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News Bites: Hemenway’s, Temple Downtown and Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro
Hemenway’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar recently donated $7,268.00 to the Ronald McDonald House of Providence. The donation represents 100% of the proceeds of the 7th Annual Oyster Festival held in Providence. “We are so thankful to our loyal guests who supported our annual oyster festival, and as a result, are supporting such a wonderful organization as the Ronald McDonald House of Providence,” said Tobey Sanborn, Hemenway’s General Manager. “The Ronald McDonald House is not just a place of shelter, but a place that fosters opportunities for families to gain support from one another while doing all that they can to help their child become well again,” said Michael Fantom, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Providence. “The support of local businesses like Hemenway’s, and all of Newport Restaurant Group, allows us to continue offering that support until every child is healthy again.”
Also from Hemenway’s is the announcement of their 50% discount on over 100 wines by the bottle with the purchase of an entrée on Sunday evenings. “Guests who dine at Hemenway’s from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm can enjoy any of the award-winning restaurant’s more than 100 bottled wines at a 50-percent discount with the purchase of an entrée. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 401-351-8570.”
Temple Downtown has launched a new fall menu and held a wine dinner at the restaurant on Wednesday, October 26 to unveil it.
A new fall menu has been unveiled at Temple Downtown Restaurant & Lounge, 120 Francis Street, by Executive Chef David Cardell. New appetizers include Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels Mariniere, Charcuteria & Cheese Board, and Clams Casino. Soups now include Celery Root and Fennel Soup and Portuguese-Style Caldo Verde. Salad options feature a Roasted Yellow and Red Beet Salad. Joining the lineup of flatbreads is the Pumpkin and Pancetta Flatbread. Butternut Squash and Mascarpone Ravioli has been added to the pasta section of the menu. New entrees include Bouillabaisse with half a lobster in a tomato-saffron broth, Chermoula Spiced Yellowfin Tuna with rock shrimp risotto, Pumpkin and Lentil Tagine with couscous, Ossobuco Milanese with late-harvest vegetables, Pan-Seared Salmon with fennel pollen and roasted orzo, and Braised Short Rib with creamy polenta. The dessert menu features pumpkin crème brulee, tiramisu served with a chocolate spoon, apple crostata with vanilla bean gelato, Greek-style doughnuts with honey glaze and walnuts, house-made cannoli, and chocolate lava cake with caramel ice cream and sea salt.
Chef David Cardell of Temple carving his suckling pig
Not to be outdone by creating new menu items, Chef Cardell also roasts a whole suckling pig every Friday evening at Temple Downtown. It is served from 5 – 7 p.m. in complimentary samples to bar patrons. Yes, anyone who stops in for a drink in the lounge can get a bit of pork along with various condiments: mustards, chutneys, roasted garlic or sweet chili sauce, all made in house by Cardell. Temple obtains “all-natural suckling pigs . . . from local purveyors.”
Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro
Last but not least is news from Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro at Patriot Place in Foxboro. The restaurant placed in the top 50 in the country for best restaurant wine lists in the OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards.
Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro announced today that it has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for Top Wine Lists in the United States. The list of winners is derived from more than ten million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. “We are thrilled and humbled by this acknowledgment from OpenTable diners,” said Mike Cicciarella, Tastings’ General Manager & Wine Director. “We are proud to know that these diners thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience at Tastings and gave us such high marks. We take great pride in putting together an eclectic list that includes over 250 selections, with over 70 wines available by the glass, making it very approachable for our guests. We also want to congratulate the one other restaurant in Massachusetts which was also part of the list, Left Bank at Stonehedge Inn & Spa in Tyngsboro, MA.” Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between October 2010 and September 2011, the 50 award-winning restaurants received the highest scores. For more information about all of the restaurants on this list, please visit http://www.opentable.com/wine.