Sustainable Hospitality

Center for Sustainable Hospitality

From our beginnings 70 years ago as the dining hall of a small college in Standish, Maine, the Sebago Center’s Center for Sustainable Hospitality is the largest food services provider in the Lakes region. Serving 9,000 meals per week during seasonal peaks, we manage three retail operations and an event catering enterprise. We are a leader in the farm-to-institution movement, sourcing 30 percent of our food within 300 miles. Focused on regional sustainability, we work within Maine’s tourism and hospitality ecosystem to continuously measure and improve the social, economic, and ecological impact of the regional hospitality industry.

The purpose of the Center for Sustainable Hospitality is to leverage our core food services competencies to provide education and workforce development to Maine’s hospitality and related service industries. The Institute also works to identify ongoing challenges and new issues affecting sustainability in the hospitality industry and to develop, implement, and share solutions throughout the community. Our staff and partners include farmers, food producers, culinary artists and entrepreneurs, composting companies, biofuel manufacturers, and workforce suppliers. Working together, we seek to bring integral ecology to tourism and hospitality.

“We believe that a small act of love and kindness will cause a ripple effect passed on from one to an other and so on throughout the community. Our mission is to share this and make it a part of everyone’s day when they visit Coffee Me Up. We believe in the human connection, positive energy, caring and sharing all matters of the heart.” 

Mateo & Alba Hodo, Owners, Coffee Me Up, Portland ME

Locations of Hospitality

Pearson’s Cafe

Pearson’s Cafe is the cafeteria at the Sebago Center/Saint Joseph’s College, managed in partnership with the Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation. With over 9,000 meals served weekly, we leverage our large audience to ensure that the farms and vendors we work with locally are featured at the forefront of our menu.

Baggot Street Cafe

If you’re a visitor to campus looking for a delicious scratch-made meal to go, or to sit down and enjoy your food with great company, Baggot Street is the place to go. With a full coffee program and a rotating menu of sandwiches, pizzas, salads, soups, and seasonal hot entrees, you will taste the freshness and care that goes into designing our menu with our local partners in mind.

Stone Barn

The ways to enjoy the Stone Barn are abundant. Whether you’re dropping in for a community gathering, enjoying a beer in our courtyard during our Sunday evening concerts, or joining us for a festive Stone Barn Dinner, you are sure to be eating and drinking a thoughtful selection of local goods chosen by our chefs to reflect our friends and partners making amazing local products. Check out our calendar page for more information on when and how to join us!