upcoming events

Easy Entertaining Grilled Pizza and Wine Pairing Class – Wednesday, September 17,  6 – 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on this crowd favorite class – only one chance remains before it retires for the Winter! If you missed our last two Grilled Pizza classes you’re in luck! We’ve brought this sellout class back for the Late Summer & Fall Seasons! Let Chef Ash show you the perfect way to stretch and grill your dough right before she steps aside and lets you take a shot at making your own pizza! You’ll also enjoy a brief “pizza wine” tasting to learn a little bit on picking the right wine for your grilled pizza’s at home. Reservations Required, $32.50/guest. Call 401-437-6090 or email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Smoke House “Oktoberfest” Newport Storm Beer Dinner – Wednesday, September 17. After a year hiatus, the special series celebrating best friends, beer and barbecue returns. Join us as our talented culinary staff pair dishes withNewport Storm brews that are hand-picked and presented by President and Head Distiller, Brent Ryan. View the menu. $49 per person, plus tax & gratuity. Call 401-848-9800 for reservations. Smoke House31 Scotts Wharf, Newport, RI 02840.

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.

Hemenway’s Save The Bay Local Harvest Dinner – Thursday, September 18, 6 p.m. Join us for a special dinner with all proceeds benefiting Save The Bay. The four-course dinner and cocktail reception, priced at $79 per person, will feature dishes utilizing ingredients from local farmers, fishmongers, purveyors and artisans. Each dish will be expertly paired with wines from local vineyards, including Westport Rivers, Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard and Newport Vineyard, along with Narragansett Lager as a choice during the cocktail hour. A representative of Save The Bay will be on hand to discuss Save The Bay’s efforts and how proceeds from the dinner will help to protect Narragansett Bay. View the menu. Call 401-351-8570 to make a reservation. Hemenway’s121 S. Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Tallulah on Thames Quintessa Wine Dinner – Friday, September 19, 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner.  This gathering is lead by Larry Stone, Master Sommelier of the Court of Master Sommeliers, and Quintessa’s Estate Director through a 6-course seated menu accompanied by wine pairings from Quintessa Winery. A one-of-a-kind vertical wine pairing will be offered with the main course to showcase different vintages. Limited seats are available for this evening at a rate of $195/person (plus tax and gratuity). Tickets are sold via phone only at 401-849-2433 and must be prepaid in advance. Tallulah on Thames464 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840.

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.

Blackbird Farm Cooking Class – Saturday, September 20, 12 – 3 p.m. People often ask about cooking Blackbird Farm pasture-raised meats, so our resident chef and food writer/photographer David Dadekian of Eat Drink RI teaches cooking classes in the farmhouse kitchen at the Farm. Classes cover preparing several cuts of meat, along with side dishes created from local farmers market ingredients. There’s plenty of wine and great conversation with farm owner Ann Marie. Each class will cover different meats and dishes so please join us for more than one class. $94 per person, which includes tastings and wine, and are limited to 12 attendees. Purchase tickets here. Blackbird Farm, 122 Limerock Rd., Smithfield, RI 02917.

Al Forno Cooking Class “White Barn Farm, Wrentham, MA” – Saturday, September 20, 12 – 3 p.m. It’s the Chris and Christy show! White Barn Farm is a small family-run farm growing fresh vegetables and flowers in Wrentham, Massachusetts. Farmers Chris and Christy are dedicated to using organic farming methods and believe in the importance of growing food for their community. They hope to inspire you to eat in season and take the extra moments to prepare wonderful meals using ingredients grown with care. Come join Al Forno chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi, Pastry Chef Neil Temkin and a local guest farmer. This class is truly a showcase of the diverse culinary talents of Chef Reynoso and is bound to be deliciously memorable. Get behind the scenes, enjoy the local, seasonal harvest and top it off with a delicious luncheon. Classes are limited to 15 participants. $75/person at the time of registration.Classes fill quickly, so give us a call!Contact Rob White or Suzi Cozzens at 401-273-9760 to register. Refunds for cancellations will be issued in the form of an Al Forno gift card. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Coggeshall Farm Museum 41st Annual Harvest Fair – Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy a weekend of family activity “unplugged” at the Coggeshall Farm Museum 41st Annual Harvest Fair, a two-day happening at this beautiful living-history farm in Bristol. Participate in fun activities for all ages, including hay rides, craft-making, sack races, and other traditional games; see the farm’s animals; attend a farm-to-table cooking demonstration with farm-raised products; listen to live traditional music; see the work of Rhode Island artisans; enjoy local foods. Tickets are available at the gate: $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and children ages 3-12 (children under 3 are free; museum members receive a discount). For more information: Join Coggeshall Farm Museum on Facebook / coggeshallfarm.org / 401-253-9062. Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Coggeshall Farm Road, Bristol, RI 02809.

