Dorolenna Farm anniversary dinner at The Lost Kitchen

Erin was born to cook; it is in her blood. And if you’ve eaten her food, you know why. She grew up in the restaurant business and we have been friends since childhood. I actually worked at her father’s restaurant in high school. Erin and I reconnected a few years ago after a much too long hiatus and with a few food ventures morphing and molding into being a restaurant owner herself, and then recently closing her place in Belfast, she has taken her passion for food and farming and hit the road….literally. Her restaurant, previously in downtown Belfast, called The Lost Kitchen, is a now a traveling kitchen, otherwise known as her renovated Airstream. Venturing around to a different local farm every week, Erin and her “trailer chicks” cook up a feast for a crowd of around 25 people from everything fresh in the garden. And if it didn’t come from that farm, then it came from within 10 miles where she’s cooking, and it was probably made yesterday. Everything is that fresh.

These dinners have created quite the buzz in my area of Maine and have taken the “farm to table” movement to a whole new level. If you want a ticket one of Erin’s dinners, you better get on her mailing list fast. They are always sold out. Always. Luckily, I had an in for this dinner that also happened to be mine and Josh’s anniversary. She set up a table just for us under the pear tree, and we and the 23 other diners were treated to a three hour, multi course meal that rivaled anything I’ve ever eaten in any fancy restaurant from here to Portland. This particular dinner was held at Dorolenna Farm in Montville, not far from where Erin and grew up.

You can find The Lost Kitchen on Facebook. Send them a message with your email address and they will add you to the mailing list so that you know where they will be next!

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  • Christine WestAugust 22, 2013 - 7:14 pm

    Loved sharing this evening with you!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria Whitmire MastromarinoAugust 22, 2013 - 10:17 pm

    Fabulous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Erin FrenchAugust 22, 2013 - 11:47 pm

    Anne, beyond beautiful shots. You captured it perfectly! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jodi TaylorAugust 23, 2013 - 1:52 am

    Fabulous
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  • Kate HilsenbeckAugust 28, 2013 - 11:37 pm

    She took Airstream love to a whole new level…ReplyCancel

  • […] If you lived in and around Belfast, Maine two years ago then the name The Lost Kitchen is not foreign to you…that is if you’d been living under a rock. What went from secret dinners to a full fledged restaurant with local, Maine fare, The Lost Kitchen was the brain child of Erin French, who I am lucky to call a friend. Erin and I have known each other since we were five years old, growing up in the cow country that we call Waldo County. Her very successful Belfast restaurant closed in 2013 and Erin began this amazing journey of self reflection and culinary ass kicking by taking her famed recipes on the road in her renovated Airstream, cooking dinner for hungry patrons at her traveling dinners on local farms all over Maine last summer. I had the pleasure of attending one of those dinners for my anniversary with my husband last August. […]ReplyCancel