Diner’s Update

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


OPENINGS

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The George restaurant on Washington Street in Providence.

The George is a new restaurant and piano bar that just opened inside the former Local 121 space at 121 Washington Street in Providence. The menu features casual American fare with some elevated comfort food and craft cocktails. Enjoy nightly piano performances. The restaurant is inspired by its location on Washington Street, Rhode Island’s colonial heritage and George Washington’s four visits to Rhode Island. Read more about the George.

Twin River Casino in Lincoln just opened a new restaurant, Jerry Longo’s Meatballs and Martinis. The Longo’s brand originated on Federal Hill in Providence. Owner Longo was born in South Philly and grew up making Italian soul food with his mother, and the restaurant menu reflects those comfort food classics.

Providence GPub has reopened its indoor dining room and launched a new outdoor beer garden on Orange Street. They’ve also updated a new gastropub menu and added an expanded craft beer list, highlighting regional and American craft brews. GPub’s new menu features several scratch-made dishes using local ingredients, including bangers and mash, short rib poutine, an ahi poke bowl, deviled eggs and grilled oysters, among others. GPub’s new outdoor beer garden features seating for approximately fifty guests, space for outdoor games, heaters for chilly days and live musical acts throughout the fall. Many of the new menu offerings will be available for guests in the beer garden.

Chef Kevin O’Donnell’s freestyle Italian restaurant, Giusto, is now open at the new Hammetts Hotel on Commercial Wharf in Newport. The restaurant’s menu features Italian dishes made using local farm ingredients and seafood with snacks like the Calabrian-style stuffed quahog with chili, orange and corn; fritelle, which are savory fritters with ricotta, honey and chili; and the Scotch meatball with tomato, egg and salumi. Pastas are housemade with stone-ground flour, and include ravioli with roasted figs, poppy seed and aged balsamic and spaghetti with clams, chourico, garlic, chili, lemon and parsley. Fried calamari is another hit with squid ink tempura, capers and cherry peppers. The restaurant boasts beautiful water views and an expansive 100-seat partially covered patio alongside intimate indoor dining nooks designed by Libby Slader.

CAV restaurant in Providence’s Knowledge District has reopened. Proprietor John Moubayed announced that the eclectic eatery installed safety features to ensure CAV guests get a sanitized and safe experience. According to CAV’s Facebook page: “It is our commitment to provide a safe dining environment for our guests and our staff during COVID-19. In addition to meeting all health, sanitizing and social distancing standards, we have installed a new HVAC system with UV sanitizing lights and virus-rated filters, as well as UV ceiling fans. Both these systems are designed to sanitize the air. We have redesigned the dining room with a focus on safety and social distancing. We have also purchased a electrostatic sanitizing sprayer enabling us to professionally sanitize the restaurant daily.”

Saje Kitchen is a new creative American and Southern-inspired restaurant on Federal Hill in Providence. Executive chef Alexander Willis is an Alabama native whose previous experience includes MOTO restaurant, Canlis in Seattle, Jared Wentworth’s the Promontory in Chicago, Dusek Board and Beer and Mordecai.

Blush Bakeshop opened its 100 percent vegan bakery on Federal Hill in Providence. The hours are Mon.-Fri. from 7 a.m. to 3  p.m. and Sat. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Submit an online order for muffins, doughnuts, croissants, Cosmic brownies and more for pickup here.

Legal Sea Foods at Cranston’s Garden City is now open from noon-8 p.m, offering both indoor and outdoor seating as well as takeout. The menu will still feature fan favorites such as New England fried clams, the lobster roll and fish and chips.

Stop by Casa Azul Taqueria at 890 Allens Avenue in Providence for amazing tacos stuffed with chicken tinga, carne asada, adobo pork, veggies and more, plus monthly specials including vegan dishes. Read more about the restaurant here.

The Industrious Spirit Company in Providence is open for outdoor cocktails on the patio and to-go each week from Thursday to Saturday. For Thirsty Thursdays, biweekly, starting at 6:30 p.m., they have live music from a local band in a COVID-19-friendly-seated-distantly-at-your-own-table-kind-of-way). The distillery has also started an ongoing partnership with nearby Garden of Eve restaurant. They are providing a tableside delivery menu featuring Caribbean food that you can enjoy on the patio along with your libations every night ISCO is open. Make a reservation on the ISCO patio here.

