News Bites: Local Thanksgiving Boxes for Hunger Relief / Castle Hill Inn Supper Club Series / Blackstone Valley International Food Trail

by David Dadekian
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All-Local Thanksgiving Produce Boxes for Donation to Hunger Relief Agencies through Farm Fresh RI

Farm Fresh RI 2023 Thanksgiving Box

Nonprofit local food hub Farm Fresh Rhode Island is working with the local community to donate Thanksgiving Boxes full of locally grown produce to Rhode Island hunger relief agencies this season. These boxes will help make the holiday special for Rhode Island families in need, and is in line with Farm Fresh RI’s operating principle that everyone deserves access to fresh, nutritious food. Short of a turkey, the Thanksgiving Boxes feature everything a family of 8 needs for a Thanksgiving meal including fresh herbs, a wide variety of locally grown vegetables, and even a pumpkin pie!

As Farm Fresh’s Director of Giving, Nikki Ayres, explained, “Food has the power to transform. A hot meal—prepared with love—on a holiday surrounded by family is a gift that is hard to quantify. Support from the community to donate these boxes will not only mean the world to the families who receive them, but also to the small local farms we are purchasing the produce from.”

Farm Fresh RI has been offering their popular Local Thanksgiving Boxes for sale since 2020, selling out every year. This is the first year the organization has added an option for customers to donate a box when they place their order—which will double the amount of local food they purchase from small farms this year. Farm Fresh is also working directly with local businesses that want to sponsor higher quantities of boxes. Their goal is to donate a total of 250 boxes to hunger relief agencies, which will feed around 2,000 people this holiday season. 

This year’s Thanksgiving Box will include:
– Pumpkin pie from Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery in Smithfield, RI
– Brussels Sprouts from Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, MA
– Carrots and Parsnips from Four Town Farm in Seekonk, MA
– Celery from Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, MA
– Local Cranberry Sauce made by Harvest Kitchen in Pawtucket, RI
– Delicata Squash, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, and White Potatoes from Schartner Farms in Exeter, RI
– Butternut Squash from a local farm (TBA)
– Fresh Herbs from Allen Farms in Westport, MA
– Leeks and Shallots from Zephyr Farm in Cranston, RI
– Whole Baby Bella Mushrooms from RI Mushroom Co. in West Kingston, RI

Boxes are $85 each, for purchase or to donate, and the order form closes on Friday, November 10, 2023. Anyone interested in donating boxes or purchasing them for their own holiday feast can learn more at

“Travel Around the World” with the Supper Club Series at Castle Hill Inn

Castle Hill Inn Supper Club Series

Castle Hill Inn, the iconic Relais & Chateaux property in Newport, RI, is giving guests’ tastebuds the chance to “travel around the world” this fall and winter with the return of the Inn’s seasonal Supper Club Series. Castle Hill Inn’s renowned culinary team, led by Executive Chef Andy Taur, will be highlighting different regions around the globe each week with curated menus being served Tuesday & Wednesday evenings now through December.

The Supper Club’s special three-course menus will each highlight the cuisine of different geographies – including Japan, the United Kingdom, Korea, the Southeastern U.S., Paris and Tuscany and more – along with select beverage pairings.

On October 24th and 25th dabble in the cuisines of Morocco and Tunisia with options such as Braised Lamb with apricots and cous cous; or enjoy flavors from the UK on November 14th with specialty Sunday Roast of prime rib, whipped potatoes, rosemary glazed carrots and Yorkshire pudding.

Castle Hill Inn’s Supper Club Series kicks off this month and will continue through Wednesday, December 20th. The three-course prix fixe menus are $60 per person and reservations are required to attend; those can be made online via OpenTable at the following link: Events at Castle Hill Inn

The full schedule and menus follow below:

Launch of Blackstone Valley International Food Trail

Blackstone Valley International Food Trail

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC) invites visitors and residents alike on this exciting culinary journey. The Blackstone Valley International Food Trail and its kick-off weekend on September 23 and 24 is an extension of the new campaign of Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley to highlight the diverse cultural food scene found there and the stories behind them. Come taste and experience food & drink from over 40 countries across the region’s 10 cities and towns. 

Discover affordable dishes that will expand a diner’s palate in the most flavorful way.  Some places will feature exclusive specials over the kick-off weekend, while others are simply inviting patrons to come and try their authentic offerings from their culture. Either way guests will definitely be in for a treat.

“For decades we’ve been promoting Blackstone Valley as a destination for its important industrial history, and we now see this as a natural shift to focus on the people that came to live and work in the area and the menus they brought with them” states BVTC President, Bob Billington. He continued, “foodways are a great opportunity to introduce a culture, and our region has an incredible amount of diversity with its dining options to come taste and learn more about, so much that it’s worth traveling for.” 

Blackstone Valley International Food Trail Guides and Passports will be available at many of the participating establishments, and local tourism information centers and kiosks. Digital versions will also be available on the website.  Keep the guide and passport with you to visit RI’s Blackstone Valley’s many food festivals, unique dining experiences, and cultural explorations throughout the year. 

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