upcoming events

Easy Entertaining Pop-up Pizzeria – Friday, April 17, 6 – 9 p.m. We’re turning our Cafe into a Pop-up Pizzeria! Our house grilled crusts, pick your own toppings, and great pizza wines! Reservations Recommended – Walk-ins Welcome. Call 401-437-6090 or email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Shanty Night at Coggeshall Farm Museum – Friday, April 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Pack a picnic dinner and gather up family and friends for the first-ever Shanty Night at Coggeshall Farm Museum. Admission is $5/person and free to members of Coggeshall Farm Museum. Children under 3 are also free. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit www.coggeshallfarm.org, email c.elder@coggeshallfarm.org or call 401-253-9062. If you’re too busy to pack a dinner, you can grab a quick bite from the Noble Knots gourmet food truck, which will be on site. Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Dr., Bristol, RI 02809.

Providence Animal Rescue League’s The Rescue – Saturday, April 18, VIP 6 – 10 p.m., Main 7 – 10 p.m. It’s time to “eat, drink and bid your tails off” at the Providence Animal Rescue League’s signature fundraising event, “The Rescue!” In its 8th year, The Rescue boasts an evening of swanky spirits, fabulous food and spectacular auctions. There will be a private VIP reception hosted by Millonzi’s Fine Catering, Bottles and Party By Design starting at 6 p.m. with the Main Event beginning at 7 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to sample delicious “tasty bites” from a variety of Rhode Island’s top restaurants and catering companies as they compete to be “Top Dog” of the evening! Purchase tickets. VIP Reception & Main Event – $100 per person, Main Event – $50 per person. Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.

RISD Eat + Learn – Monday, April 20, 4 – 6 p.m. RISD’s Dining Department is partnering with national non-profit, Chef’s Collaborative, to bring together the Rhode Island foodie community with their “Eat + Learn” series. This event, spearheaded by RISD Chef de Cuisine David Gould, unites and supports the culinary initiatives bourgeoning from local waters with RISD Dining Collaborative. With help from Chefs Derek Wagner (Nicks On Broadway), Jake Rojas (Tallulah’s Taqueria & Tallulah on Thames) and David Dadekian (Eat Drink RI,) RISD will host a cooking demonstration and tasting featuring ingredients from locally-owned Schartner Farms, Walrus & Carpenter Oysters and Fisherman Steve Arnold. Free to the public. The Met, 30 Waterman St., Providence RI 02906.

James Beard Foundation American Comfort Food Redefined – Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m. A powerhouse group of cutting-edge chefs has assembled to reconfigure the landscape of American comfort food. Join us for a thrilling, innovative feast that simultaneously indulges in nostalgia while pushing the envelope through exquisite culinary techniques aimed to inject local, seasonal flavors into our nation’s edible zeitgeist. With Eric Gabrynowicz of Restaurant North, Armonk, NY; Richard Kuo of Pearl & Ash, NYC; Sammy Monsour; Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow, Cambridge, MA; Derek Wagner of Nick’s on Broadway, Providence, RI; Pastry Chef Brian Mercury of Harvest, Cambridge, MA. Members $130 / General Public $170. Call 212-627-2308 or Book Online. The Beard House167 West 12th St., New York, NY 10011.

Rhode Island in Action: Feeding Children Where They Live, Learn and Play – Thursday, April 30, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. This summit is designed for community leaders, anti-hunger advocates, policy makers, educators, and school district staff to learn more about child nutrition programs and advocacy in RI. Hear from leading experts and advocates on the implications of child hunger and the upcoming 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. Participate in workshops addressing culture and hunger; expanding and advocating for child nutrition programs such as WIC, summer meals, and breakfast in the classroom; the role of the food business in anti-hunger efforts; SNAP; and more! And visit the Community Partner Fair to learn more about how groups across RI are supporting child nutrition and anti-hunger efforts. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr. Deborah Frank, Professor and Pediatrician, Boston Medical Center and Ellen Teller, Director of Governmental Affairs, Food Research and Action Center. The conference is free and registration limited to 175 attendees. Breakfast and lunch will be served. For directions to Rhode Island College, visit: http://www.ric.edu/aboutric/directions.php. Parking will be available. QUESTIONS? Contact Ellen Cynar at ecynar@providenceri.com, 401-421-7740 x733. To REGISTER, visit: www.tinyurl.com/RhodeIslandInAction.

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

AIDS Project Rhode Island 11th Annual Dining Out For Life – Thursday, April 30. Restaurants across the Rhode Island area will be donating a portion of their day’s receipts to fight HIV and AIDS. Check aidsprojectri.org for more details and participating restaurants.

Chez Pascal Secret Sunday Supper – Sunday, May 3, 4 – 8 p.m. Chez Pascal cooks Italian . . . shhh. For this one day ONLY we are, secretly, so as not to shake up the rhythm of our regular menu, diving into one big meatball of an evening. Italian cooking, much like French cooking, starts from scratch. It evolves from generation to generation, from region to region, a cuisine steeped in tradition but open to adaptation.  In the true spirit of loving to cook Matt has put together a menu full of cheek pinching joy. Do come on out and see what secrets will be revealed. Seating will be limited. Please 401-421-4422 call for reservations. Chez Pascal, 960 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906.

