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 an eye-opening experience for her to delve into the local Maine food scene, learning about dishes indigenous to this region, and she is eager to share this information with guests on her tours.
“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, 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.
Wendy loves to travel and each Summer she plans at least one themed party, serving up regional cuisine from her latest adventures. Her guests frequenty include new friends she met along the way. From a nine course French dinner after touring the waterways of France to down home American fare, friends and family look forward to Wendy’s culinary interpretations of the places she has been.
Be sure to ask her for recipes that you can use when you head home and plan your own Maine themed party. She will be too happy to help you.
Bryan is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has served as an sous and executive chef for a number of notable restaurants in New York, Boston, Portland and Bangor, ME. He enjoys discussing foods and cooking techniques of all kinds and has a passion for Maine beers. Don’t get him talking about them unless you have at least a half an hour! Bryan enjoys lots of food around MDI and Bar Harbor, and in his down time you may find him saddled up at Leary’s, his favorite pub in town.
Chris recently moved to Portland from Brooklyn, New York, giving up the rat race, for a little of the way life should be. Chris says “I am immersed in all things food and I love to share conversation and meals with others.”
Chris’s food experience began with his first job in a local country club kitchen in Saratoga Springs, NY. From there a glorious relationship was formed. By traveling and fostering a sense of adventure, Chris has been able to eat his way around the world.
“Guiding Maine Foodie Tours is a fantastic way for me to combine a great appreciation for tastes, ranging from simple to complex, a love of history, and joy in meeting new people. Join me to laugh, learn, and taste our way through an exquisite foodie scene.”
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.
Originally from Edwardsville, IL, Phillip has settled comfortably into living in Maine. Phil is an educator all year long. He works in the Portland School District as a teacher between September and June, and during the summer, educates his tour guests on the dining and imbibing delights of Portland’s culinary scene with Maine Foodie Tours. His current favorite restaurant is in Brunswick, El Camino, for their solid menu of flavorful food, rotating specials and especialy their Cuban shrimp.
Phil is an avid outdoorsman, hiking, camping, and canoeing three seasons out of the year. He enjoys hanging out along Maine’s brisk Atlantic coastline and working his way through the many flavors available at local ice cream parlors.
Favorite Restaurant and what you love about it: Hard to pick! We have so many creative, award winning chefs in the midcoast!
Spare time activities/hobbies: Sailing, reading, fiber arts, jewelry making
Anything else you want to share: Loves to help people explore and learn about the midcoast and all that Maine has to offer.
Bri is a Portland native who loves her city and its epic food scene. When she’s not leading Maine Foodie tours, she makes the most of her free time enjoying picnics and barbecues, hiking and camping, and traveling as often as possible! Bri enjoys reading books and blogs related to food and travel. She is currently learning Italian for a trip to Rome!
Her roots are Italian, Irish and French. She grew up surrounded by amazing cooks, eating a mix of traditional fare from these distict, international branches of her family, as well as many quintessential Maine dishes.
Favorite Restaurant(s) at the moment: Zapoteca and The Corner Room.
Favorite Cocktails : Petit Jacqueline’s, Sur Lie and Timber
Favorite beer: Oxbow Farmhouse /Space Cowboy
Favorite Before/After Tour Spots: The deck at the Porthole , Boone’s, or Gilbert’s Chowder House
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
A graduate of the SMCC Culinary Arts Degree program, Stephanie has been involved in the Portland restaurant scene, as it has developed, since 1994. A few of her epicurean associations include being the Day Chef at Walters Cafe for a number of years and her current position as a cooking class instructor for Stonewall Kitchen on Middle Street. Stephanie is a native Mainer, and resides in Yarmouth with her husband and two daughters.
William “Bill” Goodspeed is a resident of Falmouth, Maine. Originally from Michigan, Bill has lived and worked in New York, Charlotte (NC) and Houston. A father of three daughters and three step daughters, Bill came to Maine for a traditional big company job in 2007, but later decided to pursue the far less traditional route. In addition to being a Maine Foodie tour guide, Bill coaches high school girls tennis and writes humor novels. His first novel, Buzz Kill, an irreverent romp thorugh corporate America and political correctness, was published in 2014. He also publishes a satirical newspaper and has been known to go skydiving with his seventy-nine year old mother.
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!
Harold is an 8th generation Mainer from the Western Foothills so, although his travels have taken him far, he is still a Mainer at heart. You will hear it in his voice when he tells you stories on the tours. If he ever forgets to mention one of his grandmother’s recipes, we will all be shocked.
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.