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Taste the World

  • Fork Food Lab Portland ME (map)

Join Propel for our second In Focus event of the year on Thursday, November 8th from 5:30 – 8:00pm at Fork Food Lab (72 Parris St, Portland, ME 04101). This is Propel’s second time hosting a Taste the World event, during which attendees have the opportunity to fill their plates with delicious delicacies from across the world, made by New Mainer Culinary Entrepreneurs here in Portland. The success of our first event led to the development of the New Mainer Culinary Entrepreneur Program, which supports immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs in the culinary field in Maine through a multi-pronged approach, including a New Mainer Culinary Entrepreneur Scholarship that covers the cost of a three month membership at Fork Food Lab and other startup costs, along with business support from CEI’s Start Smart program. As a result of the New Mainer Culinary Entrepreneur Scholarship, its first recipient Aklilu Tsaedu, owner of Niyat Catering, was able to launch his Ethiopian catering business at Fork Food Lab. Learn more about the program and Akiliu’s success at:

This year’s event is being hosted in partnership with Fork Food Lab, Coastal Enterprises Inc.Catholic Charities of Maine’s Refugee and Immigration Services, and Maine Access Immigrant Network. All event proceeds will directly support the next recipient of the New Mainer Culinary Entrepreneur Scholarship. Our generous In Focus Event Series sponsors at Machias Savings Bank have offered to match up to $1,125 in event proceeds, so please buy your tickets now and make additional donations if you are able to!

Our last Taste the World event was a sold out event, so buy your tickets while they last!

Earlier Event: September 27
Tech Talk Portland
Later Event: November 29
JAM Fest