Jamie Coelho

Rhode Island Monthly Wins Fifteen RIPA Awards

Last week, the Rhode Island Press Association celebrated local journalism.

Last week, the Rhode Island Press Association celebrated local journalism with an awards banquet at the O Club in Quonset. Rhode Island newspapers and magazines earned various awards for writing, photography and design, including the Providence Journal, Providence Monthly, The Warwick Beacon, The Woonsocket Call, Providence Business News, The Pawtucket Times, The Jewish Voice and Herald, SO Rhode Island, Newport…

Matt and Kate Jennings’s Farmstead to Close

Matt Jennings, and his wife Kate, announce they will be closing Farmstead restaurant on June 1, to focus on opening a new restaurant in Boston in late 2014.

After earning his third finalist nomination for a James Beard Foundation Award, Matt Jennings, and his wife Kate, announce they will be closing Farmstead restaurant on June 1, to focus on opening a new restaurant called Townsman in Boston in late 2014. The restaurant space will be sold to another known Rhode Island chef, but not the name or entity,…

Debbie Sterling

The Lincoln native inspires girls with GoldieBlox, a construction toy she created just for them.

What toys and games did you play with growing up? I played with traditional girl toys like stuffed animals and dolls, but I also loved using my imagination and incorporating everyday household items into play. When we would go out to eat (my mom really loved Gregg’s) I would gather sugar packets and build towers at the table. Dress-up and…

10 Things to Know About the Book of Mormon

How can a musical with such serious themes actually be a comedy? Plus, how to score tickets.

The Book of Mormon is quite possibly the most popular, inappropriate and hilarious musical comedy to come to Providence in recent years. The play follows two upbeat missionaries who are sent to Uganda  – a place stricken with poverty, AIDS, war and famine  – to spread the word with the Book of Mormon. But how can a musical with such…

Hot Potato

Mr. Potato Head is no couch potato. He’s been one busy tater since he was born on May 1, 1952.

1. The first Mr. Potato Head toy sold for $0.98 but it did not include a body. Kids poked real potatoes with the kit’s included push-pin hands, feet, ears, mouths, eyes, noses, hats, eyeglasses, smoking pipe and facial hair. 2. It was the first toy to be advertised on television
in 1952. 3. Mr. Potato Head wasn’t single for long. On…

Dining Out with Baby

How and where to do it gracefully.

Dining out with a baby. I do it all the time. Sometimes you need a meal on the go (please no fast food), and it can be a real challenge getting a babysitter at a moment’s notice. And because if I didn’t dine out, I’d lose a part of me that makes me who I am. I also think bringing…

The Dish: Eat Drink RI Festival

Sample food from multiple chefs, restaurants and food trucks, as well as wine, beer and cocktails from local wineries, breweries and bartenders all in one weekend.

If you've always wanted to explore the Providence and Rhode Island restaurant and bar scene, but don't always get the chance to go back and forth (from wherever you live) to dine out, then the Eat Drink RI Festival is the event for you. It will allow you to sample food from dozens of chefs, restaurants and food trucks, as well as wine, beer and…

Bartenders Face Off at Iron Tender Challenge

Local bartenders will compete on Monday nights for three more weeks before the May 19 finals.

This past Monday, I judged the Iron Tender 2014 Bar Wars Challenge at the Lighthouse Bar at Twin River Casino. The five-week bartending competition selects first-place finishers each week to advance to the finals on May 19. Anyone can attend each Monday preliminary session (April 21, April 28 and May 5 at 7 p.m. and the finals on May 19…

Providence Public Library Transforms into Wonderland

Putting on a great party requires a vision, and Kristen Minsky of Chifferobe fame has quite the imagination.

Over the past few months, Kristen Minsky of Chifferobe fame has been working on ideas for transforming the Providence Public Library into Wonderland for this past weekend’s annual spring gala. This is the first time Minsky served as art director for an event, and she used the library’s literary special collections as her inspiration. She worked with PPL’s new director Jack…

The Dish: Star Chefs Coastal New England Rising Stars

Massive chefs' event highlights coastal New England talent, including Rhode Island favorites.

Providence is hosting the Star Chefs 2014 Coastal New England Rising Stars Gala at the Providence Biltmore on April 15 from 5:45–9:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by starchefs.com, will honor up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals across New England. The awards ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m., and the dish tasting begins at 7 p.m. The walk-around tasting gala will give attendees…