2014 Rhode Island Compost Conference – Monday March 10, 9 a.m. Each year the conference and trade show bring together nearly everyone in Rhode Island seeking to develop the compost industry and spur ever greater home composting. This coming year Rhode Island seems poised for new developments with new expedited rules for small scale compost operations coming soon, a new commercial operation in development, and the announcement that an anaerobic digester will be built at Quonset. Exhibitors and sponsors confirmed include Indie Cycle, Earth Care Farm, Buxton Hollow Farm, NOFA RI, and Sustainable Aquidneck. Conference fee is $35.00 payable by check. Group rates available upon request. Click here for more information and to register. Salve Regina University, 100 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840.
Easy Entertaining Class “Viva Mexico” – Monday, March 10, 6 – 7 p.m. Join us upon Chef Kait and Chef Ashley’s return from their culinary tour in Mexico with famed Chef Ana Garcia. They can’t wait to teach you all about the Mexican cuisine & traditions they’ve learned first hand in this flavor packed country! Recipes, stories, and more – this is bound to be an appetizing class. $23.50 per person. To sign up call 401-437-6090 or email Devorah@easyentertainingri.com. Credit Card required to reserve your spot. All Classes BYO, includes recipes, tip cards, and a small sample of recipes demonstrated. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.
B. Pinelli’s Winter Wine Tasting – Tuesday, March 11, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays are for Tasting! Wine expert Laurine Ryan Perry will guide you through this winter wonderland of wines. Enjoy six wine samples and a complimentary edible table for only $15! Surprises await you. You MUST call 270-7111 to RSVP for this event. Free parking! B. Pinelli’s, 736 North Broadway, East Providence, RI 02914.
Hemenway’s Jordan Wine Dinner – Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner. Executive Chef Lee Sonsky and Chris Avery, National Sales Director at Jordan, will narrate an intimate evening of creatively paired cuisine with select varietals. Dishes for this exclusive dinner include Grilled Cobia, Short Rib alongside reverse Beef Wellington and Tuna “Bolognese.” $79 per person, plus tax & gratuity. View the menu online here. Please call 401-351-8570 to make a reservation. Hemenway’s, 121 South Main St. Providence, RI 02903.
Castle Hill Inn “NewPortugal” Wine & Food Week – Friday, March 7 through Friday, March 14. Honoring the heritage and flavors of Portuguese cuisine, the unique week-long celebration will kick-off with an indulgent four-couse culinary experience at Castle Hill Inn on the evening of Friday, March 7, featuring a menu created by Executive Chef Karsten Hart and renowned Chef George Mendes of Aldea, a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, whose menu is inspired by the Iberian Peninsula and Mendes’ Portuguese heritage. Wines will be expertly paired and curated by Bartholomew Broadbent of Broadbent Selections. Broadbent is widely recognized as one of the most influential figures in the wine industry today. Following the dinner, Castle Hill Inn will offer the exclusive pairing menu to guests for the entire week, along with a unique travel package for those looking to dine and stay at the historic Relais & Chateaux property. For those looking to dine and stay, the Inn is offering guests the opportunity to embrace the bold flavors of Portuguese-inspired cuisine while taking in the last of the crisp winter air at Castle Hill Inn. Guests are encouraged to book a one-night stay at Castle Hill Inn during “NewPortugal” Wine & Food Week (March 7 –14). Starting at $590, the travel experience includes the “NewPortugal” dinner experience and wine pairings by Broadbent Selections, a one-night stay at the Inn, gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea and a luxurious amenity kit upon arrival. For more details about the experience, please visit here. Castle Hill Inn, 590 Ocean Ave., Newport, RI 02840.
Cluck! Class Come to Compost with The Compost Plant’s Leo Pollock – Thursday, March 13, 6 – 7 p.m. Come learn about the art and science of home composting! What are browns? What are greens? Whether you’ve tried composting at home before and need some help or whether you’ve been hesitant to begin and need some guidance, this is the workshop to get you started on the right track. Composting reduces the amount of waste going to the landfill and provides a great amendment to soil in your garden. This workshop will cover the composting basics: the do’s and don’ts of what to compost in the City, maintaining your compost pile, identifying common compost problems, using compost in your garden. Leo is a URI Master Composter, a certified Compost Operator (in Vermont), and is launching a new commercial composting business called The Compost Plant. $10 adults (accompanied children up to age 12 free), pre-registration required. To register call us at 401-274-1160, email (drake AT cluckri.com) or come by. Prepayment is required to hold a place for programs with a fee. Cluck! Urban Farm Supply, 399 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909.
