upcoming events

Eat Drink RI Festival – Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27. Find all the details and buy tickets at eatdrinkri.com/festival and watch facebook.com/eatdrinkri for photos and more.

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 amy@aidsprojectri.org or learn more at aidsprojectri.org.

Hope & Main Workshop IV: Marketing and Branding Your Food Startup - Saturday, April 26, 9 – 11 a.m. From recipe to market, branding a food startup and marketing it to the right audience takes planning. Food entrepreneurs who participate in this workshop will walk away with the branding basics needed to provide the foundation for their future strategic marketing planning. From practical advice on best practices for social media marketing, to tips for utilitzing word-of-mouth marketing, attendees will learn how they can use the resources they already have to maximize marketing efforts and to execute a cohesive marketing plan for their own food startups. Food startups are encouraged to bring samples of their products for on-the-spot feedback. Instructor: Ruth Bazinet, HB Agency. Current applicants and members attend free of charge; General admission: $12. Register hereThe Handkerchief Factory, 569 Main St., Warren, RI 02885.

Get Gored for Good – Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Get Gored for Good is a fundraiser and festival to benefit Amos House. The route is under 2 miles and is not your average athletic event. After all, at what other events are Providence Roller Derby League members dashing after you wearing horns?! The day will begin with registration and warm up. Then, you are OFF! Navigate the route through Downcity Providence at your own pace, with “rollerbulls” on your heels, urging you on. Upon completion, celebrate with your friends at an outdoor after party, featuring great local food, drink and live music. Run or walk the route – this event is great family fun for all involved! So, don’t miss out on this unique Providence event – grab the bull by the horns and get gored for good! – See more at: http://www.getgoredforgood.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1089367#sthash.8xV5xYjM.dpuf

Figidini Wood Fire Eatery Wine Dinner – Monday, April 28, 6:30 p.m. We teamed up with The Wine Bros. and Eno Fine Wines so you know it’s going to be a good time. View the menu on Facebook. Limited seating. Tickets cost $85 (taxes included, gratuity is not) and can be purchased at Figidini. Figidini Wood Fire Eatery, 67 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Hope & Main Incubator Program Information Session – Saturday, May 3, 9 – 11 a.m. Hope & Main is still accepting applications to its incubator program and will hold a series of information sessions this spring for potential applicants and other budding food entrepreneurs interested in learning more about the program. Mentors from the Hope & Main team will be there to walk you through the application process and to answer any questions you may have. The event will take place at our temporary office, located at The Handkerchief Factory. Can’t make the session? Don’t sweat it. Check out upcoming information sessions or reach out to us at info at makefoodyourbusiness.org to learn more about the program. The Handkerchief Factory, 569 Main St., Warren, RI 02885.

The Savory Affair and Eat Drink RI at Jonathan Edwards Winery – Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please join us on a spring gourmet food and wine experience with Jonathan Edwards Winery and Chef David Dadekian of Eat Drink RI at picturesque Jonathan Edwards Winery. On that spring day you will indulge in a behind-the-scenes experience, including touring the vineyards and getting an education on grape growing with Jonathan, blending your own wine, and savor thoughtfully-prepared food and wine, during a three-course lunch and wine pairing in the barrel room. Please click here to see the complete event brochure and for reservation and payment information. Seating is limited to only 26 people; if you’re interested in joining us, please contact Alexandra, alexandra@thesavoryaffair.com, for reservations. Jonathan Edwards Winery74 Chester Main Rd., North Stonington, CT 06359.

Dishcrawl Spring on The Hill – Tuesday, May 6, 7 p.m. Federal Hill, the heart of Providence’s Little Italy district is but a stone’s throw from Downtown. A colourful, sometimes infamous history, Atwells Avenue is now home to a collection of Incredible Restaurants! Recognised as the Best Food in North America, attracting Food Celebrities and camera crews from across the globe, every restaurant and bakery on Federal Hill has a unique menu and Charming Atmosphere. This combination makes Federal Hill the perfect place for an Epic Dishcrawl! Join us as we explore three Award Winning restaurants in the Federal Hill Neighbourhood. 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 michaelp@dishcrawl.com. $45/person. Purchase tickets here.

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.

