Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Q&A with Leigh Kellis

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Knack Factory has interviewed Leigh Kellis, owner of The Holy Donut.

Whenever I go into your places, there is a full line, sometimes extending out the door. What is it about what you do that people are responding to?
That’s a really good question. I have been trying to figure it out for a couple of years. We have had a spectacular reception to this business. I don’t take that for granted. I am grateful for literally every person who comes through the line. I realize that this might not last forever. Yes, we have a good product, but there is also something very quirky about this place and I know that…

Interview with Locally Sauced Burritos

Friday, July 4th, 2014

From Away has published a Q&A with Charlie Ely, owner of the Locally Sauced Burritos food cart.

What first attracted you to the food business?
My garden. Four years ago I had a small garden that produced over 100lbs of peppers (way more than I knew what to do with anyway). So I started to play around with hot sauces. I reached a point where I had around 10 sauces. At this time, I was working as an accountant and hating every second of it. I realized there had to be more to life than sitting at a desk. I decided to focus on how I could get these sauces out to the public and turn that in to a job. Locally Sauced was born.

Interview with Maine-ly Meatballs

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The American Journal has published an interview with Maine-ly Meatballs.

Q: Do you have any long-term goals for Maine-ly Meatballs? Are there ways to expand?
A: We are hoping to franchise Maine-ly Meatballs. You never know, you may be on vacation in Florida and see a Maine-ly Meatballs truck roll on by.

Interview with Bite into Maine

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The Press Herald has published an interview with Sarah and Karl Sutton, owners of the Bite into Maine lobster roll food truck.

Q. Is there a lot of heated competition among food trucks and between food trucks and restaurants?
It’s not as adversarial as the media makes it out to be between food trucks and restaurants. Food trucks are a good way for a restaurant to expand, like if they want to do more catering. And a lot of food truck owners end up opening brick-and-mortar restaurants. We want to be at Fort Williams forever, but we eventually want to have our own brick-and-mortar takeout place. And food trucks work together well. I don’t think of other food trucks as my competition…

BFC Interview with Fishin’ Ship

Friday, June 20th, 2014

A new episode of Booze, Fish and Coffee interviews Fishin’ Ships founders Arvid Brown and Sam Gorelick.

Summary: Bo grabs lunch from Fishin’ Ships, the new fish-and-chips food truck in Portland, and hears from its creators how it all began.

Food & Wine: Cara Stadler

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

CaraFWEarlier this year Food & Wine named Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan one of the 2014 Best New Chefs.

The July issue of the magazine has a 1-page profile of Stadler and her recipe for Miso-Roasted Eggplant with Tomato, Dill, Shiso and Black Vinegar.

Stadler has a new restaurant called BaoBao Dumpling House under construction on Spring Street in the old West End Deli.

Interview with Andrew Taylor

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Knack Factory has published an interview with chef Andrew Taylor from Hugo’s/Eventide.

Is there a secret to running a successful place?
I think the best way to have a successful business is to have worked in successful kitchens and to keep moving up in those roles. I also have only wanted to work in places where people care about food. I have always tried to seek environments where people were as interested in food as I am.

Interview with Kate McCarty

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The Huffington Post has published an interview with Kate McCarty, author of Portland Food.

In your opinion, what is it about the Portland food community that inspires so much creativity?
The low cost of entry and accessibility (e.g. rents, prime space) is attractive to many chefs, as well as our abundant local ingredients like produce, cheese, meat, and seafood. Everyone in Maine is into making things, whether it’s cured meats or beer or blueberry jam. All of the chefs I talked to while researching Portland Food mentioned how supportive and collaborative the food and restaurant industry is. We don’t have the same competitiveness in the restaurant industry that they have even just down the road in Boston. All these factors created this incredible restaurant scene for a city of our size.


Uni is the New Bacon & WF’s Local Forager

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram includes an interview with Kristen Bartlett, the Whole Foods staffer who tracks down locally made foods for the store’s shelves,

Is this a problem for her at parties? Is she swarmed by local farmers, waving organic broccoli and apple butters? Not yet, she says, though she wonders what will happen after her photo is published in Source.

and an article about Uni being declared the “new bacon” by Food & Wine magazine.

High-end restaurants in major cities have been experimenting with uni for a while, Branchina said. What’s more interesting to him is the big jump Browne Trading has seen in retail sales online: a 54 percent increase between 2012 and 2013, and so far in 2014, up 93 percent from the previous January to May.

Interviews with Joe Ricchio and Thomas Pisha-Duffly

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

The latest to Shift Drink interviews from the folks at Knack Factory are out. This time around they interviewed well known bartender and Portland personality Joe Ricchio, and chef and Family Feast creator Thomas Pisha-Duffly.

Interview with Briana Holt

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Eater Maine has published a short interview with Briana Holt, baker at the upcoming West End location of Tandem Coffee.

