Diner’s Update

The latest Rhode Island food, drink, restaurant and dining news and events.

By Jamie Coelho, Samantha Labrecque and Stephanie Morales

September–October 2017

Through 10/21

Luxe Burger Bar, 5 Memorial Blvd. in Providence, hosted the seventh annual Build Your Own Burger contest. More than 500 participants submitted their burger recipes to enter for a chance to win $1,000 in prizes and have their recipe featured on the menu. The entries were reviewed and the top five finalists are featured on the Luxe menu through October 20. The top five burgers include: El Hefe, TB12 Burger, BAM, the Figgy Piggy Burger and the Dirty Pilgrim. The finalists will then be invited to the final showdown on Sat., October 21 at 2 p.m., where the best burgers will be presented to a panel of culinary and celebrity judges who will evaluate each submission’s creativity, taste, edibility, overall composition and the burger’s name. Final scoring will be based on votes on Facebook, votes on luxeburgerbar.com/contest, sales of the burger from September 22 through October 21 and the votes of the judges. Judges this year include Will Gilbert and Brendan Kirby from “The Rhode Show,” and Bekah Berger from Hot 106. For more information about the finalists, visit luxeburgerbar.com.


Join Fluke Newport and sip Champagne and eat canapes as you overlook the beautiful Newport Harbor. Champagne brand Armand de Brignac creates prestigious cuvees, and guests will sample several varieties paired with light bites. The event costs $50 per person and takes place from 5:30–7 p.m. For more information or to make reservations for the event, call 401-849-7778 or visit flukenewport.com.

Through 9/23

Savor the season with corn- and tomato-inspired specials, all prepared with the finest local ingredients at XO Cafe, a Chow Fun restaurant located in Providence. Munch on the roasted corn esquites for a starter and try the scallops with corn veloute as an entree. Save room for dessert for the basil panna cotta with tomato sorbet. For the full menu and more information, click here.


Blackstone Culinaria is working with Millrace Kitchen to host an all American culinarian event at the new incubator kitchen in Woonsocket. Feast on apple cranberry salad from Rustic Roots Baking, southern honey fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and succotash vegetables from Every 1’s Chef for your main course, and classic American apple pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert from Providence Pie Co. A cash bar will also be available from Ciro’s Tavern, and there will be live entertainment. The event begins at 6 p.m. For more information, click here.


Join 22 Bowen’s in Newport for a Summit Lake Vineyard wine dinner featuring the wine of the month. Enjoy a glass of zinfandel or cabernet sauvignon alongside each of the four courses, including roasted baby carrots, lamb, ribeye and almond sable and gelato for dessert. The cost to attend the dinner is $125 per person. To book a table for this event, call 401-841-8884, or click here for more information.


Smoke House restaurant, located at 31 Scotts Wharf in Newport, will host its third and final annual Newport Storm Beer Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. The cost is $49 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Visit smokehousenewport.com or call 401-848-9800 to make a reservation.


Celebrate the end of summer by feasting on the wonders of the sea. Newport Vineyards is joining forces with Eating with the Ecosystem to host the Gills and Grapes dinner – an evening of education and eating local with a five-course dinner paired with Newport Vineyards wines on the vineyard porch. Led by executive chef Andy Teixeira, along with Newport lobsterman Al Eagles, guests will discover the bounty of our local ecosystem and dine for a cause, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Scales and Tales Mobile Food Boat program. The event begins at 6 p.m. and the cost is $90 per person (including the five-course pairing dinner, tax and gratuity). For additional information or to purchase tickets, click here.


Come to Rosecliff in Newport for a special screening of A Fine Line, a documentary about why only six percent of head chefs and restaurant owners are women, when historically and traditionally, women have always played a central role in the kitchen. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served on the terrace at 6 p.m., before the screening. Live music will also be provided by the Lois Vaughan Trio. At 7 p.m., the film will be screened and followed by a conversation with the director Joanna James, via Skype. Tickets are $40 per guest. For a 15 percent discount, become a member of newportFILM here. To reserve a spot or for more information, visit newportfilm.com.


