Diner’s Update

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

By Nicole Boucher, Jamie Coelho and April Federico

AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2018

8/8

Red Stripe restaurant, located at 465 Angell St. in Providence, is partnering with Foolproof Brewing Company to host a special five-course dinner on Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person, including of tax and gratuity. The meal includes New England charcuterie served with Foolproof’s Ocean State Lager; a shared appetizer of weisswurst paired with Foolproof’s Farmhouse Saison; a Savage Blonde Oyster with passion fruit pearls served alongside Foolproof’s tangy, kettle sour ale, Vango; black cod with potato puree, salsify and shiitake mushroom relish paired with Foolproof’s smooth and light Grotto IPA; pork ribs with Thai chili-pineapple confit accompanied by Foolproof’s double IPA, The Depths; and chocolate ganache with sesame ice cream and a cherry-cardamon gastrique served with Foolproof’s Augtoberfest Brew. For more information or to make reservations, call 401-437-6950 or visit redstriperestaurants.com.

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!

8/11

The Trillium x Chomp Beer Fest is back for another year at Chomp Kitchen and Drinks in Warren. Chow down on delicious beer-centric burgers, barbecue from Boru BBQ and Gastros’ hot dogs while drinking Trillium’s craft beers and dancing to live music. You can choose which session you’d like to attend: noon–3 p.m. or 5–8 p.m. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased here. Tickets include one Trillium beer ticket, a food voucher and a second-annual Trillium x Chomp sixteen-ounce tulip glass. Come prepared with an ID along with your ticket, as this is a twenty-one-and-older event.

8/11

Come out for Foolproof’s annual Augtoberfest on August 11 from 3-7 p.m. at the Pawtucket brewery! This event is hosted in partnership with the Pawtucket Foundation and features live music from Take It To The Bridge, food from Citizen Wing and The Burgundian: Coffee and Waffles, plus an inflatable slip and slide, games, competitions, and of course…beer! Foolproof will have the entire current beer lineup available on tap, plus a special cask. This is a twenty-one-plus event. Sorry, no children younger than twenty-one years old or pets allowed. Augtoberfest happens rain or shine! Tickets are $45 for a King/Queen ticket, which includes admittance, three beer tickets, a branded glass, $5 food voucher, $10 take-home beer voucher ($55 total value) only available online; the Prince/Princess ticket include three beer tickets and a beer glass; the Jester ticket is $25 and include two beer tickets; and the designated driver tickets are $15.

8/11 and 8/12

Join Rebelle Artisan Bagels in Providence for their celebration of their first full year in business. Come for the free “birthday” cupcakes and bubbly, which is non-alcoholic sparkling cider. This event lasts for two days. This week you can also save 25 percent on Rebelle swag, like t-shirts and totes.

8/12

Imagine a childhood that consists in moving around from place to place; school to school, leaving often times with their limited belongings in nothing more than a trash bag?  Providing a bag for these children in the foster care system might help make transitions a little bit easier. The Office of the Child Advocate in partnership with Adoption Rhode Island and Attorney Lise Iwon are hosting the third annual Duffle Bag Bash from noon to 3 p.m. at the Matunuck Community Center. Local vendors at the event include Matunuck Oyster Bar, Mews Tavern, Adair Catering, Frank’s Rentals, Cardi’s and more. There is no cost for admission, but the event requires each adult to bring a brand new rolling duffle bag or suitcase and/or a $25 Visa, Target or Kohls gift certificate. For children, admission is one brand new backpack. The event will include food, drinks, grab bags, games and activities for kids and adults, music, therapeutic animals, and much more! For more information or to RSVP, call Adoption RI at 401-270-1301 or register here.

8/12

COCHON555 Heritage Fire Newport is coming to Gurney’s Newport. The VIP hour starts at 3 p.m., and general admission at 4 p.m., with the event concluding at 7 p.m. More than 3,500 pounds of seafood, dry-aged beef, pork, heritage birds and heirloom vegetables will be prepared by twenty-five chefs. Inspired by global grilling traditions, chefs build their own fires and roast everything from whole lamb, pigs and ducks, dry-aged beef to foie gras, sturgeon, clams and heirloom vegetables in a beautiful waterfront setting. In addition, you may enjoy an array of artisan cheeses and charcuterie paired with free-flowing wines, craft brews and hand-crafted cocktails in support of heritage breed farming. Tickets are $200 for VIP and $150 for general admission, and they and can be purchased here.

