Diner’s Update

The latest Rhode Island food, drink, restaurant and dining news and events.

By Nicole Boucher, Jamie Coelho and April Federico

JULY AND AUGUST 2018

 

Rhode Island Monthly‘s Best of RI online auction is now taking bids through July 13. Place your bid on more than forty one-of-a-kind Rhody packages and experiences, including many restaurant gift cards and other food events! Proceeds benefit Learn It to Earn It: an educational program providing urban Rhode Island students with access to Broadway shows. Don’t forget to join us on July 26, 2018 for the Best of Rhode Island Party! Get your ticket here.

 

7/8-7/21

Find out why Providence is one of the nation’s hottest culinary destinations during Providence Restaurant Weeks with special three-course menus at nearly 100 restaurants. Enjoy three-course lunches at $16.95 and three-course dinners at $29.95 or $34.95, as well as two-for-one specials. Check out the full lineup here, and more menus will be released over the next few weeks.

7/15

Eat Drink RI is sponsoring the first annual Live Jazz Brunch featuring the New Providence Big Band, on Sunday, July 15 from 12:30–2:30 p.m., as part of the East Providence HeritageFest at Pierce Memorial Field in East Providence. The festival takes place the weekend of July 13-15. For the brunch, six local food businesses will be on hand with food and drink for purchase, including Borealis Coffee Roasters, The Burgundian: Coffee and Waffles, Gastros, GottaQ Smokehouse BBQ, Incred-A-Bowl and SoulFull. Mimosas will also be served. The concert is free and open to the public. Food and drink from these vendors is available for purchase during the show. More details can be found at epheritagedays.com.

7/15

The staff from Chez Pascal in Providence is heading to Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton for a special clambake that will use the farm’s vegetables, local seafood and sausages from Chez pascal. The dinner will take place from 6-9 p.m., and tickets are $100 per person. All dinners are served family-style and there are no reserved seats…BYOB and BYOP (Bring your own plate)!

7/15

Head to Weatherlow Farms’ in Westport, Massachusetts, for the inaugural year of Field-to-Barn Dinners from 4:30-7 p.m. Join fellow food-lovers in the barn for a uniquely curated, hyper-seasonal culinary experience. Dishes will be crafted by Culinary Director Beau Vestal, featuring Weatherlow’s farm-raised proteins and florals alongside local produce for a delicious summer evening meal. Drinks are included with the meal. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available if requested ahead of time. Please indicate dietary requirements at checkout. Tickets are $150 per person.

7/18

Join Adoption Rhode Island for the annual Summer Camp/Childhood Experience Fundraiser held at Finn’s Harborside in East Greenwich from 6–9 p.m. Help a child in foster care create important childhood memories through summer camp and other childhood experiences that they shouldn’t have to miss out on. This outdoor event will feature dinner, live music by the Juke Box Heroes, dancing and silent auction items. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here or by calling 401-270-1301.

7/22 and 7/23

Get tickets to Sugar Rush, a five-course dessert tasting featuring some of the area’s best pastry chefs. For two nights, dessert creations from talented pastry chefs will be paired with cocktails, wines and beer at Rail Stop in Brighton, Massachusetts, starting at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Boston’s own nonprofit, Bakes for Breast Cancer. Conceived several years ago by Jaime Davis Schick, an instructor at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, Sugar Rush began as an evening for pastry chefs to come together and celebrate each other. Melissa Denmark from Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery will be on hand for the event. Tickets are $60 per person for the desserts, and an additional $25 for the beverage pairings. Ticket prices do not include gratuity. Guests must be twenty-one and older to attend.

7/22

Chef Andy Teixeira from Brix at Newport Vineyards will be serving a dinner at Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton! The dinner takes place from 6-9 p.m. and tickets are $100 per person. All dinners are served family-style and there are no reserved seats…BYOB and BYOP (Bring your own plate)!

7/24

Castle Hill Inn’s clambake pit is nestled on the far edge of the inn’s picturesque bluffs and is the weekly centerpiece to a dining experience rich with natural flavors and homegrown fun. Guests can observe the cooking process led by executive chef Lou Rossi, sip artisan cocktails in Adirondack chairs, or play bocce and croquet against the backdrop of Newport Harbor until it’s time to gather for a uniquely local and expertly prepared seafood feast filled with lobster and clams and more.

