Maine Foodie Spring, by Art In Voyage

Foodie Spring & Friends in Maine

May 20-23 2021

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, as Springs settles in the coastal town of Camden, our home for 3 nights

Spring in Maine is everything good about spring, amplified. As ski hills and snowmobile clubs wind down for the year, warm-weather businesses begin to open their doors and Mother Nature blooms along the coast and in Maine's many state parks and recreational areas. Discover some of their unique traditions, can't-miss places, and a few off-the-beaten-path adventures—all without the summertime crowds.

On this short yet exciting and experience-filled journey, enjoy superb wines, local farm tours, engaging cooking classes, and of course the countryside as its apple trees start blooming. On this 4 day/3 night foodie adventure, you will also shuck some of the best oysters around, uncover secrets behind the best lobster based recipes, experience world-class wine & beer tastings, and indulge in incredible meals at Primo and other fine restaurants in and around Camden.

And as always on journeys hosted by Kevin, wit, humor, and fun will be integral in the program.

Space is limited to 10 guests maximum, with a minimum of 8guests to depart

Food, Wine & Foliage, by Art In Voyage
Food, Wine & Foliage, by Art In Voyage
Day 1
After landing in Portland (or Bangor), you will be picked up and taken to Camden to check-in at the lovely Camden Harbor. For those arriving early, Chef Fonzo introduces you to a local gin maker for some tasting. After freshening up and a welcome cocktail (or bubbly) on the patio of the Camden Harbour Inn, we depart for Primo. 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 at leisure in the beautiful town of Camden. Recommendations will be provided for a unique and memorable experience.
Foodie Spring in Maine
Day 3
This morning, we head out for a full day of foodie adventures. We start with a local Oyster farm where we are invited to learn about harvesting and shucking (tasting included, it goes without saying). We continue our tour of the area with stops at a cheese farm, a buffalo farm, and end the day at our favorite winery and spirit distillery. Tonight, we head back to Primo where Chef Kelly awaits with more surprises for our foodies.
Food, Wine & Foliage, by Art In Voyage
Day 4
After a traditional breakfast and some time to enjoy a morning at leisure (strolling the little sea town of Camden or enjoying local markets), the journey starts drawing to an end. Our luxury vehicles await to safely and comfortably escort you to Portland (or Bangor) 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.


  • 3-night accommodations at the 5 star Camden Harbor Inn
  • Daily traditional breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with wine pairings (or selected wines)
  • Cooking Class with Chef Melissa Kelly, to include farm tour and lunch
  • Tasting tour to include oysters, lobster, cheeses, meats and more
  • Farm Tour, Wine, Cider & Beer tasting/tours
  • Airport transfers and transportation throughout
  • All taxes

The Nitty Gritty

Harbor King View: $2,325/person - SOLD OUT
Junior Suite: $2,586/person - SOLD OUT
New Amsterdam Suite: $2,889/person - SOLD OUT

based on double occupancy

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