On Monday night March 15, 2010, a surprise party was held for Bruce Tillinghast, Chef/Owner of New Rivers in Providence, RI, to celebrate the restaurant’s twentieth birthday. When New Rivers’ Executive Chef Beau Vestal asked if I could cover the evening for posterity, of course I said yes. New Rivers is one of those rare gems of fine dining in Rhode Island. Sure, now you can’t turn a corner in Providence without walking into a fantastic restaurant. But in 1990 there were only a handful, and few have lasted twenty years, let alone twenty years of consistent excellence. So I was honored to join the party that evening, thrilled to bear witness to some of RI’s restaurant royalty as they happily extolled Bruce Tillinghast’s virtues, and also touched to see a group of food professionals—who probably don’t get together as often as they should—wax poetic. As someone who photographs some very emotional events, I can say this party for Tillinghast and his restaurant was full of warmth, laughter and an occasional tear in the corner of your eye.
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David Dadekian has been called “RI’s unofficial Food Laureate” by Philip Eil of the Providence Phoenix, “mastermind of the food news website and event-organizing operation, Eat Drink RI, who seems to know every chef, restaurant, farm stand, and manufactured food product within state lines.” Dadekian created Eat Drink RI in 2010 and since that time eatdrinkri.com has grown to be one of the top media, marketing and event production companies in the region for all things culinary. Dadekian is the host of the "RI Small Business Live Forum" and Cox YurView’s "The Rhode to Recovery" video interview series. Dadekian also works as PR Director, Cooking Instructor and Special Events Coordinator at Blackbird Farm in Smithfield. Dadekian serves on the boards of ecoRI News, Eating with the Ecosystem and the RI Small Business Coalition, and is a Past Chair of the RI Food Policy Council. He lives in Coventry with his wife Brenda and their two daughters.