Many people tell Meredith Goad that she has the best job in Maine, and most of the time she agrees. Maine has a crazy appetite for food stories, and it’s Meredith’s job to satisfy those cravings with juicy tales from chefs, food producers, local farms, and the state’s fast-growing restaurant scene. Her work appears in Wednesday’s Food & Dining section and the Sunday Source section, and occasionally, but not as often as she’d like, on the front page. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Meredith shamelessly flaunts her knowledge of good barbecue in front of her Yankee friends. She earned a bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University, then studied science writing at the University of Missouri, where she received a master’s degree in journalism. She spent the first 20 years of her career covering science and environmental news, then switched to features in 2004, just as Portland’s food scene was taking off. Her own most memorable meal? Back in the 1980s, on assignment in Finland, she shared a dinner of reindeer and Russian vodka with Maryland’s governor and a bunch of hungry scientists. Meredith lives in Portland, but spends much of her time off back in Tennessee - either visiting family, or in online archives, researching her family’s history.

  • October 3, 2010

    Author Q&A: Someone’s in the kitchen with Marjorie

    Acclaimed chef Melissa Kelly lends a ham — make that Pork Saltimbocca — and more for the reissuing of Marjorie’s Standish’s classic ‘Cooking Down East.’

  • September 30, 2010

    Dining and Drink: Say Ja to Oktoberfest

    The suds, the silly duds,the grub – embrace it all at celebrations this weekend in Gardiner and OOB.

  • September 29, 2010

    Cookbook Corner: ‘Big Buy Cooking’

  • September 29, 2010

    Soup to Nuts: Midcoast hasappetite for good food

    On a steamy summer day, Christina Sidoti turned her white Jeep down Christina’s Way, a dirt road several miles from the coast.

    She pulled up to a wooden gate with a sign that said Well Fed Farm, then walked onto about an acre of organic vegetables destined for her Camden restaurant, Paolina’s Way. Her little dog, a cottony-white Coton de Tulear named Cannoli, frolicked at her feet before running off in search of adventure.

  • September 29, 2010

    Put that garden-fresh basil to delicious use with Gina’s recipe for to-die-for pesto

  • September 29, 2010

    Farmers’ market revisited: Story touched lots of nerves

  • September 24, 2010

    Local chefs compete for lobster title

    Two chefs from Portland and another from Freeport were named finalists Thursday in the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year contest.

    Bill Clifford, the new executive chef at the Portland Harbor Hotel, will compete for the title against Clifford Pickett, who is a banquet chef at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, and Kelly Patrick Farrin, who works at Azure Cafe in Freeport.

    The three chefs will cook their lobster dishes next month in front of 200 people during the Harvest on the Harbor food and wine festival.

  • September 23, 2010

    Finalists named for Maine Lobster Chef of the Year

    The three chefs will cook their lobster dishes live Oct. 22, in front of a crowd of 200 people during the Harvest on the Harbor food and wine festival.

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    September 23, 2010

    ‘Any Day Now!’ dawns for Rosemont Market’s move

    The handmade signs in the windows at the new Rosemont Market and Bakery have been promising “Any Day Now!”

    That day finally came Wednesday, when the market’s employees began moving the store from 559 Brighton Ave. across the street to a much larger space at 580 Brighton, the former Rosemont Pharmacy building.

    John Naylor, one of the owners, said he hoped for a soft opening today, but a lot depended on permits, paperwork and just how fast the new space can be filled with extra virgin olive oil, cheeses, breads, house-made pies, Maine maple syrup, wines and the local produce that Rosemont’s customers have come to expect.

  • September 22, 2010

    At Deering Oaks farmers’ market: Those prices!

    The high price of basil might just mean no pesto this year.