Executive Chef and proprietor of Primo, Chef Melissa Kelly is the 2013 James Beard Foundation Award winner of the American Express Best Chef: Northeast Award. She also received this award in 1999, making her the first 2-time winner of the same award.
Melissa has spent the last 20 years expanding the farm situated on Primo’s nearly 5 acres. What started with a greenhouse, 2 acres of organic gardens, and 2 pigs, has evolved to include broiler and layer chickens, ducks, guinea hens, and 9 pigs. At peak season, about 80% of the ingredients used in the Primo Kitchen are sourced from the farm.
The choice to open a restaurant in Maine was driven by the fact that Maine has the largest Farmer and Garden Association and the proximity to the coast for seafood. Melissa describes the availability of ingredients fresh from the Primo farm as “the dream way to cook.”
Join award-winning Chef Kevin Fonzo in Maine, during the colorful change of season.
Mid-October is the best and preferred time to experience a multitude of colors from different vantage points.
On this short yet exciting and experience-filled journey, enjoy superb wines by the fireplace, local farm tours, and engaging cooking classes. Set sail on a sunset cruise on board a traditional 102-year-old Schooner, embark on an adventure of foraging, experience world-class wine and beer tastings, and indulge in incredible meals at some of the finest restaurants in the area.
And as always on journeys hosted by Kevin, wit, humor, and fun will be integral in the program.
Space is limited to 8 guests maximum per departure
Our home for the next few nights will be the delightful Relais & Chateaux, Camden Harbor Inn.
For more than a century now, lovers of the great outdoors have come to unwind at this gracious New England Victorian inn overlooking the coast. Behind its traditional white clapboard exterior, the inn’s décor today bears the imprint of modern European design. The award-winning restaurant, Natalie’s, offers a new take on fine dining, showcasing Maine’s bounty, including the famous Maine lobster. Perched on a hilltop, from its wrap around porch and delightful picture windows, the inn offers 180-degree views of Penobscot Bay, Camden Harbor, and the surrounding mountains, the perfect invitation to explore the beautiful coastline of Maine.
based on double occupancy