Puranjot Kaur

Co-Founder/Secretary of the Board


Puranjot (She/Her) grew up in Coventry, Rhode Island, and moved to Mount Desert Island in 1998 to attend College of the Atlantic, where she graduated with a focus in education and adolescent psychology. She has worked as an educator and community builder in numerous settings over the past 15-years. She is currently Title IX Coordinator at College of the Atlantic. She is the co-founder of Open Table MDI, with her husband, Mahandeva Singh. They reside in Bar Harbor with their teenage daughter (the last of three still at home!) and dog, Luna. Puranjot is a long-distance marathon swimmer and can be found most mornings in the lakes and ocean waters of MDI. She is also Assistant Coach for the Mount Desert Island YMCA Sharks Swim Team. On a rainy or snowy day, curling up with a matcha latte and a book of Mary Oliver poetry brings her great joy.
Contact Me About: Open Table MDI Programs/Partnership, Press Inquiries, Fundraising


I believe food can be a powerful tool to foster health, belonging, and justice in our community. I have the privilege of serving Open Table MDI and am committed to leveraging the resources and contributions that have been generously made to our organization so that this important work can continue for years to come.


My family finds great joy in teasing me about my love of maple syrup. In the Fall, I particularly love this recipe for Southern Skillet Black-Eyed Peas (which includes maple syrup as the sweetener) and is served with Buttery Biscuits and Maple Butter!