Since being recruited by Charles Kuralt in 1993,
Tim Sample has been a regular contributor to CBS Sunday Morning.
His essays on Maine life are broadcast about once a month. Sample
is a Maine native who was raised in Boothbay Harbor where his
early years included work in a shipyard and as a "sternman"
on a lobster boat.
Sample’s first album of Down East humor was
recorded in 1979 and produced by Noel Paul Stookey, member of the
Peter, Paul and Mary music group. The success of this early effort
led to a close friendship and eventually performing partnership
with humorist Marshall Dodge, who along with Bob Bryan, created
the popular "Bert and I" recordings. After Dodge’s
death in 1982, Sample and Bryan collaborated on a number of
projects including several television specials, the popular
recordings "How to Talk Yankee" and Sample’s video
"Maine Humor Behind the Barn."
Sample has written and illustrated books of
original Down East humor, hosted and appeared on numerous national
and regional television specials, and received many prestigious
awards in the field of advertising. He has done all this in
addition to performing in more than 100 concerts and after dinner
appearances each year.
More information on Tim Sample: http://www.timsample.com
Cheryl Wixson began her professional career as a
food engineer in 1985 when she was hired as the executive director
and chef of the Tarratine Club, a private social club in Bangor.
In 1986, she opened Gourmet to Go, a retail specialty food and
wine store. In 1987, Wixson expanded her business and opened Café
Nouveau, an intimate restaurant offering international cuisine
featuring organic Maine products. The last meal served at Café
Nouveau was a nine-course banquet featuring Petunia, Wixson’s
pig that achieved international notoriety when code enforcement
determined that it was residing illegally in the same neighborhood
as novelist Stephen King.
In 1999, Wixson established Cheryl Wixson’s
Kitchen, a state-of-the-art kitchen and educational facility
dedicated to teaching people the joys of healthy cooking while
championing Maine products. Wixson is a food columnist for the
Bangor Daily News, consults with restaurants from Maine to
California, and develops recipes for food manufacturers. She is a
doctoral student in the department of food science and human
nutrition at the University of Maine and is an adjunct instructor
of mathematics at Eastern Maine Technical College.
Wixson is a graduate of the University of Maine,
where she was the first woman to receive a bachelor’s in
agricultural engineering. After graduation, Wixson spent 10 years
in the pulp, paper and telecommunications industry in a variety of
engineering and construction positions.