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"Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it."    - Julia Child

History

In what has become the burgeoning economy of fine food that Portland has and still is becoming, Aurora Provisions is considered an institution among the community. For over 20 years in the same location, always independently owned (incidentally by women), we have grown from a small, neighborhood market and gathering place to a regionally celebrated, one-of-a-kind hybrid of great food. Whether in our ever growing and changing market, our café at the PMA or in our highly regarded catering department, Aurora has earned its place in the fiber of the food world.

MISSION

The beauty of our food is in our commitment to seasonal products and menus. It’s a common sight to see the same trucks from our farmers’ market pulling up to our back door with everything from organic mushrooms & heirloom tomatoes to locally raised meat & fresh milk. We have spent 15 years nurturing our relationships with growers and farmers who are now counted as friends and family. We are proud members of SlowFood USA, MOFGA and support Maine’s growing sustainable and community supported agriculture endeavors. 

 

Melissa Carr
Proprietor

 

 

Elizabeth Koenigsberg
General Manager

 

Chuck White
Executive Chef

Chuck is a Vermont native from a small ski town. Starting at the bottom like all true chefs, he quickly went from dishwasher to line cook at a young age. After spending his freshman year at Emerson College in Boston, he realized there was something missing, and enrolled at the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Coming to Maine 15 years ago, he has had the pleasure of being Sous Chef to Alison Cummings of the Star Fish Grill and Lee Skawinsky of Vignola/Cinque Terre. He is proud to be executive chef of Aurora Provisions where he effortlessly leads an innovative team, cultivated by his passion for the best ingredients and love of fine food. 

Hannah Lake White
Catering Director

Hannah has been in love with food and hands on design since her first job at North Creek Farm in Phippsburg, Maine. Due to a background in theatre and communications, her events are the eclectic marriage of putting on a show, designed around a perfect meal. Over the past seven years working for Aurora, she has often worn many hats, allowing her to gain an understanding of the many facets of such an extensive business. Her credits also include manager to multiple recognized restaurants including Five Fifty-Five and Petite Jacqueline, where she cultivated her love of fine service and hospitality. Hannah is happy to be home at Aurora – a place where she can thrive, learn, and create. 

 
 
 

Cooking is a collaborative venture. We are honored to work with people who are as passionate about their craft as we are about ours. Here is a brief list of some of these amazing producers, places and partners.

 

Venues

Portland Museum of Art
Portland, ME

Broadturn Farm
Scarborough, ME

The Barns at Walnut Hill & Flanagan Farm
North Yarmouth + Buxton, ME

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Boothbay, ME

Laudholm Farm
Wells, ME

58 Fore Street
Portland, ME

French's Point
Stockton Springs, ME

William Allen Farm
Pownal, ME

The Fifth Maine
Peaks Island, ME

Maine Maritime Museum
Bath, ME

Floral, Design, & Planning

The Event Light Pros
Scarborough, ME

Broadturn Farm
Scarborough, ME

Watershed Floral
Portland, ME

Field Floral
Portland, ME

Caroline Snell
Buxton, ME

East of Eden Flower Farm        Bowdoinham, ME

Flora Fauna  
North Yarmouth, ME

Lani Toscano Designs
Portland, ME

Beautiful Days Events
Portland, ME

Cairn Events
Portland, ME

Daisies & Pearls
Portland, ME

Paula Cano
Portland, ME

One Stop Event Rentals
South Portland, ME

New England Country Rentals
Hanover, MA

Peterson Party Center  
Woburn, MA

Leavitt & Parris
Portland, ME

Wallace Event Rentals
Ellsworth, ME

Rentals Unlimited
Stoughton, MA

Laurie Andrews Design
Saco, ME

Seacoast Harbor Events
Kittery, ME

Farmers, Fisherpeople, & Makers

Broadturn Farm
Scarborough, ME

Fresh Start Farms
Portland, ME

Laughing Stock Farm
Freeport, ME

Stonecipher Farm
Freeport, ME

Dandelion Spring Farm 
Newcastle, ME

Sunset Acres Farm
Brooksville, ME

Merrymeeting Farm 
Bowdoinham, ME

Nonesuch Oysters
Biddeford Pool, ME

Lakin’s Gorge Cheeses
Rockport, ME

Kennebec Creamery
Sidney, ME

Swan’s Honey
Albion, ME

Gracie’s Garden
Standish, ME

Maine Mead Works
Portland, ME

Urban Farm Fermentory
Portland, ME

Coastal Root Bitters
Portland, ME

Gorgeous Gelato 
Portland, ME

Allagash Brewing Company
Portland, ME

Cellardoor Winery 
Lincolnville, Maine

Above the Dam Jam Co.
Saco, ME

Non-profits

Cultivating Community
Portland, ME

Spannocchia Foundation 
Portland, ME

The Telling Room
Portland, ME

MOFGA 
Unity, ME

Maine Jewish Film Festival
Portland, ME

A Company of Girls
Portland, ME

Portland Ballet
Portland, ME

Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland                                                Westbrook, ME

 

AS SEEN IN

EMPLOYMENT

We are always interested in connecting with potential employees. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a genuine sense of hospitality, eagerness to learn, and a strong work ethic. Bring a resume and cover letter to 64 Pine Street or inquire at info@auroraprovisions.com