News Bites: Bristol Oyster Bar Oyster Madness / Quahog Week 2017 / March Madness at Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market / Trio Reopened and Avvio Brunch

by David Dadekian

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Bristol Oyster Bar Presents Oyster Madness

Bristol Oyster BarThe Bristol Oyster Bar, “The Home of Rhode Island’s Finest Oysters” in partnership with The Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative, and MS WALKER RI are proud to announce “Oyster Madness.” Bristol Oyster Bar has set up a tournament style bracket pitting oyster farms from across the Ocean State against one another. Oyster Madness will begin on Tuesday March 7th at 6pm at The Bristol Oyster Bar located at 448 Hope St Bristol, RI 02809 and continue each subsequent Tuesday at 6pm until the “Championshuck” conclusion on Tuesday April 4th at 6 pm.

The tournament is made up of 16 oyster farms and it’s played one-and-done style. The farms are seeded 1 through 8 and sorted into 2 regions. Each round the numbers shrink, going from the “Briny & Sweet 16” all the way to the “Championshuck”. The oysters will be served at the Bristol Oyster Bar in a blind tasting format. Participants that partake in the blind tasting will be required to fill out a scorecard selecting which oysters they prefer. All of the votes will be tallied each week until a final champion is selected.

There are two ways to participate. The first way is to fill out a bracket available February 1, 2017 at and email it to or come and drop it off at the Bristol Oyster Bar. The second way is to fill out a bracket and to come and participate in the blind tastings. There will be weekly prizes for a best brackets and 2 grand prizes for top score. Complete prizes, rules and regulations will be available February 1, 2017 at

Download an Oyster Madness Bracket

2nd Annual Quahog Week Kicks Off March 20

Quahog Week 2017

Quahog Week, which made its debut last year, returns March 20 – March 25, 2017. The week-long celebration highlights the importance of Rhode Island’s wild harvest shellfish to the state’s history, traditions, and economy. As part of the week, participating restaurants and markets will feature quahog-inspired menu items and deals, and Quahog Week partners will hold special events.

“Whenever I go out to eat, I look for Rhode Island shellfish,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “I know I’m not alone. Our flavorful clams and oysters are enjoyed all over the world. And going out on the water with our local fishermen has made me appreciate all the more the hard work and dedication at the heart of our fishing industry. Quahog Week is our opportunity to step back and celebrate our wild harvest shellfish – as well as our state’s amazing array of eateries. I look forward to sampling the many tasty dishes that will be featured by our partner restaurants as well as preparing some of my own at home. I hope everyone joins in the fun during Quahog Week – and beyond.”

Rhode Island is known for its food and diverse food cultures. The state’s booming local food sector supports more than 60,000 jobs and continues to attract and inspire the imagination of entrepreneurs and innovators. The local fishing industry has been, and continues to be, a vital part of the equation. Thousands of land- and water-based businesses are supported by the industry. And local favorites like the quahog “stuffie” are enjoyed by people near and far.

Last year, more than 100 million pounds of seafood arrived to a local port – with an export value over $1 billion. And more than 28 million quahogs (off-the-boat value of $5.5 million) were harvested from Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island coastal waters. To support continued industry growth, the State, along with its partners, developed the RI Seafood brand to uniquely identify local seafood in the marketplace and to provide a brand under which local seafood events and activities can take place.

Quahogging has a rich history locally, supporting the livelihoods of hundreds of fishers year-round as well as serving as a treasured pastime for Rhode Island families. Quahog Week will highlight this history and value through several planned events, including a kick-off celebration at Save The Bay in Providence on Monday, March 20 and a wrap party on Saturday, March 25 at the new headquarters of Narragansett Beer in Pawtucket. For more information on planned programming or to sign up as a Quahog Week partner or participating venue, visit

Quahog Week partners include Dave’s Marketplace, Discover Newport, Eat Drink RI, Go Providence, Isle Brewers Guild, Johnson & Wales University, Narragansett Beer, RI Commerce, RI Department of Environmental Management, RI Shellfishermen’s Association, Save The Bay, and the University of Rhode Island.

March Madness at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market

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, 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: A Month of Free Events
Demos and Food Pairing to be held in the New Harvest Coffee Roasters Training Room, Hope Artiste Village Suite 110, during the farmers market.

  • Every Saturday in March, 9a-1p – Scavenger Hunt through the Market!
  • March 4, 10a – Cooking Demo by Harvest Kitchen
  • March 11, 10a – Cooking with Kimchi Demo & Tasting by Chi Kitchen
  • March 18, 9:30a – Beer and Food Pairing by Hope & Main and Bucket Brewery
  • March 25, 10a – 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 April 29. 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.

Trio Reopens with Enhanced Menu and Expanded Bar

After closing briefly for renovations, Trio restaurant, located at 15 Kingstown Road in Narragansett, RI, will welcome guests back to the seaside restaurant on February 9 (weather permitting) with an enhanced menu and an expanded bar space. For more information on Trio and to see the full menu, please visit the website at

Located in the sandy shoreline community of Narragansett, Trio brings a relaxed, sociable vibe to its newly-expanded bar area, perfect for community get-togethers, raw bar and cocktails or a leisurely dinner on a stroll through town. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy this year-round, go-to spot for the familiar comfort, fresh flavors and trusted hospitality of Trio.

