News Bites: Castle Hill Inn New Prix-Fixe Menu / Rory’s Market and Kitchen Coming to Providence / Beatnic’s Vegan Lobster Roll Available in Providence / Coppa Cocktails Arrive in the USA

by David Dadekian

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The Dining Room At Castle Hill Inn Launches New Pre-Fixe Tasting Menu Experience

New menu offers a curated culinary adventure designed around coastal New England flavors

The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn, the iconic Relais & Châteaux property in Newport, Rhode Island, today announced the release of its new Tasting Menu; a curated tasting experience inspired by both the flavors of coastal New England and influences around the globe.

Located inside the historic Agassiz Mansion, The Dining Room has long been the backdrop to memorial occasions and praised as one of the best restaurants in Newport. Led by Executive Chef Lou Rossi and Chef de Cuisine Dylan Cadrette, the new Tasting Menu focuses on dishes that utilize and showcase the bounty of Newport’s local produce, seafood, and artisanal producers to present a unique, memorable experience that is tailored to guest’s preferences.

“In creating this specialized, tailored menu we hope The Dining Room continues to surprise our guests and encourage them to rethink what New England cuisine is all about,” said Executive Chef Lou Rossi. “The menu takes all the bounty of Rhode Island and the surrounding region to highlight seasonal ingredients we plan to change on a regular basis to ensure each dining experience is different than the last.”

With the new Tasting Menu, avid foodies and gourmet-minded diners are treated to an incredible farm-to-table dining adventure. The prix fixe menu offers six courses, each of which features two to three dishes for guests to choose from. Each dish is tied to a key ingredient as its focus and offers guests an ever-changing and seasonally inspired array of both local and globally inspired flavors.

The six-course selection includes everything from local, Rhode Island Oysters and Foie Gras Terrine, to Lobster with squash and radish, Truffle Pasta, and Strawberry featuring cucumber and yuzu. The two desserts are focused on Melon, featuring biscotti and almond, and Chocolate tied together with fig and coffee.

To tie it all together, the restaurant’s exceptional and award-wining wine list features more than 800 selections to offer the perfect pairing with each curated meal. Specialty wine flights are designed to complement the flavors of the menus being served.

The new six-course Tasting Menu in The Dining Room is available for $135 per person. Wine Flights start from $50 per person. To view sample menus or to make a reservation for The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn, guests can visit

Rory’s Market And Kitchen Opens September 2022 In Downtown Providence

Rory’s Market and Kitchen Prepared Foods Assortment
Rory’s Market and Kitchen Prepared Foods Assortment

Rory’s Market and Kitchen is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of their newest store located at 113 Washington Street in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Rory’s is an independent, second generation owned, local, natural grocery store and kitchen. The store will open with over 6,000 square feet on the ground floor of the Nightingale Building in September 2022.

Rory’s first location was opened in Dennisport, MA in 1978 by Darby Ziruk with the mission to bring organic produce to Cape Cod residents. A second location was opened in Mashpee, MA in 2014, followed by Darby’s daughter Rory Eames stepping into ownership in 2019. Rory’s Providence location will carry on the mission to support communities by offering access to natural products and organic produce from local businesses. The Providence location will serve as the company’s third store and the first outside of Massachusetts. 

“This is our first urban location, which gives us the opportunity to grow together in such a special city like Providence,” says Rory Eames, owner and namesake of Rory’s. “We are so excited to serve and be part of the community.”

The Rory’s team is dedicated to sourcing a variety of natural and specialty grocery staples, including local and organic produce, meats, cheeses, beverages, vitamins, and body and home care items. As a brand, Rory’s is always on the lookout for the latest and upcoming foods and products. 

In addition to grocery offerings, Rory’s Kitchen provides customers with both made-to-order and grab-and-go breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The Providence menu will include organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, grain bowls, avocado toasts, salads, sandwiches and more. Customers can also look forward to gluten conscious-menu items. 

