Coming Sunday, October 19th, 2014: Chefs Collaborative 5th Annual Rhode Island Harvest BBQ

by David Dadekian

Nick's on Broadway Chef Derek WagnerOn Sunday, October 19, from 4 – 7 p.m., Chefs Collaborative is assembling some of Rhode Island’s best “farm-to-fork” chefs to promote awareness of local and sustainable ingredients available in the Ocean State. The Harvest BBQ is held at one of the most beautiful farm locations in the state—Schartner Farms’ private, picturesque pond in Exeter.

The event Co-Chairs, Chefs Derek Wagner of Nick’s on Broadway in Providence and Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames in Newport and Tallulah’s Taqueria in Providence, are teaming up with the following Rhode Island chefs to create a locally sourced, home-style, barbecue-themed menu:

In Providence

  • Matthew Gennuso of Chez Pascal and the Wurst Kitchen
  • James Mark of north and north bakery
  • David Reynoso of Al Forno
  • Matthew Varga of Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery
  • Beau Vestal of New Rivers

In Newport

  • Chad Hart of One Bellevue at the Hotel Viking
  • Chad Hoffer and Tyler Burnley of Thames Street Kitchen and Mission
  • Matthew Petersen of 22 Bowen’s

In Bristol

  • James Day of The Beehive
  • Champe Speidel of Persimmon and Persimmon Provisions

In Warren

  • Eli Dunn of Eli’s Kitchen

Yacht Club Soda will be offering sodas. Wine will be provided by local vintners Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth,  Newport Vineyards in Middletown and Stonington Vineyards in Stonington, Connecticut. Providence’s own Revival Brewing Company brewmaster Sean Larkin will be offering beer selections, as will Foolproof Brewing Company’s owner Nick Garrison and Cara Lieffers of Grey Sail Brewing of RI. Cocktails from The Avery and The Eddy will be served along with a drink from Berkshire Mountain Distillery. Musicians performing at the BBQ include Smith & Weeden, Haunt the House and Honkytonk Nights along with a special appearance by the Kitchen Band Turn for the Wurst.

The proceeds of this event will benefit Chefs Collaborative, a national nonprofit network with a mission to inspire, educate and amplify the voices of chefs and food professionals working to change the way America eats. Special donations will also be made to Farm Fresh Rhode Island and Southside Community Land Trust. Special thanks go out to the Schartner family for the kind use of their beautifully cultivated property.

“I am thrilled to see Chefs Collaborative’s Rhode Island Local Network coming together to host the 5th annual Harvest BBQ!” said Chefs Collaborate Executive Director Sara Brito. “Chefs Collaborative is honored to be a beneficiary; all funds raised will help us continue to connect chefs and culinary professionals across the country working to create a better food system.”

The event is family-oriented and is held rain or shine. While there is some limited seating, guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs to sit on. Please bring any non-alcoholic, non-soda beverages that you might need for yourselves or your little ones. The event is $68/adults, $25/children ages 11-17, children under 11 are free. Tickets include all the food and beverage offerings and can be purchased online at

Chefs Collaborative RI Harvest BBQ

Chefs Collaborative RI Harvest BBQ

Chefs Collaborative RI Harvest BBQ

Chefs Collaborative RI Harvest BBQ

Chefs Collaborative RI Harvest BBQ

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