About Us

Jennifer Banis
Jennifer Banis
Owner, Chef
Amanda Similien
Amanda Similien
Manager, Chef
Jessica McCrum
Jessica McCrum

We have gained a great deal of experience catering events throughout Maine, at many different venues, some of which include the following.

Growing up in Charleston in a Greek family, delicious food has always been a priority to chef Jennifer Banis. During her work experience in high-end restaurants in Charleston, San Francisco and Portland, Jennifer worked in both the front of the house as server, dining room manager and events planner, and in the back of the house as line cook and garde manger. After graduating from the College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and later attending the Atlantic Culinary Academy, Jennifer honed in her passion for cooking to catering/events planning. After working for a well-reputed, high volume catering company and as a private chef, Jennifer started 111 Maine in November of 2005.

She has gained a great deal of experience catering events throughout the midcoast at many different venues, some of our frequently visited spots are:

  • The 1774 Inn
  • Wolf’s Neck Farm
  • The Barn on Walnut Hill
  • The Barn at Flanagan Farm
  • Shady Lane Farm
  • French’s Point
  • Camp Mataponi


  • The Portland Company
  • The Ocean Gateway Terminal
  • Broadturn Farm
  • TEIA, Peak’s Island
  • Ocean Gateway Terminal
  • many private residences

We also give back in the following ways:

  • support local farmers, meat growers, cheese makers
  • donate bagged lunches each year to the STEM camp at our local elementary school
  • donate food each year to the 10″ x 10″ arts in the schools fundraising campaign
  • cater our local, annual volunteer fireman’s appreciation dinner


Other professional experiences include:

  • Recipe development
  • Guest lecturer
  • Co-originator of The Taste of Brunswick