Yes, She Can Make Blueberry Cobbler for 750 People 08.09.2014

 If you’re anywhere near Winter Harbor, Maine today, I suggest you head into town and stay for the duration.  Today is the town’s 50th Lobster Festival, a big deal because it’s the 50th, and anything related to lobsters in Maine is a big deal.  And I'm going because Beth Clark, who works at the J.M. Gerrish Cafe & Ice Cream Parlour, has whipped up blueberry cobbler for 750 people.  (I may have a slight addiction to blueberry pie and cobbler.)

Earlier this week, after a day of hiking in Acadia National Park, Eric and I were looking for a place to take the kids for ice cream.  We drove through Winter Harbor and found J.M Gerrish.  The kids ate ice cream on old-timey bar stools and everyone in the parlor was abuzz about being tapped to make the cobblers.

It took Beth four evenings and three to four hours per evening to get the cobblers ready, and she had yet to make a few gluten-free cobblers.

The blueberry cobblers in the freezer.
 Today, Beth hands the cobblers over to the Chamber of Commerce for the festival.  J.M. Gerrish will serve up lobster rolls (I will be there).  This is one of the biggest lobster festivals, which will culminate with a street dance and fireworks.

My kids eating ice cream -- that's Beth behind the counter.

In addition to ice cream, J.M. Gerrish serves other baked goods including baguettes and pies.  While the kids slowly went through their chocolate ice cream cones, I stared at the last slice of blueberry pie.  Life is short, right?  And I’m in Maine.  It makes sense.  It was really good pie.

Before joining J.M. Gerrish, Beth managed Le Domaine in Hancock, Maine – a French restaurant that recently closed.  J.M. Gerrish changed ownership last year and is currently owned by Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt’s Bees. 

J.M. Gerrish opened in May and will close after the season for the winter.

J.M. Gerrish Cafe & Ice Cream Parlour
352 Main Street
Winter Harbor, Maine