Kathleen Pierce

Senior Features Reporter

Kathleen Pierce is a Portland-based features writer in search of dynamic stories in Southern, Maine. Emphasis on arts, culture and food trends. Follow her on twitter @piercenews.
 
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Andrew Zimmern picks Portland’s top plates

on July 31, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
In the August issue of Food and Wine, Bizarre Food America host Andrew Zimmern reveals his 10 favorites dishes in Portland. Seems the affable chef sups here frequently visiting his resident parents. He has tweeted from Eventide Oyster Co. (who hasn’t?) and even scoured Portland for odd edibles for a …
The Portland Art Gallery opened last week on Middle Street.

Portland’s changing art scene: Aucocisco Galleries to close, Constellation Gallery seeks new home

By Kathleen Pierce on July 31, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Change is brewing in the Portland art scene. After 15 years, Aucocisco Galleries, a seminal presence on the Maine art scene, will shutter operations next month. The move isn’t reflective of the art business, though, owner Andy Verzosa said. The closure is about the urgencies of life …
Michael Rhoads (left)of Bread Alone Bakery in Kingston, New York,  an instructor at the Wood-Fired Production Bakery Workshop, helps Johnny Miley properly fold dough during the 2014 Kneading Conference in Skowhegan on Friday.

Bakeries on the rise in Maine: Skowhegan event energizes entrepreneurs

By Kathleen Pierce on July 29, 2014, at 7:39 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Amy Tyson and her husband, Zachary, had been summering in Kennebunk for years when they realized that amid the clam shacks and ice cream stores, something was lacking. “The one thing that is missing from our town is a proper bakery. So we decided to do it …
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Kennebunkport ice creamery is America’s best

on July 29, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
We already told you that Rococo Artisan has the funkiest ice cream in Maine. Now the word is out that this Argentinean-style, gelato-like dessert is one of 10 top licks in the country. TripAdvisor ranked the best ice cream parlors in the U.S. and Rococo, run by 30-year-old Berwick native Lauren Guptill, …
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Maine Lobster Festival head lobster cooker Peter Smith unloads a basketful of steamed lobsters in 2012.

Maine Lobster Festival and cruising with Shipyard Brewing

By Kathleen Pierce on July 29, 2014, at 3:23 p.m.
Rock lobster Lobster rolls, lobster shooters, lobster everything. It must be the 67th Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland. The midcoast harbor turns red this week as the city celebrates its local heritage and Maine’s top draw. On Thursday the producers behind Gene Simmons “Family Jewels” and “Hatfields & McCoys” will …
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Basket case in Biddeford

on July 28, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
Pulling into the Market Basket in Biddeford yesterday we found a parking spot right next to the entrance. Odd for a Sunday. Greeting us outside the door was not a gaggle of Girl Scouts selling cookies, but employees fighting for their lives. And the culture of a company that has …
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Basket case in Biddeford

on July 28, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
Pulling into the Market Basket in Biddeford yesterday we found a parking spot right next to the entrance. Odd for a Sunday. Greeting us outside the door was not a gaggle of Girl Scouts selling cookies, but employees fighting for their lives and the culture of a company that has …
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Mountains of bread rise in Skowhegan

on July 26, 2014, at 9:29 a.m.
Carbo haters be damned. Dozens upon dozens of beautiful loaves fill Skowhegan State Fairgrounds on Saturday and you are invited. The Maine Artisan Bread Fair is a chance to taste the best bread from master bakers across the country and rub flour-dusted elbows with the wheat elite. What’s all this …
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Maine State Music Theatre props apprentice Amanda Diaz toils behind the scenes Monday in Brunswick, building church pews for an upcoming production of "Footloose."

Behind the magic at Maine State Music Theatre

By Kathleen Pierce on July 24, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Another opening, another show. When the curtain rises at the Pickard Theater and the first upbeat note of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” echos through the room, guests seated in air-conditioned comfort are treated to a night of Broadway-style entertainment complete with backflips, a live orchestra and …
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Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor mixes it up this fall

on July 24, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
Who will be crowned lobster chef of the year? Crustacean king? Top claw? We will have to wait till fall when food-and-wine chow-down Harvest on the Harbor opens for its seventh season in Portland Oct. 22 and 25. Tickets went on sale Thursday for the gustatory gangplank of Maine cuisine, …
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Alex West (right) of Hartland watches as Stu Silverstein (left) leads a workshop on earth oven building during the kneading conference held at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds last year.