Stonington Vineyards Annual Harvest Fest – Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 12 – 6 p.m. One of our favorite events of the year! Gourmet food vendors, local artisans, wine tastings and more! Live music by Hoolios, Dan Stevens, Wicked Peach and more! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, are good for both days and are non-refundable. Kids under 18 free with parent. Picnics welcome but NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL allowed on premises. Fun as a couple, a family or with a large group of friends! Reservations will be held under your name at the door. Purchase tickets hereStonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Rd., Stonington, CT 06378.

“Fed Up” Documentary Screening – Monday, September 22, 7 – 9 p.m. Join Whole Foods Market and Brown University’s TRI-Lab/Institute for the Study of Environment & Society for a FREE screening of the documentary “Fed Up.” Following the film there will be Q&A with a local panel and light refreshments from Whole Foods Market. Reserve a seat here. To learn more, visit fedupmovie.com. Brown University BERT85 Waterman St., Providence, RI 02912.

Whole Foods Market University Heights Community 5% Day – Tuesday, September 23. Shop with us during our Back-to-School Community 5% Day and we will donate 5% of the day’s sales to be split amongst these five nonprofit organizations: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, Providence After School Alliance, Shri Corps Urban Revitalization Yoga, Peace Love Foundation and Lots of Hope. They all provide important services and programming for the youth in our community. The more you shop the more we give! Whole Foods Market University Heights, 601 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904.

Rhode Island Food Policy Council Food Matters: A Community Conversation Series “From Ocean to Table in the Ocean State” – Wednesday, September 24, 6 – 8 p.m. Our RI Food Policy Council Host Ross Pearsall, Ocean State Fresh, will be joined by our featured guests: Brett Tolley, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) & Members of the Newport Lobster Shack Cooperative. Ross will lead a room-wide discussion how making the decision to buy “local” seafood is important for the RI fishing community and how regional and federal policies around seafood can help or hinder the well-intentioned “Buy Local” movement. Please join us before the Conversation for a light supper featuring seafood from local waters in a historical community gathering space dedicated to providing services to those associated with the sea. We look forward to seeing you! Reserve a seat here. Suggested donation: $10. The Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Sq., Newport, RI 02840.

Easy Entertaining Crockpot & Stovetop Soups Class – Wednesday, September 24,  6 – 7 p.m. Warm up for fall! As leaves change and temperatures start to drop, let Chef Ashley teach you some seasonal and hearty soups to keep you satisfied & warm this fall. Both crock pot and stovetop methods presented – reserve a spot and grab some great harvest recipes! Reservations Required, $24.95/guest. Call 401-437-6090 or email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Amos House “Shake It Up!” – Wednesday, September 24, 6 – 9 p.m. Shake It Up! honorees are five local individuals that were selected because they exemplify leadership qualities, are active in volunteer roles, and give back to the Rhode Island community. The 2014 honorees include Tracy Baran of Ocean State Job Lot, Mark Guarraia of Ximedica, Ann-Marie Harrington of Embolden, Fla Lewis of Weybosset Research and Management, and Annie Oster of Amica Insurance. Enjoy an elegant evening of mixing and mingling while supporting a great cause. Event tickets are $75 and include access to an open bar, various food stations, and entertainment. Amos House anticipates a sell-out event, so tickets should be purchased as soon as possible at www.amoshouse.com/shakeitup. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. By participating in Shake it Up! , attendees are directly supporting Amos House, which provides food, housing, financial and legal assistance, job training programs, and a variety of other social services to Rhode Islanders in need. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets, contact the Amos House Development Office at 401-831-9866. Aqua at the Providence Marriott1 Orms St., Providence, RI 02904.

