upcoming events

Saving & Sharing Seeds with Seed Savers Exchange - Thursday, July 31, 6:30 – 8 p.m. In the days before seed catalogs, harvesting seeds for the next year’s garden was essential. Today, saving and sharing seeds plays a critical role in preserving rare, heirloom varieties and the garden heritage they represent. Join Seed Savers Exchange to discuss the process of saving seeds from garden fruits and vegetables – tomatoes, squash, peppers, melons, beans, and more – and learn how to participate in this backyard preservation. Presented by: Grant Olson – Public Programs Manager – Seed Savers Exchange. As Public Programs Manager of Seed Savers Exchange, Grant Olson helps facilitate the world’s largest grassroots seed exchange, which connects thousands of gardeners, farmers and chefs across the country and around the world. He encourages participatory preservation of rare and unusual varieties in backyard gardens through events, workshops, publications and online resources found at exchange.seedsavers.org. Free but you must register hereWilliam H Hall Free Library1825 Broad St., Cranston, RI 02905.

30th Annual Charlestown Chamber of Commerce Seafood Festival – Friday, August 1, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. A gastronomic extravaganza of Rhode Island’s best seafood, lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish & chips, lobster rolls, clam cakes, corn on the cob and a raw bar, as well as an array of all types of foods for every taste. A wide variety of arts and crafts on display, amusement rides, rock wall climbing, car show, Marcolites Kite exhibition, midway entertainment, bungee jumping, , kayak, overnight getaways, Red Sox Tickets, 50/50, lobster raffle and more. Continuous entertainment and events. Event Admission Only $8 Adults, Children 10 and Under Free, $2 Donation to Park. THIS EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE. Click here for more information. Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI 02813.

Farm Fresh RI Local Food Fest – Tuesday, August 5, 4 p.m. VIP, 5 p.m. general. An evening celebrating Rhode Island farmers, fishermen and food artisans. Featuring two dozen local farmers and producers, teamed up with chefs from Castle Hill, Newport Restaurant Group and ten more. Plus, local wines, beers, live music, a photo booth and a silent auction. Ticket sales are capped and we anticipate will sell out. Kids under 12 are free. Tickets include food and a choice of a local wine or beer. Purchase tickets here. Additional drinks can be purchased at the welcome table. Castle Hill Inn590 Ocean Dr., Newport, RI 02840.

An Evening with Becoming Italian Today – Thursday, August 7, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Join us as we celebrate another local small business, Becoming Italian Today by Kelly Thomas and her family. This made in RI, all natural, gluten-free sausage is coming soon to a market near you. Kelly is kind enough to host this tasting with other Italian treats. Please RSVP on Facebook. Friends are also welcome. Fabulocity9 Cedar Swamp Rd., Smithfield, RI 02917.

Walrus and Carpenter Oysters Second Summer Farm Dinner Series Southside Community Land Trust Oyster Bash - Saturday, August 9, 3 – 7 p.m. A combination of ecological tour, gourmet meal, wine from the experts at Bottles, and local farming immersion, these dinners are no ordinary dining out experience! The evening begins with a boat tour of the 3-acre offshore oyster farm, with discussion and time for questions about the local ecosystem and significant environmental benefits of oyster farming. Afterwards, an in-the-water raw bar will feature an opportunity to enjoy on-the-spot harvested oysters. Following the raw bar, we’ll take a walk on stunning East Beach, followed by a seated multi-course white tablecloth dinner. The format for The Southside Community Land Trust Oyster bash on August, 9 will be a little different then the dinners with one guest chef dishes will be prepared from restaurants all over Rhode IslandBottles will be pairing and pouring wine for each course. We’ll return again to the marina by boat. Tickets are $150.00 for the entire experience, including food and drink, and only thirty will be sold for each night. In addition, a portion of proceeds from each ticket sold benefits Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) and their ”Lots of Hope” program. Tickets can be purchased online at walrusandcarpenteroysters.comNinigret Pond Lavin’s Landing Marina, 60 Sportsman Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813.

