Thursday, December 12, 2013
There's a world-wide competition for mustard? It's true!
Raye's "Down East Schooner" mustard won gold in the Classic American Yellow Mustard category and "Sea Dog Beer Mustard" won bronze in the Spirited Mustard category.
In truth, "Down East Schooner" isn't new to the podium, it's medaled every year since 2006.
Raye's Mustard is owned by Karen and Kevin Raye, who operate Raye's Mustard Mill, the only traditional stone-ground mustard mill in North America. They're also fourth-generation owners.
Mustard enthusiasts can pick up a jar of Raye's at many of Maine's grocers, specialty shops and restaurants.
Good mustard, perhaps more than any other condiment, deserves some recognition. But don't tell that to the ketchup.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod