2015 james beard semifinalists

Back when the 2015 James Beard Semifinalists were announced, Michael and I were traveling so it took me awhile to write this post, but I couldn’t have been happier to see Portland and Maine so well represented on the esteemed list. Among the impressive selection of the nation’s best restaurants and bars are clients & friends, Central Provisions and the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club. It was an honor of mine to play a small part in the first year of these two businesses and I know great things are in store for both.

Central Provisions Portland

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Central Provisions

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

Through our travels, documented on Map & Menu, Michael and I have been very fortunate to experience a number of the other 2015 James Beard Semifinalists. The following are a few memorable dishes from our trips to some of the country’s best restaurants including – SoLo Farm & Table, Long Grain, The Optimist, Eventide, Miller Union, Alley Light, Buvette, Two Boroughs Larder, and Mateo.

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Long Grain Camden ME

The Optimist Atlanta

Hushpuppies at The Optimist

Eventide Lobster Roll

Miller Union Ice cream Sandwich

Alley Light Charlottesville

Buvette

 

Two Boroughs Larder

Mateo Durham

the portland hunt & alpine club

I was thrilled when Andrew & Briana, owners of Portland’s favorite craft cocktail spot, The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, asked me to take some photos of the bar when they first opened. These two share a phenomenal aesthetic and have created one of the most visually appealing spaces in all of Maine. The drinks and the food are both exceptional, and shooting these photos was a dream collaboration for me!

A few of these photos and others have been featured online and in print over the months, as Hunt & Alpine continues to garner the amazing press it deserves. One such highlight was the full spread image that ran in Bon Appetit this summer when the bar was named one of the Five Best New Cocktail Bars in America (!) this year.

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

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Portland Hunt and Alpine Bon Appetit

Portland Hunt & Alpine Club in Bon Appetit