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Maine Restaurant Association names 2018 award winners

Thursday, February 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kathleen Pierce
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Each spring the state’s restaurant association recognizes certain members for epitomizing the best of Maine hospitality. 


This year, a handful of exemplary establishments and personalities, from York to Bangor, will be honored on March 27 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. 


Lifetime Achievement Award: The Goldenrod in York Beach

A Vacationland classic in business for 122 years, Maine’s oldest, continually operating restaurant with a soda fountain and saltwater candy maker is a “national icon.”


Co-owner David Peck, who runs the Goldenrod with his brother Charles, attributes 

staying in business for more than a century to “consistency and cleanliness.” 


The restaurant employs 160 people each summer. “We’ve had tens of thousands of people working for us,” said Peck. “We have a very loyal base, serving everyone from kids to grandpas.”


Chef of the year: Troy Mains, executive chef Harraseeket Inn, Freeport

The Georgetown native has a passion for food and team building.  

Learning to cook from his grandmother, he took a restaurant job washing dishes at 14 and was hooked. Inn owner Chip Gray calls Mains "a real pleasure to work with, extremely talented and creative.”


Restaurateurs of the year: Todd Mauer, Jed Weiss; King Eider’s Pub, Damariscotta 

This inviting pub with an oyster bar is the beating heart of Damariscotta. Run by two couples who work hard to give back to locals, King Eider’s evinces the community spirit that binds this midcoast Maine village together. From spearheading an energy fund for Lincoln County, to stepping up to an ice challenge, they lead by example.  


Allied Member of the year: Dennis Paper & Food Service

Employee owned since 2015, the Hampden-based food service company has its heart in the right place. “We are a bunch of hardworking foodies that love our industry,” said Chief Operating Officer Rick Robertson. 


The company has grown rapidly to meet demand. “We have a strong culture of job satisfaction, which has helped us continue to grow,” said Robertson. 


Advocacy Awards: Pepino’s Mexican Restaurant owner Susan Stephenson;

State Rep. Stacey K. Guerin 

Bangor restaurant owner Stephenson worked tirelessly in the field to restore tip credit in Maine. She motivated and educated her peers through the grass roots social media movement known as the Restaurant Workers of Maine. 


In the Statehouse, Glenburn legislator Guerin, who is also on the MeRA board, sponsored a bill and marshaled opinion to move the dial to support this important legislation.


Tickets to Maine Restaurant Association’s Annual Awards Banquet are $85 each or $645 for a table of eight. To order visit