News Bites: Easy Entertaining Fundraising for National Breast Cancer Month & New Harvest Menu, Hope & Main Turns One, Foolproof Brewing with Nuts ‘N More

by David Dadekian

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Easy Entertaining Inc. Fundraising for National Breast Cancer Month

Donuts, photo via Easy Entertaining Inc.

Donuts, photo via Easy Entertaining Inc.

Feed the cure at the Café at Easy Entertaining during the month of October. This farm-to-fork catering collaborative fundraises for the National Breast Cancer Foundation out of their retail location each year and this year is more mouth watering than ever.

Easy Entertaining plans to donate five percent of their regular breakfast and lunch sales, 100 percent of their Donut Friday donut sales, and all proceeds from their breast cancer t-shirt sales directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Breast cancer awareness is something very personal to me and to some of my co-workers so we’re elated to participate in fundraising each year. We’re hopeful that we’ll beat last year’s donation of over $2,000.00. Stop by and enjoy a donut, its for charity. The calories don’t count when it’s for charity!” exclaims Kaitlyn Roberts, Proprietor and Executive Chef at Easy Entertaining.

The Café at Easy Entertaining is located at 166 Valley Street, Building 10, in Providence. Head over to enjoy a locally sourced breakfast or lunch and treat yourself to their homemade donuts, sold only on Fridays, all to raise awareness and support the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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

Easy Entertaining Inc. Releases All New Harvest Menu!

Pastrami and Apple - shaved pastrami - Chef Ashley's apple mustard chutney - cheddar - house mustard - Danielle's whole wheat pumpkin seed bread, photo via Easy Entertaining Inc.

Pastrami and Apple – shaved pastrami – Chef Ashley’s apple mustard chutney – cheddar – house mustard – Danielle’s whole wheat pumpkin seed bread, photo via Easy Entertaining Inc.

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

If you’re looking for a quick stop on your way to the office then Easy Entertaining’s Café is your answer. Located in a restored loft space in Providence’s Rising Sun Mills, the Café at Easy Entertaining is the perfect stop on your commute. Breakfast here consists of hot off the stovetop eggs sandwiched between freshly baked English muffins with cheddar, homemade pastries baked fresh daily, and more. Let’s not forget the fresh brewed New Harvest Coffee Roasters coffee to fill your cup.

Your search for a new lunch spot has come to an end as well. The Café at Easy Entertaining’s Fall lunch menu can appeal to any locavore. Nothing suggests Autumn like their Turkey and Fig sandwich showcasing shaved turkey breast, a house made fig spread, NH Country Smokehouse bacon, aioli made with Narragansett Creamery’s Atwells Gold, and baby kale all stuffed on freshly baked ciabatta.

In addition to their Harvest staples, the Café offers classic sandwiches with signature twists such as their Pastrami and Apple sandwich filled with shaved pastrami, cheddar, their apple mustard chutney, and house made mustard. If you’re in the mood for something more basic give their Sun-dried Chicken Caesar Wrap a try. The wrap is stuffed with smoked chicken breast, mixed greens, Narragansett Creamery’s Atwells Gold cheese, homemade croutons, and Easy Entertaining’s sun-dried tomato Caesar dressing. Alongside their mouthwatering sandwiches, Easy Entertaining offers a multitude of vegetarian fare, salads, and seasonal soups.

Enjoy a meal made by a team who takes extreme pride in their food, a team that doesn’t cut corners, and a team that serves a true taste of what Rhode Island has to offer. The Café 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 Café 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


Once Shuttered Main Street School in Warren, RI Celebrates Historic Centennial

Birthday Bash hosted by new tenant, Hope & Main, as the State’s first culinary incubator marks its own one year anniversary
Calling on all alumni to celebrate the spirit of reinvention!

Pie-Eating contest featuring Humble Pie, photo by Alex Braunstein

Pie-Eating contest featuring Humble Pie, photo by Alex Braunstein

As Hope & Main celebrates its first birthday, the historic schoolhouse that it calls home turns 100. Built in 1915, the 18,000 square foot elementary school was faithfully rehabilitated by its new owner, Hope & Main. With the help of a $2.9 million USDA loan, classrooms were preserved, blackboards were restored, and even the maple floors were polished to reveal the places where wooden desks were bolted to the foor. The entire first floor remains a community space devoted to public education about cooking, nutrition and the need to recapture and sustain the local food system.

