Michele Ragussis to cook at Maine Mall Thursday afternoon

As a frequent Food Network Guest Chef and Maine restaurateur, Michelle Ragussis is used to cooking in front of the camera or behind a counter. On Thursday, she’ll apply her skills with the knife and down-to-earth crowd engagement in a live cooking demonstration in the common area of The Maine Mall, near Sports Authority from 2-4pm. The Bangor Daily News has a food-themed cart set up nearby, which will be on display through the end of September, featuring recipes, articles and videos from bangordailynews.com.

The Maine Mall event will offer community members a behind the scenes experience with Ragussis. The set up will allow for shoppers to get up close and ask the chef questions about any number of things; from cooking tips to chatting about her time on Food Network to her popular blog to her restaurant, The Pearl in Rockland. Ingredients, cookware and appliances will be provided by Williams-Sonoma.

Michele’s appearance is the result of collaboration between Ragussis, The Maine Mall, and the Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau. Michele’s mall cooking session will follow a CVB press conference in Portland’s Old Port that morning, during which Michele and the CVB will unveil the highlights of this October’s Harvest on the Harbor event, set for Oct. 24-27 in Portland. New to Harvest on the Harbor 2013 is the Cutting Edge Culinary competition, in which culinary students and chefs compete in front of a live audience, and which will be emceed by Ragussis.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.