upcoming events

Siena Cucina Enotecca Luiano Wine Dinner – Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 p.m. With host, The Savory Grape, Luiano owner Alessandro Palombo will be on hand from Italy to discuss the wines that will be paired with the dishes prepared by Chef Anthony Tarro. $85.per person, all inclusive. Tickets are limited. Please call 401-885-8850 to purchase. Siena Cucina Enotecca5600 Post Rd., East Greenwich, RI 02818.

The Sea Goose Grill & Raw Bar Wine Dinner – Thursday, January 29, 6 p.m. We are very excited to have David Milligan Selections joining us for this special evening! Come join us and brighten up your January! Great Food & Wine, Great People, Great Fun! Reservations Required, call 401-315-0788, $55 Per person (tax & gratuity additional). The Sea Goose Grill & Raw Bar265 Post Rd., Westerly, RI 02891.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Italian Frying” – Saturday, January 31, 12 – 3 p.m. Think fried foods are greasy or heavy?? Think again! If you’ve ever sampled our exquisite fried calamari, you’ve tasted the right way to fry. Join us in the preparation of classic Italian morsels and tasty accompaniments. Learn how flours, batters, frying oil and frying time all affect the outcome. Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Rhode Island Brew Fest – Saturday, January 31, 1 – 4 p.m. or 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. We are excited to host the third annual Rhode Island Brew Fest, a celebration of American craft breweries featuring the best brews the Ocean State has to offer. Join us on January 31, 2015 as we host 55+ breweries with over 175 beers to sample from. Each session will feature live music, local vendors and a food court. We proudly support the attending brewers by purchasing all of their product at the festival. Unlike many beer festivals there are no booth fees for brewers, we actually pay them to participate on top of donating a portion of every ticket sold to the Rhode Island Brewers Guild. Purchase tickets. The Rhode Island Brew Fest is a 21+ event. No one under the legal age will be admitted, including minors, children, infants and babies. No pets allowed. Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.

Simone’s Tenuta Sant’Antonio Wine Dinner – Monday, February 2, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner. Simone’s is thrilled to welcome Grapes & Grains and the beautiful wines of Tenuta Sant’Antonio for a five-course wine dinner. Armando Castagnedi, co-owner of Tenuta Sant’Antonio, will lead guests through each wine selection as they are paired with Chef Joe Simone’s inspired menu. The cost is $75.00 per person, inclusive of wine, tax and gratuity.  A limited number of seats will be available.  For more information or to make a reservation, please call 401-247-1200. Wines featured at the dinner will be offered at a 20% discount on a presell basis that evening. Simone’s, 275 Child St., Warren, RI 02885.

Easy Entertaining Cooking Class “Fatto a Mano – a Handmade Pasta Class” – Tuesday, February 3,  6 – 7 p.m. After attending this hands-on class Barilla will have nothing on you! Chef Ashley will present simple and basic pasta-making techniques for use at home and each guest will even have a chance to make pasta dough of their very own to take home and impress the famiglia! $39/guest. Reservations required, please note classes are no longer BYO. Credit card required to reserve your spot . Please email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Newport Cooks In Le Pâtisserie Making French Macarons with Chef Lina Pattavina – Wednesday, February 4, 6 – 8 p.m. The Newport Cooks kitchen will be transformed into a French Pâtisserie as we learn to make beautiful French Macrons for ourselves, our guests and our sweethearts! Chef Lina Pattavina will teach us the intricacies of baking the light almond and meringue outer shell flavored with strawberry, peppermint, cayenne or ginger and smooth creamy centers of chocolate ganache, vanilla buttercream Chef Angelina Pattavina ginger and lime and raspberry. We’ll get to mix and match the flavor combinations to create our own unique macrons. Chef Lina says the Cayenne with ginger lime filling is especially delicious! Not to be confused with American coconut macaroons, French Macarons have a long European history and were perfected in France
Once you’ve mastered these French delicacies, you’ll no doubt be begged to make them for dinner parties, tailgate parties and just because, life is too short not to enjoy French Macarons! Class fee: $65 per student. Register hereThe Newport Cooks Kitchen796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842.

