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Coffee By Design recently won the prestigious 2020 Macro Roaster of the Year award. But as you will hear in this podcast, Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear’s vision for Coffee By Design was never about just selling coffee it was focused on creating and building a diverse community around its coffee brand. This engaging conversation covers the remarkable Coffee By Design founder story. But it doesn't stop here. Stay tuned to the end of the podcast where co-founder Lindemann shares how Coffee By Design is relying heavily on its core values to help navigate through a global pandemic. 
Meet Maine's reigning Donut Queen, Leigh Kellis, the founder and co-owner of The Holy Donut and author of Women Who Need Donuts. Back in 2011, Leigh started The Holy Donut with nothing but a few simple ingredients in her pantry and a whole bunch of love and permission to indulge in her cravings. But soon donuts became more than a distraction. They became an obsession. She made batch after batch on her kitchen stove tinkering with recipes and finally landed on 'The Holy Donut!  Leigh's mission was simple: she aimed to make a delicious donut from scratch that she felt good eating. Take a listen to how she grew her donut empire from making a dozen donuts a day to two million donuts a year with three constants: love, passion and family.
Chef Melissa Kelly's in depth interview and podcast, The Gospel According to Melissa Kelly, was so popular we knew her die-hard fans out there would be thrilled to tune into this sequel episode featuring bonus footage that didn't make it into the original episode. Find out what her signature dish is at her award-winning restaurant Primo, in Rockland, Maine, and what it felt like to cook for Anthony Bourdain and be featured on his hit show, No Reservations.Melissa Kelly is the first two-time recipient of the prestigious James Beard award for 'Best Chef Northeast'. Based on the 'full-circle' kitchen philosophy, Melissa Kelly has proven that the ultimate farm-to-table experience is not only sustainable, but can also be a profitable one. 
Melissa Kelly is the first two-time recipient of the prestigious James Beard award for 'Best Chef Northeast'. Based on the 'full-circle' kitchen philosophy, Melissa Kelly has proved that the ultimate farm-to-table experience is not only sustainable but can also be a profitable one. Find out what it takes to curate, maintain and sustain one of the most renowned farm-to-table restaurants in the nation for twenty years. Melissa was recently nominated for her third James Beard award, but this time for Outstanding Chef! This is one of the most exclusive, rare and in-depth interviews on Melissa Kelly's life and career. 
Gelato Fiasco is the fastest growing independent gelato pint brand in the US. Since its launch in 2007, Josh and his business partner, Bruno Tropeano, have created over 1500 unique flavors in their flavor foundry flagship location, in Brunswick Maine. The best-selling flavors can now be found in 5,000 grocery stores across the country and at two charming scoop shops in Brunswick and Portland Maine. Join me as we find out how they created their award-winning brand of gelato inspired by Italy but perfected in Maine. 
Rob Dumas has the most interesting story in professional food. He's cooked in kitchens large, small and even presidential. From a submarine off the coast of Virginia, to the White House Navy Mess and even cooking for the Obama family while on the road. Yet, if you met Rob he would tell you he is facing his biggest challenge yet! Rob is University of Maine Orono's Food Science Innovation Coordinator. He also manages the Dr. Matthew Highlands Pilot Plant, a state-of-the-art research facility that aims to elevate, diversify and innovate Maine food products alongside big and small Maine food producers. Tune into Rob's podcast to find out how a kid from Slidell, Louisiana curated a deep understanding of food... one that greatly influences his gig as Maine's food innovation go-to-guy!
Kate McAleer and her mother Donna are co-founders of Bixby & Company – one of Maine’s most innovative chocolatiers and chocolate-makers, based in Rockland. Bixby & Company is a vital part of Maine’s present food story but also its future. Find out how this mother-daughter duo launched a progressive craft candy company with a conscience and recently launched Maine’s only organic bean-to-bar chocolate bars.
Maine Food For Thought

Maine Food For Thought


Sarah and Bryce Hach are co-founders of Maine Food For Thought, an international award-winning food tour based right in Portland, Maine. This educational-based tour highlights Maine’s core food systems through factual storytelling and delicious hand-crafted tastings created by thoughtful and award-wining chefs and restauranteurs. In under 3 years, Maine Food for Thought has become the #1 rated food and drink attraction in Maine by TripAdvisor. Find out how Sarah and Bryce curated this insightful tour and their thoughts on Maine’s Bicentennial food story – past, present and future. 
Susan Axelrod, Food and Special Projects Editor for Maine Magazine and Maine Home & Design, has covered scores of food and lifestyle features on prominent and up and coming culinary tastemakers in Maine. This episode documents the interesting twists and turns in Susan’s personal and professional journey in food and how she found her way from New Jersey to Maine.
I'm excited to take a deep dive into Maine's food story – past, present and future. Here's a sneak peek into Maine's Bicentennial Food Series featuring some of the state's finest culinary taste-makers, innovators and food entrepreneurs, sponsored by Eat Maine.
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