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Susan and Ted Axelrod

Susan and Ted are a writer and photographer team who met while working for a magazine — Susan reviewing restaurants and writing food features, Ted photographing them. When Ted left the magazine for a freelance career, they launched their blog, Spoon & Shutter in 2010 as a way to keep doing what they love, together. After many years in Northern New Jersey, they are thrilled to be living in Maine, where Ted's clients occasionally include restaurants and food businesses. When they're not working, cooking, rehabbing their old farmhouse or hanging out with their two cool dogs – Ella and Dixie – they're having a blast exploring this spectacular state. To reach Susan, email saxelrod [at] or follow her on Twitter: @susansaxelrod To reach Ted, email ted [at] or follow him on Twitter @TedAxelRodPhoto .

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Posted: June 12, 2014

Kennebunkport Festival’s Wood Fired Maine: One enchanted evening

All photos by Ted Axelrod

A new — and spectacular — event at this year’s Kennebunkport Festival, Wood Fired Maine, was blessed with perfect Maine weather last Friday evening. It had the further blessing of a stunning setting, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, a 19th century saltwater farm listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The resorted former dairy farm, with its many pale yellow buildings, is now the headquarters for the Wells Reserve, a a 2,250-acre National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Guests, sipping specialty cocktails or Champagne and nibbling hors d’oeuvres, strolled around the bucolic grounds savoring the venue, the warm breeze and the golden, early evening light. Because the event was also a fundraiser for Share Our Strength Maine there were a few, pre-dinner speeches from local chair John Woods, Tim Harrington of event sponsor the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, and Share Our Strength founder Billy Shore.

The excellent, four-course dinner was prepared by an all-star line up of chefs, including Justin Walker of Earth in Kennebunkport, Melissa Kelly of Primo in Rockland, Brian Rae of Rialto in Boston, and Pichet Ong, author of “The Sweet Spot.” Cocktails and wines were under the expert guidance of Ryan Patrick Morang from David’s Restaurants and Danielle Walker of Earth managed the superb service staff.

We’ve been to many special galas and dinners, but this one was truly memorable for the extraordinary food and drink, the fun we had at our table with six people we had just met, and the generosity of all those who contributed to Share Our Strength Maine’s mission to help feed hungry children in Maine.

To say it was a magical evening may sound cliche, but that’s exactly what it was.

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