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9th Annual Chefs Soirée a Success

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

St. Mary’s Health System’s Nutrition Center held the 9th Annual Chefs Soirée, Exploring Our Roots, earlier this month. The event was inspired by the 125th anniversary of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and the 15th anniversary of the Nutrition Center’s Lots to Gardens program. Courses throughout the evening featured root vegetables and other culinary delights from local farms and producers.

Chef Paul Landry of Fish Bones American Grill, Cody LaMontagne, co-founder of Forage Market, Karen Bolduc of South Auburn Organic Farm and Gerry Walsh of Forage Market educated and entertained guests with their collective knowledge and great food.

Paul Drowns, the Nutrition Center's  Community Cooking Educator (left) and Fiston Mubalama Lowitiwiya, a Nutrition Center Fellow (right), share their culinary expertise with guests of the 9th Annual Chefs Soirée at the St. Mary's Nutrition Center.

Paul Drowns, the Nutrition Center’s Community Cooking Educator (left) and Fiston Mubalama Lowitiwiya, a Nutrition Center Fellow (right), share their culinary expertise with guests of the 9th Annual Chefs Soirée at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center.

Sarah Spring of Spring Day Creamery in Durham and Pat O’Brien of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars in Freeport offered samples of their product for tasting. A display of recently harvested vegetables and flowers from 4 Season Farm Market in New Auburn gave the Nutrition Center a market atmosphere. The Nutrition Center’s Community Cooking Educator, Paul Drowns, and Fiston Mubalama Lowitiwiya, a Nutrition Center Fellow, set up the Center’s bicycle cart kitchen outside and served Beet Carpaccio with Caramelized Onion Marmalade.

The four course meal featured roasted butternut squash, beet and goat cheese galette with a salad made with South Auburn Organic Farm’s mixed greens and Spring Day Creamery’s award winning blue cheese and warm apple cider dressing. Chicken kebobs with Ricker Hill Farm’s apples, and turnips were served with mushrooms (Maine forged) risotto and Fiore’s Wild Mushroom & Sage Olive Oil. The third course featured North Star Sheep Farm grilled lamb burgers topped with Pineland Farm’s feta cheese and greens drizzled with a mint chimichurri aioli and served with salad nicoise. Gerry Walsh of Forage Market created a Chocolate Torte made simply with eggs, chocolate and cream to finish off the evening.

Susan Hall of The Vault, a specialty wine and craft beer shop in Lewiston pared each course with wine. Baxter Beer of Lewiston donated four varieties of craft beers to the evening’s festivities.

The proceeds will support St. Mary’s Nutrition Center and its programming. The Nutrition Center serves as a hub for healthy food initiatives across Lewiston and Androscoggin County. Key programs include the food pantry, cooking and garden education programs for people of all ages, the Lewiston Farmers’ Market, and Lots to Gardens, which uses downtown gardens to create access to fresh local food, empower youth, and to build community. For more information contact the Nutrition Center at 207-513-3848.

Save the Date for Our Spring Event: “Mystery at Our Class Reunion”

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

St. Mary’s Health System’s Development Office would like to invite you to attend their spring event, “Mystery at Our Class Reunion,” a mystery dinner theater that takes place at a high school class reunion created by Mystery for Hire (

The event will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at The Royal Oak Room in Lewiston, Maine at 6:00 pm.

The evening will begin with a social hour where you will have time to visit friends and browse the silent auction tables. Guests will enjoy scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a fine dining experience prepared by Personal Touch Catering of Buxton, Maine. Following dinner, Mystery for Hire will set the stage for the mystery. The suspects will be introduced, formally interrogated and the audience will solve the crime and pronounce the sentence. Everyone can participate and anyone can be a suspect! Once the mystery is solved there will be a DJ to play the popular tunes of your day and dancing will commence.

Don’t miss out! Please consider joining us for this unique night of mystery and intrigue!! Tickets are $75 per person or $65 if purchased on or before February 13, 2013. Tables of eight are $500. For more info, contact Mary at 207-755-3366 or email at All attendees are encouraged to wear attire from the year they graduated!

