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.

This Rockland family is all aboard for summer at sea

By Kathleen Pierce on July 23, 2016, at 7:44 a.m.
A Penobscot Bay schooner is way of life for this tight-knit family.
Sharon Smiley, co-owner of Local Market, holds a farm box meal kit, packed with local veggies, sauces and chicken from nearby producers.

This Maine CSA makes meal kits local, easy

By Kathleen Pierce on July 19, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
Faced with a crop of cilantro, lemon cucumbers, radishes and new potatoes, you rack your brain for a recipe. What if someone took the guesswork out of this equation? Someone has.

Shannon Bard’s new Kennebunk restaurant opens Wednesday

on July 19, 2016, at 1:19 p.m.
  This must be the fastest turnaround in dining history. Seems spring just started to bloom when Shannon Bard, chef/owner of Zapoteca in Portland, announced her plan to take over a rambling bookstore in Kennebunk and turn it into a food empire. Now, a few months later, her flagship restaurant …
Margaret Hathaway picks flowers on her 17-acre property with her daughter, Sadie.

City slickers turned goat farmers find peace, prosperity on 17 acres

By Kathleen Pierce on July 16, 2016, at 7:39 a.m.
“We are trying to raise our children the way we believed a person could live,” she said. “There is tremendous satisfaction in eating food that you’ve grown and growing food you are going to eat,” he said.

Lewiston restaurant for sale for an essay

on July 15, 2016, at 11:11 a.m.
Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The inn for essay contest craze of 2015 has jumped categories to restaurants. Yesterday, the owner of Fuel in Lewiston Eric Agren put his popular French bistro on the block for 300 words and $150. [vimeo 174373867 w=640 h=360]  “The real …
These animals and many others await your arrival at Open Farm Day July 24 across the state.

The barn doors swing open for Open Farm Day

By Kathleen Pierce on July 14, 2016, at 6:21 a.m.
When meeting your farmer isn’t enough, be your own farmer — if only for a day. No, really, you can on July 24 at Open Farm Day.
Painter Jamie Wyeth stands in front of his gull painting, one in private collection series on display until October at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.

On an island with the drawbridge up, Jamie Wyeth captures Maine

By Kathleen Pierce on July 13, 2016, at 6:49 a.m.
The “Wyeth” name is inescapably tied to Maine art. So when Jamie Wyeth made an appearance at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art last week, a crowd was waiting.

Piccolo owners share plans for Caiola’s

on July 12, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
It’s the best thing to happen to a neighborhood restaurant: Get purchased by local chefs who are in no rush to take the wheel and make a hard turn. “We are going to move slowly, slowly and take baby steps,” said Ilma Lopez, seated in a front booth at Caiola’s Restaurant with …
Army veteran Waylon Holbrook stands outside his new home being built by Habitat for Humanity.

Mainers help put ‘home’ in ‘homecoming’ for this combat veteran

By Kathleen Pierce on July 09, 2016, at 9:33 a.m.
“A lot of veterans come back and have struggles. But this is not a handout; it’s a hand up. It helps people become homeowners, and they don’t set them up to fail,” the Army veteran said.
Blueberries are seen at one of the fields at G.M. Allen & Son Inc. in Orland, July 6, 2016. Co-owner Annie Allen said the dry weather has not hurt the crop, because there was just enough rain to keep the berries in good shape.

Why the dry spring, early summer has Maine blueberry growers on alert

By Kathleen Pierce on July 07, 2016, at 1:32 p.m.
With rainstorms hitting multiple Maine counties over the weekend, some relief has come.
Puzzle maker Jay Hollis cuts a puzzle on June 29 in his studio in Wells.

Puzzle maker to the stars: A Maine man’s obsession

By Kathleen Pierce on July 06, 2016, at 3:44 p.m.
A contrast from mass-produced puzzles seen jumbled in hotel game rooms, Jay Hollis’ puzzles are freehand cut and individually crafted.

A little bit of Brooklyn makes Portland better

on July 05, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
When did Brooklyn bashing become a thing?
Dietitian Sharon Tate picks up a box of farm-fresh food outside Maine Medical on Thursday.

Farm to workplace: CSAs get hyper local

By Kathleen Pierce on July 02, 2016, at 9:09 a.m.
This new workplace farm share makes it easy for office workers across the state to eat fresh and healthy.

Patios pop up all over Portland

on June 30, 2016, at 10:28 a.m.
Ready for lunch? Don’t brown bag it by your laptop this summer. Hit the streets for outdoors eats. In the parks, pubs and breweries of Greater Portland there’s no shortage of patio options to accelerate your al fresco a go-go! The latest is the sprawling patio at Tiqa Cafe and …
A woman looks around during the  Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill in Portland in this July 2015 photo. The 2016 tour is on July 10.

Take a peek at Portland’s ‘hidden gardens’ during this one-day tour

By Kathleen Pierce on June 30, 2016, at 7:44 a.m.
Celebrating its 10th year, the fundraiser for the sweeping 68-acre waterfront Eastern Promenade Park showcases new gardens each year.
The elements of a lobster roll are simple: Let the lobster shine. Maine Diner in Wells has a delightful rendition.

What makes a really good Maine lobster roll? Experts crack the code

By Kathleen Pierce on June 28, 2016, at 12:25 p.m.
From gas stations to floating restaurants to food trucks, lobster rolls rule summertime dining in Maine.

The best chicken sandwich in America is in Portland

on June 27, 2016, at 11:08 a.m.
  Fried chicken skin on a bun with fruit hardly sounds like food supremacy. But the chef at Portland’s Liquid Riot Bottling Company is laughing his way to the top of the latest culinary index with these inventive chicken sliders, named best in America. Crispy skins and fresh oranges topped …

Food waste in Maine alleviated by new tech and old-fashioned gleaning

By Kathleen Pierce on June 26, 2016, at 7:23 a.m.
“We’ve been wasting food for years; we just haven’t been paying attention,” said Bill Seretta of The Sustainability Lab, a Yarmouth-based nonprofit which helps institutions save precious resources like food and water.
Michael Terrien (center), his daughter Frances Terrien (left) and Eric Martin work on labeling wine on Thursday in the basement of a barn in Jefferson.

This Maine barn is fertile ground for blueberry sparkling wine, friendship

By Kathleen Pierce on June 25, 2016, at 1:33 p.m.
“We have found a project that we love and a wine that we both love and a future that Maine will always be part of.”

Blueberry wine gets a new sparkle in a barn in Jefferson

By Kathleen Pierce on June 25, 2016, at 1:32 p.m.
Childhood friends return to Maine to bond over wine.