Hope & Main is calling all alumni who attended the Main Street School to return to their “alma mater” as special guests on Sunday, October 11 from 2-6 p.m. at 691 Main Street in Warren, RI. This historic gathering is so significant, that the Warren Preservation Society will be on hand to video the stories and memories of Main Street School alumni as part of the town’s oral history project.

The Centennial Celebration also coincide with the last Schoolyard Market of the season (Schoolyard is Hope & Main’s makers market), and will be a turn-of-the century themed, fall festival open to everyone free of charge. In addition to the fare that market-goers have discovered at the Schoolyard Market all season long, the Centennial Celebration will feature:

  • 2:30 p.m. Pie-Eating contest featuring Humble Pie
  • 3 p.m. Square dancing with the Town Howlers
  • 4 p.m. Class Reunion for everyone who attended school at 691 Main Street
  • 5:30 p.m. $100 Raffle Prize Winner Announced
  • Plus, Old-timey photo booth and games, Historical artifacts from 1915, Carnival-style food and treats, Photo submission contest, and Live music
  • Festivities are being sponsored by Navigant Credit Union– also celebrating their 100th year of serving Rhode Islanders; and Dave’s Marketplace

There is much to celebrate as Hope & Main boasts a solid report card in its first year of business. The nonprofit food business incubator has jump started more than 50 food businesses, poured more than $1.14 million in into the local economy, and created 124 new jobs. President and Founder, Lisa Raiola says, “When I first saw the building it took real imagination to see the potential for what Hope & Main has now become. It is a vibrant place of reinvention. At the same time we created state-of-the -art production kitchens for food entrepreneurs, we also preserved the school as a community resource where people of all ages can learn about the benefits of healthy eating and local food. Now that we’ve been open for a year, I cannot believe the voracious appetite people have for this novel concept.”

While capturing the stories of Main Street School alumni, Hope & Main will also tell the story of some of its “star pupils” and break-out businesses:

  • Both D​eelish No Scare Skin Care and Ocean State Smoked Fish w​ere among only five finalists in the recent “Get Started Rhode Island” business competition
  • Hola Baked Goods i​s in production full-time to satisfy demand.
  • Fox Point Pickling Co. i​s marinating in 70 stores across five states, plus 6-10 restaurants and corporate cafeterias. Fox Point won a RI Monthly Best of RI award, and is a finalist in the Martha Stewart Living American Made competition.
  • Tito’s Cantina q​uadrupled production and launched four new products, thanks to Hope & Main’s technical support, equipment, and resources.
  • Delsie Catering & Events c​lients include Alex and Ani, RISD, Brown University, The Office of Governor Gina Raimondo, The Dean Hotel, The Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, Lark Hotels, and the Junior League of Rhode Island.
  • Essentially Coconut h​as seen impressive online sales, and their products can be purchased at Whole Foods and eight other stores across RI and MA.
  • Backyard Food Co. ​is selling 51 stores, including every Dave’s Marketplace in Rhode Island.

Hope & Main invites alumni to submit your school picture or a​ photo of the Main Street School b​y October 9, 2015 for $20 worth of free raffle tickets. For more information about this ticketed event, and for photo contest details, please go to:


Foolproof Brewing Launches Peanut Butter Beer Collaboration with Nuts ‘N More

Foolproof Brewing Company has partnered with fellow Pawtucket small business Nuts ‘N More to brew a peanut butter version of Foolproof’s popular Raincloud porter.

The beer, which will be brewed, canned, and kegged by Foolproof, features a new dehydrated peanut butter produced by Nuts ‘N More. Peanut Butter Raincloud will be released in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire before the end of September. The beer will be available in draft and four-packs of 12 oz. cans with a suggested retail price of $9.99.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are to be partnering with another local food artisan, particularly one that shares our hometown,” said Nick Garrison, president and founder of Foolproof. “If you like peanut butter and dark beer, this one is going to be right up your alley.”

“When Foolproof approached us with the notion of producing Peanut Butter Raincloud, we instantly knew this was going to be a terrific collaboration,” said Neil Cameron, co-founder of Nuts ‘N More. “Nothing makes us happier than two local companies joining forces.”

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