The Fork Food Lab Grand Opening on Tuesday night was a BIG celebration, with food and drink for several hundred people. The new facility in Portland is designed to make it affordable for entrepreneurial food businesses to get started without having to build out their own kitchens. Eighteen small companies are working out of the new Lab on Parris Street in Portland. More info: http://www.forkfoodlab.com/
Ben and Danielle Graffius with Lindsay and Tom Barlow. The guys co-own White Cap Cold Brew Coffee.
Katy Green and Heather Omand, representing Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).
Financial advisor Carl Hanson, Kickstarter contributor Travis Bullard, and Jared McKennon of Portland.
Heather Guglielmo of Portland and Marc Haas of Brunswick.
Andy Porta and Diana Salas, both of Portland.
Neil Spillane, one of two co-founders of Fork Food Lab, had been accumulating the list of people to thank for a year and a half.
One of those he thanked was public relations whiz Claire Jeffers.
Rachel Houlihan of Portland and Mike Burgmaier of Yarmouth.
Haley Israelson and Susan Morris, both of Portland.
Kickstarter contributors are acknowledged on the Tasting Room wall.
Mayor Ethan Strimling and State Senator Justin Alfond.
Eighteen small food-related companies are working out of this building.
Maggie Byrne, Claire Wasserman and Carol Booth.
Scarlet Remme--peace, smiles, and marshmallows.
Daniel Benedict and Simone Palange, both of Portland.
It was a beautiful evening for an outdoor party.
Kathryn Sargent and her daughter Nina Ciffolillo, both of Portland.
Smiles from the crew from Bruno's Restaurant.
Justin Charles of Kennebunk and Lili Vell of York.
Fork Food Lab co-found Eric Holstein and Jess Lauren of Creative Portland.
Cassie Nixon and Alyson Mayo of Gert & Lil's premium desserts.
Nate Goff and Erin Canavin, representing Fat Pants Bakery.
Judy Witherell of Portland and Becca Davis of Westbrook.
Christina Carr and Roger St. Ours, representing Carr Eats.
arah Short of the Mitchell Institute and Rebecca Boulos of Maine Public Health Association.