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Bruce Newbury

Inaugural Taste of Juneteenth celebrates cultural foodways

There has been a tradition in Rhode Island for many years that is always reliable for a good time, with first-class food and a...
ADDING FLAVOR: Mariana R. Silva-Buck and her daughter, Sofia, launched Little Maven Lemonade in 2020, a spinoff from Sofia’s lemonade stand.
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From lemonade stand to fruitful company

2024 Business Women Awards ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: Mariana R. Silva-Buck Little Maven Lemonade co-owner WHEN LIFE HANDS you lemons, don’t just make lemonade. Consider Mariana R. Silva-Buck’s...
Bruce Newbury

R.I.’s premier food trade show offers a taste of tomorrow

A who’s who of chefs, restaurateurs, grocers, wholesalers and distributors from all over the country were in Providence on April 23 to have a...
TAKING STOCK: Minnie Luong, co-founder and co-owner of Chi Foods LLC, at the company’s facility in Pawtucket. She says she didn’t seek a bank loan when starting her kimchi business because she knew small businesses are viewed as risky by lenders, especially minority- and women-owned businesses. 
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In fermented veggies, a family heritage preserved

(Editor’s note: This is the 40th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
Bruce Newbury

Hope & Main’s Nourish Our Neighbors program a hit, especially during...

With Giving Tuesday still in the public consciousness, and the holiday season making all of us aware of why we reach out to neighbors...

Reducing food insecurity a focus of grants from BankNewport

NEWPORT – BankNewport says it has awarded at least $47,000 in 2023 to help support six nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving those facing food...
Bruce Newbury

A throwback taste tops today’s treats

There’s a childhood memory that many of us share. Playing games in the yard or on the sidewalk on a summer afternoon or early evening,...

1st Congressional District candidate forum puts focus on promoting equity for...

PROVIDENCE – Candidates running in the September primary to represent Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District got down to business Tuesday evening — literally. In a...

Luca Carnevale

PBN 40 Under Forty 2023 Awards Luca Carnevale | 36 | Executive director of operations, Hope & Main What have been the most significant changes...
CREATIVE CONFECTIONS: Aura Fajardo Quintero, owner of Aura’s Chocolate Bar in Cranston, says inspiration for a new product can strike her at any moment, which has led to bestselling products using Venezuelan chocolate and locally sourced ingredients such as bee pollen, honey, or whiskey.
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Chocolatier’s recipe uses ingredients from her two homes, Venezuela and R.I.

Aura Fajardo Quintero did not plan to become a chocolatier. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Fajardo was a graphic designer before moving to Rhode Island and...
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