Black-Owned Food and Drink Businesses in Rhode Island

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Eat Drink RI supports the non-violent protests in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others. This list is an attempt to highlight any Black-owned food and drink businesses in Rhode Island for your support. The Eat Drink RI platform is 10-years-old with a wide reach, so [….]

Feisty Food Expo featuring the New England Hot Wing Competition logo

ExpiredVendor at Feisty Food Expo & New England Hot Wing Competition 2020

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  • March 30, 2020
    11:10 pm
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The Feisty Food Expo and Hot Wing Eating Competition are postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. We will be in contact shortly about credit card refunds. Thank you and watch for a new date!

On Saturday, April 4th from 2 – 6 p.m. at the West Warwick Civic Center at 100 Factory St. in West Warwick, Eat Drink RI, JC’s Butcher Shop, Ocean State Pepper Co. and Pepper Junction present the Feisty Food Expo & New England Hot Wing Competition. Come sell your wares at the biggest local food, drink & artisan market in West Warwick!

The Feisty Food Expo is part of the New England Hot Wing Competition with a partnership with the NYC Hot Sauce Expo and beverage sponsors Narragansett Beer and Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery. You do not need to sell a hot sauce or spicy-related product to be a vendor—all are welcome. However, if you have something that brings some heat, please let us know. Details on the public competition can be found on the competitor registration page (coming soon).

Please review the Expo details and vendor requirements below before registering and sending credit card payment by clicking the ADD TO EVENT CART button above or below.

SETUP: The Expo is held in the open Thomas A. Lamb Memorial Field House. You are responsible for the entirety of your table or display. A pop-up canopy can be used, though since we are indoors it isn’t a requirement.

LICENSING: All vendors must carry all applicable tax and sales permits and appropriate licensing from the RI Department of Health (if selling consumables).

CERTIFICATION & FOOD SAFETY: Vendors must maintain all appropriate Town and State licenses for their type of goods or food products, provide copies of such to Eat Drink RI and have licenses in their booth at all times. Vendors that serve any food samples that are not prepackaged must comply with state laws and regulations related to food service. Requirements include wearing of plastic gloves and providing a waste receptacle if sampling food.

All product labeling shall be truthful and accurate and adhere to the requirements set forth by the State of Rhode of Island. Any claims, such as organic, pesticide-free, origin, gluten-free, free range, sugar-free, etc. must be substantiated. Any intentionally false claims shall be cause for immediate removal from the Expo.

PREPARED FOODS: Prepared foods must be licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health. All sampling must follow safe food handling guidelines. For any vendors providing prepared food, we require a copy of your food safety documents at the Expo.

WEATHER POLICY: This is an indoor market so short of severe emergency weather conditions, there will be no cancellation. Cancellation of a market due to severe weather is decided solely by Eat Drink RI. Vendors shall be notified via email or phone prior to Expo set-up time. No refunds will be given.

INDEMNIFICATION: Vendor shall indemnify and hold harmless Eat Drink RI from and against any and all liability, claims, demands, damages, expenses, fees, fines, penalties, suits, proceedings, actions and costs of actions (including all attorney’s fees), of any kind or nature arising out of or in any way connected with this Agreement or Vendor’s use of the space(s), sale of goods or conduct of business by Vendor, its agents, servants, employees, customers, patrons or invitees or any act or omission of Vendor, its agents, servants, employees, customers, patrons or invitees. Vendor is responsible for all monies collected from the sale of Vendor’s goods. Eat Drink RI is in no way responsible for any lost or stolen monies or items. This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of Rhode Island without regard to conflict of law principles and venue for any action arising from this Agreement shall be in Kent County, Rhode Island. This Agreement may not be modified or amended except by a writing signed by the parties.

Vendor’s payment of $65 fee indicates that Vendor has read and understands the above Feisty Food Expo & New England Hot Wing Competition Policies and Procedures and that any violation of such may result in loss of Expo rental privileges. Vendor acknowledges that such Policies and Procedures may be amended from time to time and agrees to abide by the terms of any such amendments if Vendor continues to vend at the Feisty Food Expo & New England Hot Wing Competition.

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The Dorrance in Providence is one of Bon Appétit’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2012

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The accolades continue to pour in for The Dorrance. Those of us who’ve eaten there know it’s one of the best new places to eat and drink in Rhode Island but now Bon Appétit magazine’s Foodist, Andrew Knowlton, has chose the Providence restaurant as one of the Top 50 Best New Restaurants in the country. This [….]

Sunday’s The New York Times Spends “36 Hours in Providence, R.I.”

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It’s been just over a year since The New York Times spent 36 hours in Newport and now the news company follows that visit up with a brief tour of Rhode Island’s capital city, Providence by writer Freda Moon. As is usual for the “36 Hours” series, many of our outstanding culinary establishments are mentioned, along [….]