Celebrate the Kinsale Festival of Fine Food with a Savory Irish Recipe and the First International Cook-off this Saturday--You're Invited!

6. March 2012 10:04 by Andrea McHugh in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

We were so excited David Rutkowski, Sous Chef at the Hyatt Regency Newport's Windward Restaurant, joined The Rhode Show this morning to share one of the dishes the restaurant will be featuring during the Kinsale Festival of Fine Food, this March 8-11 (click here for details). David showed co-hosts Mary Larsen, Will Gilbert and Michaela Johnson how to imitate the Windward's Filet of Pork Wellington with Calvados Jus, an entree on their Kinsale-inspired menu designed for the festival. Below you'll find the recipe, and be sure to celebrate the Kinsale Festival of Fine Food by dining at one of the four participating restaurants (see below) or CLICK HERE.

Filet of Pork Wellington with Calvados Jus

1 whole egg
1 tablespoon water
1 ounces of whole butter
3 ounces of wild mushrooms
1 ounces of bread crumbs
1 whole pork tenderloin, approximately 1 pound
4 1/2 ounces thinly slice prosciutto
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed completely
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and heat to 400 degrees F.

Whisk the egg and water in a small bowl and set aside. Place a sauté pan over medium heat. Melt butter; add mushrooms, and cook till tender. Once tender add bread crumbs and season with salt and pepper. Take mixture and pulse in a food processor to a semi loose consistency. Trim the pork tenderloin of any excess fat and silver skin. Slice the tenderloin down the middle lengthwise, creating 2 separate pieces. Lay the tenderloin pieces next to each other head to tail, so when laid back together they are the same size at the ends.

Lay out a 12 by 16-inch piece of parchment paper on the counter and arrange the pieces of prosciutto in the center, overlapping them enough to create solid layer that is as long as the tenderloin. Top with a second piece of parchment, and using a rolling pin, roll over the prosciutto to help adhere the pieces to each other.

Remove the parchment paper and sprinkle the prosciutto with the salt, pepper, and thyme. Set the tenderloin down the middle of the prosciutto. Spread the mushroom mixture in between the 2 pieces of tenderloin and push back together so the mushrooms are held between them. Using the parchment paper to assist, wrap the prosciutto around the tenderloin to completely enclose in a package.

Sprinkle the counter with flour and roll out the pastry to 12 by 14 inches. Spread the mustard thinly in the center of pastry and lay the prosciutto wrapped tenderloin in the center of the pastry on the mustard. Fold the puff pastry up and over the top of the tenderloin, then roll to completely enclose, brushing the edges of the pastry with the egg wash in order to seal. Turn the tenderloin over so the side of the tenderloin with the double thickness of pastry is underneath. Pinch the ends of the pastry to seal.

Brush the entire pastry with the egg wash. Place the tenderloin on a parchment lined half sheet pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of at least 140 degrees F.

Remove the tenderloin from the oven, transfer to a cooling rack and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Watch David in action on The Rhode Show by CLICKING HERE.

In addition to the Windward at the Hyatt Regency, other participants include Fathoms at the Newport Marriott, La forge Casino Restaurant, and One Bellevue at the Hotel Viking. Join us on Saturday, March 10 at 2pm in the Atrium at the Newport Marriott for the First International Cook-off which will test the culinary expertise between Sous Chef David Rutkowski and Christine O’Sullivan, the Iron Chef Ireland contender from Kinsale. Each team will receive 4 food items that they must use in four separate dishes. Our elite panel of judges will taste the creations and determine the winner! Also sample some of Ireland’s best Kerrygold Dairy cheeses, including Ivernia and the Dubliner, and savor a wee bit of Irish whiskey at our Jameson Irish Whiskey tasting table. Free and open to the public!

Duck, Duck, Goose!

28. February 2012 09:49 by Andrea McHugh in Events, Family Fun  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Jack and Jill went up the hill to dance to Mother Goose rhymes. Jack spun 'round, and broke his crown, and Jill came pirouetting after!

