Columnist puts Primo with ‘important’ U.S. restaurants

Bon Appetit food columnist Andrew Knowlton has named Primo 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


Argentinian wine seminar to benefit Maine Audubon

Inn By the Sea is hosting a wine seminar with Pablo Piccolo from Bodega Catena Zapata winery at 4 p.m. Thursday. Piccolo will take guests on a tour of Argentina through a tasting of 13 wines.

Inn by the Sea is partnering with the Maine Audubon, and the cost of admission for this event will be donated to Maine Audubon. Old Port Wine Merchants will also be on hand to take orders of these wines, and will donate 10 percent of the sales to Maine Audubon as well.

Cost of admission is $20 at the door. Contact Carrie Dyer at [email protected] or 799-3134 for more information.


New Hampshire bus tour to feature small breweries

The Maine Brew Bus is spinning its wheels across the border on Sunday for Portsmouth Beer Week.

The bus will stop at some of New Hampshire’s smallest breweries, departing from the Portsmouth municipal parking garage downtown with stops at Throwback Brewery, Blue Lobster Brewing Co. and Earth Eagle Brewing Co.

Throwback Brewery is dedicated to crafting farm-fresh beers from local ingredients. Blue Lobster Brewing Co. features small batch specialty brews as well as some traditional beers. Earth Eagle Brewing will offer unique versions of IPAs and porters, as well as experimental and ancient beers.

At each stop, participants will sample beers and get a look at the brewing operations.

The ticket price of $30 includes samples at each stop as well as snacks. The bus ride will feature guest host Scott Thornton from Great Rhythm Brewing.

There will be two different tours on Sunday. One will depart at 9:15 a.m., the other at 12:15 p.m. Each will last about four hours.

For tickets and information, go to