Walrus and Carpenter Oysters Second Summer Farm Dinner Series with Chef Derek Wagner of Nick’s on Broadway – Sunday, August 10, 3 – 7 p.m. A combination of ecological tour, gourmet meal, wine from the experts at Bottles, and local farming immersion, these dinners are no ordinary dining out experience! The evening begins with a boat tour of the 3-acre offshore oyster farm, with discussion and time for questions about the local ecosystem and significant environmental benefits of oyster farming. Afterwards, an in-the-water raw bar will feature an opportunity to enjoy on-the-spot harvested oysters. Following the raw bar, we’ll take a walk on stunning East Beach, followed by a seated multi-course white tablecloth dinner. Each chef has designed an original meal, and select chefs will join us for the entire night. Bottles will be pairing and pouring wine for each course. We’ll return again to the marina by boat. Tickets are $150.00 for the entire experience, including food and drink, and only thirty will be sold for each night. In addition, a portion of proceeds from each ticket sold benefits Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) and their ”Lots of Hope” program. Tickets can be purchased online at walrusandcarpenteroysters.comNinigret Pond Lavin’s Landing Marina, 60 Sportsman Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813.

B. Pinelli’s Old Fashioned Clam Bake – Monday, August 11, 5:30 p.m. Who’s ready for a good ol’ fashioned New England Clam Bake?! Join us outside, rain or shine, for the most fun you’ll ever have with seafood! Featuring 1 1/2 Lobster, Steamers, Mussels, Cod Fish and more! Only $49.95 pp (tax & tip included). Call 270-7111 to RSVP. B. Pinelli’s, 736 N. Broadway, East Providence, RI 02914.

Gracie’s Star Chef Series Presents Chef Bruce Tillinghast – Monday, August 11, 6 p.m. Chef Tillinghast is, without a doubt, one of the reasons that Rhode Island has such a strong local food culture. He and his wife, Pat, opened New Rivers Restaurant in 1990, with a menu highlighting seasonal and local ingredients. In addition to area farms, Bruce and Pat included ingredients “found in a wealth of ethnic markets in the Providence area.” The evening begins with a reception featuring passed canapes, followed by a seated 5 course dinner, paired with wines by The Savory Grape. $125 per guest, does not include tax & gratuity. Email keira@graciesprov.com or call 401-272-7811 for reservations. Gracie’s194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Walrus and Carpenter Oysters Second Summer Farm Dinner Series with Chef Benjamin Sukle of birch - Tuesday, August 12, 3 – 7 p.m. A combination of ecological tour, gourmet meal, wine from the experts at Bottles, and local farming immersion, these dinners are no ordinary dining out experience! The evening begins with a boat tour of the 3-acre offshore oyster farm, with discussion and time for questions about the local ecosystem and significant environmental benefits of oyster farming. Afterwards, an in-the-water raw bar will feature an opportunity to enjoy on-the-spot harvested oysters. Following the raw bar, we’ll take a walk on stunning East Beach, followed by a seated multi-course white tablecloth dinner. Each chef has designed an original meal, and select chefs will join us for the entire night. Bottles will be pairing and pouring wine for each course. We’ll return again to the marina by boat. Tickets are $150.00 for the entire experience, including food and drink, and only thirty will be sold for each night. In addition, a portion of proceeds from each ticket sold benefits Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) and their ”Lots of Hope” program. Tickets can be purchased online at walrusandcarpenteroysters.comNinigret Pond Lavin’s Landing Marina, 60 Sportsman Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813.

Washington County Fair – Wednesday, August 13 through Sunday, August, 17. Owned and operated by the volunteers of the Washington County Pomona Grange, the Washington County Fair, a non-profit organization, has been a great New England tradition for the past 48 years! The Fair is Rhode Island’s largest agricultural event. One of the biggest draws to the Fair is today’s Country Music Stars! Admission includes access to all daily concerts, special acts and events, the giant midway and kiddy land area (all ride tickets and games separate), all agricultural events and shows, exhibits and displays, tractor and horse pulls, the farm museum, and much, much more! The Fair features the Main Stage pine grove where you can relax and enjoy some of music’s hottest acts. The Midway is full of the rides you look forward too every year, as well as some new additions! Also, for the second year, the Midway will feature New England’s largest traveling roller coaster! Admission tickets are $10 for adults, 10 years of age and under are admitted free of charge. Click here for more informationWashington County Fairgrounds, 78 Richmond Townhouse Rd., Richmond, RI 02898.

 “Food will help Rhode Island grow™” Gubernatorial Candidates Town Hall – Wednesday, August 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Eat Drink RI along with Sons of Liberty Spirits, Wildwood, the RI Small Business Journal, and the RI Food Policy Council, have put together a Town Hall style forum with the candidates for governor of Rhode Island. Based upon Eat Drink RI’s motto “Food will help Rhode Island grow™,” each Town Hall will focus specifically on the food and beverage industry, asking the candidates how they plan on encouraging further growth in the industry, and their plans to work with and assist culinary businesses grow our economy. A portion of the questions to be asked at each Town Hall will be collected by Eat Drink RI from Rhode Islanders who own businesses and are workers in the food and beverage industry–submit your questions via email. The event will be open to the public with required registration for free tickets. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception immediately following. Sons of Liberty Spirits Distillery1425 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown, RI 02879.

