Kristen Murray has serious chops. She cooked her way through big time New York kitchens like Gramercy Tavern and Aquavit, alongside the legendary Alsatian pastry chef, Christine Ferber, and locally at Paley’s Place. When she finally quit fast-paced restaurant kitchens in pursuit of her dream spot nearly two years ago, Portland’s sweet tooth let out a resounding “huzzah.” Two weeks in to Maurice, Murray is just beginning to stock her larder. We sampled some of her early creations, from butter-laden pastries and playful lunch snacks in the morning to composed, elegant desserts and sweet, bubbly wine pairings at night.

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