Kate McCarty

Kate McCarty is a blogger and community educator. She is also the author two books, Distilled in Maine: A History of Libations, Temperance & Craft Spirits and Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine.
Kitchn’s Bite-Sized Guide to Portland, Maine
And summer is the dreamiest time to go. Bring your appetite!
Jun 3, 2019
Maine Oyster Farmers Share the Best Way to Shuck & Eat Bivalves
Maine’s cold, clean water makes it ideal for seafood of all kind: lobster, to be sure, but also oysters, those sweet and briny bivalves that we often associate with cooler climes. But, in Maine, you can (and should!) eat oysters all year round. We caught up with oyster farmers Valy Steverlynck and Eric Horne to find out the best way to shuck your oysters — and how to eat them (besides slurped straight from the shell).
May 24, 2019
Oxbow Beer Brewer Tim Adams Shares His Favorite Summer Beer
When it comes to summer drinking, the key is to find a beverage that’s cold, refreshing, and not too alcoholic. Wine spritzers are always a favorite, but this year we’re stockpiling farmhouse beers. What’s farmhouse beer, you might ask? We’re so glad you did. Farmhouse beers originally hail from France and Belgium, where they were made with leftover crops and natural yeast in the winter and then enjoyed by farm workers in the summer.
May 24, 2019
3 Amazing Shops for Cooks in Portland, Maine (According to a Local Artist)
When you think of Maine, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of lobster rolls and the rocky coastline. Maybe you think of cabins in the woods and flannel. Chances are, you think of L.L. Bean — are we right? Well, one of the people responsible for putting those images of rustic simplicity in your head is Meredith Brockington. As the former photo art director for the iconic Maine brand, Meredith oversaw photo shoots for the company’s catalog and brand campaigns.
May 24, 2019