Archive for the ‘People’ Category

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.

Family Friendly Breweries

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The new episode of Great Beer Adventure is an interview with Christie Mahaffey, co-owner of Foundation Brewing, about bringing kids to breweries and bars.

A Brewer in the House

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Congratulations to Rising Tide co-owner Heather Sanborn on her successful campaign for a seat in the Maine House of Representatives.

Interview with Don Lindgren

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

The Press Herald has published an interview with Don Lindgren, owner of Rabelais Books.

Q: Every day you handle books that are hundreds of years old. Presumably, you have the long view. Have people ever been more obsessed with food and drink than we are now? Will our obsession last?

A: The most food-obsessed were the people at the dawn of prehistory, where if they didn’t get food today they would starve. But we are at a moment with the most complex fascination with food that’s ever existed, and that is because – I am trying not to be too geeky – the individuation of food is tied up in who we are, in how we identify ourselves. In the past, regions would express their identities through their food, so you have southern food or food from the Low Country, or food from just one city in Italy. Now it’s very individual, and from person to person, we express ourselves through food in very different ways. Our expression may be that we are gluten-free, or that we only drink a particular type of Bourbon, or that we are obsessed that our food be produced locally. But whatever that individual opinion is, we care greatly about it. And short of there being a terrible calamity that changes the way we eat, the fact that food is greatly important to us will stay with us, because it remains real and sensuous at a moment when other things are increasingly virtual.

2nd Annual Fabulous Femmes Dinner

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Some of Maine’s leading chefs collaborated Sunday night on the 2nd Annual Fabulous Femmes dinner at Flanagan’s Table. The 6-course dinner raised $12,000 in support of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

The good folks at Knack Factory produced this video about the motivation for the annual event and behind the scenes footage from the kitchen.

The dream team of culinary talent includes:

  • Krista Kern Desjarlais from The Purple House and Bresca & the Honey Bee
  • Briana Holt from Tandem Coffee and Bakery
  • Melissa Kelly from Primo
  • Ilma Lopez from Piccolo and Caiola’s
  • Kim Rodgers from Hugo’s, Eventide and The Honey Paw
  • Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan, Bao Bao Dumpling House and Lio

Erica Archer from Wine Wise served as the evening’s sommelier, and Leigh Kellis from The Holy Donut and Alysia Zoidis from East End Cupcakes produced baked goods for diners to take home.

Here’s a look at the menu:


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.