Diner’s Update

“Man v. Food” in R.I.?

Last week I got a call from a scout at the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food,” feeling out Rhode Island as a possible location for an upcoming show. (I said possible, so don’t get too excited yet.) For those of you who haven’t seen the show, here’s a two-word synopsis: pure gluttony. Host Adam Richman (not to be confused with…

Restaurants Where They Call You “Honey”

When I moved to Rhode Island last year, I developed a fleeting devotion to the Subway down the block from our office. It was the way the employees asked for my order: “What are you having, honey?” “Toasted, honey?” A bit homesick in a new place at a new job, I found it sweetly nostalgic. “Honey” conjured memories of childhood…

Get Your Drink on in Boston

What makes a bar worth traveling an hour for? Here’s a hint: no contrived drink menus, no visible bottles (thank God, enough with the dozen-plus varieties of Stoli on display), and no barkeeps who push appletinis as their signature drink. At chef Barbara Lynch’s newish subterranean Fort Point watering hole, Drink, in South Boston, the cocktail is celebrated — and…

Stalking the Perfect Parsnip

Locavores say we should only eat food that’s locally grown, which is easy enough in the summer. But what about the wintry depths of February? One woman rises to the culinary challenge.

The New Oxford American Dictionary named “locavore” the word of the year for 2007. Not so long ago, we just had to be green. But locavores are far more demanding. Coined in 2005 by four women in San Francisco, locavores propose that people should eat food grown within a 100-mile radius of where they live. They urge consumers to buy…

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Robert Higginbotham, new owner of Bravo Brasserie, is reaching out to restaurant professionals. Every other Monday night, part of the restaurant will be set aside for other owners, chefs and restaurant workers to gather for dinner. He has created a special three-course menu for $25. The rest of Bravo will be open to the public. 123 Empire St., Providence, 490-5112.Cuban…

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Brian Kingsford, who headed the kitchen at Al Forno for the past decade, is opening his own restaurant, Bacaro, this month at the former Neath’s location. The restaurant will feature a wine bar and a full-service dining room with open kitchen, and offer seasonal Italian fare with local ingredients. 262 South Water Street, Providence, 751-3700.The 11th Annual Nantucket Wine Festival…

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Cornucopia is now open in East Greenwich, serving both international and American cooking. The restaurant is owned by Victoria Tefft and is under the culinary direction of the chef (and Tefft’s sister), Pamela Johnson. It’s open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday with a late-night menu on the weekend. 241 Main Street, 884-5660. Stephen Lima has opened Crave in Wakefield where…

Diner’s Update

It’s almost time to start thinking about spring vegetables. Urban Greens, a cooperative of Providence residents, businesses and food producers, continues to provide local and organic vegetables and other products to the West Side and be- yond. Affiliated with the Brown University Department of Environmental Studies, the co-op organizes orders from a catalogue of locally produced items and Associated Buyers,…