Diner's Update: July/August
The latest Rhode Island food and dining news.
Newport Storm's latest beer, Cyclone Xavier, arrives this week.
The latest Rhode Island food and dining news.
The eighth annual Providence Restaurant Weeks will take place July 7–20. Restaurants participating in this year’s events will offer three-course, prix fixe lunch menus for $14.95 and dinner menus for $29.95, so that residents and visitors can sample the best of what the city has to offer. From burger bars to Federal Hill’s finest, more than a hundred restaurants located in Providence and the outlying areas will serve something to suit every diner’s taste.
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council will offer Secret Ingredient Food Tours throughout the summer beginning in July. Participants have the chance to witness cooking demos and meet the creators behind some of the Blackstone River Valley’s favorite treats. Upcoming events include a July 17 cooking demo of pork and cheese pupusas at El Sembrador in Central Falls; July 24, get an inside look at the making of root beer at A&W in Greenville; and on July 31, there will be a cooking demo at Stanley’s Hamburgers in Central Falls. All events begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Tickets are $19.50, plus tax and gratuity, and can be reserved in advance at blackstoneculinaria.com or by calling 724-2200.
Farmstead in Providence is teaming up with local distributors MS Walker and Bottles to host the Nino Negri Wine Dinner on June 17 at 6 p.m., featuring wines from the multi-generational Nino Negri vineyard in Lombardy, Italy (pictured, right). The wines will be paired with seasonal, locally grown New England fare to create a four-course culinary event. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 274-7177.
Newport Storm launched their latest Cyclone series beer, Cyclone Xavier, a sour ale with black cherries. To celebrate, they’re hosting a Sours and Sails event on the Adirondack II on July 18 at 5 p.m. The $30 tickets include Cyclone Xaviers for passengers and a harbor cruise on the eighty-foot schooner. Purchase tickets here under the “Newport Dark and Stormy Schooner Sail” or at the Adirondack’s booth in downtown Newport.
Walrus and Carpenter Oysters will hold a series of oyster farm tours on the boat, followed by an in-the-water raw bar and full dinners crafted by some of the finest Rhode Island chefs. On July 21, Beau Vestal from New Rivers will cook up a feast, followed by James Mark of north on July 27. On Aug. 11, Derek Wagner of Nicks on Broadway will visit the farm and on Aug. 14, Jeanie Roland of Ella's Fine Food and Drink will cook. Reservations are $100 per person. Visit walrusandcarpenteroysters.com for more information.
Pasture to Plate is hosting an all-inclusive dinner on July 21 at Matunuck Farm in South Kingstown. Matunuck Farm (pictured, right) is not just about oysters. Perry Raso also farms several acres of vegetables overlooking Matunuck Pond where the aquaculture farm is flourishing. Guests are invited to tour the farmland and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks before sitting down to a multi-course dinner featuring fresh seafood and produce right on the property where it was raised and grown. Dinner is from 6–7:30 p.m. with tours starting at 5 p.m. $35 pays for dinner and a tour, with $5 drinks available for purchase. Call 330-7153 for reservations.
Dave’s Coffee is hosting a Summer Shindig benefitting Farm Fresh RI’s Open Kitchen Project on Aug. 1 from 6−9 p.m. at the Met in Pawtucket’s Hope Artiste Village. Live music, cocktail samples and savory snacks from local food producers, including Dave’s all-natural coffee syrup, will be provided. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will benefit the Open Kitchen Project. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit davescoffee.eventbrite.com.
The Charlestown Seafood Festival will be held Aug. 2–4 at Ningret Park. The festival will offer fresh lobster, steamers, chowder, fish and chips, clam cakes, corn on the cob and a raw bar. It will also include live music, entertainment, a live auction, a car show and fireworks. Tickets are $8 for adults. Children younger than ten admitted free. Call 364-4031 for more details.
The Local Food Fest, a benefit for Farm Fresh RI, will be held Aug. 6 from 4–8 p.m. at Castle Hill Inn in Newport. The evening will celebrate area farmers, fishermen and food artisans joining forces with the state’s best chefs as well as local wines, beers, live music, a photo booth and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online for $75 (general admission) or $125 (VIP). Children younger than ten are free. Tickets include a choice of a local beer or wine.
Forty Rhode Island breweries and respected national beer brands will get together once again for the summer Rhode Island Brew Fest on Aug. 10 at Ninigret Park in Charlestown. Expect ales and lagers from Revival, Foolproof, Grey Sail, Newport Storm, Coddington, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Lagunitas, Sixpoint and more. Tickets can be purchased online for $50 in July, $55 in August and $60 at the door.
