upcoming events

Sons of Liberty and Wildwood Catering Friday Night Flights – Friday, December 26, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Whether you’re an aged veteran or a noble novice, all are welcome to go the distance and sample from Sons of Liberty’s inspired spirits menu, which comprises a selection of the distillery’s fine whiskeys and vodkas including: American Single Malts Battle Cry and Uprising; Seasonal Whiskeys Pumpkin Spice and Hop Flavored and their Loyal 9 vodka. Friday Night Flights will also feature a wide range of delectable bar bite options from Rhode Island’s  Wildwood Catering. The menu, which will have you up against the ropes, features a selection of tasty finger foods including: mini sandwich sliders, pretzels, nuts and more. All spirit and food pairings will be offered for $10 each. Sons of Liberty Spirits Co.1425 Kingstown Rd., S. Kingstown, RI 02879.

New Year’s Eve birch – Wednesday, December 31, eight seatings from 5 – 9 p.m. We are planning a really special dinner for y’all. We’ll be showcasing what is best in our area at the moment, so expect lots of vegetables and seafood. Tickets are $100, an optional $65 beverage pairing will be available to purchase at the event as well as a selection of unique and natural sparkling wines! As usual, the price of this dinner will include the tax and gratuity. More details are to come. birch, 200 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

New Year’s Eve Brix Celebration – Wednesday, December 31, 5 p.m. or 9 p.m. Ring in the New Year with family and friends at Brix Restaurant. Enjoy a 3-course menu specially crafted by our Executive Chef Ron Aguiar and culinary team. PLUS our second seating includes a champagne toast at midnight, live music, ball drop and more! 5 p.m. – $65 per person (tax and gratuity additional). 9 p.m. – $85 per person – Includes Live Music, Champagne Toast at Midnight, Ball Drop and more! (tax and gratuity additional). Reservations required by calling Brix Restaurant at 401-848-5161. Newport Vineyards909 East Main Rd., Middletown, RI 02842.

New Year’s Eve Castle Hill Inn – Wednesday, December 31. Castle Hill is offering guests the opportunity to leave the glare of typical New Year’s celebrations behind from December 30 – January 1, and celebrate the way James Bond would at their Agent 007 party. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger, Castle Hill is throwing an evening festive celebration complete with a viewing of the movie, dinner and dancing. The New Year’s Celebration Package includes a two-night stay minimum , starting at $700 per night and features champagne upon arrival, dance lessons, New Year’s Eve dinner, New Year’s Day Brunch, as well as daily gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea. Guests can also come in just for dinner and the first seating is $105 per person and the second dinner, which includes a champagne toast and live music, is $145 per person. For reservations call 888-466-1355. Castle Hill Inn590 Ocean Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

New Year’s Eve Chez Pascal – Wednesday, December 31. Join us for our last dinner of the year! 3 sumptuous courses, with choices within each course, designed to carry you blissfully into the new year. $67 per person. not including tax, gratuity or beverages. Or Rent out The Wurst Kitchen for New Year’s Eve! The Wurst Kitchen featuring our house made sausages and small plates are a fantastic place to kick of, middle, or end your night. The Proposal: The Wurst Kitchen can seat 12 people on 2 tables of 6 and 4 people at the Wurst Bar, for a total of 16. You can have the Wurst Kitchen for up to 16 people for a small private gathering. The menu will be crafted around the Wurst Kitchen Menu to offer a selection of our delicious house made sausages, small plates and sides served family style, and of course anything from our bar/drink/wine list. The price would be $450 (minimum for food) for the first time slot which is 5:30/6:00pm until 8:00pm or $500 (minimum for food) for the later time slot which is 9:00pm until the ball drops. Not including tax, gratuity or beverages. We can only accommodate two different parties, so don’t delay! Call 421-4422 for reservations. Chez Pascal960 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906.

