Portland is the home for the launch of Summer by Rail 2019. Before boarding Amtrak’s Downeaster train to Boston, Chef Madi will meet and discuss the importance of passenger rail in New England with Wayne Davis, the Chairman of the Board for TrainRiders New England. Davis formed TrainRiders to successfully return Amtrak service back to Maine, New Hampshire and Northeastern Massachusetts with the Downeaster.

Chef Madi’s first leg of Summer by Rail will depart the Portland Transportation Center, which sees five round-trips of the Downeaster each day. The station is Maine’s busiest public transportation center, and it is located in the Libbytown neighborhood.

In terms of food and restaurants, Portland has it going on. With a variety of surf and turf options, and bakeries and breweries, there is plenty for everyone. So much so that in 2018, Bon Appetit’s Andrew Knowlton wrote that Portland is the restaurant city of the year, “and while you can still get an Instagram-worthy lobster roll and a dozen local oysters, you’re missing out if you skip the killer pho spot or the guy selling hand rolls out of a Yeti cooler.”

Visit Portland is also a sponsor of Summer by Rail this year, and the organization highlights why Chef Madi will have a great time while in the city. Portland has a great mixture of culture taking place now – it’s “stylish and sophisticated, yet remains genuine and unpretentious, a place where grey flannel and plaid flannel coexist companionably.” What could be better?!

While in Portland, Chef Madi will be staying at the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa, which is conveniently located near dozens of great eats in the city’s Old Port neighborhood.