Hope & Main Workshop V: Financing for Food Startups - Saturday, May 10, 9 – 11 a.m. Details forthcoming. Register hereThe Handkerchief Factory, 569 Main St., Warren, RI 02885.

Mother’s Day Easy Entertaining Brunch – Sunday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Treat mom to something special! Join us for a 2 course pre fixed brunch with a full mimosa and bellini bar! More information to follow. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Easy Entertaining Grilled Pizza and Wine Tasting Class - Monday, May 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Who says grills are just for burgers? If your dream in pizza this hands-on class is for you! We will walk you through how to “throw-dough” and grilling techniques. Each class member will be given a dough ball to grill on their own and will finish the class with a pizza to enjoy or take home. While you are not grilling – step over to the tasting bar and enjoy a brief “pizza wine” tasting. We will learn a few quick tips and tricks regarding pairing pizza and wine. Glasses of wine and beer will be available for purchase. $32.50 per guest Please call 401-437-6090 to reserve your spot. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

The Sea Goose Flora Springs Wine Dinner – Tuesday, May 13, 6 p.m. Reception with passed hors d’oeuvres and 3-course dinner, paired with four of Flora Springs wines. $50 per person, tax & gratuity additional. Call 401-315-0788 to make a reservation. The Sea Goose Grill & Raw Bar265 Post Rd., Westerly, RI 02891.

Easy Entertaining Tannins, Acid, & Grapes – oh my! Wine Pairing Class - Tuesday, May 13, 6 – 7 p.m. We will taste 5-6 wines during this class. With each class we will identify the color, the nose, mouthfeel and finish. We will talk about tannin and acidity and how that plays into the overall wine and food experience. Each wine will be featured with a small bite or food item to better understand how to pair food with wine. $28.50 per guest Call 401-437-6090 to reserve your spot. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Siena Cucina Enoteca, The Savory Grape Wine Shop and Luiano Vineyard Wine Dinner - Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.  Join Luiano Vineyard Owner Alessandro Palombo with The Savory Grape. This four-course Tuscan dinner will showcase the great wines from Italy’s Luiano Vineyard, including its Chianti Classico Riserva and Super Tuscan Lui. The four-course dinner is $85 inclusive of tax and gratuity. Please contact Siena at 885-8850 for reservations. Siena Cucina Enoteca, 5600 Post Rd., East Greenwich, RI 02818.

Providence Green Drinks hosted by RI Food Policy Council – Thursday, May 15, 5 – 8 p.m. Join this month’s hosts the Rhode Island Food Policy Council to share conversation, drinks, and food! More information at Providence Green DrinksThe Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

The Genesis Center Food for Thought – Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 – 9 p.m. The Genesis Center is pleased to announce that Michelle Kwan will be hosting a very special event, Food for Thought. The occasion is the signature event of the award-winning Center, which educates, enables, and empowers New Americans from over 35 countries from around the globe. Food for Thought features Rhode Island’s best chefs and restaurants such as Al Forno, CAV and the Flatbread Company, as well as the best ethnic restaurants from our Providence neighborhoods, each cooking their signature dishes. Enjoy live music by Carlos de Leon Trio and a totally romantic evening in a beautifully lit garden of huge exotic plants and flowers. Tickets: $65.00 per person, $110.00 per couple, in advance, or $75.00 per person on the day of the event. For tickets or corporate sponsorship opportunities call Yvonne at 401-781-6110 ext. 28 or email yes@gencenter.org. Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI 02907.

Rhode Island Food Policy Council Food Matters: A Community Conversation Series – Wednesday, May 28, 6 – 8 p.m. Our May 2014 RI Food Policy Council Co-hosts will be Melina Packer, Chair RIFPC Thriving & Just Economy Work Group & Brian Goldberg, RISD. They will lead a discussion on: “How to Grow a Local Food System: RI-Based Food Businesses Share Their Stories.” A light supper will be served. Suggested donation: $10. The Portfolio Cafe at RISD, 15 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903.