Jonathan Edwards Winery Barrels & Brushes Art Night at the Winery – Thursday, February 5, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Bring your creative juices. All levels welcome! Price includes a glass of wine at a welcome reception then down to the Barrel Room for art instruction on canvas. $50 a night, $135 for all three. Instruction provided by Drunken Palette. For reservations call 860-535-0202. Jonathan Edwards Winery74 Chester Main Rd., N. Stonington, CT 06359.

Girls on the Run Rhode Island “Brewing Boldness” Friend-raiser – Friday, February 6, 6 – 9 p.m. The event will feature food from Easy Entertaining and beer from Foolproof. One hundred percent of the proceeds will support Girls on the Run’s mission of inspiring girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to view sponsorship opportunities, please visit https://brewingboldness2015.eventbrite.com, $50 – entrance, 1 drink & small bite food, $75 – entrance, 3 drinks, small bite food & Foolproof Pint Glass. Foolproof Brewing Company241 Grotto Ave. #1, Pawtucket, RI 02860.

Junior League of Rhode Island Winter Sparkle – Saturday, February 7, 7 – 9 p.m., 6 p.m. VIP preview. Break out of the winter doldrums and join the Junior League of Rhode Island for its Winter Sparkle culinary event. Guests will enjoy an array of delectable foods and spirited drinks provided by some of Rhode Island’s premier restaurateurs, caterers, and spirits connoisseurs. Funds raised will be used to support the mission of the Junior League of Rhode Island, Inc. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.jlri.org. Cost: $55 per person; $85 for VIP champagne reception. Tickets include food and beverage tastings; an open wine bar will also be available. Complimentary parking available at The Wheeler School. Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum199 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906.

Easy Entertaining Jr. Chef Series “Homemade Pizza Class” – Sunday, February 8,  1:30 – 3 p.m. Introducing the first ever Jr. Chef Series class – a hands on class for parents and children alike! This hands on class will present methods for making, tossing, and throwing pizza dough. A demonstration of pizza dough making will precede the hands on portion of class where parents and children will roll out, top, and bake their own pizza pie using a pizza stone and a pizza peel. As our pizzas bake the whole team helps clean up + pizzas can be taken to-go for an early lunch or dinner. Reservations Required. One Parent + One Child $48 – Additional Children +$9, Children must be 6+ years old. Please email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Easy Entertaining Cooking Class “Valentine’s Class” – Monday, February, 9,  6 – 7 p.m. Learn to create the perfect at home Valentines Day Dinner. Surprise your sweetheart with these tasty recipes for the big night and even take some tips home on what can be made ahead of time to make your special day just that – something special. $29.50/guest. Reservations required, please note classes are no longer BYO. Credit card required to reserve your spot . Please email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Simone’s Cooking Class “Make Your Valentine Dinner!” – Monday, February 9, 6:30 – 9 p.m. The recipes Joe will teach in this class offer something for every romantic. Some traditional, some not—just like love! Burrata in Swiss Chard Bagna Cauda, Baked Oysters with Spinach and Pernod, Sautéed Duck Breast with Tamarind Leeks and Champagne Risotto, Buttermilk Panna Cotta with our Jam. Enrollment limited, call 401-247-1200 to reserve. Our $50 per person per class fee includes recipes, wine and tastes of the dishes. Simone’s275 Child St., Warren, RI 02885.

