Justin Walker Walker's Maine

Walkers Maine is the culinary vision of Chef Justin Walker and his restauranteur wife Danielle Johnson Walker. The Walkers honed their skills at the acclaimed Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit. Justin was Chef du Cuisine while Danielle was Manager and Wine Director. They went on to join forces at the esteemed Earth at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport – Justin as Executive Chef and Danielle as General Manager. Walkers Maine combines their love of food and wine with their enthusiasm for hospitality. They enjoy wearing many hats. Besides being co-owners, Danielle is manager, sommelier, chief gardener, soap and tincture maker, goatherd and beekeeper. Justin is a culinary artist, forager, and mentor–all titles that were a lifetime in the making.

Justin grew up in upstate New York where he was introduced to the outdoors by both his father and grandfather. Childhood adventures cooking over open fires and helping in the kitchen led him to work in restaurant kitchens (starting at age 13) as a way to fund his first passion, competitive skiing. After a number of years working his way through various jobs, he decided to enroll in The New England Culinary Institute where he decided to dedicate his life to his passion for food.

Appearances

Sweet Soiree

An evening at Laudholm Farm where you’ll enjoy an array of sumptuous sweets created by Chefs who know their way around a dessert table. Oh and you’ll have the chance to sample a number of sparkling wines and champagne while you enjoy your desserts.

Chefs collaborating on this dessert extravaganza include:

Brant Dadaleares – Gross Confection Bar
Jean Foss – Harbor Candy Shop
Lauren Guptill – Rococo Handcrafted Ice Cream
Matt Jauck – Walkers Maine
Isabelle Julien – formerly of Mornings in Paris
Ilma Lopez – Piccolo & Chaval
Kim Rogers – The Honey Paw
Amy & Zachary Tyson – Boulangerie A Proper Bakery
Jennifer Woods

Sponsor: Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

Chef’s Night Out

Chef’s Night Out, an epicurean evening at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Join Chef Justin Walker and wife Danielle Walker, of Walkers Maine for this carefully curated dining event with top chefs from Maine and beyond. Enjoy a tasting experience with a sit-down family style meal in the beautiful rustic barn at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Ticket includes Sweet Soiree, the extravagant dessert & sparkling wine event following dinner.

The incredible line-up of chefs who are collaborating efforts to bring us this meal include:

Abigail Carroll – Nonesuch Oysters
Brant Dadaleares – Gross Confection Bar
Jean Foss – Harbor Candy Shop
Lauren Guptill – Rococo Handcrafted Ice Cream
Matt Jauck – Walker’s Maine
Isabelle Julien – formally of Mornings in Paris
Melissa Kelly – Primo
Ilma Lopez – Chavel and Piccolo
Tony Messina – Uni
Evan Mallet – Odine Oyster + Wine Bar and Black Trumpet
Isaul Perez – Isa Bistro
Emil Rivera – Sur Lie
Kim Rogers – The Honey Paw
Damian Sansonetti – Chaval and Piccolo
David Shima
Arlin Smith – Eventide Oyster Co. and The Honey Paw
Suzie St. Pierre – Isa Bistro
Andrew Taylor – Eventide Oyster Co.
Amy Tyson – Boulangerie a Proper Bakery
Zachary Tyson – Boulangerie a Proper Bakery
Andrew Volk – Portland Hunt + Alpine Club
Briana Volk – Portland Hunt + Alpine Club
Mike Wiley – Eventide Oyster Co.
Jennifer Woods

Grand Tasting Party

Join us under the waterfront tent in the heart of town for a tasting party that features Maine’s top chefs who will share bites of their favorite dishes with you. Pair the bites with wines, beers, and other beverages. Bring your appetite and get ready to sample your way into summer.