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June 14, 2024

Friday Food Insider: A '50s-inspired cannabis bakery is opening in Portland

Photo / Courtesy, Ruby Jean Photography Pot + Pan is a feminine-forward culinary brand specializing in low-dose infused edible confectionery, including chocolate and pastry products with creative flavors by Executive Chef Tara Cannaday.

Portland will soon be home to a very different kind of confectionery.

Pot + Pan Kitchen, maker of THC-infused baked goods and sweets, will hold a grand opening of its first store, at 646 Forest Ave., on Saturday.

Founded as an edible cannabis manufacturer in 2015 by Keri-Jon Wilson, now general manager, and Dunia Khudairi, the CEO, Pot + Pan is a "feminine-forward" but retro-style brand specializing in low-dose infused edible confections. They include chocolate and pastry products with creative flavors by Executive Chef Tara Cannaday, who recently appeared on the Food Network’s Summer Baking Championship.

“From your favorite picnic as a child to a delicious ice cream flavor you might have shared with your grandmother, each product is meant to evoke a shared experience we can all relate to or a great memory,” said Cannaday.

“Those are the bits that inspire me to make these incredible THC-infused treats. I can’t wait to share my favorite products with in-store exclusives, seasonal fresh-baked products and a whole world of entertainment. I’m just getting started!”

Pot + Pan will offer a range of THC-infused baked goods, chocolate bars, bonbons and gummies at a range of doses. Wilson told Mainebiz that Pot + Pan products are suitable for a variety of uses — a birthday or hostess gift, the alternative "nightcap" at a dinner party, the 21- plus version of a summer fireside s’more, or a happy-hour treat.

“When you enter our store, it'll be a unique kitchen, gadget, hosting and present retail space,” said Wilson. “There will be a traditional bakery counter and behind the counter will be exclusively Pot + Pan products.

“Our biggest launch when we open is we are going to be doing infused filled bundt cake line. The brand is all about nostalgia Americana and all of our flavors are based around food experiences that Tara has had or we have had or things that we love that maybe a relative made when we were growing up.

"So, we really lean into this bundt pan, which is a huge piece of Pot + Pan. We are going to be launching a line of five infused edible cake bundts in a variety of flavors. Those are going to be exclusively available at our retail store. We will also be launching products all summer long.”

Photo / Courtesy, Ruby Jean Photography
Pot + Pan will offer a variety of THC-infused bundt cakes.

Customers will not be allowed to consume on the premises. Wilson told Mainebiz that the shop’s hours will be announced on social media following its grand opening. 

What else is going on in the food world?

Bar Publica, a new bar, kitchen and night spot at 82 Hanover St. in Portland's West Bayside neighborhood, is opening its doors and rooftop on Saturday. The bar program will spotlight fresh cocktails and a large mezcal collection, along with a rotating and seasonal craft beer and wine menu. There will also be a seasonally rotating street food menu that captures Latin American flavors.

Bar Publica will be open every day from noon to 1 a.m., and the kitchen will be open daily until 10 p.m. Guest DJs are planned for weekends.

Buzz Coffee, at 19 Exchange St. in Portland, officially reopened last week after being closed since December. Check it out and see the revamped space. 

It is almost officially summer, and what better way to enjoy Maine than through its vibrant food scene? What are some outdoor cocktail and restaurant places you will be trying? The Mainebiz Food Insider wants to hear from you! Contact Alexis Wells at

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