News Bites: Kids & Chefs Cook for Success, Easy Entertaining New Early Winter Menu, Harry’s Bar & Burger Opens Second Location in Providence

by David Dadekian
Kinnan Dowie with First Lady Michelle Obama

Kinnan Dowie with First Lady Michelle Obama

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“Kids & Chefs Cook for Success” Kicks-Off in RI

Aim High Academy in EG Hosts Cooking Demonstration

Kinnan Dowie, the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner for Rhode Island, is pairing up with top chef James Mark of north Restaurant in Providence to conduct free cooking demonstrations as a follow up to First Lady, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

Dowie, now age 13, was 12 when he won the third annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and attended the Kids’ “State Dinner,” at the White House after being chosen the RI winner of the nationwide recipe contest that promotes healthy lunches.

Kids & Chefs Cook for Success brings together the skills and talents of restaurant, school, and local chefs, with the 54 passionate and inspiring kid chefs that won this year’s contest. Starting this month, RI’s winner, Kinnan Dowie and Chef James Mark will be holding cooking demonstrations for kids and parents/guardians, showcasing Dowie’s winning recipe, plus simple, healthy, and affordable meal recipes from chef James Mark. All recipes adhere to USDA’s MyPlate guidelines.

The first demonstration was held at Cunningham Elementary School in Pawtucket, in October. The next demonstration is open to the public at Aim High Gymnastic Academy in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, as part of a Family Health and Fitness Fair on Tuesday, November 11, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. The third demonstration is to be announced.

As part of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” emphasis on the role cooking plays in healthy lifestyle, the demonstrations are geared to inspire and encourage RI kids and parents to prepare food together while building on basic cooking skills.

The full list of the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winners and a free downloadable and printable e-cookbook of the winning recipes is available at;;;

For more information via social media, use the hashtag #Cook4Success, #EpicuriousKids


Easy Entertaining's Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Croissantq

Easy Entertaining’s Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Croissant

Easy Entertaining Inc. Releases All New Early Winter Menu!

Easy Entertaining Inc. has released their entirely new Early Winter menu for their retail location, the Cafe at Easy Entertaining, where they serve local comforts for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 8a-2p. The Cafe’s new menu features signature sandwiches, soups, and salads along with homespun sides and daily sweet treats.

For breakfast you can enjoy their Signature Egg Sandwich ($4.50), a crowd favorite, that sports two Baffoni Farm’s eggs (cooked to preference) and cheddar cheese all on a fluffy Foremost everything topped pretzel round. Simple, but delicious. You can also enjoy their Apple Pancakes ($4.95) that are cooked to order or bite into a Skinny Frittata ($4.95) that’s baked in a sweet potato crust with egg whites and seasonal vegetables.

Lunch is seasonally changing at this local Cafe. In addition to their daily specials that change a few times a week, the Cafe at Easy Entertaining has a lunch menu that could appeal to anyone. This time around the Chefs have developed classic sandwiches with Easy Entertaining’s signature twists. Grab a seat and take comfort in the perfectly melted and gooey Pimento Grilled Cheese on Foremost bread ($5.95), or enjoy their Hot Pastrami and Rye ($9.95) with homemade mustard aioli, swiss, and a sweet onion marmalade.

This menu also features classics like Roast Beef ($9.95) that is perfectly complimented by a Foremost everything pretzel baguette and tarragon mayo, and Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad ($8.95) that you can enjoy a heaping scoop of on a buttery Foremost croissant.

The Cafe at Easy Entertaining’s full breakfast and lunch menu can be found on their website, If you’re looking for a cozy and comfortable lunch spot, look no further and give this quaint little eatery a try. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining can be located at 166 Valley St, BLD 10 in Providence RI, right in front of the Rising Sun Mill Lofts.

For more information about Easy Entertaining please call Nik Delfino at (401) 437-6090 or e-mail him at


Harry's Bar & Burger

Harry’s Bar & Burger

Harry’s Bar & Burger Opens Second Location in Providence

Home of Award-Winning Sliders & Craft Beers Now Open on Historic Federal Hill

Harry’s Bar & Burger is now open on historic Federal Hill in Providence! Located at 301 Atwell’s Avenue in the space most recently occupied by Andy Jr.’s restaurant, the newest addition to John Elkhay’s restaurant family will be operated by Elkhay, his children, Harrison and Laura Elkhay, and long-time operations director, Ted Newcomer. For more information, please visit or call 401-228-3336.

Harry’s on the Hill will feature the same menu of delicious Hereford beef sliders, sandwiches, and Nathan’s hot dogs as the original location on North Main Street, including the Harry’s Classic Cheese: a Hereford beef burger served on a toasted potato roll with grilled onions, American cheese, and pickle and the Pig Pile Burger: Harry’s Classic Cheese with BBQ pulled pork; the Chicken BLC: real chicken breast with American cheese, hickory smoked bacon, lettuce, and special sauce; and piled high hot dogs like the Coney Island Dog: grilled with sweet pepper relish, mustard, and caramelized onions.

Harry’s ever-evolving craft beer list will feature more than 50 offerings from around the world, including Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Grimbergen Dubble from Belgium, and Woodstock Inn Pig’s Ear Brown Ale from New Hampshire, as well as eclectic cocktails like the New Old Fashioned with Spring 44 bourbon, orange and cherry bitters, muddled orange, Demerara sugar, and Luxardo cherry; the best Bloody Marys with plenty of horseradish, Worcestershire, and hot pepper sauce with a celery salt rim; and hard shakes such as the Moo Thunder Float with Moo Thunder Stout, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate drizzle.

While its menu remains the same, the design of Harry’s on the Hill’s offers a decidedly different twist. The new space features Harry’s signature cow-print throughout the dining room, but instead of the onyx floor and black lacquered bar, the décor incorporates elements collected from a day-long adventure to Brimfield, the acclaimed Massachusetts flea market. These pieces give the space a rustic feel: copper frames reclaimed from the Flatiron Building in Manhattan have been converted to mirrors; a sliding stable door separates the dining room from a serving station; and sections of a wrought iron gate add interest to the walls. Exposed brick, a solid wood bar, and tin ceiling original to the space are enhanced by hanging light fixtures created from reclaimed milk funnels and chicken feeders, while multi-colored Indonesian wedding chairs surround tables handmade by the staff.

“We opened the first Harry’s in 2010 during a difficult economic time to help restore the values that made America great, by offering real good food at real good prices,” said John Elkhay, Maestro. “Since then, we’ve been lauded by local and national food writers and hundreds of thousands of guests who have left us with full stomachs and a nearly-full wallet. We are excited to carry on that tradition with our second location, bringing this experience to even more people.”

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