News Bites: Lions Clubs of RI Auction to Benefit Hope’s Harvest / Little City Thrifty Market Returns / Clementine Bar Opening in Providence / Neon Marketplace’s Fall Menu

by David Dadekian

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‘LIL RHODY-BIG YUM! — Lions Clubs of Rhode Island host an Online Auction for Hope’s Harvest

Introducing ‘LIL RHODY—BIG YUM, a Food-Centric online auction to raise funds toward the purchase of a refrigerated delivery van for Hope’s Harvest (a program of Farm Fresh Rhode Island).

Lil RHODY—BIG YUM runs through September 24. 

Auction items can be found at: www.biddingowl.com/LionsofRhodeIsland

A bit more about Hope’s Harvest:

Hope’s Harvest is the only state-wide gleaning organization linking farmers who have surplus food, an army of volunteer pickers and hunger relief agencies for distribution. See more at www.FarmFreshRI.org. They need a refrigerated van to transport fresh produce. Hope’s Harvest connects fresh, local food with local hungry people, tackles on-farm food waste, and works to strengthen our local food system.

The Lions Clubs are proud to partner with Hope’s Harvest and assist them in fundraising to buy a refrigerated van to deliver the best quality produce possible.

HHRI by the numbers (since 2018):

  • 48 Local Farms
  • 48 Pantries & meal providers
  • 350 Volunteers
  • 400 TONS of fresh produce recovered and
  • Redirected to agencies serving 35,000 people monthly

Little City Thrifty Vintage Market Returns to WaterFire Arts Center

October 1st & 2nd, 2022
Noon to 6pm with 11am Early Buying Hour
WaterFire Arts Center
475 Valley St.
Providence, RI

Little City Thrifty Vintage Market is returning to Providence’s WaterFire Arts Center for another curated weekend of indoor vintage and antiques shopping on October 1st and 2nd, 2022! Recently named “Rhode Island’s Best Flea Market” by national publication Domino Magazine, Little City Thrifty is excited to kick off fall with a second festival, after a successful and sold-out inaugural event in March 2022.

Little City Thrifty’s October event will bring together vintage lovers and dealers from far and wide, and will feature over 85 well-curated booths of vintage and pre-loved clothing, books, barware, records, art, ephemera, furniture, home decor, and much more. The lineup includes local favorites, as well as well-known vendors from ten other states. 

Tickets include a complimentary small beverage of your choice, provided by participating beverage sponsor, including a small cocktail from Bully Boy Distillers, a small beer from either Rejects Beer Co. or Trinity Brewhouse, a small hot coffee from New Harvest Coffee Roasters, or a glass bottle of Coca-Cola from Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast!

General Admission tickets are $8 in advance and may be available for $10 at the door, if the event does not sell out. “Early Buying Hour” tickets are also available but are very limited. For $15, these tickets allow for entry a full hour before the event starts, and they’re perfect for those who want some extra elbow-room while shopping and to get a first look at the vendors’ collections and rare items.

For a full list of vendors and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.littlecitythrifty.com.


Clementine, a New Cocktail and Tapas Bar, to Open in Downtown Providence in October 2022

Downtown developer Cornish Associates is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of Clementine at 200 Washington Street in Providence. The cocktail bar is the creation of Congressman and former Mayor of Providence David N. Cicilline. The grand opening will take place in mid-October 2022. 

Clementine–named after Cicilline’s great-grandmother–brings a fresh, modern, and innovative take on classic cocktails to downtown Providence. The cocktail menu offers an artful presentation of a dozen seasonally inspired rotating signature drinks, including non-alcoholic options. The food menu includes a range of small plates, including the ham croquette with aioli, the chickpea fries with harissa mayonnaise, and the crab rangoon with sweet chili sauce. The bar program will feature a rotation of guest bartenders and pop-up chefs. There will be opportunities for guests to enjoy cocktail classes and to use the space for private events, as well. 