The Ocean State Oyster Festival is back September 23. Celebrate Rhode Island oysters, music and craft-beer culture from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Providence Riverwalk at 243 Water St. An Oyster Fan ticket ($25) gets you a half-dozen locally sourced oysters from an array of RI-based growers; a local micro-brewed beer, glass of wine or spiked ginger beer. Plenty of additional refreshments will be on hand as well. The event also features live music and deejays, selected vendors and food trucks and a shucking contest. Save $5 on ticket price by purchasing before festival day! Read more about the event here.


The East End in Providence is opening early at 11 a.m. for Octoberfest, and it will be open until 1 a.m.. Expect bier, brats and Bavarian bites! Special Oktoberfest drafts and delicious house-made sausages with all the fixins’ will be served. Lederhosen optional; good spirits mandatory.


The Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival is set for this weekend with various events, including special dinners, a jazz brunch, seminars and the Sunday Grand Tasting (Saturday’s Grand Tasting is sold out). The Marble House lawn is a beautiful setting for an afternoon of entertainment and the opportunity to sample hundreds of fabulous wines from around the world, as well as fantastic food from local, regional and national chefs and artisanal food purveyors. Enjoy a Meiomi Rosé first taste as you enter the Grand Tasting tents each day.


The Wishingstone Farm dinner series will conclude on Sept. 24, and this time, the farm is teaming up with James Mark and team of North restaurant to provide a delicious night under the stars with the charming fields of Wishingstone Farm as your dining room. The format for the dinner is BYOB and BYOP (P is for plate). Tickets are $100 per person and the dinner starts at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Wishingstone Farm at 401-592-0285. To purchase tickets, click here.


Take a trip to Spain in the comfort of Gracie’s dining room! Join chefs Pam Farmer and Matthew Varga for a Spain Day dinner that will feature a three-course meal inspired by chef Pam’s lifelong travels throughout Espana. The menu will include a standing tapas bar as well as Pam’s famous paella and signature sangria. Following dinner, executive pastry chef Melissa Denmark will serve warm churros with chocolate sauce in addition to other Spanish favorites. Dinner is from 6–9 p.m. and costs $77 per guest, including tax and gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, call 401-272-7811 or visit graciesprov.com.


Join Durk’s Bar-B-Q in Providence for the Hoedown for Houston event from 6–11 p.m. The proceeds raised will benefit the folks in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey and will go directly to the Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Alongside live entertainment from Smith and Weeden, Ian O’Neil of Deer Tick and other special guests, the team at Durk’s is bringing the community together to enjoy Texas-style barbecue. In addition to a silent auction and raffle prizes, there will also be a clothing drive, where attendees are asked to bring new or lightly worn clothing, shoes and accessories for donation. Tickets are $50 and include two drink tickets and all-you-can-eat barbecue. Click here for tickets.


Spend an evening taking in the beauty of our state capital from up above at a wine dinner at the Rooftop at the Providence G, featuring Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard. A reception featuring wines and hors d’oeuvres will kick off the night, followed by a four-course dinner prepared by chef Robert Sisca. Select wines will also be paired with the meal, and Deborah Daniels from Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard will discuss the grape-growing process and winemaking techniques. Live entertainment and a sunset (if you’re lucky) will conclude the night. Tickets cost $75 per guest. Visit eventbrite.com for additional information.


In honor of national lobster day, Lobsterpalooza is back! Ten Prime Steak and Sushi in Providence will feature a menu that focuses on lobster dishes including lobster and asparagus salad, lobster clam chowder and of course, a full-sized lobster fresh from Maine. Have it any way you like, whether it be steamed, stuffed or lazy man style. If you go for lunch, order the lobster roll and get all the fixings (if you prefer) on top. For more information, visit tenprimesteakandsushi.com or call 401-453-2333.


