By Carol McCracken
Last week close to 100 representatives of the airlines that fly into the Portland Jetport gathered for their annual meeting here to discuss rates and charges for the future. Following that all day meeting, they gathered for their 17th Annual Lobster Bake at 58 Fore Street on the Portland waterfront. According to Gregory Hughes, marketing manager of the Portland Jetport and host for the lobster bake, for the past 17 years the Annual Lobster Bake has been held at this same location.
Virginia, owner of Finest Kind caterer, said she was told to prepare for 100 guests so she had 125 lobsters cooking under seaweed curbside on Fore Street. She was also steaming more than a bushel of clams. Back inside the building a cocktail hour was underway.
Brian Mattingly, a Northwest Airlines regional director from St. Paul, said he’d never been to Portland before but he lliked what he’d seen that day. Although it was mostly from inside a building. Next year, he plans to return with his family and spend a few more days here before returning home. “This is a partnership. We like to see everyone do well,” said an affable Mattingly.