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Marvelous Mocktails: Mixology Workshop


with Sara Gross

Calendar May 31, 2023 at 3:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Mocktails (mixed drinks made entirely without alcohol) are quickly growing in popularity and are a great way to add a little flair to your next event. In this class, explore a variety of mocktail-ready ingredients made right here in Maine – syprup, shrubs, infusions, flavored sugars and more – and learn how to turn them into beautiful non-alcoholic drinks that are sure to impress.

After learning about the ingredients and the Maine producers who made them, attendees will get hands-on with mocktail mixology. Enjoy a demonstration and tasting featuring several special recipes before trying your hand at making your own. All materials and recipes will be provided.

Instructor Sara Gross is the executive director of the Maine Food and Beverage Education Center.

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Beyond the Grape: A Survey of Maine Wine


with Lynda Gaines

Calendar Jun 13, 2023 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

Explore the breadth of wines that Maine vintners are producing--It’s not limited to grapes! Enjoy a guided tasting of 5-6 Maine wines made from a variety of fruits (including, but not limited to grapes). Experience the creativity and innovation of Maine vintners while learning about the environmental and cultural factors that contribute to our state’s diverse wine industry.

Attendees will also learn about the techniques winemakers use to influence the characteristics of the wine and achieve their desired flavor profile, even when using non-traditional ingredients.

Instructor Lynda Gaines is a WSET Level 3 Certified Wine Enthusiast.

Maine Bagel Lab


with Jeff Mao

Calendar Jun 17, 2023 at 11 am, runs for 1 week

There’s nothing like a great, chewy bagel for starting your day off right–except for a great, chewy bagel that you made yourself with delicious local ingredients! In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn how to make bagels from beginning to end–measuring and mixing the dough, portioning and shaping bagels, and finally boiling and baking. Craft your perfect bagel using Maine Grains flour and mix-ins/toppings from local producers–even mix your own flavored cream cheese to top it off!

This is an interactive class and the course fee includes a beverage of choice in the Tasting Room immediately following class. All ingredients, materials, equipment and recipes will be provided.

Instructor Jeff Mao of Knead and Nosh is an avid home cook, baker and cookbook author who teaches cooking and baking classes with a special focus on foods that incorporate doughts in one form or another.

Maine Malts & Malty Beers


with Will Laliberte

Calendar Jun 20, 2023 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

Malted grains provide the backbone for beer, influencing its color, flavor, aroma and mouthfeel. In this class participants will learn about how malt is made here in Maine and around the world, and about the techniques that maltsters use to make different malt products from the same base grain.

You’ll have a chance to taste samples of malt and learn how different malts can be used together to produce the characteristic flavors of classic beer styles. The class will also include samples of several malt-forward Maine craft beers. If you’re interested in a break from hop-heavy beers, this class will provide a refreshing change of pace into the many varieties of malty beer.

Instructor Will Laliberte is a certified Cicerone®, homebrewer and lab manager for Bath Ale Works.

Red Wines of Maine


with Lynda Gaines

Calendar Jun 22, 2023 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

Explore the variety of red wines that Maine vintners are producing! Attendees will enjoy a guided tasting of 5 to 6 Maine red wines, comparing and contrasting not only the wines themselves but the grape varietals used. Attendees will also learn about the techniques winemakers use to influence the characteristics of the wine–like “dry,” “sweet,” or “fruity.”

This is an interactive class and the course fee includes a full pour of one of our top rated wines from the class in the Tasting Room immediately following the course.

Instructor Lynda Gaines is a WSET Level 3 Certified Wine Enthusiast.

Acadian Arts Asian Fusion Cooking Retreat (June)


with Chris Toy

Calendar Jun 23, 2023

COVID Note: For everyone’s comfort and safety we suggest doing a COVID test 24 hours prior to arrival. We will be following CDC guidelines according to location and dates.

Your instructor, Chris Toy is the author of 6 popular cookbooks, a private chef, and has taught Asian-fusion cooking for several Maine community education programs. Cooking students will learn how to prepare a variety of recipes from Asia, Europe, and the Americas incorporating traditional and local ingredients. Each meal will actively engage cooks with the tools, techniques, and stories behind the dishes being created. Step back to a time when President Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor, and their family escaped to their “beautiful little island” in the Canadian maritimes, Campobello Island. We will be exclusive guests of the international park, staying in historic Victorian cottages. Workshop participants will be immersed in the same coastal scenery enjoyed by the summer residents at the turn of the 20th century. All meals are included in the workshop fee as well as specially planned optional evening activities designed to extend your learning from the day’s workshops. Register for the retreat then call Sherry Mitchell at 506-752-2922 to make room reservations. Only Acadian Arts Retreats participants will be allowed to reserve overnight accommodations in the park.

Comments from recent Acadian Arts Retreats participants, “I learned so much that Chris taught me, and the recipes were attainable.” “Chris speaks slowly and encourages questions.”

The $495 cost includes workshop and all meals. 

To register or for more information please call the CLC Adult Ed office at: 563-2811


Chinese Appetizers (Online)


with Chris Toy

Students will learn how to make Chinese appetizers as chef Toy shows through step-by-step instruction how to fill and fold wontons, roll your own egg rolls, spring rolls, make your own boiled dumplings, and more. Bonus videos include how to choose and care for a wok and Chinese cleaver.

Join best selling cookbook author and cooking instructor Chris Toy in his kitchen virtually through private instructional videos and PDFs. There’s no time limit on using the materials. In addition, students can have lifetime unlimited access to Chris via email and phone/text/chat for questions such as shopping, prepping, cooking, tools, and ingredients. Plus, registered students will also receive signed copies of Chris’ new cookbook "Easy Chinese Cookbook: Restaurant Favorites Made Simple!"


Cooking with BoomerTech Adventures


with Ed Brazee

In this course, BoomerTech Adventures guides Chris, Jill, and Ed share their love of cooking and enjoyment for lots of different types of foods. You will learn how to prepare several tasty stir fries using traditional Chinese flavorings, make fresh pasta, turn leftover sweet potato into gnocchi, stir up a great fried rice, and give ramen soup a delicious upgrade.

In addition, discover an easy way to make your own pita pockets, flatbreads, and tortillas. Plus, you will see a way to combine the benefits of cooking on cast iron with your love of grilling. We haven’t forgotten dessert! Who can resist a delectable chocolate brownie torte or apple pie?

CLC Adult Education is pleased to partner with BoomerTech Adventures to offer this fully asynchronous online course students can complete on their own time and at their own speed. The course is a PDF booklet with information about the class, instructions for using the class, and the content of the class (videos and articles).

The three instructors provide personalized support for the class via email and / or online chat. And the course is available to students for the full fall semester.

Tech requirements for each course are a strong internet connection (or access to one) and a computer, or tablet, or smartphone to access videos and articles.

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