News Bites: Bottles Fine Wine Begins Drizly Home Delivery, Harvesting Rhode Island Premieres on RI PBS, JWU Student Fellowship Award

by David Dadekian

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A Superior Way To Shop For Beer, Wine And Liquor Launches In Providence As Drizly Continues U.S. Expansion

With the city’s biggest selection and best prices, now all delivered in less than an hour at the touch of a button, the Joy of Drinking has arrived in Providence

Drizly, the technology company powering a superior shopping experience for beer, wine and liquor, today announced its expansion to Providence, RI. Now, legal-age drinkers in Providence can experience “The Joy of Drinking” from their smartphone or desktop, shopping from the city’s biggest selection and best prices on alcohol, all delivered in less than an hour at the touch of a button.

Orders placed through Drizly are fulfilled through a strategic partnership with local retailer Bottles Fine Wine, considered the elite brick-and-mortar retail liquor store in Providence.

“The ‘Joy of Drinking’ is when the best selection, price and merchandising meets speed and convenience,” said Bryan Goodwin, VP of sales and retail partnerships for Drizly. “Combining Drizly’s technology and delivery framework with Bottles’ price and selection will create a superior way to shop for beer, wine and liquor in Providence. We are really excited to help an elite retailer like Bottles extend their retail business all the way to the Providence’s front door.”

Areas in Providence where Drizly is now available to consumers and businesses include the East Side, College Hill, Fox Point, Downcity, Jewelry District, Federal Hill, West Side, Armory District, Oak Hill, Rumford and East Providence. Additional areas will be added and announced as they become available.


Legal-age drinkers in Providence simply download the free Drizly app on their smartphone or visit There, they will find a shopping experience that is informative, customized and fun, with Bottles’ huge selection and great prices elegantly integrated with Drizly’s rich content and personalized recommendations, as well as innovations consumers have come to expect from on-demand companies like Amazon, Netflix and Uber.

Drizly also lets consumers schedule alcohol deliveries when it is most convenient for them, earn valuable rewards on purchases, or easily send the gift of alcohol to friends, family and colleagues of legal drinking age.


As a special welcome to new users in Providence, Drizly is offering free delivery (a $5 value) on all orders through March 31 with the promo code PROVIDENCE. For these types of promotions and more, residents of Providence are encouraged to follow @DrizlyPROVI on Twitter.

“Delivering the best possible service to our community is incredibly important to us,” said Gil MacLean, Bottles’ owner. “With Drizly, we’re able to safely, responsibly and effectively meet the needs of our customers who prefer the convenience of shopping online. We’re really happy to be working with Drizly and know that their proven track record of success across the country will help us continue to deliver excellent customer service here in Providence.”


Drizly is a technology company powering a superior shopping experience for beer, wine and liquor. Combining the best selection and price, content-rich and personalized shopping experiences, and the speed and convenience of on-demand delivery, Drizly delivers “The Joy of Drinking” to legal-age drinkers across the United States. Backed by a world-class group of angel and institutional investors, the company has raised $4.8 million to become a superior place to shop for beer, wine and liquor in Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York City, Providence, Seattle, Washington D.C., and other cities across the United States. For more info, visit


Bottles Fine Wine is an award-winning shop in Providence, RI, offering the best selection of fine wine, artisanal spirits and craft beer, and staffed by a friendly, passionate team of beverage enthusiasts. Founded in 2010, Bottles is a full-service destination store that provides free weekly events, custom engraved bottles, gift baskets, monthly clubs, in-home tastings and in-state delivery. We are located at 141 Pitman Street on the East Side of Providence. For more information please visit



  1. Download Drizly to your iPhone or Android phone, or log on to
  2. Sign up and add your favorite beer, wine and liquor to your cart.
  3. Check out, enter discount codes, pay and tip your driver, all right from Drizly.
  4. In less than one hour, your alcohol will be delivered.


DEM’S Division of Agriculture Announces Upcoming TV Series About Farming in Rhode Island to Air on RI PBS Starting March 22

Project was funded by a DEM Farm Viability Grant

The Department of Environmental Management announces that “Harvesting Rhode Island,” a five-part pilot television series promoting Rhode Island-grown specialty crops, will air on RI PBS beginning this Sunday, March 22. Funding for the project was provided through a $35,000 farm viability grant from DEM to Alex Caserta, executive producer of the series. Caserta developed the series in cooperation with RI PBS and the RI Nursery and Landscape Association to promote Rhode Island specialty crop growers and educate consumers about locally-grown specialty crops.

“Be sure to tune in and watch Harvesting Rhode Island on RI PBS,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “This informative series brings viewers on location to see the farms, meet the farmers, and hear them talk about food cultivation and what it takes to grow the fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and nursery crops that are in demand by Rhode Island consumers.”

Harvesting Rhode Island explains how farmers have had to balance the traditional approaches that were handed down to them with the variable realities of today’s business climate. In the latter part of the 20th century, local wholesale markets began to shrink due to large retailers and national distribution systems. As a result, growers increased their direct marketing through on-site retail stands, pick-your-own programs, farmers markets, and selling through local retailers. This direct approach has, in turn, stimulated diversification to satisfy the needs and tastes of consumers and their interest in purchasing locally-harvested products.

