It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend Jeff Russell, Chef de Cuisine at Coda Restaurant. Jeff passed away unexpectedly on January 7, 2020. Jeff worked with us for 4 years. During that time, he worked his way up from a line cook to a chef who led our kitchen with passion and integrity. Jeff’s passion for cooking was contagious. He took pride in being able to mentor young chefs and loved having the opportunity to watch them learn, grow, and succeed. One of his favorite ways to do this was by volunteering as a guest chef at "Friday Feasts" at The Community School of Mount Desert Island. To make sure that Jeff's legacy lives on, we are setting up a memorial scholarship in his name. This scholarship will provide assistance to a young student who is attending The Community School.
We will be hosting a memorial and evening of remembrance at Fogtown Brewing Company on Monday, March 9, 2020 from 5-8pm. There will be Fogtown beer on tap and wood-fired sausages from Colvard and Company. All food proceeds will be put into the memorial scholarship fund, and additional donations toward the fund will be accepted that evening as well.