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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Clothing designer Roxi Suger takes a look at model Paige Mooney as she tries on a piece from Suger's Angelrox collection in Biddeford on Tuesday. Sugar's creations will grace the catwalk at the Biddeford Ball this weekend.

Biddeford raises the roof this weekend

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — What do the mayor, a deep-pocketed developer and an award-winning novelist have in common? They are all set to rock the red carpet at the Biddeford Ball Saturday night. Organized by clothing designer Roxi Suger, the inaugural party in a former textile mill embraces the city’s industrial …
Lobster dumplings at Empire Chinese Kitchen made Food and Wine magazine this month as a top Portland plate.

The most unique lobster dishes in Maine: 8 Dishes that shake, rattle and roll

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 19, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
Steamed, baked stuffed, tossed with mayo on a toasted roll. This time of year lobster is in demand from Bar Harbor to the Berwicks. But, just as ice cream flavors are getting remix ed, lobster is getting a fresh makeover. In the height of tourist season chefs from across the …
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Portland is home to the 6th best restaurant in the country (No, not Fore Street)

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
Take a bow Central Provisions. You’ve only been open six months and Bon Appetit just declared you the sixth best bistro in the country. We like the symmetry this Old Port restaurant imparts and are kicking ourselves that our plans to dine here last week fell through. The foodie publication …
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Biddeford diner could be one of the best in the US, says Bon Appetit (Yes, really)

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
The Palace Diner was just nominated one of 50 best new restaurants in America by Bon Appetit. You know that tiny, vintage railcar with grass-fed burgers and a line of hungry tourists spilling out the door in the Old Port. No I mean Bar Harbor …. er, Biddeford. Where????? Don’t …
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Members of the Gifford family, who are involved with the production and management of the Skowhegan-based Gifford's Famous Ice Cream Company, show off their award-winning product.

From shoestring to award winning, Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream keeps it all in the family

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 12, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Quarts of Mount Katahdin Crunch and Appalachian Trail ice cream sit on a boardroom table — lids open, scoops out. While dipping spoons into the new outdoor adventure series of ice creams named after Maine wilderness landmarks, the top team members at Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream are …

Food Buzz: The Looking Glass, Portland Brew Fest and more

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 12, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
The Looking Glass restaurant receives national wine award Call up your wine friends and book a gourmet escape to Bar Harbor. For the fourth time, Wine Spectator magazine has given The Looking Glass Restaurant at the Bluenose Inn the award of excellence. The seaside dining restaurant is one of 18 …
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Portland’s restaurant scene loses a winner

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
Bayside is not Yeast Bayside or Munjoy Hill. It’s a still-sketchy, block-by-block patchwork in progress. But for one year, the low-slung Portland & Rochester Public House was the hip hideaway that could —  a destination for off-duty waiters and barkeeps, and assorted creatives who wanted a place to hang. As an …
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For Maine Millennials, coffee is drink of choice

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
Forget Allen’s brandy and your neighbor’s bathtub IPA, Maine 20-somethings like coffee more. How much? According to a new survey by LevelMoney, Mainers coming of age in 2000 down more joe than their counterparts in any other state. More than Washington? More than Oregon? More than the mighty Empire State? …
Alaina Marie Harris with her bait bags, made of maritime mesh, in her South Portland shop.

Success is in the bag for one South Portland fashion startup

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 07, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Stuffed with rotted fish guts and tucked into traps, bait bags help lobstermen catch Maine’s famed crustacean. But above water, the tactile mesh netting is catching something else this season: fashion headlines. In a shoebox-size store, Alaina Marie Harris slides kelly green fabric through a sewing …
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Meet Portland’s newest restaurateurs

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
It’s named after a French wine term, but this is no stuffy Euro affair. Sur Lie is the latest newcomer to Portland’s smoking resto scene. How smoking is this wine-driven, 75-seater in waiting? Take Caleb Cole from Hugo’s and add Tony Alviar from 555 and you’ve got a hit on …
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Meet Portland’s newest restaurateurs

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
It’s named after a French wine term, but this is no stuffy Euro affair. Sur Lie is the latest newcomer to Portland’s smoking resto scene. How smoking is this wine-driven, 75-seater in waiting? Take Caleb Cole from Hugo’s and add Tony Alviar from 555 and you’ve got a hit on …
The Rev. Paul Dumais demonstrates making ployes using several different recipes during the Kneading Conference in Skowhegan on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Priest revives Acadian tradition of ployes

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:26 a.m.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Growing up in northernmost Maine, the Rev. Paul Dumais polished off his share of ployes. The nourishing, springy, buckwheat pancake-like flatbread, traditionally served with beans or chicken stew, was a staple in his Acadian village of Madawaska. In preparation for the World Acadian Congress, which starts this …
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Father Paul Dumais demonstrates making ployes using several different recipes during the Kneading Conference in Skowhegan on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Father Paul Dumais’ ployes

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 06, 2014, at 5:25 a.m.
Ingredients: 100 grams buckwheat flour 100 grams King Arthur all-purpose flour 4 grams salt 2 tsp. Rumford baking powder 340 grams water Directions: Stir together the buckwheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Using a wire whisk, beat in the cold water until all the …
FOOD BUZZ
Bulbs of recently roasted garlic were just one of the many culinary delights offered at the Mount Desert Island Garlic Festival in 2009.

Garlic Festival on Mount Desert Island and pizza on the farm in Owls Head

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 05, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
MDI Garlic Festival to benefit KidsPeace autism program SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — The public is invited to celebrate the annual harvest of the Maine garlic crop at the 16th annual MDI Garlic Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Smuggler’s Den Campground in Southwest Harbor. Proceeds from the festival …
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Saco Drive-in makes America’s best list

on Aug. 04, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
A year ago it was written for dead, now the Saco Drive-in is a top tourist attraction in the country. How did this happen? Perseverance and the power of social media. Owner Ry Russell gets credit for turning the nostalgic spot around. Who can forget his impassioned campaign last year …
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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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