The Dish: Diner's Update
The latest Rhode Island food, drink, restaurant and dining news.
By Rachel Bimonte and Jamie Coelho
Celebrate good taste with author Jane Green by lunching with her and trying dishes from her first cookbook, Good Taste. The luncheon is on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. To reserve a table for eight to nine of your friends, or for open seating, click here. The tickets are $75 per person and include an autographed copy of Jane Green’s book, Good Taste. The book signing begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch, consisting of Green’s recipes and prepared by the Catering Gourmet, will start around noon. From 1:15–1:45 p.m. there will be a question and answer portion. The event has limited seating so if you are interested, invite some friends, reserve a table and enjoy some good taste.
Harry's Burgers on the Hill just turned two! This Thursday, celebrate the anniversary with half-priced burgers all day long!
Find the food truck caravan closest to you. On Oct. 27, kids younger than fourteen and in costume can trick or treat at the food trucks and adults can enjoy the trucks that will be parked outside Providence City Hall on 57 Eddy St., Providence from 5:30–8 p.m. with free admission. The last of the foodie event is on Oct. 29 at Slater Park in Pawtucket from 6:30–9 p.m. Accompanying the food trucks is the Haunted Tunnel attraction or the kid-friendly Jack-o-Lantern Village. For more information and admission for the Pawtucket event, click here. Food and fun both sound fantastic to us.
The upcoming event in Mirbeau Inn and Spa at the Pinehills' “Beyond the Bistro” dinner series is a cranberry bog outdoor adventure. Guests are welcome to dress appropriately for the chilly fall weather as they venture out from Mirbeau to the bog, Mayflower Cranberries. The event is Oct. 29 from 2:45–6:30 p.m. At the bog, attendees receive a Cranberries 101 lesson from owner, Jeff Lafleur, and can enjoy stepping into the bog. Simultaneously, guests are offered hors d’oeuvres including bacon-wrapped bacon (seriously), duck breast, Plymouth Bay oysters and more — all including a touch of cranberry in each recipe. As the sun sets, dinner is prepared by chef Steven Coe. Chef Coe prepares a family-style dinner that channels fall. Some menu items include: a harvest salad, roasted pumpkin with Brussels sprouts and bacon, short ribs, duck and pumpkin gnocchi. Dessert is not to be forgotten; cranberry cheesecake is on the menu, plus more. Tickets for the event are $125 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations or for more information, call 877-MIRBEAU. Round trip transportation from Mirbeau to the bog is included in the ticket.
For the guests and sponsors of the 2016 Taste of Newport, “it’s all about taste.” Join Child and Family at its thirty-third annual fundraiser event on Oct. 30 from 5:30–8 p.m. at Hotel Viking. The list of participating Newport County restaurants is twenty-two and counting; you can find the list here. For a general ticket, this price is $75 and it includes all you can eat from the participating restaurants, a complimentary cocktail and valet parking. The Make a Difference ticket goes for $150 and comes with all the exciting elements of the general ticket plus automatic entry into the raffle for a getaway at Jay Peak Resort and a listing in the program booklet. Child and Family works to support families across Rhode Island by offering services and programs.
Chef Robert Sisca and Sean Larkin from Revival Brewing Co. are hosting a craft beer and fall menu tasting starting at 6 p.m. at Garde at the ProvidenceG. Sample Revival's Burnside Pale Ale, Mercy Brown Imperial Ale and Bushido Pumpkin Ale paired with Garde's new fall menu featuring bar snacks, pizza, charcuterie and raw bar selections. This event is free, but RSVP is requested at gardecraftbeer.eventbrite.com.
Discover Newport’s eleventh annual Newport Restaurant Week is back again. Newport Restaurant Week began in 2006 to encourage residents and visitors to explore the hidden gems of Newport County in the shoulder seasons and get excited about good food. The event has grown since 2006 and the restaurants are focused on including local and seasonal ingredients as well as making dishes that are allergy sensitive. Some restaurants involved are: The Conservatory at the Vanderbilt Grace in Newport, Roberto’s Ristorante in Bristol and Simpatico Jamestown. To see a full list of the restaurants participating, click here. Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus: $16 for a three-course lunch and $35 for a three-course dinner. Follow along online here and on social media with the hashtag #NPTRestaurantWeek for updates and behind-the-scenes looks into the restaurants following this year’s theme: “Behind the Apron.”
