News Bites: The United Screening with the King of Cocktails / Blackstone Valley Culinary News / Gregg’s Adds “Winning Dish” from ProStart®

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 A spirited event with the King of Cocktails at The United

For the first time at The United: Film, Literature, and Art are united in a single event featuring mixologist Dale DeGroff, filmmaker Douglas Tirola, and artist Jill DeGroff” 

The United is proud to present a unique event that will combine film, mixology and art and feature local talent. This immersive experience will take place on the evening of Sunday, June 26, 2022, at The United, 5 Canal Street in Westerly, Rl, and will include a premiere theatrical screening of the film, “HEY BARTENDER”, followed by a meet and greet with James Beard award-winning mixologist and author, Dale DeGroff and the acclaimed filmmaker, Douglas Tirola. After the presentation, there will be a book signing and cocktail event in The United Gallery. The United is a newly renovated multi use venue with cinemas, black box theater, art gallery and a shared doorway to its partner restaurant, The Cafe, which will also host a private event with Mr. DeGroff the following day for local beverage and restaurant industry staff to learn more from his lifetime of experience making cocktails.

Celebrated for being the first to revive the great classic cocktails of the 19th century with simple fresh ingredients from his helm at the Rainbow Room in the 1980s, mixologist Dale DeGroff reinvented the bartending profession, setting off a cocktail revival that continues to flourish to this day. His 2002 book, The Craft of the Cocktail (Random House), has been regarded as the most influential bartending guide for more than two decades. His latest volume, THE NEW CRAFT OF THE COCKTAIL: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist (Penguin Random House) collects his forty years of expertise and creativity with new recipes and state of the art innovations. The book will be available for purchase at the June 26th film screening and cocktail event.

HEY BARTENDER, which premiered at SXSW to rave reviews and nominations, is a documentary set against the craft cocktail movement that follows two bartenders chasing their dreams. One an apprentice working to become a principal bartender at one the most famous cocktail bars in NYC and the other an owner/bartender at a corner bar in a small town. Through their stories we experience the rebirth of the bartender and the comeback of the cocktail. Douglas Tirola is an award-winning director and producer whose films have premiered at Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca, Telluride and SXSW and include DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD (Magnolia), HEY BARTENDER (Showtime) and others. The award-winning BERNSTEIN’S WALL about Leonard Bernstein will be released this Fall.

Sunday’s events will also coincide with an ART OPENING in THE UNITED GALLERY: “Bon Vivants, Barflies and the New Cocktailians featuring paintings and the whimsical caricatures of Saloon Artist Jill DeGroff. Jill is renowned among the cocktail cognoscenti for having captured the craft cocktail era like none other. A native Brooklynite, she now lives in Stonington, CT with her husband, author/mixologist, Dale DeGroff, whom she credits for her amazing journey.
“Jill’s work completes the evening’s trifecta and forwards our mission here at the United to unite the community through the arts. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better way to experience the joy of a colorful evening at my local watering hole than through Jill’s paintings. Nor could we have found an artist that complemented this event more splendidly,” says artist and United Staff Member Bess Gaby.

Tony Nunes added, “This collaboration with The Cafe is the first of many events where we hope to bring outstanding professionals from the culinary and beverage industries After the film screening of Hey Bartender on Sunday, guests will have the opportunity to meet award-winning filmmaker Douglas Tirola, mixologist Dale DeGroff, and artist Jill DeGroff in The United Gallery. We are so fortunate to be able to tap into the talented individuals that are attracted to what The United is able to offer to our community.”

