Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Kerry Hanney, Baker

Friday, November 17th, 2017

This week’s Portland Phoenix has published an article about Kerry Hanney, the baker/owner of Night Moves Bread + Pie.

Kerry will soon be 31 years old, her wholesale business is thriving and expansion is a future certainty.

“The physical aspect of bread baking is empowering,” says Kerry. “Further, the positive reaction of the community has helped confirm that I made the right career decision. I get to work with fun and creative people everyday. My next step is to partner with the Maine Grain Alliance and work on public health and social enterprise; it’s time to share my good fortune with others.”

Hanney has launched a crowdfunding campaign to scale up her operation and open her own retail bakery.

Mike Fraser

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The Portland Phoenix has published an article about Mike Fraser.

His first position in Portland was at Cinque Terre on Wharf Street. There, he met Guy Streitburger, the current General Manager of The Roma Cafe, and Jason Loring, another Portland restaurateur. The three have remained close friends. Mike served and bartended at Fore Street for nine years. Four or five years into his Fore Street tenure, Mike decided it might soon be time to open his own place. His first foray into ownership was Bramhall, a successful bar and lounge on Congress Street. When Mike and Jason first looked at the Roma, they were considering the space for a private club. They spoke to the Quimbys who owned the space; at that time, they envisioned it for some other use. In the meantime, Mike helped finance the Rhum Tiki Bar and Big J’s Fried Chicken at Thompson’s Point — ventures which proved to be immensely popular.

Female Beer Brewers

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram has an article about the small but growing number of female beer brewers in Maine.

The state’s thriving beer industry mirrors national trends in which female brewers are a distinct minority. But as more women develop a taste for the product, the boys’ club door has been swinging open.

The article indicate that Shonee Strickland will be the head brewer at Brickyard Hollow Brewing Company when it opens in Yarmouth.

Allan Kellis, 68

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Allan Kellis, co-owner of The Holy Donut, passed away earlier this week at the age of 68, reports the Press Herald.

Soon after Leigh Kellis started making doughnuts in her kitchen in 2011, her father, Allan Kellis, jumped in to help.

He would show up at 6 every morning to make deliveries to coffee shops and retailers like Coffee by Design and Whole Foods. For the next five months, he delivered doughnuts and worked tirelessly to help his daughter grow the wholesale business and secure a retail space.

David Buchanan & Portersfield Cider

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published an article about David Buchanan and Portersfield Cider.

David Iovino

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The Portland Phoenix has published an article about Blue Spoon chef/owner David Iovino.

Hughes Attending Bar-5

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Hunt & Alpine Bar Manager Trey Hughes will be attending the Bar-5 certification program. This is a high level training program for people in the bar tending profession taught by Dale DeGroff, David Wondrich and others.

Lolita Chef Participates in Harvey Dinner

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Lolita Chef de cuisine Kimmo Meronen is returning to Texas for a reunion dinner with other former coworkers at *17 Restaurant in Houston. The dinner is a benefit “providing emergency assistance funds to those in Houston’s hospitality community affected by the storm”.

Tickets for the event and donations can be made at at

Erin French, The Lost Kitchen

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Forbes has published an article about Erin French, chef/owner of The Lost Kitchen.

At The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine, owner Erin French begins imagining dinner at 7 a.m.—but first, she checks the weather. The evening’s courses, crafted with ingredients from nearby farms, pastures, fields and waters, need to suit the season and the temperature. Maybe it’s fried green tomatoes in the summer or whole-roasted trout in the spring. Forecast in mind, she’ll design her menu based on the produce en route to her kitchen and the food she’d prefer on her own dinner plate.

Beverage Lawyer, Peach Crop

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Today’s Press Herald has an article on mead maker turned law student  Nick Higgins,

Higgins hopes to eventually use his experience as a mead maker to help other food and beverage entrepreneurs with the kind of legal issues that pop up while trying to start a food company.

and a report on this year’s bumper peach crop.

Mainely Hotdogs

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Mainebiz has published an article about Mainely Hotdogs and its owner Derke Gibbs.

In case you missed it, July was national hot dog month, but the occasion wasn’t lost on Derke Gibbs, who started his Mainely Hotdogs push cart business at the corner of Commercial and Silver streets in Portland’s Old Port last month.

Alan Spear

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Maine Icons has published a profile of Alan Spear, co-owner of Coffee by Design.

The property Spear and Lindemann found for the company’s first coffeehouse wasn’t in what many would consider an ideal location. In 1994, instead of being known as the Arts District, Congress Street had a much seedier reputation. The space the two leased was located near the State Theater, which at the time was known more for its adult film showings than its concerts. But it was also conveniently located across the street from the Maine College of Art, home to students in need of caffeine.

Wiley and Taylor

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Take has published an article about Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley, co-chefs for Hugo’s/Eventide/The Honey Paw.

Wiley says he and Taylor focus on using the best ingredients possible while presenting them in a thoughtful way throughout all three of their restaurants. “No matter what type of food, the local ingredients are what shine through,” he says.

Food Stories Interview with Lazzari

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

For the latest episode, Food Stories host Stephen Joffe has interviewed co-owner Meg Stanley and chef Rich Maggi from Lazzari. You can learn about the meaning of the word Lazzari, the inspiration for the restaurant, the history of the building, hear about the menu, learn the secret to their pizza dough and the process of developing the restaurant.

You can listen to the full interview on the WMPG website.

The Righteous Russet

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Munjoy hill resident, Sean Ryan Turley, will be writing a weekly apple column this fall for the Press Herald. Turley is an ardent heritage apple enthusiast. Along with his wife Cecilia Ziko, Turley has organized an annual rare apple tasting for the past three years (2015, 2016) that’s assembled upwards of 80 apple varieties for attendees to try.

You can follow Turley on instagram where he publishes under the monicker The Righteous Russet.