Starting this Friday the Luke’s Lobster in Portland is launching the New Maine Food section on their menu. Each month Luke’s will feature a dish which celebrate the food culture of one of Luke’s employees. The series is a collaboration between Luke’s and Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, and a portion of the proceeds from every dish sold will be donated to the Immigrant Welcome Center.
First up is a dish created in collaboration with Luke’s wharf manager Denny Fiaalii who is from Samoa. Fiaalii’s Tuna Oka is being prepared with Maine bluefin tuna and cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, onion, scallion, sesame oil, sirachca mayo and lime juice.
Future months will feature dishes from Cambodia, El Salvador and other food cultures represented by members of the Luke’s staff.
The initiative seeks to pair the many flavors of our “New Mainer” community with Maine’s natural local bounty. Each special dish will be a family recipe from one of its seafood company teammates or a friend from the New Mainer community. A portion of the proceeds from every dish sold will be donated to the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, a non-profit with whom Luke’s has recently partnered on business mentoring, food insecurity, and civic engagement projects.