Food and Drink

Diner’s update

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…

Diner’s Update

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…

Lobster 101

It’s hard to believe that lobster was once so abundant on the shores of Rhode Island that beachcombers could scoop them up in their bare hands whenever they desired. The crustaceans were so common that they were deemed “a poor man’s food” completely devoid of cachet. In fact, in 1622 Governor William Bradford of the Plimoth Plantation expressed regret that,…

Cap’n Jack’s

Like many Irishmen, my father never lets truth eclipse a good story. His tales kept three mouths quiet for most of I-95 during the annual Maine pilgrimages of my childhood. One of his inventions was “Henry,” a seagull who, my dad convinced us, awaited our return each August. As soon as we smelled grease from the Kennebunkport clam shack, my…

Getting Your Fix

Castle Hill The three words realtors use most — location, location, location — also aptly apply to the state’s quintessential special-occasion restaurant: Castle Hill. With an Ocean Drive address, unobstructed views of the East Passage and an elegant Victorian mansion to house overnight guests and diners, Castle Hill is definitely not a once-a-week establishment. After all, as with real estate,…

In Season

Atlantic Inn High Street, Block Island, 466-5883 www.atlanticinn.com Available: Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend. Price: Four courses for $48 per person. Sample Menu: Warm duck confit crepe; grilled lemon snapper; lime granite; peach galette. Café Zelda 528 Thames St., Newport, 849-4002 www.cafezelda.com Available: Tuesday through Thursday nights from Columbus Day to Memorial Day. Price: Three courses for $22.95…

Weiners I Have Known

The first time I tried a New York System Hot Weiner was six years ago at Rod’s in Warren (6 Washington Street). My boyfriend and I were visiting his parents in Rhode Island, and I was really trying to impress them. So despite having been a vegetarian for five years (tofu pups? Loved them), I enthusiastically wolfed one down, hoping…

Wine 101

Last year, Rhode Islanders drank seventy-five million glasses of wine. Not bad for a state that produces fewer than half a million bottles a year. Whether we’re toasting a special occasion or the setting of the sun, we turn to Bacchus’s favorite beverage. We’ve compiled all the information you need to know to go from wine novice to aficionado: where…

Capital Dining

Restaurants are rated using a 4-star scale: Fair Good Very Good Excellent Al Forno Cafe Nuovo Capriccio L’Epicureo Mediterraneo Mills Tavern Neath’s New Rivers Pot au Feu Ten Prime Steak and Sushi

Diner’s Update

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…