Head to The East End in Providence for Bourbon 101 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. What makes this American spirit so popular? Learn about the basic production of bourbon, the major distilleries and some inside industry secrets. $25 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Call 401-433-9770 for reservations.


Join The Burgundian: Coffee and Waffles at PVDonuts for a takeover of Liege-style Belgian waffles. A Liege-style waffle is a denser, chewier version of a waffle that’s fluffy inside from the yeast. Waffles are cooked to order, and can be covered with your choice of toppings. Try the Sweet Rhody waffle which is topped with Dave’s Coffee milk-infused mascarpone whipped cream, dribbled with Borealis Coffee roasters espresso powder-infused chocolate sauce, and sprinkled with Bellicchi’s Best Biscotti cocoa nib crumbs. For a more savory snack, try In Bacon We Must, which is topped with ricotta, fig spread, bacon and basil. For more information, visit the Facebook page here.


The staff at Twin River Casino is hosting Cocktails for a Cause inside Twin River’s Event Center pre-function area to help the disaster recovery efforts from the recent Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, September 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., and 100 percent of all beverage product sold will be donated to One America Appeal, which is a joint appeal by all five living Presidents to encourage fellow citizens to support recovery efforts.


The annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction is a culinary extravaganza that will be held at Aldrich Mansion in Warwick on Thursday, September 28 at 6 p.m.  This year’s event will highlight Ben Lloyd of the Salted Slate as the Signature Chef and he will be joined by twenty-four chefs from the best local restaurants, including Bacaro chef Brian Kingsford, Bywater chef Brian O’Donnell, Castle Hill Inn chef Lou Rossi, CAV chef David Firda, DeWolf Tavern chef Sai Viswanath, Easy Entertaining’s chef Ashley Vanasse, El Rancho Grande chef Maria Meza, Ellie’s Bakery chefs Melissa Denmark and Sara Reilly, Guilded Tomato Company chef Jori Rieben, Gracie’s chef Matthew Varga, Hotel Viking chef Barry Correia, Massimo chef Chris Nardoza, Metacom Kitchen chef Rick Allaire, Mill’s Tavern chef Edward Bolus, Persimmon, Providence G chef Robert Sisca, Simone’s chef Joe Simone, Sin’s Jennifer Luxmoore, Statesman Tavern chef Chris Kleya, The Coast Guard House chef Raymond Montaquila, The Dorrance chef Alberto Lopez, Waterman Grille chef Noah Metnick and 41 North. Tickets are $175 per person or $250 for a patron ticket.


Enjoy advance discussions with distillers and bartenders before Twin River Casino kicks off its fourth annual New England Whiskey Festival. At 11 a.m., Chris Fletcher from Jack Daniels will do a deep drive in the rich history of Tennessee Whiskey and Jack Daniels Distillery; at noon, Steve Schneider of Employees Only in New York and Singapore will give a talk about hospitality; and at 1 p.m., Michael Repucci of Sons of Liberty and Dimitrios Zahariadis of Litchfield Distillery will give a talk. To Reserve a seat, contact Frank Martucci at 401-330-7636 or fmartucci@twinriver.com.


An opening night Whiskey Spirited Dinner will kick off the New England Whiskey Festival on Thursday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Fred and Steve’s Steakhouse. The Jack Daniels’ dinner will be hosted by Chris Fletcher. Taste handcrafted cocktails presented by some of the country’s best mixologists, paired with a five-course tasting menu. Tickets are $70-plus and may be purchased by contacting Donna Wing at 401-475-8438 or dwing@twinriver.com. This event will sell out and is an event for guests ages twenty-one-plus.


Ella’s in Westerly is hosting an exclusive dinner on Sept. 29, during which food and wine pairings will be served. Ariane Daguin, owner of d’Artagnan Foods, will prepare a multi-course meal paired with French wines. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and costs $120 per person. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 401-315-0606 or visit ellasfinefoodanddrink.com.


