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The Providence Journal Critic’s Choice Food & Drink Event – SOLD OUT

November 17, 2022

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (VIP 5:00 p.m.)

Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick

As Providence Journal Food Editor, Gail Ciampa has the most delicious job in Rhode Island. For one night, you can join her in sampling the food and drink of her favorite restaurants and food artisans to see why they are the best of the best. Come hungry! There will be so much to taste.

The Providence Journal Critic’s Choice Food & Drink Event is celebrating its fifth delicious year. Admission to the event includes food and drink samples, giveaways and much more! VIP ticket holders get early entry, a special gift bag and an exclusive tour with select exhibitors prior to the event opening to general admission. Event is 21 and over.

The Providence Journal Critic’s Choice Food & Drink Event is SOLD OUT! Sign up for email updates for next year’s event. Until then, happy food travels!

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Event Details

The return of the Providence Journal Critic’s Choice Food & Drink Event after two years is sure to be big fun! We hope you’ll join us!

Where: Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick (New for 2022)
When: Thursday, November 17, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (VIP 5:00 p.m.)
Tickets: On Sale Now.
Parking: Free parking on site.

Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick

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Participating Selections

Gail Ciampa travels Rhode Island reviewing some of the best food and drink in the state, reviewing thousands over the years. The following establishments were hand-picked by Gail herself to participate in this year’s Providence Journal Critic’s Choice Food & Drink Event. Join us at the event to sample all the tasty offerings, included with admission. You’re sure to be satisfied & become a frequent customer of their businesses!

Moniker Brewery

Moniker Brewery

Brewery and beer garden located in Providence, Rhode Island.

Edgewood Cheese Shop

Edgewood Cheese Shop

Hand picked selections of cheese, charcuterie, platters, gifts and more!

Il Massimo Providence

Snookers Sports, Billiards, Bar & Grill

Casual fine dining Italian cuisine located in Historic Federal Hill.

Res American Bistro

Durk's BBQ

Contemporary cuisine and cocktails with a Flair!

The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot

Delicious homemade ice cream and bakery located in the beautiful port of Galilee for the past 18 years!

OTRA Restaurant

OTRA Restaurant

An authentic Barcelonian experience.

Rhodium by Rhode Island Spirits

Rhodium by Rhode Island Spirits

Gin, vodka & liqueurs with flavor profiles featuring fresh, farmed & foraged ingredients.

Narragansett Beer

Narragansett Beer

Hi-Neighbor. Have a ‘Gansett!

Chapel Grille

Featuring hearth style cuisine with a Mediterranean Italian flare, celebrating 10 years!

The Industrious Spirit Company

Producing sustainably sourced vodka, gins and bourbons at Providence’s first distillery since Prohibition.

Bellini Providence

Rustic Italian cuisine served in Providence.

Hometown Poke

Delicious, made-to-order Hawaiian inspired bowls using only the freshest ingredients.

Town Farm Tonics

Your health is in your hands! Herbal tonics that add functional flavor to each day.

Matunuck Oyster Bar

Matunuck Oyster Bar makes the freshest dishes by uniting fresh, locally grown produce with farm-raised and wild-caught seafood.

Narragansett Creamery

Award-Winning artisan cheeses made in Providence, RI.

Carina e Dolce Specialty Cakes and Cookies

Whimsical sweet treats and creatively decorated custom cakes.

Anchor & Hope

Craft winery in Rumford, RI.

The Guild

Craft brewery with locations in Pawtucket and Warren (beer halls), and Providence (beer garden).

The Perfect Empanada

Artisanal gourmet empanadas.

Vesta Bakery

Specializing in wedding and specialty cakes, artisan breads & pastries.

Aura’s Chocolate Bar

Artisan chocolate confections made with premium cacao from Venezuela, casted in Cranston, RI!


Welcome to a fresh, new approach to Italian in Providence.

All Favorites Cafe

A fine diner serving upscale breakfast and lunch in the heart of Edgewood.

Newport Chowder Company

Nourishes spirits by sharing my Mother’s award winning recipe.

Persimmon Restaurant

Contemporary American cuisine in harmony with the seasons.

Mare Rooftop

An elevated dining experience.

Gooseneck Vineyards

New England’s locally international winery.

