Culinary Events

 

Stone Barn Dinner Series

Creating Community Through Fresh Farm-to-Table Dinners in a Historic Architectural Setting

Sample menu from 2018

Sample menu from 2018

A few evenings each summer, the Normandy- style Stone Barn at Sebago Lake opens its doors and serves a six-course meal boasting the vibrant tastes of the season’s local harvest. After visiting local farms and fishermen to source the freshest ingredients, Chefs Mary Paine and Richard Fields craft an exquisite meal.

Guests may find our chefs chopping herbs, grilling halibut or legs of lamb, or whipping fresh cream. The bounty of local meats, sustainable seafood, and seasonal produce is served on long, hand-crafted maple tables under soaring turn-of-the-century timbers.

We look forward to welcoming you to this unique culinary experience that creates community and celebrates sustainability.

2019 Dinner Dates (click on date to purchase tickets)

June 13 | 6pm - Salmon

June 20 | 6pm - Beef

June 27 | 6pm - Pork

July 11 | 6pm - Halibut

July 18 | 6pm - Lamb

July 25 | 6pm - Pork

August 1 | 6pm - Beef

August 8 | 6pm - Pork

August 15 | 6pm - Lobster

Featured Fare

Leading up to each dinner, our chefs visit local farms to see what is available to create a meal tailored to the best ingredients locally available on the day of each dinner.

Focus will be placed on using the bounty of local meats, sustainable seafood and seasonal produce. The featured fare above inspires the 6 course meal that will be presented at each dinner.

Ticket Information

The $100 per person fee includes a six-course dinner, all beverages (specialty cocktails, wine, after-dinner drink, local brews, and non-alcoholic beverages), and gratuity. Only 80 tickets are available for each dinner, so reserve yours today!

For more information contact Lizzie O’Neal - (207) 893-6615 or eoneal@sjcme.edu.

Parking information: When arriving for the event, there will be signage directing guests on where to park, which will be located across the street from The Stone Barn at the entrance to Saint Joseph's College. Shuttles will be available for transporting guests back and forth.

 

Stone Barn Senior Lunches

Each Wednesday this summer, older adults of the local community are invited to take part in a farm-to-table lunch experience in the rustically beautiful setting of our historic Normandy-style Stone Barn on Sebago Lake. Each week, Chef Mary Paine will craft a different lunch menu focused on local meats, sustainable seafood, and seasonal produce. Lunches will consist of three courses: a salad or appetizer, main entrée, and dessert. Family-style seating on long tables will allow for socializing under soaring turn-of-the-century timbers. We welcome you to enjoy this community-building dining experience and celebration of sustainability brought to you by the Institute for Integrative Aging.

2019 Lunch Dates (click on date to buy tickets!)

Details

Tickets: $25 per person

Parking: Handicap parking is available at the Stone Barn. All other parking is located across the street at Saint Joseph’s College. There will be shuttle to bring guests across the street, or guests can take a short path to the Stone Barn.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth O’Neal at (207) 893-6615 or eoneal@sjcme.edu.


About the Chefs

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Mary Paine

Mary began her culinary career in the 1980s at the Good Egg Cafe in Portland, a revolutionary farm-to-table café. Mary quickly worked her way up the ranks of the kitchen and was soon running the bakery operation while simultaneously working in horticulture at a wholesale greenhouse in town. She then worked at the Pepperclub—the acclaimed Portland restaurant specializing in local vegetarian fare—where she stayed for 25 years, eventually becoming head chef and owner. Equally attracted to hospitality and cooking, Mary worked both the front and back of the house during her Pepperclub years and continues to believe that hosting community and preparing quality food go hand in hand. Mary has worked on three of Maine’s islands, most recently North Haven Island, where she was at the helm of Nebo Lodge’s kitchen and the Turner Farm Barn Suppers. Twice a week Mary would cook for 70 guests with Chef Amanda Hollowell, transforming Turner Farm’s weekly harvest into a five-course feast that would draw people from small midcoast towns and sprawling Manhattan burrows alike. Whatever the venue or community, Mary has always put fresh ingredients and welcoming hospitality into the heart of her meals.

 
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Richard Fields

The ocean continues to inspire Richard Fields, whose specialty in seafood stems from his upbringing on Cape Cod. “I especially love creating one pan dishes—anything I can sauté,” he said. Whether searing scallops or garnishing haddock, Richard pays attention to the fine details of each course. He was drawn to Saint Joseph’s by its commitment to “made from scratch” cooking and he enjoys being able to feature local farmers, craftsmen, and artisans “who take so much pride in what they produce,” he said.

Prior to joining Saint Joseph’s, Richard worked for Pineland Farms in Gray, cooking for their café, weddings, cocktail hours, and other special events. He also worked at Thornton Oaks, a retirement community in Brunswick where the residents were very appreciative of his meals. “They would sit in a circle and chit chat and I’d come around with a tray of muffins. There was a lot of job satisfaction there.”

Richard’s appreciation for cooking first began during childhood with English-style family suppers at his grandmother’s house. He credits his grandmother’s cooking and his mother’s artistic talent as major influences in his career path, which officially began in his teenage years. After working in a dish room, learning prep work, and manning the grill station at restaurants in Harwich for over a decade, he attended culinary school at Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts. Exposure to Boston’s culinary scene elevated his knowledge and skillset, which helped with his next position at the rapid-paced Paddock Restaurant in Hyannis, Massachusetts. It was located right in front of the Cape Cod Melody Tent, a performing arts space with big-name acts like Tony Bennett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Beach Boys. Richard remembered, “You had to be fast and you had to be good!”

Through a seasonal gig cooking French cuisine in Vermont, Richard met his wife, Patti, and after a few ski bum winters they chose to uproot to Portland. Richard spent about nine years catering with Canteen Service Company before joining the staff at Pineland Farms. He and Patti now reside in Gray with their two sons, Harrison and Spencer, who love sports and recreational skiing. “They keep me active!” he said. In his spare time, Richard grows a small batch of hops at his house and brews his own beer. He also recently learned how to play the ukulele.