Rosecliff will be playing host to the Island Moving Company’s newest ballet, Mother Goose, directed by Miki Ohlsen and specifically designed for the mansion's spectacular rooms. The contemporary ballet company will perform throughout the mansion in matinee performances the weekend of March 2-4, marking their Thirtieth Anniversary Season, while a special opening celebration on Saturday, March 3 at 7pm will include highlights from the company's celebrated performances of Dracula and the Newport Nutcracker.

Performances are as follows:

Saturday March 3: 3pm, Opening Evening Celebration: 7pm

Sunday March 4: 3pm

To purchase tickets, visit Island Moving Company.

Blogger Leanne Orabona Savors 22 Bowen's Dinner for Two Friday Night Special

23. February 2012 08:06 by Andrea McHugh in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Contributing blogger Leanne Orabona from AroundTheTableRI.blogspot.com returns today to share her most recent dining excursion that took her to 22 Bowen's Wine Bar & Grille for the wallet-friendly, mouth-watering Dinner for Two special served up on Friday nights in winter...

My most recent assignment as a Stem to Stern blogger was to experience the Dinner for Two special offered every Friday night during these blustery winter months (who am I kidding, the weather this winter in RI has been amazing!) at 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille. I had been to 22 Bowen's once before during Newport Restaurant Week in 2010 and was overjoyed with the idea of eating there again.

Dinner for Two includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert as well as a bottle of Beringer Stone Cellars Cabernet or Chardonnay, all for only $65.22. I’m a sucker for a good prefix menu and let me tell you, these entrees were no run of the mill fare. It seemed like each dish outdid the previous one and by the time we finished reading the menu, my mouth was watering! This is hands down the best prefix Toby or I had ever seen--options included salmon, rib eye, sirloin, pork and lobster ravioli. Let’s start with the basics…


There is something about Newport in the winter that makes me so happy. There are no tourists shuffling about and you don't have to wait for a table in a top restaurant. 22 Bowen's is located on historic Bowen's Wharf, which is arguably the hub of downtown Newport. The atmosphere is full of ornate wood and dim mood lighting. It is a perfect date night spot or a place to wow out-of-town guests. We were seated overlooking the wharf and my husband instantly commented on how comfortable the chairs were–an often underrated element in enjoying a great meal.


Our waiter Fabio was incredible. I actually overheard the table next to us singing this man's praises. He was attentive all night and was so knowledgeable about the menu. Our wine glasses were never more than half empty as Fabio was never more than 10 feet away for a quick refill.  His thoughtfulness was refreshing and his enthusiasm about the food was contagious. By the time we ordered our food we nearly giddy with excitement. And now for the main course…


As with any restaurant review, all elements of the experience are important, but the food is king. In this particular case, that expression rings true because the meal truly stole the show.  Absolutely every dish was amazing,starting with their rolls. You have to try these rolls. My favorites were studded with warm cranberries. Spread some of their whipped butter on them and you can officially die a happy foodie! You don't even need the dinner! 

For appetizers, I ordered the New England style clam chowder and Toby had a classic Caesar salad. About the clam chowder: WOW. It was rich, creamy, and delicious, plus there was an abundance of tender clams and potatoes: perfect for a winter’s night in RI. Toby’s Caesar was done just right with thick slices of parmesan cheese and croutons with just the right amount of crunch. What was especially nice about the salad was the portion size. Too often we order salads that end up being larger than the entree. Not tonight, it was the perfect size!

On to the entrees…I ordered the pork with shredded potatoes and bacon and sautéed greens. The pork was tender, juicy, and flavorful. The potatoes were rich and the greens gave a nice contrast. The pork was covered in an apple cider reduction which cut the richness of the potatoes. There was so much food on this plate there was no way I could eat it all!

