Maine Foodie Tours represents an amalgam of Pam’s passions. Always up for a great meal, she loves finding new restaurants, learning about up-and-coming chefs, pairing food and wine, gathering fun-loving groups of people together, and of course, as a born educator, sharing her knowledge with others. It has been a ten-year love-fest with the local Maine food scene, learning about dishes indigenous to this region and watching the creative culinary artistry grow in every direction. She is eager to share this information with guests on her tours and train new tour guides on the splendor of it all.
“I have so much respect for the resourcefulness of Mainers,” Pam says. “Whether it’s an old family recipe handed down from generation to generation, or a new way of presenting and serving one of our state’s staple crops, I’m just constantly amazed at the creativity and ingenuity of Maine artisans, cooks, brewers, distillers, bakers and chefs.”
Pam’s new goal in life is to have as much fun as possible, and surround herself with others who also don’t take themselves too seriously. The Maine Foodie Tours venture has been a delightful- and tasty- sojourn into the history and culture of Maine, a state that seems to continually reveal new and delicious offerings to adventurous and fun-loving foodies.
Chuck is a self-described explorer originally from Syracuse, New York who has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States for business and pleasure. His traveling began as a teenager and has always provided the motivation to learn more about places and cultures. These travels have ranged from life out of a backpack as a student to 5-star hotels and restaurants as an international business person.
Discovering the distinctions between the people, philosophy and food of these countries opened his eyes beyond the familiar menus found in the Chinese and Italian restaurants of his home town. He learned that not only is Chinese food different from Korean food, it is different from province to province and from Hong Kong to Tai Pei. He feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience the many cuisines of 3 continents so far….
Chuck and his wife permanently moved to Portland after repeated trips over a 20 year period could not satisfy their love for Maine. They originally came to Maine for the mountains to ski and hike and then the islands of Casco Bay for boating and golfing. When it was time to move from metro NYC, they considered many places and their choice always came back to Portland.
Chuck has a passion for food, music and recreation, and Portland fits the bill. Portland is now his source for inspiration and exploring. It is a city filled with interesting people living passionate lives and pursuing their dreams. It is truly a city where you can express yourself and count on the support of the community. Chuck plans to stay here a long time and shares his interests and tips with you on his tours.
I was born and raised in Massachusetts, receiving my degree in Psychology from University of Lowell, where I also studied music. As a vocalist and clarinetist I’ve performed for many years in choral, solo, instrumental and theater venues.
I worked in many areas of the mental health/human services field for over two decades until 2004, when I switched to commercial driving and drove a passenger bus for 8 years. I am a “jack of all trades and master of some,” having worked in diverse capacities, from roller coaster operation to museum work to animal shelter volunteer. I love nature and the outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking. I practice yoga and fine art photography, and I am a self-proclaimed foodie, and a proud Pescatarian.
I moved to Maine in 1992 and love all things Portland. It is special here. I thrive on sharing my knowledge and appreciation of our fine City: its scope and diversity, and emergence as a cultural hot spot for our region. Allow me to share my passion and experience with you, and to be filled by yours.
She’s a nerd
Passionate about words
In all of their forms
From mundane to absurd
Lyrics, novels, poetry
Riddles, puzzles, repartee
Splashing in puddles
Climbing in trees
An easy summer ocean breeze
Game and craft nights, sun showers
People watching, happy hours
The road less travelled
The known highway
Map or compass, either way
Violins and acoustic guitars
Karaoke and locals bars
Red wines and dark, craft beer
Ethnic dining, good cheer
Ross – Portland Foodie Tour and History Tour Guide
Referred to by his family as a “fuzzy foreigner”, Ross grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, fell in love with a woman from Boston, and has been in Maine raising his family for over 20 years now. He loves Maine and loves his job as a tour guide, both for the interaction with new people it affords him (don’t be surprised to get as many questions as you ask) and the constant exploration he is always making of the many intricate and fascinating links between his adopted state and his homeland. He also loves the hard questions that he gets from his guests that lead him to learn new things. He sings every chance he gets during his tours (jury is still out whether that’s a good thing or not). When he’s not on a tour and it’s not snowy enough for skiing, he can usually be found somewhere in the state neck-deep in the ocean or a lake. In this he considers himself like every other Mainer- the cold water doesn’t bother him, and you’ll find him in shorts well into the winters.