Bootblack Brand is hosting a Craft Cocktail Takeover at Rogue Island in Providence. From 7-10 p.m., you can enjoy some finely crafted cocktails that will feature distinct spirits from Berkshire Mountain Distillers and Bootblack Brand cocktail syrups. Signature small plates will be served to match a few of the cocktails. For more information, click here.


Head to Twin River Casino’s fourth annual New England Whiskey Festival, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sat., September 30. The finest companies in the hospitality industry will gather at Twin River to show off the latest whiskey products, trends and innovations.  Discover new brands and the hottest beverage trends, and enjoy great food, samplings and entertainment. Twenty-one-plus only. Tickets are $40-plus per person.


Burgers, beer and bluegrass, oh my! Join the Friends of Linden Place Museum for the Bristol Burger Bash on an early fall afternoon. Sample the East Bay’s best burgers while enjoying local beers and wines and listening to live bluegrass music at the Linden Place ballroom and gardens. The burger bash takes place from 1–4 p.m. and tickets are $35 per person. For more information, visit lindenplace.org or call 401-253-0390.


September is Hunger Action Month, so come together at the Isle Brewers Guild at the beginning of the new month for the finale of the hunger action celebration. This Food4Good event will feature hors d’oeuvres, a southern barbecue buffet dinner, cupcakes for dessert and of course, beer! Live music, a silent auction and raffles will also take place. For more information, click here.


Come celebrate fall with PVD Pie Co. and Rogue Island on Oct. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. PVD Pie Co. will be serving up some mini pie flavors inspired by fall and Rogue Island will pair them with award-winning ice cream. Some of the flavors include fall favorites like pumpkin, pecan and caramel apple. Rogue will also be pouring seasonal craft beers and ciders like pumpkin and sweet potato stouts, octoberfests, marzen lagers and hard ciders. $5 a ticket includes a scoop of ice cream and a mini pie from PVD Pie Co.


Salute the arrival of autumn at Oktoberfest, now happening at the new Bold Point Park in East Providence. The biergartens will feature dozens of seasonal, craft and domestic imported brews, complemented by savory German cuisine. Have a few cold ones and listen to the spirited sounds of live music…it’s almost like the real thing! Gates open from noon–8 p.m. and tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children are $5 with a paying adult. For more information, visit riwaterfrontevents.com.


Narragansett Beer announces the return of Fest, a traditional Märzen lager, just in time for the start of Oktoberfest. After a three-year hiatus that was full of demand to bring Fest back, ‘Gansett is resurrecting the award-winning beer that’s fit for King Gambrinus himself. Join Narragansett Beer at Ogie’s Trailer Park in Providence for beer, German smoked meats, baked pretzels, Oktoberfest games, limited edition beer steins and live performances. For more information, visit narragansettbeer.com.


Head to The East End in Providence for the Four Roses Experience from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The East End owner has a long-standing relationship with the Four Roses distillery, and they’d like to share some of their limited releases with you. Taste five different releases of one of the finest bourbons money can buy. Snacks will be provided. $50 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Call 401-433-9770 for reservations.


More than thirty-one local restaurants will come together on Friday, October 13 for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s third annual Empty Bowls event. Sample delicious tastings from a wide range of great local eateries and select a handmade artisanal bowl to take home with you as a reminder that you are helping to fill the empty bowls in your community. Tickets start at $45 and the event is at the newly renovated Rhodes on the Pawtuxet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit rifoodbank.org/emptybowls.


Join The East End in Providence for a beer dinner with Hugh Sisson, founder and managing partner of Heavy Seas Brewery of Baltimore, Maryland. Expect a family-style dinner, lots of Heavy Seas beer and talking like a pirate. Prices TBD. Call 401-433-9770 for reservations.


Join Castle Hill Inn in Newport for fall cooking school, where you will have the chance to sharpen your culinary skills under the direction of the inn’s renowned executive chef Lou Rossi. The focus of this autumn class will be Bacon and Brine. Guests will take part in a two-day cooking class with chef Lou, followed by dinner. Overnight packages start at $545 based on double occupancy, plus tax. The culinary school, without accommodations, costs $275 per person, plus tax. For more information, visit castlehillinn.com.