7/25

Join chef Jeanie Roland from Ella’s Food and Drink in Westerly and the Perfect Caper alongside chef Kevin Tien, owner of Himitsu in Washington D.C., for a six-course meal at Ella’s. Each chef will prepare three courses, and there will also be cocktail and wine pairings. The menu includes mackerel, lobster panna cotta and more! Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the cost is $100 for the six-course meal and $150 per person with the cocktail and wine pairing. Call 401-315-0606 to reserve your space.

7/26

Join Rhode Island Monthly for our twenty-fifth annual Best of Rhode Island party. Your ticket include unlimited beer and wine, two martinis, food from local vendors, including the Malted Barley, PawSox hot dogs, Matunuck oysters, Providence Coal-Fired Pizza, Rosalina, Kleos, Warwick Ice Cream, Cozy Caterers and so much more. Tickets are $65 through June 30th. Tickets are $75 from July 1st through July 26th or until the event sells out. Ticket prices include a $5 charity fee. Guests will also enjoy our seventh annual Party on the Square from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with food and drink samples from food trucks including Open Season, Citizen Wing, Championship Melt and Del’s Lemonade. Buy tickets here.

7/26

Give back, eat lunch and network with Big Brothers Big Sisters at the 2018 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz Scholarship Fund Luncheon. Celebrate recent graduates and congratulate them on graduating and receiving the Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz scholarships to supplement their education or trade. You will be sure to leave this event feeling inspired. The event is located at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick and takes place from noon–1:30 p.m. For directions and to purchase tickets, click here.

7/26

Get your tickets to Weatherlow Farms‘ Fried Chicken Supper on Thursday July 26 from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, including a plate of food and two alcoholic drinks. Or you can purchase tickets without alcohol for $20 per person. Children ages six to twelve are $15 each.

7/28

Join Newport Craft Brewing every Saturday at 11 a.m. in June, July and August at the brewery for the Sip and Sweat Summer Workout Series. Try out a new workout that is sure to sculpt your body (while also having a drink or two afterward) with Studio Barre’s Barre and Beers! Open to all fitness levels, barre exercises will also incorporate the ballet barre, your own body weight, resistance bands, exercise balls and light hand weights. Barre(tenders) are available to push you towards your best performance during the sixty-minute workout. Tickets are $15 and the event starts at 11 a.m. To purchase tickets, click here.

7/29

Join the James D. Rielly Foundation for a Christmas in July Brunch Fundraiser and Toy Drive from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Skyline at Waterplace in Providence. This event is presented by Skyline at Waterplace and helps the James D. Rielly Foundation’s mission to support the children and families of military personnel and first responders hindered by economic status, physical or mental challenges. The event includes a brunch buffet, free valet parking and free photos with Santa Claus. Tickets are $30 per person. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy. Toys collected will be distributed to local families in need through the James D. Rielly Foundation.

8/3-8/5

The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce is hosting the thirty-fourth annual Charlestown Seafood Festival. Come enjoy Rhode Island’s best seafood, including lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish and chips, lobster rolls, clam cakes, corn on the cob and a raw bar. No pets are allowed, but you may certainly bring your kids to ride the amusement rides. Click here for tickets, hours, parking prices and more information.

8/5

north is back for another dinner at Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton with chef Andrew McQuesten! James Mark just opened up his new restaurant, Big King, on the West Side as well as recently expanding north to the Dean Hotel in downtown Providence. This is the first of two dinners with the north/big king crew this year! The dinner takes place from 6-9 p.m. and tickets are $100 per person. All dinners are served family-style and there are no reserved seats…BYOB and BYOP (Bring your own plate)!

8/10

Celebrate the height of summer with Dinner by Dames (featuring woman chefs of Rhode Island) for a summer feast, starting at 4 p.m. at Blackbird Farm in Smithfield. The menu will include include harvested produce from Moonrose Farm and pulled pork and beef from Blackbird Farm. Chow down on some local RI seafood, as well. Wine is provided by Jonathan Edwards Winery alongside beers from Revival Brewing Company. The “dames” include chefs Melissa Denmark, Jordan Goldsmith, Rebecca Lentrichia, Maria Meza, Ashley Vanasse and Jessica Wood. The dinner includes a tour of the farm, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a multi-course feast. Tickets are $165 each and can be purchased here. The event does sell out, so get your tickets while you can!