Blackstone Valley Culinary News – April 29 – May 3, 2022

Boundary Kitchen & Bar
67 Garrity Street, Pawtucket  02861

Looking for some special food this weekend?  Here are the specials from Boundary Kitchen and Bar.  Don’t forget to ask your server for drink specials and beer on tap

Munroe Dairy’s Sacred Cow Ice Cream Shop and Market
187 North Brow Street, East Providence  02914

Food Trucks and Sundaes at Sacred Cow!  Try your favorites from over a dozen food trucks, enjoy live music and of course, treats and ice cream.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair.  Here’s the schedule:  

Saturday, April 30 – 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Sunday, May 29 – 4:30 to 8:00 pm

Sunday, July 10 – 4:30 to 8:00 pm

Sunday, August 7 – 4:30 to 8:00 pm

The Lodge Pub
40 Breakneck Hill Road, Lincoln  02865

Have you seen the beautiful expanded outdoor deck at The Lodge?  It looks like a great place to enjoy a delicious meal….check out their extensive MENU

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

Can’t get enough wings??  Get more for your money at Davenport’s!  Daily after 7:30 pm and after 8:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays – in the bar and lounge – you get 50% off all chicken wings – BBQ, buffalo, crispy, boneless, garlic parmesan or with General Tso’s sauce – it’s your choice!

Smug Brewing
100 Carver Street, Pawtucket  02860

A new release at Smug!  Click here for details on the new Cold IPA

Here are some upcoming events at Smug Brewing:  

April 30 – Paint and Sip – You’ll be creating your own Nordic Bottle Lantern and your ticket includes a Smug Brew.  Paint and Sip Tickets

On Fridays, beginning May 6 – Music Bingo!

May 7 – Bonsai and Brews – work with bonsai experts to select your own bonsai tree and learn how to prune, pot and design the tree.  Bonsai and Brews Tickets

Click HERE for more details on the Smug calendar. 

Here are some Mother’s Day options in the Blackstone Valley: 

1537 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket  02861

Spumoni’s will be open for you on Mother’s Day but make your reservations before seats fill up!  Call the number above.  Check out their MENUS.  There’s something for everyone at Spumoni’s!

Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille
970 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI  02917

Tavolo’s will be open from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm on Mother’s Day with their full dinner menu available as well as some Mother’s Day Specials – indoor or outdoor patio dining is available.  Call the number above to make a reservation.  

Parma Ristorante
266 Putnam Pike, Smithfield  02917

The annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet is back at Parma!  The MENU looks fantastic!  The buffet includes a carving station and fondue tower and will be available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  They’ll be open in the evening from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm with the regular menu plus Mother’s Day Specials.  Call the number above to make your reservations!

Lola’s Lounge and Cantina
55 Douglas Pike, Smithfield

Reservations are limited so don’t miss out on the fun in this beautiful place!  Contact Open Table

Antojitos Taqueria
1188 Cumberland Hill Road, Woonsocket

The team at Antojitos Taqueria will be celebrating with a Special Menu!

88 Broad Street

Bandidos will be having DJMagik Juan starting at 6 pm with $5 shots and $5 Margaritas. 

Condesa Restaurant 
970 Douglas Pike, Smithfield 

There’s a lot of Cinco de Mayo fun at Condesa!  There will be giveaways all day (while supplies last), a raffle for Condesa for a year coupon and a pinata giveaway for the kids and more!  Reservations will not be taken – seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis – so plan ahead!  

The Thirsty Beaver
45 Cedar Swamp Road, Smithfield

Cinco de Mayo Karaoke is happening with host Brad Pierce at The Thirsty Beaver on Thursday from 9 pm to 1 am.  Check out their Food Menu and Drink Menu.

Badger’s Pub
530 Broadway, Pawtucket

There’s a fiesta happening at Badger’s Pub!  Great food, great drinkskaraokedancingtequilas, margaritas, tacos, burritos, loaded nachos and more!  Wear your colorful clothing and join the party!   

And here are more options for treating mom on Mother’s Day in the Blackstone Valley: 

Galito Restaurant
214 Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket

Check out their special Mother’s Day MENU.  You can dine-in with mom or place an order for take-out.  

Ten Rocks 
1091 Main St., Pawtucket  

Bring Mom to 10 Rocks for their lunch buffet on Sunday, May 8 from 10 am to 3 pm.  It’s only $20 for adults and $12 for kids.  Call the above number for reservations.   

