Through her travels, Chef Lisa came to realize that the best meals of a country are not found in its restaurants. They’re found in its homes, made with love by mothers cooking for their families. So, in addition to Mother’s regular menu where she serves food from mothers around the world, Chef Lisa highlights a different mother each month and features some of her special dishes.

The special mother is called the Mother of the Month (or M.O.M.™), and her photograph, story and menu take a prominent place at the beginning of Mother’s menu. We choose a mother that allows us to take advantage of the seasonal availability of ingredients, such as a Greek mother in the summer months and a Polish mother in the winter months.

If you’d like to nominate a mother to be the M.O.M.™, CLICK HERE and tell us something about her and her special dishes.

M.O.M. Menu


Lunch & Dinner

Deviled Eggs

with a touch of horseradish



Shepherd’s Pie

natural ground beef, carrots, peas, corn, red wine
and herbs baked with parmesan-mashed potato topping



Cranberry Almond Walnut Cake

housemade vanilla ice cream




mother of the month (m.o.m.)

Eleanor is the proud mother to Caroline and Cathy, grandmother to Sydney and Levi,
and wife to Michael. She is a photographer, art lover, and storyteller with a curiosity about the world and people.
In mid-life she followed her dream of studying art history and photography and
began her journey at Massachusetts College of Art & Design, graduating in 2000 with a BFA in Photography.
The lives of her family have been well documented photographically! She loves visiting galleries,
museums, and good restaurants. She enjoys travel adventures with her daughters and grandchildren
and quiet days and nights with her husband.
After working for twelve years as staff photographer for a Portland-based health care company, Eleanor retired in 2018.
Her life changed suddenly in March 2020 when she contracted a deadly staph infection. She began a seven-month
journey of surgeries and rehabilitation. Following open heart surgery, a stroke and other complications,
she’s made a miraculous full recovery.
Her brush with mortality has given her a new outlook on family, love and the many simple
joys of life. Eleanor continues to work on personal photography projects mostly
following the theme of family. You can see her portfolio at www.eleanorgormanphotography.com.

Nominate A M.O.M.

The M.O.M. menu has been an important part of Mother’s since we opened in 2000.  This allows our guests to experience both new flavors and dishes from around the world and meals prepared with love by mothers cooking for their families.  Our past M.O.M.’s include a wide variety of individuals- mothers, sisters, grandmothers, daughters, friends, and wives- and we’ve even had a few honorary male M.O.M.’s!

If you would like to nominate somebody (or yourself) to be a future M.O.M. at Mother’s, please fill out this form and return it to the host at Mother’s or [email protected].  Once we receive your form, we will contact the nominee (if possible), or you, (if it’s you or if you’d like to be the intermediary) to discuss potential dishes for the M.O.M. menu.

When making menu suggestions, please keep in mind that our M.O.M. menu typically includes an appetizer, salad and/or lunch item, 2-3 entrees (usually a meat, poultry, and/or vegetarian/fish dish) and a dessert.  When making suggestions, feel free to make your list as long as you’d like, but don’t suggest dishes that replicate those on our main menu (even if yours is the best meatloaf in the world, meatloaf is on our regular menu, so couldn’t be offered on our M.O.M. menu).

It’s likely we’ll have a bit of back and forth where I may ask you to list ingredients in a dish to gain a clearer idea of how it might taste, but keep in mind that we won’t need any recipes until after we finalize the menu.

Thanks again for your interest in the M.O.M. program.  Feel free to contact us with any questions you have!