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I recently moved to Portland from New York. This is a lifestyle change I am certain was the right decision. I am currently doing some short term consulting. I was the executive vice president at the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute), where I worked for 16 years. After helping to grow the school from 150 to 800 graduates a year, I thought it was time for a new venture.
I'm now living on Congress Street along side of great restaurants, galleries, boutique shops, etc. It's exactly where I want to be. Giorgio (maltipoo) and I are just a few short blocks from the water and the museum.
Although all things food is my great passion, I enjoy sailing, hiking, biking, meeting new people and a good book.
Who are Portlanders you admire and why? Leonard Nelson. He's always willing to help if he can. I have also spent time with Heather Chontos. Heather has an art studio in Portland. She's a beautiful person - threw a dinner party for me my first weekend in Portland. I am friends with Susan Axelrod and John Golden; both writers for the Portland Press Herald.
What do you like to do with out-of-towners? Walk around in the Old Port area.
Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? I am excited about finding this place!
What's the most surprising thing about this city? The food is fantastic! Restaurant food, farmers' market food, bakeries, specialty food shops . . . Portland has it all!
What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? Lobster! Lots of places I am happy to say.
What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? I haven't seen enough tourists on Congress Street.
Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. Eating al fresco in September. The following morning would be a long walk along the waterfront with my Maltipoo Giorgio.
Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? The Speckled Ax on Congress
I use my twin identity as an artist and writer to create work for commercial and editorial clients.
Creator of tasty lobster rolls. Avid supporter of Portland's food truck scene. Passionate about good food that accessible.