, and much more, this town has something for every taste bud to enjoy. 

And the mid-coast culinary talent goes way back in time. Did you know… that a diner owner in Rockland lays claims to the creation of the first lobster roll?  That a former resident of the town invented, not the donut, but the hole in the donut?  And, a man known as the “father of coffee breaks” in the early 1800’s hails from Rockland? He got his workers off the “grog” and onto the grounds.  

Learn a bit about the history and a whole lot about the current culinary scene on this tour on and off Main Street. We will entertain and educate you while you enjoy the local flavors and talents of the town. 

Tastings will fill you up for lunch with a wide variety of favorites in town, such as; 

*seafood chowders on the deck overlooking the ocean      

*delicious Maine peekytoe crabcakes

*great craft brewed beers with house french fries

*creative dishes featuring Headacre Farm in Owls Head

*italian sausages from a local farmer

*estate wines made from Maine blueberries (and some from grapes too)

*creative chocolates like you’ve never had before and more!

Join us when you can this Summer for a fun-filled, educational, and tasty walk through downtown Rockland! “

Visit mainefoodietours.com for more information. 

Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 26, 2015

“Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture.

Farms around the state participate to commit to ensuring the sustainability of agriculture. Maine’s farming industry has given back to their communities by providing a forum for education and learning in a fun atmosphere. Many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to experience. Activities include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments. Open Farm Day gives families the chance to visit local farms throughout the state. 

Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 26th, 2015 to experience Open Farm Day throughout the State of Maine!” – From Maine.gov

For a list of participating farms, click here

 Maine Open Farm Day



Pairings 101 – Greece at Cellardoor Winery

Event date/time: Wednesday June 17, 2015 from 5-7pmCellardoor Winery

From the Cellardoor Winery website:

“Think: crystal clear blue waters contrasted by an impressive island hillside draped in crisp white. We’re taking inspiration from the mediterranean and exploring the bright, fresh flavors with our Greece edition of Pairings 101 on June 17. Join us as we dive behind the scenes of food & wine pairings, testing your senses and learning all about the basics of aroma identification and sensory evaluations. The class includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a specially crafted tasting menu created by Chef Lani Stiles and the team at Megunticook Market, as well as sensory evaluations and aroma identifications. As always, seats for this pairing are limited so early reservations are recommended. $40 per person.”

Location Address: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

Contact Website:www.mainewine.com


“Mediterranean Cuisine” Cooking Class – June 13th & 14th

Event date/time:  Saturday, June 13, 2015 or Sunday, June 1Hartstone Inn Cooking Class4, 2015 from 1-3pm

Join Chef Michael here at the Hartstone Inn, as he shares some of his favorite recipes from the Mediterranean region. Participants will prepare four dishes: Roasted yellow pepper bruschetta with fresh mozzarella, beets in romesco sauce, Tunisian grilled cod with a roasted shallot compound butter and herbed tabbouleh, and for dessert, frittelle di riso – arborio Rice Fritters.  Classes are informative, fun and filled with delicious food.  $45 per person.  Planning to stay overnight?  Book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.

Location Address: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

Contact Website: hartstone2014.wpengine.com


The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious

maine wild blueberry festival

Photo Credit: Blueberries/Pixabay

The annual Maine Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias features two fun days of entertainment, contests, shopping and of course blueberries! Held each August, the festival offers locals and visitors alike the chance to celebrate the little berry that some say helped put Maine on the map. After all, even though Maine is one of the nation’s smallest states, it still produces more blueberries than any other state. More than 90% of the nation’s blueberry crop comes from Maine. Continue reading “The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious”

Mangia: An Italian Cooking Class at Cellardoor Winery

Event date/time: Sunday, May 23, 2015 from 5:30-8:30pmCellardoor Winery

From the Cellardoor Winery website:

‘With the unofficial start of summer upon us, the heavy, hearty comfort foods of winter give way to dishes influenced by the light, fresh and colorful bounty found at Maine’s farmers markets. We’re celebrating the start of a new season with an Italian twist, taking cues dai monti al mare (from the mountains to the sea). Chef Christina Sidoti will take over our Farmhouse Kitchen for a special cooking class and dinner, complete with making fresh pasta dough and summer-inspired sauces to creating decadent cannoli.”

Location Address: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery

Contact Website: www.mainewine.com

“Dine and Donate” to Benefit the Georges River Land Trust

The Hartstone Inn in Camden extends an invitation to the supporters of Georges River Land Trust for a night out to benefit their conservation efforts. Make your dinner reservation for May 4th, 11th or 18th and 50% of the food charges on your dinner bill will be donated to the Land Trust.

The mission of the Georges River Land Trust is to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education, and outdoor experiences.

Bring your friends and family for a sublime evening of dining and donating! Preview our dinner menu online here.

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Sausage Making Class at Maine Street Meats

Thursday, April 16th 6-8pm

Head butcher, Sean Durnan, will guide participants in all aspects of fresh sausage making, from choosing the right cuts of pork, grinding, seasoning, mixing and stuffing.  Sean has been practicing whole animal butchery for over 6 years and is experienced with cutting beef, pork, lamb and poultry.

This class will be held at Maine Street Meats.  The cost is $75 per person includes 2 hours of hands on instruction and fresh homemade sausage to take home.

Call the shop to register or for more information. 207-236-6328 (236-MEAT)