Nick Rabar and Maggie Mulvena Host Good Neighbors Kitchen Takeover

Both chefs will bring an elevated dining experience to the soup kitchen for Rhode Island's underserved.

Nick Rabar of Avenue N.

Rhode Island local chefs will be giving back to the community as they take over the Good Neighbors soup kitchen in Riverside. Chef Nick Rabar, successful chef and owner of Avenue N American Kitchen in Rumford, will be bringing an elevated dining experience to the soup kitchen on Sept. 26, and he will turn over the kitchen to Maggie Mulvena, founder of Feast and Fettle on Oct. 18.

The Good Neighbors soup kitchen is a nonprofit organization that has been providing for the underserved of East Bay and greater Providence and Newport for the past twenty-eight years. It also functions as a day shelter, food pantry and resource center providing over 100 meals each day. Rabar and Mulvena will be using their culinary knowledge to curate a lunch for seventy guests representing Rhode Island’s underserved using ingredients from the Rhode Island Food Bank’s Retail Rescue program.

Rabar, a New York native, opened up Avenue N in 2010. He took the restaurant route of working behind the line and made his way to the top as a chef, and restaurant owner. After meeting his wife and starting a family, they moved to the quaint town of Rumford and immediately fell in love with the community. They opened the restaurant where they welcome the live-local vibe. The restaurant offers everything from classic poultry to signature New England seafood dishes to dressed-up pork and beef. They offer signature appetizers like lobster and chourico empanadas and Point Judith calamari, with all their ingredients locally sourced out of conscience for freshness, friendship and local economics. Rabar also hosts TV shows “Heated” on Rhode Island PBS and “Nick Rabar: Chef 2 Go” on Cox where he discusses travel, lifestyle and cuisine.

“We’re always excited to give back,” Rabar said. “This is what it’s all about. Good Neighbors does so much for so many. We’re all small to some degree, but we have the ability to take small actions.”

Maggie Mulvena founded Feast and Fettle in 2016. The chef-prepared meal delivery service uses high quality ingredients to create meals for the busy nine-to-five worker who is short on time but doesn’t want to cut corners when it comes to filling their appetite. Meals are cooked from scratch and delivered to your door in insulated bags, which requires only heating and eating. The company caters to both Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts residents. Rabar will be passing the torch over to Mulvena for a similar event on Oct. 18.

For more information on the organization visit goodneighborsri.org.

 

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