Kin Southern Table + Bar


Sweet Marie’s Tea Cottage

Afternoon Tea served in historic Wickford village.

Pane e Vino Providence

Intimate restaurant serving classic Italian comfort food and an all-Italian wine list. Voted best wine list!

10 Rocks Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Offering creative tapas dishes, fresh seafood, and specialty foods inspired by our rich Cape Verdean culture. Celebrate with us!

Jaswell’s Farm

A family tradition since 1899.


Mexican, regional cuisine from southern Mexico.


Indian cuisine-internationally influenced fusion-style food.

Taproot Brewing Co.

Small-batch beer paired with farm-to-table dining and vineyard views.

Newport Vineyards

A destination of award-winning wine and farm-to-table dining!

McGrath Clambakes & Catering

Full-service traditional catering company that specializes in authentic old fashioned New England clambakes as well.

Pat’s Italian Restaurant

Considered one of the best authentic Italian restaurants in New England. No one leaves hungry!

Ragged Island Brewing Company

Small-batch, farm brewery focused on quality craft beers and customer experience.

CAV Restaurant

A staple since 1989, serving eclectic, contemporary, award-winning cuisine in a unique and historic loft. 

Sons of Liberty Spirits Co.

Bold & delicious spirits and cocktails made in Rhode Island since 2011.

chair 2 light beer

Light beer that tastes like beer.


With 60 + ingredients and endless combinations, make a salad as original as you!

Tricycle Ice Cream

Innovating the Ice Cream Novelty since 2014. We don’t give a scoop!

JA PATTY RI Catering & Events

Freshly baked Jamaican patties & scratch-made cuisine.

Twin Oaks Restaurant

Family owned + operated for 90 years. Classic italian, fresh seafood and steaks cut daily in-house!

Crow’s Nest

Classic Rhode Island seafood.


Classical Italian – Reimagined. A Rhode Island  tradition for over 30 years. Taste the tradition.

Vanda Cucina

Fatta In Casa.

Wally’s Wieners

Wieners, Burgers, Bar and event space located on Thames Street in the heart of Newport, RI! Proudly serving Saugy Franks!

Feast & Fettle

Premium meal delivery service delivering home-cooked meals right to your door in RI, MA, & CT.

Angelo’s Restaurant

Cookin’ up authentic old-school Italian dishes since 1924!

Taunton Ave Bakery

Rhode Island’s home of great Portuguese bread, pastries and specialty cakes.

Avenue N American Kitchen

Progressive American fare.

Iggy’s Boardwalk

It’s Always Summer at Iggy’s!

Granny Squibb’s Organic Iced Tea

An astonishingly delicious Rhode Island original: from the Community, for the Community!

The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop

Tea. Culture. Community.

New Harvest Coffee Roasters

Locally roasted coffee in the Farm Fresh Market Hall.

Hope & Main Marketplace

New to Critic’s Choice, the Hope & Main Marketplace! Get ready for the holidays and support your local culinary entrepreneurs. Hope & Main is a culinary incubator with the mission to empower the community to jumpstart and cultivate thriving food businesses. You will surely find the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers in this marketplace.


We celebrate our W. African roots by bringing you products that embrace the region’s iconic hibiscus sabdariffa.

Hawt Chocolate

Artisanal chocolate bonbons and bars.

Mariela’s Sweets

Gluten free French macarons.

13 Stars Hot Sauce

Veteran-owned premium hot sauce.

Beth Bakes

Artisanal, small-batch and simply the best gluten free & vegan crackers you’ll ever taste!

Bellicchi’s Classic Biscotti

Dunk! Crunch! Yum! Bellicchi’s Classic Biscotti and Panettone Pronto.

Caribe & Co.

Caribbean-inspired syrups for coffee, cocktails, tea, desserts, and more!


Crunchy, Mild & Fresh.

Bootblack Brand

Makers of Premium Cocktail Soda & Syrups.

Ethiopian Eats

Offering unique and delicious Ethiopian dishes to Rhode Island.

Little Maven Lemonade

Lemonade flavors from around the world.

Kane’s Kitchen Small Batch Salsa

Freshest tasting salsa in a jar with simple ingredients and no added sugar!

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