Ellie’s in Providence is open with new safety protocols, such as touch-free electronic menus, outdoor dining options and limited server touchpoints. Proprietor Ellen Slattery also kicked off a new sustainable hospitality program that adds a 20 percent service charge on all checks, which is distributed to restaurant staff as consistent wages and benefits. It’s a more sustainable and fair “team-share” model for the restaurant staff. The team-share concept was created with support from RAISE (Restaurants Advancing Industry Standards in Employment), an association of over 850 restaurants collaborating to improve working conditions for America’s 14 million restaurant workers by promoting ‘High Road’ business practices. This concept moves away from tips, instead employing a 20 percent service charge on all checks.

A few Providence chefs have high-tailed it to Ludlow, Vermont, to launch their own restaurant called Kingfisher. Tim Shulga, formerly of north and Oberlin, and Mike Lawyer, also formerly of north, have teamed up with Vermont-based Ed Reposa and his wife, Sara Kilguss, who previously owned Thee Red Fez in Providence, to revamp the former Mama’s space at 190 Main St. in Ludlow. Kingfisher is now serving takeout, including crispy, square Sicilian-style pizzas, provisions for takeout, sometimes pierogis and inventive vegetable dishes among other items that change weekly. Order ahead and schedule pickup Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Follow along on Instagram at @kingfisher_vt.

Cafe Zara coffee shop has opened in East Providence across from City Hall at 130 Taunton Avenue. The coffee shop serves drinks to-go and has a few spaced out tables both inside and outside. You can also order online.

The Walnut Room is a new classic cocktail bar, now open at 425 South Main Street in Providence. Check it out on Instagram at @thewalnutroompvd. The hours are Thursday and Sunday from 4 p.m.-Midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m.-1 a.m.

A new Knead Doughnuts location opened on Main Street in East Greenwich to resounding success. This new location has all the same fun flavors as the other Providence locations, including brown butter pecan, peanut butter and jelly and more. Unfortunately, with the opening of the new shop comes the closing of Knead’s downtown Providence location. In the Providence Journal, owner Adam Lastrina cites the lack of activity in the city for closing this shop.

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Nachos from Lola’s Lounge.

Michael and Jodi Mota and the team from Skyline opened a new Mexican restaurant, Lola’s Lounge, at 55 Douglas Pike in Smithfield. The menu includes twists on traditional Mexican fare, fun cocktails and entertainment, set against a Day of the Dead theme. Skyline closed after the onset of Covid-19 and experiencing vandalism, but Mota shifted Skyline’s front and back of house teams to Lola’s, so they can remained employed. The culinary team is led by executive chef Isaias Diaz Guzman from Skyline at Waterplace, joined by chef Cruz Carranza, a native of Mexico, who has crafted a menu of traditional Mexican and Mexican American cuisine.

Tilly’s Cheesesteaks has launched a new sister restaurant, Tilly’s Chick’n Biscuit in North Kingstown, focusing on outdoor dining and takeout with fried chicken sandwiches, burgers and chicken tenders as well as vegetarian eats, plus boozy shakes and adult slushies. Sandwiches can be served on housemade biscuits or Martin’s potato rolls. Place your order online for curbside pickup and delivery by visiting tillyschicknbiscuit.com or calling 401-522-9874. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. Follow along on Instagram at @tillyschicknbiscuit and on the Facebook page to learn more.

The second location for Chomp Food and Drinks is open in the former Eagle Super Market space in Providence’s Fox Point. Read more about the new restaurant’s plans and how they’ve preserved the iconic Eagle Super Market sign here.

The new location of Chengdu Taste is open for takeout only, serving authentic Sichuan food at 495 Smith St. in Providence. Call 401-729-5699 or 401-729-7499 to order takeout, and please wear a mask when you arrive for pickup.

Saladworks, a create-your-own salad restaurant, is now open in Providence. At Saladworks, customers are encouraged to choose their favorite ingredients from more than sixty choices to create their own custom salad which can cater to vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo and Whole 30 diets.

 

CLOSINGS

Sweet Twist sweets and gifts in East Greenwich will close after twenty-six years in business since the owners wish to retire, according to East Greenwich News. They are currently hosting an everything-must-go sale.

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Ben Sukle is closing Birch for good. Photo by Jamie Coelho.

Birch restaurant in downtown Providence is permanently closed as of October 19. After trying to make takeout and an outdoor patio sustain the business, the time has come to move on, learn from the pandemic and inspire change, he says. Here is the story behind the closure.

