Blue Strawbery Restaurant Scrapbook Collection , 1970-1994 – MS076

Blue Strawbery Restaurant Scrapbook Collection , 1970-1994 – MS076

Provenance: Gift of Ralph “Gene” Brown owner of the Blue Strawbery Restaurant

Citation: Blue Strawbery Restaurant Scrapbook Collection (MS076), Manuscript Collections, Portsmouth Athenaeum


Access: No restrictions

Processed by: Lynn Aber and Irene Crosby in 2002

Scope and Content

The collection documents the Blue Strawbery, a restaurant in Portsmouth from 1970 to 1994. The collection consists of scrapbooks, which are arranged chronologically. The scrapbooks are not a business archive, but rather a collection of print material documenting the history of the restaurant. Items include reviews, advertisements, articles regarding the restaurant staff and owners, recipes, ephemera and a few photographs. The collection also contains information about another Portsmouth restaurant, Clarence’s Chowder House, founded by the owners of the Blue Strawbery, at the end of 1972. The original covers, many of which were damaged, have been removed.

Historical Timeline

1970 – Blue Strawbery is established on Ceres St. by “Gene” Brown and Chef James Haller

1973 – Restaurant attains national prominence

1976 – Blue Strawbery owners establish the Lee-Fontaine Carriage House in Memphis, TN

1988 – James Haller leaves to become chef at Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH

1994 – Restaurant is sold, later become Lindberg’s Crossing

Folder List

Folder 1 1970-1972 Restaurant opening

Folder 2 1973 First national reviews

Folder 3 1974 TV appearances of James Haller and partners

Folder 4 1975 Articles in Gourmet and TV Guide

Folder 5 1976 TV Guide article, Lee-Fountaine Carriage House, cooking classes for the blind, Theater by the Sea

Folder 6 1977 Lee-Fountaine Carriage House, TV Guide article, The New Yorker article, Bon Appetit

Folder 7 1978 Waitress Marguerite Mathews (also of Pontine Movement Theater) article, closing of Lee-Fountaine Carriage House

Folder 8 1979 Calvin Trillin in “Alice, Let’s Eat”

Folder 9 1980 TV Guide article, invitation to 10 th anniversary celebration

Folder 10 1981 Jon Kimball (Director of Theater by the Sea) article, Food and Wine article

Folder 11 1982 Benefit dinner for NH Association for the Blind, TV Guide article, photo of table setting

Folder 12 1983 NH Profiles article (Haller as Chef of the Year), wine list, article on Haller’s cuisine for the seriously ill

Folder 13 1984 Photos of Haller’s cuisine, articles on cuisine for the seriously ill, article by Haller for Food and Wine

Folder 14 1985 (Book 1) Benefit for Pontine Movement Theater

Folder 15 1985 (Book 2) Boston Globe article, wine list, painting of Blue Strawbery by William Frank, Clarence’s Chowder House article, photos of restaurant’s Christmas decorations

Folder 16 1986 Photo of restaurant and part of Ceres Street, Reopening of Jame’s Haller’s Kitchen on Market Street

Folder 17 1987 Benefit for Pontine Movement Theater and other non-profits, interior photos of the restaurant, Portsmouth Press article regarding possible sale of the restaurant

Folder 18 1988 Photos of Portsmouth Athenaeum, Haller as the chef at Canterbury Shaker Village, sale of restaurant to co-owner Gene Brown

Folder 19 1989 Haller’s wholesale food and catering business in South Berwick

Folder 20 1990 20 th Anniversary, letters from Eileen Foley (mayor), letter from Jane Nylander (director of Strawbery Banke), letter from Kitty Dukakis regarding the mentioning of the Blue Strawbery in her book Now You Know, Photos of Ceres Street and kitchen and dining room

Folder 21 1991 Photos of Market Square from New York Times

Folder 22 1992 Gourmet recipe, noted in German publication “GEO”

Folder 23 1993 Obituary of Bobby McLane, auction notice for the Oar House Restaurant

Folder 24 1994 Announcement of sale of restaurant, menu, article on Haller’s cookbook What to Eat When You Don’t Feel Like Eating, article regarding Marguerite Mathews, thank you notes from Gene Brown’s friends

Folder 25 1972 Material regarding Clarence’s Chowder House