Easy Entertaining’s A Taste of Mexico Tasting Dinner – Thursday, March 13, 6 – 10 p.m. Join us for this one-of-a-kind Tasting Dinner – inspired by Chef Kait and Chef Ashley’s recent culinary tour in Mexico with famed Chef Ana Garcia, this dinner will be unlike any other that Easy Entertaining Inc. has done before. This dinner will feature an a la carte menu or guests can choose the 5 course “Trust the Chef” tasting. Reservations Required: please call 401-437-6090 or email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.
Rum & Smuggling – Thursday, March 13, 6 – 8 p.m. Join author Peter Andreas for a taste of a historically illicit spirit. Taste a line-up of quality rums and enjoy light snacks right on Narragansett Bay, at Save the Bay. Peter Andreas, professor of political science and associate director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, explains America’s long and surprising relationship with smuggling and illicit trade – starting right here in Rhode Island. Andreas has written numerous books, published widely in scholarly journals and policy magazines, presented Congressional testimony, written op-eds for major newspapers, and provides frequent media commentary. After the tasting, Andreas will sign copies of his latest book, Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America. Tickets for sale at Bottles, 141 Pitman Street, Providence, RI, or call 401-372-2030. Tickets are $20 per person, and includes rum and light snacks with proceeds going to Save the Bay. Save the Bay, 100 Save the Bay Dr., Providence, RI 02905.
Providence ∏ Day 1, Friday, March 14, 6 – 8 p.m. The Humble Pie Company is super excited to partner with New Harvest Coffee Roasters and Farm Fresh Rhode Island in order to bring you our first event ever, a celebration of Pi Day! We are sponsoring two PIE EATING CONTESTS in order to raise money for one of our favorite local educational organizations: DownCity Design. Visit http://www.humblepiepvd.com/piday for details and signup! New Harvest Coffee & Spirits, 130 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903.
Providence ∏ Day 2, Friday, March 15, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Humble Pie Company is super excited to partner with New Harvest Coffee Roasters and Farm Fresh Rhode Island in order to bring you our first event ever, a celebration of Pi Day! We are sponsoring two PIE EATING CONTESTS in order to raise money for one of our favorite local educational organizations: DownCity Design. Visit http://www.humblepiepvd.com/piday for details and signup! Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers’ Market, 1005 Main St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.
84 Tavern on Canal Irish Sunday – Sunday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Join us as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early. March 16th we will be featuring an Irish Brunch from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Corned Beef and Cabbage will be available all day along with other Irish Food Specials. Performance by Green Flag–Patrick Kirker and Tom Foley will be joined by Robert O’Conner on Bagpipes–from 7 – 9 p.m. 84 Tavern on Canal, 15 Canal St., Westerly, RI 02891.
Cluck! Class Coop Considerations with Kim Morin – Sunday, March 16, 2 – 3 p.m. How do you protect your flock from the cold? From heat? From predators? Should you buy a coop or build one? What is the best location? What are options for watering and feeding? How do you make your coop easy to clean? This class will answer these questions and will convince you to have a plan before you purchase or build your coop. Kim Morin, former Registered Dietitian, and now Farmer is an advocate of all things local…particularly when it comes to food. An avid cook, gardener and maker; it only made sense that she would have to design and build her own coop when she decided to add some egg-layers to the backyard. $10 adults (accompanied children up to age 12 free), pre-registration required. To register call us at 401-274-1160, email (drake AT cluckri.com) or come by. Prepayment is required to hold a place for programs with a fee. Cluck! Urban Farm Supply, 399 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909.
