Celebrate Earth Day with a local Earth Dinner to benefit Chefs Collaborative

by David Dadekian

The Earth DinnerThis week a number of Rhode Island area restaurants are participating in Earth Dinner events. The Dinners are a series of events sponsored by Chefs Collaborative and Organic Valley to promote local, sustainable and organic foods. Over 100 restaurants around the country are participating in this event and donating a portion of their proceeds to help Chefs Collaborative’s work of “changing the sustainable food landscape using the power of connections, education and responsible buying decisions.” Organic Valley will provide a matching contribution up to $10,000.

The local restaurants participating are:

Below is additional information on the dinners at Gracie’s, Local 121 and Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro. La Laiterie at Farmstead is providing Earth Dinner specials every night this week during regular service hours, so ask when you dine there. Please contact the other restaurants for more information. For a complete list of participating restaurants around the country, please see the Chefs Collaborative site.

Gracie’s Earth Dinner will feature a unique menu created by Executive Chef Matthew Varga. On Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, Gracie’s will offer guests an Earth Day menu to select from in addition to its spring menu. The prix fixe menu ($40 per guest) will be broken down into three courses with one choice for each course. “The Gracie’s team is always thrilled to be involved with this initiative as it is a natural extension of all that we already do to celebrate local foods and their vibrant flavors and nurture a more sustainable food supply,” said Ellen Gracyalny, owner of Gracie’s. “Taking part in the ‘Earth Dinner’ event is also an expression of our appreciation for local farmers and purveyors who provide us with the fresh ingredients we insist on using in our menu offerings.” Call 401-272-7811 for reservations.

Local 121 is hosting an Earth Dinner on Wednesday, April 18 to celebrate with our patrons and partners our commitment to local, sustainable and organic food. Join Chef Dave Johnson at the Chef’s Table along with honored guests Patrick Beck from New England Grass Fed and Captain Rich Cook of the Local Catch for great food and a good time sharing the bounty of our pastures and waters in support of the important work of the Chefs Collaborative. We are joining over 100 restaurants around the country hosting similar dinners supported by Organic Valley and the Chefs Collaborative. Dinner specials will include housemade rabbit sausage with lentils, pasture raised veal loin chops, grilled stuffed squid, oysters and the first spring lettuces from Scratch Farm. Call 401-274-2121 for reservations.

Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro will be having our yearly Earth Dinner to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. In addition to offering a 3 or 5-course prix fixe on Sunday, we will be offering the 3-course prix fixe menu option Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21. 3-course menu $45. 5-course menu $60. View the menu online. Call 508-203-9463 for reservations.

Leave a Reply