New Year’s Eve The Dorrance – Wednesday, December 31, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Join us in ringing in the New Year at The Dorrance’s “Boardwalk Empire” New Year’s Eve Party. We’re now accepting reservations for dinner, offering a choice of Chef Alberto’s two special prix fixe menus for $85 or $125 per guest. Menus to be finalized this week. Follow @TheDorrance on Twitter and Facebook for detailed updates. For reservations, please call Manager Lindsay Houle 401-521-6000. Dinner guests are welcome to stay for Live Entertainment in our Lounge. The Sullivan Street Affair (Philadelphia) will dazzle the dames and fellas with Prohibition Era Jazz (9 p.m. – 1 a.m.). Individual Tickets are $25 or Reserve a Party of 4 for $75. This includes admission and a drink ticket for a glass of prosecco or a brown paper bagged beer. Proper dress is required and vintage apparel is encouraged. Happy New Year! The Dorrance, 60 Dorrance St., Providence, RI 02903.

New Year’s Eve George’s of Gaililee – Wednesday, December 31, 5 – 9 p.m. George’s New Year’s Eve dinner begins with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and house made Four Onion Soup topped with Parmesan, herbed baguette, chives & prosciutto. The second course features Stacked Caprese Salad with Beefsteak tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and strawberry balsamic glaze, followed by Filet Mignon & Grilled Lobster Tailwith Tarragon lemon butter, and Belgian Chocolate Mousse Cake with French vanilla ice cream. The cost is $35 per person; tax and gratuity are additional. To make a reservation, please call 401-783-2306.  George’s of Galilee, 250 Sand Hill Cove Rd., Narragansett, RI 02882.

New Year’s Eve Gracie’s – Wednesday, December 31, 5 – 5:45 p.m. and 9 – 9:45 p.m. Calling all Copa Girls and Cabana Boys! Tropical breezes blow & the Samba Sirens serenade. It may be cold outside, but in here the music is hot! Dress to impress and celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015 at The Copacabana featuring Miss Katie Kleyla of the New Providence Big Band. Five course chef’s tasting and complimentary bubbles. $125 per guest, does not include tax and gratuity. For reservations call 401-272-7811. Gracie’s, 194 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

New Year’s Eve Local 121 – Wednesday, December 31. Executive Chef Tyler Demora and Pastry Chef Ryan Boya have really pushed the envelope this year with their special 4 Course Prix fixe menu. In addition to our special 4 course New Year’s meal, our dinner guests will receive free tickets to our late night party which begins at 11pm. This includes a champagne toast! Even if you don’t join us for dinner you can still celebrate the Local way. We will have a limited bar menu available that night and you can attend our special party downstairs for $5.00 a ticket including a champagne toast! We hope to see you there. Call us at 401-274-2121 or email Emily at  ecarpentieri@local121.comLocal 121121 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

New Year’s Eve north + Ribelle – Wednesday, December 31, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tim Maslow of Ribelle & Strip T’s and James Mark of North in Providence are teaming up once again to host a special New Year’s Eve celebration in Washington Square! This year, join us for a French-inspired nine-course dinner prepared by the two Momofuku alums. Beverage pairings featuring fine & rare wines also available. Tickets are $175/person, $250/person with pairings (excludes tax & gratuity). More details and purchase tickets here. Ribelle, 1665 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02445.

Seven Stars Bakery Donates 100% of Proceeds to We Share Hope – Friday, January 2, 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. To celebrate our anniversary, and to support the people that support us, we are giving 100% of our sales from our 3 stores to We Share Hope on January 2, 2015 (our 14th anniversary). We Share Hope has been picking up our leftover baked goods and sandwiches for years and getting them to food pantries and soup kitchens in our area. They consider themselves to be food rescuers and keep thousands of pounds of food from heading to the landfill monthly. Please come by and help support these amazing people doing great work. Seven Stars Bakery, 820 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906; 342 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909; 20 Newman Ave., East Providence, RI 02916.