Ham Jam – Sunday, March 16, 5:30 p.m. doors open, 6:30 p.m. music starts. Ham Jam was formed after a gathering of food dedicated individuals discovered they happened to share the same passion for music as they did for cooking; and thus, emerging from some of the great kitchens in Rhode Island, a music event was born. This Ham Jam will bring together four bands for one night of delicious music. The lineup is: The piano team of Mark Taber and his son Sam will delight and amaze with their fluid, jaw dropping piano performance. WD & the DBC will get you moving to their sweet melodious tunes. The kitchen band, Turn for the Wurst, will put down their knives and pick up their instruments for a whole new style of cooking. And this year’s headliner is Providence’s own Smith & Weeden. If you haven’t heard them yet, you must and once you do you will be hooked. Plus the Met brings with it its own perfect charm, also joining us on the culinary side, Tallulah’s Tacos will be selling some fantastic food from the Met kitchen. $5/person, purchase tickets online here. The Met (at Hope Artiste Village), 1005 Main St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.
Easy Entertaining Class “Very Vegetarian” – Monday, March 17, 6 – 7 p.m. We’ll show you how to take meatless Monday to a whole new level! Let the Chefs at Easy Entertaining open your eyes to simple, flavor packed vegetarian recipes that are guaranteed to spice up your meatless meals. $19.95 per person. To sign up call 401-437-6090 or email Devorah@easyentertainingri.com. Credit Card required to reserve your spot. All Classes BYO, includes recipes, tip cards, and a small sample of recipes demonstrated. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.
Rhode Island Food Policy Council Food Matters: A Community Conversation Series – Wednesday, March 19, 6 – 8 p.m. Our March 2014 RI Food Policy Council Host will be Krystal Noiseux, Vice-Chair RIFPC and Recycling Program Manager, RI Resource Recovery Corporation. Krystal will lead a discussion on: “The Future of the Rhode Island Landfill: What Will It Mean for Food Waste?” Krystal will be joined by Michael O’Connell, Executive Director of RI Resource Recovery Corporation. A light supper will be served. Reservations are required and are online here. Suggested donation: $10. Burrillville Middle School, 2220 Broncos Highway, Harrisville, RI 02830.
Weekapaug Inn Cooking Through the Seasons: New England Traditions Dinner – Wednesday, March 19, 7 – 9 p.m. Experience all that the farms, fields and coast of the region have to offer in culinary delight through the Weekapaug Inn’s Cooking Through the Seasons Dinner Series. Events are offered throughout the year to give you a chance to experience the full range of talents and varieties of the seasons. Feel the heat of the kitchen and breathe in the enticing aromas of our kitchen with this month’s Cooking Through the Seasons. Chef Jennifer Backman and her team craft a three-course, family-style dinner highlighting the best culinary traditions that New England has to offer, and pair each course with wine. $75 per person (plus tax & gratuity). Reservations for this event are booked over the phone, please call 888-813-7862. The Restaurant at Weekapaug Inn, 25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, RI 02891.
Julians BFM Beer Dinner with founder Jerome Rebetez – Thursday, March 20, 6 p.m. We have a great opportunity on our hands. Jerome of BFM was one of the first to really push the boundaries of aging beer by using wine and spirit barrels and we have him all to ourselves for this intimate beer dinner. The dinner will be a five-course meal at $90 per head. See Facebook event for more information. Dinner will start promptly at 6 p.m. Seating is extremely limited, call 401-861-1770 now to reserve your spots! Julians, 318 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909.
Tavern On Broadway Presents: Two Roads Brewing Company Beer Dinner – Thursday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. This dinner will include a four-course dinner accompanied with four beers, $50 per person. Tickets available for purchase over the phone, 401-619-5675, or at the Tavern On Broadway. Tavern On Broadway, 16 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840.
Ocean House From Vine to Wine: South American Wines – Friday, March 21, 6 – 7 p.m. reception and Saturday, March 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. seminar. Once a month, Sommelier Jonathan Feiler hosts a weekend focused on wine. In March, celebrate the wide spectrum of South American wines the wine-lover’s way. Perhaps most commonly known for its Chilean and Argentinian wines, South America’s northern countries of Brazil, Uruguay and Peru are home to some exciting flavors from grape varieties long forgotten in other countries. Meet Jonathan at an intimate wine and cheese reception on Friday evening, and attend the wine seminar on Saturday. $40/ per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations for this event are booked over the phone, please call 401-584-7000. Ocean House, 1 Bluff Way, Westerly, RI 02891.
