Monday, December 9, 2013
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If you've lived in Portland for a while, you may recall chef Matthew Kenney. In 2000, when the Portland Public Market was on Cumberland Avenue, Kenney, a native of Searsport, opened Commissary, his first restaurant in Maine. Less than two years later, it was closed, mired in financial controversy that also plagued Kenney and his string of restaurants in New York City. Since then, the one-time Food & Wine Best New Chef and James Beard Award nominee has refashioned himself as a champion of raw food, writing a number of cookbooks and opening raw food restaurants and culinary programs in Oklahoma City and Santa Monica Calif.. Another is currrently in the works in Miami. The Portland Press Herald's Avery Yale Kamila wrote about Kenney's raw food empire in October, 2011.
And now, Kenney has turned up back in Belfast, where he has a home. He is turning the distinctive space that housed The Lost Kitchen, the restaurant recently vacated by Erin French (to the great disappointment of her fans), into a raw/vegan eatery called The Gothic. According to Kenney's spokesperson Juliana Sobral: "The cuisine at The Gothic will be inspired by local ingredients and prepared with modern techniques ... The cuisine at all of our restaurants has always had a strong respect for the seasonality and abundance that Maine offers, and we believe that The Gothic is a perfect partner for our style of food preparation."
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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.
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