Blackie’s closed suddenly in September after nine years in Smithfield, citing the restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason. A statement read: “It is with heavy hearts and tears in our eyes we announce the closing of blackie’s. We did our best to serve our blackie’s family safely and with the same level of attention and care as always, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, it has become impossible to maintain the levels we pride ourselves on and remain profitable. We are going to take a deep breath, sit back and wait until it is more feasible to operate to our standards. Our team has remained positive even as they faced such difficult working conditions. They have persevered, and we couldn’t be prouder of them.  Our blackie’s family has fought as hard as they could to overcome the obstacles COVID has placed in our path.  The virus may have won the battle, but blackie’s will be back to win the war. The virus can take a lot of things away from us, but it can’t take our reputation, our heart or our love for this crazy industry.  Our dreams were destroyed, but our spirits are not broken. We are asking for your support and understanding during this incredibly difficult time for our team and selves.”

Loie Fuller’s in Providence is now closed for good. There was an outpouring of support from people on social media for whom the restaurant meant so much. We will miss Loie Fuller’s and its unique interior design by Kyla Coburn.

John Elkhay’s Luxe Burger Bar closed its doors for good in Providence. The longtime restaurant was part of Chow Fun Food Group, which also includes four locations of Harry’s Burgers in Providence, Newport and Lincoln, as well as Xaco Taco and Ten Prime Steak and Sushi in Providence.

Red Fin Crudo and Kitchen on Washington Street and Roma Capoccia pizza on Wickenden Street in Providence both have closed for good.

Knead Doughnuts also closed its downtown Providence location. You can still purchase doughnuts at the Knead Elmgrove, Cromwell and East Greenwich locations.

Benefit Juice Bar and Cafe has closed in Providence. In a Facebook post, the owners wrote: “Nothing lasts forever and one of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Sadly, we had to let Benefit go. We fought to hold on and we fought to let go. Due to the current situation and health issues, we made the incredibly difficult decision to close the cafe permanently. We are saddened and will miss many of our close friends that we’ve met over the seven years of serving everyone. Thank you for all your support through the years.”

Nicks on Westminster is closed for good after less than a year in business, and Brewed Awakenings coffee shop is now open in its place. Read more about it here.

The Greenville Inn closed in June.

Eleven Forty-Nine Restaurant closed permanently due to the COVID-19 crisis.

A few other places have closed permanently, including Bravo Bistro and Red Stripe in East Greenwich. Revival Brewing in Cranston also closed as they couldn’t reach an agreement with the current landlord to keep the Cranston location. However, owner Sean Larkin is moving the business to Providence and plans to reopen in the future.

 

FUTURE OPENINGS

Plant City will be opening a smaller version in Middletown in a former Papa Gino’s at 619 West Main Road, according to What’s Up Newp. This location would focus on a drive-through and takeout options.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a Texas-style restaurant chain, will open a location in South Kingstown in spring of 2021. The menu will include southern favorites such as Texas-style brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken wings and fall-off-the-bone ribs.

Palo Tapas Bar will be coming soon to 3 Steeple Street in Providence, next to New Rivers. Follow its Facebook page for details.

Moniker Brewery is opening a brewery and beer garden at 432 West Fountain Street in the Federal Hill section of Providence sometime in late fall. Take a look at the build-out here.

Bayberry Beer Hall will be opening a second location next year called Bayberry Beer Garden on the first floor of the new Wexford Innovation Center in Providence. This restaurant will focus on craft cocktails and wine in an indoor and outdoor space. Follow along on the progress at @bayberrygarden on Instagram.

 

 

TRANSITIONS

Pasquale’s Pizzeria Napoletena in South Kingstown has moved to a new larger space across the street in South County Commons into the old Shogun restaurant. It’s the same great Neapolitan pizzas in a bigger and better space. Grab some for takeout.

In honor of its five-year anniversary, Tilted Barn Brewery is expanding and building a new barn on its current property in Exeter, Rhode Island, featuring an expansive tasting room and thirty-barrel brewhouse. The namesake tilted barn will remain preserved on the property. It should open sometime in the late fall.

 

EVENTS, SPECIALS AND MENU UPDATES

Now-11/11

Order your Farm Fresh RI Local Harvest Boxes for Thanksgiving by November 11! Put the local harvest at the center of your table by ordering a locally sourced Produce and Pie Box and a Charcuterie and Cheese Board Kit by 11/11, and you’ll be on your way to a delicious and festive local meal.

