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WINE CONSULTANT Maggie Dey enjoys the ambiance at 1149 Restaurant during a recent “Wine Divas” night. /

Turning dining into an experience

Anyone going to Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant in Warwick during its “Wine Divas” series might see up to 20 women sipping four kinds of...
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Here’s a tip: Good service deserves a reward

At a recent dinner party I hosted, a diner wanted to set me straight on the practice of restaurant tipping. Taking a $20 bill...
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Local chefs find sustainability is challenging

The chef laughed as he read the label. “Organic Salad Greens,” it read. The container was made of plastic. Chefs and restaurateurs in Rhode Island...

Workshop looks at city’s lesser-known attractions

Barbara Barnes started the workshop with a “Peanuts” comic. Linus is telling Charlie Brown about a trip he went on. All the hotels and...
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Many restaurants give generously to charity

The National Restaurant Association recently surveyed its members about their participation in community activities. Responding restaurateurs were mostly owners of single, mid-priced restaurants –...
SHOWCASING VEGGIES: Local 121 buys all its food from local farms and vendors, so it's fresh as can be. /

Restaurant keeps it local with all its food supplies

If Local 121 were “just any other restaurant,” said Tree Callanan, “I wouldn’t have become involved.” But Local 121, which opened last month in...
KYLE KETCHUM, right, The Spiced Pear's executive chef, gives Mike Salwen and Carol Kiesow cooking lessons at The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport. /

R.I. chefs share secrets, connect with diners

Television chefs make cooking look so simple. Who among us who watches the Food Network or Frank Terranova hasn’t been inspired to take spatula...
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Dining isn’t just about the food; <br>it’s about the whole experience

Why do you think people dine out? If your answer involves only food, you may be missing something important. Judd Brown Designs of Pawtucket is...
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Cuban Revolution moves into a much bigger space

It just didn’t seem to click with Ed Morabito when people told him not mix his food with his politics. The chief of staff to...
THINGS LOOKING UP: Downcity, particularly along Westminister Street, has seen heightened retail activity recently.

Downcity retail revival in store

Merchants benefit from loan program In the past 15 months, 21 new retail stores have opened in the Downcity retail district. By the end of...
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