News Bites: Blackstone Valley Culinary News / RI Food Policy Council Nominations / Social Enterprise Greenhouse Impact Accelerator Applications

by David Dadekian

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Blackstone Valley Culinary News – January 11, 2022

Harvest Kitchen
2 Bayley Street, Pawtucket, RI  02860

Harvest Kitchen is doing a “Ready-To-Go” Mediterranean inspired dinner for two, including 1 appetizer to share, 2 entrees and 2 desserts.  You must order ahead and ordering will close at midnight on January 14.  Pick up is January 21 between 10 am and 4 pm at Harvest Kitchen at 2 Bayley Street.   Check out the full menu and details here

Foolproof Brewing Company
241 Grotto Avenue, Pawtucket  02860

Foolproof hosts Trivia night every Thursday with WRIK Entertainment on topics including pop culture, history, sports, current events, a music round, a picture round and more.  Trivia night this week is on January 13 from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Have a beer and some fun at Foolproof on Thursday!!  

German-American Cultural Society of Rhode Island
78 Carter Avenue, Pawtucket, RI  02861

The January Trachtenabend will be held at the German-American Cultural Society on January 21 from 7 pm to 11 pm.  Providing entertainment will be the Tubafrau Hofbräu Band.  Dinner is a hearty goulash served with spätzle and carrots.  This is a pre-ticketed event – click here for tickets ($15.00) and more information. 

I’m happy to share with you that the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council will soon be moving their office to Central Falls, on the third floor of a renovated mill building along the Blackstone River – and we’ve got some fantastic culinary neighbors!!!

Shark’s Peruvian Cuisine
1420 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI  02863

Shark’s is our “downstairs neighbor”, occupying the first and second floors of the building.  They are already open and their food is delicious and the presentation is beautiful!   The restaurant is on the first floor and there is event and meeting space on the second floor.  There is also an outside deck overlooking the Blackstone River.  Shark’s is open 7 days a week from 12 noon to 10 pm.  Their website is coming soon, but you can check them out on Facebook.  Their location in Pawtucket (25 Pawtucket Avenue) is still open as well.   

Royal Fried Chicken
1400 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI  02863

Our neighbor “across the parking lot” is Royal Fried Chicken in a beautiful new building.  (They also have locations in Pawtucket and North Providence).   Their Grand Opening in Central Falls will be on Saturday, January 15.  From 11 am to 3 pm on opening day, get a free lunch plus 50% off the full menu.   We were fortunate to have a “sneak peek” lunch there and the food is so good!   Don’t miss out on free lunch at the Central Falls location this Saturday!


New Seats are Open at the RI Food Policy Council’s Table

Rhode Island Food Policy Council logo

The need to strengthen and develop Rhode Island’s food system has never been greater, and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC) is working diligently across our 49 cities and towns to create those solutions. Their goal:  to build a more equitable, economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable local food system. The organization’s annual call to join the Council opens January 10.

As an independent statewide network, RIFPC is composed of Rhode Islanders who work in and around the food sector who want to have a hand in creating new systems, promoting good food policy, filling gaps, and strengthening the capacity of our local and regional food system. Issues like universal free meals at schools, dockside fisheries permissions and American Rescue Plan Act funding recommendations are some of the priorities the Council addressed in 2021.

“Simply being able to make a difference in the lives of others means so much to me. My involvement with the RIFPC has reinforced this and I am grateful. You know you are alive because of the existence of other people around you and to touch their lives in a meaningful way is the essence of life. It is a blessing to share what you have been blessed with.” Council Member Alice Howard, SunRise Forever, Inc. and World Financial Group

Council members represent a diverse and culturally-rich Rhode Island, offering unique perspectives from across the food landscape. Collaboration among RIFPC Council members has reached every facet of the food system, from cultivation to composting.

Applications close February 18. Nominations welcome. To apply or learn more about Council membership, and other ways to get involved with RIFPC’s initiatives, visit

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