Rogue Island Local Kitchen & Bar Grand Opening – Friday, March 21, 7 – 10 p.m. Rogue Island is located in The Arcade in downtown Providence, the oldest indoor shopping mall in America. The theme of the event is a bluegrass festival and entertainment will be provided by Astrograss, a band based in Brooklyn, New York. Local farmers and purveyors will be in attendance, for those interested in meeting the faces of the local agriculture scene in Rhode Island. Matunuck Oyster will be sponsoring a raw bar featuring their products, and Rogue Island will provide a complimentary sampling culinary tour of Rhode Island in the form of small bites. Jonathan Edwards and Best Beverage/FJN Fine Wines will be providing wine samples that pair well with shellfish. Providence-based Revival Brewing will sponsor a beer tent, Sons of Liberty distillers will offer some cocktails featuring their whiskies and vodkas, and New Harvest Coffee & Spirits will provide samples of their coffee along with some coffee-themed cocktails. Purveyors of Rogue Island have been invited to set up tables with marketing materials and other information about their local businesses; additionally, the retailers located on the first floor of The Arcade will remain open late during the event to showcase their shops to our visitors. Valet parking will be available on the Weybosset side of The Arcade. This event is free to the public. Rogue Island Local Kitchen & Bar, 65 Weybosset St., Providence, RI 02903.
Chifferobe Kids: Story Time Tea Party – Saturday, March 22, 11 a.m. The Queen of Hearts requests your presence at our first-ever “Story Time Tea Party!” Expose the magic of Wonderland to your little bunny (ages 4-7) through interactive story-telling, movement, and a touch of madness. Admission also includes nibbles such as salads, tea sandwiches, pastries, and something to sip on too! Adult and Bunny $35, Add an Adult $20, Add a Bunny $15. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Bravo Brasserie, 123 Empire St., Providence, RI 02903.
Cluck! Class Container Gardening: Using Smart Pots with Valentine & Sons – Saturday, March 22, 2 – 3 p.m. Join the folks from Valentine & Sons in learning about using Smart Pots (a cluck! fave). FREE (and good for all ages). 10% discount on Smart Pot purchases that day. To register call us at 401-274-1160, email (drake AT cluckri.com) or come by. Prepayment is required to hold a place for programs with a fee. Cluck! Urban Farm Supply, 399 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909.
Blues in the Barrel Room – Saturday, March 22, 7 – 9:30 p.m. You like your intimate winter gatherings at the winery so join us for a new spin on Blues in the Barrel Room events. The second of three this winter! Regional bands, intimate bistro lights and tables, gourmet food bites from the areas best restaurants and caterers and limited ticket sales. Purchase tickets online here. Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Main Rd., North Stonington, CT 06359.
Cluck! Class Chickens in the City with Leo and Nicole Pollock – Sunday, March 23, 2 – 3 p.m. Chickens in the City…. say what?!? Come join two neighborhood chicken keepers for a comprehensive primer on urban chicken-keeping. We’ll cover everything from basic care to end of life management. Expect to learn about how to choose the right coop, pick your ladies, manage chicken waste, and how to ensure your chicken operation is legal. Leo and Nicole live in Providence, where they garden, raise chickens, and tend numerous home compost piles. They helped pass Providence’s chicken ordinance in 2010, and continue to work with other RI communities to encourage urban chicken keeping state-wide. $10 adults (accompanied children up to age 12 free), pre-registration encouraged. To register call us at 401-274-1160, email (drake AT cluckri.com) or come by. Prepayment is required to hold a place for programs with a fee. Cluck! Urban Farm Supply, 399 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909.