Easy Entertaining Grilled Pizza and Wine Tasting Class – Wednesday, August 13, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Who says grills are just for burgers? If your dream in pizza this hands-on class is for you! We will walk you through how to “throw-dough” and grilling techniques. Each class member will be given a dough ball to grill on their own and will finish the class with a pizza to enjoy or take home. While you are not grilling – step over to the tasting bar and enjoy a brief “pizza wine” tasting. We will learn a few quick tips and tricks regarding pairing pizza and wine. Glasses of wine and beer will be available for purchase. $32.50 per guest Please call 401-437-6090 or email info@easyentertainingri.com to reserve your spot. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Feast in the Field – Thursday, August 14, 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 8 p.m. dinner. Join Historic New England for an evening benefiting the c. 1750 Casey Farm. Enjoy rustic locally sourced cuisine, live music, a silent auction, and good company. Celebrate at a festive reception featuring beer, wine, signature cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres - tickets start at $75. Continue the evening at an intimate dinner under the stars - tickets start at $150. Registration required. Space is limited. Call 617-994-5934 for more information. Purchase tickets hereCasey Farm2325 Boston Neck Rd., North Kingstown, RI 02874.

Ella’s Fine Food & Drink Summer Culinary Series – Saturday, August 16, 12 – 4 p.m. Chef Jeanie Roland will be sharing recipes and kitchen tips with the exclusive participants. Classes include appetizers, wine & plenty of enjoyment! This is a rare opportunity to learn some of Chef Jeanie’s secrets in the kitchen. Ella’s is committed to sourcing and serving you the freshest product available on the market. Our produce, dairy and seafood are sourced locally and our meat is certified all natural & organic, to ensure the very best for our diners. Call 401-315-0606 for details and reservations. Classes are $100 per person or a discounted rate of $175 for both sessions (previous session on Saturday, July 19, see above). Ella’s Fine Food & Drink2 Tower St., Westerly, RI 02891.

Walrus and Carpenter Oysters Second Summer Farm Dinner Series with Chef James Mark of north - Saturday, August 16, 3 – 7 p.m. A combination of ecological tour, gourmet meal, wine from the experts at Bottles, and local farming immersion, these dinners are no ordinary dining out experience! The evening begins with a boat tour of the 3-acre offshore oyster farm, with discussion and time for questions about the local ecosystem and significant environmental benefits of oyster farming. Afterwards, an in-the-water raw bar will feature an opportunity to enjoy on-the-spot harvested oysters. Following the raw bar, we’ll take a walk on stunning East Beach, followed by a seated multi-course white tablecloth dinner. Each chef has designed an original meal, and select chefs will join us for the entire night. Bottles will be pairing and pouring wine for each course. We’ll return again to the marina by boat. Tickets are $150.00 for the entire experience, including food and drink, and only thirty will be sold for each night. In addition, a portion of proceeds from each ticket sold benefits Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) and their ”Lots of Hope” program. Tickets can be purchased online at walrusandcarpenteroysters.comNinigret Pond Lavin’s Landing Marina, 60 Sportsman Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813.

Walrus and Carpenter Oysters Second Summer Farm Dinner Series with Chef Beau Vestal of New Rivers - Sunday, August 17, 3 – 7 p.m. A combination of ecological tour, gourmet meal, wine from the experts at Bottles, and local farming immersion, these dinners are no ordinary dining out experience! The evening begins with a boat tour of the 3-acre offshore oyster farm, with discussion and time for questions about the local ecosystem and significant environmental benefits of oyster farming. Afterwards, an in-the-water raw bar will feature an opportunity to enjoy on-the-spot harvested oysters. Following the raw bar, we’ll take a walk on stunning East Beach, followed by a seated multi-course white tablecloth dinner. Each chef has designed an original meal, and select chefs will join us for the entire night. Bottles will be pairing and pouring wine for each course. We’ll return again to the marina by boat. Tickets are $150.00 for the entire experience, including food and drink, and only thirty will be sold for each night. In addition, a portion of proceeds from each ticket sold benefits Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) and their ”Lots of Hope” program. Tickets can be purchased online at walrusandcarpenteroysters.comNinigret Pond Lavin’s Landing Marina, 60 Sportsman Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813.

