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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.

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    April 7, 2010

    Meredith Goad: Fun with fizz

    FYI, DIY carbonators just may be the next pop stars.

  • Published
    March 31, 2010

    Meredith Goad: Say CHEESE(cake)

    Sure, Tony Dominicus can bake you a traditional version, but it’s his not-your-mother’s flavors that are gaining him something of a cult following.

  • Published
    March 25, 2010

    The sweetest Sunday

    Sample the syrup and pancakes and hobnob with the farm animals on Maine Maple Sunday (which starts Saturday in many locations).

  • Published
    March 23, 2010

    Ogunquit ‘best chef’ nominees hopeseventh selection brings just desserts

    Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, the chef/owners of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, were nominated Monday for the “Best Chef: Northeast” award from the James Beard Foundation. It’s the chefs’ seventh nomination, but they have never won. They were the only Maine chefs to be nominated for the honor this year, although there were three other […]

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    March 22, 2010

    Arrows Chefs nominatedfor James Beard Award

    Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, the chef/owners of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, were nominated today for the “Best Chef: Northeast” award from the James Beard Foundation. It’s the chefs’ seventh nomination, but they have never won. This year they were the only Maine chefs to be tapped for the honor, despite there being three other […]

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    March 21, 2010

    Book Q&A: Passport renewal

    Michael Mewshaw’s 65th birthday present to himself: A trip to an often dicey corner of the world, adventure, discovery and understanding.

  • Published
    March 10, 2010

    Going toque to toque

    TEAM SMCC faces off against students from around the region in the Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl.

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    March 6, 2010

    Voters choose a breakfast champion

    Restaurant chefs try out morning dishes on a crowd of hungry judges at a benefit cook-off.

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    March 5, 2010

    The Good Table winsIncredible Breakfast Cook-Off

    The restaurant’s creme brulee French toast is voted the best of the contest’s 11 entries.

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    March 3, 2010

    300 years of mmmmm …

    The first Scotch-Irish settlers landed nearly three centuries ago, and, as author Mary Drymon notes in a new book, many of the recipes they brought ashore are still well-loved in American kitchens today.

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