A taste of Maine

Arianna Stefanilo, executive chef at The Maker’s Galley in Portland. Photo courtesy of The Maker’s Galley

A tasting lounge, café and gift shop featuring Maine-grown and Maine-made products opens Saturday at 5 Commercial St. in Portland, the former home of a Rosemont Market.

Hours at The Maker’s Galley will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The business will be closed on Mondays.

The cafe will sell Maine specialty coffees, as well as pastries and bagels made by executive chef Arianna Stefanilo. After 11:30 a.m., Stefanilo will serve a menu of small plates, and beer and wine will be available. Reservations are required.

Stefanilo, a graduate of the culinary arts and hospitality management program at Southern Maine Community College, grew up on Chebeague Island and has lots of experience lobstering and fishing. She was formerly the executive chef at Blyth & Burrows and Novare Res Bier Cafe. Her Irish grandmother taught her to bake pastries, and she put those lessons to use in her position as pastry chef at Becky’s Diner.

The Maker’s Galley is part of Experience Maine, owned and operated by Rachel Sagiroglu.

Look for a calendar of events in January that will feature monthly guest chefs, wine dinners and cooking classes. The space is also available for culinary photo shoots and private events for up to 50 people.