Diner’s Update

The Making of the Zeppoles at LaSalle Bakery

Learn how the famous Italian zeppoles are made in this behind-the-scenes video.

We're all familiar with the catchphrase, "Time to make the donuts!" but at one traditional Providence bakery, it's time to make the zeppoles.      Once February 1 rolls around, LaSalle Bakery owner Michael Manni and his family and staff members get ready to mix, form and bake the quintessential Italian, but very Rhode Island, pastry.     Manni says…

Beer Feasts: Brews and Food Pairings

We all know wine pairs fabulously with food, but the growing trend is to couple courses with craft brews.

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar Sam Adams Brewery will host two four-course dinners at The Mooring on Tues., Feb. 21 and Wed., Feb. 22 as part of the Newport Winter Festival. Each course will be paired with a different brew. The evening will begin with hors d'oeuvres, including Sam Adams battered pickled chicken, cornmeal fried oysters and little Cuban…

The Sweetest Indulgence

It’s not every day someone indulges your sweet tooth for (nearly) nothing.

Although I love the idea of sweet treats, I tend to avoid places like Sweet Indulgence, located at 905 Warwick Ave. Just the thought of a six-pack of gourmet cupcakes frightens both me and my waistline. But last week, I learned via Facebook that the Warwick Avenue sweet spot was offering a free half-dozen of cupcakes every Saturday in October…

Taters for Charity

The Trudeau Center’s baked potato carts employ workers with disabilities in Rhode island.

Rhode Island is home to Mr. Potato Head, and now it boasts its own baked potato cart, too. Managed by the Trudeau Center in Warwick, Providence Potato Company serves up creative riffs on the baked potato using local produce and ingredients when possible, while providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities. Gayle Reid, program coordinator for the Worksite Partners Program…

No More Dining in the Dark

An update on the Rhode Island restaurant scene after the massive power outage that Hurricane Irene left in her wake.

The storm may be over, but many of us will still be powerless for days. It’s estimated that about 130,000 Rhode Island and 250,000 Massachusetts homes and businesses have been left in the dark. With no power for cooking, what is everyone doing for dinner? Rather than spend another night manning the grill with a flashlight, getting creative with your…

There's a Place for You at the Table

What to expect from the first ever Providence Food and Wine Festival

We’ve been on hiatus from blogging for the summer, but we’re back and we’re hungry. What better time than now to talk about the inaugural Providence Food and Wine Festival, which takes place August 25-27.  We got the lowdown from blogger, photographer and overall food and wine fanatic David Dadekian, one of the organizers of the event.Why should people from…

The Frozen Yogurt Takeover

I might want to partake in a triathlon or drop the sophomore fifteen I gained, but in no way shape or form will I cave to the frozen yogurt trend. With Juniper Frozen Yogurt and Froyoworld located right in Providence and the first Pinkberry in Rhode Island opening in July (the June issue of The Dish has more on that,…

Burrito Affair

Things get steamy at a seaside shack

I had an affair this weekend…with a burrito. It wasn’t your typical Mexican restaurant, classic burrito, but one found at a seaside burger shack/beach bar. I never try adventurous food when I eat out, but tired of ordering grilled chicken or turkey burgers, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I realized I’d never really eaten a burrito…

Summer Steals

Everybody eats out more in the summer. So to offset our insatiable out-to-dinner, out-for-drinks habit, we went in search of some of the state’s best dining deals. The five below were published in the June edition of The Dish, but we’re hungry for more. If you know of any, clue us in in the comments section. And if you don’t…

Summer Tastes

After years of dating, my boyfriend and I have mastered the art of going out to eat. One thing I love about summer is trying new restaurants. Sure, the usual favorites are always great, but I can never pass up the chance to eat somewhere special to the season.Two years ago we discovered East Side Pocket. We spotted their traveling…