1. What foods is Maine known for?
2. Tell us about the different areas where you host food tours.
Portland is Maine’s largest city and was voted “foodiest small town in America” by Bon Appetit magazine in 2009. It has as many restaurants per capita as San Francisco and is known for its small-town charm, with a big-city feel. This waterfront city is small and walkable, but packed with talented chefs producing great food and drink.
Bar Harbor is in Down East Maine outside of Acadia National Park, in an area where sailors have long since made their living pulling fresh seafood from the water. Local purveyors make the most of fresh ingredients in this small but thriving food scene.
3. Mmmm….Maine seafood. What do we need to know?
The once-humble lobster roll has gotten a gourmet makeover, at places like Eventide Oyster Co., a hip New England-style raw bar that serves fresh lobster meat with brown butter on steamed bun. A visit to Maine is not complete with out some steamed lobster, local oysters on the halfshell or beautifully prepared fish dish.
4. Which Maine chefs should we watch?
New Portland chefs Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez have been creating a stir with the great food they serve at the casual Blue Rooster Food Co. The Rooster serves creative comfort food like tater tot poutine, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and lobster bahn mis. Chefs Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley have taken over Hugo’s from their mentor and former chef/owner Rob Evans and have taken his avant-garde approach and run with it.
5. Are there any food events that we should plan our trip around?
Businesses stay open late, local art and craft vendors set up tables on the street, and food trucks cluster outside vintage mecca Portland Flea-for-All.
The Saturday Portland Farmers’ Market in Deering Oaks Park is a great way to see all the great local food Maine has to offer.
And of course, there’s always a Maine Foodie Tour to show you all the culinary hot spots!