Gem Hunting in Casco Bay: Crown Jewel brings something unique to the city of Portland

Alex Wight is into creating experiences.

Owner of Great Diamond Island’s newest establishment Crown Jewel, Wight spent several years organizing the highly lauded Flanagan’s Table dinner series in Buxton, where ticketed guests seated at a single elongated table left their nights in the hands of a rotating cast of well-known area chefs. Dining in a rustic barn setting under the glow of warm, very purposeful lighting led to a transportive feeling not typical of even some of the best restaurants operating on a daily basis. The dinners felt raw, immediate and worthwhile — an opulent reminder of impermanence, if you will.