Beervana Fest is a bounty of fermented riches with the brewmasters, owners and distributors of sixty breweries (from Rhode Island, the United States and worldwide) pouring more than 250 rare, exclusive and simply divine beers on both levels at the resplendent venue, Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. And you can enhance your sipping with seminars presented by beer industry legends, including Heavy Seas founder Hugh Sisson and Jeremy Danner, ambassador brewer at Boulevard Brewing Company. This year’s fest is on October 20 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. — treat yourself to a night of beer heaven. Tickets for those who are twenty-one-plus are $55 per person. Buy tickets and check out the full list of brewers here.


The Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket is hosting its third annual American Girl baking workshop at Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery. Bakers will receive a chef’s hat and pink apron and will be able to watch a demonstration by Wright’s Bakery’s pastry chef Paul Dulude. Little bakers will fill and glaze eclairs, with all ingredients and baking materials provided by Wright’s. Admission is $25 per baker and $6 per accompanying adult. Admission to the Museum of Work and Culture is included. Space is limited and early registration is strongly encouraged. Tickets are available for purchase at shopmowc.com. For additional information, call 401-769-9675.


Eating with the Ecosystem is partnering with Eat Drink RI to present a series of educational dinners at local restaurants to promote their mission of creating a place-based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood. These upscale, seasonal dinners will be fundraisers for their Scales and Tales Mobile Food Boat program. The third dinner takes place on Monday, October 23 with chef Ashley Vanasse at Easy Entertaining in Providence. The menu includes seasonal and abundant local seafood, followed by an educational component. Each dinner is $90 per guest, all inclusive, and begins at 6 p.m. with a welcome cocktail reception, followed by a multi-course seated dinner with drinks. To purchase tickets, visit eatdrinkri.com/scalesandtales. The Scales and Tales Mobile Food Boat is a skiff (a shallow, flat-bottomed open boat) that the team is converting into a mobile education platform, complete with a cooking demo station to inform consumers about local seafood, fisheries and ecosystems.


Join The East End in Providence for a tasting some of the bar’s favorite rare, delicious and hidden bottles from their collection from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Old scotch, rare bourbon, fancy cognac, who knows what surprises they’ll uncork? They aim to impress with these secret gems. Five tastes and snacks will be provided. The cost is $50 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Call 401-433-9770 for reservations.


Gracie’s executive chef Matthew Varga will lead a group of guests on an adventure for the appetite on the third culinary cruise, Adriatic Rhapsody: Athens to Rome MarinaOn this ten-day voyage, there will be stops in the Greek Islands, Croatia and coastal cities in Italy. There is also the option of a three-night stay in Sicily, where chef Varga will craft a culinary history lesson about one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. For more information, click here or contact Lori Seeley of Innovative Travel Concepts at 941-312-2584 or lori@innovativetravelconcepts.com.


Child and Family will host the thirty-fourth annual Taste of Newport to benefit its community programs at the Atlantic Resort, 240 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, from 5 to 8 p.m. Hundreds of Rhode Islanders will enjoy savories, sweets and sips from Newport’s finest restaurants, confectioners, caterers and beverage vendors. There will also be an extensive silent auction. For more information, visit childandfamilyri.org.


Bourbon Street Providence is happening Nov. 4 at the Rhode Island Convention Center starting at 2 p.m. Indulge in craft cocktails, spirits and delicious food, and listen to live music and look at fun luxury cars. General admission tickets cost $40. For an additional $20 join the Whiskey Republic VIP Lounge for a craft cocktail sampling expertly paired with a tasty treat. An exclusive Macallan tasting will also be offered for an additional $25. Join Macallan AmbassadorSammy Karachi at 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. for a one-hour educational session and tasting of the Macallan Single Malt Scotch collection. The tasting will include five specially selected Macallan Single Malts, one of which will be paired with a dessert specially crafted by Capital Grille. The event is presented by BMW of Warwick. This is a twenty-one and older event. For more information, visit riconvention.com.


