LePage to send lobster baskets to other governors

Maine governor plans to send baskets of lobster products to all 49 other governors

Associated Press

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) -- Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday he'll soon be sending baskets of lobster products to all 49 other governors in an effort to spread the word about Maine's signature seafood.

LePage made his announcement at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland. During his appearance there, he and Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher touted a new law that will pump more money into marketing Maine lobster.

DMR spokesman Jeff Nichols said the baskets will likely include products made with lobster but probably won't include a live lobster.

"It's a chance for him to reach out to colleagues around the country and share with them the true flavor of Maine," Nichols said.

While LePage was at the festival, Kerry Altiero, owner of Rockland's Cafe Miranda and Maine's 2012 Lobster Chef of the Year, presented him a lobster dish he called "Lobster a la LePage," made out of lobster meat tossed with pineapple, cilantro, scallions, lime juice, cumin seed, black sesame seed, poblanos and jalapenos with olive oil served atop tortilla chips with salsa on the side.

The Maine Lobster Festival is now in its 66th year and draws about 100,000 people annually. It continues through Sunday.

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Lobster Festival: http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/

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