8/14

Local farmers, fishers, chefs and mixologists will be brought together on the beautiful lawn of Castle Hill Inn in Newport to create the freshest, most unique dishes possible for the annual Local Food Fest on August 14. The evening-long festival will also feature a silent auction and a raffle to benefit Farm Fresh Rhode Island. Tickets can be bought online and doors open at 5 p.m.

8/15

This popular summer Blackstone Explorer tour is coming to Pawtucket once again with a dinner featuring Mickey G’s Clamcakes and Chowder on Festival Pier from 6-8 p.m. Following the dinner, guests will take a very special cruise on the Explorer with special guest authors of Rhode Island Clam Shacks, Christopher Scott Martin and David Norton Stone as they discuss their book and research on Rhode Islans’s clam shacks. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, click here.

8/19

Chef Derek Wagner and staff from Nicks on Broadway in Providence are heading to Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton for a special dinner. The dinner will take place from 6-9 p.m., and tickets are $100 per person. All dinners are served family-style and there are no reserved seats…BYOB and BYOP (Bring your own plate)!

8/21

The award winning team from birch and Oberlin are back at Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton! Bring your swimsuit for a late-night swim before the drive home. The dinner will take place from 6-9 p.m., and tickets are $100 per person. All dinners are served family-style and there are no reserved seats…BYOB and BYOP (Bring your own plate)!

8/26

Gracie’s is bringing back Sucrée: Under the Full Moon, their newest dessert-focused dining series to take place at Blackbird Farm in Smithfield. This event will feature three renowned pastry chefs: Michelle Chen of Patisserie Chanson in New York City, Brian Mercury of Boston’s Oak and Rowan, and Rhode Island’s own Melissa Denmark of Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery. Throughout the course of the evening, each chef will present her or his own signature dessert course, along with savory hors d’oeuvres enjoyed at the cocktail hour preceding seated dessert tastings. Cocktails will also be served. The event is from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased here or call 401-272-7811 to reserve your seat.

8/26

James Mark from north and Big King and Danny Newberg from Joint Venture are teaming up for a dinner at Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton. The dinner takes place from 6-9 p.m. and tickets are $100 per person. All dinners are served family-style and there are no reserved seats…BYOB and BYOP (Bring your own plate)!

8/29

Join the PawSox for a night at the ballpark and help raise funds for Hope and Main. The game will take place at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Hope and Main will receive $5 of each ticket specifically purchased through this link. Tickets can be purchased here using the following login information: user ID is “HopeAndMain2018” and the password is “pawsox.”

9/9

The staff from Chez Pascal in Providence is heading to Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton for a special dinner at the peak of harvest season. The dinner will take place from 6-9 p.m., and tickets are $100 per person. All dinners are served family-style and there are no reserved seats…BYOB and BYOP (Bring your own plate)!

9/20–9/23

Newport’s most anticipated festival, the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, returns for its thirteenth year at the Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House. The two-day tasting will take place at the Marble House lawn Sat. Sept. 22–23. This event features fashion designer and cookbook author, Zac Posen, as he is signing his book, Cooking with Zac after his cooking demonstration on the Monogram Culinary Stage on Sat., Sept. 22. Ticket prices vary upon events and can be purchased here, or call 401-847-1000.

9/22

Join the Blackstone River Explorer Tour and Blackstone Culinaria for their Bugg’d Out BBQ and Explorer River Tour. This will be a (literal) picnic at Cold Spring Park in Woonsocket featuring tasty barbecue chicken, pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread. Following this delicious meal, guests will hop aboard the Explorer for a narrative cruise of the Northern RI section of the Blackstone River. Tickets are $25 and the event is 4-6 p.m. To book your reservation, click here.

10/28

Child and Family RI is hosting the thirty-fifth annual, philanthropic event, Taste of Newport at the Atlantic Resort. Citizen’s Bank is sponsoring this event. The event is from 5-8 p.m. Check the website and Facebook page for more details as the event gets closer.

 

ONGOING EVENTS

The Armory Farmers Market happens every Thursday from 3:30-7 p.m. in the Dexter Training Grounds on the West Side of Providence.