Al Forno Regional Tuesday “Celebrating Piedmont” – Tuesday, February 10, 5:30 p.m. Join Chef David Reynoso in our kitchen for an intimate cooking class highlighting regional food and wine of Italy followed by a delicious dinner. Class limited to ten participants. Early sign-up is encouraged. $125/person includes dinner, wine, recipe booklet and gratuity, $95/person excludes wine. Please contact Suzette, by telephone, directly at 401-273-9767. Email reservations are not accepted. Cancellations will be refunded in the form of an Al Forno gift card. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Local 121 Olive Oil Seminar and Tasting with Johnny Madge – Tuesday, February 10, 6 – 7 p.m. Local 121 restaurant in Providence has invited world expert olive oil taster Johnny Madge to host a seminar and tasting. The hour-long event will include a seminar discussing the characteristics of each Italian extra virgin olive oil variety that Madge selects and the influence that harvest and milling techniques have on the fruit. Madge will guide guests on how to taste the oils and will also discuss what the terms “extra virgin” and “cold pressed” mean in today’s modern olive oil industry and how it affects flavor. Included in the $15 event fee is a sampling of charcuterie and appetizers to complement the oils and a special olive oil cocktail. Local 121’s dinner menu will feature Madge’s selected oils. Pre-registration is required for this event. Please send an email to nmiller@local121.com to reserve a spot. Complimentary valet is available. Local 121, 121 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Newport Cooks Mushroom Seduction with Chef Bob DiPietro – Wednesday, February 11, 6 – 8 p.m. Just in time for Valentine’s Day! There’s nothing more seductive then the alluring Maitake Mushrooms with Pasta flavor profiles of wild and exotic mushrooms. Allow RI Mushroom Company co-owner and classically trained Chef Bob DiPietro to take us one step further into the wonderful world of Chef Bob DiPietro mushrooms. In his first class, he introduced us to 9 different mushrooms, their flavor profiles and how to perfectly cook them. In this class we’ll work with Maitake, Pioppino, Golden Oyster mushrooms and more. And, depending on weather conditions, he may also have wild foraged mushrooms. Students need to bring their favorite knife, cutting board and a non-stick skillet. (We’ll also have some to lend, if you don’t have all three). Chef Bob will have a gourmet mushroom laden menu for us to prep and cook together. He’ll coach each student on how to take mushrooms from Farmer’s Market to the pan and how to cook them to perfection. We’ll dine on everything we make. Chef Bob is a delightful Instructor and has so much culinary and mushroom knowledge to share! We’ll also taste wines chosen by Newport Wine Cellar to compliment the menu. Sign up early. This class will sell out! Class fee: $65 per student. Register hereThe Newport Cooks Kitchen796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842.

Pell Center Farm to Table: Farming, Food Production & Their Consequences – Wednesday, February 11, 7 – 9 p.m. To address questions about American food, agriculture and society, a panel of speakers will participate in a discussion moderated by Pell Center Senior Fellow Joseph Grady, who will contribute additional perspectives on public dialog about the issue. Audience members will be encouraged to contribute questions and opinions. Panel members for the event are: Charles Allott, Executive Director, Aquidneck Land Trust; Courtney Bourns, Senior Program Officer, Henry P. Kendall Foundation; Jameson Chace, Associate Professor of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Studies – Salve Regina University; Chuck Wooster, Farmer; Author of Living with Pigs and Living with Sheep. Salve Regina University O’Hare Academic Center – Bazarsky Lecture Hall100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

Valentine’s Day Tallulah on Thames – Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 15. Valentine’s Day is coming up and what a better way to celebrate than an incredible meal with your significant other at Tallulah’s? Friday February 13th as well as Sunday February 15th you will have the option of a 4-course create your own prix-fixe menu or 6-course chef’s tasting. On Saturday, February 14th, Tallulah’s team has arranged a special 4-course set menu including a glass of sparkling wine available for $75/person. Seats are limited so be sure to call 401-849-2433 to book now! Tallulah on Thames, 464 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840.

Newport Cooks Homemade Simple Italian: Fettuccine, Gnocchi, Red Sauce & Pesto – Friday, February 13, 6 – 8 p.m. There’s nothing like homemade pasta! It has so much more taste and texture then what you might buy at the market. In this fun hands-on class we’ll make homemade fettuccine – the old fashioned way with semolina flour, eggs and olive oil. We’ll roll it out and cut it with an Atlas pasta machine. We’ll also make delicious ricotta gnocchi – a delicate hand rolled pasta perfect with a homemade red sauce or pesto. If you’ve never tried homemade pasta you’re in for a treat! We’ll try everything we make – al dente, of course. You’ll leave with new recipes and the inspiration to make creative homemade pastas, a delicious Pasta Making simple red sauce and experiment with pestos on your own. We’ll taste wines chosen by Newport Wine Cellar to compliment the menu. Class fee: $65 per student. Register hereThe Newport Cooks Kitchen796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842.

Brix Valentine’s Weekend Celebration – Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 15. Celebrate with your special someone at Brix Restaurant. Cozy up by our original stone fireplace and dine overlooking our Barrel Room and winery. Enjoy our 3-course wine pairing Valentine’s Day weekend menu specially crafted by our Executive Chef Ron Aguiar and culinary team. Valentine’s Menu: $45 per person / $5 off with Newport Winterfest button. Tax and gratuity additional. View menu. Full menu also available. Reservations suggested, please call 401-848-5161 x2. Brix909 East Main Rd., Middletown, RI 02842.

