Portland isn’t the only place building events around Maine’s hot chefs. Muscling in on the action is The Balsams, a grand resort hotel snugged in Dixville Notch, way up at the tip of New Hampshire (and perhaps best known as being the first-in-the-nation voting site). This fall its Visiting Chef Series is highlighting the Great Chefs of Maine.
Each weekend includes opens with a Friday nights cocktail reception with the honored guest. Culinary demonstrations and wine tastings take place on Saturday, followed by a table d’hote menu prepared by the chef, who will circulate and answer questions throughout the dinner. It concludes Sunday with a jazz breakfast.
Featured Maine chefs are:
• Tom Gutow, Castine Inn, Oct. 24-26
• Rob Evans, Hugo’s, Oct. 31-Nov. 2
• Bryan Dame, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Nov. 14-16
• Gerry Bonsey, York Harbor Inn, Nov. 21-23
Other participating chefs are Jack Chiaro, associate culinary professor at Johnson and Wales, Nov. 7-9, and Ben Smith, executive chef and owner, Tsunami, Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 5-7.