Like many in Maine, we were saddened to read of the September passing of Leon Gorman, grandson of L.L.Bean founder Leon Leonwood Bean and either president or chairman of the company for 46 years. Outside of L.L.Bean, Gorman was known for his charitable pursuits. For this remembrance, we turned to Gorman’s friend Mark Swann, executive director of Portland’s Preble Street resource center for homelessness, hunger, and poverty.
Last year, 170 new restaurants opened in Maine. Statistically, more than a quarter of them won’t make it through their first year. This is the story of one that did — restaurateur Annemarie Ahearn’s ambitious Salt Water Farm — and of what it took to get there: bruised egos, broken friendships, and tough lessons about what Mainers want.
Every family has their own Thanksgiving dinner traditions, but some common elements, like turkey, sweet potatoes, and a whole lot of butter, unite us all in mouthwatering anticipation. Larry Matthews, chef/owner of the iconic Back Bay Grill in Portland, likes to keep things simple and delicious, with dishes that allow for easy adjustment to accommodate a potentially increased guest list.