News Bites: Wintertime Farmers Market March Madness / Providence Animal Rescue League’s Looking for Culinary Competitors / ProvidenceG Director of Operations

by David Dadekian

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March Madness at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

A Month of Specials, Events, Family Fun and Prizes!

Farm Fresh RI Wintertime Farmers' Market 2016

Farm Fresh RI Wintertime Farmers’ Market 2016

March can be a challenging month for local farmers. It signals the start of a long thaw after winter and the beginning of planning for next season’s harvest. Shopping at farmers markets is a great way to support local farms year-round. But March is a time of year when local farmers need your business and support most of all.

To celebrate these local heroes, Farm Fresh Rhode Island is hosting a month of special events at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market, called March Madness. Shop at the market every Saturday in March to enjoy fun events like cooking demos and pie eating contest, take advantage of seasonal sales, and participate in a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes valued at over $300!

Participating in March Madness is a great way to support local agriculture, empower small businesses and build vibrant community with local food at the center of every table.

March Madness Events

  • Every Saturday in March – Scavenger Hunt through the Market!
  • March 5 – Cooking Demo by Harvest Kitchen
  • March 12 – Pie Eating Contest by Humble Pie
  • March 19 – Beer and Food Pairing by Hope & Main and Bucket Brewery
  • March 26 – Cooking Demo by the African Alliance of Rhode Island

What to Expect (Just like that other “Final Four”)

  • Baskets… of delicious produce to feature on your dinner table!
  • Dunks… of fresh baked-goods into steamy, locally roasted coffee!
  • Hoops… used to support greenhouses that make winter harvests possible!
  • Nets… that harvest fresh-caught seafood from our region’s waters!

The Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 9a–1p, until May 14. Located in two spacious hallways of the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, RI, it is easily accessed via the R-Line bus and parking is provided.

Providence Animal Rescue League Is Looking for Culinary Competitors

PARL's The Rescue

Who wants to be “Top Dog” . . .

The Providence Animal Rescue League is looking for a few more Culinary Competitors for their 5th annual Top Dog Culinary Competition at The Rescue!

All proceeds to help our community’s pets in need! Think you’ve got what it takes? Contact Connie Kile at for your application to compete!



The ProvidenceG Announces Director of Operations

Seasoned hospitality industry professional Jeffrey Mancinho to lead Garde, Rooftop at the ProvidenceG, GPub, GCafé and The Ballroom at the ProvidenceG

ProvidenceG Director of Operations Jeffrey Mancinho

ProvidenceG Director of Operations Jeffrey Mancinho

The ProvidenceG, a new development of one of the City’s most iconic historic buildings and home to several unique dining and entertainment venues, has named 19-year industry expert Jeffrey Mancinho as its director of operations. In this role, Mancinho will use his extensive industry expertise to help drive the performance of Garde, a contemporary restaurant featuring innovative new American cuisine with a French inspiration; Rooftop at the ProvidenceG, the City’s only rooftop restaurant and bar and GPub, a modern gastropub with a speakeasy feel, a scratch kitchen and entertainment amenities. He will also oversee the operations and staff of The Ballroom at the ProvidenceG and GCafé, and play a key role in the overall growth of the company.

As director of operations, Mancinho will work closely with the ProvidenceG leadership team and corporate executive chef, as well as with leaders of GHospitality, a growing hospitality and multi-brand group that operates the ProvidenceG. He will collaborate with these groups on individual restaurant and venue performance, as well as all aspects of group operations and hospitality strategy. Additionally, Mancinho will focus on talent development and training to provide progressive career opportunities for each team member. To execute these responsibilities, Mancinho will partner closely with business unit and group leadership including restaurant managers, the events and sales team, and all operational groups.

“Jeffrey’s extensive background in the hospitality industry and his commitment to building cohesive teams to enhance the overall guest experience is a tremendous asset to our team,” said Colin Geoffroy, president of GHospitality. “He is a skilled leader and adept problem solver who possesses an innate ability to connect with and inspire people. We are thrilled to have him on board to contribute to the success of our hospitality venues.”

A resident of Lincoln, Mancinho joins the ProvidenceG after holding general manager positions at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Providence and Shrine Asian Kitchen, Nightclub and Lounge and The Scorpion Bar in Mashantucket, Connecticut. He also spent many years on Block Island as beverage manager for The Spring House Hotel.

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