The store and kitchen will be open seven days a week, for in-person shopping, online-shopping, pick-up, and delivery service. Shoppers will enjoy the convenience of delivery for all grocery items, prepared foods, coffee and juice bar menu items.

Beatnic’s Vegan Lobster Roll Available in Providence

Beatnic's "Rock Lobstah Roll," Lobstah bib and Beatnic beach towels
Beatnic’s “Rock Lobstah Roll,” Lobstah bib and Beatnic beach towels

Vegans unite! Until now, lobster rolls were just a seaside treat reserved for meat-eaters and proclaimed pescatarians, but not anymore. 

Following the successful launch of Beatnic’s Vegan Lobster Roll at the Montauk Beach House in the Hamptons, Beatnic is happy to bring the beach to the city, extending their “Rock Lobstah Roll” to all store locations in NYC, Boston, and Providence. The product will be available August 1 – August 26 (4 weeks) at $10.95.

What’s a Vegan Lobster Roll you ask? 

Simple, it’s a vegan take on the East Coast favorite, subbing out lobster for hearts of palm and seasoning it with lemon juice, celery, red onion, a vegan remoulade, dill and Old Bay seasoning. To top it off, this delicious delight will be served on a vegan pretzel bun, serving up all the flavor with none of the fish!  

But wait, there’s more! Beatnic will be giving away FREE Beatnic beach towels and FREE Lobstah bib with any purchase.

Disclaimer: In store only, limited stock available, one per person. 

Coppa Cocktails® & M.S. Walker Brands Launch “World’s Best Cocktails” in the U.S.

Consumers Are Encouraged to “Just Add Ice!”  for a World Class Cocktail Experience

Coppa Cocktails® Pina Colada
Coppa Cocktails® Pina Colada

M.S. Walker Brands has partnered with Coppa Cocktails® to bring its robust line of award-winning classic to contemporary premium pre-mixed cocktails to U.S. shores. Developed by Toorank International Spirits, a Dutch distilling and bottling company founded in 1978, Coppa Cocktails are currently available in more than 30 countries. With natural flavors and premium spirits, 15% ABV, a SRP of $17.99/750mL, and disruptive packaging, Coppa Cocktails appeal to the modern consumer who seeks high quality, convenience, and aesthetic appeal. The brand is currently distributed in more than 27 states with an aggressive nationwide rollout underway. 

The core flavors are:

  • Margarita, made with tequila, orange liqueur, lime, and natural flavors, its distinct yet smooth agave aroma is followed by a tart, refreshing palate
  • Mojito, made with premium Caribbean white rum, lime, and mint, with prominent initial aromas of fresh and sweet mint leaves, followed by a palate led by refreshing sour lime
  • Strawberry Daquiri, again made with premium Caribbean white rum and lime juice, this time with the addition of fresh strawberries; the sweet and sour flavors of freshly muddled strawberries are very evident on the palate
  • Piña Colada, made with premium Caribbean white rum, vodka, rich cream, coconut, and the sweet flavor of pineapple juice, this Gold Medal winner from the Denver International Spirits Competition speaks for itself: no blender, no problem; just add ice!

Coppa Cocktails’ CosmopolitanLong Island Iced TeaMai TaiRum & GingerSex on the Beach, and Tequila Sunrise are also currently for sale in the U.S. All Coppa Cocktails are non-GMO. 

José B. Chao, President of Coppa Cocktails USA, says, “We pride ourselves on offering the world’s best cocktails. Whether making life easy at home, or increasing speed and consistency on-premise, every Coppa Cocktail delivers a delicious, premium, and effortless cocktail experience.”

“As the ready-to-drink category continues to grow, we see a tremendous opportunity for a brand of Coppa Cocktails’ quality and visual appeal,” says Gary Shaw, Executive VP of Sales for M.S. Walker Brands. “Our strategy includes a vigorous in-store tasting and retail activation program, and we are confident consumers will experience the outstanding quality of these cocktails.” 

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Coppa Cocktails® Mojito
Coppa Cocktails® Mojito

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