June 22, 2018
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Cooking Channel to film Portland food trucks this weekend

Courtesy of Chubby Werewolf
Courtesy of Chubby Werewolf
Bite Into Maine, a food truck operating out of Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, produced this "picnic style" lobster roll as its entry in the prestigious Tasting Table Lobster Roll Rumble in New York City this year.
By Kathleen Pierce, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — Cooking Channel film crews will be hitting the city streets starting Sunday to feature Portland’s food trucks.

The call from producers came in three weeks ago.

“We are thinking of coming to Portland, can you tell us what your story is?” recalled Ben Berman.

The Mainely Burgers co-owner was floored to discover that his favorite show, “ Eat St.,” wants to film the food truck he runs with his childhood friend Jack Barber.

On Sunday, from 7 a.m to 5:30 p.m., Berman and Barber will be flipping their favorite burgers, with avocado, pico de gallo and cilantro lime mayo for the popular show hosted by comedian James Cunningham.

“It’s one of the biggest nationally watched food truck shows … we are pinching ourselves making sure we are not dreaming,” said Barber, 20.

The public is invited to their 108 St. John St. headquarters from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and be part of the filming.

“We would love as much support as possible,” said Berman.

Mainely Burgers will be on season five of “Eat St.,” which airs January 2014, said Berman, who heads back to college next week.

“Jack and I have been watching this show for years. It’s a dream come true for us,” he said.

The following day, “Eat St.” travels to Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth to film the Bite Into Maine lobster truck.

And if that’s not enough, The Cooking Channel’s visit to Searsport and Trenton for a Maine lobster bake is set to air Sept. 3.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that Cooking Channel film crews will be hitting the streets Saturday. It is actually Sunday.

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