Russell Morin Catering & Events and Newport Storm present From the Field Craft Beer Dinner – Friday, February 13, 6 – 9 p.m. A wild game dinner alongside local craft beer. Food will be prepared before guests in the open kitchen of ‘Vue in Newport. Seating is limited. Call 774-203-8459 to reserve your spot. $65 per person. ‘Vue, 1 Casino Terrace, Newport, RI 02840.

Jonathan Edwards Winery Dark & Decadent – Friday, February 13, 7 – 9 p.m. Join us for a Valentine’s weekend tradition: our Port-style dessert wine DARK paired with offerings from local chocolatiers and music in our Barrel Room. Music to be announced shortly. Purchase tickets. $25 per person. Jonathan Edwards Winery74 Chester Main Rd., N. Stonington, CT 06359.

Savoring Federal Hill “An insider’s culinary tour” – Saturday, February 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Are you looking for something fun to do on Valentine’s Day? Join Cindy Salvato on this wonderful culinary tour of historical Federal Hill. Along the walk sample cheese, antipasto, bread, wine, chocolates and cookies. Glance inside a 100-year-old brick oven and, watch local artisans make handmade bread and more. Guests leave with recipes, coupons and a new place to shop. The tour runs from 9 a.m. until noon and the cost is $50.00 per person. Sign up at www.savoringrhodeisland.com.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Decadent Desserts” – Saturday, February 14, 12 – 3 p.m. Spend Valentine’s Day afternoon surrounded by Al Forno sweetness! In addition to yet-to-be determined specialties, learn how to make the classic Al Forno tart dough (easier than you might think!), and our hand-churned ice cream. Surprise your sweetheart with your newly-acquired skills and recipes, or…share the afternoon together! Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrumptious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Valentine’s Day Easy Entertaining Tasting Dinner – Saturday, February, 14,  6 – 9 p.m. Our third annual Valentine’s Day Tasting Dinner is back celebrating our second anniversary of hosting our monthly tasting dinners at our Cafe – Celebrate with your sweetheart while dining over our gourmet locavore fare! In celebration of completing our second year of successful tasting dinners we’re bringing back last year’s Valentine’s Day Contest! Like our page on Facebook and submit your love story to our wall – we’ll enter your name into a drawing to win a FREE dinner for two! (deadline: 02/06/2015 for a winner to be announced on 02/07/2015). Reservations Required. Must call 401-437-6090 or e-mail  info@EasyEntertainingRI.com to confirm your reservation! The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Valentine’s Day George’s of Galilee – Saturday, February 14, 5 – 9 p.m. Guests looking for romantic evening on Block Island Sound can enjoy a first course of Local Green Crab and Grilled Corn Bisque with crispy prosciutto and chives followed by Organic Rainbow Beets with blood orange, fennel, and arugula topped with spiced candied walnuts and grapefruit-mint vinaigrette. The evening’s entrée features Chianti-braised Short Rib with wild mushroom risotto and sautéed broccoli rabe with black garlic oil. The Valentine’s Day dinner concludes with a Molten Mocha Cake with chocolate stout reduction and caramel whipped cream.  The cost of the dinner is $30 per person and includes a glass of sparkling wine and a red rose. To make a reservation, please call 401-783-2306. George’s of Galilee250 Sand Hill Cove Rd., Narragansett, RI 02882.

Valentine’s Day Persimmon – Saturday, February 14. Don’t leave love to luck — come join us for Valentine’s Day! In honor of the occasion, Champe will be preparing a special, romantic 4-course menu (with a treat or two thrown in along the way). There will be choices offered within each course as well as an optional wine pairing. We will also have a special, festive craft cocktail list to mark the day. The cost is $85/person, excluding tax, gratuity and beverages. Please call 401-254-7474 between the hours of 12:30 and 9:30 p.m. to reserve table. Persimmon, 31 State St., Bristol, RI 02809.

