Talking Food in Maine: Intimate Conversations with host Cherie Scott and guest, Vanessa Santarelli
March 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Talking Food in Maine: Intimate Conversations, Season 2 – Women in Food Innovation. This is a free series of one on one conversations between host Cherie Scott of Boothbay and notable culinary pioneers who have made a substantial contribution to the culinary arts in the state of Maine.
After a distinguished 20-year career in state and federal advocacy and public policy, Vanessa Santarelli decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dream of starting her own business to promote her beloved home State of Maine, and the destinations, inns, restaurants, artisans, and experiences that make it so special.
As the Founder of Your Maine Concierge, (Maine’s first and premiere statewide and personalized concierge service for lodging, dining, and activities), Vanessa creates more memorable experiences for visitors and Mainers alike by customizing itineraries to each client’s specific interests, and overall travel goals. Vanessa’s partnerships and personal relationships with the diverse and talented leaders in Maine’s tourism and hospitality industry give her clients rare, exclusive, and unique opportunities that enhance their visits.
In addition to providing these curated services, Vanessa is the former Business Manager of The Maine Cabin Masters, a Producer on the New England Emmy Award-Nominated Television Show MaineLife, and is the creator and host of an innovative series of private chef and hospitality dinners that take place at the finest restaurants and culinary destinations all across Maine.
Mumbai-native Cherie Scott left India at the age of 16 and moved to Vancouver, BC. With a few stops in New York City and New Jersey, Cherie has been anchored in Boothbay, Maine for over a decade.
In 2015, she launched her culinary blog, MumbaitoMaine.com, to share her signature recipes and nostalgic anecdotes of her youth in Mumbai. In 2018, Cherie curated a series on regional Indian cuisine offered exclusively at the Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School in York. In 2019, Cherie hosted season 1 of ‘Talking Food In Maine, Intimate Conversations’, exploring Maine’s rich culinary scene with some of Maine’s most creative and accomplished culinary taste-makers at the historic Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. In 2020, to celebrate Maine’s bicentennial and gastronomic talent, Cherie launched Mumbai to Maine’s podcast with a signature series: Maine’s Bicentennial Food Podcast, in partnership with Maine Magazine. The series takes a deep dive into Maine’s food scene and story- past, present and future.
Cherie launched her signature line of gourmet Indian simmer sauces with a trio of home-style sauces: Makhani, Saag and Caldine in December 2020. Inspired by her family’s heritage recipes, these simmer sauces are crafted with freshly roasted and ground spice blends, all-natural, preservative-free, gluten-free and handcrafted in small batches here in Maine. Mumbai to Maine is Maine’s first Indian-inspired culinary brand.