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The Industrious Spirit Company in Providence is hosting its next show at the distillery on October 22 with PVDLive and PVDWorldMusic featuring MUSEUM LEGS. The second set of the evening is going to feature Ian O’Neil. Tickets are now available. On Friday, October 23, try out a new popup food business called Tournesol (sweet and savory bites from the former pasty chef at Gracie’s, and her partner), and then on Saturday, October 24, there will be a collaboration between Goodrich Food and Big Feeling on cozy cookies and cream sandwiches. As always, there will be ISCO cocktails on the covered and heated patio. Reserve a table on the patio, or order cocktails to go.

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Child and Family is supporting Rhode Island families in need with the Taste of Home campaign. An online auction will start on Thurs., Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. through Sun., Oct. 26 at noon. Child and Family’s 2020 Taste of Home Campaign will benefit the many Rhode Island families, children and seniors who use the programs and services during times of crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated issues like homelessness, job loss and food insecurity that affect people’s ability to keep themselves healthy and their families together. Your support of this campaign and online auction will help our community stay safe at home. Make a donation to Child and Family here.

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Learn about “Black and Brown Liqqas” from Michael Silva of BAS cocktail popups and MXR Cocktail Kits. Get a brief history of darker spirits on October 26 from 5-10 p.m. and October 27 and 28 from 5-10 p.m. outdoors at the former location of birch restaurant at 200 Washington St. in Providence. On Mon. Oct. 26, there will be cocktails and handmade pizzas for purchase for table reservations and takeout, and on Tues. and Wed., Oct. 27-28, chef Brandon Puckett of north will serve small bites at outdoor tables. Here is a description of the event: “What if we told you that Jack Daniels had a deeper cultural connection than just dorm room nostalgia? Or that the love that Black people share towards Cognac was more about acceptance than it is neighborhood tradition? Or that Jamaican Rum in your fancy vacation drink was built off the backs of manual labor? Black and Brown Liqqas is about retelling stories that were once forgotten. It’s about how an industry that is primarily dominated by middle aged white males actually owes its most praise to groups of people who share direct lineage to an integral part of this industries early beginning.” All items are available for outdoor table reservations, curbside pickup and to-go. Make a reservation by direct message on Instagram at @baspvd.  ⠀

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Ten days. Twenty-five local restaurants. Amazing plant-based meals. In honor of Vegan Restaurant Week, restaurants in and near the Providence area will be offering two to three vegan specials, discounts or pre-fixe three-course meals from Friday, October 30 to Sunday, November 8. Visit your favorite eatery or try someplace new; the participating restaurants, cafes and mobile vendors eager to serve vegan dishes include Like No UdderBasil and BunnyFaits MaisonBlush Bakeshop, select Chelo’s Hometown Bar and Grille and Uno Pizzeria and Grill locations, Juice Bar and Co.ChaskaYoleni’sRasoiRhody RootsWara WaraTwelve PlantsVeggie Fun Pan-Asian Vegan Kosher RestaurantPB Bistro and Barby CHLOE.Good Game Grillthe Glow Cafe and Juice BarRebelle Artisan BagelsPlant CityGarden GrilleWildflourthe GrangeKabob and CurryRasa and more to come. To learn more about the specials, check out the menu options here, or call the individual restaurant for questions/ reservations.

10/31

Osamequin Farm in Seekonk, Massachusetts, is hosting an outdoor Halloween movie night at the farm. The featured film is Beetlejuice, and guests are welcome to come in Covid pods of up to four guests. Reserve a spot on the field and sit clustered together, spaced out from other groups. Pay any amount from $10 to $40 for your spot, depending on how much you want to give. The movie begins at 7 p.m. and attendance is limited. Sign up here.

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Courtland Club in Providence is hosting an Orange Wine Halloween. Orange wine is also known as skin-contact or macerated white wine, and you can learn about it here. The patio is open until 10 p.m.; indoors until midnight. Pre-order some orange wine when you make your 10/31 reservation, as they’re in fairly limited supply. In addition to bottles and pours by the glass, they’ll be offering two special flights that will allow you to try more wines. The regular cocktail, beer and wine list will also be available, and you can wear Halloween costumes that night. Make a patio reservation or a table reservation.

