PORTLAND, Maine —June 5, 2018 — North Spore of Westbrook, a returning finalist from 2017, who produces specialty mushrooms, mushroom products and mushroom spawn took the top prize at Gorham Savings Bank LaunchPad competition and its corresponding $50,000 cash prize. The company was chosen from among five finalists who pitched their small business concepts Tuesday night to a panel of independent judges in a packed USM Hannaford Hall.
Saturday, June 19 from 5:30-6:30pm Meeting Room #2 at Portland Public Library
Portland Public Library will host a discussion of Maine author Susan Hand Shetterly’s captivating Settled in the Wild on Tuesday, June 19th, from 5:30-6:30pm in meeting room 2 at 5 Monument Square. Author Paul Doiron has chosen this thoughtful and remarkable nature memoir as one of the Maine Humanities Council’s Read ME books for summer 2018. Paul Doiron writes, "Settled in the Wild... [is] about watching deer drift through the field at dusk and about leaving the window open in April to hear spring arrive with the first piping of the peepers. It’s about the familiar, the secret, and the strange, written by an artist whose gift it is to help us see our shared environment as we’ve never seen it before.” All who attend this book discussion are encouraged to bring along thoughts on other favorite works of writing where nature, the wild, science, and people come together! We’ll offer our own recommendations of new and classic nature memoirs and science writing from Portland Public Library’s collections.
New Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce member, Maine Food for Thought, officially launched on June 5th. They are an educational walking food tour in Portland's Old Port and reveal the story behind the plate of the Maine food system.
Through a series of locally sourced and harvested dishes, guests will learn how Maine's people, ecology, and economy interact to shape a celebrated food destination. They are partnered with some of the city's top chefs at East Ender, Evo Kitchen + Bar, Piccolo, Scales, Solo Italiano, and Union, and consulted with over 20 nonprofit, research, and education organizations on the educational content.
The tour also highlights the growers and harvesters that the restaurants are sourcing from. They were recently featured in a New York Times article as a tour "offering deeper investigations into the cultural and geographic factors that surround what's on your plate." Maine Food for Thought is offering Chamber members a 10% discount on June - July 14 tour dates. Visit www.mainefoodforthought.com and enter in promo code "Chamber2018."