Toby decided on the grilled rib eye steak. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium temperature and the juices that ran when he cut into it just highlighted the amazing flavors. Looking at the photo you can tell this was no prefix menu-sizedsteak.  It was a solid 10-12 oz.—more than enough to feed most hungry  husbands, and Toby's eyes lit up as it was brought to the table. It was served with gorgonzola mashed potatoes (cue eyes rolling back into your head in delight) stuffed into freshly made popovers. Seriously? Could this dish get any better? I have to admit, I ate almost all of his mashed potatoes while he was preoccupied with the steak. I couldn't keep my fork off of his plate. Popovers and potatoes; I’m going have to try this one at home!

We finished with the same dessert: Crème Brule (our favorite). As with Toby’s Caesar salad, these deserts were perfectly sized; a small portion for each of us with a few freshly baked cookies on the side. The final dishoffered a flawless creamy consistency and the sugar topping was torched to perfection (my favorite part!).

One last underrated feature of a good meal is the pace. Both Toby and I commented throughout the meal how well paced the meal was. The staff was not trying to turn over the table and we were not being rushed in the slightest. There was a perfect amount of time between courses so we were able to enjoy the night and get ourselves ready for the next course.

The overall experience of this meal was outstanding and I urge you to make a reservation for this Friday Night delightthere may not be a better deal in all of Newport. Better yet, get a few friends together and make a night of it. Have some wine, remarkable food, and enjoy the company and view. You will not be disappointed.

For more on lunch and dinner specials at 22 Bowen's visit www.22bowens.com. Read more of Leanne’s culinary adventures at AroundTheTableRI.blogspot.com.

Newport’s Winter Festival: Served Family Style

15. February 2012 11:44 by Alexandra West in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

 Alexandra from Newport Connext returns to give From Stem to Stern readers the 411 on the Newport Winter Festival, which kicks off tomorrow and lasts for 10 fun-filled days. Visit Newport Connext for a complete schedule to plan your own Winter Festival adventure!

School’s out! For many families it's almost winter break and luckily Newport is gearing up for its annual Winter Festival, jammed pack with kid activities, live entertainment, and some mighty tempting cook-offs all about town. There’s a lot happening here in town. So much so, I am only spotting the tip of what is being offered over the course of these ten fun-filled days in Newport. Enjoy!


Ice Carving & Ice Sculptures: 2/18 11:00am Bundle the children up in their warmest hats, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and walk amongst the array of sculptures all hand crafter by local artisans. Now, these stay about so you can come at anytime, but its always fun to watch the kids’ jaws drop as the artists crank up a chainsaw or jigsaw in front of them. 12 Long Wharf Mall

Children’s Fair with Radio Disney: 2/19 & 2/20, 11:30am-4:00pm  We love this fair! Let the kid’s run about, release some much needed energy, and enjoy a day full of face-painting, reptile shows, crafts and bounce houses. We love this 2-day event, think of it as an indoor carnival perfectly fit for all kiddos to have fun! Newport Marriott

 A Princess Party at 41North: 2/21, 1pm-3:30pm Who wants to play princess for a day?! Calling all mini-queens over for a royal afternoon full of sweetness and tiaras. Space limited to 100 so reserve you ticket now! 41 North, 351 Thames Street

Teddy Bear Story Time: 2/22 11:00am Milk & cookie time! Come bring your favorite Teddy Bear and listen to the musical storyteller Christopher 'Kavi' Carbone sing some songs and tell some stories of the wonders of winter. Hampton Inn & Suites, 317 West Main Road

Kids Dance Party with Dance Force: 2/22, 6:30pm-8:30pm Whose got some moves? Seems the Mambo Room is making some space for the high-energy dance troop, the Dance Force, to show at kids some of the latest cool dance moves. Get dancing! The Mambo Room, 337 Thames Street

12th Annual "Live Jazz for Kids”: 2/23, 1:00pm-4:00pm This is always a fun free event that kids enjoy. With the music set for the kiddos, let them bop back and forth as you taste a glass of wine or just enjoy the barn ambiance.Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth

Beach Polo: 2/25 & 2/26, 2:30pm Do not miss this. Come enjoy what makes Newport so special, as the Newport International Polo Series sponsors two entertaining games of polo on the beach. It’s beautiful and exciting. The kids love this. Easton’s Beach

Sand Sculpting Day & Kid’s Festival Day: 2/26 11:00am-2:00pm The kid adventure begins with a block hunt at 11:00am! Get on down to the beach, it’s the hoorah of the festival! It’s going to be a fun filled day full of entertainment, a kid block hunt party, a plunge (brrr…), and sand sculptures. No one is ever too old to enjoy walking a beach full of five feet sand castles and sea creatures finely detailed down to their last scale. Easton’s Beach

The Newport Winter Festival has over 150 fun filled activities going on during its 10 day duration, so please check out Newport Winter Festival for more favorite events to choose from for your liking. See you about town and happy family time!

Connect with other Newport moms, get savory recipes and find out more about family life in the City-by-the-Sea by visiting NewportConnext.com

They Put a Ring on It...Now What?!

13. February 2012 10:27 by Andrea McHugh in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Today we welcome guest blogger Susanne Day from Newport Life and Newport Wedding magazines. Susanne and her team are preparing for what is shaping up to be the biggest Newport Bridal Show ever this Saturday, February 18 at both Rosecliff and OceanCliff in Newport. A Newport bride herself and seasoned bridal show veteran, Susanne shares her “What to Know Before You Go!” tips for Newport Bridal Show success: 

  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers
  • Bring pre-made labels to affix to call back sheets—this will save time so you don’t have to fill out everyone’s sheet, and it’s also good if exhibitors have giveaways at their booth. We will give brides and grooms entries for both grand prize giveaways and all of our door prizes are drawn just before the show and revealed upon entry.
  • Bring an extra tote bag—although we give the first 200 brides an official tote bag and all our other guests a welcome bag, its good to have a backup for extra goodies you collect along the way.
  • Bring your camera and take pictures of what inspires you-- especially at our fashion shows!
  • Bring a pen and note pad to record which exhibitors you liked best so you can visit their websites later.
  • Bring snacks and water to keep your energy up! Although there are tons of tasty treats and samples at the show, you may need a granola bar for a quick fix.
  • Leave time at the end of the day to visit local restaurants and get a feel for where you want to host your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, and post wedding brunch. Or even better yet book an overnight stay at some of our participating lodging establishments with rates as low as $95 per night.

Click here for information and to register!

We Heart Art.

8. February 2012 11:45 by Andrea McHugh in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

We’re so excited that this evening at dusk, we'll welcome the first Newport Gallery Night of 2012! Grab your gloves and lace up those walking shoes as the most artful night of the month returns with more than two dozen participating galleries both big and small. Get up close with tiles dating from the 16th through the 20th centuries at the Redwood Library, or taken in the highly-anticipated Fakes & Forgeries Show at Spring Bull Gallery. Take in the oil paintings by Andrew Nixon and Ann Daum at the Newport Art Museum. Bellevue Avenue, Spring Street, Thames Street, and The Point are just some of the areas you can gallery hop. Chart your course by visiting NewportGalleries.org for a list of participating galleries and don’t worry—you can pace yourself by strolling Gallery Night from 5-8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month February through December. You can also check out what the artists and artisans are up to in bucolic Tiverton Four Corners as you'll find an intriguing array of galleries, studios, workshops and events in this charming coastal community.

Across the bridge in beautiful Bristol, Hope Gallery Fine Art & Fine Craft continues to delight both art aficinados and novies alike. We’re also delighted to hear the Warren Arts Initiative and Bristol Independent Galleries have come together to promote the arts between our neighboring towns of Bristol and Warren. Walks and trolley rides are being organized for: March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27, October 25, and November 29.

Get Your Greens On at the Mount Hope Farm Wintertime Farmers' Market!