On Thanksgiving Day, guests are invited to give thanks at Castle Hill Inn in Newport with chef Lou Rossi’s gourmet cooking and a celebration of the fall harvest. The meal will kick off with appetizers such as shrimp cocktail, artisan cheese and antipasto, and both gem and quinoa salads. For the main event, an elaborate buffet and carving stations include herb-roasted Helger’s Farm turkey with sage gravy and cranberry sauce and roasted black angus strip loin with horseradish cream. A selection of traditional pies, pastries and tarts will be served for dessert. Prices start at $78 per person and $28 for children younger than twelve, plus tax and gratuity. Click here for more information.



Statesman Tavern, a local American-style restaurant in Bristol is serving brunch every Sunday from 10 a.m.–2p.m. Enjoy a brunch cocktail and an eggs Benny for a hearty meal to start your day. The brunch menu features locally sourced ingredients with a bit of a southern inspiration. For more information, to make reservations or to view the full menu, visit statesmantavern.com.

At Chez Pascal, Monday is Burger Night! A gourmet burger is available in addition to the regular menu inside the restaurant.

Massimo has new beverage and menu selections on the brunch menu, which is available every Sunday from 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Choices range from lobster crepes and pork belly with fontina polenta to brioche French toast with strawberries and mascarpone. Don’t miss the Drag Brunch on the first Sunday of each month in the upstairs dining room from noon–2 p.m.

Trattoria Roma in Providence has launched a new delivery service, available within a five-mile radius from Atwells Avenue. The delivery menu offers pizza, calzones, appetizers, salads, subs, wraps, pastas and desserts. Delivery Service is available Sun.–Thurs. until 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m. For more information or to place an order, call 401-331-5000.

At Eating with the Ecosystem’s School of Fish, chefs from all over Rhode Island will teach you the different methods for turning a whole fish straight from the sea into your dinner! This event occurs on select days and is held in a demo kitchen at Hope and Main. Guests will have the opportunity to work with a chef by preparing dinner and then eat it too! Each dinner is served with wine as well. For dates and additional information click here.

Blackbird Farm in Smithfield hosts a local farmers market at its farm stand every Friday evening from 4−7 p.m. where you can purchase local foods, all while supporting the local food economy. The market will run every week through October 27, weather permitting. Vendors in attendance include Blackbird Farm, Harris Farm, Hickory Hill Farm, Open Season, Providence Kettle Corn, Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap, the Farm in Rhode Island and We Be Jammin’ and Blooming Buddies. A variety of products will also be offered, which include, but are not limited to, beef, pork, eggs, jams and jellies, herbs and plants. Call 401-232-2495 for more information.

The Hotel Viking‘s Top of Newport and One Bellevue’s patios feature tons of dining specials available each day of the week. Top of Newport is an al fresco rooftop restaurant and bar with views of Newport Harbor. Weekly specials include craft beer and burger night on Mondays for $11.99, Taco-Rita Tuesday (tacos paired with a margarita for $11.99), Wednesday’s Spirits and Stogies three-course dinner, Half-Price Raw Bar on Fridays from 2-6 p.m. and a Sunday Bloody Mary Bar. For details on all of these specials and more info about One Bellevue, click here.

PVD Food Truck events hosts Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park Carousel Village in Providence. This weekly occurrence is every Friday from 58 p.m., and it has become uber popular for families and foodies alike who enjoy ordering fare from more than a dozen area food trucks and food carts. Food Truck Fridays are hosted by Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village.

This is the last week to visit Evelyn’s Drive-In in Tiverton before it closes for the season. Order $5 chowder and clam cakes Monday through Thursday and $30 dinners for two on Wednesdays. You can even dock your boat there for a bite to eat. Call 401-624-3100 for more information.



