If you can’t get to the food, than the food will come to you. While this is the mentality of most food trucks, it is the spirit of giving that will separate Food4Good’s food truck apart. The plan is simple really. Besides just providing a delicious array of options like flavored wings to the people of Providence, this food truck will really be a cover for an even cleverer model – a mobile soup kitchen. For every $5 spent from the food truck, Food4Good can provide two meals for those in need. According to Food4Good, “nearly 14% of Rhode Islanders have cut meal sizes, skipped meals or run out of food.” Food4Good food truck can translate one quick bite into a meal for those with a little less change to spare, making it quite a worthy cause. Conducting a fundraiser on the site Food Start, this non-profit organization is open to donations until November 1, and is already gaining momentum. To support this endeavor, visit their website.
The eternal rivalry between the macaroon and macaron hit the streets of Providence last month, as Ellie’s Bakery rolled out its Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich Food Cart. Although the buttercream-filled delight of a macaron needs no more reasons to outshine its extra-O pastry cousin, Ellie’s somehow managed to improve the treat by turning it into an ice cream sandwich.
“Flavors change seasonally,” says Melissa Denmark, pastry chef for Ellie’s, “and some of the ones we’ve showcased are espresso, pistachio, chocolate and cherry, and even a lemon basil.” While lemon basil-flavored ice cream may seem adventurous, Denmark assures the “dried basil is incorporated into the cookie, so the cookie is basil and the ice cream is lemon.”
Anyone interested in showing their support for Team Macaron can find the new food cart outside Ellie’s or driving around downtown while the nice weather holds out from 12-5pm, Monday to Saturday, or at Thursday’s Movies on the Block from 8-10pm. Small ice cream sandwiches go for $2 while the extra large are $6. It might be September, but you can still savor one last, gourmet bite of summer. 61 Washington Street. 228-8118.
I can always tell when the person I’m making plans to meet Downtown doesn't live in Providence, and probably doesn’t spend much time here. The telltale question of a non-city person is this: “Where should I park?”
Not only does this tell me that the person is unfamiliar with the geography of our rendezvous point, and therefore any parking options in the vicinity, but it also betrays a lack of understanding of how parking in a city works. Does this person think I can direct them to a specific spot? Do they think that I have a selection of parking spots on reserve? Are they under the impression that I can predict which spaces will be available at any given point in the day? If you’ve ever tried to park... well, really anywhere ever, then you should recognize that the question “Where should I park?” is fairly open-ended and difficult to answer. On the street. Wherever you can find a spot. Look for a place where there isn’t already a car – park there. Those are really the only answers I can come up with for that question.
I say this not to mock those who are inexperienced with navigating our city streets, but rather to dispel a common misconception about Providence: namely, that it has a parking problem. Providence doesn’t really have a parking problem – or at least not the one you think. (More on that later.)
The “parking problem,” as people often gripe, is that it is difficult – nigh, impossible – to find a place to park Downtown. In fact, it’s what prevents people from coming Downtown more often – or so the common wisdom goes.
Downtown Providence encompasses an area of 0.51 square miles. Within that, there are 1,500 on-street spaces, and an additional 15,000 in lots and garages. That’s roughly one parking spot per every 917 square feet. Now granted, if you’re averse to walking almost 2/10 of a mile from your car to your destination, that might pose a predicament, but for most of the rest of us blessed with two …
Even though Labor Day is over, it’s still technically summer – so why not squeeze in one last bash to close out the season? Narragansett Beer’s Neighbor Day Block Party returns to the West Side for a day of music, food, cool shopping, great prizes and, of course, beer. Local restaurants and food trucks like Julians and Championship Melt will be providing the food, while bands like Atlantic Thrills and Torn Shorts take the stage. Plus, the Rock N Roll Yard Sale will be peddling its wares. All proceeds benefit the WBNA, so be sure to stop by, neighbor, and have a ‘Gansett. Sept 7. Free. Noon-6pm. Luongo Square.
Freedom Theatre is an independent cultural center in a Palestinian refugee camp, currently touring four US states to perform a powerful play. The theater will present The Island, a play set in a South African prison during Apartheid, at Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Arts. It’s a tale of two prisoners sharing a cell, engaging in hard labor during the day and rehearsing for a performance of Sophocles’ Antigone at night It is based on a true story. Sept. 11 at 7pm. 154 Angell St.
