When Pamela Laskey decided it was time for a “mid-life change of scenery,” she also decided she wanted to own a business. She just wasn’t sure what that business would be. Then a friend took her on an impromptu tour of his favorite eating spots in Portland and Laskey had her idea. Today, Laskey’s business, Maine Foodie Tours, operates culinary tours in Portland, Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor.
Laskey calls her product a “culinary education, a tasty tour” – an opportunity to visit local businesses that specialize in Maine cuisine.
“They are all Maine-owned businesses; the foods are locally grown, harvested or caught, and prepared,” she says.
While tour customers taste samples at each stop along the way, they also learn relevant history. That may include hearing about the Aroostook County potato while visiting Dean’s Sweets. Or learning about the railroad that brought winter wheat from Canada into Portland. Or, of course, information about the lobster industry. Because they are tied into their specific community, the tours differ in each of the three Maine Foodie Tours locations.