Whether you’re touring local oyster farms, tasting your way through Federal Hill or learning how to cook from culinary greats, one thing is certain: autumn is the most delicious season. Here’s how to savor every bite.
When you think of delicious restaurants in Rhode Island, you probably think Providence, Newport, Bristol. Your first thought isn’t likely Blackstone Valley in the northern part of the state. Blackstone Culinaria Food Tours wants to change that. There are two tours scheduled for September and one in October. On October 14, enjoy a culinary demonstration by Pho Horns on delicate yet delicious Vietnamese cuisine. They will be preparing vermicelli with grilled shrimp followed by a party style buffet of Vietnamese specialties.
Once the tourists have cleared out, sail back to Block Island for the Taste of Block Island, happening September 25-27. While purchasing a button gets you discounts at restaurants all over the island, there is a lot more to do than just eat. Planned activities include wine and beer tastings, paddleboarding, kayaking and taxi tours of the island. Stores along Water and Dodge Streets will be having sidewalk sales, with deep end-of-season discounts. The same goes with hotels, because you’re going to want to make a weekend of it. www.blockislandchamber.com/taste-block-island
You don’t need to be a matriculating student to learn from the culinary greats at Johnson & Wales University. Their Chef’s Choice cooking classes are one-time, hands-on demos for culinary dabblers. JWU professors regularly offer chef’s basics like knife skills and pastry skills, but there are classes in Wine and Cheese Pairings, Autumn Appetizers, Macarons, Beer Appreciation, Ethnic Vegetarian and Spanish Tapas.
333 Shipyard Street, Providence. www.jwu.edu
Sure, you like wine. But if you love wine – really love it – then the Ocean House Wine Camp Weekend is for you. From October 30-November 1, get an immersive wine experience from the gourmands at Watch Hill’s most opulent hotel and the wine-makers at Jonathan Edwards Winery in Connecticut. Arrive on Friday night for a wine and cheese tasting, then depart early Saturday morning for the vineyard. At Jonathan Edwards, you’ll see the grape harvest first hand, and then spend the day blending your own case of wine, complete with a custom label. Enjoy a picnic in the field before departing to Saltwater Farms Vineyard for a tasting, then back to the Ocean House for a wine dinner at Seasons where, if you choose, you can share your wine with others. If you don’t want to, we don’t blame you.
1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill. 401-584-7000, www.oceanhouseevents.com
Ring in the holiday season at Sweenor’s Chocolates Holiday Open House. On the first Sunday in December, head to the Wakefield chocolate shop for a candy making workshop, where your little Christmas elves can hand-roll candy canes the old-fashioned way.
21 Charles Street, Wakefield. 401-783-4433, www.sweenorschocolates.com