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An Interview with Izzy’s Catering

Here is an interview for you that we had with the lovely Izzy Wieck of Izzy’s Catering. Enjoy.

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How did you get into the catering business?

I have always been interested in it and wanted to prepare food with love. And also I like to see people happy when they eat.

What about food made you want to work with it?

I always had the dream of making food with quality and not with quantity. People eat with their eyes. When an item is appealing then they will want to eat it. Food is a form of art that should be recognized. The slow food movement is very important.

How did you get to where you are today?

Through the support of my parents, friends, and the chef instructors from Eastern Maine Community College.

Is there anywhere else you’d like to go with your business?

Demonstrations, traveling, and participating in food conferences

Have you worked or learned from anyone significant?

Troy Mains of the Robinhood Free Meeting House. Alejandro Rave and David Adams of Thistles Restaurant, Carl Johnson of Fisherman´s Inn, Mark Janicki, Jay Demers, and Julie Dufour of Eastern Maine Community College who were my chef instructors.

What is your favorite food and/or dessert?

It always depends on the day and season. With cold weather, I crave Persian lamb stew.

From what you make, what sells best or is most liked?

It always depends on the season. For example during the season of Lent, people always order hot cross buns. Sage and basil-scented shortbread cookies all year round.  Leek and goat cheese quiche is a great seller.

What events do you cater most?

The European Farmers Market and the performances during the school year at the Collins Center of the Arts. I just started a new venue at UMA in Bangor on Mondays and Tuesdays where I serve lunch items.

What catering services do you offer?

I do everyday meals, desserts, private parties, and/or functions.

How can people best reach you?

By email and/or phone.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

The European Farmers Market is my bread and butter.

The Collins Center for the Arts and UMA in Bangor is bringing the bacon home.

Private catering is the gravy.

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If you have any more questions for Izzy or would like to hire her for an event reach her through her facebook or email her at izzyscatering@gmail.com.

Interview Questions

Good morning market-goers,

We will start posting interviews we have with the vendors, and would like your input on any questions you’d like to see asked of the vendors. Whether the question is specific to one vendor or an overall question, we will gladly pose it for you.

We will also be posting a podcast shortly and would like to know if there is anything specific you would like to see mentioned, or anything you’d like answered. Thus far, it is planned to be rather similar to the market walkthrough post and will quickly cover the vendors and what they sell for those of you who would rather hear it than read it.

Any input would be great since after all, this podcast is for you.

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On a separate note, Thanksgiving is coming right up and this Saturday will be the last market before Thanksgiving so be sure to come and get all the fresh, local goods to make your Thanksgiving dinner a hit.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here is a recipe we hope you will enjoy. We encourage you to post and share your own special Thanksgiving recipes here as well, and if we get enough we may post them all so be sure to include your name if you would like credit.

Baked Sweet Potatoes:

Combine: 4 large sweet potatoes (cut up and boiled), 1/4 cup butter (melted), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup milk

Add: 2 beaten eggs

Combine for crumble top: 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1/3 cup flour, and 3 tablespoons butter(soft)

Bake this at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 45 minutes in a 9 x 13 pan

Enjoy the Holidays.

November 3rd Market

This week was a busy week for the market including too many vendors to house pushing our cracker vendor to the back of the greenhouse. Two new vendors came this week and although they are not regulars you can check them out here.

First, there was Liberty Farm & Forge selling coat racks, hooks, and decor forged by John Liberty himself. These projects consist of various nails, wrenches and hooks forged together and are quite the conversation piece.

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The farm also sells pork by the pound, sausage (pure maple, garlic, and breakfast), ground pork, pork chops, and ribs. This farm is in Corinna, ME and you can contact the farm by calling (207)-278-3053.They are also vendors at the Ohio Street Market along with our very own Izzy of Izzy’s Catering.

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Our other guest vendor was Wendy Kimball of Wendy’s Wooden Creations. She offered various different wooden works such as cutting boards (regular to acorn-shaped), children’s toys, and soap dishes. Some of her creations were funny and unique such as her Wonder bread shaped cutting board.

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Wendy Kimball offers “wood parties” where she goes to a party and shows off her different hand crafted creations – very much like Mary Kay cosmetics, but much better. She also builds upon request and can be reached at (207)-478-3658.

Other than these new vendors the market was rather busy due to the Craft Festival across the street which we hope you checked out. Let us know what you think of our guest vendors as well as the craft festival.

To Note: Good Bread will not be returning to the market until after Thanksgiving, but they have various different locations listed on their website as to where one can find their bread, including the Belfast Co-Op.

Market Walkthrough

When entering the market which is now in Rick’s greenhouse next to Ingrid’s one can’t ignore the lovely scents coming from all the vendors. The first vendor on the right is Dick’s Baking selling pies, pickled goods, and produce. Selling his produce will either be Dick himself or his daughter-in-law Terry.