New restaurant in Brewer, new butcher shop in Portland

By Emily Burnham and Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
A bread winner in Skowhegan What event combines a bread fair, baking classes and discussions on the science of sourdough and mysteries of gluten? It must be the Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference in Skowhegan. Now in its seventh year, the celebration of grain in Maine has been raising awareness …
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Rococo Artisan Ice Cream in Kennebunkport offers unusual flavors, such as sweet avocado cayenne and this cone made with local wheat beer, candied ginger and apricots.

Avocado, cayenne pepper, lobster, local brews among the many unusual ingredients Maine ice cream makers are scooping up

By Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Going to the garden for fresh herbs, reaching into the pot for a Maine-caught crustacean and raiding the brewery for a seasonal ale — these sound like activities that would take place in a commercial kitchen, not an ice cream stand. But, like chefs, bakers and mixologists …

Gifford’s ice cream makes its Capitol Hill debut

By Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
Is Maine-made ice cream rich enough to sweeten the sour gridlock on Capitol Hill? Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream is giving it a spin. On Monday, the Skowhegan frozen dessert maker was touted by state officials in Washington to herald the company’s expansion into the mid-Atlantic states. “The delicious and refreshing …
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Gifford’s ice cream is a hit on Capitol Hill

on July 22, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
Is ice cream made in Maine rich enough to sweeten the nasty gridlock on Capitol Hill? Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream is giving it a spin. On Monday the Skowhegan frozen dessert maker was touted by state officials in Washington D.C. to herald the company’s expansion into the mid-Atlantic states. “The …
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Jeff Tweedy rocks L.L. Bean

on July 21, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
He has rocked arenas from coast to coast. This weekend musician Jeff Tweedy lives up to his name by taking over the L.L. Bean Campus in Freeport Saturday night for a free show. Whether the frontman for Wilco appears in an Oxford blazer or Scotch plaid flannel is immaterial. This …
"Cabbie," directed by Brian C Miller Richard, will premiere at the Bluestocking Film Series in Portland this weekend.

Now playing: Strong female protagonists at Bluestocking Film Series in Portland

By Kathleen Pierce on July 18, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — As a budding filmmaker in the ’90s, Kate Kaminski noticed a disturbing trend. Most top-grossing movies were dominated by men. Those that did feature women were not very serious. “I intend to be part of a movement. I would like to change that ratio for sure,” said …
"The Monitor or the Merrimack (Gull on Pile)" by Bernard Langlais is on display at Colby College Museum of Art as part of a retrospective of the Maine's artist work.

Maine’s summer art scene heats up with major retrospectives

By Kathleen Pierce on July 17, 2014, at 3:23 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Summertime in Vacationland not only features ice cream cone-toting tourists and out-of-town licence plates; its museums and galleries vibrate with world-class art. From the hometown Bernard Langlais to the blue-chip Richard Estes to 35 artists who have spent time on Monhegan Island, art venues trot out their …
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Cooking Channel showcases Portland food truck

on July 16, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
Last summer reality show Eat St. cruised into Portland to film Ben Berman and Jack Barber flipping burgers in their colorful mobile grill, Mainely Burgers. “It was a very, very long day,” recalled Barber this week. But 10 hours of filming has paid off. The trucks, one parked at Scarborough …
Mainely Burgers is one of five Portland-area food trucks competing in next month's battle of the food trucks at Stonewall Kitchen in York.

Stonewall Kitchen to host Maine food truck battle

By Kathleen Pierce on July 15, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
Imagine having the keys to Stonewall Kitchen to create any recipe you desire. Five Maine food trucks will have that opportunity when they participate in the York specialty food company’s first Battle of the Food Trucks planned for Aug. 2. Popular Portland mobile eateries — Mainely Burgers, Urban Sugar Mobile …
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Upward facing neon. Black light yoga is "dancehall meets a sweat lodge meets a yoga class," said instructor Halle Becker.

‘Yoga saved my life’: Hundreds flock to Maine Yoga Fest

By Kathleen Pierce on July 14, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Inhale. Exhale. All rise and join the conga line. A full moon rose over the East End Saturday night, and 150 yoga enthusiasts in dayglow war paint floated, jumped and lunged on their mats to a hip-pop beat. For 90 minutes the East End Community School gymnasium …
 
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