Nibbles: Food news from around the area

Nibbles: Food news from around the area

Jiro Ono (left) and his son, Yoshikazu, in “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” which will be screened for free in Tiverton.

Here’s what’s going on in the East Bay and beyond for foodies. Have any food and dining news you want to share? Send it to us at [email protected]

Jiro Ono (left) and his son, Yoshikazu, in “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” which will be screened for free in Tiverton.
Cinematic sushi

If you want to learn what it takes to perfect the culinary art of making sushi, come to the Meeting House in Tiverton Wednesday, Nov. 7. That’s when the Four Corners Arts Center screens the 2011 documentary, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” directed by David Gelb. It’s the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He’s the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. The film, which also profiles his two sons, Yoshikazu and Takashi, is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family and the art of perfection. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. The Meeting House is located at 3850 Main Road. For more information, call 401/624-2600 or visit

Ham and beans

The First United Methodist Church, 25 Church St., Warren, serves up its annual Old Fashioned New England Ham and Bean Supper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. The menu includes baked ham, homemade Boston-style baked beans, brown bread, potato salad, coleslaw and assorted homemade desserts. Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-13 (kids under 5 admitted free). For tickets and more information call Nancy Watson at 401/253-4931, or the church office at 401/245-8474. Tickets will also be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Benefit dinner for farm

Chef Stephen Gordon and a team of culinary students from Johnson & Wales University will prepare a benefit Harvest Dinner at Sandywoods Farm, Muse Way, Tiverton, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Net proceeds from the dinner will support next season’s operations at Freedom Food Farm in Johnston. All of the dinner’s ingredients will be locally sourced, with much of the food coming from the farm itself. The cost is $35 (free for kids under 12). Tickets will be sold at the door starting at 3:30 p.m. BYOB is welcome. For more information, visit

Waffle breakfast

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 141 State St., Bristol, hosts a Harvest Waffle Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 4, in the parish center. The menu will feature Belgian waffles, french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit cup, homemade pastries and more. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children at the door. All proceeds will cover the expenses associated with next year’s parish feast — the oldest Italian feast in Rhode Island — to be held on the town common July 11 to 14. For more information, call the rectory at 401/253-9449 or visit

Vineyard harvest fest

Celebrate the annual grape harvest at Greenvale Vineyards’ 14th annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Enjoy live music by Dick Lupino and friends, tractor rides and walking tours along with tastings of Greenvale Vineyards’ award-winning, estate-grown wines. In other news, the vineyard was picked to represent Rhode Island in Budget Travel Magazine’s “50 States, 50 Vineyards” article in the July/August Issue. The vineyard is located at 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. For more information, call 401/847-3777 or visit

Harvest Supper

First Baptist Old Stone Church, 7 Old Stone Church, Tiverton, hosts its annual Harvest Supper in the fellowship hall at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The menu will include turkey, corn, peas, squash, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, salad and pie for dessert. A free-will offering will be accepted. If you plan to attend, call the church office at 401/624-4155. Proceeds will benefit the ministries of the church.

Home butchering class

Bringing meat to the table was once a home-based family affair. Learn how small animals are butchered — past and present — in a hands-on workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Coggeshall Farm Museum, Coggeshall Farm Road, Bristol. Instructor Geoff Beresford, who runs Beresford of Tiverton LLC, a pasture-based livestock business, will lead participants in the processing of sheep and lambs. The cost is $70 per person ($60 for museum members). The workshop is limited in size and is intended for ages 16 and up. Register by phone at 401/253-9062, or by e-mail at [email protected]

Also at Coggeshall …

Coggeshall Farm Museum hosts Historic Foodways and Hearth Cooking workshops from 4-8 p.m. on 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.