Food Truck Friday is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village for the fourth season, brought to you PVD Food Truck Events and sponsors. Starting at 5 p.m. on every Friday through Sept. 28, Rhode Island’s best food trucks will serve all kinds of eats from tacos and burgers to other treats, alongside local beer from Trinity Brewhouse, wines from Gooseneck Vineyards and live music. See the full list of food trucks attending each week at foodtrucksin.com/carousel. There are also many activities for the kids, including carousel rides for $2; jump in the bounce house for $3; take a ride on the Carousel Train for $3; or ride a camel for $6. Hasbro’s Boundless Playground is also on site for more free fun. Picnic and high top tables are available on a limited basis so bring a chair or blanket, and sit on the lawn. Food Trucks accept cash, credit and debit.

The Blackbird Farm farmers market is back in Smithfield, as well as the debut of the Moo Moo Ice Cream Trailer! The ice cream comes from Winsor SB Dairy in Johnston, Rhode Island. Winsor SB Dairy retrieves its milk from Rhody Fresh. You can also sip a Moo Moo Ice Cream float, made with Yacht Club Soda. The farmers market will be open Fridays from 4–7 p.m. through Oct. 19 and Sundays from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. through Oct. 21. Click here to see all of the vendors at the farmers market and check the Blackbird Farm Facebook page for any possible weather cancellations. The ice cream trailer is open seven days a week from noon to 9 p.m.

The Schoolyard Market at Hope and Main is happening every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through Oct. 28. Stop by for breakfast and lunch and bring home supplies for dinner. While you’re there, check out the newest and freshest foods from New England-based farms, bakers and food trucks such as Mesa Fresca, Rhode Island Shellfish and so much more! There’s even a vendor for your pups: Buppy Pets. You can also learn about business launches, product development and even get a glimpse of new products. Get gardening advice, watch cooking demonstrations and learn about wellness and nutrition. Schoolyard Market is also kid-friendly, as there are plenty of games, crafts and educational activities to partake in. There is live music, every Sunday, as well.

Begin your weekends on Wednesdays at CAV in Providence with live music featuring Alexus Lee with half-price wine bottles and the new Bistro Menu. Thursdays also host live jazz featuring the Classic Jazz Trio.

The Spirito’s Lobster Boil is back all day, every day at the Providence restaurant with a one-and-a-fourth-pound lobster, one-pound of steamers and corn on the cob for $24.95.

Sin on the West Side of Providence is offering a build-your-own gin and tonic menu that lets you choose your gin, tonic and any additions. Spike it up with anything from blackberry liqueur and Aperol to pamplemousse and rhubarb grapefruit liqueur, and add fresh basil, berries and thyme.

Chez Pascal in Providence is starting a new Cookbook Culinary Series. Chef Matt Gennuso has more than 400 cookbooks that he has amassed over the years. He will be highlighting a favorite cookbook from his collection each month, and every Tuesday through Thursday, the restaurant will offer a special three-course menu inspired by the recipes of selected books for $38 per person (not including tax, gratuity or beverages) in addition to the regular menu. The courses will have the option to be paired with a thoughtfully selected cocktail, wine or beer. The cookbook will change each month.

The East End in Providence recently started lunch service from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The menu includes warm sandwiches like Cubans, a cheesesteak, seasonal soups and salads and plates like crab cakes and steak frites. Feel free to go ahead and have a martini lunch as the entire bar remains open for lunch, too.

Join Jamestown Fish in Jamestown for Vintage Thursdays: a casual and affordable exploration of wine and food where the only agenda is enjoyment and education. Guests are invited to not only sample the provided offerings of the night, but to also bring their own bottles that fit the occasion to enjoy and share with others (if they wish). There is no set time to arrive. Enjoy a two-course dinner, paired perfectly with these wine samplings for just $25.

Join special guest sommeliers and wine experts at Massimo Italian restaurant on Federal Hill in Providence to enjoy a sophisticated evening of wine tastings on the first Thursday of every month, from 6–8 p.m. While admission is only $25, reservations are recommended. Call 401-273-0650 or visit the website to guarantee a spot to try the delicious wines, meats, cheeses and hors d’oeuvres, as well as to pick the brains of the seasoned wine connoisseurs. Massimo also has new beverage and menu selections on the brunch menu, which is available every Sunday from 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Choices range from lobster crepes and pork belly with fontina polenta to brioche French toast with strawberries and mascarpone. Don’t miss the Drag Brunch on the first Sunday of each month in the upstairs dining room from noon–2 p.m.

