Leading Ladies: Jessica Wood

Jessica Wood | Co-owner, WildWood Catering | 1425 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale | 401-284-WILD |wildwoodcaterers.com | jessicasilverwood@me.com Jessica Wood is used to juggling. As the co-owner of …

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Jessica Wood | Co-owner, WildWood Catering | 1425 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale | 401-284-WILD |wildwoodcaterers.com | jessicasilverwood@me.com

Jessica Wood is used to juggling. As the co-owner of the Fire & Water Group and a mother of two young boys, she’s learned that balance is an acquired skill. She and her husband Ben have built a growing restaurant group that includes UMelt, Caliente and The Burger Shack, and Wildwood Catering. “Our catering division was born out of my love of locally sourced food,” Jessica says. In just two short years, Wildwood has built a reputation for impeccable farm-to-table cuisine and outstanding customer service.

The South County based group (all three restaurants are located in the Kingston Emporium) expanded into downtown Providence last year with a second location for UMelt. “I love Rhode Island and all it has to offer,” Jessica says. “I believe in this state and the support for small business growth.” Though she clearly has her plate full - four restaurant locations, a statewide catering company and sons Brody and Eli - Jessica hopes to expand Wildwood into a small cafeĢ someday. “I’m quick to adapt to change and trends, creating food that changes with our market,” she says.