Jonathan Edwards Winery Barrels & Brushes Art Night at the Winery – Thursday, January 8, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Bring your creative juices. All levels welcome! Price includes a glass of wine at a welcome reception then down to the Barrel Room for art instruction on canvas. $50 a night, $135 for all three. Instruction provided by Drunken Palette. For reservations call 860-535-0202. Jonathan Edwards Winery74 Chester Main Rd., N. Stonington, CT 06359.

Providence Winter Restaurant Weeks 2015 – Sunday, January 11 through Saturday, January 24. Before you know it winter will be here, in all its frosty glory. What better way to warm up than at one of Providence’s red-hot restaurants during Providence Winter Restaurant Weeks? Enjoy a three-course lunch for $14.95 or a three-course dinner for $29.95 or $34.95. For more information and participating restaurants visit www.providencerestaurantweeks.com.

Easy Entertaining Cooking Class “Healthy Weeknight Meals” – Monday, January, 12,  6 – 7 p.m. Too busy to think? We’ve all had those weeks that are filled with enough stress to make you pop, and who wants to worry about dinner on top of that? Grab a seat for this class to make your weeknight meals a breeze – start to finish recipes in under 20 minutes all for under 500 calories. What could be better? $32.50/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 Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Easy Entertaining Cooking Class “Knife Skills and Sharpening” – Wednesday, January 14,  6 – 7 p.m. This hands-on class will present methods to perfectly dice, slice, and chop along with tips to keep your blade sharp. Additionally, Chef Ashley will teach you a professional’s way of sharpening your knife and briefly discuss some useful knives in the market today. Guests must bring their own knives to class. $19/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 Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

“Food Chains” Screening and Q&A – Thursday, January 15, 7 – 9 p.m. Please join us for a special one-night only screening of Food Chains. This film takes a look at where our food comes from and who brings it to us, down to the hands that pick it. In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. A Q&A panel will follow the screening. $12 per person. Tickets coming soon. Cable Car Cinema & Cafe204 S. Main St., Providence, RI 02093.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Winter Braises” – Saturday, January 17, 12 – 3 p.m. Nothing like a slow-cooked pot of delicious meat and vegetables to warm you on a cold wintry night! Join us to discover the nuances of what makes a braise so easy, flavorful and impressive. Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Jonathan Edwards Winery Barrels & Brushes Art Night at the Winery – Thursday, January 22, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Bring your creative juices. All levels welcome! Price includes a glass of wine at a welcome reception then down to the Barrel Room for art instruction on canvas. $50 a night, $135 for all three. Instruction provided by Drunken Palette. For reservations call 860-535-0202. Jonathan Edwards Winery74 Chester Main Rd., N. Stonington, CT 06359.

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.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Pizza-pa-Looza” – Saturday, January 24, 12 – 3 p.m. Who doesn’t love the pizza of Al Forno? Join us over the toasty coals of our grill and learn the secrets to success with hand-formed pizza. After a formal introduction to our beautiful red Hobart mixer, you’ll measure, roll and flatten the dough before shaping it for the grill. We’ll also share ideas and recipes for left-over pizza dough. Crispy, delicious fun for all! Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Easy Entertaining Burger Night – Monday, January 26, 6 – 9 p.m. It’s back – after a holiday hiatus #BurgerNight has returned with more mouthwatering seasonal burgers and build your own toppings! Don’t miss it! 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.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Italian Frying” – Saturday, January 31, 12 – 3 p.m. Think fried foods are greasy or heavy?? Think again! If you’ve ever sampled our exquisite fried calamari, you’ve tasted the right way to fry. Join us in the preparation of classic Italian morsels and tasty accompaniments. Learn how flours, batters, frying oil and frying time all affect the outcome. Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Easy Entertaining Cooking Class “Fatto a Mano – a Handmade Pasta Class” – Tuesday, February 3,  6 – 7 p.m. After attending this hands-on class Barilla will have nothing on you! Chef Ashley will present simple and basic pasta-making techniques for use at home and each guest will even have a chance to make pasta dough of their very own to take home and impress the famiglia! $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 Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Jonathan Edwards Winery Barrels & Brushes Art Night at the Winery – Thursday, February 5, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Bring your creative juices. All levels welcome! Price includes a glass of wine at a welcome reception then down to the Barrel Room for art instruction on canvas. $50 a night, $135 for all three. Instruction provided by Drunken Palette. For reservations call 860-535-0202. Jonathan Edwards Winery74 Chester Main Rd., N. Stonington, CT 06359.

