Maine Restaurant Week – March 1-14, 2015

1505519_10151809826346755_817547889_nRestaurant Week  is a celebration of the culinary talents of area restaurants. During restaurant week, restaurants offer specially priced three-course meals. Chefs work hard year round to take care of their customers. During restaurant weeks, they go above and beyond. The first restaurant week concept originated in New York City in the early nineties and caught on in Maine in 2009.
At the Hartstone Inn, we offer a special three course menu for $35 during Maine Restaurant Week.

Maine Restaurant Week March 1-14, 2015
Three course menu / $35

Appetizers

  • SOUP – Green pea with smoked ham hock & soft herbed marscapone
  • SALMON – Beetroot and vodka salmon gravlax, whole grain mustard potato salad, watercress, crisp focaccia
  • DUCK – Confit duck & caramelized onion tartlet, shaved peccarino, aged balsamic & port reduction, chive creme fraiche

Entrees

  • CHICKEN – Roasted breast glazed with lemon & thyme, butternut squash purée, roasted fingerling potato, savoy cabbage, chicken jus
  • SEA BASS – Lobster risotto with spring onion & chive, wilted kale
  • BEEF – Slow cooked with Maine made root beer, horseradish creamed potato, heritage carrots, wild mushroom ragout

Desserts

  • SOUFFLE – Kahula coffee flavored, Maine sea salt caramel creme anglaise
  • CREME BRULEE – White chocolate & raspberry, home baked shortbread
  • LEMON TART – Toasted Italian meringue, vanilla ice cream

    Seatings begin at 5:30pm each night.  Call us at 207-236-4259 to reserve your table.

Witness the U.S. National Toboggan Championships

Photo Credit: Erik Hansen/US National Toboggan Championship/Flickr

Photo Credit: Erik Hansen/US National Toboggan Championship/Flickr

More than 400 teams will participate in the 25th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl Feb. 6-8, 2015. This fun-loving, yet very competitive event promises thrilling races down a 400-foot chute, comical costumes and loads of entertainment for participants and spectators alike.

What you can expect to see

There are race divisions for two-, three- and four-person “traditional” toboggan teams. These teams will race toboggans that meet strict standards outlined below. Just for fun, there is an experimental division, in which teams race toboggans that have been built with materials and design elements that do not meet traditional standards, but they sure look cool.

Team names range from “Chute I’m out of Beer” and “Two Wingnuts” to “Luge Mistake” and “Four Flakes,” proving the team names are as handcrafted as the toboggans. Team members often wear costumes to go along with their team name.

Opening day, Friday, Feb. 6, teams register and have their toboggans inspected between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The 400-foot toboggan chute is open to teams and, conditions permitting, the public ($5 per person) until 3 p.m. The first official toboggan runs begin at 4 p.m. for two- and three-person teams.

Also on Friday, the third annual Down the Chute Beer and Wine Tasting will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sample beverages from 14 Maine brewers and wineries, cast your vote for your favorite, and take home a souvenir drinking glass. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

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Camden Winterfest 2015

January 31–February 8, 2015
Located in both downtown Camden and at the Camden Snow Bowl, Winterfest is a community celebration of winter. With live music, downtown rail jams, snow sculptures, ice carving and ice skating—there’s fun for all ages!  All events are free and open to the public.

Camden Winterfest  US Toboggan Championships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SCHEDULE:

Saturday, Jan 31st 
Winterfest Kickoff Celebration – noon-3pm, Camden Public Library Amphitheatre
Community ice carving, live music indoors & out, crafts for kids, hot food

Saturday, Jan 31st & Sunday, Feb 1st
Maine’s only Nationally-Sanctioned Snow Sculpture Competition – Village Green
Sculptors work all weekend, Judging takes place Sunday at noon
CamJam Harborside Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding – Harbor Park
Demonstrations Saturday all day and Sunday morning in Harbor Park
CamJam Freestyle Ski Competition — Sunday, 1-3pm

Monday, Feb 2nd
Alex the Jester — 6pm, Camden Opera House
Tickets available at the door and at local retailers: Clean Bee Laundry, Graffam Seafood,
Camden Public Library, Camden Town Office
Kids $2, adults $5, children up to age 3, free. Family rate $15.

