The Sebago Center is driven by our institutional pursuit of environmental and social justice. We are committed to sustainability and wellness and passionate about local food systems innovation. Embodying that commitment, our From Our Roots event programming is designed to give visitors a deeper sense of our mission to create sustainable communities by supporting the local food system and its farmers, food producers, food manufacturers, chefs, distributors, and consumers. We offer a number of ways to take part in the local food movement—from farm-to-table lakeside cookouts to outdoor concerts that support local farm families. Join us on the shores of Sebago Lake this summer and experience firsthand our commitment to building a healthy, robust food community.
A few evenings each summer, the beautiful historic Normandy-style Stone Barn at Sebago Lake will open its doors and serve a six-course farm-to-table meal boasting the vibrant tastes of the season’s local harvest. After visiting local farms and fishermen to source the freshest ingredients, Chef Mary Paine will craft an exquisite meal with her finds. Guests may find our chefs chopping herbs, grilling halibut or legs of lamb, or whipping fresh cream. The bounty of local meats, sustainable seafood, and seasonal produce will be served on long handcrafted maple tables family-style under soaring turn-of-the-century timbers in a rustic yet elegant barn setting. Spend the evening dining on delicious food and drink and connecting with local farmers and food purveyors who are shaping the local food movement. We look forward to welcoming you to this unique culinary experience that creates community and celebrates sustainability in the spirit of the Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation.
Kick back and enjoy our weekly backyard barbecues at the Stone Barn—farm-to-table style. Our weekly cookouts will offer a farm-to-table meal experience for the whole family, prepared outdoors with live action fire cooking using foods foraged nearby and sourced from Lakes Region farms. Watch your food being prepared right in front of you, and then enjoy it on picnic tables or bring your own blanket to spread on the grassy expanse where lawn games are sure to unfold.
Each Wednesday this summer, older adults of the local community are invited to take part in a farm-to-table lunch experience in the rustically beautiful setting of our historic Normandy-style Stone Barn on Sebago Lake. Each week, Chef Mary Paine will craft a different lunch menu focused on local meats, sustainable seafood, and seasonal produce. Lunches will consist of three courses: a salad or appetizer, main entrée, and dessert, as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, such as craft beer, domestic beer, white wine, rosé, water, iced tea, coffee, and lemonade. Family-style seating on long tables will allow for socializing under soaring turn-of-the-century timbers. We welcome you to enjoy this community-building dining experience and celebration of sustainability brought to you by the Institute for Integrative Aging.
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This summer, let our chefs pack you a picnic like no picnic you’ve had before. Reserve your picnic basket online, pick it up at Baggot Street Cafe, and take it anywhere on campus to enjoy—whether it’s down by the lake under a canopy of trees before you take a swim, in the courtyard of the Stone Barn overlooking a pasture, or in a secluded area in the woods off one of our trails. Crafted by chef Mary Paine, our farm-to-table picnic menu offers a variety of options for you to customize your picnic experience. Experience a Mediterranean-inspired mezze picnic with salads and specialty hummus or order a cheese and charcuterie board. Complimentary maps of trails and lake access are provided with highlighted picnic destinations so you can choose your own adventure. All you’ll need to bring is a blanket!