A true icon in Maine's diverse and ever-growing restaurant scene, Yarmouth native Joe Ricchio wears many hats: he is the food editor at Maine Magazine, wine and beverage specialist at SoPo Wine Company and now the host of successful web-based series Food Coma TV.
Through experience, dependability and his gregarious personality, Joe is a well-known and respected presence in the food community. In 2007 he founded the legendary Portland Death Match—a series of dinner parties where local restaurant notables cook together around a theme—for themselves. His relationships in and out of Maine have put him on the radar of Andrew Knowlton, restaurant editor of Bon Appétit, Andrew Zimmern host of Travel Channel’s "Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern," and Anthony Bourdain, author of “Kitchen Confidential” and host of “No Reservations.”
But Joe's passion for service transcends his work in restaurants. Alex Steed, founder of the sustainable dinner series Why Food Matters and producer of Food Coma TV writes: "Joe is an extremely thoughtful, wonderfully generous character who bends over backwards to accommodate, give, and go out of his way to be charitable."
Joe's latest venture, 'Food Coma TV' sprang forth from his well-received blog 'Portland Food Coma'. The new web miniseries follows Joe and a rotating cast of friends through various locations within Maine. The show, which just wrapped its first season, has already gained major attention and guest appearances by world-renowned chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert.