Food News: Heat & Eat Feasts, New North Kingstown Brewery & Seasonal Vodka Seltzers

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Tilly’s introduces heat-and-eat feasts

Faced with this grueling winter leg of the pandemic, co-owner Kristen Beres explains that it became clear Tilly’s Chick’n Biscuit couldn’t operate business as usual, but armed with a lease and a liquor license, she and her team quickly pivoted to serve the community in a new way: with to-go feasts. Now, one-stop-shop Tilly’s Feasts offers meal kits packed in aluminum trays to take home and bake for a family dinner or individual servings and snacks: Think meatball subs, soups, desserts, and yes, chicken entrees. The cocktails and boozy milkshakes you know and love are still available, too, but bottled to-go, along with sauces, dips, and spices so you can recreate Tilly’s flavors in your kitchen at home.

Tilly’s continues to evolve as they learn what their patrons are hungry for, and coming soon to the provisions business is Pizza Envy, Detroit-style pan pizzas perfect for solo snacking. The best way to stay in the know about specials from Tilly’s Feasts and pizza updates is to follow along on their Facebook page. North Kingstown

 

New NK brewery all about American ales

Having sampled far and wide and spent 35 years brewing his own recipes, NK native Scott Monroe could put a finger on the kind of ale he and his wife Cheryl sought out on a night out – an American style slightly reminiscent of those he grew up drinking, but with more flavor, hoppy on the nose, and not too bitter. But he struggled to find it: “So was born the vision of West Passage Brewing,” Monroe says. “It’s an eclectic mix of good service, great food, and a healthy dose of ocean and beer!”

Along with the American Pale Ales likely to become flagships at West Passage, JWU grad Chef Hunter French will take the helm in the kitchen to complete the experience Monroe envisions of camaraderie with good eats and beer pairings. When pandemic restrictions ease, a bar area will comfortably seat 60 in a space designed with cozy nooks for small parties or families (there will be a menu for “little tanks,” too) and a lively bar scene. Just in time for warmer weather, Monroe anticipates an April or early May opening. 

 

Loyal 9 rolls out variety packs of vodka seltzers

It may still feel blustery outside, but no one’s going to fault you for indulging in some springtime sipping while we wait for the temps to rise. Loyal 9’s latest line of vodka seltzers, packed in slim, bright-colored cans, are hitting stores in variety eight-packs so you won’t have to pick just one from their lemon, raspberry, orange, and lime flavors. The craft cocktail brand, made by Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co., is all about real vodka and real fruit in their Loyal Light + Sparkling seltzers, with none of the malt found in other canned bevvies. “They taste just like you dropped real fresh fruit in a glass of sparkling water,” explains Bryan Ricard of Loyal 9. “They pop with flavor and are incredibly refreshing.” 

A low-carb and low-sugar option, at 4.5 percent abv, health-conscious drinkers won’t have to worry about knocking back a seltzer. Come April, watch for variety packs of Loyal’s popular 9 percent cocktail line, which comes in several combo flavors, hitting stores, too. Before you know it, it’ll be Loyal Iced Tea and Lemonade season! 

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