Trio’s cuisine, conceived by Executive Chef Walter Slater, is inspired by local and regional flavors. The menu contains a unique selection of shareable appetizers, fresh salads, distinctive pizzas, house-made pastas, New England seafood, and simple, wood-fire grilled entrees, and is complemented by an extensive, global wine list, a beer menu featuring regional drafts plus an assortment of bottles, and a creative, one-of-a-kind cocktail menu.

Diners will find an array of new appetizers including Littleneck Stuffies with chourico, bread crumbs, parsley and lemon zest; Parmesan Truffle Fries with garlic aioli; Raw vs. Roasted with roasted red and yellow beets with radish, feta, almonds, cucumber, carrots and citrus vinaigrette; Hummus Flatbread featuring garlic-white bean hummus, cucumber, tomato, red onion, olives and feta; Rosemary + Sea Salt Chips with roasted onion dip; Jonah Crab Dip with avocado, cucumber and house-made crostini; as well as traditional favorites including Antipasto, Fried Galilee Calamari, and an assortment of raw bar and soups. 

New pizza and sandwich selections feature BBQ Chicken pizza with grilled red onion, bbq sauce, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, and chives; a Turkey Club with house-roasted turkey breast, bacon, Bibb lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on toasted Pullman loaf bread and served with French fries; and a Grilled Chicken Sandwich on a ciabatta bun with fontina cheese, arugula, pesto, roasted red peppers and French fries. Guest favorites remain on the menu and feature the Lobster RollSunset Farm Burger, and several pizza varieties. 

In addition to long-time favorite Linguini + Clams, Trio has added several new pasta dishes to its menu including Bolognese with house-made rigatoni, braised veal, beef and pork, tomato, red wine, cream, ricotta salata and basil; Grilled Shrimp Risotto with fresh peas, squash, parmesan, Arborio rice and lemon-butter sauce; Venda Lobster Tortelloni with lobster meat, arugula, fennel-tarragon cream sauce; and Chicken Alfredo with fettuccini, pulled chicken, broccoli, grape tomatoes, roasted garlic, parmesan cream sauce and arugula. 

The newly-created ‘Dishes’ section features Grilled Salmon with roasted root vegetables, kale, quinoa, and butternut squash puree; Steak Frites with marinated flat iron steak, mixed greens salad, and creamy horseradish-blue cheese sauce; Filet Mignon, featuring an 8 oz. filet, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and black pepper-demi glace; Baffoni Farm Chicken featuring a roasted half-bird, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms and thyme jus; and Chicken Parmesan with linguini. 

An assortment of salads and new side dishes are also on Trio’s menu.

Beverage choices include draft and bottled beer offerings from local breweries including Narragansett Lager, Whaler’s Brewing Hazelnut Stout and East Coast IPA, Maryann’s Ginger Spice Ale, Fool Proof’s Backyahd IPAGrey Sail Brewing’s Flagship Cream Ale, Samuel Adams Hopscape, and Citizen Cider Unified Press.  A full wine list by the glass and bottle, and craft cocktail list is also available.

Food and drink selections are offered throughout Trio’s dining spaces including its traditional dining room, cobblestone patio with shaded tables, and around the newly renovated bar space, a welcoming spot to share a bite, a drink and a colorful story.

Avvio Ristorante Welcomes the Weekend with New Brunch Menu

Hearty Italian Dishes and Hand-Crafted Cocktails are the Perfect Weekend Recipe

Avvio's Steak Benedict

Avvio’s Steak Benedict

Avvio Ristorante, located at 90 Hillside Road in Garden City Center, is pleased to announce a new brunch menu, available Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  For more information or to make a reservation, please call 401-942-2900 or visit

Brunch at Avvio begins with a selection of fresh squeezed juices, including lemonade, orange, and grapefruit ($3-$4); espresso, cappuccino, latte, and coffee ($3-$4); and hand-crafted brunch cocktails, including the Charred Grapefruit Mimosa with prosecco, charred-grapefruit syrup, and grapefruit juice; the Avvio Bloody Mary with vodka, house Bloody Mary mix, a seasoned rim, and pickled vegetables; the Melograno Peroni with Peroni and pomegranate liquor over ice; and the La Fioritura Spritzer: moscato, orange blossom water, and soda ($8-$10). 

Avvio’s brunch dishes ($10-$19), which will quell both savory and sweet cravings, include the Day Break Panini: stirred egg, fontina, double thick smoked bacon, black pepper aioli, toasted ciabatta, home fries; Belgian Waffle with warm local maple syrup, seasonal berries, and powdered sugar; Melon & Prosciutto Salad: cantaloupe and honey dew with crispy prosciutto, baby arugula, ricotta salata, and a white balsamic vinaigrette; pulled Baffoni Farms Chicken Hash with wood-roasted vegetables, butternut squash, Yukon gold potatoes, and two poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce and grilled country loaf; a Veggie Frittata with tomato, asparagus, wood roasted mushrooms, home fries, and grilled bread; Green Eggs & Ham: stirred egg, arugula pesto, speck, fontina cheese, toasted ciabatta, home fries; Steak Benedict: poached eggs, tomato, and flat iron steak served with grilled focaccia, hollandaise, and home fries; and a Breakfast Pizza topped with mascarpone, mozzarella, grilled red onion, pancetta, marinated tomatoes, scrambled eggs, and basil.

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