On Aug.17, the Newport Storm Luau, to benefit the Fort Adams Trust, will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary with a revamped celebratory experience! Delicious food and drinks, awesome bands and tons of fun will be had on the Fort Adams Parade Field. Tickets are on sale for $10 at newportstorm.com/gearstore, at the brewery and at the Fort Adams gift shop. Tickets will be $15 at the door, until the event sells out. Must be twenty-one-plus with a valid I.D.
8/31 and 9/3
Outstanding in the Field’s North American Tour will hold two incredible dinners in Rhode Island this summer. For each one, a local chef will team up with a nearby farm to serve a multi-course feast on a long table right in the fields on which the produce was grown and the livestock were raised. On Aug. 31, the Gracie’s team, including chef Matthew Varga, will head to Blackbird Farm in Smithfield, and on Sept. 3, birch chef Benjamin Sukle will team up with Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown. Reserve your tickets early, as these dinners sell out fast. Tickets are $210 each. Photo by Kelly Allison Photography.
Mark your calendars for the eighth annual Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival on Sept. 20–22 at Rosecliff, the Elms and Marble House. The event will include celebrity chef appearances and cooking demonstrations from Alex Guarnaschelli and Michel Richard, and will feature food and wine from New England’s finest restaurants and wine makers, making it one of the most anticipated festivals in the country.
The Chanler’s redesigned Cliff Walk Terrace is now open for business. From 5−10 p.m. Mon.−Thurs. and select weekends, diners can experience Ten on the Terrace, created to commemorate the historic property’s tenth anniversary as a hotel. Ten on the Terrace will run through Aug. 29 and will include ten small plate options focusing on local and upscale comfort food. Ten seasonal cocktails created by the Spiced Pear mixology staff will also be offered. For more information, visit thechanler.com.
Bravo Wood Fired Pizza, a staple at the East Greenwich Farmers Market, is anticipating a late-August opening for their first restaurant at 6689 Post Rd. in North Kingstown.
Castle Hill Inn in Newport recently debuted the highly anticipated renovations to its open air restaurant, the Lawn at Castle Hill. One of four dining options at the inn, the Lawn offers another option for al fresco dining: the expanded Sunset Terrace and bar.
The Tavern on Broadway, a new American grill-style restaurant and bar located at 16 Broadway in Newport, has opened for business. Serving lunch and dinner daily and brunch on Sunday, this renovated building, circa 1815, formerly housed the Colonial Tavern. Owners Jill Terita and Jim Blumel are also the proprietors of Sunnyside Deli at 12 Broadway.
2 Pauls City Grille in East Providence has launched a new menu, including sandwiches, prime burgers and an added Italian section, as well as favorite dishes from chef Paul Shire’s past successes at Downcity and Oak.
City Girl Cupcake has opened a second location on Federal Hill in Providence.
Wise Guys Deli on Federal Hill now has free delivery until 4 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Pawtucket's Bucket Brewery will be moving out of their small studio on Mineral Spring Avenue, and into a 3,700-square-foot space at 545 Pawtucket Ave. In the new location, they plan to conduct tours, tastings and retail sales of growlers. There will be a gap in production while they wait for the new location to be fully licensed and ready for operation.
Narragansett Beer debuted the limited edition retro lager can, featuring the same design and logo from 1953. For a limited time, twelve-, eighteen-, and thirty-packs of twelve-ounce cans will rekindle the memories of 'Gansett’s glory days, when the brewer was the top-selling beer in New England. Narragansett has also reintroduced their signature sixteen-ounce Tall Boy Clam Can featuring the recipe for a traditional New England clambake made with Narragansett Lager. Come August, the popular 1975 Narragansett Jaws can, made popular by the Spielberg film, will also be reintroduced.
Dogfish beer will soon be back in Rhode Island. An expansion will be completed over the next few months, and then they'll have the capacity to reopen in markets they had to pull out of.
Beers from two great Utah breweries, Wasatch and Squatters, are now being served in Rhode Island at your favorite local pubs. Order pints of Wasatch at Brick Alley Pub, Doherty's, Z Bar, JC's Tavern or Midtown Oyster Bar, and try Squatters at Aidan's, Norey's, Oak Hill Lounge, Doherty's, Elmhurst Pub, Rocco's, Track 84 and Midtown Oyster Bar. They are also available at liquor stores, including Nikki's Liquors and Nocera's Liquors in Providence, Island Liquors and Bridges Liquors in Newport, Tiverton Liquors and Dick's World of Wines in Westerly and many more.
The Daily Meal recently released a ranking of “America’s 20 Best Lobster Rolls Outside of Maine,” and Rhode Island restaurants snagged three of the spots on the list. Brick Alley Pub and Restaurant of Newport, Jim’s Dock of Wakefield and Champlin’s of Narragansett were all noted for their takes on the New England classic.