Archive for the ‘People’ Category

2017 Business Leaders of the Year

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Congratulations to Bob and Carmen Garver, owners of Bard Coffee and Wicked Joe, on being named 2017 Business Leaders of the Year by Mainebiz.

The Garvers have come a long way since starting in a cramped space in Brunswick. Not only does Wicked Joe have a loyal following in Maine, it is also now distributed in 48 states, and expects to be in 50 states by the end of 2017. Distributors include Hannaford Brothers Co. and Shaw’s Supermarkets, as well as two of the largest natural and organic food distributors in the country, KeHE Distributors LLC of Naperville, Ill., and United Natural Foods Inc., which is based in Providence, R.I.

Hutchins to Join Rhum

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Award winning bartender Trevin Hutchins is joining the team at Rhum as a partner and director of their beverage program. Hutchin’s new cocktail menu, as well as a new food menu, is going to be unveiled at a press event next week.

Hutchins cocktails have been featured in Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Down East, and the New York Times. His drink the Jakarta was selected as one of the top 5 cocktails of 2015 by Star Chefs.

MRA Chef of the Year: Josh Berry

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Chef Josh Berry from Union has been named the 2017 Chef of the Year by the Maine Restaurant Association. Berry will be honored at a banquet on March 28th, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.

Barista Competition: Milo DeGoosh

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Bard Coffee barista, Milo DeGoosh, was successful at the Qualifying Competition in Austin this weekend and has earned a coveted spot at the U.S. Barista Competition taking place in Seattle, April 21-23.

Stella Hernandez on Wine Hospitality

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Lolita co-owner Stella Hernandez has written the first of a 2-part series for the Press Herald about her approach to hospitality and wine.

As I head into the 11th year of owning my own restaurant (and more before that as a server), creating wine lists and serving wine to countless people, I’m starting to get more comfortable with the idea of being a sommelier. But on my own terms.

New Owners for Howie’s

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

MaineBiz has published an article about the new owners of Howie’s Pub.

Joseph Hardy and Adam Moore, under the name Highlife LLC, bought the neighborhood Howie’s Pub, at 501 Washington Ave. in the East Deering neighborhood, from long-time owner Howie Chadbourne for $320,000, in a deal that closed Jan. 10.

Interview with Tom Bull

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Great Beer Adventure has posted an audio interview with Tom Bull, co-owner and brewer at Dirigo Brewing in Biddeford.

Quality Shop For Sale

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The Press Herald interviewed Steve Shamos about his family’s decades long ownership of Quality Shop on Stevens Ave, and his decision to sell the business and let “some young people to take over”.

Shamos’ grandfather, Elias Shamos, a Greek immigrant who moved to Portland from Brockton, Massachusetts, bought the shop from another owner in 1945. Shamos’ father, Steve, then took over, moving the Quality Shop next door to its current location at 473 Stevens Ave. in the 1970s.


Interview with Jason Perkins

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

HopCulture has published an interview with Allagash brewmaster Jason Perkins.

KG: Where is the industry headed? What do we have to look forward to? What’s coming?
More and more consumers will be turned on to what’s being offered out there, and what’s being offered in the craft beer world is a range of new flavors and new experiences. I think people will always want that. But there’s a lot, a lot of breweries out there, and there are a lot of breweries expanding. At some point, there won’t be the same growth that exists right now. Two years ago, almost anyone who wanted to could grow. I don’t think that’s going to be the case anymore. But that could end up being good for the industry. I think the overall quality that’s out there right now is good, but it could be better. I think there are some headwinds coming for people but in the end I think it’ll be good for the industry and good for the consumer.

Anna Horne Wingren, 100

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Anna Horne Wingren passed away earlier this month at the age of 100.

Anna had a cooking program, “Anna on Weekday” on WCSH-TV from 1959-1969, where she prepared recipes, interviewed celebrities and produced a weekly newsletter. It was during this time that she met and worked with Julia Child to promote the use of scallops in New England.

Purple House Series, Part 3

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Chef/owner Krista Kern Desjarlais has authored a third installment in the Press Herald series about opening The Purple House.

“I can’t believe you’re out of bagels before 10:30 a.m.!!” These are words I never expected to hear on day two, ringing out like a gong and sending waves of anxiety through my body. I smiled – at that customer and everyone else who showed up over the next two hours – as I explained again and again that the 200 bagels we’d made had sold out in just two hours.

Food Stories: Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Food Stories has posted an audio interview with Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy, owners of East Ender.

This is the 12th episode of Food Stories, a WMPG “radio show where we interview owners, creators, executives of food and beverage business in the evolving food scene in Portland”.

Prior episodes of Food Stories include interviews with:

Howie’s Pub (Updated)

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Joseph Hardy and Adam Moore are planning to purchase have purchased Howie’s Pub from its founder Howie Chadbourne later this month.

Update: The Bangor Daily News has published an article about Chadbourne.

It’s not flashy. It’s hard to find, even for locals in the know, and it seldom pops up on Instagram feeds. But Howie’s Pub has become a local destination because of the bar’s namesake: Howie Chadbourne.

But the 62-year-old owner of the no-frills East Deering watering hole is in the process of selling his pub and expects to pour his last pint by Jan. 31.

Madeline A. Napolitano, 81

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Madeline A. Napolitano passed away on Thursday at the age of 81. Napolitano and her husband Anthony founded Maria’s Ristorante.

Following graduation, Madeline began working for Central Maine Power. It was there where she met Rita Napolitano, who introduced Madeline to her brother, Anthony J. Napolitano. Madeline and Anthony were married at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on November 11, 1961. Together, they started one of the restaurant staples in Portland, Maria’s Restaurant. Throughout the years, Madeline was very involved in the restaurant as a hostess and bookkeeper. Even into the last few weeks of her life, Madeline was very active in the restaurant.

Interview with Steve and Michelle Corry

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Wine Spectator has published an interview with Steve and Michelle Corry, owners of Five Fifty-Five, Petite Jacqueline, and Portland Patisserie.

Wine Spectator: You opted for Portland over Boston. What was the city’s dining scene like when you first arrived, and how has it changed over the years?
Michelle Corry: There wasn’t much going on. We were a little nervous about doing fine dining in Portland. But I do remember one night talking about [what our restaurant would be like], [dining] out, looking around and thinking, “Oh my gosh, there’s a bottle of wine on every table—we’re going to make a wine restaurant!” Even then, people liked wine in Portland, and that bolstered us a little bit.