Food News

January 2023

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Comfort vibes in Westerly

How do you fill a vacant space formerly occupied by a national chain with local warmth? Evie’s in Westerly was deliberately designed as a neighborhood eatery perfect for a date night or a family dinner. “Evie’s is the brainchild of my business partner Justin Dalton-Ameen,” explains Heather Evies, co-owner. “He found himself driving by the vacant Applebee’s (on 224 Post Road) and saw the need for a neighborhood spot.”

The restaurant is part of the group behind Back 40 in North Kingstown, Black Oak in Coventry, and Union & Main in East Greenwich. The owners have created “a bright, open space with a private patio equipped with fire pits for chilly New England nights,” says Evies. Their specialty is American comfort food with a twist. “We offer New England favorites like oysters on the half shell as well as Fish and Chips. All of our desserts are made from scratch and we have an innovative cocktail program in place which changes seasonally along with our menu.” Westerly, EviesRI.com 

Pickles, pickles everywhere

Pickle lovers rejoice: Rhode Island’s specialty pickle maker is expanding with a new production facility in Coventry, and there’s a lot to relish. Pickily products can be found in over 50 stores in southern New England, including Belmont Market in Wakefield and Sandy’s Fine Food Emporium in Westerly.

“I've been making pickles since I was a little kid with my grandmother, and over the years, I started making all sorts of different pickled vegetables,” shares owner Sam Chesebrough. “At some point I realized that I wasn't seeing anything similar in grocery stores and felt like there was an opening in the market for a product like Pickily.”

The company started up in 2019 at Hope & Main and has grown into a four-person operation which produces a line of veggies ranging from cucumbers to beets. “Our brine is more sour than sweet and is made using only simple, clean ingredients,” says Chesebrough. “We've come a long way already but think that we are ultimately at the early stages of what Pickily can become.”  Pickily.com

Whiskey flavors distilled in SK are perfect for winter drinks

Raise a glass to the new year with new spirits! South Kingstown-based distillery Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. recently launched four new whiskey flavors – Maple, Honey, Apple, and Coffee – available on local shelves year-round. Armed with accolades, including World’s Best Flavored Whiskey awarded by Whisky Magazine, in adding a little flavor to their solid line of products, Sons of Liberty crafts these 70-proof offerings with real ingredients and no chemicals or substitutes to ensure it isn’t over-sweet.

“We’re really excited with how these turned out,” notes Sons of Liberty president and founder Mike Reppucci. “You don’t feel like your teeth are coated in sugar after enjoying them.” Though excellent served neat or on the rocks, each flavor offers opportunities to get creative shaking up cocktails at home. Find mixed drink inspo on their website with recipes like Peace Dale Iced Coffee, Maple Nor’easter, Apple of My Chai, Honey Get Me a Drink, and more devised to highlight the flavored whiskies – just shake, garnish, and enjoy! South Kingstown, DrinkSOL.com 

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