Nibbles: Four upcoming events for foodies

Authentic Chinese food

Longevity noodles, Vietnamese herbed pho (rice noodle soup), Thai pineapple fried rice and Shanghai golden fried rice with crumbled bacon are on the menu of Gouldsboro chef Helen Chen’s cooking class “Helen Chen: Asian Noodles and Rice” from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at the Dorcas Library Learning Center in Prospect Harbor.

The daughter of the late famed Boston area chef Joyce Chen, who is credited with introducing northern Asian cuisine to the United States starting in the 1950s, Helen Chen has authored three Asian cuisine cookbooks.

The class costs $35 per person.

To sign up, call the library at 963-4027. To learn more about Chen, go


Dining under the stars

Mediterranean cuisine is the theme of Verona Wine & Design owners Mike and Colleen Gross’s benefit dinner to support Hospice of Hancock County at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at historic Heywood House in Bucksport. The dinner, featuring tapas, entrees, dessert and wines, costs $95 per person.

The Grosses will hold the dinner alfresco in their café’s courtyard. A fire and live jazz will add to the atmosphere. To sign up, call Hospice at 667-2531 and visit


Shore thing!

Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s newly opened Tidal Falls Preserve will form the backdrop for the Hancock Women’s Club’s 16th Annual Lobster Fest from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. The cost is $20 per adult and $5 per child.

Cooked by Ruth and Wimpy’s restaurant, the dinner menu includes steamed lobster with drawn butter, corn on the cob, coleslaw, a beverage and assorted desserts. For children, hot dogs, chips, dessert and beverages will be served. For more info, contact Sue Croteau at 422-9141.


Pop in!

The Common Good Soup Kitchen is once again holding its popular popover service from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. daily (except Mondays). By donation, the breakfast includes popovers, oatmeal and fixings, juice and hot beverages.

The Sunday breakfast features live music. Common Good is located at 19 Clark Point Road, two doors down from the U.S. post office, in Southwest Harbor. For more info, call 266-2733 and visit

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