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Restaurant week an ode to Maine food scene

Posted by Paul Kandarian  March 2, 2012 01:01 PM

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March in Maine is a time when business is usually slow, especially this snow-light winter. The fourth annual Maine Restaurant Week, March 1-10, aims to pick up the economic pace while highlighting the state's laudable food scene and helping out local charities, which receive a portion of the proceeds. More than 75 restaurants are taking part in the event, serving three-course dinners for $20, $30 and $40, depending on the restaurant. Some are also serving prix fixe lunches for $15. For a complete list, check out http://www.mainerestaurantweek.com/

Many hotels are offering specials, including the Camden Harbour Inn, where $109 per person gets you a night's lodging, glass of Prosecco in the bar, a welcome gift and a three-course Maine Restaurant Week dinner at Natalie's Restaurant, where Chef Geoffroy Deconinck was nominated by Food & Wine for the People's Best New Chef Award 2011. Also included is nightly turndown with chocolates, the hotel's signature champagne breakfast and free room upgrade on check in, when available. Check it out at http://www.camdenharbourinn.com/ or call 800-236-4266.

The Portland Harbor Hotel in the heart of the Old Port section of Portland, has a few packages to offer, including one for $140 a night that includes free Lincoln Town Car service; another for $170 per night that includes cocktails for two, an amuse bouche upon arrival and breakfast for two; and another for $230 per room that includes dinner at Eve's, at the hotel. Check it out at http://www.portlandharborhotel.com/ or call 888-798-9090.

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