The Proper Binge: An afternoon “With” Julia Child – Sunday, March 23, 2 p.m. Campus Fine Wines, along with Cable Car Cinema, Chef C. Mulligan (man of culinary legend) and Garrison Confections, are presenting The Proper Binge: An afternoon “With” Julia Child. Join us as we revisit old black & white (yet oh-so-colorful) episodes of The French Chef, paired with dishes inspired by and/or recreated from these classics. The wine? It will flow! Tickets available online here. Limited to 50 people. Cable Car Cinema and Cafe, 204 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.
Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market, featuring Champe Speidel of Persimmon – Sunday, March 23, 5 p.m. Set in a historic factory, Manhattan’s Chelsea Market is now home to some of the city’s finest epicurean shops and restaurants. For our sixth annual Friends of James Beard Benefit, we’ve culled a formidable group of chefs to prepare a convivial family-style feast, which will be served in the market’s main hall. This year’s Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market will raise funds to benefit the James Beard Foundation, Wellness in the Schools, and other charitable initiatives of the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. Read here for more information. Members $200 / General Public $240. To purchase tickets, visit tix.com or call 212-627-2308. Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10011.
Easy Entertaining Class “Braising” – Monday, March 24, 6 – 7 p.m. Did you get that beautiful Le Creuset as a wedding gift and would love to know how to put it to good use? Join us for our braising class and learn all about this classic combination cooking method as we show you how to turn those leaner cuts of meat from tough dinner to melt-in-your mouth entrees your family will love! $19.95 per person. To sign up call 401-437-6090 or email Devorah@easyentertainingri.com. Credit Card required to reserve your spot. All Classes BYO, includes recipes, tip cards, and a small sample of recipes demonstrated. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.
Gracie’s Star Chef Series Presents Chef Evan Mallett – Monday, March 24, 6 p.m. Owner and Chef of The Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Evan Mallett makes his 5th appearance to Gracie’s as part of our Star Chef Series. Always a highlight for our guests, Star Chef Evan will showcase some wonderful New England springtime produce, while collaborating with Chef Matthew and the culinary team at Gracie’s. This is an evening – and a dinner – not to be missed. The cost per guest is $125.00 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by emailing Keira Langan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Gracie’s at 401-272-7811. Gracie’s, 194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.
84 Tavern on Canal Samuel Adams Beer Dinner - Tuesday, March 25, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Featuring: Rebel IPA, Double Bock, Tetravis, Stoney Brook Red and Utopia. View the menu on Facebook. $65/person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 401-596-7871 for more information and reservations. 84 Tavern on Canal, 15 Canal St., Westerly, RI 02891.
The Sea Goose Grey Sail Beer Dinner Menu To Benefit the Jonnycake Center of Westerly – Wednesday, March 26, 6 p.m. The night will feature great beer and food pairings with the majority of all proceeds going directly to this charity. When the evening is through the party is just getting started. Our friends at the Malted Barley will be hosting an after party to continue with the charitable celebration. $30 per person, tax & gratuity additional. Call 401-315-0788 to make a reservation. The Sea Goose Grill & Raw Bar, 265 Post Rd., Westerly, RI 02891.
Easy Entertaining Class “Healthy Breakfasts On The Go” – Thursday, March 27, 6 – 7 p.m. Let’s face it, the mornings are rough for most of us and who wants to get out of bed earlier to make a satisfying breakfast? In this class we will show you some quick and easy, make ahead breakfast options that will make your mornings a breeze, and will keep you satisfied until its time for lunch! Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? $19.95 per person. To sign up call 401-437-6090 or email Devorah@easyentertainingri.com. Credit Card required to reserve your spot. All Classes BYO, includes recipes, tip cards, and a small sample of recipes demonstrated. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.
Children’s Shelter of Blackstone Valley “Wine & Jazz” – Thursday, March 27, 6 – 9 p.m. The Children’s Shelter of Blackstone Valley is celebrating its 35th anniversary helping abused and neglected Rhode Island children. Proceeds from the event will benefit Rhode Island children who need care and rehabilitative services. The event includes hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffle, and a cash bar. Gasbarro’s Wines, a top Rhode Island wine retailer, will present a varied selection of fine wines for sampling at the fundraiser. Kelley Lennon & Company will provide the music. Alison Bologna of WJAR-TV will be the special guest emcee. Tickets can be purchased by going to the Events page of CSBV’s website or by calling CSBV at 401-722-4626. Tickets for the event are $50 per person. Alpine Country Club, 251 Pippin Orchard Rd., Cranston, RI 02921.
