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Rhode Island Community Food Bank Empty Bowls 2015 – Friday, March 27, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Join us in this celebration and choose your own handcrafted bowl. Enjoy the local flavor of some of the most talented chefs in Rhode Island.Your participation will assist the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in feeding 63,000 Rhode Islanders each month. $35 General Admission: Includes a handmade artisan bowl and tastings of soup, salad, bread and dessert from over 30 local restaurants, caterers and food vendors. Cash bar. $150 Patron Admission: Includes a handmade artisan bowl from the VIP bowl selection, a free drink from the cash bar, tastings of soup, salad, bread and dessert from over 30 local restaurants, caterers and food vendors and our gratitude for your generous donation to support this event. Purchase tickets hereRhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Pl., Cranston, RI 02905.

Newport Restaurant Week 2015 – Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 29. Savor three-course meals from some of the finest area restaurants without breaking the bank! From a steaming cup of chowder overlooking the harbor to fine dining in romantic restaurants, Newport & Bristol County restaurants offer an array of creative menus. $16 for a three-course lunch and $35 for a three-course dinner. Beverages, gratuities and taxes are not included. View details and participating restaurants.

Northeast Organic Farmers Association of Rhode Island’s Winter Conference – Sunday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Farmers, gardeners and food producers alike are invited to join the annual Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA-RI) Winter Conference hosted by Hope & Main. The conference serves as a platform where devotees of organic agriculture can share practices and experiences, and help drive more attention to the movement to create healthy soils, nourishing food and viable ecosystems through organic growing. Exhibitor tables are available to vendors or nonprofit organizations. A potluck luncheon will be served. The event is open to the public; attendees must register in advance. Early-bird registration ends on February 15. Click for additional information and registration. Hope & Main, 691 Main St., Warren, RI 02885.

Grey Sail Dine around for the Jonnycake Center – Sunday, March 29, 4 – 7 p.m. Join us at Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island for a Dine around benefiting the Jonnycake Center of Westerly. Enjoy great food, great beer, and great compay as we raise money to feed our neighbors in need. Fobulous food being provided by 84 Tavern on Canal, The Malted Barely, and Bridge Restaurant [raw bar] river patio. Tickets are $40 and include food and beer. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Jonnycake Center of Westerly. Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island63 Canal St., Westerly, RI 02891.

Easy Entertaining Burger Night – Monday, March 30, 6 – 9 p.m. #BurgerNight 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.

Simone’s Wine Dinner “An Evening with Mike Hendry” – Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m. Hendry Ranch Winery is one of the oldest and most esteemed family wineries in Napa Valley. Michael Hendry is a third generation grape grower and wine maker. Come share his family’s wonderful wines at Simone’s where chef Joe Simone will artfully pair his cuisine with Hendry’s wines. For reservations call 401-247-1200. Simone’s275 Child St., Warren, RI 02885.

Easter at Cook & Brown Public House – Sunday, April 5. We’ll be rocking out this easter with an awesome menu filled with our brunch classics and some specific holiday dishes. If you dig slow roasted lamb you won’t want to miss it. Call or email for reservations if you want to come in with a large group (6 or more people), 401-273-7275. Cook & Brown Public House, 959 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906.

Easter at Local 121 – Sunday, April 5, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. View the Easter Brunch Menu. For reservations, please call 401-274-2121. Local 121, 121 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Easter at Simone’s – Sunday, April 5, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Join us for a Special Easter Brunch! Please see our Easter Menu. For reservations, please call 401-247-1200. Simone’s275 Child St., Warren, RI 02885.

Lentil Underground Comes to Providence – Thursday, April 9, 7 – 9 p.m. Local 121 is pleased to partner with Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground, and farmer David Oien at a dinner featuring Timeless Natural Foods lentils and heirloom grains. A protégé of Michael Pollan, Liz tells the remarkable story of an unheralded group of Montana farmers who have defied corporate agribusiness by launching a unique sustainable food movement. Forty years ago, corporate agribusiness launched a campaign to push small grain farmers to modernize or perish. But David Oien decided to take a stand. When he dropped out of grad school to return to his family’s 280 acre farm, Oien became the first in his conservative Montana county to seed his fields with a radically different crop: organic lentils. He now grows organic heirloom lentils, barley, farro and kamut under the Timeless Natural Foods brand. Chef Tyler Demora is adding dishes to the menu that evening featuring lentils and heirloom grains from Timeless Natural Foods. For reservations, please call 401-274-2121. Local 121121 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.

Rhode Island Seafood Challenge 2015 – Friday, April 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For the second year in row, the Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts (JWU) hosts the Rhode Island Seafood Challenge in partnership with the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation and Rhode Island Sea Grant. This year, the focus of the Challenge is scup, also known as porgy, an underutilized species that is plentiful in the waters along the Atlantic coast, but not commonly found in local restaurants or prepared by home cooks. Three teams of JWU culinary students will create, present, and test original recipes using scup, with a guest audience of other JWU students and the public. The audience will have the chance to taste each of the recipes and vote for their favorite. In addition, guest speakers, along with a panel of representatives from Rhode Island’s commercial fishing industry, will address the issues of sustainability which are vital to the region’s food system. For more information and to make a reservation to attend the Rhode Island Seafood Challenge 2015, contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at 401-874-6800 or email studentrisg@gmail.com. Johnson & Wales University Harborside Academic Center Amphitheater265 Harborside Blvd., Providence, RI 02905.

Pasta Making at Jonathan Edwards Vineyards – Sunday, April 12. Please join us for a wonderful spring day of pasta making, wine pairing, lunch and vineyard tours with Gracie’s Chef Matt Varga, Ellie’s Bakery and The Savory Grape at Jonathan Edwards Vineyard. Brochure with complete details hereJonathan Edwards Winery74 Chester Main Rd., N. Stonington, CT 06359.

Boston/New England Lamb Jam – Sunday, April 12, 1:45 – 6 p.m. VIP or 3 – 6 p.m. general. The American Lamb Jam is an epic tasting event and competition that brings together 20 of the top chefs from around New England for the honor being named Lamb Jam Boston Champion. Check out details about participating chefs, breweries and other lambtastic happenings. Purchase tickets. General admission: $60 or VIP+General Admission: $100. The Royal Sonesta Hotel40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA 02142.

Simone’s Cooking Class “Pasta Boot Camp 2—Fresh Pasta” – Monday, April 13, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Joe will demonstrate and teach how to make Fresh Pasta. Learn to make Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, Pasta with Melting Asparagus and Parmigiano, Pappardalle with Jonah Crabmeat, Lemon and Crème Fraiche, and Spinach Gnocchi baked with Simple Tomato Sauce. Dessert will be served. 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.

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.

Gracie’s Star Chef Dinner Series with Chef Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet Bistro – Monday, April 20, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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