Eating. And dancing. Those are the ingredients for a happy life. They’re also on the docket for this weekend. Maine Restaurant Week starts Saturday, which means it’s time for you to start deciding which restaurants you’re going to hit and which of those specially priced three-course meals you’re going to start with first. There’s also the Incredible Breakfast Cook-off, pancake race, and Cajun Cook-off to look forward to. The STRIVE Rocks dance marathon is a chance to burn of the calories and shake it ’til the cows come home (or 9 am, whichever comes first).
That’s what this weekend is made of.
For the weekend of Feb 28-March 2 (and Tuesday, because there’s some good stuff happening Tuesday).
7 am-9 am Friday | Sea Dog Brewing Company, South Portland | $20-$22.50 | www.mainerestaurantweek.com
Save plenty of room in the ol’ belly for Friday morning. You’re going to want every inch available for some of the most delicious breakfasts you’ve had in years (or since last year’s Incredible Brestrikeakfast Cook-off). The event invites local restaurants to compete for the title of Maine’s “Best Breakfast,” and lucky attendees get to try every dish. Imagine it: French toast, eggs benny, chicken and waffles, donuts, churros and breakfast treats we can’t even fathom. This is the Thanksgiving of breakfasts, so wear the pants with the stretchy waistband.
Here’s what I know: This is a four-person team rely race involving an apron, a skillet, a pancake, and some sprinting.
6:30 pm Tuesday | Maine Craft Distilling parking lot, Portland | $45 per team | www.mainerestaurantweek.com/events
The Incredible Breakfast Cook-off and Pancake race are part of Maine Restaurant Week, which runs March 1-10. Restaurants around the state are participating in this annual event, which features specially priced three-course meals for $25, $35, $45, and $55. Lunches are $15. For a list of restaurants (betcha can’t pick just one: www.mainerestaurantweek.com/restaurants)
9 pm Saturday-9 am Sunday | The Maine Mall, South Portland | Raise donations | www.pslstrive.org/striverocks
Dance? Yea, you can dance. It’s time the world knew. Bring those incredible moves the the STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon on Saturday night. There will be non-stop dancing all night, plus Dance all night and raise funds for STRIVE, a South Portland organization dedicated to helping young adults with disabilities. Theme hours! Plus lots of other goings on during the event.
// For more details: We’re up all night ’til the sun: STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon
Friday & Saturday Feb 28-March 1 | Downtown Old Orchard Beach | Free | www.oob365.com/WinterCarnival.html
Deja vu! This event was postponed last weekend, but this weekend, it’s ON:
The beach doesn’t see a lot of foot traffic in the winter, but Old Orchard Beach’s Winter Carnival aims to bring people beachside for some winter sledding with views of the Atlantic. So what massive hill in OOB will visitors be sledding on? Just a man-made mini-mountain – in the middle of Old Orchard Street. Sled-a-thon on Saturday as well as a pub crawl (for the grownups). Plus hot cocoa and marshmallow toasting pits.
6 pm Saturday | The Rochambeau Club, Biddeford | $30 per person, $50 per couple | www.cpime.org
Mardi Gras is coming! Celebrate in style, and while wearing a mask so no one knows who’s really killing it on the dance floor to the tunes of the Easy Money Band…unless you decide to reveal yourself. There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, and roaming vaudeville performances of the Dark Follies.
Wear costumes, bring beads. Music from members of Model Airplane, the Kenya Hall Band, Micro Masse, Fogcutters, and others.
9 pm Tuesday | Brian Boru, Portland | www.facebook.com
Noon-3pm Tuesday | USM’s Woodbury Campus Center, Portland | Free, $3-$5 donation appreciated | www.wmpg.org
Here are your lunch plans for Tuesday: Go to USM’s Woodbury Campus Center in Portland. Give a donation to WMPG community radio. Eat some fantastic Cajun grub, cooked up by some fantastic local chefs. Vote for your favorite dish. Return to work fulfilled and happy.