Cluck! Class Go Vertical: Concepts for Growing Plants Up! with Kim Morin – Thursday, March 27, 6 – 7 p.m. Don’t think you have the space for cucumber or tomato plants? Think again! It can be done…and in only one square foot of soil. Can’t plant directly in the ground? Go for containers! Learn what vegetables and herbs do best in containers as well as what care is required. You will be amazed at how much you can grow in small spaces. Kim Morin, former Registered Dietitian, and now Farmer is an advocate of all things local…particularly when it comes to food. Her garden is a delightful example of how to maximize space-and she is sharing her secrets with you. $10 adults (accompanied children up to age 12 free), pre-registration required. To register call us at 401-274-1160, email (drake AT cluckri.com) or come by. Prepayment is required to hold a place for programs with a fee. Cluck! Urban Farm Supply, 399 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909.
Eat Drink RI Presents Napa Valley’s Barlow Vineyards at The Café of Easy Entertaining – Friday, March 28, 7 – 10 p.m. We welcome Barlow Vineyards‘ Barr Smith of Napa Valley to Rhode Island for this year’s second Eat Drink RI Lifestyle Dinner prepared by Chef Kaitlyn Roberts and her team at The Café at Easy Entertaining in Providence. We will have Barlow Vineyards library and large format bottles available for special order ONLY at this event, along with the four Barlow Vineyards wines paired with dinner. All wine orders will be handled by The Savory Grape Wine Shop in East Greenwich. A VIP Gratitude Bag will be included with each ticket purchased for an Eat Drink RI Lifestyle event. Join us for a one-night-only dinner featuring all-natural, hormone-free, pasture-fed meats along with an assortment of local produce, eggs and dairy, each course will be paired with wines. View the menu and purchase tickets here. $89 per person, tax and gratuity not included. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.
Jonathan Edwards Winery Open Cellar – Friday, March 28, 7 – 9 p.m. Come enjoy a sneak peek of our limited release wines! Chat with the winemakers, taste the wine right out of the barrel and reserve your favorites before they are gone! This complimentary, “no-frills” event is open to the public. RSVP appreciated – call 860-535-0202 or email email@example.com. Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Main Rd., North Stonington, CT 06359.
RI Hospitality Association Drink Red Wear Red – Saturday, March 29, 5:30 p.m. VIP reception, 8 p.m. general. Intimate VIP Reception: Exclusive access including photo opportunities with Nashville Songwriters. Limited Availability. Special Performance by Nashville, Tennessee Songwriters. General admission includes: Gourmet Dinner Stations, Cash Bar, Silent Auction, and Dancing to music with Rick Lataille from WRIK Entertainment. $175/person VIP, $125/person General. More information and register to attend here. Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance St., Providence, RI 02903.
Providence Animal Rescue League’s “The Rescue” – Saturday, March 29, 6 p.m. VIP reception, 7 – 10 p.m. main event. It’s time to “eat, drink and bid your tails off.” In its 7th year, The Rescue boasts an evening of swanky spirits, spectacular auctions and the Top Dog Culinary Competition! Guests will have the opportunity to sample delicious “signature bites” from a variety of Rhode Island’s top restaurants and catering companies as they compete to be Top Dog of 2014! All inquiries pertaining to the event can be directed to the Events Manager, Connie Kile at 401-421-1399 x210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.
RI Food Swap at Craftland – Sunday, March 30, 2 – 4 p.m. Plan to arrive at a swap with a selection of edible items that you have made or grown. These items become currency to exchange for the goods of other swappers. You leave a swap with edible items that someone else has made or grown. In addition to the items you’ll be swapping, please bring a non-perishable item to be donated to the RI Food Bank. Also consider bringing samples of your items for taste-testing and a potluck dish to share with the group. Wondering what to donate to RI Food Bank? As a bonus to participants, Craftland will offer a 10% off discount for any purchases made on the day of the swap! Craftland, 235 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903.
