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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 10, 2012
Stonington restaurant takes “best overall” at fundraiser

Chef Kristian Burrin of Seasons of Stonington

Chef Kristian Burrin of Seasons of Stonington and sous chef Debbie Fifield prepare dishes of sticky toffee pudding, which took first place at the Sixth Annual Junior Achievement Tasting and Benefit Auction on Thursday, April 26.

Photo courtesy of Kristian Burrin

by Jessica Brophy

On April 26, more than 20 restaurants converged for the sixth annual Junior Achievement Tasting and Benefit Auction. Seasons of Stonington brought home two of the four titles awarded at the event—Best Dessert and the People’s Choice Plaque for “best overall restaurant.”

The tasting and auction is the annual fundraiser for Bangor Region Junior Achievement, an organization that uses volunteers and funding to “educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives,” according to a press release. Junior Achievement has programs for elementary, middle and high school students. Currently, there is no Junior Achievement program on the Island, though Seasons of Stonington chef Kristian Burrin would be happy to see a program develop.

“It was a great event,” said Burrin. While some people at the event didn’t know where the town of Stonington was, Burrin saw a bump in Facebook fans of the restaurant after the event.

“It was good exposure,” he continued.

The event wasn’t entirely about the competition between restaurants in the Bangor area and beyond, said Burrin, though he was very pleased with the restaurant’s performance.

Seasons served a Stonington shrimp ginger sushi with sesame wasabi and soy sauce paste and for desert a sticky toffee pudding with homemade vanilla ice cream. The toffee pudding is a secret recipe of his grandmother’s, said Burrin.