The Dish: Diner's Update: August/Sept. 2015

The latest Rhode Island food, dining and restaurant news.





Luxe Burger Bar presents its annual Build Your Own Burger Contest, an opportunity for guests to design the latest addition to the menu and enter for a chance to win a $500 Chow Fun Food Group gift card. For more information and for rules, visit



Eden East of Austin, Texas, visits Rhode Island for a four-night dinner series on Horseshoe Farm in Westerly. Headed by Eden East chef and Rhode Island native Sonya Coté, the evening begins at 6 p.m. with a raw bar and cocktails by Texas-based Deep Eddy Vodka, followed by dinner with wine and beer. The dinner includes local purveyors Blackbird FarmWalrus and Carpenter OystersJonathan Edwards Winery, Revival Brewing Company and more. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased here. A portion of the proceeds will go to Colors for a Cause RI, a nonprofit organization that supports families with children suffering from cancer. 



Project Undercover is hosting a poolside Taste of Summer fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Aqua at the Providence Marriott. A ticket to the fundraiser includes tastings from eight local food purveyors including Capital Grille, the Duck and Bunny, Trinity Brewhouse, La Creperie, the Backyard Food Company, Wes' Rib House, Sicilia's Pizzeria and, of course, Aqua, and smooth jazz from the likes of Travis Colby and Doug Woolverton. Tickets are $26 per person. Proceeds go to Project Undercover’s mission to provide diapers, socks and underwear to Rhode Island children living in poverty. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit



Rick's Roadhouse in Providence will show the movie Jaws from 9 to 11 p.m., followed by a Full Moon party from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Look out for Narragansett Beer's retro beer can in the movie!



Adults ages twenty-one and older are invited to sip beer amongst the animals at the Roger Williams Park Zoo Brew at the Zoo fundraising event. From 5 to 9 p.m., more than 100 craft beers from local, regional and national breweries will be available for sampling, accompanied by upbeat music, encounters with the zoo’s animals and a Brew at the Zoo commemorative pint glass to take home. Advanced tickets are $50 from August 16 to 28. Tickets can be purchased for $60 on the day of the event both online and at the door. Designated drivers are welcome at a lower ticket price of $25; the designated driver ticket holder may not consume alcohol during the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or email



Chez Pascal and the Wurst Kitchen in Providence will host the annual Tomato Dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. A five-course menu features tomatoes in every form, even dessert! Tickets are $73 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages. The tomato menu will be the only option offered, and due to its specialized nature, special dietary requests will not be met. For reservations, call 401-421-4422.



Get your seafood fix with clam shack fare and shellfish at the Rhode Island Seafood Festival, plus a beer garden and live music by local artists at India Point Park in Providence. Hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 per person, and you must pay for food and drinks. Children younger than twelve are free.



Edgewood Cheese Shop and Eatery in Cranston is hosting a Samplepalooza from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy samples of cheeses and meats, plus an array of accompaniments. On the plates will be Rhode Island favorites, such as Daniele charcuterie, Narragansett Creamery cheeses, Fox Point Pickles, the Backyard Food Company relish and Le Favorite Bakery breads, all washed down with cold bottles of Yacht Club Soda. Win prizes such as a gift certificate to Edgewood Cheese Shop and local gift baskets. For more information, visit



EcoRI invites you to its Zero-Trash Birthday Bash from 6 to 9 p.m. at Machines with Magnets Performance and Gallery Space in Providence. The ultra-green fundraiser includes a seasonal tasting menu by Julians catering, live music, a silent auction and cash bar. All guests receive a free commemorative glass to use at the event and take home. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at



Local 121 in Providence hosts its Sparkling Wine Dinner with four courses and a cocktail reception featuring wines from Sage Cellars and Sparkling Pointe. Tickets are $75 per person and include complimentary valet parking. Tickets are limited. Call 401-274-2121 to purchase.



At the Ocean State Oyster Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riverwalk on South Water Street in Providence, enjoy a half-dozen locally sourced oysters of your choosing, a local microbrew or a glass of wine, live music, a shucking contest, food trucks, a kid-friendly zone and more activities. Plus, you can learn about the Ocean State's shellfish history, and meet some of Rhode Island's oyster farmers in person. Ten percent of ticket sales will support Save the Bay. Tickets cost $25. Photo: Don Nguyen with the Ocean State Oyster Festival's mascot, Oscar.


9/19 (rain date 9/20)

It’s back to the Good Old Days at Frerichs Farm in Warren, a celebration of simpler times that goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Leave the cell phones and tablets at home for a family-friendly day of live bluegrass music, old-fashioned games, barbecue chicken and a chance to own a portion of Frerichs Farm. Free admission and free parking. Barbecue tickets are $20 each and can be purchased in advance at or in person at the farm. All proceeds go to the East Bay Autism Spectrum Disorder Project.



The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House will host the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, New England’s premier wine event, boasting grand tastings with award-winning chefs and wines from all over the world. This year’s featured guests are Martha Stewart and Jacques Pepin. Call or visit the website for the schedule of events and ticket prices.



Rhode Island Kitchen and Bath has invited Kevin O'Connor, host of PBS's "This Old House," to the showroom from 10 a.m. to noon to discuss kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. The series will focus on several topics including what to consider when embarking on a kitchen and/or bath remodel, the reality of costs, the process of a remodel and the different obstacles one can encounter. Seminars are free and open to the public but advance registration is required. To register, go to or call 401-463-1550.