The Continental Restaurant Proudly Invites You To The Country Dinner – Sunday, August 17, 4 p.m. Get Dressed and Come On Down! Outstanding Country Dinner Music, Singing, Belly Dancing Serving: Saj Flatbread, Olives, Thyme, Tomato, Onion, Farm Cheese, Potato Kibbee, Eggs with Awarma, Pickled Eggplant, and Much More! The Main Course is a Surprise! Fig Jam & Grape Molasses Ample Free Parking. Limited Seating Only 100 Tickets Available! Reservations Strongly Recommended 401-233-1800. The Continental Restaurant, 332 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917.

Jonathan Edwards Winery Lobster Bake – August 17, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Full Lobster Dinner (steamers & mussels with drawn butter, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes, BBQ chicken, 1 1/4 lb. lobster and watermelon for dessert!) and dancing after with SUGAR! Big white tent, vineyard views and casual family style seating, traditional clambake presentation from the experts in Newport, delicious food, wine and dancing. Really is there any better way to celebrate summer in New England? This event is very popular and always sells out. Pre-purchase your tickets early and seating is limited. $80/person. Purchase tickets here. Jonathan Edwards Winery74 Chester Main Rd., North Stonington, CT 06359.

 “Food will help Rhode Island grow™” Providence Mayoral Candidates Town Hall – Monday, August 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Eat Drink RI along with Easy Entertaining Inc. and the RI Food Policy Council, have put together a Town Hall style forum with the candidates for mayor of Providence. Based upon Eat Drink RI’s motto “Food will help Rhode Island grow™,” each Town Hall will focus specifically on the food and beverage industry, asking the candidates how they plan on encouraging further growth in the industry, and their plans to work with and assist culinary businesses grow our economy. A portion of the questions to be asked at each Town Hall will be collected by Eat Drink RI from Providence residents who own businesses and are workers in the food and beverage industry–submit your questions via email. The event will be open to the public with required registration for free tickets. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception immediately following. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Ella’s Fine Food & Drink Wine Dinner - Thursday, August 21, 6:30 p.m. These dinners begin with a champagne toast and include a 3 course dinner with wine pairings. This month’s dinner will feature Spanish Wines. Ella’s is committed to sourcing and serving you the freshest product available on the market. Our produce, dairy and seafood are sourced locally and our meat is certified all natural & organic, to ensure the very best for our diners.  The events are $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. Patrons are encouraged to reserve early since space is limited for these events. Call 401-315-0606 for details and reservations. Ella’s Fine Food & Drink2 Tower St., Westerly, RI 02891.

Outstanding in the Field with north at Arcadian Fields – Saturday, August 30, 3 p.m. Our mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it. Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. Since 1999 we have set the long table at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the table is set indoors: a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Wherever the location, the consistent theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table. Diana, the farmer at Arcadian Fields, is a one-woman show. She farms four acres on her own with a little help from volunteers, some of whom have volunteered for 15+ years. Around the time of this OITF event, she says the peppers and tomatoes will be going wild. Diana has a strong relationship with Chef James Mark and told us how she always has bags full of produce waiting for him at the farmer’s market. Chef James has all of his cooks work four days in the kitchen and one day on a farm in the area, so they know what it takes to get all the goodness that goes on the plate. $225 per person including sales tax. Order tickets online. Arcadian Fields94 Blitzkrieg Trail, Hope Valley, RI 02832.

ecoRI Zero Trash Birthday Bash – Thursday, September 4, 6 – 9 p.m. Eat, drink and … compost, all while supporting your favorite nonprofit environmental news organization. Join ecoRI News in celebrating our 5th birthday at our Zero-Trash Birthday Bash fundraiser. Everything at this party will be eaten, imbibed, recycled or composted. People’s Power & Light will be offsetting the electricity used at this event with local wind power. The menu will feature local food prepared by the folks at Easy Entertaining Cafe. Beer and wine courtesy of Campus Fine Wines. Space is limited, so advance ticket purchase is required. Purchase tickets here. Ticket sales close Aug. 26 or after the 100th ticket is sold. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Westerly Land Trust Farm Dinner – Saturday, September 6, 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Westerly Land Trust will transform the Avondale Farm Preserve into an al fresco dining room, setting the stage for an evening of food, wine, conversation, and education. Dinner will unfold at a long table set along the field for a unique dining experience featuring locally harvested ingredients in dishes prepared by teams of remarkable chefs. Throughout the meal, guests will hear from those who have grown, caught, raised, and crafted the items on the table. Tickets will be $175 and available for purchase on August 1st, at the WLT’s 10 High Street office or at www.westerlylandtrust.org. Tickets may not be reserved without full payment. Call 401-315-2610 for more information. Avondale Farm Preserve, Quail Run, Westerly, RI 02891.