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After Dick is Fisher Farm offering fresh, local produce and herbs, eggs, as well as some ornamental crops.Fisher Farm is located in Winterport, ME and the farmers, Beth, Dennis, and Baby Jane live off the grid.

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Following Fisher Farm is Tea Maineia, offering an array of teas.Tea Maineia is a new company owned and operated by a couple from Winterport as well, Dan and Debbie.

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After Tea Maineia, is the new vendor North Branch Farm also selling fresh, local produce, as well as dried flowers.North Branch Farm is one of our newest vendors and a considerably new farm itself. The vendor selling is usually one of the farmers herself, Anna.

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Next comes Panteli’s Greek Cuisine including baked goods. Panteli’s is owned by Betty, a sweet lady who can cook up a storm of good food.

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Panteli’s is followed by Las Dos Hermanas Catering offering Mexican Cuisine including fajita rolls, taquitos, nachos, and burritos.After growing up in Southern California Linda moved to the Northeast but not without taking her grandmother’s recipes with her.

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Michael Shyka is next selling his designer hand-painted scarves, clothing, and paintings.He has a studio in Bangor and has sold his pieces to brand names such as VIctoria’s Secret and Ann Taylor.

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In the back is Sunset Acres Farm offering various meats including anything from duck to beef. They also offer goat cheese and eggs. Bob’s farm located in Brooks milks about 90  Saanen, Alpine and Nubian dairy goats.

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Working our way back to the front we come to Izzy’s Catering selling delicious cakes and baked goods. Izzy has many catering events, a majority of which are weddings.If someone you know is getting married Izzy’s goodies are a true delight.
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Next to Izzy is Elaine’s Basket Cafe selling mainly donuts, coffee, and other baked goods. Kids and adults flock to Elaine for her donuts. She can mainly be found making a basket or two a day at her stand.

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Next to Elaine is International Delight selling anything from empananas to cheesecake with pomegranate seeds.Well named for the Argentinian cook who really cooks up a delight in everything she offers.

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Siberia Farms is next selling dairy products from their jersey cows. These include milk, yogurt, and cheese. Siberia Farms became quickly loved as costumers could now get their fresh, local milk from the market.

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Next is Haight Farm selling hydroponic produce as well as salad dressings. Sadly, he will not be returning to the market until April.

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Our newest vendor Scaredy Cat’s comes next selling cupcakes and jellies/jams.The cupakes are divine offering flavors such as mocha and chai, while the jams/jellies are perfect for a gift.

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The last vendor is Hillcrest Orchards sells apples, cranberries, sauces, and ciders. The orchard powers on after losing one of their orchards to the ice storm a couple of years back and now working off their other orchard.

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Events This Fall

We have two upcoming events this fall – one on October 21st in Unity, ME and the other on November 10th and 11th in Bangor, ME.


Both events, the Great Maine Apple Day and the Maine Harvest Festival will be hosting vendors offering delicious goodies.

If you are interested in either event there is more specific information pertaining to the events listed below. We hope you can make it to these great events.

Great Maine Apple Day: 

Celebrate the History, Flavor, and Tradition of Maine Apples

Coming up October 21st from noon to 4 is the Great Maine Apple Day. This will take place at the Common Ground Education Center on 294 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity Maine. Admission is $4 and $2 for members of MOFGA and Maine Pomological Society.

This will include educational workshops and talks, including apple art, Maine’s rich apple history, cider making, and organic tree care. You will also be able to see and taste rare and heirloom apples as well as bring your own varieties to be identified and sampled.

There will be various vendors offering apples, apple products, home-made goodies, cheeses, honey, wine, and other local products.

There will be an apple pie contest at 3:30 so bring your own pie to taste. Be sure to include a label with all ingredients and label your pie plate with your name and mailing address.

Maine Harvest Festival:

Many of our vendors will be attending the Maine Harvest Festival at the Bangor Civic Center & Auditorium on November 10th and 11th, 2012.

These include:

Elaine’s Basket Cafe

Siberia Farms

Sunset Acres Farm & Dairy

Tea Maineia

New Vendor

Hello market goers,

You may have noticed that this week we have been joined by a new vendor selling organic produce, North Branch Farm from Monroe.  This family-run farm is owned by 4 young adults – brothers Tyler and Seth Yentes, Seth’s wife Anna Shapley-Quinn, and Tyler’s partner Elsie Gawler.

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This farm uses a combination of horse-power, hand-power, and tractor-power.

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To learn more about North Branch Farm visit their personal blog.

A Review of the Market

Rebecca Baer of Artful Living calls the European Farmer’s Market a “delightful experience with a vast array of prepared ethnic foods along with fresh produce, meats and cheeses at your fingertips.”

In her review, Rebecca walks through the market stopping at various stands and explains her experience and thoughts on the market as a whole.

This review was written a couple of years ago, thus Bubbie’s Homemade Soups and Jalapeno Jellies is no longer a vendor at the market.

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