DEM’s Division of Agriculture oversees or supports numerous efforts designed to maintain the viability of farming in Rhode Island, including locally-produced milk, meats and locally-harvested seafood, farmers’ markets, and buy local programs. To date, DEM has awarded more than $1.8 million in farm viability grants for projects that will enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Rhode Island. The funds are from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Specialty crops are defined by this federally-supported program as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops including floriculture and turf grass production.

“This series will help strengthen markets for specialty crops and help sustain the livelihood of Rhode Island farmers, so it’s a win-win for consumers and farmers alike,” Director Coit added.

Episodes will air two at a time in the ongoing series, Rhode Island Stories, Sundays at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., beginning March 22. The five episodes will air as follows:

  • Farm to Table – Owners Desi and Eric Wolf of Maple Dell Farm in Foster also own Loie Fuller’s restaurant in Providence, established in 2007. Some of the local ingredients they use come from the Rhode Island Mushroom Co. in Kingston, established in 2011 and owned by Mike Hallock and Bob Di Pietro.

Rhode Island PBS                3/22/2015      6:00 PM
Rhode Island PBS                3/28/2015      11:00 PM
LEARN                                3/24/2015      8:00 PM

  • Grape Expectations – Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards is the oldest vineyard in New England, located in Little Compton, and owned by Carolyn Rafaelian. Greenvale Vineyards is located in Portsmouth along the Sakonnet River, a historic farm owned by Nancy Parker Wilson. The farm was established in 1863 and vineyards in 1982.

Rhode Island PBS                3/22/2015      6:30 PM
Rhode Island PBS                3/28/2015      11:30 PM
LEARN                                3/24/2015      8:30 PM

  • Farming Old, Farming New – Wayne Salisbury is the 5th generation owner of Salisbury Farm in Johnston, growing a wide selection of products. Established in 1860, Big Train Farm is owned by John Kenny and leases the land from Urban Edge Farm located in Cranston.

Rhode Island PBS                3/29/2015      6:00 PM
Rhode Island PBS                4/4/2015        11:00 PM
LEARN                                3/31/2015      8:00 PM

  • A Tale of Three Nurseries– Portsmouth Nursery, located in Portsmouth, is a 4th generation business. Owners Jean and Steve Cotta’s relatives emigrated from Portugal. Their farm was established in the late 1800s and is one of the oldest nurseries in the country. Rhode Island Nurseries in Middletown is owned by 4th generation Bruce Vanicek and was established in 1885. His relatives migrated from Czechoslovakia. Hoogendoorn Nurseries, established in Middletown in 1921, is owned by 2nd generation Dixon and Victor Hoogendoorn, whose parents emigrated from Holland.

Rhode Island PBS                3/29/2015      6:30 PM
Rhode Island PBS                4/4/2015        11:30 PM
LEARN                                3/31/2015      8:30 PM

  • Farm City – Southside Community Land Trust is located in Providence and was established in 1981. Steward Richard Pederson works with a staff and crew of volunteers. Fertile Underground, located in Providence on Westminster Street, is a grocery store run by Michael Giroux selling local natural products.

Rhode Island PBS                4/5/2015        6:00 PM
Rhode Island PBS                4/11/2015     11:00 PM
LEARN                                4/7/2015       8:00 PM

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36 / 7776.
WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; in Rhode Island on Cox 808; Verizon FiOS 478; Full Channel 89; and in Massachusetts on Comcast 294 or 312.

Nightclub & Bar Media Group Selects Winners for the Johnson & Wales Student Fellowship Award

Unique Award Recognizes and Supports Students Interested in a Career in the Hospitality Industry

Nightclub & Bar is honored to congratulate three students for winning the Johnson & Wales Student Fellowship. After receiving an overwhelming amount of applications this year, Nightclub & Bar is excited to extend the award to an additional applicant, making for three winners. This year’s winners are Michael Taberski, Nicholas Zamora, and Peter Waite. Each of them displayed a level of knowledge, professionalism, and motivation that proved that their participation in the Nightclub & Bar Show this year would benefit their understanding of the industry.

“Three of our applicants stood out from this year’s excellent group. We are grateful to Nightclub & Bar for offering to increase the number of fellowships from two to three, allowing us to reward all three of these exceptional candidates,” said Brian J. Warrener, Associate Professor at Johnson & Wales University.

Each of the fellows will be provided admission to the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada with three nights lodging and a $400.00 stipend to defray the costs of travel and expenses. The selected Student Fellows will also be featured on and will be celebrated during an awards ceremony at the upcoming 2015 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, March 30 – April 1.

In order for eligibility, students had to be 21 years of age at the beginning of the Convention and Trade show in order to attend the event. Each applicant had to have a junior or senior standing with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher within the Johnson & Wales School of Hospitality. Michael, Nicolas, and Peter had an exceptional educational background in the food and beverage industry and demonstrated that their participation at the show would be leveraged.

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