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ON A MISSION: Minnie Luong, head of kimchi producer Chi Kitchen in Pawtucket, said it’s her mission to educate people about the unique Korean dish made from salted and seasoned fermented vegetables.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Food entrepreneur finds future by connecting with the past

Minnie Luong, head of Chi Kitchen in Pawtucket, came to the United States as a small child, in dramatic fashion.“I was born on a...

It’s make or break time for retailers

Local retailers have turned to traditional in-store special touches such as gift wrapping and promises of superior customer service to attract customers to their...
GRACIE’S TEAM: Gracie’s Ventures owner Ellen Slattery, second from right, with, from left, Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef; Matt Varga, executive chef; Brian O’Connell; Griffin Vosbeck; Jordan Fleischer; Johnathan Maccini; Andres Rodriguez; and Josh Berman. Slattery said the biggest challenge has been hiring but the restaurant has had the same team for a year. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Gracie’s founder Ellen Slattery looks to bridge the divide between special-occasion...

Gracie’s Ventures Inc. will have plenty to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, including a milestone not many restaurants can tout – a 20th anniversary.At...
WINNING CONFECTIONS: Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef at Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, was recognized as one of the 50 best new pastry chefs in the nation in 2012 by Food & Wine magazine. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Pastry chef evolves, with sweet success

Being a professional chef in Rhode Island, says Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef at Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, is unlike anywhere else. It’s mutually...
BIG MOVE: Feast & Fettle co-founders Nicole Oliveira and Carlos Ventura are planning to move from a Warren incubator space to their own location in East Providence. / COURTESY FEAST & FETTLE/STACEY DOYLE

Delivery that’s worth the wait

After three years in business, Warren-based meal-prep and -delivery company Feast & Fettle Inc. has big plans – starting with breaking a stereotype.“When you...

Cox Business recognizes 3 R.I. companies for tech capabilities

PROVIDENCE – In what it called its Rhode Island Smart Business Tour on Sept. 6, Cox Business visited three companies – in North Kingstown,...
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Strong food system supports R.I.’s economy, culture, people

Rhode Island is known for its food. The state’s reputation goes beyond our excellent eateries. The local food industry is often cited as an...
SUCCESS STORY: Lisa J. Raiola is the founder of Hope & Main, a Warren-based food-startup incubator that has worked with more than 350 businesses. Three of the 51 initial PBN Something New small businesses are either graduates or current members of Hope & Main.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

From ‘Something New,’ the strong survive

“To some people, small sounds like a limitation,” said Travis Webster-Booth, owner of TWB Creative, a copywriting and business-services firm launched in October 2014...

Philanthropy Calendar, Aug. 10, 2018

If a nonprofit wants an upcoming fundraiser to be considered for a calendar listing, email information to nonprofit@PBN.com or research@PBN.com at least four weeks in...
Swimmers and kayakers in the fourth wave of the 40th Save The Bay Swim in August 2016 get ready to start their 1.7-nautical-mile challenge from Newport to Jamestown. The 42nd annual event will take place Saturday, Aug. 4. / COURTESY SAVE THE BAY

Philanthropy Calendar, Aug. 3, 2018

If a nonprofit wants an upcoming fundraiser to be considered for a calendar listing, email information to nonprofit@PBN.com or research@PBN.com at least four weeks in...
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