Junior League of Rhode Island Winter Sparkle – Saturday, February 7, 7 – 9 p.m., 6 p.m. VIP preview. Break out of the winter doldrums and join the Junior League of Rhode Island for its Winter Sparkle culinary event. Guests will enjoy an array of delectable foods and spirited drinks provided by some of Rhode Island’s premier restaurateurs, caterers, and spirits connoisseurs. Funds raised will be used to support the mission of the Junior League of Rhode Island, Inc. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.jlri.org. Cost: $55 per person; $85 for VIP champagne reception. Tickets include food and beverage tastings; an open wine bar will also be available. Complimentary parking available at The Wheeler School. Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum199 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906.

Easy Entertaining Cooking Class “Valentine’s Class” – Monday, February, 9,  6 – 7 p.m. Learn to create the perfect at home Valentines Day Dinner. Surprise your sweetheart with these tasty recipes for the big night and even take some tips home on what can be made ahead of time to make your special day just that – something special. $29.50/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 Entertaining166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Decadent Desserts” – Saturday, February 14, 12 – 3 p.m. Spend Valentine’s Day afternoon surrounded by Al Forno sweetness! In addition to yet-to-be determined specialties, learn how to make the classic Al Forno tart dough (easier than you might think!), and our hand-churned ice cream. Surprise your sweetheart with your newly-acquired skills and recipes, or…share the afternoon together! Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Chicken” – Saturday, February 28, 12 – 3 p.m. We’ve often heard from guests that our chicken is amazing. What makes it so special? In this class, learn simple techniques and recipes for preparing chicken at home that include poaching, roasting and grilling. You’ll be thrilled with the array of manageable options. Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

America’s Test Kitchen Live with Christopher Kimball – Wednesday, March 4, 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.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Antipasto Abbondanza” – Saturday, March 7, 12 – 3 p.m. Antipasti offer a wide range of variety from small sandwiches, chilled vegetables, cheeses and meats to hot foods such as fried vegetables and fish. Immerse yourself in a feast of tasty Italian-inspired nibbles. Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Where the Wild Things Are” – Saturday, March 14, 12 – 3 p.m. Learn to conquer the wild beast! This class offers insight into less common types of meat and what to do with them. Tired of the routine of beef, chicken and lamb? This is the class for you! Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

Al Forno Cooking Class “Pasta Three Ways” – Saturday, March 21, 12 – 3 p.m. If you’ve eaten at Al Forno or read George and Johanne’s cookbook, On Top of Spaghetti, you know
that pasta has always been on the menu. Join the chefs for some of the Al Forno classics as well as some new favorites. Share the warmth of our kitchen and our staff this winter in one of our delightful Saturday afternoon cooking classes. Get behind the scenes at Al Forno with Chefs David Reynoso, Phil Niosi and Neil Temkin! Classes are held in our kitchen and include a scrupmtious four-course meal. $75/per person. Please Call Suzette or Rob to sign up, 401-273-9767. The final menu for each class is formulated as we near closer to the actual date. We cannot accommodate specific menu choices but can honor certain dietary restrictions with ample notice. Our classes are designed to be comfortable and informal. All levels of skill and interest are welcome as we love having a diverse group of enthusiasts to keep it interesting for all. We recommend comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing; it is difficult to predict the temperature in the kitchen on any given day. We serve wine by the glass for an additional charge. Al Forno577 South Main St., Providence, RI 02903.

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. Watch this site for details coming soon.

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