Del Posto at Nick’s on Broadway – Thursday, September 25, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner. Nick’s on Broadway Chef/Owner Derek Wagner will be teaming up with the very talented Chef Mark Ladner of Del Posto in New York City, for an amazing collaborative dinner right here in Providence. There will be a very limited amount of seats available, so don’t miss out–book now! Tickets will be $150 per person, which is inclusive of a cocktail reception, bubbles & snacks, seven-course dinner with incredible wine pairings–expect to see special selections from Marchesi di Barolo & Nino Negri to name a few–and gratuity. It does not include applicable taxes. The menu will include a combination of Mark & Derek’s food styles and feature meats, fish, shellfish, late summer vegetables, fruits, cheeses, handmade pastas & sweets. And the entire night, from reception through dessert, will be GLUTEN-FREE! For booking a reservation please call 401-421-0286 or email reservations@nicksonbroadway.com. Nick’s on Broadway, 500 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909.

Klaus Wittauer Wine Dinner with Jamestown Fish – Thursday, September 25, 6 – 10 p.m. Come join The Savory Grape for an incredible Austrian wine dinner with Klaus Wittauer of KW Selections, a wine export company. Klaus, seasoned in the wine industry, is partner with Austrian vineyard owner Anton Bauer. View the menu here. $65 per person, tax & gratuity additional. For reservations, please contact Jamestown Fish directly at 401-423-FISH. Jamestown Fish, 14 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI 02835.

John Elkhay Farewell Dinners at Revolving Door – Thursday, September 25 through Saturday, September 27, 5 – 10 p.m. John Elkhay, Maestro of Chow Fun Food Group (10 Prime Steak & Sushi, XO Café, Harry’s Bar & Burger, Luxe Burger Bar, Rick’s Road House), will be the guest chef at The Revolving Door for what will be the last public cooking event of his almost four-decade long career. During the three-night event, John will showcase a number of his dishes in a “time capsule of culinary delights over the last four decades” which incorporate some of John’s favorite dishes at his restaurants, as well as restaurants in which he cooked. John will cook alongside three of his past executive chefs who will lend their time and talents to this fantastic event: Nick Rabar on Thursday, September 25th, Ralph Perrotti on Friday, September 26th and Jules Ramos on Saturday, September 27th. Revolving Door, 509 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State “The Big Toast” – Friday, September 26, 7 p.m. This incredible evening will include a variety of food wine craft beers and spirits from some of New England’s best bars and restaurants including a rare appearance from Spencer Trappist brewery. For event details visit TheBigToast.org or see our Facebook page. All proceeds from the event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. Tickets will go fast. To get yours, visit TheBigToast.orgInternational Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

New England Whiskey Festival – Saturday, September 27, 2 – 6 p.m. Join us for Twin River Casino’s first New England Whiskey Festival – tickets on sale now! The finest companies in the hospitality industry will gather at Rhode Island’s premiere entertainment facility to show off the latest whiskey products, trends and innovations. Discover new brands, the hottest beverage trends, along with great food, samplings and entertainment. 21+ only. Tickets are $30 – $5 of each ticket proceed will benefit the Rhode Island Hospitality Association. Tickets available at Twin River or through TicketmasterTwin River Casino100 Twin River Rd., Lincoln, RI 02865.

MS Dream Center and Accessible RI Wine & Dine Extravaganza – Saturday, September 27, 6 – 10 p.m. Sponsored by Bobby Gasbarro’s Oaklawn Liquors. Join us for a tasting of wine, beer & diverse cuisine from many Rhode Island restaurants. Tickets: $60 each, 10 for $500 (tax deductible) For more information contact anne@msdreamcenter.org or 401-330-7470 All proceeds beneting the MS Dream Center and Accessible Rhode Island which are dedicated to improving the lives of persons with disabilities and their loved ones. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet60 Rhodes Pl., Cranston, RI 02905.