Do you have a signature dish (or dishes) or plans for limited special items?
The new spot is going to be pretty pie-centric, with a constantly rotating list including seasonal and year-round options. I’m also pretty excited about the chocolate chip cookie, which I hope will cause a ruckus: Traffic jams, people camping out in front of the shop, that sort of thing.

Dobra in Korea/Japan

Saturday, May 10th, 2014


Dobra Tea owners Ray Marcotte and Ellen Kanner are on a research trip to Korea and Japan. You can follow their travels online at According to a press release,

[They are] seeking to strengthen tea culture in Portland by traveling to meet their tea producers and farmers in Asia and bring their knowledge back home to share. The tea plant – Camelia sinensis – is the focus of this journey. There are six classes of tea including green, white, yellow, oolong, black and pu-er, but the focus of this year’s journey is Korean and Japanese green.

Interview with Nathaniel Meiklejohn

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Eater Maine has published an interview with Nathaniel Meiklejohn on his upcoming cocktail bar, The Jewel Box (website, kickstarter).

What are you hoping to bring to the crowded Portland bar scene that we’re missing, or that hasn’t been fully fleshed out yet?
There are millions of mixed drink recipes out there and thousands more [created] every day. There are forever new distilleries, hundreds of new mixing products, and constantly evolving techniques for making drinks. What we are going to do is honor the ever-changing landscape of mixed drinks by changing our drink menu every week. We will base the week’s menu on a theme, an ingredient we love, our current mixing fixations, and/or seasonal ingredients.

The Jewel Box will be located at 644 Congress Street. Meiklejohn hopes to have it open by the end of June.

Kate McCarty on WLOB

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Shannon Moss interviewed Kate McCarty earlier this week on WLOB about her blog and her upcoming book, Portland Food: the culinary capital of Maine. An archive recording of the session is available on the WLOB website.

Interview with Stephen Lanzalotta

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Knack Factory has published an interview with Stephen Lanzalotta. In the interview Lanzalotta share details on his upcoming restaurant Slab (instagram) and his early history as a cook and baker.

What about baking specifically?
The way I got into baking was crazy. My ex-wife—my wife at the time—and I had moved to Maine to get back to the land. I built a house out of the trees of the land, cut the Spruce logs down and built a log house. I built all of the furniture. While I was doing this incredible endeavor I needed some carb sustenance so I would make these big piles to burn off the Spruce and when it would get down to ash, I would make very crude breads by burying it in that ash.

Interview with John R. Myers

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Knack Factory has published an interview with bartender John R. Myers.

What about those revelations appealed to you?
I think it is just like anything that you start to care about. You start caring about quality on another level, especially when your craft is related to your employment. When you care about doing it, it brings a whole new level of enjoyment. When you care about the quality of ingredients you are using and the fresh juices and the homemade concoctions, it keeps it interesting and makes it worth doing.

Chebeague Island Inn’s New Chef

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Maine a la Carte has reported on a preview dinner at Chebeague Island Inn prepared by their new chef Brandon Hicks.

Hicks moved to Maine from ilili Restaurant in New York City, where he spent the last three years as chef de cuisine. Before that, he worked at several New York restaurants, including a stint as chef de cuisine at Brasserie 8 1/2; maitre fromager at Artisinal Restaurant; and chef de partie at Picholine.

Hicks is also a certified master sommelier, and shared some of his knowledge about wine – as well as a bottle or two from his own cellar – during the course of the evening.

Q&A with Arlin Smith

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Knack Factory has posted a Q&A with Arlin Smith from Hugo’s.

Why are you in this business?
I love taking care of people in a way that they didn’t even think was possible. I would say that fact alone is what drives me. Ultimately it is what I do every day for people. Most people see service as service, where they have a server and they get to beckon them, call them over, whatever is brought over, they pay them and they are on their way. I feel like hospitality is an anticipation of needs, it is making suggestions, it is getting guests something they wanted that they didn’t even know they wanted.

Interview with Kim Rodgers

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Knack Factory has posted an interview with Kim Rodgers, pastry chef at Hugo’s/Eventide.

This industry can be a difficult one and sometimes people don’t stick around for very long. What made you stick around?
I went to school for art, sculpture and French. For me, it was a marriage of all of those things. It was a tactile and visual thing. There are materials and you are changing them and there are endless possibilities and I fell in love with it. And you go in every day and it is never the same. It is not always the easiest, but there is always something to learn and there are great people to work with.

Interview with Luke Davidson

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Maine Today has published an interview with Luke Davidson, head distiller of Maine Craft Distilling.

How does your upbringing on a farm influence the way you work now?
That’s interesting. I definitely approach it in a more practical way, but it limits my abilities in other ways. Fortunately, I have my partner Fred [Farber] and a few other collaborators who have whole different skill sets, and together we make a good unit. In terms of the practical piece: growing up in a really, really remote setting during a really remote time, I learned from everybody that if you can’t find it, you make it. Basically everything here we’ve made ourselves.