Eat Drink RI is proud to present the second Open House at the State House, hosted by Governor Gina Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit, on the Saturday following the Governor’s second inauguration. The event will feature tastings from Rhode Island restaurants and food and beverage producers, as well as performances from a diverse variety of local groups. Admission is free with a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
- April 28, 2018
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 D 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.
- Easy Entertaining’s Chef Ashley Vanasse and Narragansett Creamery’s Pattie & Mark Federico
- Nicks on Broadway’s Chef Derek Wagner and Blackbird Farm’s Ann Marie Bouthillette
- Tallulah’s Taqueria’s Chef Jake Rojas and American Mussel Harvesters, Inc.
We’re adding a 2nd food & drink presentation area at this year’s Festival Grand Tasting. Get a floor-level, up-close look at the detail work & techniques of these chefs and artisans with this more interactive and intimate show area.
- Basta’s Chef Antonio Franco on Pasta
- Ellie’s Bakery’s Chefs Melissa Denmark and Caitlyn McGuire on Decorating Desserts
- El Rancho Grande’s Co-Owner Joaquin Meza on Cocktails
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 and Local Food & Drink Presentations
Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Skyline at Waterplace for a VIP treatment at their first ever, Dine with Skyline by Russell Morin Catering and Events! I have to say, I was honored to be surrounded by some of Rhode Island’s Culinary and Press related royalty. However, nothing was more exciting than seeing Eat Drink RI’s own, Katie Kleyla walk through the doors!
I’ve had Knead donuts before at Sin, White Electric and at events but this was my first experience at their storefront. How had I missed this!?! I walked into donut paradise. I had never tried their jelly donut so I figured this would be a special treat! I’m usually a glazed old fashion kinda guy. I did try the beautifully displayed samples and a bite from each of the people in my Poké-party. Come on, Gotta try ‘em all!