Eat Maine

Nina June

Today, like most days, Sara Jenkins is kneading pasta dough in the kitchen of her Rockport restaurant, Nīna June. While she works the dough to a smooth consistency, she tells the story of the wheat harvest in the Tuscan village … Continue reading

The Green Ladle

There’s just a half hour before the doors open at the Green Ladle’s Open House, an annual event to showcase this Lewis-ton culinary arts program. In the parking lot, senior Noah Leclair is tending a smoker filled with pork ribs … Continue reading

The English Meadows Supper Club

Like all good dinner parties, this one starts in the kitchen. Innkeeper Kate Parisi is seated at the island while chef Cecelia Bye brushes melted butter on goat cheese tartlets decorated with thin slices of turnip to look like lotus … Continue reading

Woodford Food+Beverage

There’s a revitalization happening at Woodfords Corner. The area, where four neighborhoods come together, is not just getting a facelift; it’s getting a new life. The two flatiron-style buildings that frame Forest Avenue are being updated to preserve their brick exteriors. … Continue reading

Academe at the Kennebunk Inn

By the time Brian and Shanna O’Hea moved to Maine 15 years ago, they’d already had some exceptional and interesting cooking and hospitality experiences. There was Shanna’s stint as estate manager for a well-known and wealthy family in New York, … Continue reading

Bolster, Snow, & Co.

It’s a joy to see the beautiful historic buildings of Portland restored to their glory days. The former Baxter Library building is now home to an advertising agency, Woodford Corner is getting a complete makeover, and now a lovely Italianate … Continue reading

The Coplin Dinner House

On a sweltering day in August, Sadie, a Portuguese water dog, greets me as I pull off Carrabassett Road in Coplin Plantation. Her enthusiastic welcome is matched by that of her owners, Heidi Donovan and Tony Rossi. They are waiting for … Continue reading

Rose Foods

My Jewish grandmother was not much of a cook. In fact, I don’t ever recall the oven even being turned on. I’m not sure what she ate when we weren’t there, but when my family visited her in New York, … Continue reading

The Roma

Imagine the Roma Cafe in the 1960s with crystal chandeliers, white tablecloths, and happy patrons sipping hefty martinis. The dressed-up crowd nibbles on olives from the relish tray, while waiting on their veal parmesan dinner. It could be an anniversary … Continue reading


Four flavor profiles make up the foundation of Thai food: sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. But there’s one element that is rarely mentioned, and is important to the Thai cuisine experience: hospitality. At Cheevitdee on Fore Street in Portland, there’s … Continue reading