In a notable celebration of culinary heritage and cultural exchange, the recently published cookbook “A Taste of Two Worlds: Stories + Recipes from Greenland and Maine” has achieved global recognition at the Gourmand Awards in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  The book is a collaborative effort by students from the University of Southern Maine Tourism & Hospitality program, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Wabanaki Public Health, Arctic Education Alliance, Inuili Food College in Greenland, and other industry partners. Through a series of curated recipes, the book fosters a deeper understanding of indigenous foodways and underscores the importance of food in cultural preservation and dialogue. Muskie School faculty Dr. Tracy Michaud along with her partners lead this project for the Arctic Education Alliance.   For more information, please visit here and read this Bangor Daily News article, along with this WGME article and this article from Edible Maine.

The University of Southern Maine – Tourism and Hospitality Program invites you to celebrate the awarding of our student cookbook “Best in the World” at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Rescheduled date: Wednesday, January 17, 10-11 a.m., Abromson Hall 109

Meet students, faculty, and industry partners involved in the project. Celebrate as they receive their awards. Try some samples from the cookbook. Get a copy for yourself!

Are you interested in learning more about Arctic opportunities through USM?

The Maine North Atlantic Institute of the University of Southern Maine has a newly updated website at:

Maine North Atlantic Institute fosters Maine’s relationships with businesses, universities, and communities throughout the North Atlantic in order to encourage cross-cultural innovation, drive economic opportunities, and propel solutions to climate-related challenges. For connections to the TAH program, contact Tracy Michaud at

Go on a winter adventure in Northern Maine at the University of Maine at Fort Kent!

January 7-12, 2024 (in-person, experiential learning component)
Online learning modules will span January 6-19

Experience ice fishing on one of Maine’s northernmost remote lakes, explore miles of Nordic ski trails and learn the basics of Olympic sport biathlon, dip your spoon into moose stew, learn what it’s like to run a dog sledding operation, and more – all while earning three credits towards your degree! Students of all activity and comfort levels regarding winter recreation are invited to participate. Beginners are welcome! Contact Emily Zider at and check out the Tourism, Hospitality and Outdoor Recreation (THOR) Institute website for more info.

Did You Know that USM TAH is a leadership member of the Tourism, Hospitality, and Outdoor Recreation (THOR) Institute?

Our students benefit from THOR Institute initiatives, all year long! Faculty from throughout the University of Maine System are working together to offer opportunities: courses, internships, and much more.

Check out the Tourism, Hospitality and Outdoor Recreation (THOR) Institute website for more info.