Food Trends: A Memorable Mother’s Day

From an elegant river cruise to cupcake flights and special menus, Rhody businesses have you covered for May 12


Earn your stripes with mom in Wayland Square

Going out to eat for Mother’s Day is a tradition for many families, and Red Stripe in Wayland Square has added several specials to their regular menu this year. “Our main entree for Mother’s Day is a Filet Mignon and Baked Stuffed Shrimp, a surf and turf special,” says Ron Coffey, operations director at Red Stripe and sister restaurant Mill’s Tavern. With regular menu offerings like Bread Pudding French Toast and Croque Madame, a classic French sandwich with Gruyere, Canadian bacon, tomato, whole grain mustard, béarnaise sauce, and a fried egg, there’s something to please everyone at the table.

“For our Mother’s Day appetizer, we’re adding Crab Cake Benedict. We always have classic, Short Rib, and Lobster Benedict on the menu,” says Coffey. “We’re also serving a chilled Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail appetizer and a Persimmon Salad, with mixed greens and goat cheese. Plus, we’ll be doing mimosa flights including papaya, passionfruit, and mango mimosas.” Families are more than welcome to dine at Red Stripe – “we make sure we have at least eight highchairs in the dining room for Mother’s Day.”


Set sail with mimosas and snacks

Feeling a bit adventurous this Mother’s Day? Treat mom and the whole family to an open-air Mother’s Day Mimosa Tour, operated by the Providence River Boat Company. “We love these – they’re lots of fun and quite popular,” says co-owner Kristin McGinn. “It’s an all-ages tour, and we serve complimentary mimosas for those 21 and over on board.”

“The hour-long ride is narrated by our captain, who will tell you about our city’s history, some nautical history, and local architectural history as you’re floating down the Providence River,” says McGinn. There are also options to enhance the tour experience by adding on charcuterie from The Perfect Parcel, chocolates from Diva’s Dips & Gourmet Treats, or Cookie Hub RI snacks, available to order through each partner vendor. “It’s going to be a fun year,” adds McGinn. “We’re doing some collaborations with the Providence Preservation Society with an architectural focus, and new cocktail cruises with ISCO distillery and Rhodium Spirits.”


Show your love with cupcakes

For the mother or mom-figure with a sweet tooth, look no further than Sarcastic Sweets. Owner Nina Reed specializes in cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, often working with local breweries to create one-of-a-kind flavor profiles. The Anchorage, Alaska native, who was featured on Food Network’s Sweet Genius, operates a seasonal food truck and sells from her bakery on Mineral Spring Avenue. “The shop is open Friday and Saturdays for walk-ups and seven days a week for pre-orders, pick-up, and delivery,” says Reed, who offers gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free pastries.

On Mother’s Day, you’ll find Reed at Pivotal Brewing Company in Bristol providing some delicious treats as part of their annual Succulents and Sweets event. “I’ll have mini cupcakes that I make into a beer flight,” says Reed. Pair the cupcakes, which use Pivotal beer, with a flight of brews to complete the flavorful experience. “We also bring some cookies, brownies, and savory and sweet turnovers for the kids.” Pawtucket,



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