Jamie Coelho

Hot Potato

Mr. Potato Head is no couch potato. He’s been one busy tater since he was born on May 1, 1952.

1. The first Mr. Potato Head toy sold for $0.98 but it did not include a body. Kids poked real potatoes with the kit’s included push-pin hands, feet, ears, mouths, eyes, noses, hats, eyeglasses, smoking pipe and facial hair. 2. It was the first toy to be advertised on television
in 1952. 3. Mr. Potato Head wasn’t single for long. On…

Dining Out with Baby

How and where to do it gracefully.

Dining out with a baby. I do it all the time. Sometimes you need a meal on the go (please no fast food), and it can be a real challenge getting a babysitter at a moment’s notice. And because if I didn’t dine out, I’d lose a part of me that makes me who I am. I also think bringing…

The Dish: Eat Drink RI Festival

Sample food from multiple chefs, restaurants and food trucks, as well as wine, beer and cocktails from local wineries, breweries and bartenders all in one weekend.

If you've always wanted to explore the Providence and Rhode Island restaurant and bar scene, but don't always get the chance to go back and forth (from wherever you live) to dine out, then the Eat Drink RI Festival is the event for you. It will allow you to sample food from dozens of chefs, restaurants and food trucks, as well as wine, beer and…

Bartenders Face Off at Iron Tender Challenge

Local bartenders will compete on Monday nights for three more weeks before the May 19 finals.

This past Monday, I judged the Iron Tender 2014 Bar Wars Challenge at the Lighthouse Bar at Twin River Casino. The five-week bartending competition selects first-place finishers each week to advance to the finals on May 19. Anyone can attend each Monday preliminary session (April 21, April 28 and May 5 at 7 p.m. and the finals on May 19…

Providence Public Library Transforms into Wonderland

Putting on a great party requires a vision, and Kristen Minsky of Chifferobe fame has quite the imagination.

Over the past few months, Kristen Minsky of Chifferobe fame has been working on ideas for transforming the Providence Public Library into Wonderland for this past weekend’s annual spring gala. This is the first time Minsky served as art director for an event, and she used the library’s literary special collections as her inspiration. She worked with PPL’s new director Jack…

The Dish: Star Chefs Coastal New England Rising Stars

Massive chefs' event highlights coastal New England talent, including Rhode Island favorites.

Providence is hosting the Star Chefs 2014 Coastal New England Rising Stars Gala at the Providence Biltmore on April 15 from 5:45–9:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by starchefs.com, will honor up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals across New England. The awards ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m., and the dish tasting begins at 7 p.m. The walk-around tasting gala will give attendees…

Watch Rhode Island Philharmonic's Music Education Concert

All this week, local schoolchildren had the opportunity to perform with the Rhode Island Philharmonic live at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

All this week, local schoolchildren had the opportunity to perform with the Rhode Island Philharmonic live at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Nearly 11,000 children visited the Vets wielding their recorders and while they listened to various performances by the orchestra, they were also encouraged to play their instruments and sing along to scores. This was all a part of the Philharmonic’s…

Donate Prom Gowns to Help Girls in Need

On April 12, Child and Family’s Groovy Girls and Salve Regina University are holding the 2014 Prom Dress Giveaway.

Have an extra prom dress gathering dust in a closet, or maybe an evening gown you wore to a gala, never to be seen again in your social circle? Donate it to the Child and Family Prom Dress Giveaway and make a deserving young lady’s day. On April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Child and Family’s Groovy Girls…

Dean Hotel Opening Party Shakes Up Providence

What do singing drag queens, a Burmese albino python and a marching band all have in common?

What do singing drag queens, a Burmese albino python and a marching band all have in common? They were all part of the fun at the Dean Hotel grand opening party last Thursday in Providence. The historic 1912 building was a former brothel and strip club – the Sportsman’s Inn – and over the last year, it has been completely…

Web Extra: Q&A: Bartender Jesse Hedberg

Learn what it's like balancing bartending gigs at three of the best cocktail spots in the state.

The upcoming April issue of Rhode Island Monthly is all about cocktails. We feature thirty-four drinks from the best bars across the state plus interviews with local bartenders and great bar food bites. This is a web-exclusive interview, but you can pick up the April issue on newsstands starting on March 31.   How did you get into bartending? I…