Valentine’s Day Simone’s – Saturday, February 14, brunch 8 a.m. – 1:30, dinner 6 or 8:15 p.m. Simone’s is thrilled to offer a delectable Valentine’s Day menu featuring brunch and dinner options for those who embrace their love in the morning and evening. In addition to its delicious brunch menu , Simone’s will offer a selection of specialties for the day including: Lobster and Eggs Benedict with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise on a toasted English Muffin; Turkey and Chicken Hash with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise sauce; and Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes with Henry Emmons’ Maple Syrup. Simone’s will offer two seatings for Valentine’s Day dinner. The cost for the prix fix menu is $45.00 per person or $68.00 per person including wine pairings. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 401-247-1200 or visit www.simonesri.comSimone’s275 Child St., Warren, RI 02885.

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar Sam Adams Beer Dinner – Tuesday, February 17, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner. Another year, another toast. Joins us as we host the brewery that catalyzed the microbrew revolution. A Boston Beer Company Brewmaster will lead guests through his favorite offerings as they’re paired with a four-course dinner prepared by The Mooring’s culinary team. $50 per person, tax and gratuity are additional ($5 discount with Newport Winter Festival button). Please call 401-846-2260 for reservations. The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar1 Sayers Wharf, Newport, RI 02840.

Brix WINEterfest Winemaker Dinner – Wednesday, February 18, 5 p.m. In conjunction with Newport Winterfest, Brix is pleased to present their WINEterfest Wine Dinner. Get out of the cold and warm up at our fireplace with family or friends. Enjoy a 5-course menu specially crafted by our Executive Chef Ron Aguiar, as a Newport Vineyards Winemaker takes you through each pairing. $65 per person, $5 off with Newport Winterfest button. Tax and gratuity additional. View menu. Full menu also available. Reservations suggested, please call 401-848-5161 x2. Brix909 East Main Rd., Middletown, RI 02842.

Easy Entertaining Cooking Class “Healthy Crock Pot + Stove Top Soups” – Wednesday, February, 18,  6 – 7 p.m. If you missed it in the Fall its back! Learn our signature recipes for Tuscan White Bean Soup, Creamy Tomato, Lightened up Beef Stew, and Beans & Greens. Take home these recipes along with 2 bonus recipes – dust off that crock pot and get the soups cooking all day to enjoy when you’re home from work! $29/guest. Reservations required, please note classes are no longer BYO. Credit card required to reserve your spot. Please email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Castle Hill Inn Chinese New Year – Thursday, February 19 through Sunday, February 22. Alexander Agassiz was an avid traveller to the Far East and collector of Asian art and furniture, some of which is still on view in the Inn. His love of the culture inspired our Chinese New Year culinary celebration. Chef Andy Taur, a valued member of the Castle Hill culinary team and son of Chinese-American restaurateurs, has crafted a four-day Cantonese inspired menu. Call 888-466-1355 for reservations. View the menu. Castle Hill Inn, 590 Ocean Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

Trio Pacific Northwest Wine Dinner – Friday, February 20, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner. Join us for an amazing evening of creatively paired cuisine with select varietals from the Pacific Northwest. Pairings include Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls with Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling, White Truffle & Wild Mushroom Ragout with Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay, and other delectable pairings. View the menu. $60 per person, tax & gratuity additional. Please call 401-792-4333 for reservations. Trio, 15 Kingstown Rd., Narragansett, RI 02882.

Newport Vineyards Paint Nite – Sunday, February 22, 7 p.m. Join us in Newport Vineyards new Tank Room for an evening of painting with wine at a local winery! Dine with family and friends after at Brix Restaurant, located on site at Newport Vineyards. (dinner reservations suggested). Please note food & beverages are not inlcuded in price of ticket, nor will food be served during the event. $45 per person, purchase ticketsNewport Vineyards909 East Main Rd., Middletown, RI 02842.

