The Dish: Diner's Update: July/August 2015
The latest Rhode Island food, dining and restaurant news.
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Providence Restaurant Weeks with more than eighty participating restaurants, including splurge-worthy mainstays New Rivers, the Salted Slate and Mill’s Tavern, and newcomers Edgewood Cheese Shop and Eatery or Garde de la Mer. Restaurants are offering three-course lunches for $14.95 and three-course dinners $29.95 or $34.95. For the full list of restaurants, go to goprovidence.com.
Sign up for the Craft Brew Race, which starts with a five-K at noon at Fort Adams State Park in Newport. The race is followed by a craft beer festival featuring more than thirty-five craft breweries, including twelve from Rhode Island. Food vendors, including Mission, Brick Alley Pub and Pour Judgement, and live music, will also be a part of the day and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the Rhode Island Brewer’s Guild. The finisher's medals double as bottle openers, and beer fest-only tickets are also available.
Hope and Main in Warren is launching its inaugural Schoolyard Market Sun., July 19, which will include a composting lesson from Leo Pollock of the Compost Plant, live music, fresh doughnuts made on the spot by Julians, food samples and more. The market will take place for ten Sundays from 11 a.m.−3 p.m. and will feature interactive activities for adults and children, local farmers, fishermen and Hope and Main artisans. The market will run ten Sundays, July 19 through Sept. 27. (No market Sept. 6, Labor Day weekend.)
Castle Hill Inn presents a seaside barbecue with a variety of culinary delights. The menu includes barbecue chicken with a sweet and sour glaze, St. Louis-style ribs with cider vinegar and mustard glaze, Block Island swordfish with grilled vegetable piperade, bacon and leek potato salad, roasted local corn succotash, Boston baked beans, smoked gouda macaroni and cheese and Kenyon’s corn muffins with cilantro lime butter. For dessert there will be assorted pies and cookies, along with peach sweet tea, coffee and teas. Tickets are $68 per person. For reservations, call 888-466-1355.
InDowncity is hosting Downcity Dog Days at Aurora in Providence every other Tuesday from 5−7 p.m. Join your coworkers for after-work drink specials, barbecue-style fun and free hot dogs all while enjoying al fresco seating, cocktails and cold drafts. There will be ping pong, bean bag toss games and giveaways from Downcity retailers and restaurants. For more information, click here.
Enjoy iconic Rhode Island food and drink at the Best of Rhode Island party at Providence Performing Arts Center starting at 6:30 p.m., when we award the best in local boutiques, beauty rituals, top restaurants and fun things to do in the state. Tickets are $65 each, which includes food from Providence Coal Fired Pizza, Bonefish Grill, White Horse Tavern, Cozy Caterers, Dave's Coffee, Sin Bakery and the PawSox hot dog vendors, plus unlimited wine and Narragansett Beer and two Svedka cocktails. There will also be a fourth annual complimentary party on the square at 5:30 p.m. with Del's Lemonade, Fancheezical and Citizen Wing food trucks. Buy tickets.
The Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington is hosting a “For Women Only” night out, including wine, food and shopping from 6−9 p.m. The evening is sponsored by East Bay Newspapers and supported by Sage Cellars and Horizon Beverage Company with a special wine seminar by Grapes and Grains. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Katie Brown Educational Program. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. A $5 discount is available when you use promo code 4WRICC. Purchase tickets here.
The American Cheese Society is hosting an educational conference and world-renowned cheese competition at Rhode Island Convention Center. More than 1,000 professionals, purchasers and influencers from throughout the United States, Canada and Europe will attend to network, sample products and learn from industry experts. The conference culminates at the Festival of Cheese (Aug. 1 from 7−9:30 p.m. for $60 per person), where competition cheeses are available for sampling alongside craft beer, wine, cider and specialty foods.
Stock Culinary Goods, Seven Stars Bakery, Narragansett Creamery and Farm Fresh RI present a book signing event with Louella Hill. She will sign copies of her book Kitchen Creamery from 4−6 p.m. at Seven Stars Bakery on Hope Street. Hill is an acclaimed cheesemaker, an alumna of Brown University and co-founder of Narragansett Creamery. In addition to the book signing, there will be a pop-up cheese shop selling kitchen wares and copies of Kitchen Creamery. For more information, call 401-316-0899.
Join Julians and Allagash Brewing at the Steel Yard for a Where the Wild Things Are Beer Dinner from 6:30−9:30 p.m. Enjoy a six-course meal paired with Wild Ales from Allagash Brewing. Tickets are $127.59 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
Farm Fresh Rhode Island presents the 2015 Local Food Fest from 5−8 p.m. Local farms and purveyors will pair up with chefs to offer a taste of what you can expect at Rhode Island’s farm-to-table restaurants. There will be a silent auction with prizes from a variety of local businesses. Tickets are $100 and include drink sampling and food. Enjoy an exclusive preview with chefs and farmers from 4–5 p.m., including Champagne, special hors d’oeuvres and a raw bar. Tickets including the exclusive preview are $150. Tickets including roundtrip transportation from Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket to Castle Hill are $125. Purchase tickets here.
Newport Storm Brewery’s seventeenth annual luau to benefit Fort Adams Trust will take place from 3:30−9 p.m. There will be live music brought to you by 95.5 WBRU, hula dancing and a variety of Newport Storm brews and Mai Tais made with Thomas Tew rum. This is a strictly twenty-one and older event. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
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 Farm, Walrus and Carpenter Oysters, Jonathan 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 non-profit organization that supports families with children suffering from cancer.
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 luxeburgerbar.com.
Castle Hill Inn promoted Lou Rossi to executive chef.
The Revolving Door in Newport welcomes Connecticut chefs Warren Hardman and Bryan Dueysen into the kitchen for the month of July. For reservations, call 401-846-0400.
Providence City Sips presents summer-long, city-wide weekly drink specials. Every Wednesday, enjoy $5 spirits, $4 wine and $3 beer at various participating locations including New Harvest Coffee and Spirits and Rogue Island.
Local 121 in Providence hosts “The Sweet Spot,” a weekly live music piano series in the Taproom on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, beginning at 9 p.m.
Newport Storm released Sourpuss, its second sour brew. Sourpuss is made with North American wheat malt, North American pale malt and just a dash of bittering Warrior hops, plus 450 pounds of Oregon dark cherries.
Christina Scotti has launched Lola’s Blue Farm, the first gluten-free seafood truck in Rhode Island serving classic seafood dishes with a healthy twist.
Rhode Island’s first Sonic will break ground at 393 Putnam Pike in Smithfield on July 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Track 84 Bar and Grill in Warwick has closed.
After thirty-nine years in business under owner Deborah Norman, Rue de L’Espoir in Providence will close Aug. 9. The restaurant has been sold to new owners and will reopen with a new concept. Read more about the closing.