Fiestaval! Introducing The Backyard Food Company’s Brand New Product
- April 26, 2017
6 pm – 8 pm
This exclusive VIP experience will introduce the next The Backyard Food Company product to the world with custom cocktails from Bootblack Brand and small bites at Easy Entertaining. More details and ticket information to come.
Dinner by Dames Five
- April 27, 2017
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
One of Rhode Island’s most popular dining series, Dinner by Dames, returns for it’s sixth installment at this sixth Eat Drink RI Festival. This female-driven dining experience brings together five of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs, Melissa Denmark of Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery, Jordan Goldsmith of Moonrose Farm, Maria Meza of El Rancho Grande, Ashley Vanasse of Easy Entertaining Inc. and Jessica Wood of Fire and Water Restaurant Group, for a multi-course dining event. For the 2017 Eat Drink RI Festival we’ve added guest Dames: Rebecca Lentrichia of Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel and Sarah Williams of Seven Stars Bakery.
To make the evening that much more special Jen Davis, of The Eddy, along with a group of RI’s top bartenders—Katie Masterson of The Boombox and Nicks on Broadway, Caitlin Murphy of Statesman Tavern, Elizabeth Sawtelle of Nicks on Broadway and Kayleigh Speck of Durk’s Bar•B•Q and The Grange—are creating cocktail pairings for each course with spirits very kindly provided by Origin Beverage Co. The icing on the cake of this spectacular evening is that this Dinner by Dames will be held at the brand new Skyline at Waterplace in downtown Providence.
In addition, the Festival Dinner by Dames coincides with this year’s Paint the Town RED to benefit AIDS Care Ocean State’s mission of providing quality housing, case management, medical and nursing care, and prevention to those affected by or at risk for HIV infection. Eat Drink RI President David Dadekian is a co-chair of the dining event and is proud to donate a portion of Dames proceeds to AIDS Care Ocean State.
The evening will begin with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception with welcome bites, then moving into a five-course dinner with cocktail pairings. The cost is $150 (all-inclusive).
Due to the limitations of the venue we are regrettably unable to accommodate any alternative menu/allergen requests other than a vegetarian option. Thank you in advance for your understanding on this matter.
Truck Stop to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank
- April 28, 2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
In 2017 we’re EXPANDING the Truck Stop to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank by moving it to the Food Bank’s huge lot in Providence where we’ve got twenty-one trucks! This fifth annual Truck Stop showcases even more of the excellence and variety of Rhode Island’s mobile restaurants, features local musicians the Superchief Trio, and also benefits an organization dedicated to ending hunger.
Tickets are $75, which includes food from all the trucks and one beverage of your choosing, additional drinks are available to purchase. Truck Stop tickets are on sale through the R.I. Community Food Bank.
Participating Food Trucks:
- Binge BBQ
- Buddha Belly
- Citizen Wing
- Ellie’s Bakery
- Friskie Fries
- Gotta Q Smokehouse BBQ
- Like No Udder
- Mijos Tacos
- Noble Knots
- Open Season
- Pat’s Pastured
- Presto Strange O
- RI Community Food Bank Community Kitchen
- Rocket Fine Street Food
- Tallulah’s Taqueria
Beverages provided by:
|Truck Stop Festival Sponsor|
|Gourmet Food Truck Sponsors|
- April 29, 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Eat Drink RI Festival Grand Tasting features samplings of over sixty locally produced beer, wine & spirits, as well as an abundance of local food artisans in Hall A of the Rhode Island Convention Center. During the Tasting there will be all-new local food & drink presentations on the Frigidaire Professional Presentation Stage sponsored and provided by Wickford Appliance featuring Rhode Island’s top chefs paired with a local producer to wow attendees with some of the best food in the country, all included with admission to the Grand Tasting.
- Nicks on Broadway‘s Chef Derek Wagner and Eating with the Ecosystem‘s Kate Masury
- Federal Hill Pizza‘s Chef Billy Manzo and Lee Ann Freitas
- Easy Entertaining‘s Chef Ashley Vanasse and Blackbird Farm‘s Ann Marie Bouthillette
New to this year’s Festival Grand Tasting, Eat Drink RI is partnering with the Point Street Reading Series for a trio of food-author readings & signings.
- Christine Chitnis, local Rhode Island writer and photographer and author of multiple cookbooks, most recently Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet: 75 Recipes for Dairy-Free Ice Cream, Fruit-Forward Ice Pops, Frozen Yogurt, Granitas, Slushies, Shakes, and More
- David Leite, founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria, and author of the forthcoming Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression
- Evan Mallett, chef/owner of Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Black Trumpet and Stock + Spice, and author of Black Trumpet: A Chef’s Journey Through Eight New England Seasons
For the full list of Grand Tasting tables and participants, please see the Exhibitors page (continually updated).
Grand Tasting tickets are $75 and includes all food and beverage samplings offered, Local Food & Drink Presentations and author readings & signings.
On Saturday morning, prior to the Eat Drink RI Festival Grand Tasting, the Point Street Reading Series is hosting an intimate book & breakfast in celebration of David Leite’s brand new memoir Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at The Café at Easy Entertaining. The $45 ticket includes an autographed copy of Notes on a Banana and a delicious breakfast. Purchase tickets here.