3. February 2012 08:04 by Andrea McHugh in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)










The Mount Hope Farm Wintertime Farmers' Market in Bristol is pleasing local food enthusiasts  every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your reusable totes to stock up on locally-raised meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, Alpaca felted items, freshly-baked breads, Italian cookies, coffee, honey, herbs, granola, and bags crafted from recycled materials. Vendors participating in this market include:

 Windmist Farm                                 The Local Catch                                 The Reynolds Barn

 Aquidneck Farms                             The Coffee Guy                                Aquidneck Honey

 Maplewood Farm                            Wholly Granola                                 Mapleville Farm

 Roots Farm                                  Moonlight Rose Alpacas                        Hill Orchards

 Wishing Stone Farm                        Provencal Bakery                             The Cupcakerie

 Wicked Natural Products                  Foxboro Cheese                                              

You may also catch some live music while shopping (and snacking on!) the all-local goods!

A farmers market with heart, organizers will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items on behalf of the East Bay Food Pantry in Bristol. They will also be hosting a clothing drive to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of RI on Feb. 18 and an electronics recycling day on Feb. 25.

The Mount Hope Farm Wintertime Farmers' Market is open on Saturday from 9am to noon and is located at 250 Metacom Avenue in Bristol. It will be open through May 5th.

Travel and Leisure Writer Discovers the Wonder of Newport's Shoulder Season

31. January 2012 08:26 by Andrea McHugh in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

We’re blushing after reading what writer Aimee Lee Ball had to say about Newport in the wintertime in her piece, Five Cozy Inns, a fabulous photo-driven feature in the just-released February issue of Travel + Leisure. Highlighting the spoils of luxury boutique hotel Forty 1 North, the savory splendor of Tallulah on Thames, the unforgettable French toast at Corner Café and the whimsical winter fun to be had at the Newport Winter Festival (Feb. 17-26, 2012), Ball embraces the sometimes overlooked spoils of Newport in its “off-season.” With wallet-friendly Last Minute Deals and value-added Vacation Packages, discover the winter fun that awaits in Newport today!

Don't forget to check out our Events Calendar so you can custom build an itinerary to suit your taste!


Scotch, Beer and Espresso-Rubbed Sirloin, Oh, My!

24. January 2012 06:06 by Andrea McHugh in Cocktails, Events, Food & Wine  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

 For most folks, jetting off to an to exotic locale for dinner is the stuff of billionaires, but luckily, Newport affords no shortage of opportunities to taste flavors from around the globe with extraordinary food, wine, and spirits events throughout the year. Two caught our eye this week: The first inspires us to don our favorite tartan for a Tour of Scotland Scotch Tasting at 22 Bowen’s featuring the savory spirit from some of the country's finest distilleries including JW Black, Singleton, Oban, Lagavulin and Talisker. Each is paired with a mouthwatering small dish (coffee-seared venison, bacon-wrapped scallop, grilled oyster on the half shell or a fine brie sound tempting?) and it all comes together tomorrow, Wednesday January 25 beginning at 6:30pm ($45pp, click here for the menu and click here for contact/reservation details).

On Friday, it’s all about local beers paired with a palate pleasing five-course dinner featuring the City-by-the-Sea’s own Newport Storm and Pier 49. Roasted pumpkin bisque, rye-crusted salmon and espresso & cocoa rubbed sirloin are just some of the highlights for this $49pp event. Click here for a menu and call Pier 49 (401) 847-9000 for reservations.

Bottoms up!

Photo: 22 Bowen's, Newport Restaurant Group

Tonight: High Society Lights Up the Silver Screen!

20. January 2012 07:27 by Andrea McHugh in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Champagne? Check. Warm, charmingly-restored theater? Check.  Bing, Grace and Frank? Check. Check. Check.

Tonight the Casino Theater will be showing the classic film, High Society, which is set in Newport in 1956 (doors open at 7pm, showing begins at 7:30pm). Sip a  complimentary glass of Ca Furlan Prosecco provided by the Newport Wine Cellar, and if two will do, cocktails will be available (cash bar) via La Forge Restaurant. Spot some of Newport's famous sites as the music (by the famed Cole Porter) and dancing makes you dream of days gone by.

International Tennis Hall of Fame members free, non-members $12. To make a reservation (recommended), CLICK HERE.

And now, on with the show!