Gracie’s Star Chef Dinner Series with Chef Robert Sisca – Monday, February 23, 6 p.m. Throughout the year, Gracie’s invites celebrated chefs from around the country to collaborate with Executive Chef Matthew Varga & Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark. These innovative dining experiences begin with a cocktail reception & passed canapes, followed by a seated five course tasting, paired with wine. For reservations and more information, please contact: tenneal@graciesprov.com or call 401-272-7811. Gracie’s, 194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Easy Entertaining Burger Night – Monday, February 23, 6 – 9 p.m. It’s back – after a holiday hiatus #BurgerNight has returned with more mouthwatering seasonal burgers and build your own toppings! Don’t miss it! Reservations Recommended – Walk-ins Welcome. Call 401-437-6090 or email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Newport Cooks In the Kitchen with Chef Matthew MacCartney & Sous Chef Keith O’Marra of Jamestown FiSH Restaurant – Tuesday, February 24, 6 – 8 p.m. Coming off of a banner year of international accolades and awards, Chef MatthewMacCartney and his team have no doubt put Jamestown FiSH on the world’s culinary radar. Voted Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef in New England in 2014, Chef Matthew’s delicious and artful interpretations of locally sourced ingredients, fish and shellfish have been duly noticed. In this demonstration style cooking class Chef Matthew and Sous Chef Keith O’Marra will share their wealth of culinary talent, tips & tricks. Chef Matthew has worked & apprenticed in some of the world’s most famous restaurants (Cibreo in Florence, Italy, Daniel in NYC and Pasta Nostra in Norwalk, CT), studied at the New York City Technical College & holds a diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.  We’ll taste everything we prepare in class and taste wines chosen by Newport Wine Cellar to compliment the menu. Class fee: $65 per student. Register hereThe Newport Cooks Kitchen796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842.

Easy Entertaining Cooking Class “Spanish Paella” – Thursday, February, 26,  6 – 7 p.m. This class will be led by Chef Kait and focus entirely on homemade paella – the perfect dish for entertaining! Chef Kait will feature a non traditional recipe she learned during her time in Barcelona in 2014. Please note this Paella will contain meat and seafood $39/guest. Reservations required, please note classes are no longer BYO. Credit card required to reserve your spot. Please email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Chicken” – Saturday, February 28, 12 – 3 p.m. We’ve often heard from guests that our chicken is amazing. What makes it so special? In this class, learn simple techniques and recipes for preparing chicken at home that include poaching, roasting and grilling. You’ll be thrilled with the array of manageable options. Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Newport Cooks Monthly Gourmet Dinner Night – French Cuisine with Chef Deja Hart at the Newport Cooks Kitchen & Custom House Coffee – Saturday, February 28, 6 – 8 p.m. For this evening we’ll be cooking authentic French cuisine taught by classically  trained Chef Deja Hart. The menu is inspired by her recent trip to Paris with her Executive Chef husband Karsten Hart of Castile Hill Inn. They love to travel and when they do they let their palettes take the lead. Our menu will include: Vol-au-Vent (individual puff pastry shells filled with mushrooms, shallots , parsley & truffle veloute), Bouillabaisse (fisherman’s stew served with rouille)and Baba au Rhum (Current studded cake soaked in rum). These monthly dinners are a great opportunity to get together with other people who love to cook in a social, fun atmosphere to learn new skills & techniques and to cook a great meal together. Come as a couple, with a friend or by yourself. After we prepare the meal, we’ll eat everything buffet style at Custom House Coffee, right next door. You’ll also have the opportunity to invite guests to join us for our delicious homemade dinner! We’ll taste wines during class to compliment the menu and a cash bar will be available at Custom House Coffee as we enjoy our meal. This is a regular series of monthly community gourmet cooking class dinners taught and prepared in the Newport Cooks Kitchen and enjoyed with invited guests in the Custom House Coffee dining room. Class fee: $65/student – includes instruction and dinner (complimentary beverage tasting during class & cash bar at Custom House Coffee). Guest fee: $30/guest – includes dinner (cash bar at Custom House Coffee). Register hereThe Newport Cooks Kitchen796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842.

Simone’s Cooking Class “My Forno Is Your Forno” – Monday, March 2, 6:30 – 9 p.m. This class will center on our awesome Woodstone oven. Joe will teach you tricks to make your oven cook just like ours. We will make 2 different Pizze, Roasted Spring Vegetables with Almond Romesco, Oven Roasted Cioppino with local Clams and Cod, Baked Polenta with Spicy Eggplant Ragu, and our classic Bread Pudding. Enrollment limited, call 401-247-1200 to reserve. Our $50 per person per class fee includes recipes, wine and tastes of the dishes. Simone’s275 Child St., Warren, RI 02885.