Fridays and other nights

PVD Food Truck Nights are back (socially-distanced of course!). Keep track of town visits, hours and cancellations at the PVD Food Truck Events Facebook page. Food Truck Friday has returned to the Carousel Village at Roger Williams Park every Friday, starting at 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Enjoy more than fifteen locally owned food trucks and local beer from Trinity Brewhouse, while listening to live music. Just pay for what you eat and drink. Social distancing and face coverings while waiting in line at the trucks are required. Food truck night also happens in various towns around the state.

New Rivers in Providence has a beautiful outdoor patio with heat lamps on the side of the building (something they have wanted for years!). Call 401-751-0350 for a reservation. Fried Chicken Friday is also now a weekly event. The restaurant’s coveted buttermilk fried chicken will be on the menu every Friday along with accompanying sides. New Rivers is open for dinner every Wednesday through Saturday from 4:30-8 p.m. If you order takeout, give the restaurant a call when you arrive to pick up your order and they will bring it right out to your car. Order online here or call 401-751-0350.

Bites by Bre delivers date night and weekly meals to your home. Bre Goldsmith’s three-course Date Night Delivered special packages are a twist on her pre-COVID-19 “In the Round” Friday Night popup dinners. Read more about the date night service here.

One of Rhode Island’s favorite food neighborhoods known for its Italian cuisine has come up with a new way for guests to enjoy outdoor meals for the summer months. The Federal Hill Commerce Association has closed sections of Atwells Avenue for new ‘Al Fresco Dining’ on Fridays and Saturdays to allow restaurants to expand outdoor dining. The Avenue will be closed to traffic in two sections; from Bradford Street to Dean Street and then from Dean Street to Lily Street. An eight-foot area is designated in the middle of the street as a walkway and to provide access for emergency vehicles.

Open Air Saturdays in downtown Providence are the cure for your summer blues. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Westminster Street between Eddy and Union streets in downtown Providence will transform into a socially-distanced shopping and dining scene. The streets are closed to traffic and a number of Providence restaurants, businesses and vendors are taking it outside. It’s a large and lively walking space for locals to shop, eat and interact all while keeping a safe distance from each other. Some businesses that are participating in Open Air Saturdays include Craftland, Queen of Hearts and Modern Love, Small Point Cafe, Sura, Symposium Books, Kleos, the Vault, Civil, Homestyle, Eno Fine Wines, Oberlin, the Salon and the Eddy. In the surrounding area, other restaurants will also offer takeout and some have outdoor seating, including Birch, the Malted Barley, Serendipity Gourmet, Gracie’s, Tori Tomo, Figidini, Bolt Cafe and north, and coming soon in the early fall, is the new location of Durk’s Bar-B-Q on Aborn Street.

Pane e Vino and Il Massimo changed their reservation platform to Resy from Open Table, so if you are interested in making a reservation, find them on Resy. Il Massimo in Providence and at Legacy Place are also both offering half price appetizers every day from 3 to 6 p.m. and Pane e Vino continues to offer half-price wines on Mondays. Check out Massimo’s new takeout window in Providence, too.

Chez Pascal in Providence is offering some of their favorite Alsatian dishes with wines, including tarte flambée, housemade caraway and gruyère smoked bratwurst with spaetzle and Jasper Hill Willoughby washed rind cheese with grilled house made ciabatta, cumin seeds and autumn olive berry preserve, served best with a glass of gewürztraminer. There’s also the Reheat At Home option available under the Order for Today button.

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Outdoor dining at Mill’s Tavern.

Mill’s Tavern in Providence has a new seasonal menu from executive chef Ed Bolus and his team, including a three-course prix fixe with optional wine pairings and the Wagyu Tomahawk for Two prix fixe, each available for dine-in or takeout. In addition, select bottles of wine will be offered at half price weekly Monday through Thursday. Guests who choose to dine outdoors can also enjoy oysters on the half shell for half-off the market price from 5 to 6 p.m. every day. Limited outdoor dining is available. For reservations or to place a takeout order, call 401-272-3331. For more information, please visit millstavernrestaurant.com.

Ten Prime Steak and Sushi is offering the Complimentary Cut every Monday  for indoor dining. Reserve your table, and you can buy one filet mignon, and get one free.  The Complimentary Cut is a dine-in only event with limited seating. For reservations visit tenprimesteaksushi.com or call 401-453-BEEF.

