On Sunday, October 6, from 4 – 7 p.m., Chefs Collaborative, the leading nonprofit network of chefs that’s changing the sustainable food landscape using the power of connections, education and responsible buying decisions, is assembling some of Rhode Island’s best “farm-to-fork” chefs to promote awareness of local and sustainable ingredients available in the Ocean State. The BBQ is held at one of the most beautiful farm locations in the state—Schartner Farms private picturesque pond in Exeter.
The event Co-Chairs, Chefs Derek Wagner of Nick’s on Broadway in Providence and Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames in Newport are teaming up with the following Rhode Island chefs to create a locally sourced, home-style, barbecue-themed menu:
- Matthew Gennuso of Chez Pascal
- Matt & Kate Jennings of Farmstead
- James Mark of north
- Mike McHugh of The Barstow
- David Reynoso of Al Forno
- Benjamin Sukle of birch
- Matthew Varga of Gracie’s
- Beau Vestal of New Rivers
- Paul Pearson of Seasons at the Ocean House
Cocktails are to be provided by The Avery in Providence and Berkshire Mountain Distillers with M.S. Walker. Wine will be provided by local vintners Newport Vineyards in Middletown, Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, Connecticut and via Wine Wizards: Greenvale Vineyards, Stonington Vineyards and Farnum Hill Cider. Revival Brewing Company of Providence and Grey Sail Brewing Company of Westerly will be offering beer selections.
The Rhode Island BBQ is a chance for some of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs to showcase the bounty of the season, from the farms, pastures and coastal waters of Rhode Island. Proceeds from this barbecue help to fund the important work that Chefs Collaborative is doing, both in Rhode Island and across the country, in their mission to make sustainability second nature in the professional kitchen. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds help to fund a scholarship to send Rhode Island chefs to the Chefs Collaborative Sustainable Food Summit.
“The RI Farm BBQ has become one of the premier chef-oriented events in Rhode Island and we are very happy to be a part of it,” said Chefs Collaborate Executive Director Melissa Kogut. “We’re also thrilled that the local community has come out to support this event and the bounty of Rhode Island food and drink each year.”
The event is family-oriented and is held rain or shine. While there is some limited seating, guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs to sit on. Beer, wine and cocktails are included in the ticket price, but please bring any non-alcoholic beverages that you might need for yourselves or your little ones. The event is $65/adults, $25/children ages 8-18, children under 8 are free. Tickets include all the food and beverage offerings and can be purchased online at http://www.chefscollaborative.org/events/rhode-island-bbq/.
Easy Entertaining Inc., one of the premier farm-to-fork catering companies in Rhode Island, opened an event space and café serving breakfast and dinner, in the Rising Sun Mills complex on Valley Street in Providence last fall. The café continues their tradition of serving very local products and great meals with ingredient sourced from Rhode Island farms and producers.
For Valentine’s Day this Thursday, February 14, The Café will be open for two seatings of a “Locavore’s Dream” prix fixe menu (click the PDF file to the right to see the full menu) and Easy Entertaining Inc. Chef/Owner Kaitlyn Roberts has given Eat Drink RI a reservation for two to the 6:30 p.m. seating to giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment below with the name of your favorite locally-grown or produced Rhode Island product.
Is there a particular cheese you love or a farm you have to get all your meat from? Leave the name below, along with your email address (addresses are not visible to readers, and are for contact purposes only) by midnight EST on Tuesday, February 12, and a random winner will be chosen and notified Wednesday morning.
Giveaway prize includes: one free The Café at Easy Entertaining Inc. Valentine’s prix fixe dinner for two, 6:30 p.m. seating on Thursday, February 14, 2013. Not included: taxes, gratuity and corkage fees. The Cafe at Easy Entertaining Inc. is at 166 Valley St., Building 10, Providence, RI 02909.
On Wednesday, September 12, the Gracie’s team moved from Providence to Portsmouth for a spectacular evening with the Outstanding in the Field tour. This year’s dinner was held at Aquidneck Farms on what could only be described as a picture-perfect setting with the table for 150 guests extending down to the western bank of the Sakonnet River. Gracie’s Executive Chef Matthew Varga’s menu managed to far surpass the wonders of the location in it’s perfection, and Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark’s fruit tart may have been one of the best desserts I’ve had all year (I was invited to sit for dinner as a guest of Gracie’s).
Farms represented by Varga’s menu included Blackbird Farm, Pat’s Pastured, Matunuck Oysters, Schartner Farms, Saltwater Farms, Aquidneck Farms and Shy Brothers Farm. The menu was paired with Napa Valley wines from Jonathan Edwards Winery, based in North Stonington, Connecticut, and included the debut of Gracie’s two private label wines, one based around Jonathan Edwards Connecticut Cabernet Franc and the other on Connecticut Pinot Gris.
Here are twenty-eight select photos from the evening. You can also view photos from the 2010 and 2011 Outstanding in the Field dinners. For the full set of 181 photos from this year’s event, please see this Eat Drink RI Facebook album.