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A Taste of Rhode IslandA Taste of Rhode Island

Episode One: The Oyster Renaissance

We profile two aquaculture pioneers in the booming Rhode Island aquaculture industry, and follow their oysters from "pond to table" at two of Rhode Island's most famous seafood spots. Locations: Watch Hill Oysters; The Nordic Lodge; Matunuck Oyster Bar

Episode Two: The Rebirth of Broadway

A city of natural and architectural beauty, Newport is home to both the ultra-rich and blue collar laborers. It also hosts a large, diverse transient summer population of vacationers and sailing enthusiasts.

The episode reflects that diversity, profiling three restaurants that have helped transform the somewhat gritty, ‘locals-only’ Broadway area into Newport's thriving culinary neighborhood that caters to tourists without forgetting its loyal locals. Locations: The Salvation Cafe; Pour Judgement; Boru Noodle Bar

Episode Three: Into the Heart of Federal Hill - Part One
This episode delves deep into food and flavors - the Italian way - at the iconic Federal Hill favorite, Venda Ravioli Italian grocery and Constantino's Venda Bar & Ristorante

Episode Four: Into the Heart of Federal Hill - Part Two
The DeQuattro Family are redefining authentic Italian with their two award-winning Federal Hill Restaurants: Pane e Vino and Massimo. Join us in the kitchen for some fantastic Italian cooking and learn more about modern, regional Italian food.

Episode Five: Newport Fine Dining Classics
Head into the kitchens of two iconic Newport restaurants that are creating some of the most classic - yet sophisticated - food in a city known for fine food: The White Horse Tavern and Bouchard Inn and Restaurant.

Episode Six: Elevated IndownCity
Downcity is the historic downtown heart of Providence, and is where you'll find the richest concentration of arts and culture in the city. It's also where you'll find two of the city's most celebrated restaurants: Hotel Providence's Rosmarin, and The Dean Hotel's North. Both serve exquisitely crafted cuisine entirely from Rhode Island ingredients.

Episode Seven: The Fishermen of Galilee
We delve into the story of Rhode Island's busiest fishing port and taste some of the best seafood in New England. Come aboard a fishing boat and sample the bounty of George's of Galilee and Champlin's Seafood.


A Taste of Rhode Island is a documentary series about Rhode Island's dynamic and diverse food and
restaurant scene. Each half-hour episode explores a different region, native cuisine, or theme, and will
include stories about chefs, farmers, fishermen, and other regional culinary leaders. Shot in hi-def with a
contemporary, upbeat style, A Taste of Rhode Island celebrates the people and flavors that make Rhode
Island one of America's most exciting culinary destinations, and explores how this thriving industry is
bringing significant economic, cultural, and environmental benefits to southern New England.

The series is hosted and produced by the husband-and-wife team of J.R. and Ali Richards, "The
Food Travelers," who have been creating award-winning original documentary television and film
about food and travel for more than fifteen years.