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.
Sarah Wilder and her husband, Ryan Cowan, started their own small batch ice cream business called Wild Cow Creamery in 2013.  Getting ready to make a blueberry crumble ice cream, Sarah mixes up a base in her ice cream kitchen.

Maine’s small-batch ice cream makers churning up success

By Kathleen Pierce on May 03, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
It’s not just Maine’s unofficial culinary capital of Portland that’s experiencing an influx of small-batch ice cream makers. Across the state, it’s catching on.

Anthony Bourdain comes to Portland this fall

on May 03, 2016, at 8:46 a.m.
Brash chef, TV star and best selling author Anthony Bourdain performs live at the Cross Insurance Arena on Oct. 9th. Bourdain’s North American tour dubbed “The Hunger” should be a ribald and insightful night of chef talk and fun tales of his culinary capers across the globe. The host of CNN show …

Chef Sam Talbot won’t return to Pig + Poet in Camden

on May 02, 2016, at 4:32 p.m.
Say it isn’t so Sam. Say it isn’t so. The hottest chef on the Midcoast is not returning to Whitehall this summer. Some sizzle just left the pan. Celeb chef Sam Talbot opened the Pig + Poet in the renovated Camden inn run by Lark Hotels last May with lots of pomp and …
Iwanagra Apple Blossom Golden Beauty offers grace and elegance.

Advice for celebrating World Naked Gardening Day this Saturday

By Kathleen Pierce on May 02, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Good news, gardeners: World Naked Gardening Day is happening on May 7. That means that all you horticultural exhibitionists have a few days to get in shape for the big day of planting and pruning.
Ian McConnell, founder of Banded Horn Brewing Company, plants a spruce tree as an employee looks on. When the tips are ready to harvest he will use them in his Greenwarden Ale.

How a former factory, historic farm are coming together for new farm-to-table link

By Kathleen Pierce on May 02, 2016, at 6:33 a.m.
“It’s something that needs to be done more often. By establishing a partnership with a farm, you can do things you can’t do in the city,” Lauren Cullity-Sanford said.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is traveling to Cuba on April 30 to meet with organic farmers and agricultural officials. She is pictured here in an undated photo on a Maine farm.

Pingree, chefs, business pros head to Cuba on an organic mission

By Kathleen Pierce on April 29, 2016, at 12:54 p.m.
“We want to make sure that many of the U.S. companies that deal with organic agriculture have a foot in the door because once you convert from organic, it’s hard to go back,” U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said.

Mobile coffee takes off in Maine

on April 29, 2016, at 12:50 p.m.
Attention coffee lovers on the run, this is your summer! Not one, but three new mobile coffee shops will soon be revving up and down the coast and around Portland leaving fresh joe in their wake. These are no corporate outfits, quite the contrary. They feature small roasters that even …
A new cold-press juice company will open soon in Biddeford.

Cold-pressed juice delivered to your door? It’s coming to Portland

By Kathleen Pierce on April 26, 2016, at 2:33 p.m.
They promise health, vibrancy and vitality by the ounce.

New cafe planned for Deering Oaks Park

on April 26, 2016, at 9:52 a.m.
It might be snowing in parts of Maine today, but here’s a reason to spring forward: al fresco dining in the park is headed this way. On Monday, the Portland City Council granted the owners of TIQA restaurant on Commercial Street the right to lease the historic castle in Deering Oaks Park …
Arie van der Giessen is the head grower at Backyard Farms in Madison.  The tomato company produces three varieties of tomatoes year-round in 42 acres of greenhouses.

Meet Maine’s tomato whisperer

By Kathleen Pierce on April 25, 2016, at 3 a.m.
Orchestrating this year-round symphony in the largest single-roof structure in Maine could make anyone sweat. But Madison’s tomato whisperer exudes confidence and pride.
Slice and dice your tomatoes for sandwiches and salad.

Tips for better tomato growing this season

By Kathleen Pierce on April 25, 2016, at 3 a.m.
Tips for killer tomatoes in your backyard.

Authentic Italian restaurant takes over Ebb and Flow in the Old Port

on April 21, 2016, at 6:55 p.m.
We will miss the octopus appetizer, but look forward to fresh pasta and antipasto in a revived Old Port setting. Mediterranean powerhouse Ebb and Flow closed on Commercial Street in March and reopens in early May as Solo Italiano, featuring a new chef and new cuisine. Owner Angelo Ciocca said the …

Chef shuffle in Portland, Tempo Dulu’s opening chef departs

on April 19, 2016, at 7:10 p.m.
When Tempo Dulu opened in the Danforth Inn last June, head chef Lawrence Klang was a keynote. At the time, owner Raymond Brunyanszki said the concept for his upscale pan-Asian restaurant was inspired by the Le Cordon Bleu chef who worked for him at Natalie’s in Camden years earlier. “It all came …
Sitting in what was The Pickup cafe, Amber Lambke, founder and director of Maine Grains,  discusses the  two-year long restructuring and renovation of the Skowhegan facility.

Grains to star at new restaurant planned for Skowhegan grist mill

By Kathleen Pierce on April 19, 2016, at 2:12 p.m.
“The goal is to capitalize on things we have and are good at here in Skowhegan,” grain guru Amber Lambke said.
Members of Dreamship Cooperative Community gather with friends for a potluck dinner and open mic event in their shared house in Portland on Saturday night. The members, including (from left) Dan White, Laura Bradford, Dillon Richards and Tina Smith, share the house and expenses with eight other people.

Discover a caring community, affordable Portland living in this former barn

By Kathleen Pierce on April 17, 2016, at 7:38 a.m.
“Living at Dreamship teaches me every day how to be a more compassionate, open and a willing human being.”

These adorable baby goats are wearing sweaters

on April 15, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
  The goats at Sunflower Farm Creamery in Cumberland must have their own stylist. When the Nigerian dwarf triplets were born this week, temps were too chilly to let them frolic au naturel. So, as any fashion-forward kid would demand, they stepped out on the farm sporting colorful, mini wool …

A new Maine beer that’s made with only grain grown in the state

on April 14, 2016, at 11:27 a.m.
Barley grown in Aroostook, malt from Lisbon Falls, grains milled in Skowhegan.
A new partnership with Maine College of Art and Salt Institute for Documentary Studies was announced Tuesday. Ian Anderson (left), Maine College of Art's dean, addresses the crowd as Salt Institute for Documentary Studies former board chair Kimberly Curry (center) and Maine College of Art President Donald Tuski look on during the announcement on Tuesday in Portland.

Two Congress Street art institutes merge under one roof in Portland

By Kathleen Pierce on April 12, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
A crowd gathered at Maine College of Art for the announcement of its merger with the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies.

From fight club to food club in Portland

By Kathleen Pierce on April 12, 2016, at 1:26 p.m.
Fork Food Lab, conceived by Neil Spillane, former CEO of Urban Farm Fermentary, and Eric Holstein, will be “the spot to get cool, innovative food products before they go to market,” said Spillane.
Phil Gaven of The Honey Exchange in Portland explains the names and uses of each part of a hive while teaching the first of a five-week backyard beekeeping class.

Consumers make a beeline for Maine honey as production soars

By Kathleen Pierce on April 10, 2016, at 9:39 p.m.
According to recent figures from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, honey output increased 25 percent from 2014 statewide.