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Participate in Relish Rhody as part of Food Day 2013! Food Day, October 24, 2013, is a nationwide movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Relish Rhody is the RI Food Policy Council‘s statewide campaign to celebrate RI food during the entire month of October. It’s easy to participate and/or incorporate Relish Rhody into your existing Food Day celebration:
CHOOSE a RI food action: Harvesting, delivering, donating, preparing, processing or eating a RI food are examples.
Teen Chef Creates 2014 Food Calendar to Benefit Food Bank
Warwick student has two-year history of supporting the Food Bank Catherine Amoriggi may be only 16 years old, but she is a seasoned chef and food blogger. And she’s putting her skills to good use for hungry families in Rhode Island. Catherine has created a unique 2014 wall calendar, featuring her recipes with professional photographs of each dish. In addition, the calendar presents facts about hunger and information about the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. She’s also included a variety of “food days,” like National Brown Bag It Day. “Thanks to the generosity of the Amoriggi family, every penny of the proceeds from the calendar will benefit the Food Bank,” said Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer of the Food Bank. “This grassroots project demonstrates the ability of young people to make a real difference in our community.” Catherine has a history of cultivating ways to help the Food Bank. At age fourteen, she hosted a culinary event where she prepared an elegant meal for a large community gathering, raising more than $3000 for the Food Bank. The 365 Food Calendar 2014 is now on sale for $15 at Barrington Books and several Providence locations, including Stock Culinary Goods, Books on the Square and Farmstead. In addition, the calendar can be purchased online at www.rifoodbank.org/gifts, at the Food Bank’s facility at 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, and at the Food Bank’s special events. Catherine is one of many young philanthropists who have found creative ways to benefit the Food Bank. Recognizing this desire in our youth to make a difference, the Food Bank recently published “One Kid Can! Helping the Hungry: A Toolkit for Kids and Young Adults.” The 20-page booklet contains dozens of ideas organized by age group, along with tools and helpful hints for conducting food and “fun” drives; and can be downloaded for free by visiting www.rifoodbank.org/HungerActionMonth or by picking up a copy at the Food Bank, which is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. The Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides food to more than 68,000 Rhode Islanders in need every month through its statewide network of food pantries and meal sites. One in three served by the Food Bank is a child under the age of 18.
Tilted Barn Brewery, RI’s First Farm Brewery, to Open
Tilted Barn Brewery Founders Matt and Kara Richardson Seek Funding via Indiegogo to Build Rhode Island’s First Farm Brewery In 2007, Matt Richardson and Joel Littlefield founded Ocean State Hops, Rhode Island’s first commercial hop farm. As their mission statement declares, these home brewing brothers-in-law were fueled by a passion to cram as many hops into each batch of beer as humanly possible and supply other brewers looking to quench their thirst for hops. Over the past six years Matt and Joel have succeeded, supplying hops to local homebrewers and breweries alike. Now Matt and his wife Kara will be expanding upon this success as they open Tilted Barn Brewery, Rhode Island’s first farm brewery. Tilted Barn Brewery will be located in the historic barn on their farm in Exeter, Rhode Island, which has been in Kara’s family for over 50 years. The couple’s mission is to expand upon the success of Ocean State Hops and not only provide locally grown hops but also provide local, hand-crafted beer that is brewed with ingredients grown on the farm. The motivation behind Tilted Barn Brewery is to keep Kara’s family tradition of farming alive while adding their own modern twist for craft beer and the art of brewing. Visitors to the farm brewery will be able to tour the barn brewery, enjoy samples in the tasting room, and walk around the farm to see the ingredients that will go into each batch of beer. Contributions will be used to
Convert the first floor into the brewery space and second floor into a tasting room and viewing area of the brewery.
Make the necessary modifications to the infrastructure of the barn, such as heating, plumbing, drains, etc.
Construct the bar and purchase the necessary draft lines, refrigeration, etc.
Build a temperature controlled fermentation and cold storage room.