Saturday, May 25, 2013
Bon Appetit food columnist Andrew Knowlton has named Primo in Rockland one of "The 20 Most Important Restaurants in America."
Primo is owned by James Beard award-winning chef Melissa Kelly and her husband, Price Kushner. The 13-year-old Maine restaurant is known for its extensive gardens, greenhouses, and raising its own animals. Knowlton notes that Primo's charcuterie program "rivals any in the U.S."
"What started as a humble country restaurant has grown to be one of the country's most sincere and exciting expressions of farm to table," Knowlton writes in his column "The Foodist."
Primo is in great company. Knowlton's other choices include Momofuku and Le Bernardin in New York, Alinea in Chicago and Cochon in New Orleans.
Knowlton describes the 20 restaurants he chose for the list as "fearless spots that drive chefs to innovate, restaurateurs to imitate, and the rest of us to line up."
To view Knowlton's entire list, go to Bon Appetit online.
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
Wendy Almeida and her family have a smattering of livestock and a summer garden. After 10 years of her kids being involved in 4-H, she's finally accepted the term "hobby farm" to describe her family's work at sustainable living. These days her morning starts with milking a goat before heading into the office for her day job as an assistant editor for features.
Wendy can be contacted at wea [at] mainetoday.com or on Twitter @wea1021.