6th Annual Chefs Soirée At St Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011


Sample great food and wines, watch food preparation and cooking demonstrations, and take home the recipes from the Sixth Annual Chefs Soirée! This year’s Soirée will be held on September 30, at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston.  The fun begins at 5:30 pm. 

Paul Landry, owner of Fish Bones American Grill will be accompanied by his restaurant’s Chef/General Manager, David Moyse. Dan Caron, Director of The Green Ladle (Lewiston High School’s Culinary Arts Program) and Katie Liguori, instructor and pastry chef at the Green Ladle will join the festivity along with some amazing students as they engage and impress the crowd.

Menu and Demonstrations:

  • Multigrain bread with flaxseed oil and wheat germ, rosemary and sundried
    tomato butter
  • Lobster and baby cheddar ravioli with mushrooms rosemary and sun-dried
  • Mediterranean chicken with artichokes, capers, and tomatoes in a lemon
    caper sauce
  • Chocolate raspberry truffle torte

Chefs will share their secrets about how to make these delicious dishes.  They’ll also show you how to make your own butter (in ten minutes) and pasta, too!

Tickets are $100 per person.  Contact Mary Ellingwood at 207-755-3366 or email.  

Proceeds will support the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center and its programming.

Based on the belief that good health relies upon access to healthy food, the Nutrition Center is a true ‘community center.’ It is home to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry, Community Cooking Education Programs, the Somali Nutrition Education Initiative and Lots to Gardens.  

The Chefs Soirée — Good food.  Good for you.   Good for our community.

Have You Purchased Your Tickets?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

You’re Invited to Dance in Time
At the Historic Royal Oak Room

St. Mary’s Development Office and event co-chairs Mark and Deb Anthoine hope you will consider attending this exciting new event, Dance in Time, Saturday, March 19, 6:00 pm at the Royal Oak Room, in Lewiston.  

The evening will feature a champagne social hour, hors d’oeuvres, an exquisite dinner, and live auction.  Then dance the night away to the fabulous sounds of the Bob Charest Band, voted Maine’s Best Band ~ 2009 Maine Sunday Telegram Audience Readers Poll. 

Originally constructed in 1916, the Royal Oak Room was once the general waiting room of the Lewiston Station for the Maine Central Railroad for hundreds of passengers as they traveled to and from Quebec, Boston, New York, and points beyond.  This exquisite and unique space is named for its elegant ambience and historical features.

Proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Health System as we continue to provide superior service to our patients, their families, and our community.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to dress up, see the renovated grand ballroom at the Lewiston Train Station, and dance the night away!  We hope you will join us!

Tickets are $100 per person and $700 for a table of 8.

For more information and details, please contact Mary at 755-3366 or visit our website.

5th Annual Chef’s Soirée

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bringing Maine’s Heritage Foods to Life by Maine’s Culinary Best!Join St. Mary’s for our 5th Annual Chef’s Soirée: Bringing Maine’s Heritage Foods to Life by Maine’s Culinary Best! The event will be held on November 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm at the Nutrition Center of Maine, 208 Bates Street in Lewiston.We will enjoy an evening with Chef Scott Johnson, a native of Auburn, who will be preparing the main entrée and coordinating the night’s activities. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Scott was singled out by Esquire magazine as one of the nation’s top-five “rising chefs” in 2004. Scott and his colleagues will take us through the history of New England’s heritage foods, their effect on local economies, and the role of agriculture in Maine’s contemporary culinary landscape. 

Maine fisherman and lobsterman Proctor Wells, Jim Armaral of Borealis Breads, Mike Thompson of Thompson Orchards and Robert Bartlett of Bartlett Maine Estate Winery will make the night a truly amazing event showcasing the many agricultural products of Maine! 

Guests will take pleasure in wine, watch demonstrations, learn from some of Maine’s best, and enjoy a wonderful meal! 

Proceeds will support St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine. Founded on the belief that good health relies upon access to healthy food, the Nutrition Center promotes community health through a variety of programs including nutrition education, urban gardening, and emergency food distribution. 

