Sunday, October 24, 2010


COOK & BROWN PUBLIC HOUSE (959 Hope Street, Providence  401-273-7275) has been named one of the best new restaurants of 2010 by Esquire Magazine. The write-up is by John Mariani who applauds the chef owners, Nemo and Jenny Bolin, for their "wonderful, personalized food" and lack of pretension. National media comments about a local place usually make me yawn and think, what do they really know?, but in this case, based on one visit, I agree that something special is going on. I'll return to get a better picture but judging by the fresh bluefish with ratatouille, and I don't even like bluefish, I'm interested in what they are doing. This is not an easy market, the Cook & Brown menu is slightly offbeat, and it takes time for people to catch on to what's new on upper Hope, so I'm nervous for them.

LA LAITERIE (184-188 Wayland Avenue, Providence  401-274-7177) and Hill Farmstead Brewery,, are doing a cheese, charcuterie and beer tasting event at 2:00 p.m. on November 14 followed by a 5:00 p.m. six course prix fixe menu featuring Laiterie's cooking and Hill Farmstead's brews. Call 401-274-7177
and, by the way, don't count on La Laiterie's website for up-to-date info. sign up for their emails and always call

DORIE GREENSPAN - If you're a fan, and Greenspan has beaucoup de, take a look at her latest tome, Around My French Table (Houghton-Mifflin). All the details, tempting.

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