Alongside his experience in Congress and at City Hall, Cicilline is a Providence native, author of a new book House on Fire, a graduate of Brown University and Georgetown University Law Center, and previously served as a defense attorney in Rhode Island. Prior to his political career, he enjoyed various roles within the hospitality industry in Rhode Island and worked in restaurants throughout college and law school. Cicilline is joined by Cristian Cantaragiu, who serves as general manager of Clementine. Cantaragiu has extensive experience in bartending that spans the globe, from the Royal Garden Hotel in London, to the Sweet & Chilly global drink agency, to lead bartender at the MTV Movie Awards in 2017. He most recently worked at 41 North in Newport, RI, and has studied bartending and mixology under international icons such as Simone Caporale and Simone Calabrese. Together, Cicilline and Cantaragiu look forward to sharing something new with Providence.

“I’ve always loved the downtown neighborhood in the heart of the city and this location in particular,” says Cicilline. “While I served as Mayor of Providence, much of my time was spent right down the street at City Hall. Now, at Clementine, I want to create a space where people feel welcome, whether they’re connecting and socializing with friends, taking a break after a busy work day, or enjoying a cocktail before heading across the street to watch a show at Trinity Rep.”

Clementine’s interior will benefit from the work of the award-winning, internationally acclaimed interior designer Michael Booth. Booth is founder of BAMO–which has offices in both Providence and San Francisco–and has earned architecture and BFA degrees from RISD. Booth’s clients include Four Seasons, Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental, and many others. He is a member of the Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle and his work has been featured in Architectural Digest, New York Times Sunday Magazine, House and Garden, and many other national publications.  

Clementine can be found at 200 Washington Street on the ground floor of the Harkness Building (most recently occupied by Birch restaurant), directly across from Trinity Repertory Theater. The hours of operation are 4-11 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday through Saturday; Clementine is closed on Sundays. For updates and more information follow on Instagram at @clementinecocktailbar, or contact Cristian Cantaragiu at (401) 633-5402.


Fall is in the Air at Neon Marketplace

More than just lattes and muffins, Neon’s menu features seasonal pizza, salad, milkshakes and more

Neon Marketplace, the newest, most innovative, and elevated brand in the convenience store industry, with locations in Warwick, Rhode Island and Seekonk, Massachusetts and express locations in Middletown and Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is pleased to announce its line-up of fall flavors, available through November 25.  

Guests can enjoy a taste of the season with the Fall Harvest Pizza:  hand stretched pizza dough topped with an aromatic sage herb cream sauce, whole milk mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, grilled chicken, sweet caramelized onions, and house roasted butternut squash. This pizza is cooked in Neon’s brick oven and finished with dressed arugula and a sprinkle of roasted pumpkin seeds. 

The New England Autumn Cranberry Chicken Salad, made fresh in-house, features grilled chicken, house roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, roasted pumpkin seeds, and onion over a bed of spinach and arugula with apple cider vinaigrette. 

For a seasonal pick-me-up, guests can enjoy a customizable and crafted to order hot or iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, featuring Neon’s smooth and rich espresso sweetened with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. 

Neon’s sweet treats include an Apple Pie Milkshake: ice cream blended with sweet cinnamon apple pie filling topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, graham cracker crumble and a dash of cinnamon; a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake:ice cream blended with pumpkin pie filling, topped with whipped cream, graham cracker crumble, and a dash of cinnamon; Maple Pecan Plait Danishesbaked fresh daily, filled with pecan pie custard and topped with chopped roasted pecans and a sweet maple glaze;  Pumpkin Swirl Pound Cake: classic pound cake swirled with craveable pumpkin spice cake and finished with rich vanilla icing.   

Neon Marketplace also offers a full array of breakfast options, including pastries, freshly made-to-order egg sandwiches, artisan coffee and lattes; hand-made grinders and sandwiches; a variety of salads; snacks; all-natural lemonade and fresh-brewed iced tea, fountain, and cooler drinks. 

Neon Marketplace caters to today’s modern traveler by delivering a uniquely refreshing and stylish experience designed to create loyal customers. Neon locations are targeted to areas where the convenience store customer is currently underserved and in areas where growing populations and/or business growth has resulted in increased vehicle traffic and consumer demand.Follow Neon Marketplace on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to learn more about the growing brand.

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