Here’s what’s happening around the area for foodies.
A complete New England clam boil will be served at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, at American Legion Post 8, Legion Way off Middle Highway, Barrington. The boil features steamers, buckies, sausage, onions and potatoes. An Italian spaghetti platter with lobster sauce will be served while the clam boil is cooking. The cost is $23 and reservations must be made in advance. Call Luigi at 401/245-5911.
Free cooking demos
In conjunction with the Westport Food Pantry, the Westport Council on Aging (WCOA) will be hosting a series of cooking demonstrations to introduce healthy meals prepared from basic foods found in most household cupboards and refrigerators. These free demonstrations are open to all seniors and any Westport food pantry registrant. Demonstrations will be held at the WCOA, 75 Reed Road, Westport, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 and 25, led by Johnson and Wales of Providence. On Nov. 1, Louise Pollard, a chef at The Cedars Assisted Living Community in Dartmouth, will lead the demonstration. No registration is necessary. For directions or more information, call Heather Wilson at 508/636-1026.
Casey Riley, chief operating officer of the Newport Harbor Corp./Newport Restaurant Group, and Chef Jonathan Cambra from Castle Hill in Newport, will help participants understand the hows and whys of eating in an environmentally friendly way from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Green Valley Country Club, 371 Union St., Portsmouth. Topics and activities covered will include sourcing local foods, the state of food service in our public school systems, the benefits of community-supported agriculture, connections between farmers and chefs, the culinary benefits of local foods and recipes and tastings. The free presentation is made possible through a collaboration between the Aquidneck Land Trust, the Newport Harbor Corp./Newport Restaurant Group and Green Valley Country Club. RSVP to Courtney Huth at [email protected] or 401/849-2799, ext. 19, as space is limited.
Wine, beer, pizza
On Friday, Oct. 26, the Bristol County Lions Club will hold its 16th annual Wine/Beer Festival and East Bay Pizza Challenge run from 6-9:30 p.m. in the ballroom at Linden Place, 500 Hope St., Bristol. Proceeds will fund Ronald McDonald House, Cancer and Children, R.I. Food Bank and local food pantries, Sight Foundation, eyeglasses and exams, holiday food baskets and Adopt a Family programs at Christmas and other local charities. The evening includes wine and beer sampling from the Coastal Wine Trail and the Rhode Island Wine Trail, local wine distributors and brewers from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Pizza Challenge will include pizzerias from around the East Bay, with prizes from six categories determined by the guests. Tickets are $35; call 401/225-0540 for more information.
Coggeshall Farm events
Coggeshall Farm Museum hosts Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking workshops from 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 27; and Nov. 3, 10, 17, 23, 24 and 25. Explore what it meant to “eat local” in 1790s Rhode Island. Working from Amelia Simmons’ “American Cookery” published in 1796, guests will prepare several “receipts” at the hearth using meat and produce raised on the farm to follow a meal from field to washtub. The cost is $70 for non-members, $60 for members. The workshop is limited in size and is intended for ages 16 and up; register at 401/253-9062 or [email protected] Ask about the farm’s “Breakfast in the Barnyard” series as well.
A taste of Portsmouth
Portsmouth Free Public Library invites the public to its annual “Tasting in Portsmouth” fund-raising event from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. The event will be held at the library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Sample beer, wine and restaurant specialties from local businesses. Tickets are $20 for Library Association members, $25 for non-members and may be purchased in advance at the library or at the door. For more information, call 401/683-9457.
The East Providence Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge No. 1 is raffling off lobsters at 2 p.m. every Sunday through March 2013 at Trinity Brotherhood Club, 146 Woodward Ave., East Providence. Weekly prizes include a 40-inch flat-screen television.