News Bites: Providence Named in Saveur Culinary Travel Awards 2014, Renee Bessette’s The Lil Rhody Clam Cake Crawl, George’s of Galilee Annual Lobsterfest

by David Dadekian

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Providence Wins Culinary Travel Awards, International Recognition from Saveur

The city’s food and drink scene recognized as some of world’s best with pair of awards

For the second year in a row, Saveur magazine has hailed Providence among the best small cities for restaurants and dining in the world. Part of its 2014 Culinary Travel Awards, Providence was just one of a handful of American cities to make the list.

In addition to its dining distinction, this year Providence was recognized as one of the best domestic destinations for “Best Cocktails & Drinks”.

“Once again, we are very pleased to be recognized in Saveur, an influential publication at the intersection of food and travel,” said Martha Sheridan, president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. “When marketing Providence, we emphasize the quality of food and drink in our destination, so we are delighted to see both praised on an international level.”

“When you combine our award-winning food scene with the city’s great beverage options, it’s a perfect pairing,” Sheridan said.

The magazine defined small cities as those with a population under 800,000. Its panel of experts awarded New Orleans, La. as the top domestic small city for restaurants and dining, while readers tapped Portland, Ore. for that distinction. Saveur then chose three cities as “Outstanding”: Oaxaca, Mexico; Charleston, S.C.; and Seattle, Wash. It then recommended an additional 10 cities as “Notable,” which included Providence. The others were: Boston, Mass.; Atlanta, Ga.; Washington, D.C.; Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Asheville, N.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Minneapolis, Minn.; Portland, Maine, and Louisville, Ky.

A full listing of award winners and the methodology used to discern them may be found here:


Clam cake photo by Renee Bessette

Clam cake photo by Renee Bessette

August 2014: The Lil Rhody Clam Cake Crawl

Trio travel around Narragansett Bay in search of the best clam cake

by Renee Bessette from Only in Lil Rhody

After completing an epic journey of stubborn will and intestinal fortitude, I look back at the Clam Cake Crawl with utter pride. Proud of the time spent on the road with my compadres Joe and Carol Mecca in a highly convivial atmosphere (well, except when we engaged in a very verbose discourse on our routing on Aquidneck Island), proud of the motivation to do something of this nature (it takes a bit of the wackadoo to eat 12+ clam cakes aka sand donuts with clams in a compressed period of time), and proud of the biggest little, the one and only State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (of our gorgeous landscapes and jabrony drivers).

Read the rest and view a ton of photos at Only in Lil Rhody


George’s of Galilee Kicks-Off September with Annual Lobsterfest

RI Landmark Restaurant to Offer Variety of Lobster Specials to Welcome Fall

George’s of Galilee, located at 250 Sand Hill Cove Road, Port of Galilee, RI, is holding on to summer with the return of its annual Lobsterfest, now through September 30th. For more information, and weekly specials, please call 401-783-2306 or visit

“Nothing says summer in New England like lobster, and we are excited to celebrate it with the return of Lobsterfest this September,” said Kevin Durfee, Owner, George’s of Galilee. “Our culinary team will be crafting delicious dishes featuring the New England specialty, promising to give our guests a taste of summer just a little bit longer.”

In addition to its full menu, George’s Lobsterfest offerings, changing daily, will include:

  • Twin Lobsters ($29.99)
  • Lobster Triplets ($39.99)
  • Lobster Sauté ($19.99)
  • Buckets of Claws, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Lobster Club Sandwiches, Lobster Ceviche, Lobster Thermidor and Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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