Tuesday, Feb 3rd
Free Family Movie — 6pm, Camden Public Library
Frozen Singalong with Anna and Olaf

Wednesday, Feb 4th
Winter themed movie — 7pm, Camden Opera House
Cool Runnings – Film features the Jamaican Olympic Bobsled team!
Tickets available at the door:.
Admission $4, children up to age 3, free. Family rate $15.

Thursday, Feb 5th
Concert featuring Red Molly — 7pm, Camden Opera House
with opening acts: David and the Lowdown, Miners Creek
Tickets available at www.camdenoperahouse.com/events.cfm and at local retailers:
Manny’s, HAV II, Clean Bee Laundry, Grasshopper Shop (Rockland),
Side Country Sports (Rockland), Camden Town Office
$20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Friday, Feb 6th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships: 2 & 3-person teams, 4pm
Down the Chute Beer & Wine tasting – Camden Snow Bowl, 3-7pm
Downtown Dance – 8pm, Peter Ott’s Restaurant, Bay View Landing
Banff Film Festival, 7pm, Strom Auditorium (Camden Hills Regional High School)
Vote for your favorite winter-theme drink at www.camdenwinterfest.com in the “Frost Heave Challenge” featured at Camden’s bars all weekend

Saturday, Feb 7th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships – 8am-4pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Bus shuttle service from the Village Green to the Snow Bowl runs 7am – 5pm
Costume Contest – noon, Camden Snow Bowl
Chili Challenge, 11am – 1:30pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Pond Hockey: Rockport vs. Camden – Hosmer Pond, Snow Bowl
Snow Plow Parade – 5:30pm, Main Street, Camden
Fireworks over the Harbor, 6:15pm, Harbor Park
Banff Film Festival, 7pm, Strom Auditorium (Camden Hills Regional High School)

Sunday, Feb 8th
25th Annual US National Toboggan Championships — 9am-3pm, Camden Snow Bowl
Bus shuttle service from the Village Green to the Snow Bowl runs 8am – 4pm
Pancake Breakfast – 8am-11am, Camden Snow Bowl
World Championship Toboggan Races – 11:30am, Camden Snow Bowl
Award Ceremonies – 3pm, Camden Snow Bowl

Artisan Chocolate Making Class

Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1-3pm

NEW ADDITION TO OUR UPCOMING COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE:

Join Kate Shaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers as she guides you through the magic world of professional chocolate making.  Kate’s beautiful and delicious, handmade chocolate treats have been featured in both Gourmet and Martha Stewart Living magazines.  The two hour class will include:

  • A brief overview of how chocolate is made, from bean to bar
  • Tasting chocolate and figuring out what you like
  • What does it take to be a truffle?  Making ganache
  • Working with chocolate: Melting and tempering, enrobing, moulding, decorating
  • Storing chocolate
  • Sampling and enjoying chocolate

This is a hands-on course, and though some of the techniques are advanced, all that’s required of participants is a willingness to have fun and a LOVE of chocolate!

Make it a getaway and book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.  Live locally?  Join us just for the class, only $45.  Space is limited.  Reserve today!

Black Dinah Chocolatiers  Black DInah Chocolatiers

Fiber Weekend at the Hartstone Inn

Do you enjoy knitting or needle felting?  Maybe it’s a skill you’ve always wanted to acquire?  Treat yourself to a creative getaway in a beautiful setting.  Learn something new, get creative inspiration, complete a simple knitted or needle felted project, enjoy gourmet cuisine and meet new friends!  

Fiber Weekend Package

Available: December 12 & 13, 2014 or Jan 16 & 17, 2015 or March 21 & 22, 2015 
Package details: Relax and “unwind” with a weekend of knitting or needle felting led by two fabulous instructors!  Package includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning, Friday night welcome dinner and our Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu on Saturday night.

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NEEDLE FELTING

Needle felting uses special barbed needles to tangle loose fibers together to form a solid object.  This art form is versatile and rewarding for beginners as well as those who have been felting for years and want to create pieces that are more complex.

