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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.

  • Published
    March 22, 2011

    Maine chef gets a servingof national attention

    Krista Kern Desjarlais didn’t have much time to celebrate her nomination for a James Beard Award Monday afternoon because she was driving to Boothbay in a snowstorm to – what else? – cook for a roomful of people.

  • Published
    March 21, 2011

    Portland chef nominated for Best Chef: Northeast

    Krista Kern Desjarlais, is the chef/owner of Bresca, the tiny but popular restaurant on Middle Street in Portland.

  • Published
    March 20, 2011

    Author Q&A: Susan Conley’s Peking Luck

    Her new memoir traces on the one hand a grand adventure in Beijing with her family – and on the other, a surprise, game-changing bout with breast cancer.

  • Published
    March 17, 2011
    We Hate Our Tribe

    Latest ‘Survivor’ challenge: Pink underwear

    Maine’s Ashley Underwood advances despite a team-mate’s unwanted attention.

  • Published
    March 16, 2011

    Soup to Nuts:Eat, write, say

    Ali Perkins, a senior from the Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, had never given much thought to being a food writer – she wants to be a teacher.

    But there she was last Thursday night, standing on stage before a crowd at the Space Gallery in Portland, reading her essay about a hike that taught her about wild Maine foods.

    In the audience was her grandfather, a key character in her essay.

  • Published
    March 16, 2011

    Food & Dining Dispatches March 16, 2011

  • Published
    March 11, 2011

    Country music superstar Paisley coming to Maine

    Brad Paisley is the reigning Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year.

  • Published
    March 10, 2011

    Maine ‘Survivor’ wanted weird tribemate to go

  • Published
    March 9, 2011

    These are a few of Maine chefs’ . . . favorite things

    Saveur magazine has its Saveur 100: Chefs’ Edition. Here, in honor of Maine Restaurant Week, we present the “Maine 20.”

    We asked 20 southern and midcoast Maine chefs who are participating in Restaurant Week to write a little about their favorite new ingredient, food product, book, kitchen tool or trick, restaurant dish — anything they have discovered during the past year and now can’t live without.

  • Published
    March 5, 2011

    The Incredible Breakfast Cook-off

    Nobody minds getting up early for this benefit’s sweet and savory dishes.

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