Dear Providence Lover,
The annual free celebration of Providence, called I HEART PROVIDENCE
, is back this Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 6-8pm
on three floors within Providence City Hall
. You and your friends are invited!
It's hard to believe five years have passed since Owen Johnson and I first reached out through Connect Providence and decided to confess our love for the city by throwing the very first Valentine's Day public party in Providence City Hall. Remember that?
Since that time, hundreds upon hundreds of Providence lovers have gathered each year to demonstrate their love in different creative ways.
Please join us this Tuesday night for free food, live music, an Avenue Concept art project, and a unique collaboration with RI Food Fights - a fun culinary battle for supremacy between six Providence chefs, three from the EastSide versus three from the WestSide. Winning chefs will be honored with awards, designed by Ahlers Design, in the following categories:
Best Chef (determined by panel of judges)
Best Side (determined by panel of judges)
The People's Choice (yeah, you vote for your favorite)
But we don't just love Providence East to West; we also love it North to South. There's plenty of participating restaurants, local businesses, and fun, interesting folks coming out. SEE YOU AT THE PARTY!
Founder, I HEART PROVIDENCE
Chef Nemo Bolin
opened Cook and Brown Public House
in early 2010. The restaurant has received many notable accolades over the past three years to include two nominations for James Beard Awards and Food & Wine Magazine's declaration
of Bolin as one of the best new chefs in New England, to which he responded, "My wife and I live to hear that unmistakble sigh when someone takes the first bite of their meal and just melts into their chair."
is the pastry chef at The Duck & Bunny
, possibly the restaurant with the most loyal clientele in the entire state. Her youthful energy and love for the divine transforms into sophisticated baked goods, a perfect compliment to a restaurant self-identified as a snuggery, "a cosy and comfortable place."
Chef Paul Jalaf
had an in and out love affair with Providence for many years before settling into Vanity
, described by Providence Monthly as "a Vintage-themed supper club and nightlife spot" where he blends contemporary American cuisine with timeless global classics. Providence Monthly interview
Coming off last year's win at the Jonathan Edwards Winery Culinary Showdown
that included Rhode Island and Connecticut chefs, Chef Mike McHugh
is full of skill and confidence for this city-wide competition. He recently tempted viewer appetites
for I HEART PROVIDENCE: East vs West on The Rhode Show with a local ricotta and polenta dumpling dish.
describes himself as a cook, not a chef, even though he was selected as one of only two Rhode Island chefs to be be included in Indie Chefs Week
in Austin, Texas last month. We can't describe him any better than he describes himself in a recent article
of The EastSide Monthly.
Chef Jon Dille
is expanding his Pawtucket-honed vegetarian cooking skills from The Garden Grille to the soon-to-be-open WestSide restaurant of The Grange. The Grange
is described as "a community centered, locally sourced, seasonal and 95% plant based concept." Tuesday's debut will be the first glimpse of whether Dille's flavors and recipes change when crossing I-95.
I HEART PROVIDENCE presents...
WHAT'S HAPPENING, FLOOR - BY- FLOOR?
THIRD FLOOR: Miss Wensday & The Cotillions (6:30-7pm and 7:30-8)
RI Food Fights East vs West battle for supremacy.
RI Food Fight Judges: David Dadekian, Chef Branden Lewis, and Chef Matthew Varga
Crusher Wines, Kabob and Curry, Out of the Box Studio, RI Convention Center cash bar, The Providence Journal, Olneyville NY System, ESGR, New England Rail, RISD Museum of Art
SECOND FLOOR: Bored with Four (6pm-6:30 and 7pm-7:30)
Mayor Angel Taveras Welcoming at 7pm
Abyssinia, Ebisu Japanese Restaurant, El Rancho Grande, Los Andes, Sin (THE CAKE), RI Convention Center cash bar, United Way of RI, Buy with Heart, WaterFire, Fertile Underground
Providence postcards by Carolina Arentsen, Chocolate Fountain by Whole Foods - University Heights, Generations Barber Shop Quartet, The Providence Monthly, Craftland, Eye Cookies
Many thanks to...
Event Sponsors: Providence Monthly, RI Food Fights, and The Avenue Concept
Media Partner: The Providence Journal
Photographers: Corey Grayhorse, Mike Braca, Lulu Locks, and Robert Houllahan - in case he shows up
Beauty queens: Mrs. RI America Anita Seraichyk and Miss RI Teen Elaine Collado
I HEART PROVIDENCE Committee: Sierra Barter, David Dadekian, Danielle Gaboury, Jennifer Fustino, Barbara Lee, Michael Lester, Jim Nellis, Chef Andrew Shotts, Jillian Stone, John Taraborelli, Katie Varney
...BUT MOST OF ALL - THANK YOU - the inspiring people of Providence!