Ella’s in Westerly offers a two-course pre-fixe menu for $25 per person. Choose from appetizers like pate, the dynamite oyster, a mixed greens salad and cavatelli, and entrees like squid arrabiata, pan-seared flounder, shrimp tempura and momma’s chicken. For reservations, call 401-315-0606.

Join Chair 5 at the Break Hotel in Narragansett for specials all week long! Every day from 4–6 p.m., enjoy buck-a-shuck on the rooftop or enjoy appy hour, five appetizers for $5. Wine Wednesdays is available from 6–7 p.m. Enjoy three wines with a common factor (producer, varietal or region) and munch on a small bite to accompany each selected wine. Visit dinechair5.com for additional information.

 

 

OPENINGS AND LAUNCHES

Chef Dan Malecki has returned to Westerly, where he spent his childhood summers, to open his new restaurant, The Shallows Kitchen and Bar, which involved two years of restoring a 1900’s-era carriage house to see his vision come to life. The restaurant is located at 54R High St., and the menu focuses on fresh, locally sourced food that’s a creative twist on American classics. Malecki’s great, great grandmother, Martha (Banny) Rado, ran The Knoll Dining Room at historic 19 High Street in Westerly.

The Savory Grape in East Greenwich has expanded next door with a build out and more enhanced shopping experience at its location. A bigger space means more warm, personal service; more wine, beer and spirits; and of course more fun.

TSK at The Revolving Door is now open next to Bouchard at 509 Thames St. in Newport. Known to locals and longtime patrons simply as TSK, this restaurant has reopened in a new location after a three-year hiatus with a full liquor license and a menu featuring field-to-fork, locally sourced dishes.

Bar and Board will be opening this summer at 282 Thames Street in Newport, the latest venture from Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian. The space will feature a reconstructed interior, open kitchen, two floors for dining and an expansive covered patio, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Simple Greek will have its “grand-opening” on July 10 at Garden City in Cranston. Enjoy $3 gyros from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Garden City location. The Simple Greek hopes to redefine the traditional Greek restaurant with its open kitchen, casual atmosphere and quality ingredients for signature items such as gyros, Greek fries and Greek desserts. The desserts also feature items from the world-famous Hella’s Kitchen like baklava, baklava cheesecake and spanakopita. By the end of 2018, expect to have the Simple Greek be in forty-five other locations, including the already established East Providence location and the new Garden City restaurant.

In early July, Hotel Viking will officially reopen the Top of Newport with a completely refreshed setting and menu. The rooftop bar will feature 360-degree views of Newport, live music, fire pits, large communal tables and fresh seafood dishes from chef Simone Ferrara. On the Fourth of July, to celebrate the revamping and the holiday, guests are invited to enjoy entertainment and specials that include house smoked barbecue ribs and apple crunch and French vanilla gelato.

Feast and Fettle has launched Summer Picnic Baskets, which include ready-to-eat, chef-prepared meals to enjoy on the go, at beaches, parks and cookouts. The meals are sent in insulated Koozie bags designed for travel. Check out the menu, as first delivery date is Friday, June 29.

Red Stripe in East Greenwich is now serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The menu features savory burgers, entrees, salads and sandwiches. Some favorites include the grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup, the everything but the kitchen sink salad, the burger and much more. For more information and to make a reservation, click here or call 401-437-6950.

Yoleni’s is a new Greek restaurant and market on Westminster Street in Providence, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee. Yoleni’s provides take-out and walk-ins are always welcome. Customers can also create personalized gift baskets stocked with Yoleni’s products, including Greek olive oil, honey, nuts, sweets, cosmetics, pasta, grains, herbs, spices and delicacies such as mushrooms, dips and sauces. You can try foods from all areas of Greece at the market, such as the Aegean Islands, Crete, Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, Cyclades, Central Greece and Peloponnese. The website provides the different cities in which each cuisine or food item was made.

Harbor Lights’ al fresco dining venue, Par + Tackle restaurant, has reopened for the season on scenic Warwick Neck. The restaurant is offering a spring menu, serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, and there’s also live entertainment on Thursday and Saturday nights.