If you wanted to plan a getaway for the first weekend in November, look no further. The Ocean House in Watch Hill has a special event for you: Wine Camp Weekend. Starting Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. and ending Nov. 6 at noon, guests have two options: make a weekend out of it or to opt for experience only. The Winemaker package goes for $2,285 for one person or $2,585 for double occupancy plus tax, gratuity and resort fee. This includes a two-night stay in a deluxe king room, a wine and cheese reception on Friday, lunch and excursion with winemaker, Jonathan Edwards, on Saturday afternoon; dinner in Seasons on Saturday evening; a jazz brunch on Sunday and thirteen bottles of custom made wine. The experience-only package is all of the activities, minus the overnights, for $400 per person plus tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call 888-552-2588.
The Boy Scouts are Scouting for Food on the morning of Nov. 5. They are collecting non-perishable items around neighborhoods: if you are wondering if the Boy Scouts are scouting your neighborhood, look for the door hanger they will drop off on Oct. 29.
Linden Place Museum’s first ever Bristol Burger Bash will bring together three elements that make for a fun fall afternoon: burgers, beer and bluegrass! Come sample East Bay’s best burgers all under one roof while enjoying local beers and wines and listening to down home live bluegrass in the Linden Place ballroom and gardens. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through the Linden Place website at lindenplace.org or by calling 401-253-0390.
Chef Joe Simone of Simone’s, 275 Child St., Warren, released his fall and winter cooking classes. With chef Joe’s Mediterranean cooking style, students of the cooking classes will see dishes in a new perspective while still keeping them classic. The first cooking class is on Nov. 7; guests will see how chef Joe does Thanksgiving and take away some tips for a tastier turkey day. The next event is on Dec. 5, where chef Joe is cooking up a holiday dinner. On Jan. 23, cue the freezing weather but also hot, fresh soups; chef Joe teaches you how to make Simone’s soups with handmade stocks. Don’t stress about Valentine’s Day because chef Joe has you covered: On Feb. 6, learn how to make a romantic dinner for two. Instead of getting brunch out, learn to make it yourself on March 6, Mediterranean style. Lastly, on March 27, go seafood crazy and learn to craft a pasta dish with mussels and clams. Every event is held on Monday nights at at 6:30 p.m. Each class is $60 per person; to reserve a seat, call 401-247-1200 or email email@example.com.
DeWolf Tavern, 259 Thames St., Bristol, is bringing you a couple of specials this month. In celebration of its thirteenth anniversary, DeWolf offers 15 percent off your entire dining bill. The coupon must be printed from the website and presented in person; there is a limit of one per table.
Pot au Feu in Providence always throws the best Beaujolais party. There will be two Barrel Dinners on Thursday and Friday evenings, celebrating the arrival of the first wine of the new harvest. The dinner involves a three-course French country feast in celebration of the upcoming holiday season. The dinners begin at 7 p.m. and cost $45 per person, including wine. Book a table of four or more and the price is $40 each.
Join award-winning New York chef, Michael Ginor, at Gracie’s, 794 Washington St., Providence, for dinner to be served. The event will consist of a five-course meal, hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings to go with each course. Tickets are $192 per person, including tax and gratuity, and can be purchased here.
Chez Pascal is hosting an art opening featuring paintings by Kevin Gity, in the side dining room from 5:30–7 p.m. There will be wine and tasty snacks for your perusing pleasure.
Call now to reserve your seat at DeWolf Tavern, located at 259 Thames St., Bristol, on Thanksgiving. Seating starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. DeWolf Tavern also has its Thanksgiving specialties available for pick up so you can bring a DeWolf item to your home. Call 401-254-2005 for more information.
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Elevate your usual Sunday tea by heading over to the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope St., Providence for high tea. For $45 to $65 per person (depending on where you sit), guests can enjoy Delsie Catering and Events’ sweet and salty small bites, a cocktail, and teas from all over the world. The building has an old Victorian style that sets the tone for an afternoon of tea and conversation. Choose from two seating times each Sunday: 1 and 4 p.m. Advanced reservations must be made and you can make your reservations here.
The Chez Pascal holiday craft show is back from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant will transform into a shopping market with handmade gifts created by local artists. Enter the raffle to win a basket filled with goodies. The bar will be open!
We can’t decide what is more important: a United States Passport or a #BestDonutsRI Passport. We’ll let you decide. Click here to get a passport for only $10; there are a limited amount of passports and each person must purchase a minimum of two passports. Grab your doughnut-loving friends and travel around Rhode Island from Dec. 1–31 to receive a complimentary doughnut from participating bakeries and doughnut shops.
We R Group Hug of Rhode Island invites you to its Delicious December Champagne Brunch Fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 11 a.m. The brunch is held in the Imperial Room at 1 Rhodes Pl., Cranston. Starting at 11 a.m., guests can enjoy brunch cocktails, a live auction and a penny social. At noon, brunch is served. Funds raised from this event will aid low-income children and fight hunger this winter season. The tickets are $40 per person and reservation forms can be found on the We R Group Hug Facebook page or call 401-301-9305 with questions.