Tickets are $100 each or $75 each if purchased prior to October 18, 2010. The registration deadline is October 29, 2010. Tickets will be held at the door. For more information or to make reservations, please call 777-8863 or email

Mother–Daughter Breakfast and Belly Dancing for Breast Health

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Sahara Desert Dancers will perform at a fundraiser for the Breast Health Program at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center on Saturday, October 2.

at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center


Join us Saturday October 2, 2010 as we kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’re starting at 8:30 am with a mother-daughter breakfast of muffins and coffee at the Lepage Conference Center at 99 Campus Avenue in Lewiston. Please bring a new pair of pink socks for a Sock Swap. 

Stick around, at 10:00 am Imari and the Sahara Desert Dancers will perform at a fundraiser for the Breast Health Program at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Dance along with them and learn a couple of “hip” moves and discover the many benefits of this fun and low-impact dance. No previous belly dancing experience necessary!  

RSVP by September 30, 2010 by calling the St. Mary’s Breast Health Program at 777-4445. Please visit our website at for a list of our Breast Health Awareness Month events. You may also visit Imari’s website to learn more about this exotic dance. We hope to see you on October 2! 

St. Mary’s Health System Fifth Annual Chef’s Soirée

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010


St. Mary’s Health System
Fifth Annual Chef’s Soirée
Friday, November 5, 2010
5:30 PM

$100 per person; space is limited
Nutrition Center of Maine
208 Bates Street
Lewiston, Maine

The Chefs Soirée, now in its 5th year, is one of St. Mary’s premier and most popular events! Come sip wine, learn, and enjoy a fabulous meal! Auburn, Maine’s own Chef Scott Johnson “voted one of America’s Top Chefs”, by Esquire Magazine, will take us through the history of Maine food and how the Maine economy has depended on its oceans and farmlands over time. Mr. Johnson has volunteered his time and talent for the last 2 years at the Nutrition Center and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to feature him in 2010.

Proceeds from the event will support St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Maine (NC). The NC’s program areas include Lots to Garden (an urban garden program), food pantry, and nutrition education.

Each year is different than the last! Don’t miss out on this truly unique evening! Reservations are required.

For more information call Mary Ellingwood at St. Mary’s Health Systems’ Development Office at 207-777-8863 or by email.

Register early to be sure to get a spot. Seating is very limited!

Healthy Choices, Healthy Hearts with Wei-Li Restaurant

Monday, August 9th, 2010

St. Mary’s Heart Walk Committee, in partnership with Wei-Li, invites you to order from Wei-Li, limited to the “Healthy Choices” menu Wednesday, August 11 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.  

We encourage you to place your order in advance on Monday (8/9) or Tuesday (8/10) between 10:00 am to 8:00 pm by phone-344-0022, fax-344-0024 or email (E-mail orders close at 8:00 pm Monday & Tuesday) OR on Wednesday by phone or fax only.  

Please include name, credit card information, phone number, extension.  Your order will be confirmed with a return phone call verifying credit card information.  Please do not phone the restaurant to check receipt or delivery status. 

Volunteers will deliver to your department or unit on campus.  Wei-Li will deliver directly to your location off campus.  We appreciate your patience for this high volume fundraiser.  Please allow extra time for delivery. 

St. Mary’s employees who take out or dine in at the restaurant on 945 Center Street will receive a 15% discount! 

Wei-Li prides itself with healthy choice dishes that do not contain sugar, MSG, or flour and are low in sodium, while prepared in an authentic oriental fashion. Please visit Wei-Li’s website for the “healthy choice” menu details.       

Please join us for Healthy Choices…Healthy Hearts!! Thank you in advance for your support of the American Heart Association and our local initiative leading to the September 19 Start! Heart Walk.