Tumblesalts Café is a new neighborhood bistro located in “Hopscotch Village” at 2209 Mineral Spring Ave. in Providence. The whimsical menu features more than just coffee, bagels and muffins. Their full kitchen allows them to create gourmet foods including tapas and paninis for guests to enjoy. Whether you sit in the café, tavern or pub, there is something on the menu that everyone in the family can enjoy. Learn more here.

Olivia Culpo’s restaurant, Back 40 in North Kingstown, is now open. The former Miss USA and Miss Universe teamed up with her father Peter Culpo, cousin Joshua Culpo and business partner Justin Dalton-Ameen, both with roots in Rhode Island, who own and operate Lulu’s Allston. Peter Culpo owns several bars and restaurants in Boston, including The Hill Tavern in Beacon Hill, Woody’s Grill and Tap in the Fenway and both Parish Cafes in Boston. Read more here.

Boom! Brick Oven on Main is a new restaurant that just opened at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, offering a wide variety of selections. For more information, visit boom.rest.

UMelt is now open at 267 Thayer Street in Providence, inside the former Nice Slice location, serving innovative combinations of grilled cheese sandwiches, soups and salads.

B.good has opened up in the former Johnny Rockets space at 269 Thayer St. in Providence

Bayberry Beer Hall, a German-style communal restaurant is now open at 381 West Fountain St. in Providence. Get a look inside.

Liberty Donuts opened a storefront at 22 Long Wharf South in Newport. The shop sells state fair-worthy gourmet doughnut creations every day from 6 a.m.–2 p.m., and has an ice cream shop attached to it that is open from 3–8 p.m. The team of doughnut artisans at Liberty Donuts has created an exclusive line of thirteen different specialty donuts, one of the most popular being the Liberty Donut, a vanilla glazed treat with red, white and blue sprinkles. For more information, call 401-847-1320 or click here.

Check out Black Duck Tavern at 31 Warren Ave., in East Providence, a newly opened pub that serves an impressive beer selection. Now open on weekdays starting at 4 p.m. for dinner and open starting at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more information.

Instacart is a new service available in Rhode Island that makes it easier to get your groceries and everyday essentials delivered right to your door on the same day that you order, maybe even in one hour. Products will be coming from popular local stores including Whole Foods Market, Stop and Shop, PriceRite, BJ’s, CVS and even from Petco for your family pet. For more information or to see if your area will be serviced, check out instacart.com.

Feast and Fettle is testing out a new lunch program that delivers lunches to the East Bay and Providence areas. Lunches are available in bundles, either three lunches for $33 or five lunches for $50. Lunches may vary. For more information on what types of lunches are available, how to place an order and delivery information, contact Feast and Fettle at contact@feastandfettle.com or click here.

Dave’s Coffee locations in Providence and Charlestown are now offering two varieties of nitro cold brew iced coffee on tap at the espresso bars. Dave’s Falcon and Red Island Nitro Cold Brew are both on tap and poured fresh from the keg.

Anchor Toffee has a storefront at 8 Bowen’s Wharf in Newport. The shop is selling almond butter toffee made with almonds, sweet cream butter, pure sugar, salt and dark chocolate.




The Shop at Fox Point owners are working on opening a temporary popup coffee shop called the Shack  in the southern portion of Parcel 22 in the Interstate 195 Redevelopment District. According to Providence Business News, construction has already begun on the project that will involve a food concession, event venue and public space in the vacant area until it is permanently developed. The building will also involve Dune Brothers Seafood, landscape architect Design Under Sky and the event and creative marketing company Stay Silent PVD.

Laughing Gorilla Catering has a new bricks and mortar home for its restaurant. After temporarily taking over the Kitchen space while its owner recovered from illness, chef Jason Timothy, partner Sean Larkin and crew is moving into the former Bocado space in Olneyville. While they renovate the place, they will launch popup patio events at the location, and cover festivals and other events around town.

Frisky Fries will soon open a second storefront in downtown Providence on the corner of Washington and Mathewson streets.




