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About

 

Alice and Lulu’s is brought to you by two people obsessed with all things food.  Ciana is the food portion of the equation, Laura the wine and hospitality.  No matter how their skills may be divided, both are intensely committed to bringing people the best possible products and service.  

From cheese, to bread, to wine and all of the wonderful things in between, we seek out the best of the best, and when we can't find something suitable we make it ourselves, reworking the recipe until it's perfect.  We take pride in bringing you the best culinary experience we possibly can in a comfortable, inviting, relaxing atmosphere - whether that's sitting in our restaurant or next to the fire in your living room.  

Right about now you may be asking “What’s with the name?”  Well the answer is quite simple.  The love of food was bestowed on both of our owners through their families, passed down through French and Italian lineages with food at the center of their lives.  Committed to bringing their families together and providing them only the best, the strong matriarchs of these families instilled in this latest generation an intense respect and love for food.  It is after these women, Alice and Lucette, that they have chosen to name their restaurant.

Alice and Lulu's is committed to bringing you only the best products, sourced as locally as possible, wherever possible.   It is our belief that our future is right here, in our local economy and that it is our job to help the people who help us.  That said, we do also import a selection of products which are unavailable here in Maine.  We search far and wide for small purveyors who are doing something unique and delicious.  Wherever it comes from, you can rest assured that in this world of big box stores and multinational corporations, Alice and Lulu's is doing everything it can to put money back into the pockets of small business people everywhere. You can learn more about our purveyors here.

 

Our Team

Meet the faces behind Alice and Lulu's

 
 
Above at left Ciana, and Laura. Photo by JCrest Photography .

Above at left Ciana, and Laura. Photo by JCrest Photography .

 

Laura Godin

wine guru AND CREPE MASTER

Laura is a French born food and wine enthusiast. Laura was raised in a small suburb outside of Paris by a French father and an Italian American mother.  As she grew, she was exposed to cooking and eating some of Europe’s finest delicacies. The strongest influence behind her love and understanding for sourcing, cooking, and eating great food was her grandmother Lucette (‘Lulu’ to family and friends). Cheese and wine were at the center of all conversations, and always had a place on the table. It was at Lucette’s home on the family farm in the French countryside that Laura’s curiosity and inspiration would flourish.  Constant travelling between France and New York (where her extended family resided) exposed Laura at a very young age to a world of languages & travel that married perfectly with what had become her true passions: food & culture.

Most recently, Laura ran the Bullwinkle's at Night dining room at Sugarloaf mountain.  Previous positions include the historic Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel in downtown Boston as their Guest Relations Manager and Petrossian Paris & Boutique in West Hollywood, CA as their Dining Room Manager. Laura, never content to stop learning, has completed her Sommelier Certification from the Court of Sommeliers and looks forward to beginning the next step of training.

Ciana Godin

culinary wizard, cheese and charcuterie ENTHUSIAST 

Ciana was raised in Massachusetts in a family that revolved around each other as well as food; The first rule of being a Godin has always been “Families who eat together, stay together.”  Her mother put a home cooked meal on the table every night of the week for her family and made sure everyone was home to eat it.  The second rule is “Happy hour starts at 5 on Fridays.”  Both immediate and extended family joined the fun every week.  These two simple rules and rituals would shape Ciana's life from an early age.  She honed her debating skills next to her brother at the dinner table every weeknight and learned to appreciate good food, drink, and conversation every weekend.  Either way and under either rule, food and family were the centerpieces of life growing up in the Godin household (and to this day).

Ciana’s love of food drove her to the food industry at a young age and it quickly became her life’s work.  From her first job in a pizza shop at 14 years old until now, she has continued to work toward the dream of someday owning her own establishment.  While pursuing an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University (Magna Cum Laude, January ‘13), Ciana began working in kitchens and travelling. She has spent time in London, Boston and Los Angeles, worked for companies as large as Marriott, as small as Hungry Mother (Cambridge, MA) and a couple in between.  Ciana has served as Sous Chef to acclaimed Chef and Author Suzanne Goin at her restaurant Tavern LA (Brentwood, CA) and most recently was the Executive Chef at 45 North restaurant on Sugarloaf Mountain.