This workshop will teach needle felting techniques applicable to a variety of projects and levels of expertise. Participants will learn skills needed to create with confidence their own needle felted sculptures and will start and complete a simple project.  They will learn techniques to make 3-dimensional forms as well as flat forms and bowls.  Topics covered are: understanding different fibers and how they felt, needle sizes and what they do, color blending, surface decoration, facial expressions, and working with an armature. Experienced needle felters can receive advanced instruction.

All materials will be provided (foam pad, plenty of wool fiber, 4 felting needles of different sizes, instruction guide booklet)

Fiber Felting    Fiber Weekend

Instructor: 
Sue Stasiowski
www.stasiowskiart.com

Bio:
Fiber SueSue Stasiowski is a fiber artist who became interested in needle felting after years of making hand knit clothing and blankets. Sue spends most of her time needle felting and knitting in her home studio, and also makes time to experiment with other art forms such as fiber wall hangings, bowls and other three-dimensional sculptures. Her work is sold at Leslie Curtis Designs in Camden, The Art Alliance Gallery in Belfast, and will be available at Archipelago in Rockland beginning this winter. Sue also works by commission and her art has been commissioned or purchased by people as broadly-based as Texas, Maryland, and Virginia as well as throughout the Northeastern United States.  Sue is a member of several artistic professional associations, especially in fiber arts.  She lives in Camden, Maine, with her husband.

KNITTING

Bring your knitting needles, yarn and current knitting projects or start from scratch and join us for a knitter’s weekend workshop.  Participants will work with our knitting expert on a variety of projects.  Beginners will learn to cast on and bind off, learn the knit and purl stitch, learn basic increases and decreases, learn to read patterns, and start and finish a simple project during this weekend.  Experienced knitters will get one-on-one help with more complex projects such as cables, lace work, kitchener stitch, linen stitch, and more.  We may also take a field trip to a local alpaca farm or walk to Camden’s yarn store, The Cashmere Goat, where you can browse patterns and shop local Maine yarns such as Blueberry Farm Alpaca and Swans Island Yarn.

Fiber Weekend Fiber Weekend

Instructor:
  Becca Johnson
Go to www.ravelry.com and search for “RebeccaJean” to see more of Becca’s work.

Materials:  Bring your own yarn and knitting needles and a pattern that interests you, or pick one of several free patterns that will be available.  Extra yarn and needles will be available for practicing something new.

Fiber WeekendBio:

Becca Johnson has been knitting for several years, enjoying working and helping other knitters at Camden’s local yarn shop, The Cashmere Goat, where she works part-time.  Before working at the knit shop, she was employed as a full-time weaver at Swans Island Blankets for several years.  In addition to her love of fiber, she loves to paint, primarily in watercolor. Her work has benefited The Children’s House Montessori School and Youth Arts.  She lives in Camden with her husband and two children.

“Toboggan Building 101″ Package

Try your hand at bending, sanding, finishing and fastening a 2-4 person toboggan. Suitable for both racing or casual recreation!  All tools and materials provided

Available: Saturday & Sundays, November 22 & 23, 2014 or December 20 & 21, 2014
Package details: Our two night getaway package includes a fun filled weekend of toboggan building (Saturday & Sunday),  just in time for a winter of sledding.  You’ll receive two days of instruction in basic techniques of building your very own toboggan.  Mark your calendar to bring your handcrafted toboggan back to the Inn in February for the U.S. National Toboggan Championships.  Who knows… you may become the champion!  Dinner for two is also included, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and of course, a sumptuous breakfast each morning. 

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Toboggan Building Package 

“Sushi 101″ Cooking Class

Saturday, February 28th from 1-3pm

NEW ADDITION TO OUR UPCOMING COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE:

Do you LOVE sushi and would like to learn how to make it at home?  “Sushi 101″ will teach you all the basics including how to prepare rice and other ingredients needed to roll sushi.  Learn the proper methods for small to large rolls along with the correct knife techniques.  Whether you are a beginner or accomplished, you will learn centuries old ways for making Edo-style sushi with a modern twist.  It’s sure to impress your family and friends! 

