Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Interview with Josh Moody

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Dispatch has published an interview with Styxx owner Josh Moody about his experience running the bar and the decision to close it at the end of this year.

What’s next for you?
I don’t know exactly. I’ve considered looking for a smaller location, because the rent here is very expensive. When people hear that, they go, “What, like $1,200?” Yeah, I wish it was $1,200. That’s hilarious. I think a smaller location is something I’d consider, but it’d have to be perfect.

I really wouldn’t mind if it didn’t happen right away. I think a breather would be nice.

Interview with Leigh Kellis

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Maine Women magazine has published an intehrview with Leigh Kellis, owner of The Holy Donut.

Six years ago, Portland native Leigh Kellis, founder of The Holy Donut, did just that—she went for it. Kellis didn’t have a business or culinary degree, and she admits she wasn’t even interested in owning a business or becoming the next celebrity chef. Her only motivation was a craving for a not-so-junky doughnut.

Invite a Chef to Dinner

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The Portland Phoenix checked in with six chefs about how often they get invited over for dinner and what  happens when they are.

DT:  That is very often the case.  A typical exchange would be like this:  the husband says, “You should come over for dinner . . . when I told my wife I invited you for dinner she asked if I was crazy, he’s a chef . . . I can’t cook for him . . .”  Then the conversation changes to talking about where do you like to go out for dinner.  I tell them I really am easy to please and not to worry, but I rarely end up getting the invitation. It feels awesome to be invited for dinner.  I joke with people that it’s so nice to have someone else cook and that if they were heating up spaghetti O’s, I would be just fine.

Santo “Sam” DiPietro, 81

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Santo “Sam” DiPietro passed away on Sunday at the age of 81. He founded DiPietro’s Market in South Portland in 1972. Read more about DiPietro in this article and the obituary.

In 1972, Sam and Helen, along with their children, embarked on a new business venture opening DiPietro’s Market in South Portland — even today a landmark on Cottage Road. Soon after, Sam worked to co-found The Boys and Girls Club in South Portland, which was among Sam’s proudest achievements. Ever civic-minded, this was Sam’s opportunity to provide for South Portland the same opportunities he experienced as a boy.

Interview with Peter Bissell

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Great Beer Adventure has published an interview with Peter Bissell, co-founder of Bissell Brothers.

Peter and his brother Noah have come a long since first opening Bissell Brothers at 1 Industrial Way. They’ve relocated to Thompson’s Point and…But locations aren’t all that have changed for Peter and his brother. Their relationship had to evolve and be reshaped during the 2 year process of getting their brewery up and running. Peter goes in depth on what it takes to handle the stresses of opening a brewery while learning to accept a new concept of his brother and a new concept of himself as well.

Harvest on the Harbor, Mike Wiley, Kathy Gunst

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The Food & Dining section in  today’s Press Herald also includes an interview with the organizers of Harvest on the Harbor,

Some changes are afoot at Harvest on the Harbor, Portland’s annual food and drink festival, as new owners Stefanie Manning and Gabrielle Garofalo gradually put their own stamp on it and bring it, in their words, “to the next level.” This year’s Harvest on the Harbor will be held Oct. 20-23.

the second installment in a 3-part series by Hugo’s/Eventide/Honey Paw co-owner Mike Wiley,

Whether it’s streaming from Apple devices at Hugo’s and Eventide, blasting from tiny technicolor portables, or spinning from the turntables at The Honey Paw, without fail every Saturday at 4 p.m. – which may be the busiest, craziest, most frantic part of our entire week – we all listen to Jeff Lynne and his Electric Light Orchestra. Every Saturday since 2011.

and an article about food writer and Maine resident Kathy Gunst.

“Our quality of life was so much higher,” said Gunst, who is now 60. “There was no turning back, really. We stayed and we stayed and we stayed, and it’s been 32 years. I’ve raised two daughters here. I’ve written 15 cookbooks here. Maine informs everything that I do. Everything about it – the landscape, the ocean, the seafood, the chefs, the community. The food consciousness in this state is huge.”

Greenland Chef: Inunnguaq Hegelund (Updated)

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

The Press Herald reports that a Greenland chef, Inunnguaq Hegelund, is working at Vinland during the Arctic Council taking place this week.

Hegelund, 29, is a star chef in Greenland, and he’s here for the Arctic Council conference. But rather than spend his time in meetings and workshops, he’ll be prepping food and cooking on the line at Vinland with chef/owner David Levi. Hegelund said he’s looking forward to using ingredients he’s never cooked with before – wild mushrooms and hake, for example – and learning new techniques used by American chefs.