Cocktails For A Cause: Ladies Take Over at The Grange – Sunday, September 27, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Come join us for a night of delicious cocktails and great prizes all to raise money for the Sojourner House! We have some of the top ladies in the Rhode Island bartender industry behind the same bar for one night only, including some special guests from Boston, Sabrina Kershaw and Joy Richard of Citizen Pub! In addition to the talent behind the bar, there will be silent auction. All brought to you by: The Grange, Lucas Bols, Sons of Liberty Spirits Co., and Giffard USA. Drink tickets: $5 each. 100% of the proceeds being donated to Sojourner House. The Grange, 166 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903.

birch Guest Chef Series: Mark Ladner, Del Posto, New York City – Monday, September 29, 5 – 9 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 incredible things and whom we highly respect so we bring them to birch to cook for all of you. Our next guest chef will be the James Beard nominated Mark Ladner of the acclaimed Del Posto restaurant in New York City. Mark opened Del Posto in the fall of 2005 and has been honored with one Michelin star, a four-star New York Times rating (its highest honor) and a Relais & Chateaux distinction. Mark will collaborate with us to present a multi-course tasting menu. This event is $150 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. Purchase tickets here. A portion of the proceeds from this dinner will be donated to The Rhode Island Community Food Bankbirch, 200 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Easy Entertaining Burger Night – Monday, September 29, 5 p.m. to close. Celebrate #ChefsNightOff – all are welcome but our industry pals enjoy a special discount at this special tasting dinner! The Chefs at Easy Entertaining will be grilling up some awesome burgers featuring Blackbird Farm beef, Baffoni Farm’s Chicken, and signature vegetarian options! Craft beers and hand selected wines available to enhance your tasting experience! Reservations Recommended. Please call 401-437-6090 or e-mail info@EasyEntertainingRI.com. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

The Grange, Garden Grille and Wildflour Growing Healthy Kids 5% Day – Tuesday, September 30. Eat at any or all of these restaurants–The Grange, Garden Grille and Wildflour–on Tuesday, September 30 and 5% of sales will be donated to Whole Foods Market’s Whole Kids Foundation whose mission is to inspire families and support schools to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. The Grange166 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903. Garden Grille and Wildflour, 727 East Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860.

Amos House Cooking Class “Fall Harvest Menu Demonstration” – Tuesday, September 30, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 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. Sample each dish while enjoying a selection of paired wines and locally crafted beers. Our chef instructors will walk you through the steps to create delicious and unique menu items that will impress guests and family members alike. Class and demo space is limited and reservations are required. Reserve your spot by visiting www.amoshouse.com/cookingclasses. The cost for this class is $25. All proceeds from these events go directly to support Amos House and the Culinary Education Program. Friendship Café500 Broad St., Providence, RI 02907.

Southside Community Land Trust Harvesting Hope – Wednesday, October 1, 6 – 8 p.m. Join Southside Community Land Trust with Harvesting Hope co-chairs Jon Dille, Roberta Groch and Rob Yaffe to support our local urban agricultural efforts. Enjoy delicious bites from many of your favorite restaurants around town, including our good friends at Garden Grille, Nick’s on Broadway and The Grange, just to name just a few. Watch the world premiere of a comical short film featuring hand-picked, organic, locally-sourced talent. You never know who might show up on the screen. Purchase tickets hereAurora276 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903.

Chapel Grille Ruffino Wine Dinner – Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m. 5-Course Dinner on the Skyline Terrace. View the menu here. $75 (inclusive). Limited Tickets Available!!! Please call the hostess to purchase your tickets today. 401-944-4900. Chapel Grille3000 Chapel View Blvd., Cranston, RI 02920.

Hope & Main’s Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Friday, October 3, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. You are invited to join Hope & Main, our board of directors and the 30 pioneering entrepreneurs launching food startups in Warren this fall for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in our newly-renovated facility. The event will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a tour of the new facilities, and of course a taste of things to come! Register hereHope & Main, 691 Main St., Warren, RI 02885.