Parma Ristorante
266 Putnam Pike, Smithfield  02917

Parma has a special Mother’s Day menu available from 4:30 to 9:00 pm – but make your reservations soon!  Mother’s Day Menu

Craft Burgers and Beer
342 East Avenue, Pawtucket  

Craft Burgers and Beer does a great brunch.  Why not bring Mom there on Sunday.  Check out their BRUNCH MENU?  They serve brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.  

Johnny’s Victory Diner
2731 Victory Highway, Burrillville

Johnny’s will be open on Mother’s Day starting 7 am til noon (note different hours than usual) and will have musical guest Lori Silvia from 9 am to noon on the outdoor deck.  No reservations are being taken but you why not have a mimosa while you wait!  

And don’t forget about the first night of BBQ season!  It’s happening Friday, May 6.  The diner opens at 6 am and the award-winning BBQ starts at 2 pm.  This Friday, they also have live music on the deck by “Fit to be Red” from 6 pm to 9 pm (weather permitting).  

White Dog Distilling
560 Mineral Spring Avenue
Pawtucket  02860

Here’s a great idea for a Mother’s Day gift from White Dog Distilling – get mom a ticket to the Cocktails and Gardens Event on Thursday, May 19 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.   Learn about herb and flower raised bed gardening with local farmers at Sanctuary Herbs of Providence.  Enjoy a cocktail and light snacks made with local herbs and get recipes to take home.  You’ll also take home one plant and a culinary herb bottle or a tea pouch with 15 tea bags.  (This is an outdoor event in the gazebos – rain or shine – dress accordingly).  Get tickets HERE

Gregg’s Restaurants & Taverns Adds “Winning Dish” from the 10th Annual Rhode Island ProStart® High School Culinary & Management Competition to the Menu

“Winning Dish” comes from team of four students at the Exeter Job Corps Academy

Gregg’s Restaurant & Taverns’ interpretation of “The Winning Dish” from the 10th Annual Rhode Island ProStart® High School Culinary & Management Competition.
Gregg’s Restaurant & Taverns’ interpretation of “The Winning Dish” from the 10th Annual Rhode Island ProStart® High School Culinary & Management Competition.

Gregg’s Restaurants & Taverns, with locations in Warwick, Providence, East Providence, and North Kingstown, is proud to announce that its seasonal menu is featuring an adaptation of the Exeter Job Corps Academy’s “Winning Dish” from the 10th Annual Rhode Island ProStart® High School Culinary & Management Competition: a pistachio-encrusted lamb with wild mushroom risotto topped off with sautéed vegetables. 

Chef Steve Trabucco, director of Gregg’s Restaurants & Taverns’ culinary operations, modified the students’ lamb dish to feature it on the restaurant’s seasonal menu. For $22.99, guests can enjoy “The Winning Dish”: four pieces of bone-in lamb rack with a Dijon mustard and a pistachio, panko, thyme, and rosemary crust, served with asparagus, mashed potatoes, and soup or salad. 

“Gregg’s is proud to support Rhode Island’s ProStart® division and the students at Exeter Job Corps Academy,” said Chef Steve Trabucco, Gregg’s Restaurants & Taverns. “Featuring ‘The Winning Dish’ on our menu is our way of acknowledging and rewarding the hard work of the culinary team at Exeter Job Corps Academy and brings their combined vision to life.”

Under the direction of Chef Mark Bennison, Exeter Job Corps Academy students Sabina Ulysse, Jacquline Ambler, Isabel Uzosike, and Kiant’e Warren won the culinary portion of the Rhode Island ProStart® Competition and will represent Rhode Island and compete for $250,000 in scholarships at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s National ProStart® Invitational competition, which returns to Washington D.C. this May, following a two-year pause.

“We’re thrilled to see one of our member restaurants, which just so happens to be a staple in our industry on the local level, partner with ProStart® to support the next generation of great Rhode Island chefs,” said Dale J. Venturini, President/CEO of the RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) and the RI Hospitality Education Foundation (RIHEF). “These students will never forget the feeling of seeing their dish come to life and served to their family, friends, and neighbors. The RI Hospitality Education Foundation commends Gregg’s Restaurants & Taverns for demonstrating its commitment to supporting our industry’s up-and-coming talent.”

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