When asked who he would be if he could be anyone in the history of Maine, Ross chose James Bacon Curtis, a peculiar Maine figure who made a million bucks with America’s first chewing gum factory, which was located in the Hub Furniture Store across from Fore-Street Restaurant. Anybody can make money, but how many people invent chewing gum?!
When not at work, Pat has traveled extensively to study world cuisines, and she has enjoyed training in France, Italy, Vietnam, Cambodia, Morocco and Turkey. She also spends spare time at various cooking schools, including her favorite, Tante Marie in the San Francisco Bay area.
If Pat is your guide, you may ask her any food and cooking questions you like! If she doesn’t know the answer, which is doubtful, she will collect your contact information and get back to you. Ever a teacher and true foodie, Pat’s tours offer an interactive occasion to make new friends and learn a lot!
Randy, one of our original guides and a native Maineiac, has had a long and ardent love affair with one of our state’s most delicious agricultural bounties – wild blueberries. He recalls fondly handpicking his first cupful some five decades ago in his hometown of Mexico, Maine. He has remained true to these antioxidant wonders of nature and still enjoys them on a daily basis, blending them into refreshing smoothies or incorporating them into various gourmet recipes.
Since 1974, Randy toured Maine and New England with his original one man, multi-character variety show for small and large theaters, conventions, schools and civic organizations.
After teaching stints with Ringling Brothers, Tri-Star Pictures, The Julliard School of Drama, and Circus of the Stars, Randy founded the Maine Hysterical Society, a comedy trio touted as “the best variety comedy act in New England.” Their portrayals of eccentric Downeast characters and comical songs keep their audiences in stitches. Most recently the group participated in The Humor Project’s 52nd International Conference on The Positive Power of Humor & Creativity, and performed with Lucie Arnaz at Birdland, New York City’s legendary jazz club.
Among his most notable accomplishments, Randy ran in the very popular Beach to Beacon 10k Road Race here in Cape Elizabeth while juggling three balls the entire 6.2 miles. He finished the race in under an hour, and he didn’t drop a ball!
Randy has many favorite restaurants here in Portland and particularly enjoys dining at someplace new every month. He’s absolutely addicted to the Cajeta from Horton’s cheese shop.
Mike Liff; history buff, tour guide, and cocktail connoisseur. Mike knows his way around a city and has inhabited several over the years during his background in advertising and television station management. He and his wife visited Portland and fell in love with the convenience, as well as the fact that a good beer or Bloody Mary is always (quite literally) around the corner. They moved to Portland and haven’t looked back. Mike enjoys the significant history as well as the variety of fantastic dining the city has to offer, which he reflects on during his tours. When asked who he would be if he could be anyone in the history of Maine, he chose Joshua Chamberlain, one of Maine’s most significant and educated individuals. A statue of Chamberlain can be found in front of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, as he was legendary in Maine’s history. He served our country leading Union troops to victory, despite many injuries, during the Battle at Gettysburg, taught as Professor of Rhetoric and Modern Languages at Bowdoin College, and elected to serve four terms as Maine’s Governor.
Mike loves basketball, various board games, and reading. He especially enjoys reading historical novels and novels written by authors who use Portland as a setting for their stories, with two of his favorite authors being Bruce Robert Coffins and Paul Doiron. Both of these authors have written extensive crime-fiction series which capitalize on Portland’s unique flair.
Mike loves to entertain and educate, which makes him a natural guide for Maine History Tours. He has extensive knowledge to share about the history, culture and arts in Portland. He loves to chat with his guests, and always makes sure that they leave knowing a whole lot of something new.
Dennis – Portland History Tour Guide
Dennis was raised in the central part of New Jersey, near the ocean. He attended college in the midwest, but the ocean always held a special place in his heart. After several trips to Maine, he finally had the chance to move to Portland, and took it. He’s been in Portland for twenty-three years now, and realized that loving where you are is just as important as having a good job and a great family. One of Dennis’s favorite parts about being a tour guide is sharing his love of Maine with his guests, as well as hearing about where they’re from. He also loves watching his guests discover the magic of Portland and all it has to offer. When he’s not on tour, Dennis can be found gardening, baking, playing guitar, bowling, skiing, or cooking up a mean veggie chili.
