‘Tis the season to be…snacking! It wouldn’t be December without grazing boards galore, and while anyone can assemble a pleasing combo of cheese and crackers for a cozy night in, a well-constructed charcuterie spread is an artform. That’s where The Perfect Parcel’s Crystal Papino comes in with a beginner-friendly Brie Merry & Bright workshop at Mount Hope Farm on December 22.
Whether you’re treating a loved one to a hands-on holiday gift or tapping into your inner host or hostess with the mostest, Papino will take participants through the process of choosing and arranging delicious morsels. “The board we make will feature themed and seasonal ingredients,” she says. “We’ll go over techniques like the salami rose, cheddar crumble, brie fan, and manchego zipper,” covering just about all of the swoon-worthy charcuterie tricks you may have spied on Pinterest. A ticket includes a palm leaf platter, fine cheeses and meats, a jar of honey or jam, a giveaway entry, and step-by-step instruction for assembling and shooting enviable pics of your edible work of art – plus a cash bar from Two Gals Cocktails. Bristol, MountHopeFarm.org
When Martha Tsegaye arrived in the US in 2010, a large Ethiopian community welcomed her to Virginia, which meant restaurants were plentiful. Then her husband got a job in Rhode Island, and her family moved here in 2015. The day before they arrived, the one Ethiopian restaurant in the state had shuttered. “Over the years, I met plenty of people who wanted Ethiopian food,” she says. With her restaurant background from her home country, and some encouragement from her sons, she got a business degree from CCRI and began searching for a spot.
In the midst COVID, she discovered food biz incubator Hope & Main, which she says was “eye opening,” and created Ethiopian Eats, which packages prepared Ethiopian dishes ready to pop in the microwave. The traditional meals use lentils and plenty of vegetables cooked in a tomato and onion base, which makes the vegan-friendly meals protein-packed and healthful. Warren, Ethiopian-Eats.com
The East Bay Chamber of Commerce celebrates the community in a very foodie way. Their annual end-of-the-year party, the Holiday Mingle & Jingle, is a chance for members and the public to connect and unwind in a waterfront dining setting – The Lobster Pot in Bristol. “Bring your appetite!” advises Suzanne Munroe, chamber administrator. “Jeff Hirsh, owner of the Lobster Pot has gone all out for us this year.” Party-goers can look forward to a slew of passed hors d'oeuvres showcasing the region’s bounty, including clams casino, calamari, mini crab cakes, beef canapes, Thai chicken skewers, petite bruschetta toasts, shrimp scampi pizza, and elevated charcuterie.
Along with scrumptious bites, East Bay businesses chipped in to the festive fun by donating items a handful of lucky guests will take home. The night culminates with 50 raffles, along with cash prizes. Reserve your spot online by December 2 for this local-love event unfolding December 13. Tickets are $25; bring a non-perishable food donation and receive a free raffle ticket. Bristol, Web.EastBayChamberRI.org
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