In March 2003 Jonas & Kate Werner left jobs in the corporate world of law and financial services and realized their dream to open a family restaurant together, Azure Cafe.
In the 16 years since opening, Jonas & Kate, their children Riley & Ella and staff have built Azure into a destination restaurant and neighborhood partner. Jonas & Kate have been committed to giving back to the surrounding community where they live and work: Azure donates thousands of dollars in profits to local charities each year.
In November 2003, they founded the Annual Freeport Community Thanksgiving Dinner, an event which serves free dinner to the public at the Freeport Community Center each Thanksgiving Day.
Azure has been honored to receive community service and culinary awards over the years, including:
Jonas & Kate Werner, Citizens of the Year, Town of Freeport
Jonas Werner, Person of the Year, Freeport USA
Jonas & Kate Werner, Carol Kaplan Award for Community Service
Maine State Restaurant Good Neighbor Award, National Restaurant Association
Business of the Year, Maine Disability Rights Center
Maine Chef of the Year, Maine Restaurant Association
Maine Lobster Chef of the Year, Maine Lobster Council
Award of Excellence, 12 years running, Wine Spectator
Award of Excellence, 6 years running, Trip Advisor
Flavors of Freeport Competition: Best Food in Freeport, Multiple Years
Freeport Chowder Challenge, Best Chowder, Multiple Years
Judge's Award for Best Chef, Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Challenge
Best Chef, LL Bean Battle of the Chefs
Best Farm to Table Chef, Maine Restaurant Week
Best Cocktail, Maine Restaurant Week Signature Event
Today Show Travel Site, Featured in Article "Finding Healthy Dining for the Kids While Traveling"
Tri-Town Weekly: Locals voted Azure Best Romantic Restaurant, Best Date Night Restaurant, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Caterer
Portland Press Herald: Best Whole Lobster in Maine
Maine Magazine, Must See Places When You Spend 48 Hours in Freeport
Yankee Magazine's Editor's Choice Award
Downeast Magazine's "Where to Eat Now" Feature Article