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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: September 17, 2014

Snacktime: New chef at Brunswick Hotel, apple events, Harvest in the Hood and more

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Oktoberfest at Topsham Fairgrounds

No oompah bands or leiderhosen, but beer, food, crafts and 4 bands are all on tap for the annual Midcoast Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 20 starting at 11 a.m. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 the day of the event. Did we forget to mention BEER?

Harvest in the ‘Hoods

John Naylor, founder of Rosemont Market, at the Brighton Avenue location. Press Herald file photo

John Naylor, founder of Rosemont Market, at the Brighton Avenue location. Press Herald file photo

Join the party as Rosemont Market celebrates their neighbors and the fall season with food, activities, crafts, music and more. Saturday, Sept. 20, noon- 3 p.m. at the Brighton Avenue Store; Saturday, Sept. 27 noon – 2 p.m. at the Commercial Street Store.

New chef at Brunswick Hotel & Tavern

David Pendexter

David Pendexter

Native Mainer David Pendexter is the new executive chef at the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern. According to a press release, Pendexter was educated at Johnson & Wales in Rhode Island and has worked in Maine at The Clarion Hotel, The Higgins Beach Inn, and both the Portland Jetport and downtown Hilton Garden Inn locations. His mother influenced his early interest in food and cooking by sharing the French-inspired dishes of The County with him. His cooking is also inspired by the different places, both in the U.S. and elsewhere, where his family lived when he was young.

For apple lovers

Fresh Maine apples. Press Herald file photo

Fresh Maine apples. Press Herald file photo

Rowan Jacobson: ‘Apples of Uncommon Character’ + Apple Tasting — Portland

A celebration of America’s apple renaissance by a James Beard Award-winning author, who will show you that there is indeed life beyond Red Delicious — and even Honeycrisp. While many supermarkets limit their offerings to a few waxy options, apple trees with lives spanning human generations are producing characterful varieties–and now they are in the midst of a rediscovery. This free event will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 at Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland

Maine’s Heirloom Apples with John Bunker — Boothbay

From the Pound Sweet to the Blue Permain, Maine’s Heirloom apples come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. On Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. – noon, Maine’s own “Apple Whisperer,” John Bunker, will lead an exploration of the history of Maine’s heirloom apples at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. Attendees will also go outside to identify heirloom apples at the gardens. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Registration required.

Cornish Apple Festival

On Sept. 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., the whole family is welcome to this free festival in the center of Cornish village in historic Thompson Park. In addition to this season’s apples, freshly pressed cider and other apple products from local vendors, there will also be more than 50 vendors selling art, photography, jewelry, crafts, apple and non-apple cuisine, entertainment, and more.

Sept. 28 2 – 4 p.m.

Fifth-annual Fall Wine Sail with Chef Tim Labonte

Erica Archer, right, leads a wine tasting on board Frances. Shannon Bryan photo

Erica Archer, right, leads a wine tasting on board Frances. Shannon Bryan photo

On Sunday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m., join sommelier Erica Archer of Wine Wise and executive chef Tim Labonte of Eve’s at The Garden for a sail on the 74′ Gaff-rigged top-sail sloop Frances, built by her captain and crew on the Maine waterfront. You’ll enjoy a series of four dishes inspired by Maine’s fall harvest paired with wines as you sail in Casco Bay among beautiful fall foliage, lighthouses, and islands … all while indulging in a wine and food pairing class. The cost is $95. For tickets visit the website or call 619-4630.

‘2 chefs and a forager’ dinners at 50 Local

50 Local. Press Herald file photo

50 Local. Press Herald file photo

For this new monthly dinner series, 50 Local chef David Ross will partner with a guest chef for a four-course meal featuring ingredients from local forager Jenna Darcy. The opening night of the series is Oct. 13, when the visiting chef will be chef Jason Bond of Bondir, described as a sustainably minded modern American cuisine restaurant in Cambridge, Mass. The cost is $65 per person, $85 with wine pairings. 50 Local is at 50 Main St., Kennebunk. For reservations: 985-0850.

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