Acclaimed cookbook author and food photographer come to The Music Hall

Sunday July 25, 2021

Acclaimed cookbook author Kate Shaffer and food photographer Derek Bissonnette come to The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH as part of the Live Under the Arch outdoor series to discuss THE MAINE FARM TABLE COOKBOOK on Thursday, August 12 at 6 pm. The Pine Tree State’s active food community springs to life in the hands of Kate Shaffer, Maine cookbook author, and chocolatier, and Derek Bissonnette, one of the finest food photographers in the country. Delivering more than 100 recipes, Shaffer and Bissonnette take readers from the pasture and sea to the forest, creamery, and everywhere in between.

Kate Shaffer

The 6 pm event includes a reserved table and signed books; an author discussion, moderated by Tina Sawtelle, Executive Director of The Music Hall; followed by an audience Q&A. It will be held in front of The Music Hall at 28 Chestnut St., in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Kate Shaffer is the founder and owner of Ragged Coast Chocolates, an artisanal chocolate confectionery that uses locally sourced ingredients. She is the author of three cookbooks, including the just-released Maine Farm Table Cookbook. Her work and business have been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Gourmet magazine, Food & Wine Best of the Best, The Boston Globe, and more. She lives in Portland, Maine. Derek Bissonnette has been a chef for over 20 years and is the former Executive Chef at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine. He stepped out of the kitchen to focus on his passion for photography and opened up Derek Bissonnette Photography.

The ticket package for Live Under the Arch: Kate Shaffer and Derek Bissonnette with The Maine Farm Table Cookbook on Thursday, August 12, at 6 pm is $60 for a small table (with 2 books), $120 for a medium table (with 4 books), $180 for a large table (with 6 books). In case of rain, this performance will be held in the Historic Theater with socially distanced seating. In addition to a reserved table, the package includes signed copies of The Maine Farm Table Cookbook ($25, paperback), author discussion, and Q+A. Packages can be purchased online by visiting: or over the phone at 603.436.2400.

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