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Maine - Food, Wine & Foliage In New England

Food, Wine & Foliage in New England


October 15-18, 2020 AND October 18-21, 2020

Chef Melissa Kelly, with Art In Voyage

Showcasing the lifelong work of 2x James Beard Award-Winner, Chef Melissa Kelly

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.”

Hosted by Chef Kevin Fonzo

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

Food, Wine & Foliage, by Art In Voyage
Food, Wine & Foliage, by Art In Voyage
Day 1
After landing in Portland, you will be picked up and taken to Camden to check-in at the lovely Camden Harbor. After freshening up, we embark on a 102-year-old schooner for some bubbly and appetizers. Weather permitting, the traditional boat follows the coastline to drop us at Primo for our Welcome Dinner. Dinner is hosted by two-times James Beard Award Winner, Chef Melissa Kelly.
Food, Wine & Foliage, by Art In Voyage
Day 2
Today, we have a culinary day lined up to appease your inner foodie. We start by going back to the scene of the (welcome dinner) crime, Primo. There, we are given a farm tour by Primo's Chef Kelly. Following the farm tour, a cooking class and lunch at the farm await. This afternoon, on route back to Camden, we make a pitstop at a local apple orchard to discover the technique, and taste, behind cider making. Dinner is held at a local winery.
Food, Wine & Foliage, by Art In Voyage
Day 3
This morning, we head out foraging. A local farmer shows us the tricks of the trade to find the perfect mushrooms for a culinary masterpiece. A lovely picnic surrounded by incredible fall colors, sights, and sounds will be our midday highlight. Later, we continue our tour of the area with stops at two of our favorite wineries and a spirit distillery (Gin, Rum, and Smash). Tonight, we hold our farewell dinner at the famous Natalie's, where the best Lobster Chef in Maine, Chris Long, awaits to serve you an unforgettable experience.
Food, Wine & Foliage, by Art In Voyage
Day 4
After a traditional breakfast and some time to enjoy a morning at leisure, the journey starts drawing to an end. Our luxury vehicles await to safely and comfortably escort you to Portland for your flight home.

Our Home in Maine

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.

Inclusions

  • 3-night accommodations at the 5 star Camden Harbor Inn(Harbor View King)
  • Daily traditional breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with wine pairings (or selected wines)
  • 1 lunch, including one picnic
  • Sunset Cruise with appetizers and bubbly
  • Airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • Cooking Class with Chef Melissa Kelly
  • Farm Tour, Wine, Cider & Beer tasting/tours
  • All taxes

The Nitty Gritty

$2,534/person
based on double occupancy
Upgrades available

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