The Pat's Pastured Grazing Dinner returns to Chez Pascal for the seventh year in a row with farmer Patrick McNiff. Enjoy five courses for $69 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages. The restaurant will be open from 5:30–9 p.m., and this will be the only menu offered for the evening. No substitutions. Call 401-421-4422 for reservations.
The Boat House, 227 Schooner Dr., Tiverton, is offering half-price appetizers, Sun.–Thurs. from 4–6 p.m., now through May 24. With appetizers in the $6–$8 range, you can enjoy a number of healthy, light choices with great taste. Some of the dishes include: Bolognese, octopus and potato salad, truffle linguini, littleneck clams and more.
Fluke Wine, Bar and Kitchen, 41 Bowens Wharf, Newport, is offering some great November specials. Fluke’s $15 Bistro Menu is back on Wed.–Fri. nights, featuring either steak or skate frites. It’s never too early to start thinking about the holiday season; you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to have Fluke host your holiday party and create a tasty menu for you and your guests. Stop in or call 401-849-7778 for more info.
Join Ella’s Fine Food and Drink for Whimsical Weekdays. The special event is in full effect: Tues.–Fri. from 4–6 p.m. in the lounge and 5–6 p.m. in the dining room, guests can enjoy Ella’s entire menu for half off. Head over to Ella’s, located at 2 Tower St., Westerly, for this special deal.
Matunuck Oyster Bar is now taking reservations online here. The waterfront oyster bar, located at 629 Succotash Rd., South Kingstown has a raw bar, entrees, sandwiches and more. Though Matunuck is open to online reservations now, they still have a dedicated area of the restaurant for walk-in guests. Monday through Thursday, the restaurant does Buck a Shuck: a special from 4–6 p.m. where guests can purchase Matunuck’s own oysters for $1. Matunuck opens daily at 11:30 a.m.
What are the odds that something is scary yet sweet? Find out by visiting your local IHOP. For the month of October, IHOP turns into IHHOP when it becomes the International Haunted House of Pancakes. Until Oct. 31, kids can create their own scary face pancakes by taking the traditional buttermilk and adding their favorite sweets to make a face. On Halloween, kids can design and enjoy their pancake face for free from 7–10 p.m. Additionally, with the purchase of an adult entree, kids can dine free throughout the month from 4–10 p.m. any day of the week. For more spooky details, visit your local IHOP restaurant.
Half price apps and pizza plus a special menu? We’re in. Trio restaurant, located at 15 Kingston Rd., Narragansett, has a treat in store for its customers. Through the fall season, Trio is bringing back their prix-fixe Pier menu. From that menu, customers can order an entree, dessert and draft beer or house wine for $24.95 on Monday through Thursday from 4–9 p.m. The full Trio menu, however, is still available during this special. Trio is also offering half price appetizers and pizza Monday through Friday from 4–6 p.m. To check out the prix-fixe Pier menu and the full menu, visit Trio’s website.
Siena in Smithfield hosts live music every Thursday from 6:30−9:30 p.m.
Massimo restaurant on Federal Hill in Providence is now hosting a jazz brunch with the Joe Potenza Jazz Trio every Sunday from 10:30 a.m.−2:30 p.m. There will also be a drag brunch upstairs on the first Sunday of each month. Brunch at Massimo will feature savory favorites like pork cheek carbonara, short rib hash and pork belly grilled cheese and sweets like toffee monkey bread and cinnamon buns.
Sons of Liberty spirits distillery continues its sampling series, Freedom Fridays, which takes place on the last Friday of each month. Attendees can sample an assortment of award-winning spirits (including SOL’s new, limited-edition grapefruit hop flavored whiskey), enjoy food from Eddie’s BBQ, soak up live music from James and the Giants and participate in a variety of activities, including corn hole and foosball. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased upon entry. Call 401-284-4006 or visit solspirits.com for more information.
No one said wine Wednesday had to be spent alone on the couch watching sitcom reruns. Instead, grab your friends and head out for this upcoming Wednesday. Chair 5, located within the Break Hotel at 1208 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, launched their new series of wine Wednesday. For $15 per person, guests receive three wine tastings, appetizers prepared by chef Basil Yu and a question and answer with the Chair 5 team. At 6 p.m. each week you have the chance to join Chair 5 and pretend you are already out and relaxed for the weekend — even if it’s only Wednesday. For more details, call 401-363-9820.
