New Brewer restaurant channels the flavors of the Gulf Coast

Throughout the first two weeks of Jessica Calvert’s new Brewer restaurant, Southern Spoon, being open, she was stunned to search out individuals coming in to ask for all kinds of southern delicacies delicacies.

“Greater than half of the those that have are available in to this point have requested issues like purple beans and rice, rooster gumbo, stuff like that,” stated Calvert, who moved to Maine final yr from her house state of Mississippi along with her husband, Jesse. “Someone got here in and requested for boudin [sausage], and I used to be like ‘What are you aware about boudin? The place’d you come from?’”

Calvert, a seasoned chef who minimize her tooth working in Emeril Lagasse’s eating places in New Orleans and elsewhere on the Gulf Coast, is aware of her stuff — she’s spent 20 years in kitchens, together with her personal restaurant, Savory Roots, which she ran for 5 years in Biloxi, Mississippi, earlier than shifting to Maine.