Blackbird Farm in Smithfield and Gracie’s of Providence will host a Sunday Supper at the farm, beginning at 3 p.m. The supper will begin with a cocktail reception and canapes followed by a tour of the farm. A three-course dinner made from ingredients sourced from Blackbird Farm will then be served and paired with wines from Jonathan Edwards Winery. All guests are required to bring their own plate. Tickets are $165 per guest and proceeds go to Refocus Inc. of Rhode Island. For tickets and reservations, contact



Taste test more than 150 world class beers at Beervana Fest at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets include a tasting glass and two-ounce pours of all beers onsite. Food available for purchase from Julians. Ages twenty-one-plus only. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door.



JW Graham and Yes! Gallery in Wickford are hosting the fourth annual Feed the Pantry Fundraiser for the month of August. For your food pantry donations throughout the month, JW Graham and Yes! Gallery will thank you with a coupon for future use at both shops. For a $10 donation, you will receive a 10-percent-off coupon, for a $20 donation, a 20-percent-off coupon, and for a $30 donation, a 30-percent-off coupon. For more information, call JW Graham at 401-295-0757, Yes! Gallery at 401-295-5525 or visit either store.


Hotel Viking in Newport is offering Beer and Bacon every Thursday in August from 4 to 8 p.m. Each week there is a different craft beer at $7 a bottle served alongside a basket of crispy bacon. Upcoming beers include Grey Sail's Hazy Day Belgian Wit, Foolproof Backyard IPA, Lagunitas Maximus, Six Point Resin Double IPA, Left Hand Good Ju Ju Summer, Bad Martha Summer Ale and more. Check here for more information and for the latest featured craft beer.


Enjoy live jazz at Greenvale Vineyards in Newport every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. alongside wine tastings. Entry is $3 and wine tasting is $12. For more information and for the lineup, visit


Iron Works Tavern presents its Summer Days Sparkle, a lunch deal for those who are time-crunched at midday. Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. enjoy a selection of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and flatbreads prepared fresh and served promptly. From 3 to 6 p.m. daily, there will also be a selection of eight half-price appetizers including wings, calamari, lamb lollipops, sesame crusted tuna and three half-price flatbread pizzas. Raw bar fans can also enjoy a Six for Six Before Six deal of half-a-dozen fresh oysters or clams from 11:30 a.m. to 5:59 p.m. daily. For more information, visit


Food Truck Fridays are happening at Roger Williams Park Carousel Village in Providence. Every Friday in August from 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy culinary delights from local food trucks, live music, carousel rides and drafts on tap at the beer tent. For a list of food trucks at the Carousel Village each week, click here.



Newport's Brick Alley Pub opened Plumby’s upstairs burger bar this week. Named after the grandfather (who was also the first Brick Alley Pub employee more than thirty years ago), Plumby’s serves build-your-own burgers, house fries, crispy chicken sandwiches and more.


Vanity in Providence will relaunch as Milk Money sometime in September after renovations. Expect farm-to-table food and adult and non-alcoholic milkshakes.


Foolproof Brewing Company and Nuts 'N More are collaborating on the Peanut Butter Raincloud Porter, to be released by the end of September in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire.


Italian farm-to-table-style Tate’s Restaurant opened in Wickford.


Shayna’s Place, a restaurant with a large selection of sandwiches, sweets, a juice bar and more, has opened in Wickford.


Katie and Brian O’Donnell opened their new restaurant, Bywater, in the former Cheese Plate location in Warren.


Paula Silva launched the Newport food tour company, Rhode Island Red Food Tours.


Brutopia in Cranston is now open for lunch seven days a week, and for Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  


Fish'n Tales Adventures has launched lobster boat tours as well as fishing trips departing from Bowen's Wharf in Newport next to Aquidneck Lobster Company. Learn more.


Social Enterprise Greenhouse launched its Food Accelerator program. Thanks to the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, SEG is now able to offer food industry-specific business acumen training, coursework and mentorship.  



Rue De L’Espoir in Providence closed on August 9. Owner Deb Norman is ready for retirement after thirty-nine years in business.


Johnny's Atlantic Beach Club in Newport will close for good after this summer and, after extensive renovations, reopen as Newport Beach House, a private wedding venue in 2016.



Warwick Ice Cream is now selling Autocrat Coffee Milk ice cream at Dave’s Marketplace locations and, according to an article in the Warwick Beacon, its green tea ice cream has gained popularity in China. 


The Savory Grape’s wine buyer, Samantha Disenga, was selected to attend the esteemed Oregon Pinot Camp hosted by the wineries in the Willamette Valley.


Ryan Poutre is the new head chef at Julians, and Derek Wood is the new sous chef. There's also a new dinner menu.


Narragansett Creamery was awarded a first place award for its Crescendo Stracchino di Crescenza cheese and second place for its yogurt at the American Cheese Society’s 2015 Judging and Competition on August 7.


Red Stripe announces Jeremy Ewing-Chow (pictured right) as executive chef of Red Stripe restaurants in both Providence and East Greenwich.


Westerly chef Jeanie Roland of Ella’s Fine Food and Drink took on celebrity chef Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay” and won the challenge.


Brickley's Ice Cream of Narragansett and Wakefield has been named one of the best ice cream parlors in the country via TripAdvisor.


Providence was named the country's best small city by Architectural Digest because of its amazing architecture, great food and wall-to-wall culture.


Al Forno and Providence Coal Fired Pizza made the Daily Meal’s list of “101 Best Pizzas in America 2015."

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