Top Five on eat drink RI in 2011

It was a couple of days shy of a year ago that eat drink RI launched and it’s been a fantastic year. I thought it would be interesting to see what was the most read parts of the site in 2011 and thought maybe readers would find it interesting as well.

After the front page, the most viewed page is the Upcoming Events page. It’s no surprise to me why. It was the first page I created because it was the first thing I wanted to see–a single, permanent page of chronologically listed food and drink events for the area. I’m very proud to provide it and I’ve had so much positive feedback from diners, restaurants and event managers. If social media stats are to be believed, the Events page has been shared many hundreds of times across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.

So other than the permanent Events page, what were the Top Five items read the most in 2011?

Chef Beau Vestal of New Rivers

Chef Beau Vestal of New Rivers

#1 Chefs & Restaurants

That should also be no surprise to anyone who’s dined in so many of Rhode Island’s top flight restaurants. The restaurant “scene” here is vibrant and growing and people are searching it out as they hear the many accolades being heaped upon R.I. food.

 

 

one pretty thin slice

one pretty thin slice

#2 Charcutepalooza February: The Salt Cure: bacon & pancetta

People responded well to all twelve of the Charcutepalooza posts, but I suspect the heavy searching online of the word “bacon” propelled this post to the top.

 

 

 

Chef Matt Jennings (holding trophy) with the Farmstead / La Laiterie team

Chef Matt Jennings (holding trophy) with the Farmstead / La Laiterie team

#3 Chef Matt Jennings Wins Cochon 555 For Third Time

The popularity of our resident James Beard Foundation Award nominee, coupled with all that pork, drew in a lot of readers.

 

 

 

 

Chef Derek Wagner of Nick's on Broadway gets the picnic bonfire going

Chef Derek Wagner of Nick's on Broadway gets the picnic bonfire going

#4 Coming Sunday, October 16: Chefs Collaborative RI Farm Picnic

This was widely shared on many social media sites by the dozen or so chefs who participated. It turned out to be a gorgeous night and one of the best food events of 2011. If you missed it, watch here for this year’s date.

 

 

 

Providence Cocktail Week

Providence Cocktail Week

#5 Willa Van Nostrand Wins Rhode Island Cocktail Contest

Showing that not only is Rhode Island loaded with raved about food but there is a burgeoning cocktail culture here as well.

 

 

Happy New Year and thank you for reading as we expand in 2012.

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