The Southside Community Land Trust manages a wide range of urban agricultural programs from beekeeping classes to a profitable city farm. It’s mission is to encourage a community that grows its own healthy food. At the annual Harvesting Hope Fundraiser local chefs and gardeners whip up a delicious meal to be served on the grounds of the Steel Yard. They say sustainability is key to our future; come taste and learn why that is. Sept. 25 from 6-8pm. The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Avenue.
Run, run as fast as you can; the Rock and Roll Half Marathon is about to take over the streets of downtown once again. Choose from a half marathon, a two-person relay or a mini marathon (also known as a 5k). Atlas Genius is set to headline the race, taking the stage for a post-race concert. Runners can also cool off with a well-deserved brew at the beer garden. Registration fees range from $40 for the mini to $105 for the half to $125 for the relay. Sept. 29 at 7am. Beginning at Gaspee Street and ending at Francis Street.
A Bee’s Buzz: A marketplace of creative goods all under one roof, A Bee’s Buzz offers crafts and antiques of all kinds. With a diverse group of vendors, you are sure to find gifts and décor for all occasions. 114 Danielson Pike, Foster. 647-4483.
Alfred’s Consignments: As a local consigner with two locations, Alfred’s sells antiques of all sorts – art, furniture, dishes and the like – but makes sure they are in pristine condition. Here you won’t have to wipe off dust to look at detail. 331 Hope Street, Bristol. 253-3465; 18 Maple Road, Warren. 245-3101.
Circa Vintage Wear: Carrying racks of vintage clothing and reminiscent jewelry dating back to the 1900s, Circa offers items for sale or rent for all occasions. Whether you are looking for a costume or an addition to your wardrobe, Circa offers you (and even their celebrity clients) items that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. 73 Cove Street, New Bedford, MA. 508-997-9390.
Into The Wardrobe: In business for a decade, this consignment shop isn’t your typical resale store. Not only does this fashionable boutique hold local items from Rhode Island, but with its wide span of connections, it is constantly shelving items from around the country. 17 Brook Street. 427-1147.
NAVA: An acronym for “new and vintage apparel,” NAVA offers just that. Whether you are interested in old-fashioned goods or you prefer a more modernized style, this location has items that are both fashionable and affordable. 281 Thayer Street. 453-6282.
Rhode Island Antiques Mall: No matter what you’re looking for, this antique-focused mall likely has it. With over 20,000 square feet of mini-shops holding items from 200 dealers, expect to find a variety of antique items from art to home décor. 345 Fountain Street, Pawtucket. 475-3400.
Rocket to Mars: This vintage boutique carries unique antiques of all kinds, dating from the roaring ‘20s to the disco-themed ‘70s. Here you will find a variety of …
Some may decry this unfounded, but whatever the opinion may be, in my house, ice cream and gelato are year-round celebratory desserts. With the opening of Dolce Gelateria (270 Wickenden St.) in early May, city-dwellers can now enjoy some homemade ice cream and gelato all year long, with flavors like sea salt caramel cannoli gelato and ice cream favor- ite, death by chocolate. Here’s a little tip: log on to Twitter and check out their page (@Dolce_Gelateria). You might just catch a rainy day deal of ice cream/gelato freebies or a discounted day pass for students and military members. What’s more exciting than the words “free” and “gelato” in the same sentence? Open Mon-Thurs 12- 10pm; Fri-Sat 12-11pm.
Fancy a soirée with live music and a dash of glamour? FUZE Iced Tea and Glamour Magazine have teamed up with style blogger Melanie Patterson of RadicalDarling.com to host a special one-night event: Glamour Live Providence! (All devout Glamour Magazine readers are encouraged, nay, ordered to attend!) But this event is not just for those fashionistas who worship style tips and love a good excuse to get dressed up for a party (guilty as charged). If you love local music and free food as much as I do, then this event will definitely satisfy your cravings – gastrointestinal or otherwise. Local band Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen will be performing alongside DJ Abby Duran. While you're jamming out, be sure to enjoy some complimentary LA style Mexican cuisine from Mijos Taco Truck. If that's not cool enough, the event is free! But, before you take a trip down to The Spot Underground make sure you RSVP to glamourliveRI@condenast.com. Join me this Wednesday, August 14th from 7-9pm and be sure to indugle in whatever (this is an 18+ event.) See you there!