Cutting the Ribbon at Red Stripe in East Greenwich

Now officially open to the public, we are excited to announce the Grand Opening of Red Stripe in East Greenwich, their 2nd location in Rhode Island. A true American Brasserie, this warm and inviting restaurant offers a modern take on a French café with an assortment of upscale comfort foods for any occasion, appetite or palate. At Red Stripe, you can expect all of your favorite comfort food with a homey, yet elegant twist.  Whether you choose the recently expanded Wayland Square location in Providence, designed by award winning interior designer Judd Brown, or the new Main Street location in the historic downtown area of East Greenwich, there’s no doubt you are in for a treat.

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Chef Nemo Bolin Wins “Best in Show” at Boston Lamb Jam Competition

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Bolin will head to California to battle nation’s top lamb-loving chefs this fall

This past weekend, Chef Nemo Bolin of Cook & Brown Public House earned “Best in Show” at the annual Boston Lamb Jam competition, besting 20 other top chefs from the region. Sponsored by the American Lamb Board, the event drew more than 500 hungry fans to the Royal Sonesta Hotel for an American lamb cook-off.

A panel of judges taste-tested more than 20 American lamb dishes across five categories and pronounced the following chefs winners in their categories:

  • Best in Show/Best in Ground: Chef Nemo Bolin, Cook & Brown Public House / RI – Merguez Scotch Egg with Herb Yogurt
  • People’s Choice: Chef Jim Solomon, The Fireplace / MA – Pomegranate Glazed Lamb Shanks with Arugula Pesto and Toasted Walnut Porridge
  • Best in Leg (a tie): Chef Graham Botto, Back Bay Grill / ME –  Grilled Leg of Lamb on Pretzel Bread with Parsley, Fava Beans and Bone Marrow Salad and Chef Brian Reyelt, Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar / MA – Lamb Leg “McNuggets” with Lamb Fat Ranch
  • Best in Shank: Chef Daniel Bojorquez, La Brasa / MA –  Lamb Shank Pozole
  • Best Shoulder: Chef Beau Vestal, New Rivers / RI –  Lamb Merguez Hotdog and Sweet Hawaiian Roll

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Eat Drink RI Festival Expands to Four Days in Providence – Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27

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PROVIDENCE, RI  – Showcasing the best of the ever-expanding Rhode Island culinary scene, the Eat Drink RI Festival is returning to Providence for an expanded four-day all-local food festival. Taking place Thursday, April 24th through Sunday, April 27th, the Festival, now in it’s third year, will be held throughout downtown Providence, which was named among the best small cities for restaurants and dining in the world in Saveur magazine’s 2013 Culinary Travel Awards.

The Eat Drink RI Festival will feature a star-studded line-up of over 80 chefs, farmers, bartenders and producers including: James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast semifinalists Benjamin Sukle of birch and Champe Speidel of Persimmon, eight top culinary instructors from Johnson & Wales University, Gold Medal Cheese award-winning Narragansett Creamery, Blackbird Farm, two-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star nominee Chef Derek Wagner of Nick’s on Broadway, Easy Entertaining Inc., Good Food Award winner Daniele Inc., Dave’s Coffee, Walrus and Carpenter Oysters, among many others.

“The food and beverage community is a powerful economic generator in Rhode Island – and an oft-cited reason tourists and meetings choose to visit the Ocean State,” said Martha Sheridan, President and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Eat Drink RI Festival presents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate one of the country’s finest culinary scenes.”

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Sneak Preview: Lamb Jam Boston 2014

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In case you haven’t already, it’s time to mark your calendars for April 13th and reserve your tickets for Lam Jam Boston. This is one of my favorite culinary competitions around so I’ve been counting down the days ever since last year’s event. There will be 20 chefs from Boston, Providence, Portland and Portsmouth, all vying to win the trophy for the Best Lamb Dish. Plus there will be local beer, wine, demos and other tasty treats. Oh yeah, yours truly will be judging too. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it. :)

In the meantime, we were lucky enough to be invited to a Pre-Lamb Jam Dine-Around for a small taste of what to expect at this year’s festivities. The day started at Rialto for a cooking demonstration and 3-course lunch. Next, we watched a masterful butchery demo at Formaggio Annex. Our final stop led us to Tavern Road for an American Lamb Happy Hour prepared by Chef Louis Dibiccari.