4th Annual Rhode Island Seafood Festival – Saturday, September 6, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 7, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rhode Island’s premiere seafood festival hosting the best seafood in all of Rhode Island and southern New England. Restaurants, food distributors, breweries, wineries, local companies, artists and non-profit organizations will be present at the event to promote their products, service or cause and celebrate the end of the summer. There will be live music playing at “The Pier Stage” throughout the event. Free admission. India Point Park, Gano St, Providence, RI 02903.

13th Annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction – Thursday, September 18, 6 – 10 p.m. This culinary extravaganza features tastings from more than 20 of Rhode Island’s best chefs & restaurants. Funds raised will support the mission of March of Dimes — giving all babies a healthy start in life. Enjoy bidding on superb and unique live and silent auction packages while celebrating the culinary talents and wonderful generosity of all our fabulous chefs and restaurant partners as well as honoring March of Dimes 2014 Signature Chef Joe Simone. Purchase tickets here. For more information please call 401-454-1911 or contact Neil Sharpe at nsharpe@marchofdimes.com or Jean Bullock at jbullock@marchofdimes.com. Providence Art Club11 Thomas St., Providence, RI 02903.

2014 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival – Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21. One of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events, returns for its 9th year. Once again, the Marble House lawn will be the setting for the two-day Grand Tasting, which offers guests the chance to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from regional restaurants and caterers. Headlining the Grand Tastings, cooking on the Jenn-Air Master Class Culinary Stage, will be Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and television chef and author Sara Moulton. The elegant Friday night Wine & Rosecliff gala will feature a special selection of fine wines and food amid seaside Gilded Age splendor. Also returning is the Collectible Wine Dinner at The Elms on Saturday night. This dinner will give guests the chance to taste and learn about a variety of high-end collectible wines paired with a delectable meal. All of the wines will be hand-selected by the Festival’s Director of Wines, Michael Greenlee, a 25 year veteran of the industry. An exclusive Sunday Winemakers’ Brunch, featuring the wonderful rosés of Chateau d’Esclans, will be served in the Gilded Age splendor of the Gold Ballroom at Marble House. This is a unique experience not to be missed. For more information and to purchase tickets for the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, visit www.NewportMansionsWineAndFood.org, or call 401-847-1000.

Amos House Cooking Class “Fall Harvest Menu” – Wednesday, September 24, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Amos House in Providence, RI is offering a series of cooking classes and demonstrations at the Friendship Café. At these classes professional chef instructors will show participants creative, unique, and refreshing recipes along with cooking techniques. As the outside air grows crisp, and the leaves start to turn orange and red, the flavors of the fall harvest are not far behind! Learn how to best use fresh local ingredients from this bountiful time of year for your next family dinner, or party with friends. At the end of the evening, sit down and sample your creations while enjoying a selection of paired wines and locally crafted beers. The cost for this class is going to be $65 and tickets are on sale now. There is limited space so if interested you must make a reservation by going to www.amoshouse.com/cookingclasses. Tickets will be available for purchase up until September 24 and all proceeds will go directly towards the Amos House Culinary Education Program. Friendship Café500 Broad St., Providence, RI 02907.

Rhode Island Food Policy Council Food Matters: A Community Conversation Series – Wednesday, September 24, 6 – 8 p.m. Our September 2014 RI Food Policy Council host will be Ross Pearsall, Ocean State Fresh. He will lead a discussion on: “From Ocean to Table in the Ocean State: Connecting RI Fishers with RI Consumers.” A light supper will be served. Suggested donation: $10. The Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Sq., Newport, RI 02840.

Taste Trekkers Food and Travel Expo - Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5. The nation’s premiere Food and Travel Expo, returns to Providence, Rhode Island this fall for a second year. The event will unite adventurous food lovers who share a passion for travel. This year’s Expo will feature an Industry Day on Friday, October 3rd, with talks and a panel discussion aimed at professionals in the food and travel verticals. It will be followed by a networking cocktail reception. The events of Saturday, October 4th, will take place at the Providence Biltmore and be open to all food lovers. Foodies will hear short talks on a variety of cuisines and destinations, before diving in deeper with longer sessions. The afternoon will wrap up with the Tasting Pavilion in the Grand Ballroom. On Sunday, October 5th, the Expo will conclude with the Eat & Run Scavenger Hunt. Participants will compete for hundreds of dollars in prizes by following clues to their favorite eateries around the city. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://tastetrekkers.com/expo.

