News Bites: Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grant Program Public Hearing, Tallulah on Thames Burgers BBQ & Sunday Suppers, Providence Chefs & Bartender to Represent at StarChefs in N.Y.

by David Dadekian
Chef Derek Wagner Part of a Group of 5 Culinary Professionals Representing Providence at the International Chefs Congress

Chef Derek Wagner Part of a Group of 5 Culinary Professionals Representing Providence at the International Chefs Congress

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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Agriculture
Notice of Public Meeting for October 29, 2014, 3:30 PM

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing regarding the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) Small Grants and Technical Assistance Program will be held in Room 300 of the RI Department of Environmental Management, at 235 Promenade Street, Providence, Rhode Island on Wednesday, October 29th at 3:30 pm.

The purpose of this hearing is to accomplish the purposes of RIGL 2-25-8 which requires the Department to annually schedule and conduct one or more public meetings to solicit input from the general public on whether the program is meeting its intended purposes, and to solicit recommendations for modifying the program.


  1. General overview of the program (Ken Ayars, DEM)
  2. Grant round #1 overview (Leo Pollock, RI Food Policy Council)
  3. Group breakouts
    • Discussion relative to 2015 round #2 priorities
    • Discussion relative to outreach strategy for 2015 round #2
  4. Wrap up & next steps (Ken Ayars & Leo Pollock)

Written comments are welcome and may be emailed to or mailed to/dropped off at the Division of Agriculture office at 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908 until Wednesday, November 12th at 4:00 pm. Email submissions are strongly preferred. All oral and written comments will be considered in the same manner.


RI DEM at The Foundry, Room 300
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908

NOTES: If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Ken Ayars, Chief, Division of Agriculture, 222-2781 ext. 4500,, or Nicole Pollock, Assistant to the Director, 222-4700 ext. 2038,

The meeting location is accessible to handicapped persons. If you require interpreter services for the hearing impaired, please request by contacting TDD number 222-1205 or #711 (R.I. Relay), at least 3 days in advance of the meeting.


Newport’s Tallulah on Thames
BBQ, Burgers + Beer Wednesdays and Sunday Suppers

Every Wednesday….
Starting October 22nd thru the end of December….
Tallulah’s Team is serving up its infamous
Blackbird Farm Burgers, “The Classic” or “The Tallulah”
along with a new soon to be staple,
Chef Jake’s home-style BBQ plate!
Check it out and grab some grub only on Wednesday’s at Tallulah!

Pre-Fixe (set) 3-course menu
$35.00/person (includes a glass of wine)
Every Sunday starting November 2nd thru the end of December
is our homage to American + Ethnic classic family suppers.
Our regular tasting menu is offered too!

For reservations to BBQ, Burgers + Beer or Sunday Suppers call 401-849-2433. Tallulah on Thames is at 464 Thames St., Newport, RI 02840.

Five Providence Chefs and Mixologists to Represent Providence
At StarChefs International Chefs Congress in New York

Four local chefs and one local mixologist have been tapped by, a prestigious culinary media group that targets industry professionals, to represent Providence at the 9th Annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress in Brooklyn, New York from Oct. 26-28.

Representing the city will be:

  • Jay Carr of The Eddy;
  • Melissa Denmark of Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery;
  • James Mark of North;
  • Jake Rojas of Tallulah’s Taqueria;
  • Derek Wagner of Nick’s on Broadway.

All five will be part of the Congress Cocktail event on Monday, Oct. 27. Carr will be demonstrating and providing samples of his “Orange Julius Caesar,” while the four chefs will be preparing samples of the following dishes:

  • Melissa Denmark
    Juniper Pavlova, Hojicha Chocolate Pudding, Autumn Olives, Toasted Almonds, and Honey
  • James Mark
    Salt Pond Oysters with Preserved Tomato Vinegar
  • Jake Rojas
    Aquidneck Island Blue Fish Tacos
  • Derek Wagner
    Point Judith Fluke, Sweet Potato, Cranberry, and Cider.

Additionally, Mark will be alongside such culinary luminaries as Marcus Samuelsson for a panel discussion on “The New Chef and a Call to Community.”

“One of the major reasons we were just voted ‘America’s Favorite City’ in Travel + Leisure’s recent poll, is because of the strength of our culinary offerings,” said Martha Sheridan, president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is coordinating the trip. “We are proud to have such excellent representation of our city and are thankful to our delegation for giving up their time to come with us to New York.”

The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau is an accredited, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create vibrant growth for the local hospitality economy by promoting, developing, and expanding a united visitor industry. For more information, contact 401-456-0200 or visit

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