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The A1 Diner

Real Food, Recipes, and Recollections

The A1 Diner

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The A1 Diner

The A1 DINER, by Sarah Rolph, starts in 1946 when Worcester Diner #790 arrived by truck and was installed at 3 Bridge Street in Gardiner, Maine. Under the name of Heald’s Diner, it served employees of Gardiner’s mills and factories with an emphasis on ample portions served quickly. The diner is still at 3 Bridge Street, still a marvel of efficiency and art modern design, still a local gathering place, still serving the same warm, flaky biscuits. But under the ownership of Mike Giberson and Neil Anderson since 1988, the little A1 Diner (as it is now known) draws customers (and restaurant reviews) from far and wide with its wonderfully eclectic menu (you can order Bouillabaisse or meatloaf), its emphasis on fresh, local food, and its upscale deli and specialty food store next door, A1 To Go. This is a small business success story, filled with characters from either side of the counter, packed with recipes and kitchen notes, enjoyable down to the last bite.

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The A1 DINER, by Sarah Rolph, starts in 1946 when Worcester Diner #790 arrived by truck and was installed at 3 Bridge Street in Gardiner, Maine. Under the name of Heald’s Diner, it served employees of Gardiner’s mills and factories with an emphasis on ample portions served quickly. The diner is still at 3 Bridge Street, still a marvel of efficiency and art modern design, still a local gathering place, still serving the same warm, flaky biscuits. But under the ownership of Mike Giberson and Neil Anderson since 1988, the little A1 Diner (as it is now known) draws customers (and restaurant reviews) from far and wide with its wonderfully eclectic menu (you can order Bouillabaisse or meatloaf), its emphasis on fresh, local food, and its upscale deli and specialty food store next door, A1 To Go. This is a small business success story, filled with characters from either side of the counter, packed with recipes and kitchen notes, enjoyable down to the last bite.

Reviews:  

“…a keeper of the first order…It makes you at one and the same time hungry, chuckly, and nostalgic.”      -The Courier-Gazette, September 14, 2006

“…captures the food, the people, and history …One reviewer advises, ‘Read it for the anecdotes, but keep it for the recipes'”. -The Maine Event, November 2006

“…stories of the people…are as delicious and nourishing as the food…warms my heart and gives me faith in small town America.” -COPIA/ Director of Culinary Programs, 3/4/07

“…weaves together…history of diner…tales of lives of its owners and employees…and a collection of recipes.” -Down East Magazine, September 2006

“Recipe for a good read…you don’t have to be a regular at A1…to enjoy the book.” -Capital Weekly, September 21, 2006

“Thirty recipes drawn from the diner’s delicious history make the book more of a kitchen keeper than a coffee-table curiosity.” -Kennebec Journal

About the Author/Photographer:

Sarah Rolph is a professional writer with an uncanny sense for a good story. In addition to writing about food and travel, she helps technology companies tell their stories to the marketplace. An avid home cook, Sarah is an ardent believer in the importance of home cooking for health and happiness. She lives in Carlisle, Massachusetts.

Jeff Giberson is an amateur photographer with a professional eye and an artistic sensibility. He has been creating images for enjoyment since he was a kid with his first Brownie camera. Jeff lives in Gardiner, Maine, and works at A1 Diner.

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 x 10.00 x 1.016 in
Photographer

Jeff Giberson

Pages

176

ISBN

978-0-88448-277-2

Format

Paperback

Author

Sarah Rolph

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