Quay restaurant is located right in the heart Waterplace Park in Providence, and it has officially reopened for the season with a small-plates menu. Quay is also available to host private events, and booking information is easily accessible on the website. Quay’s menu includes Greek and Mediterranean tapas. It is good for delivery, outdoor seating, reservations, takeout and walk-ins.

Newport Vineyards and the Nunes family just opened their brand new brewery, Taproot Brewing Company, inside the Middletown winery. After making wine for twenty-three years, Newport Vineyards’ Taproot Brewing Company introduces a state-of-the-art seven-barrel brewhouse on site, located just at the main entrance of Newport Vineyards. Read more here.

Sons of Liberty Beer and Spirits Co. in South Kingstown has made its debut in the ready-to-drink (RTD) category with a canned hard lemonade. Loyal Lemonade, a craft cocktail, is a 9-percent ABV hard lemonade made with real lemons. The new summer drink is now available in over 800 locations throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

PTX Lounge, a new bar from the owner of the Avery, John Richard, and radio host Doug Palmieri, is now open in Pawtuxet Village. Read more about it here.

Johnston welcomes a new restaurant, Strings Bar and Grill, located on 183 George Waterman Rd. The spot features local music Tuesday through Sunday and it also supports local artists.

White Dog Distilling, Rhode Island’s third craft distillery, is now open. The small batch distillery is crafting bourbon, whiskey, rum and gin and has renovated a Pawtucket space previously held by two popular Pawtucket breweries. For more information on tasting room hours and events follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @whitedogdistilling.

Sift Bake Shop of Mystic, Connecticut, opened a second, seasonal location in Watch Hill. The shop is open daily from 8 a.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Quench Juicery is now open in downtown Warren at 436 Main St., blending a variety of juices, smoothies and healthy eats, including acai bowls.

Prica Farina Fresh Pasta Co. has arrived at 2 Market St. in Warren, selling handcrafted fresh pasta and specialty foods. Filled pastas are made daily using seasonal ingredients and other specialties include artisan cheese and salumi.

 

TRANSITIONS AND CLOSINGS

2nd Story Theatre has announced its closing following the final performance of Dancing Lessons on Sunday, July 1. Along with the theater’s unfortunate closing, the restaurant, Union, is also shutting down.

The Town Dock, the country’s chief supplier of calamari, located in Narragansett, has moved from the water to what was formerly known as Galilee Grocery (which closed permanently.) The new location is 2 State St., on the corner of State and Great Island Road, which is where Galilee Grocery was originally located.

XO Café in Providence has closed after twenty-one years. CEO and maestro of Chow Fun Food Group of Providence, which owns many other restaurants in Providence, said in a press release: “After almost 21 years serving our community, XO Cafehas decided to close its doors. We want to thank all of our loyal customers over the years. All gift cards can be redeemed at our other restaurant locations: 10 Prime Steak and Sushi, Xaco Taco, Luxe Bar and Burger and all Harry’s Bar and Burger locations. Stay tuned for a possible transformation of the XO Cafe space.” Read more about the closing here.

The Grille on Main, located on Main Street in East Greenwich, abruptly closed after a dispute with its landlord. Read more about it on East Greenwich News.

Paragon Viva also announced it closed its doors on Facebook on Sunday, May 27, after twenty-three years in business.

The former North restaurant in Luongo Square in Providence has reopened as a new restaurant, Big King, run by the same owner, James Mark. The restaurant focuses on “raw stuff/grilled stuff/fried stuff and it will have “reservations/sake/limited hours,” according to the @foodbynorth Twitter feed. Follow @bigkingpvd for more updates. At the same time, North Bakery permanently closed on Monday, May 28. According to the Instagram page, “Successes, failures, joy and heartache. We’ve watched the neighborhood change before our eyes. Thank you to everyone who gave the weird bakery across from the battery store and auto body shop a shot.”

Pastaio closed its doors for good on Sunday, May 27. Parties with gift cards can call or email for a reservation or refund. A message on the Facebook page reads: “We cannot thank you all, Rhode Island, our customers, or our team, enough to express how much you all truly mean to us. The support you all have shown since day one has exceeded our expectations and we will miss serving you the most….We hope to see you all around soon, and again, we thank you.”

