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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: January 26, 2014

Zapoteca hosts ‘Maine meets Mexico’ dinner at the James Beard House

Written by: Susan Axelrod

All photos by Ted Axelrod

Chef Shannon Bard brought her A-game to New York City on Monday night: As in Ancho, Achiote and Agave. The chef of Zapoteca in Portland and Mixteca in Durham, N.H., along with her partners — husband Tom Bard and tequila sommelier Sergio Ramos — put on a five-course dinner that wowed a capacity crowd at the storied former home of James Beard in Greenwich Village.

Her dishes and techniques were thoroughly Mexican, but each course of Bard’s sophisticated menu included at least one ingredient from Maine: mushrooms, goat cheese, beets, carrots and cranberries. Linda Bean’s supplied lobster for the corn and poblano lobster bisque appetizer and “mariscos de Maine” — a seafood course that also featured scallops, halibut and mussels in a deeply flavored Maine oyster sauce. Gift bags for each guest included special truffles made by Dean’s Sweets with Herradura tequila.

Some of those guests were well-known Mainers, including fellow Portland restaurateur David Turin and his wife Christy Bomba; Dr. Lisa Delisle, Kevin Thomas of Maine Magazine, Raymond Brunyanszki, owner of Camden Harbour Inn and Bettina Doulton of Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville.

It was just the kind of party the great James Beard would have loved.

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