Preppy Pig BBQ in Warren is launching brunch, starting on Sunday, Nov. 6 and continuing on Sundays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Dishes with include briskets and gravy over homemade buttermilk biscuits, a pulled pork Benedict and a collaboration with PVDonuts on the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich, which includes slow smoked pork, Vermont cheddar and housemade apple butter sandwiched between the doughnut shop's maple bacon glazed doughnut. The Jamestown barbecue spot is also now open at 35 Narragansett Avenue.
Jamestown FiSH has also launched Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. through May. Expect European-inspired dishes including a smoked salmon eggs Benedict and Brioche Pain Perdu. View the brunch menu here.
Broad Street in Providence gained a new eatery this October: Parkview Bakery Cafe. On the corner of Broad Street and Baker Street, you will find a cafe that covers a lot of ground: coffee, bakery items, sandwiches and even pizza. The bakery is open daily from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Find Parkview on Facebook and Instagram to see anything from decked out pumpkin spice lattes to burgers with fries and ham, egg and cheese on a croissant; can you say yum?
Foolproof Brewing Company launched its new pale ale, Federal Hill Ale. The new brew has limited availability and distribution in Rhode Island but can be found at bars and restaurants in the Federal Hill neighborhood. The new beer was crafted by Foolproof with the help of chef Walter Potenza. With its light feel and flavors including saffron, blood orange and Mosaic and Citra hops, it pairs easily with New England cuisine. Not only can you find this new selection at bars and restaurants by Federal Hill, but you can also try it by visiting Foolproof Brewing Company at 241 Grotto Ave., Pawtucket.
Coming soon to Providence is a pasta joint called Pastaio where pasta meets New England cuisine. The restaurant will be located on Parade Street. Follow it on Instagram and “like” it on Facebook to stay in touch for grand opening details.
Newport Distilling Company has been on an eight-year-long journey to craft its newest product. Sea Fog: An AmeRIcan Whiskey is a mixture between American and Scottish traditions and radiates flavors of peat, vanilla, caramel and oak. Distribution of only 150 cases will be made available across many states including Rhode Island. For more information on the new item, visit the Newport Distilling Company’s website.
This season, don’t limit yourself to only the common apple favorites: apple pie, apple cider and apple cider doughnuts; try something new. The newest apple product that comes to mind is the Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. gala apple whiskey. Gala apple is joining the other seasonal whiskey by Sons of Liberty, pumpkin spice whiskey. With more than 9,000 gala apples from two orchards in Connecticut, Sons of Liberty blended the apple pumice with its barrel-aged whiskey for a flavor that's fresh and seasonal. Sons of Liberty started its seasonal whiskeys because brewers have been brewing seasonal beers for so long and they figured, why not apply the concept to whiskey? This flavored whiskey is not far from you: Gala apple is available throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
On Oct. 19 at 1 p.m., ABC's daytime foodie show, "The Chew," featured a segment on the Rhode Island culinary scene. Host Carla Hall and her team visited the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Newport’s Stoneacre Pantry and training programs at Johnson and Wales and the Cuisinart Center in Providence.
In partnership with Move for Hunger and Gentle Giant Moving Company, the students from Barrington Middle School worked to “fill-a-truck” with nonperishable items on Saturday, Sept. 24. To close September, which is Hunger Action Month, the middle schoolers were outside Shaw’s Grocery Store in East Providence collecting canned items and pasta to make an impact on the 147,000 people in Rhode Island who lack a steady food source. At the end of the day, the food-filled truck drove to deliver the donations to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Your Yacht Club soda choice says a lot about you! Pop a bottle during Yacht Club’s “Soda Pop Poll” to cast your vote.
Bob and Timmy's Grilled Pizza on Federal Hill has been a landmark in Providence since Tim Doyle, the original owner, opened its doors in 1993, but he sold the restaurant in 2007. When he recently learned the pizza place closed its doors, he quickly took repossession. The restaurant will reopen in November, or sooner, after a remodel, serving the same customer favorites.
Friskie Fries food truck is opening a new storefront this fall at 751 Hartford Ave. in Johnston.
Laughing Gorilla Catering has taken over the popular breakfast spot Kitchen's space in Providence for the fall and winter. Lunch and dinner will be served inside the intimate restaurant.
The Humble Pie Company hasn't found a new owner so it will be closing its doors at the end of the summer markets, which means no holiday pies this year. The bakery is still talking with interested parties, so there's a chance it will be back in 2017. Don't miss your final chance to be served some Humble Pie at the Oct. 29 Coastal Growers', Aquidneck Growers and Hope Street farmers markets. The bakers will have roasted pumpkin, quiches, Dutch apple and maple pecan varieties available. Think about stocking up on pie. If you buy two or more whole pies, you'll get a free mini pie.