Newport Cooks In the Early Spring Kitchen with Chef Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames – Tuesday, March 3, 6 – 8 p.m. Fresh – Modern – Local…it’s how Chef Jake Rojas thinks and is inspired to create Chef Jake Rojas at Newport Cooks the amazing dishes prepared & served at his award winning Newport restaurant, Tallulah on Thames. Nominated by Food & Wine Magazine as one of New England’s top new Chefs, Jake takes cooking to the level of fine art – that tastes as good as it looks. Using locally sourced ingredients that he’ll choose prior to class, Chef Jake will share his ingenious thought process used to create unique and provocative seasonal menus. He’ll share tips, tricks and recipes that he uses in his kitchen and we’ll taste everything he prepares. We’ll also taste wines chosen by Newport Wine Cellar to compliment the menu. Class fee: $65 per student. Register hereThe Newport Cooks Kitchen796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842.

America’s Test Kitchen Live with Christopher Kimball – Wednesday, March 4, 8 p.m. Join Christopher Kimball for a behind-the-scenes tour of America’s Test Kitchen. Find out the secrets of recipe testing and how we rate equipment, perform taste tests, and investigate the science of cooking. Participants also get a private tour of how we film our two public television shows. You’ll witness some of our most embarrassing TV moments, from the Yule log disaster to the smoking TODAY show segment that almost summoned the fire department. America’s Test Kitchen Live also includes an on-stage chocolate taste test with audience members, two live science experiments, and a live “sniff” test to see if participants can identify what they smell. We introduce—through our public radio show—some of our favorite guests, including Mary Roach (author of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal), and a radio tribute to Julia Child featuring personal reminisces from those who knew her best. Audience members are also encouraged to ask questions and we end the evening with a live Q & A session. Purchase tickets here. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Antipasto Abbondanza” – Saturday, March 7, 12 – 3 p.m. Antipasti offer a wide range of variety from small sandwiches, chilled vegetables, cheeses and meats to hot foods such as fried vegetables and fish. Immerse yourself in a feast of tasty Italian-inspired nibbles. Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Jonathan Edwards Winery Music Uncorked: Barrel Room Series – Saturday, March 7, 7 – 9:30 p.m. Join us for the last of three nights through the winter season for wine, music and small bites in the Barrel Room! Ticket includes a glass of your favorite JE wine and a small plate from the night’s featured food vendor. Music and food to be announced shortly! Purchase tickets. $25 in advance (until 5pm January 16th) / $30 at the door. Jonathan Edwards Winery74 Chester Main Rd., N. Stonington, CT 06359.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Where the Wild Things Are” – Saturday, March 14, 12 – 3 p.m. Learn to conquer the wild beast! This class offers insight into less common types of meat and what to do with them. Tired of the routine of beef, chicken and lamb? This is the class for you! Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Gracie’s Star Chef Dinner Series with Chef Michael Ginor of Hudson Valley Foie Gras – Monday, March 16, 6 p.m. Throughout the year, Gracie’s invites celebrated chefs from around the country to collaborate with Executive Chef Matthew Varga & Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark. These innovative dining experiences begin with a cocktail reception & passed canapes, followed by a seated five course tasting, paired with wine. For reservations and more information, please contact: tenneal@graciesprov.com or call 401-272-7811. Gracie’s194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Pasta Three Ways” – Saturday, March 21, 12 – 3 p.m. If you’ve eaten at Al Forno or read George and Johanne’s cookbook, On Top of Spaghetti, you know that pasta has always been on the menu. Join the chefs for some of the Al Forno classics as well as some new favorites. Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Simone’s Cooking Class “Pasta Boot Camp 1—Dried Pasta” – Monday, March 23, 6:30 – 9 p.m. This class has been one of our favorites. Joe will share is knowledge of pasta and teach you how to make awesome pasta at home. We will focus on 4 sauces: Simple Tomato Sauce, Pesto, Amatriciana and Arrabiata and finish with a basic recipe for baked pasta. N.B.—we will happily accommodate Gluten Free people! Enrollment limited, call 401-247-1200 to reserve. Our $50 per person per class fee includes recipes, wine and tastes of the dishes. Simone’s275 Child St., Warren, RI 02885.

