A Culinary Escape in Down East Maine
Take a pinch of salt, add a splash of wine then throw in a lobster and you’ve got a culinary adventure in Maine, where you’ll enjoy cooking classes, excursions and traditional cuisine!
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Program No. 15212RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In daily classes with a professional chef, study basic cooking techniques and Down East culinary history as you learn to prepare meals from Maine’s regional repertoire, including seafood chowders and the famed lobster. Visit and converse with local organic farmers and lobstermen to gain new perspectives on Maine’s culinary favorites. Climb aboard a working Maine lobster boat for a spin around the Bay, then drop by Roosevelt International Park on Campobello Island for maritime tradition. Local guests and fresh foods prepared by participants highlight evening meals.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles over uneven terrain. Standing for periods of 3-4 hours while cooking.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy Down East’s best as you create authentic Maine cuisine, with a mix of breads and desserts
  • Small Classes provide lots of hands on cooking time with colorful professional chefs from around the bay
  • Explore lighthouses, FDR’s summer cottage on Campobello Island and go whale watching aboard the lobster boat “Miss Patricia.”

General Notes

Please note that a valid U.S. Passport is required to enter Canada and visit Campobello Island.
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Kristi Cilles
Originally from Ohio, Kristi is a recent Down East transplant. She likes to say that she has literally cooked her way around the globe. She has cooked wonderful meals in a hastily provisioned rooftop kitchen on Rhodes Island in Greece, prepared world class meals aboard a 100-foot yacht in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, created elegant meals on a country estate near Edinburgh and, closer to home, has worked for upscale caterers and is also quite well-known personally in Ohio as a "serial" hostess!
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