Easy Entertaining Burger Night – Monday, May 4, 6 – 9 p.m. Yes – It’s back. And we know how excited you are. You know the deal – Blackbird Farm beef, signature burgers, build your own, and seasonal craft beers and wines! Grab your table now! Reservations Recommended – Walk-ins Welcome. Call 401-437-6090 or email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Simone’s Cooking Class “Cinco de Mayo Celebration!” – Monday, May 4, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Let’s have a fiesta. Begin with a fancy Tequila and tuck into a Ceviche with Avocado Cream as well as Queso Fundido. Learn to make our famous pickled vegetables and salsas and the fix-ins for a fresh, delicious and fun taco bar featuring our Fish Tacos, Steak Tacos, and Chile Verde Pork. We will surprise you with dessert. Ole! Enrollment limited, call 401-247-1200 to reserve. Our $50 per person per class fee includes recipes, wine and tastes of the dishes. Simone’s275 Child St., Warren, RI 02885.

Newport Craft Beer Festival Very Important Beers Session – Friday, May 8, 8 – 10 p.m. Sample some fancy shmancy craft brews that you won’t see at Saturday’s sessions and hang with some of the breweries’ staff members in an intimate setting of only 75 guests at Newport Storm Brewery, after regular hours, with access to exclusive areas of the brewery not normally available to the public! Purchase tickets here. Tickets are $35 each (21+ with valid ID), limited to 75 guests. Newport Storm Brewery293 JT Connell Hwy, Newport, RI 02840.

Newport Craft Beer Festival – Saturday, May 9, 12 – 3 p.m. or 4 – 7 p.m. Produced by Newport Storm Brewery and Pour Judgement Bar & Grill! 35 Craft brewers set up in the heart of Historical Newport, RI serving their finest and you get to keep the commemorative glass! Live bands, local food and actual brewery staff! *This is an outdoor, tented event. Purchase tickets here. Tickets $45 each (21+ with valid ID). Great Friends Meeting House Lawn, 21 Farewell St., Newport, RI 02840.

Easy Entertaining Cooking Class “Spanish Paella” – Monday, May 18, 6 – 7 p.m. This class will be led by Chef Kait and focus entirely on homemade paella – the perfect dish for entertaining! Chef Kait will feature a non traditional recipe she learned during her time in Barcelona in 2014. Please note this Paella will contain meat and seafood $39/guest. Reservations required, please note classes are no longer BYO. Credit card required to reserve your spot. Please email info@EasyEntertainingRI.com for reservations. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining, 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

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

Second Annual Bristol Oyster Festival – Sunday, June 2, 11 a.m. Free for all ages. Food and drink tickets available. Supporting the March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter. Local businesses; please contact us for booth and sponsor information. More information and tickets. DeWolf Tavern259 Thames St., Bristol, RI 02809.

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

Outstanding In The Field with north at Wishing Stone Farm – Wednesday, August 26, 3 p.m. Peaches, honey, vegetables and eggs are among the choices for the menu at Wishing Stone Farm in Little Compton. Chef James Mark joined us last year for a great dinner at Arcadian Fields Farm. James has all 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. Maybe we’ll put our table alongside one of the farm’s beautiful old stone fences. $210.00 per person. Purchase ticketsWishing Stone Farm, 25 Shaw Rd., Little Compton, RI 02837.

Ocean State Oyster Festival 2015 – Saturday, September 19, 12 – 5 p.m. Introducing the Ocean State Oyster Festival 2015, a celebration of the aquaculture industry in Rhode Island. Purchase tickets.

Savoring Italy, a gourmet food & wine experience in Tuscany – October 4 through October 10. Join Chef Kaitlyn Roberts of Easy Entertaining Inc. and Jessica Granatiero of The Savory Grape on the trip of a lifetime in Tuscany, Italy. Enjoy luxury villa accommodations in a 15,000 sf restored estate, tour 4 vineyards as insiders and enjoy four 4-8 course gourmet meals, alongside hands-on culinary lessons, tastings and wine classes. Click to download the brochure here & the 2015 tour synopsis here. To book please contact Sabrina Solares-Hand at 401-441-3464 or Sabrina@TheSavoryAffair.com.

Gracie’s Star Chef Dinner Series with Chef Patrick Soucy of Applecrest Farm Orchards – Monday, November 2, 6 p.m. Throughout the year, Gracie’s invites celebrated chefs from around the country to collaborate with Executive Chef Matthew Varga & Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark. These innovative dining experiences begin with a cocktail reception & passed canapes, followed by a seated five course tasting, paired with wine. For reservations and more information, please contact: tenneal@graciesprov.com or call 401-272-7811. Gracie’s194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

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