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.

Jonathan Edwards Winery 13th Annual Harvest Festival – Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, 12 – 6 p.m. Join us for our biggest celebration of the year! Enjoy wine tasting, gourmet food vendors, live music (two bands each day!), grape stomping contest, pumpkin painting, hayrides through the vineyard, a local artisans tent and more! Tickets $25 per day in advance, $30 per day at the door. Tickets are good for one day entry (either Saturday or Sunday) and include over 21 admission, logo wine glass and wine tasting voucher. Two-day pass available in advance only $35. (Ticket price includes 10% CT Admissions tax) Kids 12 & under are free with an adult. Purchase tickets hereJonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Main Rd., North Stonington, CT 06359.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Allen Farms, Westport, MA” – Saturday, October 4, 12 – 3 p.m. Allen Farms has been in operation for over 26 years, growing certified organic herbs, greens, vegetables and flowers since 1987. Located on 50 acres in South Westport Massachusetts, the farm consists of fertile fields for spring, summer and fall growing and 7 greenhouses for year-round production. Come meet Debbie Barrett who always provides a rousing afternoon of information, laughter and amazing produce! Come join Al Forno chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi, Pastry Chef Neil Temkin and a local guest farmer. This class is truly a showcase of the diverse culinary talents of Chef Reynoso and is bound to be deliciously memorable. Get behind the scenes, enjoy the local, seasonal harvest and top it off with a delicious luncheon. Classes are limited to 15 participants. $75/person at the time of registration.Classes fill quickly, so give us a call!Contact Rob White or Suzi Cozzens at 401-273-9760 to register. Refunds for cancellations will be issued in the form of an Al Forno gift card. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Third Annual Sun BrewFest – Saturday, October 4 & Sunday, October 5. Tap into up to 200 of the best beers around during one of the two tasting sessions on Saturday, October 4th. Explore a wide variety of breweries pouring out 2 ounce samples of their favorite beers for guests to enjoy in souvenir, mini pilsner glasses. Try and find your favorite as you taste your way through Craft Beers, Microbrews, Imports, Domestics and ciders. Live music keeps the entertainment going all day long inside Mohegan Sun’s Uncas Ballroom. Tickets to the tasting sessions are $25 each. The first session runs from 1 – 4 p.m. and the second session runs from 7 – 10 p.m. The fun continues to flow on Sunday during a special BrewBrunch sponsored by Goose Island and Absolut from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.. The BrewBrunch features beer infused cocktails and an array of brunch items, each and every recipe containing Goose Island beer! If you’re all brewed out, don’t worry, Absolut will help you create your own signature Bloody Mary for the perfect brunch beverage. Tickets to the BrewBrunch are $60.00 each and include all food and drink. Purchase tickets here. For the most up-to-date information and a list of brewers participating in Sun BrewFest, please visit sunbrewfest.com. Mohegan Sun1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT 06382.

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.

Book Signing with Judy Wicks, Founder of Philly’s White Dog Cafe – Thursday October 9, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Local economy activist Judy Wicks will read from her recent book Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer and will also talk about the value of creating and investing in businesses that grow deep in communities, rather than globally, as a route to local self-reliance, resilience, greater health and happiness. Founders League, 95 Chestnut St., Providence, RI 02903.

