5 questions for 'The Queen of Clubs'
Whether "on the line" cooking, waiting tables or shooting a segment for Food Network, restaurateur Lynn Archer knows what people like — hearty meals and lots of it. And 364 of the 365 days a year, that's what she delivers.
Archer, who owns and operates The Brass Compass Cafe on Main Street and Archer's on the Pier on Ocean Street in Rockland, is no stranger to hard work. She learned that ethic and much more of life's lessons in her great-grandmother's kitchen.
"She was a great forager, a pickler and a canner," said Archer, adding "We had a farm in the center of Thomaston."
The so-called Queen of Clubs acquired that fame when she outcooked Food Network's Chef Bobby Flay in a throw down on the waterfront in Rockland. Archer's infamous "Lobstah Club" was the winner.
"I love what I do, and love the people I do it with and for," said Archer.
Archer said she is going back to New York in early June to do another program with the Food Network.
"There are no more steadfast rules to food anymore. That thinking outside the box and the fantastic people I've had the opportunity to cook with and learn from has made it such that anything goes," she said.
Recently she took a few minutes after a busy lunch time to answer these five questions:
How many loaves of bread do you bake daily?
"This time of year, six to eight, and that's just the white bread."
What is your favorite thing to make?
"Although breakfast is my favorite, I love to bake my chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting."
If you had to choose one over the other would you prefer to cook in the restaurants or on a television program?
"I'm definitely a restaurant person. That's why the kitchens at both restaurants are open. I love the interaction."
How do you balance two restaurants and still find time for everything else?
"I have found a balance. I have to prioritize — and take vacation in the winter! Fortunately, I've never required a lot of sleep."
What do you do for relaxation?
"I love riding my motorcycle, but my new thing is going to camp on North Pond and dropping a line and going fishing."
If you have a candidate for Five Questions, contact Beth A. Birmingham at email@example.com.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 15.