For Chef Evan, the teaching never stops. An opportunity to teach and learn from each other is what helps us grow as individuals and as a team.
If there is any time we can give back to our community, we will. Shopping at local farmers markets and meeting these astounding farmers is a great opportunity for all of us.
Chef/owner Evan Mallett is passionate about cultivating his and others’ curiosity about the many farmed, fished, and foraged foods that are produced throughout the Maine Seacoast and beyond. At Ondine, Chef Mallett draws inspiration from these local foods to create dishes where tradition, creativity, and whimsy come together. The result is great, honest food that tells a story.
As illuminated in his award-winning book, Black Trumpet: a Chef’s Journey through Eight New England Seasons, Chef Mallett knows how to make the most of New England’s wild and intemperate climate. At Ondine, the menu will change often and significantly as Chef Mallett collaborates with the stalwart men and women of Maine who find a way to bring local foods to our tables throughout the year.
Chef Evan Mallett has been tasting, cooking, learning, and educating his way through the Northeast’s culinary landscape for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, Chef Mallett has been chef/owner of Black Trumpet restaurant in Portsmouth, NH, and has more recently become proprietor of Stock+Spice, a culinary food shop in Portsmouth. He sits on the Boards of Chefs Collaborative and Slow Food Seacoast, and is the co-founder of Heirloom Harvest Project, an initiative that brings together Seacoast area farmers, chefs and consumers to celebrate and save imperiled New England heirloom vegetables and heritage livestock. Chef Mallett is pleased to bring his boundless enthusiasm for food and cooking to the people of Belfast.
Belfast is a small city of just over 6,000 people, and boasts a bounty of independent boutiques and eateries for its size. It has a rich, year-round network of young farmers that sets it apart from other communities. Once an agricultural and shipbuilding hub, fueled by the back-to-the-land movement of the Sixties and early Seventies, Belfast and the surrounding mid-Coast Maine landmass still plays host to a vast network of organic farms. Meanwhile, Belfast Bay and surrounding inlets provide the ideal home for cultivated and wild oysters, ecological marvels that are seeing a nationwide resurgence in popularity. And, of course, the Gulf of Maine—one of the world’s best managed, most sustainable fisheries—lies at the mouth of the bay. The Belfast community possesses the perfect blend of artists, bohemians, laborers, retirees, young families, and visitors. The presence of tattoo shops, bookstores and independent hardware stores attests to the soulful integrity of a community the likes of which are too rare in today’s world. Yet the well-known coop market and the multiple farmers markets have paved the way to a new vision of progress—one in which we must return to local food systems if we want to save our planet from the damage we have wrought. Belfast is an ideal setting in so many ways. You have to fully experience it to fully understand it.