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October 2009

October 27, 2009

Who Is The Maine Lobster Chef of The Year?

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The audience at Portland's Harvest on The Harbor

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Chef Mackenzie Arrington,

Maine Lobster Chef of the Year.

Harvest on the Harbor, presented by the Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau, brings nationally recognized chefs using Maine products and blends them with our own award winning local chefs in celebrating Maine as a culinary travel destination. 

Chef Mackenzie Arrington, a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, earned the title of Maine Lobster Chef of the Year on Friday with his dish of Roasted Lobster Tail on Braised Cabbage and Cornbread. Two hundred lucky attendees tasted dishes prepared by three chef competitors, watched each chef demonstrate their recipe, and then voted on their favorite. At the competition, Mackenzie was awarded $1,000 in prize money and a limited edition Maine Lobster jacket.

Are you a "Foodie"?  Why not plan to visit the Captain Lord Mansion next mid-October, stay at the inn and go to this fabulous festival?  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

October 15, 2009

What is Kennebunkport's Gathering of the Scarecrows?

Scarecrow 2009 002 The Mansion's scarecrow, "Captain Rick" says "Hello"!  This jolly fellow sits at the entrance to the Captain Lord Mansionparking lot welcoming guests to the Mansion.  He is one of a crowd of scarecrows that have mysteriously appeared in the Kennebunks during our fall harvest time.  This Saturday, October 17th, the scarecrows will gather together in Dock Square.  After a period of mingling and meeting each other, at 3:00pm they will parade along Ocean Ave to the River Green which is located in front of the Captain Lord Mansion.  After the parade, the "Gathering of the Scarecrows" party will commence at the River Green where there will be food, games and music.

Kennebunkportis celebrating the "Legend of The Scarecrows".  Have you ever wondered where the scarecrows go at the end of each growing season?  Legend says that they begin to "gather" in October at a secret location to celebrate the new harvest and to discuss the next growing season; that is before they are blown away by November's chilly winds!  We found this year's "Gathering Place" and invite you all to come help us celebrate!  Your innkeeper, Captain Rick!

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October 12, 2009

When Can You Experience the Flavors of Maine at Harvest on the Harbor?

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Whether you are a full-fledged “foodie” or an emerging gourmand, you are sure to find more than one event to whet your appetite at Harvest on the Harbor. This Portland Maine event is something for everyone – from a food and wine tasting reception, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to a marketplace with all things food related – tastes and temptations at every turn.

Bev and I look forward to experiencing this great festival.  In only a few short years it has become a significant fall festival which draws thousands of visitors to Southern Maine.  Portland is only a short 35 minute drive from Kennebunkport and the Captain Lord Mansion.  If you are a guest with us the weekend of Oct 22-24, we can give you explicit driving directions and help with parking information.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

October 07, 2009

What Are These Objects Which Are Found at The Captain Lord Mansion?

Col-horsechestnut These trees are commonly planted as ornamental shade trees, but the nuts are sometimes confused with the fruit of another tree. Confusion arises because of the common name of the fruit. However, this plant is not the same as the edible nut.

There are two of these magnificent trees located on the side lawn of the Captain Lord Mansion.  The trees are over 150 years old, but they continue to attract the attention of guests!  Each fall many of our guests wander out onto the lawn to collect these beautiful nuts which look like small pieces of polished mahogany!  The challenge for those who collect the nuts while here at the inn, is that once the nut dries, they shrivel up and look disgusting! 

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Of course, guests unfamiliar with these trees want to know what kind of nuts these are and if they are edible.  There are a couple of names by which these nuts are commonly known.  Drop us a note on our Face-book Page if you think you know the answer to this question! 

Bev and I have a strenuous time each fall as we rake up the mess these trees leave on the lawn!  However, acorns are worse!  Your Innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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