Photo from Doherty’s Facebook page.

Doherty’s East Avenue Irish Pub in Pawtucket has closed its doors for good after filing for bankruptcy, as reported by WPRI.

Faust German restaurant and beer hall inside the Dean Hotel closed, but something special will replace it. And that special something is north. North is coming soon in fall 2017.

Say Cheese said goodbye to downtown Providence, citing on its Facebook page that the move was due to customer feedback about lack of parking, and a desire for a full bar and expanded menu  A new full service location will be announced on its Facebook and Instagram pages soon.

Aurora in downtown Providence will be closing its doors in October. From the Facebook page: “This wonderful space that has previously housed The Black Rep and Roots Cafe has under Aurora’s tenure been a vibrant venue for creative expression and community interactions. It’s provided a destination for live music, DJ’s, up and coming music producers, hip hop, rock n roll, salsa and Latin dance, jazz, film screenings, analytical discussions and panels, a bona fide independent theater company, community organizations, delicious craft cocktails, and even the occasional wedding! We’ve seen Aurora flourish over these past three and a half years because of those who came to share their experiences and talents in the space. We would like to thank all of our incredible patrons, performers and staff for the great energy that they brought into this space. We plan to celebrate each remaining day with our programming partners, friends and family.”




Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef from Gracie’s, earned a spot in Zagat‘s 2017 30 Under 30 list. For the last six years, Zagat’s 30 Under 30 program has honored hundreds of young exceptional hospitality professionals in major markets all over the country. From the article: “At Gracie’s, Denmark works with a small team to create tasting menus consisting of around seven different desserts each night, while at Ellie’s she assists in large-scale productions, churning out laminated doughs, French macarons and more in the wee hours of the night.”

The newly opened restaurant, Kleos, was noted on Forbes online as a place to check out for dinner in Providence. Contributor Katie Chang notes that the spot brings a bit of Santorini to downtown Providence. “The interiors are bright white, and accented with blue chairs and pillows, while old family photographs lend the space a sense of history.” As for the food? “It’s fresh and flavor-forward. Not to be missed is the dip platter – you’ll get to sample a bit of a lot – and the Saganaki Kleos. Imagine a blend of Greek cheeses baked in crispy phyllo dough and drizzled with honey. Every bite is crispy, gooey, savory, and sweet – making it impossible to stop at just one.”

As families get ready to send kids back to school, easy weeknight suppers and lunches can make busy lives less stressful. Attleboro, Massachusetts-based Willow Tree offers pot pies and ready-to-eat chicken salads that can be served with minimal prep and cleanup. Willow Tree first opened as a farm stand in 1954, and now it’s a family-owned brand that has grown into a New England icon. Chicken pies include white meat chicken, scratch-made crust and home-style gravy. Pair pies with a salad, and suddenly getting a meal on the table is as easy as chicken pot pie. Willow Tree also features a variety of seasonal recipes that incorporate their classic chicken salads. The chicken salads make putting together lunch for kids as easy as peanut butter and jelly (but even healthier).

Bucktown was named a top 50 finalist in Bon Appetit’s “America’s Best New Restaurants 2017.” The article says, “Chef Ashley Faulkner and her co-owner Adam Mir’s hole-in-the-wall nails those craveable Southern masterpieces—fried shrimp po’boys, hushpuppies with honey butter, banana pudding—in a low-key bar setting.”

In the Food Network story, “50 States of Baked Goods,” Lil Rhody was represented by hermit cookies from DeLuise Bakery in Providence. The rectangular, molasses-based cookies are fragrant and sweet, and can be purchased at the bakery located at 1251 Chalkstone Ave.

Rhode Island has been honored in Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Awards, which highlight restaurants around the world that offer the best wine selections. The local winners include Jamestown FiSH, Castle Hill Inn, Coast Guard House, White Horse Tavern, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grille, Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen, The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar, Spiced Pear, Chapel Grille and Caffe Itri. The complete list of winners is featured in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands July 18.



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