Meet the Lincoln Home’s new Culinary Director

Jamie Baribeau, the Lincoln Home's new culinary director, and Bobbi.  (Photo courtesy of the Lincoln Home)

Jamie Baribeau, the Lincoln Home’s new culinary director, and Bobbi. (Photo courtesy of the Lincoln Home)

Jamie Baribeau has joined the staff at the Lincoln Home as the new Culinary Director of the Newcastle Assisted Living Facility.

Baribeau’s wealth of experience, his passion for using locally sourced foods to offer creative cuisine and his affection for the elderly make him a great addition to The Lincoln Home team.

He was educated at the University of New Hampshire, Castleton State College and received culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America. Baribeau was director of food and nutrition at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and co-chair of Vermont’s Healthy Food in Healthcare Network for over 30 years. Baribeau and his wife, Barbara, owned a farm-to-plate catering business for over 13 years.

Baribeau’s philosophy of “food is medicine” informs every item on his menu; Limit processed foods, sugar, sodium and fats. Healthy, nutritious, vitamin-rich foods make residents feel better and have more energy.

Locally sourced vegetables come from Goranson’s Organic Farm in Dresden and High Hopes Farm in Bristol; Grass-raised meat comes from NH’s Robie Farm, Gardiner poultry and seafood are harvested along the coast from Maine to Massachusetts. Maine and Vermont cheeses feature as part of the house’s weekly wine and cheese social. Plans for next spring are to expand the Lincoln Home’s herb and vegetable gardens and encourage resident participation.

Baribeau relies on the creativity and input of the culinary team, which includes Deirdre Albert, Darlene Souza, Marcia Kimpton, Laura Benner, Barbara Mooney, Max Field, Shana York, Russell Dodge, Ingrid Gundersen, Melanie Card, Dee Kurtz and Mindy Doane-Jumbo includes , Michele Holmes and Noah Dean.

Team members are cross-trained in their positions and share a love of food and dedication to residents. Baribeau meets regularly with residents and welcomes feedback and inquiries.

Baribeau credits his mother, grandmother, and two aunts with instilling in him a lifelong love of good food. His relatives were all highly skilled in the kitchen and sourced ingredients from their own gardens.

Baribeau has been drawn to Maine since he was a child and often dreamed of living here. Last year, Baribeau and his wife Barbara, along with their puppy Bobbi, made that dream come true and bought a house in Bristol.