News Bites: Preppy Pig BBQ Brunch / Sons of Liberty Spirits New Seasonal Release / RI DEM Announces New Agriculture Grant Awards

by David Dadekian
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Preppy Pig BBQ, Named Rhode Island’s Best BBQ By Thrillist, Announces Brunch At Their Warren Location

Preppy Pig BBQ

Lots of restaurants offer Brunch, but no one is doing it quite like Preppy Pig BBQ in Warren. Beginning Sunday, November 6th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., a brand new brunch experience begins. Known for its easy, low and slow lifestyle, BBQ has barely crossed into the uncharted New England waters and owner Patrick Boylan DeSocio is doing it right. With custom smokers, quality meats and sides, and a dedicated staff of barbecue enthusiasts, Preppy Pig has received local, regional and national recognition, and for good reason. The menu is classic, authentic and brings people together – just the way a good BBQ joint should.

Brunch at Preppy Pig will feature savory favorites such as Briskets & Gravy with sausage gravy over homemade buttermilk biscuits, a Pulled Pork Benedict on griddle fried cornbread with beef fat potato hash & dressed arugula, and a Monte Cristo Sandwich with house cured ham or bacon, topped with pulled pork, melted Swiss cheese, and caramelized onions on a sweet Portuguese bolo. Also, Preppy Pig is collaborating with the enormously successful PVDonuts to create the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich. Slow smoked pork, housemade apple butter, and Vermont sharp cheddar will be sandwiched between their maple bacon glazed donut. Of course, no brunch is complete without some boozy beverages to get the day started. Preppy Pig has a full liquor license and will feature a Bloody Mary con Carne.

“We have been working incredibly hard since opening Warren in June and Jamestown in September to assemble the best possible BBQ team around, and we are finally there! I couldn’t be happier with the way things are coming together for us. I have to tip my cap to our amazing staff and the hard work they are putting in to get us to the next level!” said Patrick. “We are more than excited to put this BBQ brunch together and see where it goes. BBQ is always an adventure and we sure are enjoying the ride. Please come on over to our Warren location and saddle on up . . . you won’t be disappointed!”

Enjoy Brunch at Preppy Pig every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m beginning on Sunday, November 6th.

Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. Releases Gala Apple – a Celebration of Fall in New England

Rhode Island Craft Distillery Recognized for World’s Best Flavored Whiskey Extends First-Ever Seasonal Line with All-New Apple Flavored Whiskey

Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. Gala Apple

Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. is proud to announce the newest addition to the first-ever seasonal line of whiskies with Gala Apple.

Gala Apple joins the first U.S. craft whiskey to ever take home World’s Best honors from Whisky Magazine’s annual World Whiskies Awards – Pumpkin Spice Whiskey, in Sons of Liberty’s family of seasonal whiskies.

“We launched the first-ever seasonal line of whiskies in 2012 with the idea that brewers had been crafting seasonal beers for so long, why not bring that concept to whiskey?” said Sons of Liberty Owner, Mike Reppucci. “Being a New England distillery, the seasonal flavors harvested here are awesome to work with and we love pairing those flavors with our whiskies to create a drink appropriate for the season.”

Sons of Liberty utilized more than 9,000 fresh Gala Apples from two Connecticut orchards, Blue Hills Orchard and Drazen Orchards, for its inaugural release of Gala Apple. The apples were brought to New England Cider Company where the apples were shredded into a sauce-like mash called pumice. This mash of apples was then pressed to extract as much juice as possible from the fresh fruit. The Sons of Liberty crew brought the delicious juice back to the distillery where they blended it with a barrel-aged whiskey they made specifically for this release.

The finished product begs to be enjoyed on a cool, New England fall night. The crisp, subtly sweet apple notes pair perfectly with the whiskey to create a drink that is fit for the season. With no artificial flavors added, Gala Apple lacks the sweet, saccharin taste of common flavored spirits and delivers a natural pairing of local seasonal produce and single-malt craft whiskey.

Gala Apple is now available throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

DEM Continues to Promote Growth of Local Agriculture with Latest Grant Awards

Funding supports specialty crop production, sales in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced $225,524 in grant awards to five local groups working to grow the state’s agricultural sector.  The grants, funded under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, support efforts to grow the marketplace and increase local production of specialty crops.  USDA defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops, including floriculture and turf grass.

“Agriculture is an important, diverse industry poised for growth in Rhode Island,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “We’re pleased to announce these awards that support our local growers and their businesses as well as increase consumer understanding and demand for Rhode Island’s specialty crops.  The work these grant recipients are doing is vital to ensuring the continued viability of agriculture in Rhode Island, and we are proud to be a partner. Kudos to all!”

Grant recipients include:

Farm Fresh Rhode Island – $50,000

Funding supports creation of a farm-to-institution advocacy group focused on increasing use of local specialty crops in school, university, and hospital cafeterias.

Southside Community Land Trust – $25,750

Funding supports creation of a food hub that will collect specialty crops grown at urban farm sites in the Providence area and distribute to Rhode Island’s low-income communities.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI) – $20,800

Funding supports NOFA/RI’s efforts to train and provide technical assistance to local organic farmers.  Available trainings will include advanced grower seminars and on-farm workshops where organic techniques will be reviewed. Participating farmers also have access to an advisor to support them in producing high-value organic crops.

RI Organic Farm Market – $29,730

Funding supports RI Organic’s market and “Farm Share Baskets” program. Through this program, RI Organic delivers locally sourced, organic and non-GMO specialty crops to Rhode Island residences.

University of Rhode Island – $21,851

Funding supports the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences’ efforts to increase production of African-origin vegetable crops on Rhode Island’s urban farms. Efforts also include educating urban growers and providing community workshops on these crops.

Additionally, DEM received $77,393 under USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to support its buy local campaign, “Get Fresh, Buy Local.” The funds will be used to help increase consumer awareness and demand for specialty crop products.

Rhode Island is experiencing significant growth in its agricultural and local food sector.  The state’s food system now supports 60,000 jobs, and Rhode Island is one of a few states where the number of farms is on the rise, now standing at more than 1,200 farms. The state also leads the nation in the percent of its farms selling directly to the public. Green industries in Rhode Island account for more than 15,000 jobs and contribute $2.5 billion to the economy.

For more information about the Specialty Crop Block Grant awards, visit

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Disclosure: Preppy Pig BBQ is a client of Eat Drink RI Marketing Services

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