During its annual meeting on October 22, 2014, the board of the Maine Restaurant Association (MeRA) elected Tina Hewett-Gordon, General Manager of The Nonantum Resort, to a two year term as Chair of the Board.
“All of us here at The Nonantum Resort are so proud of Tina,” said Nonantum Innkeeper Jean Ginn Marvin. “We know she will be a successful Chair, as Tina brings a wealth of skills to Maine Restaurant Association. There is no doubt this is going to be a great year for all involved!”
The Nonantum Resort has a longstanding culinary tradition of excellence. Executive Chef, Steve True, was named Maine Chef of the Year 2014. He cooks up creative local cuisine, like his signature Blueberry Chipotle Ribs, and nightly specials featuring fresh seafood and ingredients like herbs from the resort’s organic gardens. The Nonantum’s 95 Ocean restaurant has received TV Diner’s Platinum Plate Award. The resort also offers two casual dining spots – Heckman’s Pub, located just off the lobby, and Latitudes Poolside Bar & Grill, open in season.
Hewett-Gordon has served on the MeRA Board since 2006. She takes the reigns from Past Chairman of the Board, Todd Maurer of King Eider’s Pub in Damariscotta who served from 2012-2014.
The MeRA board of directors also voted Michelle Corry of Portland’s Five Fifty-Five and Petite Jacqueline as Vice Chair and Laurie Palmer of Waterville Burger Corp. as Second Vice Chair.
“The election of these talented women marks an exciting era for the Maine Restaurant Association,” said the organization’s President & CEO Greg Dugal. The diversity of these officers is evident in the types of foodservice enterprises they represent including a seasonal resort on Maine’s southern coast, fine dining restaurants in the food-mecca of Portland, and a multi-unit fast food franchise in central Maine.
Additionally, Judy Forsley of Shipyard Brewing Company’s family of restaurants was appointed to an at-large seat on the executive committee and newly elected general board members include Lee Speronis of Husson University in Bangor, Patrick Quigg of Riverfront Barbeque and Grille in Augusta, Greg Goforth of Fireside Inn & Suites in Portland and Jim Largess of Sunday River Resort in Newry.
The Maine Restaurant Association is a private, non-profit, membership organization whose mission is to represent, promote and educate the foodservice industry in Maine with a vision to enhance prosperity for Maine’s restaurants. The association is the leading voice advocating on behalf of restaurant entrepreneurs at the state, municipal and federal levels. Additionally, it produces the annual Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo, offers ServSafe food handling and alcohol service training, administers the high school culinary and restaurant management program – ProStart – in Maine and supports the childhood hunger relief charity Share Our Strength. (www.mainerestaurant.com)