Art of Dining: Harrington Residence featuring Chef Joseph Schafer of Earth

The Art of Dining series: Intimate dinners that take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of the festival. Multi-course meals are designed and prepared by top chefs in private homes and locations around Kennebunkport. Joseph Schafter, of Earth, is the featured chef at this dinner on Wednesday evening, June 6. This dinner showcases work by artist Eric Hopkins. These dinners support Full Plates Full Potential, the festival beneficiary. *Driving directions will be emailed the week of the event.

Talent

Joseph Schafer

Chef Joe Schafer returned to Kennebunkport, Maine, in June 2017 to lead the team at Earth at Hidden Pond. As the executive chef of Earth, Chef Schafer continues the tradition of accentuating fresh, local ingredients in creative culinary dishes. His menu items complement the extraordinarily rustic surroundings of Hidden Pond to create an elevated dining experience. Chef Schafer builds his menus around produce hand-picked at Hidden Pond’s organic farm and chef’s garden, along with provisions from local food purveyors. He nurtures every dish and is continuously working to make Earth’s menu evolve. Originally from upstate New York, Executive Chef Schafer is a graduate of the accelerated Advanced Placement program at the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont, where he earned his degree in 2003. Chef Schafer refined his craft at luxury resorts including Blantyre, The Lodge at Glendorn, The White Barn Inn & Spa in Kennebunk, ME, Triple Creek Ranch, and Lake Placid Lodge, all of which are prestigious Relais & Chateaux properties. He has also spent time in restaurants in Europe, such as the Michelin 2-star Restaurant Hélène Darroze in Paris and Trattoria Magafula in Milan.

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