When asked who he would be if he could be anybody in the history of Maine, Dennis chose Joshua Chamberlain. Dennis researched the history of Joshua Chamberlain while writing tour scripts, and admired his prestigious education, principles, and how he overcame many obstacles in his life while also socializing with several insightful and creative individuals along the way.
Barbara – Boothbay Tour Guide
Barbara is an outgoing, goal-focused, cup-half-full kinda gal from Scarsdale, New York. As a child, she visited her family in Boothbay Harbor during the summers, which created a long-lasting love for the coast and for Maine’s scenery. Barbara graduated from The University of West Florida in 1984, and has since worked in a variety of different careers, including marketing and management. Barbara is quite the traveller, and due to her previous work has travelled all over the place, but the simplicity and beauty of Maine has always resonated with her soul and kept her coming back for more! Barbara enjoys several hobbies, including running, reading, baking, boating, Hospice volunteer work, and walking the various Boothbay Region Land Trust properties. She also has two Golden Retrievers – Grace and Jenni, that take up a lot of her time. Even though her husband does most of the cooking, Barbara is known near and far, North and South, as “The Cookie Lady” by all of her neighbors, as she loves to make and share all kinds of cookies. Barbara’s favorite part about being a tour guide is her love of Boothbay and all it has to offer – nature, talented people, various types of arts…and of course, the amazing food and drinks! She also loves sharing as much information as she can with her guests so that they can fall in love with the area too!
When asked who she would be if she could be anyone in the history of Maine and why, Barbara first gravitated towards Joan Benoit, due to her dedication to running and opening doors for other dedicated female runners. Her second answer would be Milton Bradley of Vienna, Maine, the creator of the board game!
Jaime- Portland Foodie Tour Guide and History Guide
Meet Jaime from Jay, Maine! Her name and her hometown come out to be spelled almost identically, that’s how she got her nickname Jaime from Jay,ME. Jaime is very outgoing and finds so much joy in connecting with her guests. She figures if they are sharing three hours of their lives together, why not be friends for that time! “I love the fact that we become a little family together” she notes. Don’t be surprised if you stay in touch with Jaime long after your tour. Showing people the greatest ways to enjoy the city is what she does best.
When Jaime is not making friends on the job, she’s either nannying for local families, volunteering at Portland Downtown, Maine Historic Society, or at Creative Portland. Needless to say, Jaime is a very knowledgeable guide for our Portland guests. In her own time, she can be found enjoying her favorite “potions” or cocktails at Portland’s Via Vecchia. The restaurant’s architecture reminds her of the Titanic. For a taste of local seafood, Jaime loves a trip down to Scales on Portland’s working waterfront.
When asked what famous Mainer, Jaime would want to be a relative in the Bush family. “They are kind, genuine people. They are inclusive and proud to be Mainers”, says Jaime.
Judi- Boothbay Harbor Foodie Tour Guide
Judi was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. As a child, her family had been visiting Boothbay Harbor for as long as she remembers. Judi made her final trip out to Boothbay Harbor when she decided the coastal town would be her new home. As a food guide, it’s no surprise that Judi enjoys cooking for herself and her mother. She loves to try new things in the kitchen and abroad. She even snacked on deep-fried scorpion and tartunalta when she visited her daughter in China!
There is so much that Judi loves about being a food tour guide in Boothbay. Meeting new people is high on her list, she loves to learn about her guests while sharing her knowledge and love for the region. Judi tends to have plenty in common with her guests, making their time together quite enjoyable.
When she’s not showing guests around Boothbay’s restaurant scene, Judi spends her time out in nature either exercising or just appreciating Maine’s beauty. She is definitely an outdoorswoman, so much that she has hiked Mount Katahdin five times now!
When asked what famous Mainer she would be, she chose Abbie Burgess. Abbie and her family were the caretakers of Matinicus Rock Light in the 1800’s. Abbie saved her family during a terrible storm and looked after her family while her father was gone for 25 days!
Photo: Judi on the left with her Mother, Estelle, on the right.
Sue- Bar Harbor Foodie and History Guide
Sue is a Maine native who spent her early days growing up in Old Town, Maine with sister Pam Laskey, Owner of Maine Foodie Tours. After working in the insurance industry for almost 30 years, Sue joined the Maine Foodie team and has loved every moment!
