News Bites: Narragansett Creamery Wins at World Championship Cheese Contest / RI Breweries Easter 2022 Schedule / Blackstone Valley Culinary News

by David Dadekian

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Narragansett Creamery wins Gold and Bronze Medals at the World Championship Cheese Contest

Narragansett Creamery was awarded a First Place Gold Medal for its Low-Fat Coffee Yogurt at the World Championship Cheese Contest on March 3–5 in Wisconsin. Our low-fat coffee yogurt contains milk and probiotic cultures, contains no stabilizers or preservatives, and is lactose free.

Narragansett Creamery was also awarded a 3rd  Place Bronze Medal for its Burrata Cheese. Each Narragansett Creamery Burrata is made by hand. Mozzarella is stretched to form a pocket where it is then hand-filled with Stracciatella, a mixture of “torn” mozzarella (Stracciare – to tear apart) cream, and a trace of salt.

This year’s World Competition was highly competitive with 2,978 entries from 29 countries. The contest initiated in 1957, is organized by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.

“We are honored to win these awards in the Yogurt and Burrata categories and to be included with such an outstanding group of dedicated and creative cheesemakers,” said Mark Federico, owner and co-founder of Narragansett Creamery.

Narragansett Creamery is a family-owned creamery based in Providence, RI that uses milk from nearby New England farms to make its artisanal cheeses and yogurts.

“We thank our local farmers who supply us with excellent quality milk which enables us to create award-willing cheeses,” Federico said. 

RI Breweries Easter 2022 Schedule

Rhode Island Brewers Guild

Wondering if your favorite RI Brewers Guild facility will be open on Easter? Here’s a list of open and closed breweries for Sunday, April 17th.  See you there!

Fool Proof Brewing                          Normal hours, 12 noon – 6
Linesider                                            Normal hours, 12 noon – 6
Long Live Beerworks                       Normal hours 12 noon – 5
Lops Brewing                                    10 am to 6 pm
Moniker Brewery                              Normal hours
Narragansett Beer                           Normal hours
Newport Craft Brewing                    Normal hours
Pivotal Brewing                                Normal hours 12 noon to 5
Proclamation Ale                              12 noon to 6
Providence Brewing Co                  Normal hours
Ravenous Brewing                          Normal hours 
Rejects Beer Co                               Normal hours
Shaidzon Beer Co                           12 noon to 5 
Six Pack Brewing                             12 noon to 5
Taproots Brewing Co                      11 am to 4 pm (bar service only, no food)
The General’s Crossing                  Normal hours
Twelve Guns Brewing                     Normal hours
Union Station Brewery                    11:30 am to 1:00 am
West Passage Brewpub                 Normal hours

Apponaug Brewing Co                    Closed                        Revival (LVP&B)                              Closed            
Beer on Earth                                   Closed                        Smug Brewing                                  Closed
Bravo Brewing                                  Closed                        The Guild Pawtucket                       Closed
Buttonwoods                                     Closed                        The Guild Warren                            Closed
Chair 2                                               Closed                        Tilted Barn Brewery                         Closed
Coddington Brewpub                       Closed                        Trinity Brewhouse                            Closed
Crooked Current                              Closed                        Whalers Brewing                              Closed
Grey Sail Brewing of RI                  Closed                        Ragged Island Farm Brewery
Hive Beer                                          Closed                                    (Closed temporarily under construction)

Blackstone Valley Culinary News – April 6, 2022

Davenport’s Family Restaurant
1070 Mendon Road, Cumberland  02864
Davenport’s Bar and Grille
1925 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence  02914

Davenport’s has new spring specials.  And they are also now offering gluten-free pizza which has been very popular.  

Kountry Kitchen/Kountry Clam Shack
10 Smith Avenue, Greenville 0282

Sadly, our friends at Kountry Kitchen will be closing the restaurant on April 10.  The Kountry Clam Shack did a Culinaria Live episode with us which was great!  We’re happy that the Delos family will be retiring and relaxing.  The restaurant has been purchased and will be undergoing renovations for about six months before it reopens under new ownership.  So stop by before April 10 to enjoy Kountry Kitchen one more time and to wish the Delos family well!   Here is more information in a Valley Breeze article

Angelos Palace Pizza
133 Mendon Road, Cumberland  02864

Angelo’s is having an Easter brunch on Sunday, April 17.  Seatings are at 10:30 am and 1 pm – reservations are required.  Adults are $30; Children are $20; and children under 5 are $15.  Check out the buffet menu HERE

1537 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket  02861

Spumoni’s is offering their famous Easter brunch again and I hear it’s spectacular!  It will be on Sunday, April 17 between 10 am and 3 pm and the cost is $28.99.  Reservations are accepted for parties of 5 or more, but don’t wait to call for reservations (at the above number).  Check out the Easter Brunch Menu

Ye Olde English Fish & Chips
25 South Main Street, Woonsocket  02895

Congratulations to the Robinson Family at Ye Olde English Fish and Chips on their 100th Anniversary!  There was a great story by WPRI about the Robinson Family and the history of the iconic Woonsocket restaurant.  Read it HERE

Rhode Island Spirits
59 Blackstone Avenue, Pawtucket  02860

Rhode Island Spirits has a very busy event schedule.  Hope you can join them for some of these events:  

·  Friday April 8 Distillery Bingo 6-8, free, no reservation required; Cookie Chow will also be onsite with sweet treats! 

·  Saturday April 9Uncorked! (to benefit RI PBS). We’ll be at the Pawtucket Armory for this event with samples of Rhodium products. 

·  Sunday April 10 Gin School (sold out, but there are tickets available for June/July/August) 

·  Friday April 15 Distillery Trivia with Jordan 6-8, free, no reservation required, PRIZES 

·  CLOSED Easter Sunday April 17 

·  Sunday May 8 Mothers Day We’ll be featuring Donuts, Spiked Coffee, Bloody Marys and Mimosas

Mimi & Pop’s Ice Cream Shop
1306 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI  02863

Mimi & Pop’s opened on April 1.  Stop by for some sweet treats – soft serve and hard serve ice cream, banana splits, milkshakes and more!

Poke Brothers
622 George Washington Highway, Lincoln  02865

New restaurant alert!   This new restaurant, specializing in Hawaiian-style Poke bowls, has opened a Lincoln Commons location – the first franchise to open in New England!  Read all about them in this Valley Breeze article.  Here’s a picture of their MENU or you can design your own bowl.

Notes Coffee Co.
508 Armistice Blvd., Pawtucket 02861

Save the Date!  Notes Coffee Co. will be holding their first Maker’s Market event on Friday, April 22 from 6 to 9 pm.  More info to follow regarding the artisans who will be there.  

Smug Brewing
100 Carver Street, Pawtucket  02860


April 6th, Wednesday 1pm – 6pm (Pick-up only) 

April 7th, Thursday 3pm-9pm (Taproom and Pick-up)  Trivia with Reb begins at 6:30 and 7:30; Nanu Burmese Fusion onsite

April 8th, Friday 3pm-9pm (Taproom / Pick-up) 

April 9th, Saturday 1pm-10pm (Taproom / Pick-up)  

Bonsai Bar event and Sarcastic Sweets

April 10th, Sunday 12pm – 5pm (Taproom / Pick-up) 

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