Food News We're Thankful For

From food festivals, cooking classes and new local brews, there's a lot to be thankful for this month


The season’s iconic pumpkin flavor lingers on with the release of Newport Storm’s new brew, Rhode Island Pumpkin (RIP). Replacing the draft versions of their Oktoberfest Marzen Lager and Winter Porter, RIP is based on the same recipe as their Cyclone Gloria beer, a favorite among Newport Storm fans, and the company describes the brew as a “liquid pumpkin pie.” RIP is available only as a draft and will be sold throughout Rhode Island until December 30.

Celebrating the completion of their yearly grape harvest, Greenvale Vineyards hosts their 15th Annual Harvest Festival, on November 9. Listen to live music by Dick Lupino while taking a tractor ride or walking tour, or simply kick back and enjoy a tasting of Greenvale Vineyards’ award-winning, estategrown wines, which include Pinot Gris, Vidal Blanc, Cayuga, Malbec and more. 1-4pm. 582 Wapping Rd, Portsmouth. 401-847-3777.

Once again, Newport and Bristol county restaurateurs welcome diners to the annual Newport Restaurant Week, during which dozens of dining destinations offer unbeatable prix-fixe menu options. This year, the event runs from November 1-10, and the three-course prices are set at $16 for lunch and $30 for dinner. Participating restaurants include The Spiced Pear, The Boat House, Scales and Shells and Malt.

Amidst the blur of the end-of-year holidays and their food-centric traditions, it’s easy to forget about the value of eating healthy. To combat unhealthy diets, the East Bay Food Pantry offers a Healthy Cooking Class, on November 1 at 11am. A class discussion will focus on the importance of incorporating fruits and vegetables into a daily diet, and then attendants will learn how to cook cabbage and sweet potato stew. Afterward, each participant receives a bag of ingredients to prepare the stew at home, courtesy of the East Bay Cares program. To register, call 401-396-9490. Free. 150 Franklin Street, Bristol.