News Bites: Providence Pi(e) Day 2015, AIDS Project RI Dining Out For Life, Easy Entertaining Inc. 4th Annual Food and Wine Tour

by David Dadekian
Providence Pi(e) Day 2014

Providence Pi(e) Day 2014

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Providence Pi(e) Day 2015

The Humble Pie Company will be hosting a series of pie eating contests in celebration of Pi(e) Day, on March 14th. Competitions open to pairs and children will be held during Farm Fresh RI’s Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market and hosted by Breaktime Bowl and Bar. Evening competitions heat things up with men and women making a mess in the Providence Arcade, hosted by New Harvest Coffee & Spirits.

3/14 is the calendar equivalent 3.14, which is the decimal equivalent of the mathematical numeral Pi: “The Humble Pie Company chose this day above all others to celebrate because, as bakers, we adore math,” says Daniel Sheehan.

In the spirit of the day, proceeds from the competitions benefit DownCity Design’s educational design/build programs throughout Providence.

Information and sign-up for Rhode Island’s next pie eating champions can be found at

Pairs and Children’s Competitions
Saturday March, 14, 11:30am
Breaktime Bowl and Bar
as part of the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market
999 North Main Street Pawtucket, RI

Men’s and Women’s Competitions
Saturday March 14, 7:30pm
New Harvest Coffee & Spirits
in the Providence Arcade
130 Westminister St. Providence, RI


AIDS Project Rhode Island Names Three Dining Out For Life® Co-Chairs

For the first time in memory, AIDS Project Rhode Island’s “Dining Out for Life” event will feature three co-chairs.

The 11th annual Dining Out for Life takes place this year on Thursday, April 30 at participating restaurants across the Rhode Island area. Funds raised benefit AIDS Project Rhode Island.

“Once again, we are honored to have NBC 10’s Mario Hilario join us,” said AIDS Project Rhode Island’s development director Julie Casimiro. “His involvement has been critical to helping us raise awareness of the event and HIV/AIDS,” she said. Mr. Hilario has been anchoring NBC 10 Weekend Sunrise since 1997, is an Associated Press award winner, and is a five-time Emmy award nominee.

“The snow and ice should be but a memory on April 30th, as AIDS Project Rhode Island holds the 11th annual Dining Out for Life,” said Mr. Hilario. “It has become a celebration of spring, as people across the state support the fight against HIV and AIDS by visiting a participating restaurant and enjoying a meal. Let’s hope we won’t be still shoveling snow!”

Two other event chairs have been added to this year’s Dining Out for Life: David Dadekian, founder and president of Eat Drink RI, a leading local culinary media, marketing and event production company; and Jamie Coelho, an associate editor at Rhode Island Monthly and the producer of the food and restaurant email newsletter “The Dish.”

“We are so excited to kick off the four-day Eat Drink RI Festival by participating in Dining Out for Life on April 30th,” he said. “Our opening event is the Dinner by Dames Farmers Feast at the Casino at Roger Williams Park, and we are pleased to support AIDS Project RI by donating a portion of our proceeds from the dinner to the organization.”

“Restaurants should show their support for fighting HIV and AIDS through Dining Out for Life,” said Ms. Coelho. People across Rhode Island will dine out to raise money for a great cause, and restaurants that participate will be applauded.”
On Thursday, April 30th participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to AIDS Project Rhode Island. “We work to fill their restaurants with patrons, so they have a great business day and add to their base of regular customers,” she said.

Currently she is recruiting restaurants to participate. Already signed up are:

–in Newport: SpeakEasy Bar & Grill;

–in Pawtucket: Hose Company No. 6, and Rasoi;

–in Providence: Blaze Eastside, Gracie’s, India, Rosalina and Eat Drink RI’s “Dinner by Dames Farmer Feast” at Roger Williams Casino.

Interested restaurants should contact her at 401-519-2289 or Restaurants donate 25 to 50% from each dinner check—or checks from all meals on that day—or donate a flat amount. In 2014, 30 restaurants participated.

For more than 30 years, AIDS Project Rhode Island has provided HIV/AIDS prevention and education services, as well as assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Project RI is a division of Family Service of RI. More information is available at


Easy Entertaining Inc. Releases 4th Annual Food and Wine Tour Through Tuscany!

Eat and drink your way through Italy with two of the most qualified tour guides this side of the Tuscan grape vines. Kaitlyn Roberts, Executive Chef and Proprietor of Easy Entertaining Inc. and Jessica Granatiero, Proprietor of The Savory Grape Wine Shop and The Savory Affair have just released the dates and details of their 2015 “Savoring Italy” gourmet food and wine tour!

The Savoring Italy Tour has sold out the first week it was released leading Kait and Jess to release a second tour immediately following the first. Guests will travel through vineyard tours, multi-course meals, hands-on cooking lessons, and more!

“I look forward to the Savoring Italy tour each year. Italy is like a second home to me and I love bringing guests with an interest in food, wine, and travel on this one-of-a-kind journey of the senses. Italy’s atmosphere is only accented by it’s culture and the gastronomic experiences to be had. There’s no better time than now for a trip you’ll remember for the rest of your life.” proclaims Chef Kaitlyn Roberts of Easy Entertaining.

On day one, guests are welcomed to the luxurious Villa Daniela Grossi, with a welcome cocktail and a traditional Tuscan “welcome dinner”. The days to follow are filled with intimate vineyard tours and vertical wine tastings led by Jessica, hands-on cooking lessons and multi-course dinners, led by Chef Kait, and free time for guests to enjoy the amenities of the villa, explore Italian cities, and discover what Tuscany has to offer.

“Savoring Italy is a behind the scenes tour where we guide guests on experiences that they couldn’t get on their own, from personalized winery tours to unique hands-on cooking and wine classes.” states Jessica Granatiero, Proprietor of The Savory Grape Wine Shop and The Savory Affair.

The Savoring Italy Tour is scheduled for October 4th through October 10th, 2015. A minimum of ten guests are required by April 1st in order for the second tour to run. To reserve your spots please call Sabrina Solares-Hand of The Savory Affair at (401) 441-3464 or e-mail her at

For more information on The Savoring Italy Tour please visit Easy Entertaining’s website at or call Kaitlyn Roberts at (401) 437-6090. For more information on the Savory Grape and The Savory Affair please call Jessica Granatiero at (401) 886-9463. For more information on Villa Daniela Grossi please visit their website at

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