FARMINGTON — The seventh annual Maurer Meals will be Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15, at eleven locally owned restaurants throughout western Maine. Participating restaurants will offer special menus featuring locally grown food products, including organic and all-natural foods. Money raised will benefit the Justin A. Maurer Memorial Scholarship Fund, for a third- or fourth-year University of Maine at Farmington student enrolled in the Community Health Education Program.

The fundraiser is held in memory of Justin Maurer, a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of that program.

The goals for the event include supporting local agriculture and locally owned independent restaurants as well as the scholarship fund. It works to keep money local, keep the land sustainable and encourage people to make conscious decisions about food, health and community. To date, Maurer Meals has raised more than $12,000 and six Community Health Education students have benefited from the scholarship fund.

Each year area restaurants serve a variety of dishes created with local foods.

The program is organized with the help of the following organizations: Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County, Healthy Oxford Hills, River Valley Healthy Community Coalition, the University of Maine at Farmington, and Western Mountains Alliance.

Participating restaurants for the 2011 Maurer Meals are: Brian’s Bistro in Rumford, 364-3300; Café Nomad of Norway, 739-2249; Calzolaio Pasta Company of Wilton, 645-9500; The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant of Rangeley, 864-5805; The Heritage House in Skowhegan, 474-5100; The Homestead Bakery of Farmington, 778-6162; LaFleur’s of Jay, 897-2117; The Olde Mill Tavern of Harrison, 583-9077; The Sedgley Place of Greene, 946-5990; She Doesn’t Like Guthries of Lewiston, 376-3344; and 76 Pleasant St. of Norway, 744-9040.

For reservations, call the participating restaurant; for information about the scholarship, call Pat Carpenter of UMF at 778-7091; and for information about the Maurer Meals Project call Gary Maurer at 524-2060 or visit

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