JULY 16th  3pm - 7pm




Chef Melissa Kelly,

Executive Chef & proprietor of 

Rockland's Primo Restaurant!

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Celebrate Al Fresco Dining
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We are quite lucky and proud to feature Chef Kelly for this event. Her restaurant specializes in farm fresh regional cuisine with Mediterranean accents. 


This limited-seating event is a celebration of Al Fresco dining onboard the Schooner Boyd N. Sheppard. 

This festive feast will also mark Primo's 20th anniversary in Rockland, as what Chef Kelly calls a "Full Circle Kitchen:" the ultimate farm to table experience. 

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This limited-seating event is a celebration of Al Fresco dining onboard Schooner Boyd N. Sheppard. 

July is peak season, both for sailing and for eating; it's a particularly vibrant time for produce sourced from local farms and a very desirable time to enjoy a relaxed sail on the coast of Maine.

Seasonal to the moment, it is Primo's farm and gardens that make the incredible ever-changing menu. With two greenhouses and acres of produce, each day's harvest includes: honey, fruits, veggies, eggs, edible flowers, micro-greens, fresh chicken and house-cured and smoked meats.

Come celebrate Primo’s 20th year

in a limited seating dining experience.

What is not grown at the restaurant comes from other local and sustainable farms that owner Chef Melissa Kelly is proud to support.


Dinner guests can expect dishes featuring fresh seafood as well as meat and veggie options, cooked out of the galley's wood-fired cast iron stove aboard Boyd N Sheppard. 


This dinner cruise is designed to be a very special experience - we hope you will be able to set sail with us to enjoy the rare combined treat of Chef Kelly's cooking and time aboard our charming 1886 schooner. 

20 yrs

Meliisa Kelly is the 2013 James Beard Foundation Award winner of the American Express Best Chef: Northeast Award. She also received this award in 1999, making her the first 2-time winner of the same award. She was also named Best Chef in Maine by Downeast Magazine in 2014.

Still not impressed? 

Chef Kelly was named one of the upcoming new chefs of the 90’s by Food & Wine Magazine.


Nation’s Restaurant News, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Chocolatier, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Town and Country and New York Magazine, among others, have all recognized her culinary talents. The Old Chatham Sheepherding Company Inn, where Melissa was Executive Chef before opening Primo in 2000, was named one of “The Best New Restaurants” by Esquire Magazine and both “Gourmet Retreat of the Year” and a “Grand Winner” by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.

July 16th, 3pm - 7pm