News Bites: Knead Doughnuts Expands / Graze Burgers “Graze Gives” Initiatives / Virginia Distillery Company New Releases

by David Dadekian
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Knead Doughnuts Expands Into Former Pilotworks Space; Invests In New Small Businesses

Knead Doughnuts
Knead Doughnuts

Knead Doughnuts has expanded their donut production into a 5,000-square-foot commercial kitchen previously operated by the food incubator Pilotworks, now called Providence Kitchen Collaborative. With the capacity to handcraft even more gourmet doughnuts, Knead will be at more farmers markets, serve more weddings, and craft more special seasonal flavors. A third donut shop is slated to open at their new production space this spring.

With a significantly larger commercial kitchen, Knead is now able to give back and support several budding food businesses by leasing them commercial kitchen space. “We are humbled to be able to support Providence’s dynamic food scene” said Knead co-founder Adam Lastrina. “All these businesses were right where we were two years ago.”

The new location at Providence Kitchen Collaborative is already home to all of Knead’s doughnut production, as well as seven food entrepreneurs leasing commercial kitchen access from Knead, including Brown Paper Bounty, Fountain & Co, and Long Live Beerworks, which will operate a brewery and bar just steps from Knead. Inquire about leasing kitchen space here.

Knead plans a grand opening of its new donut shop at Providence Kitchen Collaborative, which will be open on weekends and select evenings, in May 2019. Follow updates on Knead’s lively Facebook and Instagram pages.

The award-winning gourmet doughnut shop opened its first Providence location, at 32 Custom House, in December 2016. A second Providence storefront opened in April 2018 at 135 Elmgrove Avenue. To learn more about Knead Doughnuts, visit

Graze Burgers in Westerly Announces Community-Based “Graze Gives” Initiative

Graze Burgers
Graze Burgers

Graze Burgers, located at 127 Granite Street in Westerly, RI, is pleased to announce its new community-based initiative, Graze Gives, designed to engage local non-profit organizations by providing them with a venue to hold fundraisers and to express appreciation to their donors. 

Through Graze Gives, participating organizations are responsible for inviting guests and selling tickets, while Graze will provide the space, light bites of their famous 100% grass-fed burgers and chicken sandwiches, fries, and more; wine and beer tastings; and soft drinks. The organization receives one hundred percent of the proceeds.

“At Graze Burgers, we are passionate about supporting the community we serve and we hope that our Graze Gives initiative not only allows us to become more familiar with the members of our community, but that it provides our local non-profits with the opportunity to further expand their reach and fundraising efforts,” said Kevin Bowdler, Co-Owner, Graze Burgers.

Non-profit organizations in the greater Westerly area interested in participating in the Graze Gives program can contact Spencer Gossy at 401.351.8855.  Events will be booked monthly in the spring and fall on a first-come-first-served basis.

Chardonnay and Cider Cask Finished Whiskies Back in Stock at Virginia Distillery Company

Virginia Distillery Company Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky
Virginia Distillery Company Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky

Just in time for warmer weather, American Single Malt whisky distillery Virginia Distillery Company will release batch #3 of its Chardonnay Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky and batch #4 of its Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky on Saturday, April 13th. Earlier batches of both whiskies produced limited cases, some becoming out of stock shortly after release. The Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky was recognized as one of Whisky Advocate’s “Top 20 Whiskies of 2018.”  

The bottles kick-off the distillery’s rolling release schedule of its Virginia-Highland Whisky series. The new approach allows consumers to purchase offerings from the line more regularly throughout the year in markets across the United States, online through Passion Spirits and on-site in the distillery’s Visitors Center.

The Virginia-Highland Whisky series is made from 100% malted barley and marries American Single Malt whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland. It is then cask finished in barrels sourced from wineries, cideries and breweries across Virginia and beyond. 

Batch #3 of the Chardonnay Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky spent an additional 8 to 10 months in Chardonnay casks, adding nuance and complexity to the whisky. The final product offers notes of lemon zest, green apple and honeysuckle.

Batch #4 of the Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky features finishing barrels from two Virginia cideries, Potter’s Craft Cider and Buskey Cider, giving the whisky notes of apple, pecan and vanilla.

“We’re excited to have both of these whiskies back in our regular rotation,” said Ian Thomas, Distillery Director at Virginia Distillery Company. “The offerings from our Virginia-Highland Whisky series are a great testament to our many partnerships across the state of Virginia – and the result is some pretty phenomenal whisky.”

Both products retail for $64.99.

These new batch releases are part of the Virginia-Highland Whisky series, which includes the flagship offering, Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky and a beer finished whisky, Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky.

The distillery is preparing for the 2020 launch of Courage & Conviction, its signature American Single Malt whisky. The name is a nod to a phrase founder Dr. George G. Moore was often heard saying: “Always have the courage of your convictions.” 

For more information, visit the distillery’s website at

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