Erin French

Erin French Chef and owner of The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine Click to enlarge

Erin French
Chef and owner of The Lost Kitchen
in Freedom, Maine
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December 12, 2017
Chef Erin French has had a remarkable career path — working on the line in her parents’ diner as a teenager, running a secret supper club in Belfast, building a kitchen in a 1965 Airstream trailer — and has remarkable talent. She centers fresh, local ingredients on her plates and this spring, compiled those recipes into her first cookbook, The Lost Kitchen: Recipes and a Good Life Found in Freedom, Maine.

French built her restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, in a 19th-century grist mill in Freedom three years ago. When the 40-seat restaurant opened for their 2017 season, they received 10,000 calls in 24 hours. Now her little spot in a Midcoast town with no liquor licensing has become a food-world sensation attracting the attention of Martha Stewart and the New York Times. On December 12, you can hear French tell her story live in conversation with Portland Press Herald reporter Mary Pols.

One Longfellow Square
181 State Street
Portland, ME 04101


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  • The stage is set for Maine Voices Live with Erin French.
  • Guest arrive at One Longfellow Square for Maine Voices Live.
  • Guests settle in to Maine Voices Live at One Longfellow Square.
  • Portland Press Herald publisher, Lisa DeSisto gets things started.
  • A show of hands of those who braved the inclement weather to attend Maine Voices Live with Erin French.
  • Owner/Chef of the Lost Kitchen, Erin French.
  • Erin French and host Mary Pols on the Maine Voices Live stage.
  • Owner/Chef of the Lost Kitchen, Erin French at Maine Voices Live.
  • Erin French and host Mary Pols on the Maine Voices Live stage.
  • The evening's host, Mary Pols.
  • Owner/Chef of the Lost Kitchen, Erin French at Maine Voices Live.
  • Erin French of the Lost Kitchen is the first MVL speaker to bring cookies!
  • Erin French poses for a photo with a fan.
  • Erin French meets the audience after the Maine Voices Live event.
  • Erin French signs copies of her book at Maine Voices Live.