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About Eat Drink RI

Created in 2010 by David Dadekian, Eat Drink RI is one of the top media outlets in the region for all things culinary. The news resource covers local food events, chefs & restaurants, the beverage industry, and locally produced artisanal products. Eat Drink RI produces and promotes several all-local culinary events, including an annual 4-day Festival in Providence celebrating the best of the culinary world in Rhode Island. Dadekian is a 2014 RI Foundation Innovation Fellow and is currently working to create a central culinary market and food hub for all Rhode Islanders.

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David Dadekian
Founder and President
Dadekian has been called “RI’s unofficial Food Laureate” by the Providence Phoenix, “mastermind of the food news website and event-organizing operation, Eat Drink RI, who seems to know every chef, restaurant, farm stand, and manufactured food product within state lines.” Dadekian is also Outreach chairperson and member of the R.I. Food Policy Council, PR Director for Blackbird Farm, and husband and father of two girls.
Katie Kleyla
Director of Development
Kleyla is a creative strategist with a background in politics, events and marketing. Before joining Eat Drink RI, Kleyla oversaw marketing & development for Gracie’s, Providence’s only AAA 4-diamond award winning restaurant, and Ellie’s Bakery, a Parisian style boulangerie. During her tenure she consulted on website design, launched their blog “Washington Street Eats” and exponentially increased digital brand exposure.

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