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Maine Restaurant Week: A Look at Camden 

Here’s an event for people who like food. Say, everybody.

Maine restaurant week is in full force.

TV5 visited a couple of award-winning spots in Camden.

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“It’s always a battle, you know? You want it to be absolutely great,” said chef Brian Hill of Francine

The menu took Francine Chef Brian Hill three weeks to create.

He says Maine Restaurant Week is always a challenge, but it pushes his restaurant. One he’s proud to say has been nominated for eight James Beard Awards.

“I’ve worked Restaurant Week in other cities, in New York and Boston, and it was always sort of like, ‘Share our Scraps,’ you know? That’s not what we do here. We focus more on being really challenged by it and making it a special…it’s a party,” said Hill.

You’ll see dishes with a “country French” flair, using local ingredients found right in your neighborhood – something chef Shelby Stevens also strives for at Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn.

“We can really follow seasonality. We can work with people who are local, coming up with new things, you know. Bringing new things to the door and showing us what they have,” said Stevens.

She says the place is packed in the summer. Maine Restaurant Week gives them more of a chance to connect with the local community.

Even if you have a go-to restaurant, this week organizers encourage you to try something new. Fixed prices and exotic ingredients may not last.

For more information on events going on through March 12, go to this website.