Celebrate “Fifty Shades of Pink” at Cristallo Day Spa – Thursday, October 9, 5 – 8 p.m. Cristallo Spa at Hillside is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a “Fifty Shades of Pink” Pamper and Style Cocktail Party. Guests will enjoy pink-inspired cocktails and rosé, passed appetizers, spa amenity bags, the Pink Heals official Pink Fire Trucks parked onsite in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a photo booth with pink inspired props, mini-spa treatments, and a raffle to raise money for the Pink Heals Foundation. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased by calling Cristallo Day Spa at 508-342-5735. Cristallo Spa at Hillside Country Club82 Hillside Ave., Rehoboth MA 02769.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Walker Farm, Little Compton, RI” – Saturday, October 11, 12 – 3 p.m. If you’ve ever tasted our amazing corn pizza, corn pasta, corn fritters or corn anything, you’ve tasted corn from Walker’s Farm. Join local legend Willy Iadevaia from Walker’s and the harvest of October in this sure-to-be entertaining and informational afternoon. Come join Al Forno chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi, Pastry Chef Neil Temkin and a local guest farmer. This class is truly a showcase of the diverse culinary talents of Chef Reynoso and is bound to be deliciously memorable. Get behind the scenes, enjoy the local, seasonal harvest and top it off with a delicious luncheon. Classes are limited to 15 participants. $75/person at the time of registration.Classes fill quickly, so give us a call!Contact Rob White or Suzi Cozzens at 401-273-9760 to register. Refunds for cancellations will be issued in the form of an Al Forno gift card. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Beervana Fest 2014 – Friday, October 17, 6:30 – 10 p.m. Our mission: To enlighten and educate the community for the responsible appreciation of craft beer. Join us for Rhode Island’s ultimate craft beer fest at the historic Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Ticket includes 1 tasting glass, 2 oz pours of some of the best beers in the world, educational seminars, fest guide and 1 bottle of water. 150+ World Class Beers. Educational seminars by Ron Lindenbusch of Lagunitas Brewing Company and Dave Engbers, one of the founders of Founders Brewing Company. Purchase tickets hereRhodes On The Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Pl., Cranston, RI 02905.

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.

5th Annual Chefs Collaborative Rhode Island Chefs Harvest BBQ – Sunday, October 19, 4 – 7 p.m. Chefs Collaborative works to fix our broken food system by engaging chefs in a network that inspires and educates them to change how they source, cook, and serve food. 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. Adults $68, children 11-17 $25, children 10 and under are free. Purchase tickets hereSchartner Farms, 1 Arnold Pl., Exeter, RI 02822.

birch Guest Chef Series: Michael Cimarusti, Providence Restaurant, Los Angeles – Sunday, October 19, 5 – 9 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 incredible things and whom we highly respect so we bring them to birch to cook for all of you. Our next guest chef will be the James Beard nominated Michael Cimarusti of the acclaimed Providence and Connie & Ted’s restaurants in Los Angeles, California. Since its opening in 2005, Providence was given the rare two Michelin star rating, when the guidebook included Los Angeles in its rankings in 2009, amongst countless accolades from national publications like Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit and Food & Wine. Mark will collaborate with us to present a multi-course tasting menu. This event is $120 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. Purchase tickets here. A portion of the proceeds from this dinner will be donated to The Rhode Island Community Food Bankbirch, 200 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Chez Pascal Pat’s Pastured Grazing Dinner – Monday, October 20, 5:30 – 9 p.m. This will be our fifth Grazing Dinner with farmer Pat McNiff. A fantastic farmer and one heck of a great guy. This dinner brings out the cozy in food. The menu for the evening will be five courses, $68 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages. The menu focuses on the livestock that Pat works so hard at raising. No choices or substitutions. It will be the only menu we will be offering for the night. Reservations required. Call 401-421-4422 for reservations. Chez Pascal, 960 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906.

Gracie’s Star Chef Series Presents Chef Taylor Knapp – Monday, October 20, 6 p.m. Taylor Knapp, Executive Chef of First and South in Greenport, NY, will join us for our next Star Chef Dinner. Chef Taylor will be joining us for the first time, and he is known for “his love of foraging and cooking . . . an eclectic, comfort food menu”, according to Joanne Pateman of Edible East End. The evening begins with passed canapés, and then guests will be treated to a five-course tasting menu, paired with wines by The Savory Grape. Reservations can be made by calling Gracie’s at 401-272-7811, or by emailing keira@graciesprov.comGracie’s194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Easy Entertaining Crockpot & Stovetop Soups Class – Wednesday, October 22,  6 – 7 p.m. Warm up for fall! As leaves change and temperatures start to drop, let Chef Ashley teach you some seasonal and hearty soups to keep you satisfied & warm this fall. Both crock pot and stovetop methods presented – reserve a spot and grab some great harvest recipes! Reservations Required, $24.95/guest. Call 401-437-6090 or email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

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.

