Sarah Francis

Valentine's Day Desserts

The executive pastry chef of Gracie's shares recipes starring our favorite ingredient: chocolate.

You could, of course, bestow your sweetie with a box of candy or a dozen roses for Valentine’s Day, but why not whip up something personal, something you both (ahem) can enjoy. We asked Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef at Gracie’s in Providence, to share her dessert recipes using chocolate, her favorite ingredient (and ours too, for that matter). “I…

The Rhode Island Red Awards

Our roundup of the dumbest moments of 2015.

Some years it’s hard to decide who’s most deserving of our awards dedication, but not this time. This year our recipient, Kevin Lewis of Chepachet, explodes out of obscurity to claim the prize. Mr. Lewis, you may recall, was pulled over during a traffic stop by a Glocester patrol officer who detected a strong smell of acetone coming from his…

Mind the Gap

When it comes to hockey players and their missing pearly whites, Providence Bruins’ dentist, David Mastrostefano, knows the drill. We asked him to fill us in.

Google “hockey players and teeth,” you get 611,000 results, and SI.com has a photo blog, “Hockey’s All-Time Best Toothless Smiles.” What’s their biggest risk? Usually at practice, the hockey stick when it’s moving fast, like a razor blade and cuts teeth off. I do a lot of bonding and splinting. A tooth may be lost, but I can wire it…

2014 Rhode Island Red Awards

The Dumbest Moments in 2014.

Here at Reds HQ, we’ve always admired Rhode Islanders’ entrepreneurial spirit, that ability to sniff out opportunity, no matter how impromptu, and turn it into a thriving commercial enterprise. Which is why we’re dedicating this year’s awards to our favorite siblings and enviro-conscious businessmen of the year, Cranston’s Andrew and Bruce Jeremiah. The seventy-something Jeremiahs, you may recall, pleaded guilty…

The Rhode Island Red Awards

The Dumbest Moments in 2013

  Here at Reds HQ, we like to think we can fritter time away with the best of them, but even we’re impressed that at least 23,300 hours of contractor time have been wasted in an effort to update a DMV computer system. (Did we mention it’s four years behind schedule, $6.7 million over budget and still not working?!) Director…

Our Website Is Getting a Facelift

We've got a new look!

We're excited about the changes we're making to the Rhode Island Monthly website. Our site will have a cleaner look and be easier to navigate. Plus, we'll be posting more features from the current issue throughout the month, and ridaily, our editors' blog postings, will be more prominent. Take us along and cruise RIMonthly.com on your mobile device. Our updated,…

Five Milestones

How we’ve covered five of the biggest events in Rhode Island since 2008.

Five years ago, Rhode Island Monthly celebrated the big 2-0. We turned twenty (old enough to vote, not quite old enough to buy beer) and threw ourselves a full-blown anniversary issue that updated many of our favorite stories from 1988 to 2008. Now, as we hit the quarter-century mark, we look back at five of the biggest trends in Rhode…

Rhode Island Red Awards

The Dumbest moments in 2011

Some years there are so many worthy candidates, it’s hard to decide who is most deserving of our Rhode Island Red Awards dedication. Not this time, no siree — this year’s recipient stands head and shoulders above the others. Let’s hear it for that big, bloated, nonsensical fiasco of sweetheart deals, creative accounting and taxpayer agita that was decades in…

Patrick Kennedy

We’ve written about Patrick Kennedy in the past, but the summer of 2009 was different. His father, whom he adored, had died and we wanted to know what lay ahead for Patrick as a congressman. Would Ted Kennedy’s death mean the political burden was lifted from Patrick’s shoulders or would it prove to be a weight he couldn’t handle?Mark Arsenault…