On September 20th, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley’s Millrace Kitchen hosted the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council for a great night of food, drinks, and live entertainment. The Council has been leading Culinaria food tours since 2008. The goal is to support eating establishments in the Blackstone Valley by bringing a group of diners to these locations and giving them a dining experience that really highlights what is special about the location.
Some of the Millrace Incubator Kitchen members were able to highlight their specialties to a hungry group of forty community members. The Culinaria vendors included:
Every1sChef, Rustic Roots Baking, and Providence Pie Company. Additionally, Ciro’s Tavern provided drink pairings and, local musician, Lainey Dionne provided live entertainment.
While the chefs made final food preparations, the patrons were welcomed in to the event space with light acoustic music, Ciro’s displayed their specialty drinks, and floating table candles set the ambiance for the night to come. With a full house, Rustic Roots Baking kicked the evening off with an apple cranberry salad topped with homemade cheese crackers. For the main course; a hearty dish of honey fried-chicken, homemade macaroni and cheese, and a vegetable succotash was served by Every1sChef. Providence Pie Co. wrapped up the culinarian experience with a mini warm apple pie, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
With happy faces and full stomachs, Tamara Burman, the Health Business Cultural Activator, provided a Q & A session for the diners about the Millrace Kitchen and small business workshops offered. Joan Loos of Blackstone Tourism Council remarked, “to learn more about it [kitchen incubator] was a fun and educational evening with great food, drink and entertainment. I received so many compliments about the food and the evening in general but I have to thank Tamara and the staff at Millrace Kitchen – they did all the work and made our Culinaria program look great!”