Besos Kitchen and Cocktails, located at 378 Main Street in East Greenwich, has been sold to the Martucci Group. The Martucci Group currently owns Safehouse Modern Neighborhood Eatery, an upscale establishment inspired by the ski culture of Jackson Hole Wyoming; the Trap Brew Pub and Grill, featuring pub fare, a wide beer selection and live entertainment; and Chianti’s Catering; providing Italian-inspired dishes for personal and corporate events. Previously owned by husband and wife Mike and Kristin Della Grotta, Besos has been family run since 2011 and it will continue to be family owned and operated by The Martucci Group.

 

HELP WANTED

Hope’s Harvest RI is now accepting volunteer registrations for the 2018 growing season! The organization mobilizes committed groups and individuals to go out to local farms and rescue surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste, and then distributes it to hunger relief agencies across Rhode Island. Hope’s Harvest RI partners with farmers and food pantries to ensure that our friends and neighbors in need have access to fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables and volunteers get their hands dirty making a tangible, positive difference for their communities. To learn more about Hope’s Harvest RI, visit hopesharvest.org; and register to volunteer here.

 

NOTABLES

Revival Brewing’s Berliner Weisse, Pinky Swear, won the silver medal in the Best Sour Ale and Best Fruit Beer category at the World Beer Championships from Tastings.com. Pinky Swear is a sour made by adding tons of fresh raspberries and blueberries to the tale end of fermentation to create a refreshing and tart drink at only 3.7 percent ABV. Cans of Pinky Swear are available from their Cranston brewery and in limited amounts at package stores throughout Rhode Island. It’s also currently on nitro draft in Revival’s tasting room.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana’s seasonal fresh tomato pie is back starting July 1 through September at all locations, including Warwick. The limited-time-only fresh tomato pie is pure and simple. It starts with Pepe’s famous crust, topped with fresh native tomatoes, mozzarella, a touch of garlic, basil, grated cheese and a kiss of imported olive oil. If you prefer to cook your pizza at home or maybe find the line at the new Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana in Warwick is too long when you’re in a rush, Pepe’s still has you covered – or canned. The pizzeria, known nationwide for its New Haven-style pizza and specially selected tomatoes, is now selling “Genuine Italian Tomatoes” for making your own pizzas at home. One 28 oz. can is $3.50 at any of the pizzeria’s ten locations, and packs of three are available online for $10 (plus shipping).

Eating with the Ecosystem, the University of Rhode Island and Johnson and Wales University College of Culinary Arts have teamed up to produce a new cookbook on sustainable seafood, Simmering the Sea: Diversifying Cookery to Sustain Our Fisheries. The cookbook includes delicious recipes, ecosystem science and whimsical illustrations to bring to life the marine ecosystems off New England’s shores. Find recipes for whelk fritters, scup crudo and redfish esbabeche while learning about the rich diversity of nourishing food that these ecosystems produce: not just the well-known species that take center stage at the seafood counter, but also species that are plentiful in the sea but overlooked by the market. The book was authored by Sarah Schumann, Kate Masury, and Marie-Joëlle Rochet, with recipes by Rizwan Ahmed and illustrations by Léa Tirmant-Desoyen. The cookbook is $20 and is available online through Eating with the Ecosystem and at all of Eating with the Ecosystem’s events. It can also be found at Amazon.com, in local bookstores and seafood markets.

Pasquale’s Pizzeria Napoletana has been recognized as one of top restaurants for authentic Neapolitan pizza by Italy’s most important food and wine magazine, Gambero Rosso. The award was given to Pasquale’s on June 12th in Washington D.C .during the Vinitaly event.

On Thursday, June 7, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Jacques Pépin  Foundation joined together for a special event that raised more than $195,000 to provide culinary job training opportunities for unemployed and underemployed adults. These funds will support initiatives like the Food Bank’s Community Kitchen program, now in its twentieth year. Read more about the Community Kitchen program and the event here.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Gilded Tomato the 2018 Home-based Business of the Year for Massachusetts. Gilded Tomato earned the recognition for its innovations in the food industry with a mobile craft pizza business that has also established itself as a community social enterprise.  Gilded Tomato offers a true farm-to-table catering experience, growing and harvesting seasonal produce, herbs and honey from their farm, based in Massachusetts and traveling with their mobile ovens to locations throughout New England.

 

 

 

 


 

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