Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 7, 2018
Castine chef celebrates 80th birthday
by Monique Labbe
Well known Castine resident Harry Kaiserian turned 80 on May 18, and a birthday party in his honor was held at the Manor Inn the following day.
Just over 70 friends and family gathered for drinks, food and to reminisce about the first eight decades of Kaiserian’s life.
“It was fantastic,” said Kaiserian. “We had a great time.”
Kaiserian’s daughter Alice and his wife Berna planned the event. Kaiserian was in charge of providing the guest list, which he said was a good “cross section” of his community.
“It wasn’t just people I play Bridge with, or people I go to parties with,” he said. “It was friends and family from all areas of my life.”
Kaiserian said he has learned many things throughout his 80 years, but the most important thing is that friends and family are the most important thing to have in life.
“I have some great ones,” he said.
He added that the second most important thing is giving back to the community, as many of the people he said impacted his life the most were volunteers.
Kaiserian has taken those experiences to heart. He has contributed to many community events over the years, including culinary work with the youth in town and hosting a “Food In Film” series, both of which were in coordination with the Wilson Museum.
Kaiserian has also been a staple in the pages of the Castine Patriot newspaper, as his column, K’s Kwisine, celebrated 30 years last August. The recipes have also been made into a cookbook, published in 2001 by Penobscot Books.