Maria lives and works in Portland, Maine and is passionate about food. Her background in culinary arts, horticulture, holistic health and art informs the way she thinks about cuisine. She believes the human relationship with food has shaped our collective history and evolution in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. Maria’s travels have taken her to far flung places where she had the opportunity to sample many local cuisines — but in her estimation, nothing compares to what Portland, Maine has to offer.
When Maria is not eating, cooking or scoping out one of our region’s great farmers’ markets, you can find her at Yogave in Falmouth where she teaches a variety of yoga classes. She is currently studying yoga therapy, working toward certification as a professional yoga therapist.
Hallie grew up working on her grandfather’s blueberry, strawberry and daylily farm during the summer. It was during this time period that she became aware of where her food came from and the importance of supporting local farmers. Since then, she has worked as a wellness coach for a Women’s health company, helping many women become aware of the direct impact food has with their body, mind and spirit. Hallie has also worked briefly as the marketing manager at an organic tomato farm. Hallie believes that the relationship between food and body is sacred, and she is happy to find a place like Roost that encourages this relationship. Hallie is also a birth doula.
Amy is a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA but remains true to her Mainer roots by coming home to South Portland, ME every summer. Growing up on Sebago Lake, Amy and her two older sisters spent endless hours exploring the surrounding water and woods, which quickly led to her love of running, swimming, playing guitar and yoga.
While spending time in Tanzania as a volunteer Teacher, Amy learned how food and music could heal the human soul and bring people together on common grounds. Since then she has continued to write and perform original songs as well as make healthy (Gluten-Free!) food with her sisters.
To know more about Amy and her music, you can go to: amyallenmusic.com