Interview with Michael Greenlee, Wine Director of The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, September 21 – 23, 2012

The 7th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival returns on September 21st through 23rd and this year it has a new company, Plate + Decanter, producing the event with The Preservation Society of Newport County. To help coordinate the most important aspect of the Festival—the wine—long-time wine professional Michael Greenlee has been brought in as[…]

News Bites: La Laiterie, RI Food Bank, Asterisk, Temple Downtown and Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro

Five current news releases—Eat Drink RI is not the source for these items—please follow any links for more information. La Laiterie PATIO POURS La Laiterie Welcomes Summer with Patio “Parties” Featuring Boutique Wines, Housemade Charcuterie and Farmstead Cheeses WHAT: With a New England bistro (La Laiterie) and attached artisanal cheese/gourmet foods shop (Farmstead) tucked away[…]

Celebrate Earth Day with a local Earth Dinner to benefit Chefs Collaborative

This week a number of Rhode Island area restaurants are participating in Earth Dinner events. The Dinners are a series of events sponsored by Chefs Collaborative and Organic Valley to promote local, sustainable and organic foods. Over 100 restaurants around the country are participating in this event and donating a portion of their proceeds to[…]

Rhode Island chefs invade Montreal: up-to-the-minute #chefsincanada tweets and Instagram photos

If you love food and you’re an active Twitter or Instagram user you are probably well aware of #chefsincanada. For the third year in a row a group of Rhode Island chefs—Matthew Gennuso of Chez Pascal, Matt Jennings of Farmstead & La Laiterie, Ed Reposa of Thee Red Fez, Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames,[…]

Chef Jamie Bissonnette Wins Cochon 555 Boston 2012

Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa and Toro in Boston was the winner of the fourth annual Cochon 555 Boston competition. The event, held this year at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Boston was even more over-the-top than years past with a packed ballroom of people eating outstanding pork dishes from Bissonnette along with the four other competitors, Chefs[…]

Chef Matt Jennings Nominated for 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef Northeast (UPDATED)

For a second year in a row Rhode Island can claim a James Beard Foundation Award Nominee in the category of Best Chef Northeast: Chefs Matt and Kate Jennings of Farmstead & La Laiterie in Providence. The Jennings were nominated alongside Jamie Bissonnette of Toro and Coppa in Boston, Tim Cushman of O Ya in[…]

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RI Chefs and Restaurants Stand Out on 2012 James Beard Awards Semifinalists List

UPDATED (more comments below) The  James Beard Foundation 2012 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists were announced this morning and a number of Rhode Island chefs and restaurants are included on this year’s list. The semifinalists in our area are: Best New Restaurant: The Dorrance Outstanding Bar Program: Cook & Brown Public House Rising Star Chef[…]