birch Guest Chef Series: Justin Yu, Oxheart – Sunday, March 30, reserve seatings beginning at 5 p.m. The Guest Chef Series is our way to showcase some of the most talented chefs from across the country. Each dinner will feature a different chef who we think is doing amazing and exciting things in their kitchen, so we bring them to ours to cook for all of you. Our next guest chef will be the James Beard nominated Justin Yu of the acclaimed Oxheart in Houston, TX. Justin will collaborate with birch to present a 5-course tasting menu. This event is $115 per person. An 8% sales tax and 18% gratuity are included in the ticket price. An optional $65 beverage pairing will be available to purchase at the event, as well as a limited a la carte beer, wine and cocktail selection. Purchase tickets online here. Tickets are nonrefundable. A portion of the proceeds from this dinner will be donated to The Rhode Island Community Food Bank. birch, 200 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.
Dishcrawl East Side World Tour – Tuesday, April 1, 7 p.m. The East Side of Providence is one of America’s most Iconic Neighbourhoods, rife with Old World Charm and Colonial History. In the past the Son’s of Liberty walked these streets as did Poe and Lovecraft, each finding inspiration in their own way. Today the East Side of Providence is a Cultural and Intellectual Incubator, a place where people from the World Over gather to think, create and more importantly, to DINE. We will be exploring some of Providence’s Best Restaurants with International Flair. Join us as we explore three restaurants, sampling some of the best International Cuisine America has to offer! It’s a guessing game! We’re keeping the names of the restaurants we will be visiting a secret for now, but here and there we’ll give you some hints. Follow us on Twitter @dishcrawlprov and be the first to know! All ticket holders will be notified of meeting location via email, 48 hours prior to the event. Questions? Contact Michael, your Providence Dishcrawl Ambassador, at email@example.com. $45/person. Click here for more information and tickets.
The Great International Beer Festival – Saturday, April 12, 1 – 4:30 p.m. OR 6:30 – 10 p.m. Your Beer Festival Admission Ticket will allow you unlimited sampling of more than 250 brews, live music, food and much more. Ticket purchase is for either the afternoon or evening session only, not both. A ticket to one Event does not admit you to the other Event. Tickets are non-refundable and not transferable. There is no guarantee that the evening Event will not be sold out, so purchase your tickets early. Please drink responsibly. Check out the Beer Festival Information page for limitations and requirements. Proceeds to benefit the RI Community Food Bank, the Rhode Island Horticultural Society and the Providence Rotary Foundation Charities. Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence, RI 02903.
Dave’s Marketplace to Host Carla Hall – Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m. Dave’s Marketplace, a locally owned RI grocery chain will be hosting a cookbook signing by Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew and “Fan Favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars. Carla will be signing her latest cookbook, Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World. Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World will be priced at $20.00 – regular retail is $29.99. The cookbook will be available for pre-purchase in Dave’s Marketplace of East Greenwich Square starting on Tuesday, April 1st. Customers that pre-purchase their cookbooks will be asked to bring their receipt with their cookbook on the day of the signing. Only books purchased at Dave’s Marketplace will be signed at the event. For more information please contact Dave’s Marketplace of East Greenwich Square at 401-558-0190. Dave’s Marketplace of East Greenwich Square, 1000 Division St., East Greenwich, RI 02818.
Rhode Island PBS An Evening Uncorked – Saturday, April 12. The event features carefully chosen wines presented by M.S. Walker, Rhode Island Distributing Company, Martignetti Companies of Rhode Island, and private donors, plus craft beers courtesy of Bucket Brewery and Foolproof Brewing. A foodie feast for all the senses, southern New England’s top chefs prepare a colorful and tasty array of small bites created just for this event. This year, 17 spectacular establishments are participating. Where else can one savor dishes by all of these chefs under one roof? Guests will meet and mingle with America’s Test Kitchen chefs Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison, and be invited to raise a glass to Susan Farmer, who led WSBE for more than 17 years as general manager and president. The evening also includes silent and live auctions of boutique and collectable wines, gifts, and unique dining and travel experiences. Tickets to this age 21+ event are $85 per person and must be purchased in advance. Cocktail attire is appropriate. Valet parking is available. For tickets, directions, and more information, visit ripbs.org, email An Evening Uncorked!, or call 401-222-3636, extension 0. Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI 02861.