This is Hegelund’s first time in the United States, and while he has already gotten his first taste of Maine lobster, he wants to spend as much time in Levi’s kitchen as he can.

Update: The Bangor Daily News has also published an article about Inunnguaq Hegelund.

Pisha-Duffly’s Moving to Oregon

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Thomas and Mariah Pisha-Duffly are moving to Portland, Oregon. The pair helped launch and have worked at The Honey Paw since it opened in 2015 where Thomas has served as the chef de cuisine.

Erica Archer

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Maine Women Magazine has published a profile of Erica Archer, owner of Wine Wise.

Wine Wise events often sell out, and Erica says she often sees repeat customers at her various events. She hopes by offering variety in the wines she chooses and the locations of the events (specifically on the walks), her clients will always be introduced to something new. The something new could be a type of wine, a brand of wine or even a restaurant they haven’t yet tried.

Bourdain Interviews

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Today’s Press Herald includes an interview with Maine native and Bourdain cinematographer Zach Zamboni about growing up in Maine and his life on the road with Anthony Bourdain.

They may be buddies, but Zamboni is nothing like Bourdain’s no-holds-barred public persona. Soft-spoken and thoughtful, Zamboni often speaks in imagery that evokes the landscape, whether he is describing the rolling hills and deep forests of Maine or talking about how when you eat an oyster, you’re tasting the tides. He credits his rural childhood in Maine with helping to prepare him for the life he leads now.

and an interview with Bourdain.

Q: Our culture is so engaged with food now – almost to the point of fetishizing what’s on the plate. Is there any turning back? Or is this fascination with food a good thing?

A: We are more educated about what we’re eating and where it comes from and who’s making it than ever before. I think as silly as it is and as excessive and fetishistic, it signals a real cultural shift where we actually care about what we’re eating and who’s cooking, and this is good. I imagine that at some point we will shift to a more emotional response to food without taking pictures of it. We’re sort of catching up with France and Italy. On balance, however ridiculous it is at times and lampoonable, I’m happy with it.

Bourdain will be in Portland on October 9th for a show at the civic center.

Mike Wiley Series

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Mike Wiley, co-chef/owner, of Hugo’s, Eventide, and The Honey Paw, has penned an article providing a behind the scenes look at staffing a restaurant. This is the first of a three-part series by Wiley.

When I try to be frank with our guests about where the ideas and food come from, I get the sense they think my explanations are false modesty. That’s not it at all: A lot of really talented and hardworking people work in our restaurants, and everything is a collaboration.

Restaurant Branding

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The September issue of Dispatch includes an interview with Sean Wilkinson, co-founder of Might & Main, about restaurant branding.

Might & Main have worked with a number of successful restaurants in Portland such as Eventide and Central Provisions, and are now building a client base elsewhere such as Alden & Harlow in Boston.

The Lost Kitchen Book Available for Pre-Order

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

TLK_coverErin French’s book The Lost Kitchen: Recipes and a Good Life Found in Freedom, Maine is now available for pre-order with an anticipated publication date of May 2017.

The book is described as “An evocative, gorgeous four-season look at cooking in Maine, with 100 recipes” and will be available in hardcover and as an e-book.

Interview with Christopher Kimball

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

The Press Herald has interviewed Christopher Kimball about his new venture, Milk Street Kitchen.

“This is not really about me cooking Thai food or Cantonese or Moroccan food,” Kimball said. “It’s just about finding techniques and combinations of flavors, or ways of thinking about cooking to expand the repertoire. I’m not trying to cook somebody else’s food. Here’s the difference: Instead of going in the kitchen and taking an oatmeal cookie and making it 45 times, I’m starting somewhere else in the world to learn from somebody and listen to what they have to say and trying to figure out how I can adapt that back here.”

Kimball will be kicking off a cross-country Culinary Mystery Tour on the stage of the State Theater on September 8. Tickets are available online.

Interview with Leslie Oster

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Maine Women Magazine has published an interview with Leslie Oster from Aurora Provisions which includes some pointers for putting on a great event.

Leslie Oster is a bit of a legend in Maine. As general manager and catering director for Aurora Provisions (the café, catering company and market in Portland’s West End neighborhood), Oster will oversee a whopping 23 weddings this year and more than 50 catered events. She creates original menus and is known for her stunning table arrangements.