 

SEAFOOD

Download the new FishLine app, a smartphone application that bridges the gap between the fishermen and potential customers, thanks to a partnership between the University of Rhode Island Fisheries Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, Eating with the Ecosystem, the Commercial Fisheries Research Center and the Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative. The FishLine app is a central marketplace for seafood being sold by local fishermen to consumers in the area. It allows fishermen to post what species they caught each day, their prices and their sales location and hours. It also provides recipes and information about each species and how they are caught, as well as stories and photos from the fishermen.

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has enacted a new, no-cost Direct Sale Dealer License for local fishermen. It authorizes commercial fishermen in Rhode Island to sell certain species of finfish, and to sell and transport for sale live lobsters and crabs, directly to consumers and licensed seafood retailers from the vessel on which they were harvested. Your best bet is to head to the Point Judith docks and browse the boats. There are also lots of other seafood delivery and pickup options.

Matunuck Oyster Bar is shipping seafood and oysters anywhere in the USA. Orders can include lobsters, oysters, clams, scallops, shrimp and mussels. Shipments are Monday through Wednesday and Thursday orders are shipped overnight only. There’s a $65 minimum on orders. If you would like to modify a package, call 401-314-0468.

 

HOSPITALITY RELIEF

The Rhode Island Hospitality Association has created the RI Hospitality Employee Relief Fund. This campaign was organized by the RI Hospitality Education Foundation and funds raised will be distributed among RI Hospitality Association member employees that have been laid off and are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The RI Hospitality Association has also appointed Farouk Rajab as the new Chairman of its Board of Directors for the rest of 2020.

 

NEW PRODUCTS

MXR Cocktails has added two new signature cocktail kits for fall that focus on vodka. Try the Just Peachy and Farmer’s Pick. Use the code MXR2020 for $10 off your first purchase. Read more about MXR Cocktails here.

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The pumpkin pie hard shake at Harry’s.

Harry’s Bar and Burger is offering a new Pumpkin Pie Hard Shake at all locations for a limited time only. Pumpkin pie filling is blended with vanilla ice cream, graham cracker crust, whipped cream vodka and caramel drizzle. It can be made non-alcoholic for little ghouls and goblins!

Calise Bakery has launched a Brioche Style Cinnamon Chip Texas Toast, available in grocery stores throughout the entire state of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Xaco Taco in Providence is creating family-style meals and cocktails for its takeout menu. For just $48, kits include chips and salsa, twelve housemade corn tortillas with a choice of two protein fillings plus all the toppings, rice and beans and a side of housemade spicy pickled vegetables. Add on your favorite cocktails, available in thirty-two-ounce bottles yielding eight servings, just shake and pour over ice.

Harry’s Bar and Burger has launched a new spicy maple sriracha chicken sandwich, available at all locations for a limited time only. For more information, visit harrysbarburger.com.

Narragansett Beer’s seasonal Oktoberfest beer Fest is back. The traditional Märzen Lager is 5.5 percent ABV and available in sixteen-ounce cans throughout the Northeast down the coast to the Carolinas. The beer is brewed with the highest quality German malts and hops and encourages revelers to embrace the Oktoberfest revelry from home.

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Yacht Club Bottling Works in North Providence is bringing back the Soda Pop Poll with the release of two new limited release flavors for customers to show their presidential preference: Donald’s Big League Punch and Joe’s Berry-Blue Lemonade. As with the last presidential Soda Pop Poll, Yacht Club will release the results of the poll this fall to see which political pop New Englanders like best. If you’re not interested in “voting” for Donald’s Big League Punch or Joe’s Berry-Blue Lemonade, Yacht Club will be re-releasing last summer’s soda Berrymelon Rebellion as the third party flavor choice. All three Soda Pop Poll flavors are now available at the Yacht Club Bottling Works Factory Store in North Providence — see their Facebook page at facebook.com/yachtclubsoda for updated hours. They will also be sold at farmers markets and can be found in local stores and restaurants through distribution by McLaughlin and Moran. Plus, Yacht Club has an updated web site at yachtclubsoda.com with online ordering and will ship all their flavors to anywhere in the United States.

 

FARMERS MARKETS, GROCERIES AND DELIVERY

The Farm Fresh RI Winter Market opening day will be at their new home on November 7, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The organization will welcome the inaugural wintertime farmers market season in the new building at 10 Sims Avenue in Providence, which has a premium ventilation system (Merv13), wide hallways that ensure COVID-19 distancing and convenient parking.

