Cluck! Approved By Providence Zoning, Next Steps to Open the Store’s Doors

On Monday evening, May 13, 2013, the Providence Zoning Board of Review approved Drake Patten’s request for a zoning variance for the property at 399 Broadway so that she can open an urban farm supply store named Cluck. If this seems like a bit of déjà vu it’s because the Zoning Board approved the request[…]

The Latest on the Battle for Cluck! Your Help Is Still Needed

I’ve written twice before about Cluck’s attempts to open an urban farm supply store at 399 Broadway in Providence. Unfortunately, after many months of planning, build-out, stocking the store with inventory and constant persistence from Cluck’s owner Drake Patten, the store has still not been able to open it’s doors. Now, more than ever, in[…]

Interview with Andy Husbands, appearing at The Sun WineFest, January 25-27, 2013

The Sun WineFest ’13 is this weekend and as always it attracts some of the best names in the food, wine and spirits world to the Mohegan Sun Resort in southeastern Connecticut. One of those food personalities is Andy Husbands, the chef/owner of Tremont 647 in Boston, Massachusetts. Readers of this site may recognize Husbands[…]

Charleston Wine + Food Festival Lambs + Clams Contest: Ground Lamb and Clams

Here is my final recipe in the  BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival Lambs + Clams Original Recipe Contest. The other three entries utilized either Border Springs Farm lamb or shellfish, either Rappahannock River Oysters or Olde Salt Clams. This time out we were gifted with both lamb and shellfish, more specifically ground lamb and Olde Salt[…]

Providence Restaurant Week, January 13 – 26, 2013 – UPDATED with Bourdain/Ripert ticket sweepstakes

From the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau comes the news of the next Providence Restaurant Week. As has become the tradition in the area, Restaurant Week has grown to Restaurant Weeks, running for two full weeks beginning Sunday, January 13. All the information, including the complete list of participating restaurants can be found at[…]

Three Rhode Island Restaurants Named to Open Table’s 2012 Top 100 “Best Overall” Restaurants in United States

Congratulations to Providence’s Gracie’s and Newport’s Bouchard Restaurant and Inn and Castle Hill Inn. All three are in a list of the top 100 restaurants in the country, alongside such worldwide best restaurants as Eleven Madison Park and The French Laundry, as chosen by OpenTable reviews. According to OpenTable, “Out of more than 5 million restaurant[…]