Tag Archives: maine

Congratulations to the #USMFuture movement


Congratulations to the students and other community supporters who make up the #USMFuture movement. Despite the fact that USM President Theodora Kalikow suggests otherwise, it is evident that their agitation, along with the efforts of the Faculty Senate, resulted in the reversal of faculty “retrenchment” (the corporate euphemism that institutions use when they don’t want […]

Shift Drinks: Kim Rodgers of Eventide Oyster Co. and Hugo’s Restaurant


Kim Rodgers is a pastry chef at Eventide Oyster Co. and Hugo’s Restaurant. She is pictured with a Gin and Tonic. Disclosure: Eventide Oyster Co. and Hugo’s Restaurant are clients of my company Knack Factory, though their representation here has nothing to do with my scope of work with them. In fact, they are helping […]

Shift Drinks: Damian Sansonetti of Piccolo and Blue Rooster Food Co.

Damian Sansonetti is one of the owners of and chef at Piccolo in Portland, Maine. He is also a Chef Partner at the Blue Rooster Food Co. He is pictured with an Old Fashioned.  Disclosure: Damian’s restaurant Piccolo is a client of mine [at Knack Factory], though his representation here has nothing to do with our […]

From regulations to biofuels (and munitions) manufacturing: grease is political


I worked in restaurants from the ages of 12 to 22 and I have worked around food ever since. My wife and I run a farm-to-table food booth at a music festival every Summer. I produced a web series that documented eating in Maine. One of the primary content focuses of my company, Knack Factory, […]

Was the Back-to-the-Land “movement” a failure or a success?


Portland-based author Joseph Conway wrote Get Back Stay Back, a book about the evolution of the back-to-the-land movement and its relationship with Maine. He tells the stories of 13 families based here in the state. Through his multi-generational conversations, particularly his exchanges with the children of the movement who are now running farms themselves, he […]