Jonathan Edwards Winery Spring Festival – Saturday, June 7 & Sunday, June 8. Join us to kick off the season! Live bands, food vendors, local artisans tent and of course, wine! Tickets include over 21 admission, logo wine glass and wine tasting voucher. One-day purchase (ticket is valid for either Saturday OR Sunday) $22.50. Two-day purchase (ticket is valid for both Saturday AND Sunday) $30.00. (10% CT admissions tax is included in purchase price). Advance tickets are available until 5 p.m. on Friday June 6. One-day admission at the door will be $27.00. Two-day admission price is only available in advance. Purchase tickets here. Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Main Rd., North Stonington, CT 06359.

Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner Documentary Premiere – Saturday June 7, 7 p.m. Haven Brothers: Legacy of the American Diner–”the original food truck”–is the story of the oldest operating diner on wheels. Diners, which began in Providence in the late 1800s, were initially all on wheels, first as horse drawn carriages, and later as mobile trailers. Haven Bros., converting from a horse drawn “late night lunch cart,” to a trailer truck in the 1950s, is the oldest continually operating diner on wheels in the world. $11/person, purchase tickets here. For more information, visit havenbrothersmovie.com. Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903.

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 keira@graciesprov.com, or by calling Gracie’s at 401-272-7811. Gracie’s194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Easy Entertaining Gluten-Free Cuisine Class - Wednesday, June 11, 6 – 7 p.m. If you’re looking for gluten free that’s not all about rice cakes then we’ve got a treat for you! There’s more to gluten free cooking than you think and this class will reveal some pretty tasty recipes and alternatives to make even your favorite old time recipes gluten free. We will start with our signature GF New England Clam Chowder and go from there! $27.50 per guest Please call 401-437-6090 to reserve your spot. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Bristol Oyster Festival – Sunday, June 15. Many RI venders are involved and it is a benefit to support the March of Dimes. We would like to invite as many people as we can. We have local oystermen as well as from Matunuck Oyster Bar also US Foods, American Mussel Harvesters, M.S. Walker, RI Community Food Bank, Johnathan Edwards Winery and Keel Vodka.

Easy Entertaining Grilled Pizza and Wine Tasting Class - Monday, June 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Who says grills are just for burgers? If your dream in pizza this hands-on class is for you! We will walk you through how to “throw-dough” and grilling techniques. Each class member will be given a dough ball to grill on their own and will finish the class with a pizza to enjoy or take home. While you are not grilling – step over to the tasting bar and enjoy a brief “pizza wine” tasting. We will learn a few quick tips and tricks regarding pairing pizza and wine. Glasses of wine and beer will be available for purchase. $32.50 per guest Please call 401-437-6090 to reserve your spot. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

RI Food Fights 3rd Annual Incredible Ice Cream Throwdown – Sunday, June 22, 1 – 4 p.m. For $10 you are an RI Food Fights VIP! Expect to sample from 2 dozen of the very best ice cream vendors in Rhode Island. You will sample so much of the state’s best ice cream you will get a brain freeze! Fear not! Free coffee, sodas, milk and cookies will be on hand to thaw you out! Last year’s throw down sold out. All of our events sell out. Please grab your tickets today! Wayland Square Eastside, 150 East Manning St., Providence, RI 02906.

Langworthy Public Library Farm to Table Fundraiser – Friday, June 27, 6 p.m. The Langworthy Public Library in Hope Valley, RI will be hosting a Farm to Table Dinner fundraiser to benefit the library. Featuring locally sourced seasonal produce and proteins. Tickets are $40 per person and will be available at the library. For more information call the library at 401-539-2851 or visit our website at langworthylibrary.org. Meadow Brook Inn, 168 Carolina Back Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813.

Roger Williams Park Zoo 2014 Zoobilee – Saturday, June 28, 7 – 11 p.m. Zoobilee is the Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser. Each year partygoers enjoy fine fare from dozens of the area’s best restaurants, caterers and bars, as well as fabulous entertainment including live music and dancing as well as some other fun surprises! And even if you can’t join the party, you can still have fun while supporting the Zoo, thanks to the Zoobilee online auction, featuring a wide array of items, from animal encounters to sports memorabilia, animal artwork, vacation getaways and more. All proceeds from the event and the auction help to support the Zoo’s environmental education and wildlife conservation programs! Purchase tickets online hereRoger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI 02907.

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 hereThe Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center2 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 keira@graciesprov.com, or by calling Gracie’s at 401-272-7811. Gracie’s194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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