Click the link below for a fun photo recap our lamb-packed day. A special “thank ewe” to everyone involved and we can’t wait to officially kick off Lamb Jam at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on April 13th!

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10 RI Chefs Among Honorees as Providence Hosts Rising Star Chef Awards for Coastal New England

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STARCHEFS.COM ANNOUNCES 2014 COASTAL NEW ENGLAND RISING STARS AWARD WINNERS

Region’s Chefs to Shine Bright at Tasting Gala on April 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI– StarChefs.com™, the award-winning restaurant industry trends magazine, announces its 2014 Coastal New England Rising Stars Awards, honoring up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals, who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene. From Portland, Maine and Dover, New Hampshire to Cape Cod and Rhode Island, the StarChefs.com team visited more than 150 chefs and artisans across 25 cities and small towns.

“The New England Coast is the place to go to be close to the land, sea, and real food people. Chefs and artisans are opening single-minded restaurants and concepts, and the community has their back,” said Antoinette Bruno, Editor-in-Chief of StarChefs.com.

The winners will be showcased at the StarChefs.com Rising Stars Gala on Tuesday, April 15, at the Providence Biltmore Hotel, beginning with an awards ceremony at 6:30pm and followed by a tasting gala from 7pm to 9:30pm. The walk-around tasting gala will give attendees the opportunity to experience 20 of Coastal New England’s top chefs and restaurants with beverage pairings and cocktails by the winning sommelier and bartenders, in one location for one night only.

“With its vibrant, close-knit professional culinary community, Providence (and greater Rhode island) is a fitting host for this celebration of the region’s next generation of market leaders,” says Will Blunt.

General Admission is $95 per person. VIP tickets are $125 and include a private VIP reception with Champagne and Petrossian Caviar, beginning at 5:45pm. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to Rhode Island Community Food Bank, a nonprofit that provides food to people in need and promotes long-term hunger solutions. Tickets can be purchased at www.starchefs.com/risingstars.

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Inspiring Cuisine at Aspire in Hotel Providence

Aspire 2A-Bar has always been a popular destination for the weekend crowd. A cool, trendy atmosphere with live music pumping everything from Reggae to smooth Jazz depending on the night. A spacious wrap around bar with a large draft beer selection, including some local breweries, a signature cocktail list and a special bar bites menu. It’s a great place to grab a drink or an appetizer to go along. However, there are two sides to this collaborative restaurant and lounge: A-Bar and Aspire Seasonal Kitchen.

Aspire’s dining room will impress anyone who steps foot inside. Fancy crystal chandeliers, red velvet booths and modern architecture dress the interior. Their dinner menu can best be described as contemporary New England cuisine. Chef Jori Rieben was brought in to lead the kitchen about one month ago. He is still getting acclimated and preparing the dishes he inherited, but will be revamping the menu very soon. Born in Switzerland, the new menu is expected to be similar with some Northern European influences. Either way, we were excited to try everything that Aspire had to offer.

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Always Eat Your Vegetables: Lunch at The Grange

Grange 2 - editedUp until I visited The Grange, there was very little I knew about Vegetarian food. It was a type of cuisine that I never thought I would enjoy. No meat? No way! What’s the point?! Although I still consider myself to be a carnivore with an insatiable appetite, one meal at The Grange completed changed my perspective. The biggest misconception is that Vegetarian food is boring. Believe it or not, this was some of the most exciting and flavorful food I have tasted in a long time. It also has a bad rep for being called rabbit food, but that too is far from reality. Take a peek at the beauty above. You probably wouldn’t even know that meat was missing from this sandwich. In fact, you probably wouldn’t miss it either. It’s wholesome and hearty cuisine that highlights vegetables in a way that will make you forget about meat. Using seasonal, organic produce from local farms, Chef Jon Dille has created a menu that appeals to all foodies regardless of their lifestyle and appetite.

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