Lamb Jam Boston – Sunday, April 16, 2:30 – 3:30 VIP, 3 – 6 p.m. general. The American Lamb Jam is an epic tasting event and competition that brings together 20 chefs from Boston, Portland, Providence and Portsmouth to compete for your vote and the honor of Best Lamb Dish in New England. Joining the chefs will be 12 of New England’s top breweries, a couple of winemakers and other local food artisans serve up tasty treats. In between bites, attendees can watch demos, play in the interactive photo booth, meet local shepherds and concoct their very own lamb spice rub. And if you want the ultimate Lamb Jam experience, treat your to the VIP Hour featuring lamb charcuterie by Toro & Coppa Chef Jamie Bissonette, Tavern Road Chef Louis DiBiccari and Dante Chef Dante de Magistris, plus a variety of sheep’s milk cheeses, craft cocktails, beer and wine. You’ll also get to skip the line to the main event and join the lamb tasting extravaganza without waiting! $90 VIP, $60 general. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Royal Sonesta, 40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA 02142.
Dining Out For Life – Thursday, April 24. Put this date on your calendar, round up your friends, and dine out to support AIDS care and prevention services. Here’s how it works – participating restaurants donate a percentage of your purchases on this one special evening to AIDS Project Rhode Island, for HIV/AIDS care and prevention services. Make plans to eat out on Thursday, April 24th! Dine Out! Fight AIDS! For more information please contact Amy at 401-559-7896 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more at aidsprojectri.org.
Dishcrawl Spring on The Hill – Tuesday, May 6, 7 p.m. Join us as we explore three restaurants, sampling some of the best International Cuisine America has to offer! It’s a guessing game! We’re keeping the names of the restaurants we will be visiting a secret for now, but here and there we’ll give you some hints. Follow us on Twitter @dishcrawlprov and be the first to know! All ticket holders will be notified of meeting location via email, 48 hours prior to the event. Questions? Contact Michael, your Providence Dishcrawl Ambassador, at email@example.com. $45/person.
Invest in Peace to benefit the Institute for Nonviolence – Friday, May 9, 6 – 9 p.m. Invest in Peace is a festive cocktail party with food tables from local restaurants, an amazing silent auction and terrific live music. Come join the more than 300 community and business leaders and friends to support the Institute for Nonviolence. We couldn’t do it without you! To buy tickets for this year’s event, click here. Tickets prices: $50 online, $55 at the door, $100 Patron ticket includes a drink ticket. Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI 02905.
Gracie’s Star Chef Series Presents Chef Michael Ginor – Monday, June 9, 6 p.m. Chef Michael Ginor makes his 3rd appearance at Gracie’s as part of our Star Chef Series. He is the co-founder and Chef of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the most comprehensive Foie Gras producer in the world. The company distributes its moulard duck products through a network of purveyors extending throughout the United States, and beyond. The evening will begin with a reception featuring passed canapés. Guests will then enjoy a seated five-course tasting menu paired with wines by The Savory Grape. Cost per guest is $150.00, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by emailing Keira Langan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Gracie’s at 401-272-7811. Gracie’s, 194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.
The Craft Brew Races – Sunday, July 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. A 5k road race followed by a local craft beer festival. The series will have six stops in 2014 with a race in each New England state. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 5k. The post race beer festival will be open to non-runners as well and separate ticket is available on our website. The craft beer festival will be held immediately following the race featuring 20+ local breweries. This is a 21+ event. The festival will feature not only great local beer, but local food vendors and live music as well. The start, finish and Brew Fest all taking place at the Bank of America Skating Center in Downtown Providence. Register and purchase tickets here. The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02903.
Gracie’s Star Chef Series Presents Chef Bruce Tillinghast – Monday, August 11, 6 p.m. Details to come. Reservations can be made by emailing Keira Langan at email@example.com, or by calling Gracie’s at 401-272-7811. Gracie’s, 194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Gracie’s at 401-272-7811. Gracie’s, 194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.