Chef Sam Hayward considers food to be rather mystical, a link to land and place. At Fore Street Grill, Hayward’s restaurant in Portland, the natural elements - fire, water, stone, wood, and metal – play a part in the décor, connecting every diner to the essence of Maine. The view of the Casco Bay Ferry from the large windows completes the picture. Working with ingredients found in local waters and forests, Hayward allows the rustic, primitive qualities of food to reveal the traditions and agriculture of Maine, past and present. The chef, his menu, and the ingredients that inspire both are quintessential Maine treasures.

Summer Salad of Arugula, Tomatoes and Parmigiano Reggiano
Mixed Shellfish Grill
Herb-Roasted Sea Bass
Strawberries with Grilled Pound Cake & Buttermilk Ice Cream


Published: August 2004