Art of Dining: Burke Residence featuring Chef Josh Berry of Union at the Press Hotel

Intimate dinners in exquisite private homes prepared by acclaimed chefs, featuring multiple courses and wines paired with each. Proceeds support Full Plates, Full Potential, Maine’s effort to eliminate child hunger in our state.

Talent

Josh Berry

Named by the Maine Restaurant Association as their 2017 “Chef of the Year”, Maine-native Josh Berry brings his love of his home state into every dish he creates. His ties to the community show in his cooking and use of local produce, seafood and more.  A local and critic favorite since opening, Chef Berry has brought a new style of creativity and innovation to the Portland food scene at UNION. He believes that being supplied by the best local farms allows you to enjoy ingredients at their peak of flavor. He partners with farms and producers across New England to ensure that when you dine at UNION you are truly getting a taste of the region’s finest ingredients.
 
Chef Berry’s extensive experience includes acclaimed restaurants across the country, most recently as Executive Chef at Forbes 4-star, Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, VT.  He’s also led the culinary operations at The BALSAMS Grand Resort in NH, Internationally, Josh spent a year working at Hotel Austoria in Luzern, Switzerland, and further honed his culinary talents in Italy, before returning to Maine.

Eric Hopkins

With the eyes of an artist, the words of a poet, and the mind of a scientist, Eric Hopkins has engaged numerous people through his art and with his thoughts about life on this Big Blue Planet.  He captures the dynamic forces and rhythms of nature in watercolors, oils, blown glass, mixed media, and photography. His vision focuses on the Big Picture of the natural world, geological and geographical forms, and the exchange of energy between Earth, Water, and Sky. From this intimate study of nature, Eric has developed a keen awareness of light, form, color, and pattern, which is reflected in all of his work.

“I was lucky enough to spend my early days on North Haven,” says Eric, “where my worldview consisted of roaming the woods, fields, shorelines and exploring the edges where land, water, and sky meet. I was drawn to shapes, spaces, patterns, and the rhythms of nature. I was and still am fascinated by the incredible variety of life forms and forces on this Planet.”

Eric is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School. He has exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Waterfall Arts Center, University of Maine Museum of Art, and a number of galleries nationally.

Eric’s paintings and glass are held in many private and public collections, including the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Bates College Museum of Art, University of Southern Maine, Corning Museum of Glass, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, and the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies: Bahamas, Mali, Pakistan, Philippines, and the West Indies. He is also represented in the corporate collections of Central Maine Power, L.L. Bean, Johnson Wax, Sanyo Securities, TD Bank, and Idexx Laboratories.5