The 2010 Silent Auction and Raffle is Coming!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Mark your calendars and set your sights on Mission Week 2010.  The ever-popular Silent Auction and Raffle will be held on October 15, 2010.  This worthy function benefits the Marguerite d’Youville Fund for the Needy that aids employees and patients of the Health System

Due to construction and a somewhat roundabout access to the Lepage Conference Center, we will have a slight change in this year’s format.  The Auction/Raffle will again be open for viewing, bidding, and raffle ticket buying on Thursday, October 14, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  On Friday, October 15, we will open the doors at 7:00 am as usual.  However, we will be closing all bids and sales at 2:00 pm instead of 3:00 pm. This will allow us to contact all winning bidders sooner to allow for pick-up of items prior to leaving work.  In the past we often had to store items until the high bidders could pick them up on Monday or during the following week.  We have lost easy access to storage due to the new construction and will ask all bidders to claim prizes on that Friday. 

The Raffle drawing will commence at 2:00 pm in the hopes that we will be able to also catch the winners before they leave for the weekend.

 As in past years, the Auction Task Force has listened to all your comments, reviewed suggestions, and taken all into consideration to the best of our ability.

 Along with the Auction, $5 Raffle, and an expanded $1 Raffle, we have added a Special Raffle, the Hot Item of the Year.  This year, we will feature an Apple iPAD, the hottest of the hot electronic gadgets on the market.

 We have established the $100 Top Tier Prize Drawing that will feature a $1,000.00 Visa Gift Card, a 46-inch LCD Flat Screen TV, and either a BOSE Sound System or an IPOD Sound System with docking station and speakers (yet to be determined). These are fabulous prizes that we hope will set record-breaking sales.  Raffle tickets will go on sale the first week of September.

 If you wish to donate a spectacular entry either for the Auction or the Raffle, please call Carolyn Bauer at extension 777-8382 or email

 Thank you all for your continued support and contributions for this year’s event. Stay tuned for updates as the prizes start to roll in.

Did you know that St. Mary’s supports local organizations and our friends in Haiti?

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Did you know that United Way supports over 40 community organizations in the Lewiston/Auburn area?

Did you know that St. Mary’s supports local organizations and our friends in Haiti?

When you give to the Hearts United and United Way campaigns you are touching the lives of many people. You can make a difference on problems you care about as well as those that fall outside the course of your daily life.

Join us as we spotlight some of those organizations and interview individuals whose lives have been touched by one of the groups we support.

This weeks focus is Haiti. Carol Clark, Pharmacy Technician, has been involved with St. Mary’s Haiti Mission since 2003.”

“Carol, what first got you involved with Haiti?”

My connection to Haiti began in 2003 when our family attended a Big Daddy Weave concert here in Maine. This particular concert was a promotional event for Compassion International. That evening my husband Sam and I became sponsors of a beautiful little girl, Paulonne, who lives in the Northern part of Haiti.

A few years later, in April of 2006, I began working here at St. Mary’s. During the new hires’ orientation program, I learned about St. Mary’s mission to the poor, which included outreach right here in central Maine, and also in Haiti. So, now I had a second connection to Haiti, and I remained very interested over the next two years.

In January of 2009, I joined the St. Mary’s Mission Team and spent 10 days in Haiti. This first-hand exposure to the severe poverty as well as the work of the missions bringing such hope — it all had huge impact on me. Our group stayed at St. Boniface Hospital in Fond-des-Blancs, but also visited Pwoje Espwa (Hope Village) in Les Cayes. In the land surrounding this school and orphanage in Les Cayes, massive concrete platforms have been constructed to allow the local farmers to dry their freshly harvested rice in the sun. I remember looking across the millions of grains of rice spread out to dry. It was one of those special moments in life when God downloads a treasure into your heart, and you know you are called and chosen and empowered. In response, I reached out and picked up one little rice grain, one seed. I had an overwhelming sense that what I was to bring home from this trip to Haiti was like a very precious seed and it was my privilege to plant it, to tend it and help it to grow.

I returned knowing that I needed to respond in a way that would continue to raise both awareness and support, but I had no idea what shape this would take. Initially, I wrote a 40 page photo journal of my experiences and impressions and was invited to speak to a few groups here at St. Mary’s. But since then, rice seeds have turned to seed beads, and Now H-earings have started blooming in my mission garden!

