Dolce Vita Farm & Bakery, 488 Beach Road, Lincolnville, will offer a series of al fresco farm-to-table dinners.

The first event will take place Monday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. Stefano Valenti, guest chef/baker from Tuscany, Italy, and Rose Lowell, owner/chef/baker, will offer a full menu featuring assorted antipasti, handmade pastas — tortellini al prosciutto in brodo, vegetable lasagna, lobster tortelloni in salsa di pomodorini e pistacchio — salad, and a Tuscan nut torte for dessert. Reservations are necessary as seating is limited. The cost is $25/per person.

Dolce Vita Farm & Bakery is a Lincolnville institution. Lowell has been producing fresh breads and vegetables for sale at local farmers' markets, as well as her own vegetable shed, for more than five years.

A trip to Italy 17 years ago stole her heart and she's been going back ever since. It was during those times in Tuscany Lowell fell in love with the bread baked in wood-fired ovens. Two years ago, she installed her own wood-fired oven, Arabella, and has been making artisan bread, pizza and other baked goods.

Valenti is a traveling baker who has worked throughout Italy, South America, Malta and Maine. Several years ago, he helped launch Paolina’s Way in Camden. He and Lowell met at Spannocchia, an organic farm outside Siena, Italy, where Valenti led baking classes. They have been friends and collaborators ever since.

For further information, visit To make a reservation for the farm-to-table dinner Aug. 17, contact Lowell at 323-1052 or email