Savoring Tuscany with Easy Entertaining and The Savory Grape – Sunday, October 5 through Saturday, October 11. Chef Kaitlyn Roberts, founder & owner of Easy Entertaining Inc., and Jessica Granatiero, proprietor of The Savory Grape and The Savory Affair, have strategically joined forces to blend their extensive knowledge of food and wine in order to provide local consumers with events and experience unlike any other. “Savoring Tuscany” features Roberts leading the cooking classes and demonstrations, while Granatiero will provide a behind-the-scenes look at some of the top Tuscan vineyards. Granatiero has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Wine Spectator, and has received RI Monthly’s best wine shop award from 2006-2012. Roberts completed her culinary training in Tuscany, speaks fluent Italian and returns frequently to lead educated tourists in hands-on, one-of-a-kind experiences. To book your reservations please contact Ann Petronio, at Annie’s Escapes Custom Travel Planning at 401-270-4834. You can view a downloadable brochure of the trip here.

Kenyon’s Grist Mill Johnny Cake Festival – Saturday, October 18 & Sunday, October 19 This is our largest event . . . and it gets better every year. Explore what Rhode Island has to offer and celebrate the autumn harvest at Kenyon’s Grist Mill in the quaint village of Usquepaugh. Enjoy free samples of local food, beverages, Johnny Cakes, sweets, wine, craft beer, and more. Take a free tour of the historic mill, learn about Rhode Island’s history and heritage, and enjoy a colonial encampment. Support over 125 participants, including area farms, artisans, and restaurants. Listen to live music, visit with the alpacas, sheep, and goats. Meet special guests, and watch a variety of old world demonstrations along the scenic Queen’s River and waterfall. Visit the website, www.JohnnyCakeFestival.com for photos, participant listing, featured items, directions, and details. Kenyon’s Grist Mill – Parking at Washington County Fairgrounds, 78 Richmond Townhouse Rd., Richmond, RI 02812.

Chefs Collaborative Rhode Island BBQ – Sunday, October 19, 4 – 7 p.m. Chefs Collaborative, a non-profit organization that works with chefs and the greater food community to celebrate local foods and foster a more sustainable food supply, is collaborating with some of Rhode Island’s best “farm-to-fork” chefs to promote awareness of local and sustainable ingredients available in the Ocean State. This family-oriented barbecue is a chance for some of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs to showcase the bounty of the season, from the farms, fields, and coastal waters of Rhode Island. The event is held RAIN OR SHINE, and while we have some seating you are encouraged to bring your own blankets or chairs to sit on. Beer, wine, and even some spirits are included in the ticket price but please bring any non-alcoholic beverages that you might need for yourselves or your little ones. Watch this page for when tickets go on saleSchartner Farms, 1 Arnold Pl., Exeter, RI 02822.

Newport Food Truck Festivals of New England – Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. We’re back! Food Truck Festivals of New England is excited to bring six great festivals to the hungry masses in 2014. We’ve got a few returning favorites as well as some brand new locations!  Our goal is to continue to bring mobile dining to communities across the region so that everyone has a chance to experience the special thrill of food on wheels. There’s nothing like it! We’re back at Newport Yachting Center once again! Come enjoy 20+ food trucks while you take in the beautiful Rhode Island waterfront. Tickets will also be available at the gate for cash only. ATMs will be on site. $5 per person. Purchase tickets hereNewport Yachting Center4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840.

Gracie’s Star Chef Series Presents Chef Erin Zircher – Monday, November 10, 6 p.m. Erin is the executive chef and a partner at CRU, she will be making her first appearance at Gracie’s as part of our Star Chef Series. Cost per guest is $125.00, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by emailing Keira Langan at keira@graciesprov.com, or by calling Gracie’s at 401-272-7811. Gracie’s194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Rhode Island Food Policy Council Food Matters: A Community Conversation Series – Thursday, November 13, 6 – 8 p.m. Our November 2014 RI Food Policy Council host will be Kayla Ringelheim, Farm Fresh RI & Chair, RIFPC Access Work Group. She will lead a discussion on: “Hungering for Healthy: Increasing Food Access Through Alternative Distribution.” A light supper will be served. Suggested donation: $10. Hope & Main, 691 Main St., Warren, RI 02885.

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