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Sebec restaurants menu is named tops in region in state contest

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 52, December 25, 2002

Picture by Doug Warren for TRC
The Country Style Restaurant in Sebec

SEBEC Country Style Restaurant and Gifts of Sebec was named favorite restaurant for the Katahdin-Moosehead-Penquis region during Maine Menus Month. More than 125 Maine Restaurants featured menu items made with locally grown, raised or harvested ingredients during the month of October. Diners were able to rate the meal they ate (to determine the winning restaurants) and enter a drawing for prizes. More than 2,800 entries were received, and seven other Maine restaurants are being recognized as regional winners.

"The response to my fresh hadock chowder with Maine potatoes has been overwhelming," said Carol Cress from the Country Style Restaurant. "I can really tell the difference using fresh fish. I use products in season like berries and broccoli, and I always have maple syrup and squash from Maine. If you're a hole in the wall restaurant in Sebec, Maine you have to make the food good enough that people will come. I guess it's working. My business is up 30% this year."

Maine Menus Month, now in its third year, was developed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources as part of its "get real. get Maine?" campaign, to increase consumption of local foods. "Increasing use of Maine foods in local restaurants is one way to help sustain our traditional farm and fishing industries, and at the same time it offers the opportunity to boost sales to residents and visitors from away who are looking for an authentic local food experience," said Deanne Herman, Marketing Manager at the Department of Agriculture. Herman added, "Over 25% of the ballots were from people who live out of state."

The total impact of agriculture on Maine's economy totals $1.2 billion annually. There is a variety of delicious farm fresh produce, meats and dairy products that are featured in Maine restaurants and grocery stores around the state, so diners and shoppers can enjoy Maine foods and help support our economy year round.

Restaurants that participated in Maine Menus month during October 2002 are posted under "restaurants" on the website. They range from casual cafes and diners to linen tablecloth restaurants, and during Maine Menus Month offered everything from the best fish and chips to wild mushroom hash and pan-seared venison with cranberry-chipolte sauce.

Many of the restaurants also provided sample recipes, which are posted on under "recipes."

On Dec. 5 Governor King announced the "Favorite Restaurant" winner of Maine Menus Month. The Thomaston Cafe received the award at the Governor's office in Augusta. Chef-owners Herbert and Eleanor Peters presented Governor King with a platter of crab cakes, salad featuring fresh local greens, and a wild blueberry pie.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.