As a food and history guide in the famous coastal town of Bar Harbor. Sue shares her rich knowledge of the town’s past in conjunction with their growing restaurant scene. In particular, Sue says that the most joyous part of being a tour guide is the look on her guests’ faces as they experience their Maine “firsts”. Their first bite into a fresh Maine lobster roll, or seeing the ocean for the first time to name a few. Sometimes, it is the simple things like a belly laugh after a funny anecdote about the town.
In her spare time, Sue can be found in her kitchen, sneaking vegetables into meals for her unsuspecting family. The cauliflower in Mac n’ Cheese was not so discreet! Her family may be full of foodies, but they never know what they are getting into. Other times, she is sipping on her favorite cocktail, Hippy Juice, from Galyn’s in Bar Harbor. A delicious combination of blueberry kombucha, blueberry vodka, and Maine blueberries.
When asked if she could be any Mainer, Sue chose Doris Twitchell-Allen, a highly esteemed Psychologist from Old Town Maine. In fact, Sue was the first person from Maine to be a counselor at her camp called “Children’s International Summer Village”.
Cynthia- Portland and Kennebunk Foodie and History Tours, Kennebunk Doggy Tours
Meet Cynthia, a self-proclaimed Maineiac hailing from Limington, Maine. Cynthia grew up in Cumberland, Maine and at the time, she was ready to leave town. She went down to Massachusetts to study International Relations at Tufts University. After college, she found herself back in Maine. Today, Cynthia is a french teacher. Beyond being fluent in French, she also speaks fluent Japanese, along with being proficient in Spanish.
She is as well rounded in languages as she is in food and history in Portland and Kennebunk. Meeting all the new people each time, sharing the history, and talking about her beloved state are all among the things that Cynthia enjoys about being a guide. She loves meeting all of your furry friends too!
On days that she is not parading around town with a pack of four-legged friends, she can be found reading books or getting some movement in with yoga, zumba, or a hike. She is also involved in the local music and theatre scene. Or perhaps she is at her favorite restaurant, Sapporo in Portland. The authentic Japanese cuisine is reminiscent of when she lived in Japan.
Her childhood interest in politics brought her to the conclusion that if she could be any person from Maine history she would be Margaret Chase Smith. This Maine native was the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress, and the first female Maine representative.
Glenn Shelton- Culinary Walking Tour and Walking History Tour Guide – Portland and Kennebunkport
Glenn Shelton, better known as “Double N Glenn” is a Culinary Walking Tour and Walking History tour guide in both Portland and Kennebunkport. Glenn moved to mid-coast Maine with his family when he was 10 years old. In between living in Dallas, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts, Glenn has lived in Maine for over 40 years!
What Glenn enjoys most about being a guide is the simple fact of sharing his well-versed knowledge of the locations. He also loves to meet new people from all over the world. He believes a good way of showing his guest Maine’s culture is through our food. Over the years, Glenn has forged friendships with the employees and owners of the restaurants he visits.
On his own time, Glenn can be found spending his time outside near the water fishing, or at home working in his garden. When it comes to his favorite foods, Glenn sticks to the classics. His ideal meal would include a cucumber gin martini from Northpoint in Portland with some local oysters on the side. For a main course, a steamed Maine lobster and sauteed fiddleheads would hit the spot. Finish all that off with a piece of blueberry pie and Glenn is in heaven.
Pictured is Glenn at one of Portland’s working waterfront wharfs.
Avery- Portland Foodie and Happy Hour Guide
Meet Avery, our Portland Foodie and Happy Hour tour guide. He is best known at Maine Foodie Tours for being the king of bachelorette parties! Avery originally hails from Biloxi, Mississippi. He made the move up north about five years ago to take a job in hotel management. Since moving to Maine, he has immersed himself in the restaurant and bar scene greatly.
Avery loves to make friends with his guests and makes sure they are all enjoying their time, even if that means holding their phones in bright fanny pack!
For his own dining adventures, he has a full roster of favorite bars and restaurants to indulge in. These include, but are not limited to, Blythe and Burrows for a cocktail, Sur Lie for a nice dinner, The Shop for fresh oysters, or Market Street Eats for a quick sandwich.
In his own time, Avery likes to travel to big cities and explore their unique food scene. Or, take to the mountains for a hike. Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor is a personal favorite.