Rhode Island Community Food Bank Empty Bowls 2015 – Friday, March 27, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Join us in this celebration and choose your own handcrafted bowl. Enjoy the local flavor of some of the most talented chefs in Rhode Island.Your participation will assist the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in feeding 63,000 Rhode Islanders each month. $35 General Admission: Includes a handmade artisan bowl and tastings of soup, salad, bread and dessert from over 30 local restaurants, caterers and food vendors. Cash bar. $150 Patron Admission: Includes a handmade artisan bowl from the VIP bowl selection, a free drink from the cash bar, tastings of soup, salad, bread and dessert from over 30 local restaurants, caterers and food vendors and our gratitude for your generous donation to support this event. Tickets on sale February 13th. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Pl., Cranston, RI 02905.

Simone’s Cooking Class “Pasta Boot Camp 2—Fresh Pasta” – Monday, April 13, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Joe will demonstrate and teach how to make Fresh Pasta. Learn to make Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, Pasta with Melting Asparagus and Parmigiano, Pappardalle with Jonah Crabmeat, Lemon and Crème Fraiche, and Spinach Gnocchi baked with Simple Tomato Sauce. Dessert will be served. Enrollment limited, call 401-247-1200 to reserve. Our $50 per person per class fee includes recipes, wine and tastes of the dishes. Simone’s275 Child St., Warren, RI 02885.

Gracie’s Star Chef Dinner Series with Chef Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet Bistro – Monday, April 27, 6 p.m. Throughout the year, Gracie’s invites celebrated chefs from around the country to collaborate with Executive Chef Matthew Varga & Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark. These innovative dining experiences begin with a cocktail reception & passed canapes, followed by a seated five course tasting, paired with wine. For reservations and more information, please contact: tenneal@graciesprov.com or call 401-272-7811. Gracie’s194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Eat Drink RI Festival – Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3. Presenting farmers, chefs, bartenders and food & drink artisans from across the state, the Festival offers special dining & cocktail opportunities, charitable events, an All-Local Tasting featuring farmer & chef cooking demonstrations and culminates in the Grand Brunch with the best restaurants in Rhode Island. Watch this site for details coming soon.

Simone’s Cooking Class “Cinco de Mayo Celebration!” – Monday, May 5, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Let’s have a fiesta. Begin with a fancy Tequila and tuck into a Ceviche with Avocado Cream as well as Queso Fundido. Learn to make our famous pickled vegetables and salsas and the fix-ins for a fresh, delicious and fun taco bar featuring our Fish Tacos, Steak Tacos, and Chile Verde Pork. We will surprise you with dessert. Ole! Enrollment limited, call 401-247-1200 to reserve. Our $50 per person per class fee includes recipes, wine and tastes of the dishes. Simone’s275 Child St., Warren, RI 02885.

Gracie’s Star Chef Dinner Series with Chef Maria Sinskey of Robert Sinskey Vineyards – Monday, June 8, 6 p.m. Throughout the year, Gracie’s invites celebrated chefs from around the country to collaborate with Executive Chef Matthew Varga & Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark. These innovative dining experiences begin with a cocktail reception & passed canapes, followed by a seated five course tasting, paired with wine. For reservations and more information, please contact: tenneal@graciesprov.com or call 401-272-7811. Gracie’s194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Gracie’s Star Chef Dinner Series with Chef Neath Pal of Johnson & Wales University – Monday, August 3, 6 p.m. Throughout the year, Gracie’s invites celebrated chefs from around the country to collaborate with Executive Chef Matthew Varga & Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark. These innovative dining experiences begin with a cocktail reception & passed canapes, followed by a seated five course tasting, paired with wine. For reservations and more information, please contact: tenneal@graciesprov.com or call 401-272-7811. Gracie’s194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Gracie’s Star Chef Dinner Series with Chef Patrick Soucy of Ceia Kitchen + Bar – Monday, March 16, 6 p.m. Throughout the year, Gracie’s invites celebrated chefs from around the country to collaborate with Executive Chef Matthew Varga & Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark. These innovative dining experiences begin with a cocktail reception & passed canapes, followed by a seated five course tasting, paired with wine. For reservations and more information, please contact: tenneal@graciesprov.com or call 401-272-7811. Gracie’s194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

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