Easy Entertaining Make Ahead Thanksgiving Class – Tuesday, October 28,  6 – 7 p.m. From the farms to our forks, let’s give thanks. Grab a seat and learn a new “side” of Thanksgiving. Steal four of EE’s signature twists on Thanksgiving sides & sauces to make this year’s Holiday a feast of flavor. Reserve a spot and be eligible to receive a pre-order discount from our Thanksgiving menu! Reservations Required, $28.50/guest. Call 401-437-6090 or email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Thirst Boston – Friday, November 7 through Monday, November 10. Hosted by industry professionals and founders Brandy Rand, Andrew Deitz, and Maureen Hautaniemi, Thirst Boston will serve up three major parties, 24 seminars, and tastings over the course of four days where guests can join some of the biggest names in mixology from across the country, experience a variety of educational and fun forums, and celebrate cocktails during one all-out weekend extravaganza. For more information about Thirst Boston, please visit thirstboston.com, follow @ThirstBoston on Twitter, and become a Facebook fan facebook.com/ThirstBoston.

Blackbird Farm Cooking Class – Saturday, November 8, 12 – 3 p.m. People often ask about cooking Blackbird Farm pasture-raised meats, so our resident chef and food writer/photographer David Dadekian of Eat Drink RI teaches cooking classes in the farmhouse kitchen at the Farm. Classes cover preparing several cuts of meat, along with side dishes created from local farmers market ingredients. There’s plenty of wine and great conversation with farm owner Ann Marie. Each class will cover different meats and dishes so please join us for more than one class. $94 per person, which includes tastings and wine, and are limited to 12 attendees. Purchase tickets hereBlackbird Farm122 Limerock Rd., Smithfield, RI 02917.

The Savory Grape, Narragansett Creamery and Jonathan Edwards Winery Cheesemaking, Lunch & Wine Pairing Experience – Sunday, November 9, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. We invite you to a unique cheesemaking, wine pairing, lunch and vineyard experience with Narragansett Creamery & Jonathan Edwards Winery. Savor a fall day learning the art of artisan cheesemaking and wine pairing and enjoying lunch in the wine barrel room, perfect for the food and wine lover. Reservations are required for this 6+ hour day and are nonrefundable once booked. (They are transferable.) The cost is $135 per person ($130 for an active wine club member, while seats are available. Wine club member discount available through October 15.) For the complete brochure, please click here. Seating is limited to only 24 people; if you’re interested in joining us, please contact Sabrina, sabrina@thesavoryaffair.com, for reservations. Jonathan Edwards Winery74 Chester Main Rd., North Stonington, CT 06359.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Dame Farm, Johnston, RI” – Saturday, November 8, 12 – 3 p.m. Dame is a family-0wned farm, specializing in fresh fruit and vegetables with pick your own apples, corn, pumpkins, and more. Darlene Dame and her family have quite a history to share with participants in this Autumnal favorite. Though we develop our class menus closer to the actual date of the class, you can be certain the Al Forno Apple Tart will appear on this one! Come join Al Forno chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi, Pastry Chef Neil Temkin and a local guest farmer. This class is truly a showcase of the diverse culinary talents of Chef Reynoso and is bound to be deliciously memorable. Get behind the scenes, enjoy the local, seasonal harvest and top it off with a delicious luncheon. Classes are limited to 15 participants. $75/person at the time of registration.Classes fill quickly, so give us a call!Contact Rob White or Suzi Cozzens at 401-273-9760 to register. Refunds for cancellations will be issued in the form of an Al Forno gift card. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

The Great International Beer Festival – Saturday November 8, 1 – 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 – 10 p.m. Downtown Providence will become the Mecca for Beer Lovers all over New England. Two shows offer the same great experiences. Your $49 ticket, ($52 at the door) will allow you unlimited sampling of over 250 brews, conversations with brewers in a casual setting, pizza by Pizza Pier, live entertainment from Steve Smith & the Nakeds (afternoon) and Young Neil and the Vipers (evening). More details and tickets hereRhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence, RI 02903.