“What is H-earings all about?

H-earings is a “grass roots” effort to raise awareness of the great need of people struggling to exist in the deeply rooted poverty of Haiti, and to let people know about the wonderful work being done to empower Haitians to build a better life. Hopefully, through the production and sale of unique hand-made earrings, a significant impact will be made over time to financially assist with this work.

The mission of H-earings is three-fold:

To raise awareness for the poor – to awaken “EARS that HEAR”

To invite anyone who is interested to participate in and help fund the creation of unique hand- crafted earrings by attending and/or hosting a H-earings Party.

To sell these earrings to the public, raising funds to further the work of four fine organizations, working alongside the poor of Haiti. Three of these missions are supported directly by the St. Mary’s Haiti Fund: St. Boniface Haiti Foundation (Fond-des-Blancs), Pwoje Espwa (Fr. Marc Boisvert’s orphanage in Les Cayes), and The Missionaries of Charity’s homes for children and the dying throughout Haiti. A fourth mission (an orphanage in Port-au-Prince “Wayom Timoun”), has recently been added as well.

The H-earings Parties are where all the fun and action is! These regular gatherings of interested volunteers provide the opportunity to educate the public, produce more earrings, and also to raise donation money to support the project. 100% of all proceeds from the sale of the earrings goes directly to the missions H-earings supports.

H-earings are currently sold at three locations: St. Mary’s Gift Shop, Joyful Hope Gift Shop in the Auburn Mall, and Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services in Lewiston.

“What do you want others to know about the mission in Haiti?”

Since the earthquake of January 12, many people have donated money to humanitarian aid organizations working in Haiti. Much of that money has provided supplies and help for the people who need it, but much has not. You’ve probably heard reports of the frustration being voiced about the lack of organization and efficiency of the Haitian Government in getting the aid to the people. And this is a huge problem for the larger relief organizations. That is why it’s so great to have a connection through H-earings to be able to assist smaller NGO’s that have been working alongside the Haitian people for years. This aid for the most part does not have to pass through government hands and does not get tied up in customs. The help we give to these organizations is really getting through to the people in a way that makes a positive difference in their lives. The organizations we support are nothing short of Excellent. They are helping Haiti in the right way, with respect to their autonomy and way of life, meeting immediate needs short-term and empowering Haitians to rise up and lead their people to a better future. I am just so honored to be a part of this great work.

I would encourage anyone to check out their websites:

Not everyone can commit to traveling to Haiti or doing the amount of work that you do. What do you recommend for those that want to be involved but in a lesser capacity?”

“It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters. “ (Mother Teresa)

I don’t think I need to add to this….it’s not how much we do; it’s the heart of compassion that matters. Here are several ideas that come to mind:

• Pray. If you are a believer, please include the people of Haiti and the mission work going on there in your regular prayers.

• Keep informed, not just from the TV news reports, but find out what is happening at the mission locations we support. Check out the websites. Subscribe to RRS feeds. Spread the word.

• Join the St Mary’s Haiti Committee. This is a very small time commitment most of the year and we need your fresh ideas. 

• Volunteer to help with St. Mary’s annual mission week coming up in October. (This is where I first jumped in. It’s a lot of fun helping out at the Haiti Marketplace! ) Plan to at least come by to bid on some auction items, buy some raffle tickets, and get some lunch.

• If you’d like to try your hand at making jewelry, come to a H-earings Party. No prior skill required. All materials provided. Or you can host a party at your home.

• If you are a “facebooker”, go to the H-earings page and click on “like”. Then you will stay updated with all the latest news. Also coming soon:

• When you have a need for a gift for a lady, please consider a pair of H-earings. It’s unique, affordable, it always fits, and it’s the gift that gives twice.

• If you have the means, consider a direct donation to the St. Mary’s Haiti Fund.

Do you support a St. Mary’s or United Way organization? Let us know what that means to you. Contact Cindy Cronkhite @