WISCASSET, Maine — Top-notch chefs of four Mid-Coast restaurants are volunteering to share their culinary expertise for a great cause this month in a new four-week Maine Adult & Community Education program, â€śMeet Your Chefs.â€ť Fifteen participants gather in the kitchen of St. Philipâ€™s Episcopal Church one evening each week to learn from the experts how to prepare signature dishes, as well as sample the excellent fare.
Profits of the series fund a free cooking and nutrition program for clients of the St. Philipâ€™s Help Yourself Shelf food pantry. Certified Holistic Health Coach Julie Hofheimer of Edgecomb is designing and teaching a course this fall that involves learning how to prepare nutritious meals with healthy and inexpensive ingredients. In addition, a $100 donation will be made to St. Philipâ€™s for generously sharing the churchâ€™s kitchen for the class.
Participating chefs are Kerry Altiero, owner and executive chef of CafĂ© Miranda in Rockland; Mikael Andersson, executive chef of Le Garage in Wiscasset; Tony Lavelle, executive chef of Solo Bistro in Bath; and Rick Hirsch, owner and executive chef of Damariscotta River Grill in Damariscotta. Altiero is a veteran in the program: helping to launch two series in Rockland. A Meet Your Chefs participant remarked, â€śKerry is part entertainer and part chef. Food was succulentâ€¦loved it!â€ť Another commented, â€śThe philosophy of each chef is reflected in presentationsâ€¦great offering!â€ť
The program received much praise and had lasting effects after the pilot program was launched in Rockland two years ago. Don Saverse attended the Fall 2009 program with 13-year old son, Izaak Sunde-Brown. While John Stowe, owner of Rustica in Rockland, was explaining his preparation techniques to the audience, Brown asserted, â€śIt smells like the risotto is burning!â€ť Stowe was prompt to get Brown in front of the stove and in charge of stirring the risotto. â€śI didnâ€™t want the program to endâ€¦my foodie is inspired.â€ť Brown, a student at Camden Hills Regional High School, is currently in the Culinary Arts program at Midcoast School of Technology in Rockland. He regularly makes risotto for his family.
â€śPeople love learning from chefs of their favorite restaurants, and it is a bonus for them to know the course fees are going to people in need in their community. Our ultimate goal is to introduce Meet Your Chefs, a program in which everyone involved benefits (and has FUN), to communities throughout the state via their local adult education programs,â€ť said Vanessa Richards, Meet Your Chefs program coordinator.
Five seats are open for the final class on Monday, November 7th from 6-8pm. Suggested donation is $15 per person.
Two Meet Your Chefs sessions will be coordinated in Wiscasset for Winter and Spring 2012. Proceeds will potentially fund the planning and implementation of a community garden.
For more information and updates including photos and videos of the current session, visit the programâ€™s blog: http://meetyourchefs.blogspot.com. Contact Meet Your Chefs Program Coordinator Vanessa Richards at 975-6176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Name: Vanessa J. Richards
Telephone Number: (207)975-6176