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. Reservations can be made by calling Gracie’s at 401-272-7811, or by emailing keira@graciesprov.comGracie’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.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Getting Ducky with D’Artagnan” – Saturday, November 15, 12 – 3 p.m. Since their founding in 1985, Dartagnan has remained dedicated to putting only the finest meats on the tables of American gastronomes. At the vanguard of the farm-to-table movement, they are the leading purveyor of foie gras, game meat, organic poultry, pâtés, sausages and smoked delicacies in the nation. Their philosophy is simple. Before such buzz words existed, they were committed to free-range, natural production and sustainable, humane farming practices. They partner only with small farms and ranches that have strict standards, never use antibiotics or hormones, and sign affidavits to that effect. They support these methods in order to offer you the best-tasting, conscientiously-raised meat possible. Come join Al Forno chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi, Pastry Chef Neil Temkin and a local guest farmer. This class is truly a showcase of the diverse culinary talents of Chef Reynoso and is bound to be deliciously memorable. Get behind the scenes, enjoy the local, seasonal harvest and top it off with a delicious luncheon. Classes are limited to 15 participants. $75/person at the time of registration.Classes fill quickly, so give us a call!Contact Rob White or Suzi Cozzens at 401-273-9760 to register. Refunds for cancellations will be issued in the form of an Al Forno gift card. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Ferolbink Farm, Tiverton, RI” – Saturday, November 22, 12 – 3 p.m. Ferolbink Farm is a 150-acre family-owned farm located on the shores of the Sakonnet River and Fogland Marsh that that has been working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Eastern Conservation District for approximately 50 years. Over the years, the farm has been under considerable developmental pressures. Fortunately, Jason Peckham, owner of Ferolbink Farms, worked with several conservation groups including the Tiverton Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy to assess options to protect the land. If you’ve ever eaten Al Forno mashed potatoes, you will want to meet “Steve Anderson the Potato Guy” for a Spud-tacluar class! Come join Al Forno chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi, Pastry Chef Neil Temkin and a local guest farmer. This class is truly a showcase of the diverse culinary talents of Chef Reynoso and is bound to be deliciously memorable. Get behind the scenes, enjoy the local, seasonal harvest and top it off with a delicious luncheon. Classes are limited to 15 participants. $75/person at the time of registration.Classes fill quickly, so give us a call!Contact Rob White or Suzi Cozzens at 401-273-9760 to register. Refunds for cancellations will be issued in the form of an Al Forno gift card. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

birch Guest Chef Series: Jeremiah Stone & Fabian von Hauske, Contra, New York City – Tuesday, December 9, 5 – 9 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 incredible things and whom we highly respect so we bring them to birch to cook for all of you. Our next guest chef will be the duo behind one the best new restaurants (and on of our personal facorites) in New York City, Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske of Contra. Shortly after their opening, they have garnered a two star New York Times rating, selected as one of the Zagat’s 30 under 30 and a finalist for Eater’s 2014 class of Young Guns. Jeremiah and Fabian will collaborate with us to present a multi-course tasting menu. This event is $85 per person. An 8% sales tax and 18% gratuity are included in the ticket price. An optional $45 beverage pairing will be available to purchase at the event. Purchase tickets here. A portion of the proceeds from this dinner will be donated to The Rhode Island Community Food Bankbirch, 200 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Sun WineFest – Friday, January 23 through Sunday, January 25. Join Mohegan Sun for the 12th annual Sun WineFest and uncork a weekend full of fine wine, great food, celebrity chefs and more. Sample over 1,000 varieties of wine and beer during Sun WineFest’s main event, the  Sun WineFest Grand Tasting. There’s also the Bourbon Tasting, Elite Cru Tasting, Celebrity Chef Dine Around and more. For more information about all Sun WineFest 2015 events, featured personalities, hours and area hotel information, visit sunwinefest.com or on Facebook and TwitterMohegan Sun1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT 06382.

America’s Test Kitchen Live with Christopher Kimball – Wednesday, March 5, 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.

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