8/12

Join Hope and Main in Warren for the Schoolyard Twilight Party beginning 5 p.m. on August 12. Celebrate with small bites, a raw bar, specialty cocktails, beer and wine, plus live, local music and performers and even games and raffles. Tickets are $35 for adults in advance and $45 day-of. This cost includes a complimentary drink for adults ages twenty-one and older. Admission for children twelve years old and younger is $10. To purchase tickets, click here.

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.

8/16

Join Massimo Ristorante in Providence for an Amalfi Coast-inspired dinner at 6:30 p.m. The evening consists of a rose reception followed by a four-course dinner paired with amazing wines from all of Italy. The evening will consist of classic, savory Amalfi dishes such as buffalo mozzarella caprese, frutti di mare and pesce all’ aqua pazza, followed by a delicious house-made cannoli with crushed pistachios. Michael Petrizzo, Vias Imports wine director, will present the wine pairings. Tickets are $75 per person. To see the full menu, click here and click here to make your reservation or call 401-273-0650 for more information.

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)!

9/15

Narragansett Beer is hosting its first Hi Neighbor! Fishing Tournament since its famous Bass and Blue Tournament of the 1970’s. Gansett is teaming up with Fishnet ChartersDEEP ApparelWicked Coolers and Captain Mel True for a day of fishing for sea bass, bluefish and tautog with a $1,000 pot for each species. Lines go in at 5 a.m. and come out at 1:30 p.m. Rod and reel only. Starting at 2 p.m., Bon Vue Inn in Narragansett is hosting the weigh-in and fish fry. Celebrate the fishermen and local mariners with your family and friends. Tickets are $45 per adult entry, which includes a tournament t-shirt, Narragansett Beer “coozie,” one Narragansett beer at the fish fry and one meal ticket at the fish fry. Tickets for children twelve years old and younger are $25 per child entry, which includes one meal ticket at the fish fry and a gift from the tournament. Click here to register.

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.

9/30

Enjoy beer, burgers and bluegrass at Linden Place Mansion’s third-annual Bristol Burger Bash on September 30 from 1–4 p.m. at Linden Place in Bristol. Sample some of the East Bay’s best burgers (anything goes, beef, chicken, salmon, tuna and more) and local beers and wines. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased here or call 401-253-0390 to order.

10/6

Join Mohegan Sun on Oct. 6 for the seventh-annual Sun BrewFest. This event is perfect for all beer-lovers, as they will have the chance to sample 150 beers including craft brews, microbrews, imports, domestics and ciders along with a variety of food offerings. Play a game of foosball or ping-pong while listening to live music. Tickets to the grand tasting are $30 per person and the event runs from 1-4 p.m. VIP tickets are also available for $50 per person, including early access to the tasting at noontime. There is also a cornhole tournament, which costs $100 to participate. To purchase your tickets, 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

Mussels frites at Par and Tackle at Harbor Lights.

Par and Tackle at Harbor Lights has introduced a new High Summer Menu to reflect the latest offerings of the summer season. With its on-property micro farm, it has access to seasonal fresh ingredients daily to accompany the new menu. Chef Ray Fiske is featuring the following items: mussels frites with coconut cream and house fries, loaded steak and cheese grilled pizza, vegetable panini, seared salmon with herbed risotto pancake and spiked orange honey glaze and more.

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 by 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.

Chez Pascal in Providence started a 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 offers 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.

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.

 

 

OPENINGS AND LAUNCHES

Xaco Taco in Providence opened its new skee-ball room, which gives guests a whole new dining experience to enjoy. The new skee-ball room, located off the large bar area, has a Mexican street vibe and is available for private parties. The private dining area has two skee-ball machines can be rented for private parties, which might include food stations like a fresh guacamole bar and an authentic al pastor carving station. $2 Tacos are served daily from 3 to 5 p.m. and “Tacos after Dark” are served Sunday to Thursday from 10 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Feast and Fettle launched its equity fundraising campaign on Microventures and Indiegogo. Feast and Fettle is also moving to a larger, commercial space in East Providence, which will allow more guests to dine in. Feast and Fettle hopes to extend business beyond Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk presents a new dining experience, Cara Restaurant, replacing the Spiced Pear. With views of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, Cara is home to creative dishes of French, Italian and Spanish influence. In addition to creative dishes, Cara has a fantastic wine list and cocktail menu. Joining Cara is the Cafe at the Chanler. The Cafe is more casual and provides a lively, shared setting for friends and family to enjoy and dine on Mediterranean-inspired dishes as well as signature wine and cocktails. The Cafe offers al fresco dining seasonally on the terrace.