The Goddard Memorial State Park Farmers Market in Warwick will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays until late October. Additionally, the Fishermen’s Memorial State Park Farmers Market in Narragansett will be open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For social distancing purposes, a limited number of customers will be allowed to shop through the markets’ one-way aisles. Handwashing stations will be available for all, and customers should come wearing face masks.

The Mount Hope Farm farmers market will continue outdoors through November 21. Some of the vendors will be switching over once they move from the summer to winter season. Now more than ever your local farmers and food producers will need your help, so please continue to shop locally. Wear your Halloween costume to the 10/31 market for a chance to win some prizes. After Thanksgiving, the market will move into the greenhouse with limited space, and there will be pickup options as well as the ability to buy on site. During January and February, hours will be 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Looking for fresh and local produce? Stop by the Tiverton Farmers Market every Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m. at 43 Muse Way in Tiverton. The market will be available until October 27 for shoppers.

The Hope Street Farmers Market is now open for the 2020 season every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. outdoors at Lippitt Park in Providence. Market organizers are allowing quick visits with no entertainment to encourage people to pick up pre-ordered food quickly, and guests should wear masks and respect social-distancing measures. Stay up to date on potential closings and on vendors here.

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A delivery from Whats Good.

You can now use Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s Market Mobile wholesale service to get fresh food from local farms delivered right to your home. The farming community needs outlets for food that is being grown, so they decided to open up this way for local people to purchase food. The first thing to do is to create an account. You can return to this same page to log in for future orders. Once logged in, click the “Market Mobile” link. This will take you to the online order form, where you can choose food from the local farmers and food makers who have listed their items for sale. Think of it as an online farmers market! To order an item, add the quantity of what you’d like in the field next to the item. Please only order whole number values, not partial or half orders (e.g., 1 or 2, not 0.5). This platform is traditionally used for wholesale orders, so quantities may be larger than you’re used to seeing. Be sure to click the Update Order button, found at the bottom of every farm/producer’s list. Once you’ve completed your order, click the Buy Now button to enter payment information. Your order must be paid for via PayPal. Or to use SNAP/EBT, please email lexi@farmfreshri.org. If you have questions about sizing, please email marketmobile@farmfreshri.org. They are making home deliveries with hopes of increasing food access. Although they have no delivery fee, they do have a $60 minimum order size for the greater Providence/Pawtucket area. They are willing to accommodate other delivery areas, but a larger minimum order may be required.

The locally produced mobile app WhatsGood is also delivering food to homes from local farms and food producers. You can order delivery from local businesses as well as fresh produce, meat, dairy, breads, pantry items and even prepared foods, delivered right to your door.

What’s Local Wednesdays is happening at Hope and Main in Warren on Wednesdays. While you pick up your WhatsGood grocery order, you can also grab a pre-ordered takeout dinner from the featured food vendor of the week from 4 to 7 p.m. What’s Local Wednesdays is a rotating pop-up at Hope and Main that provides grocery service and dinner pickup designed with social distancing in mind. Each week, a different food truck, prepared meal or pop-up catering company will be offering up a special takeout menu available through pre-orders only.

Gasbarro’s Wines is offering free in-state delivery on all wine and spirits. Call today at 401-421-4170 or order online. If you’re out of town, no worries – they can ship to you!

 

NOTABLES

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Rhode Island Spirits.

Rhode Island Spirits, makers of Rhodium brand gins, vodkas and liqueurs, was named number three Best New Craft Distillery by USA Today‘s “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest. Located in Pawtucket, RI Spirits opened in March of 2019, and every product contains fresh, farmed or foraged ingredients.

The Industrious Spirit Company in Providence was also named one of the top 10 Best Craft Vodka Distilleries in the country by USA Today. ISCO’s spacious outdoor patio (outfitted with heaters, sanitized-between-each use heated seat cushions, and a fire pit) feels cozy even as the temps drop! Garden of Eve has a “text over” menu that will be delivered tableside so you can eat Caribbean food while you enjoy your cocktails.

Rhed’s Hot Sauce, a locally-owned boutique hot-sauce company based in Middletown, won two ‘Screaming Mi Mi’ awards in the prestigious 2020 NYC Hot Sauce Expo, taking first place in the Asian category with its ‘Déjà vu’ sauce and third place in the Jalapeño category with its ‘Club Jalapeño’ sauce.