Show 138, September 12, 2015: Bar Harbor, Maine’s The Bluenose Hotel and The Looking Glass Restaurant

Looking Glass RestaurantThe Bluenose is a classic hilltop hotel property with a spa in scenic Bar Harbor, Maine at the gateway to Acadia National Park. It’s old-fashioned hospitality with elegant accommodations and all the modern touches. The magnificent ocean vistas are unrivaled.

The adjacent Looking Glass Restaurant offers superb local fare for breakfast and dinner with an incredible view of Frenchman Bay. Its inviting patio deck is even pet-friendly.

Newly arrived Executive Chef Matt McPherson and property GM Jim Ash are following a vision to fill diners’ plates with locally caught seafood, Maine cheeses, meats raised in the area and in sustainable ways and fresh, local vegetables. Much of the produce comes from an on-site garden located just below the restaurant.

“I think the local movement is one of the most important things with food right now, where people are so disconnected with where they’re getting everything from,” Chef McPherson said. “People are used to the whole mass-quantity perfection, and that’s not really what food is. I think if we can get into the localized cooking and what food is supposed to be and kind of push that slowly, that’s the wave of the future.”

The Wine Spectator Award-winning list includes a fine selection of California wines in addition to some quality Maine selections. The portfolio of local craft beers from Atlantic Brewing Co. is also available including a couple of selections on tap. You can’t get any more local than the blueberry ale.

General Manager & Co-Owner Jim Ash and Executive Chef Matt McPherson are our guests.