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 has “reservations/sake/limited hours. Follow @bigkingpvd for a look at menu items.

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, a new counter-service restaurant at Garden City in Cranston, 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.

Hotel Viking officially reopened the Top of Newport with a completely refreshed setting and menu. The rooftop bar features 360-degree views of Newport, live music, fire pits, large communal tables and fresh seafood dishes from chef Simone Ferrara.

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 takeout 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 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 opened their 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.

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

Bon Me is sad to announce its food truck will no longer serve Providence after this week. A message on Twitter reads, “We’re very sad to say that this is our last week of service in #PVD. We loved meeting new #BonMeBesties, and checking out a new city, but unfortunately sales haven’t been sustainable enough to stay.” But come and enjoy one last sandwich today or Thursday, August 9.

Lili Marlene’s on Federal Hill in Providence has closed. It closed the last weekend of July with many regulars lamenting the loss of the great bar with no sign that served po’boys, burgers and pool table.

Simone’s restaurant in Warren has announced its closing after four years in business. A message on the Facebook page reads: “It is with gratitude and sadness that we announce our closing. We thank all of our friends and guests for making our almost 4 years filled with joy. We hope to see you before too long in another location. Special thanks to our awesome staff who worked their hearts out trying to make each and every guest feel recognized for their support. Thank you again.”

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

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 Cafe has 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.

 

 

NOTABLES

B.GOOD is donating meals to Feeding America this month through its new partnership with DoorDash. Every meal ordered, B.GOOD will donate a meal to Feeding America. One dollar helps provide at least ten meals to those in need secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

Chow Fun Food Group joined the #AskFirstRI pledge with other Rhode Island hospitality businesses to commit to only give straws to guests upon request, instead of automatically putting a straw in a guest’s drink. This “Skip the Straw” Campaign aims to reduce ocean pollution. Chow Fun Food Group is implanting this campaign in all seven of their restaurant locations throughout Rhode Island, including Ten Prime Steak and Sushi, Luxe Burger Bar, Harry’s Bar and Burger and Xaco Taco.

Ragged Island Brewing Company in Portsmouth has entered a purchase and sales agreement to buy the Garden Shop building and thirty-seven-acre Van Hof Nursery property at 54 Bristol Ferry Road in Portsmouth, as reported by What’s Up Newp. According to the article, “The vision for 54 Bristol Ferry Road includes growing hops, fruits and other crops that compliment the brewing business, building a brand new, state of the art brewery on the property and hosting events such as farmers markets and other locally focused gatherings like anniversary parties, reunions, birthdays and charity events.”

Sons of Liberty Beer and Spirts Co.’s Limited Edition Uprising Single Malt – Pedro Ximénez Finish was awarded with a rating of 93.6 points at the 2018 International Whisky Competition held in Las Vegas in early July. Uprising PX took first place honors for Best American Whiskey, Best American Single Malt Whiskey and Best Small Batch Whiskey. The Battle Cry Single Malt Sauternes Finish placed third in the American Single Malt category with 92.1 points, as well.

Double your SNAP with Bonus Bucks! Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s Bonus Bucks nutrition incentives program now gives a 100-percent bonus for SNAP! For every dollar you spend with EBT at the many participating farmers markets across RI, you’ll get a free dollar in Bonus Bucks to spend on fresh fruit and veggies!

RI Hospitality Association announces that Cameron Vincente, a recent graduate of the ProStart® High School Culinary Arts and Food Service Management Program at the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center, has been hired as a cook at Avvio Ristorante in Cranston – home to delicious and savory Neapolitan pizzas. Vicente, a Cranston resident, has been cooking and competing since 2016 and even interned at Avvio Ristorante beginning in April 2018. It wasn’t until his recent graduation in June that he was given the full-time position at Avvio.

Kevin Des Chenes is the renowned chef of New England Grill in Newport. He and his colleagues, Ed Gallagher and Christine Hurley, are participating in Season 9 of the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, which premieres on July 26 at 9 p.m. Des Chenes is no stranger to the stove and frying pan as he fell in love with cooking at a young age. He has taken on executive chef positions and television appearances throughout his cooking career. There is no doubt that he’s a “private chef” for his wife and two kids, as well. Expect a combination of the classic surf and turf as he and his colleagues compete for that coveted $50,000 prize on the Food Network series.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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