Here’s what’s happening around the East Bay and beyond for foodies. If you have any food and dining news you’d like to share, let us know at [email protected]
Clamboil or steak dinner
The annual fund-raising clam boil or steak dinner by the La Bella Sicilia Society is on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish center, 131 State St., Bristol. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $30 and include a three-course meal and complimentary beverage of your choice. Proceeds provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to those in need and donations to charities and organizations. For tickets or more information, call Richard Bucolo at 401/254-2007.
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.
Elks host clambake
The Bristol County Elks will hold its annual Ole Fashioned Clam Bake starting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Elks Lodge, 1 Constitution St., Bristol. Featured will be steamed clams, fish, drawn butter, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, saugys, corn, quahog dressing and watermelon. Tickets are $28 per person. The Elks will also be raffling off a new 4,000-watt generator; raffle tickets are $5 each. Tickets are available at the lodge and all proceeds benefit Elks charities. For information call 401/253-9805.
Get your share of suds at the Battleship Cove Brew Fest from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Board the USS Massachusetts and sample over 50 beers from 19 craft and import breweries including Shipyard, Sea Dog, Long Trail, Otter Creek, Narragansett, Somerville, Boulevard, Vermont Hard Cider, Wolaver’s, Backlash, Baxter, Leinenkugels, Fatty Bapkins Cider, Blue Moon, Hofbrau, Paulaner, Worthingtons, St. Stephanus and Henry Weinhards. There will also be food and live music. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. For more information, call 508/678-1100, ext. 101, or visit www.battleshipcove.org. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Maine culinary tour
Calling all foodies: The nonprofit Barrington Community School (BCS) is hosting a culinary walking tour of Kennebunkport and Lower Village in Maine on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The tour will take a leisurely half-mile walk from Dock Square across the bridge into the lower village as you taste all along the way what it means to be from Maine. The group will visit with shopkeepers and food artisans, taste chowders, crab cakes, cheese and more, all created by local talent using local resources. Following the tour, there will be free time to browse other shops independently. The tour departs at 7:30 a.m. from Barrington Town Hall, 283 County Road, Barrington, and will return around 6 p.m. The cost is $115 for BCS members, $120 for non-members. Call 401/245-0432 or visit www.barrcommschool.com to register. Enrollment is limited to 35.
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. 6, 7, 8, 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.
New England clam boil
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 price is $23. Reservations must be made in advance. Call Luigi at 401/245-5911.
‘Tasting in Portsmouth’
Portsmouth Free Public Library invites everyone to the 2012 “Tasting in Portsmouth” fund-raising event from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the library, 2658 East Main Road. Visit with friends and neighbors and sample beer, wine and restaurant specialties from local businesses. The event offers a peek at the many fine establishments the area has to offer and provides additional funding for library services. Tickets are $25 ($20 for Library Association members). Tickets may be purchased in advance at the library or at the door.