Instructor Chris Wolf has been a sushi chef for 25 years. He has owned his own Japanese restaurants and mentored under three sushi masters in his career. Well versed in the art of sushi making, Wolf will show you the basics to build on.   A resident of Camden, Maine he has treated the mid-coast to tempting dishes for a long time. Join him and discover how the art of sushi making can be fun, simple and of course – delicious!  

Make it a getaway and book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.  Live locally?  Join us just for the class, only $45.  Space is limited.  Reserve today!

Hartstone Inn Sushi 101  Hartstone Inn Sushi 101

Gourmet Cupcake Class with East End Cupcakes

Saturday, May 9th from 1-3pm

NEW ADDITION TO OUR UPCOMING COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE:

Join Alysia Zoidis of East End Cupcakes (Portland, Maine) as she teaches participants how to make gourmet cupcakes and frosting from scratch.  Alysia was runner up on the hit Food Network TV show, “Cupcake Wars” in 2012. 

The class will  begin with the basics, a vanilla cupcake with vanilla butter cream frosting.  Then it’s off to more unique flavors, a bacon cupcake with maple frosting followed by a lavender cupcake with chocolate ganache.  (Um…yum!)  There will be plenty of sampling and did we mention, wine?  It is sure to be a sugar and flour filled, tasty, fun afternoon!

Stay for the weekend and book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.  Live locally?  Join us just for the class, only $45.  Space is limited.  Reserve today!

East End Cupcakes

East End Cupcakes

Hope Orchards 5th Annual Fruits & Fibers Day

Sunday, October 12th, 2014  9am – 5pm

From their website

“Local fiber producers and fiber artists will gather to show and sell.  Hope Spinnery, Black Sheep Woolens, Sparky’s Honey, Percyve Designs, Dye Mama Woolworks, Blueberry Farm Alpacas and Hope’s Edge Farm sheep will join us for the day.

Yarn Dyeing Demonstrations, Sock Knitting, 1920’s Sock Knitting Machine, Sheep, Lots of Yard, Alpacas, Handmade Braided Rugs, Naturally Dyed Batts & Rovings, Spinning Wheel Demonstration, Felted Items, Handmade Woven Rugs, Knitted Items, Beeswax Candle Demonstration, Knit Kits & Patterns and of course – Apples!”

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Taste of Thomaston 2014

Taste of Thomaston

Saturday • October 11, 2014 • 11:00am – 2:00pm

Knox Museum’s popular food and wine tasting festival celebrating everything local, featuring signature bites and sips from Mid-Coast Maine’s finest chefs, vintners & brewers, cheese artisans, bakers, and more, returns with some much-appreciated help from FMC and Allen Insurance & Financial, for a second year.  The tasting event takes place rain or shine in two big heated tents on the grounds of Montpelier, the big white house just off Route 1 at the turn to Saint George in Thomaston.

Heading up the list of local chefs contributing some of their signature dishes to the popular tasting event are Chef Melissa Kelly of Primo Restaurant in Rockland, 2013’s James Beard Best Chef in the Northeast; Chef Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda in Rockland, voted Maine’s Best Farm to Table Restaurant in 2013; Thomaston’s own Chef Scott Yakavenko of The Slipway, whose bouillabaisse has earned rave reviews from none other than the Food Network’s Emeril Lagasse; and award winning classically French trained Chef Manuel Mercier of The Youngtown Inn in Lincolnville.

Molly Sholes of Spruce Mountain Blueberries, Elaine Waldron of Hootin Gluten Free Bakery, Nancy and Pat O’Brien of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, Sean and Tracey Beaudry from The Highlands Coffee House, Ryan Jones from Thomaston Café and Bakery, among many others, will all be on hand to share their creations.

Additional local specialty products will be available for tasting from the likes of Terra Optima Farm Market, State of Maine Cheese Company, 3 Dogs Café & Sweet Sensations, and Maine Street Meats. And the entire Thomaston Farmers Market will relocate to Montpelier’s grounds for the festival.

Entertainment to date includes live jazz by Bel Isle Trio, and horse and buggy rides around the grounds by Crystal Daggett and her prize horse, Romeo. New this year will be jewelry and art on display in booths outside the tent.

Tickets are available for sale online at www.knoxmuseum.org or by calling 354-8062.

For more information contact the museum at the phone number above or email info@knoxmuseum.org.