Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Mother's Day brunch is not exactly a perfect idea.  As the recipient of a holiday gesture I think I'd prefer to be outdoors, nibble croissants and such (, drink a gin and tonic, and watch other people weed my garden.

But brunch is what we've come to favor and since breakfast food may be the only fare that  opinionated groups (offspring/in-laws/small ones) can agree on, brunch is kind of a sane idea.

Here's a venue with a celebratory feel to it: CAV (1414 Imperial Place, Providence). It's pretty, a bit quirky, and is so hidden-around-the-corner that East Siders and non-Providence people often overlook it. Brunch begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs to 4:00 p.m. (when dinner menu begins). Nice place. Reserve ahead.   401-751-9164


Mother's Day is May 11th. Do not buy supermarket chocolates for your mother. When she sees the Lake Champlain tag she'll know you ran out to Whole Foods at the last minute. And unless you plan to dig the hole yourself don't buy a lilac bush either. Instead, drive up to Garrison Confections Factory Store in Central Falls (72 Ledge Street) and spend some money on a box of tiny perfect chocolates. Be generous, buy a big box. Or treat her to Garrison's delicious chocolate-covered ginger.

Garrison is open now through May 10, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except Sunday. It's wise to call first so you are not left knocking at the door.  401-725-0790

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


not rare just old ... photo by Visitor7
Julians (318 Broadway, Providence  401-861-1770) is holding a vintage beer dinner Sunday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. They'll pair courses with "rare" (their word) beers. Price is $99 plus tax and tip. Must reserve!


Decorations are better than ever on the sugar view-eggs available at Simple Pleasures (6 Richmond Square, Providence  401-331-4120) this year. The little rodents are especially cute but there's a  knockout frog egg too and some traditional flowery ones. Yes, expensive, and who but an insane eight-year-old would actually want to eat one, but sooo much fun to behold. Also for sale: fancy jelly beans, chocolate eggs and caramels.

Friday, April 4, 2014


The Eat Drink RI Festival runs four days, starting Thursday, April 24 with a multi-course dinner created by eight top Rhode Island chefs who are Johnson & Wales graduates along with eight faculty members. This takes place at Gracie's (host/owner Ellen Slattery). Then on Friday the action moves to the Bank of America Center at Kennedy Plaza (think ice rink) where the Rhode Island Community Food Bank holds a Truck Stop benefit. On Saturday the Grand Tasting at the Biltmore is a party with seminars and over forty tasting "vendors." The event closes on Sunday with a two-seating brunch, also at the Biltmore.

Go to or to Facebook for the time and cost details of each event.

It's all about Rhode Island chefs who are featured throughout. The truck list for the Food Bank's party is terrific and this is a good cause. Think about it!


You know how it works so just go to the site ( for a complete list of who's offering what deals, from today through Sunday, April 13. Important info, for me, is seeing which Jamestown and Bristol restaurants are in. Jamestown Fish is participating and all the popular names in Bristol, including tony Persimmon and Hourglass Brasserie, offer special menus.