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Food for the hungry

For many Maine kids, the end of the academic year means an end to regular meals.
Gourmet chefs seek to feed Maine's kids
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  June 25, 2010
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Growing, and growing!(1)

When Scott Howard started growing tomatoes in a small backyard greenhouse in 1997, he never dreamed that one day he would see his products on the shelves of grocery stores and on the menus of local restaurants.
Olivia’s Garden finds more ways to reach your plate
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  May 28, 2010
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Growing, and growing!

When Scott Howard started growing tomatoes in a small backyard greenhouse in 1997, he never dreamed that one day he would see his products on the shelves of grocery stores and on the menus of local restaurants. But that’s where he finds himself: As the p
Olivia’s Garden finds more ways to reach your plate 
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  May 28, 2010
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On vacation with a chef

One of the most commonly posed questions to chefs is some version of: Where do you go to eat?
What can you do with plantains?
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  April 30, 2010
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Fine wine, fine cause

Drinking for a good cause is starting to catch on in Portland.
Distributors partner to raise money, educate Portlanders on wines of the world
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  April 02, 2010
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Creating an oyster legacy

While awaiting brunch at Vignola one Sunday afternoon, the server surprised us with two oysters on the half-shell, topped with vibrant pomegranate seeds.
Winter Point harvests from 300-year-old family land
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  March 05, 2010


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The brunch quandary

There seems to be an endless number of places to try in Portland. So many, in fact, that I keep discovering well-established restaurants that I didn't even know served brunch. One of those places was Vignola.
In Portland, there's always one more place you haven't tried
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  February 05, 2010
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Tests of time

It feels like every week I read about a new restaurant opening in Portland.
Don't let old standbys drop off the radar
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  December 11, 2009
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The way it 'Otto' be

People queued up along Congress Street during the First Friday Art Walk last week may have been in town for the art, but they were in line for the pizza.
Congress Street slice shop sticks to the basics
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  November 13, 2009
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Seasonal fare(well)

With Labor Day weekend behind us, so goes the high tourist season here in Maine. While this means less crowded beaches and the possibility of finding a weekend parking space in the Old Port, it signifies a major transition for restaurateurs around the
The chef of Five Fifty-Five bids adieu to summer
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  September 11, 2009
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Life after the Old Port?

As the central hub for tourists and locals alike, the Old Port seems like the perfect spot for a restaurant. But sometimes being in the center of the madness can detract from the experience, not only for diners, but also for the owners.
Owners of Rachels L'Osteria share their experience moving to the neighborhood
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  August 21, 2009


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Full circle

For someone who once envisioned herself sequestered in a dusty library somewhere in England reading medieval literature, Krista Desjarlais, executive chef and owner of Bresca, has a life far from quiet and solitude.
Bresca's new collaborative effort brings intimacy back to dining
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  July 24, 2009
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Where everyone knows your name

A conversation with the owners of Caiola's
A conversation with the owners of Caiola's
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  June 26, 2009
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Portland chefs get Bizarre recognition

This summer, I ate a junebug. Actually, I ate three junebugs, prepared three different ways.
What's cooking?
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  November 12, 2008
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Celebrating the deerly departed

Dressed in camouflage and toting hunter-orange cans of Miller High Life, a group of Portlanders gathered to celebrate the opening of deer season.
Fall feasts
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  October 24, 2007