RI home to four culinary/beverage events in April

Rhode Island may be a small state but it’s home to four large food and beverage-related events this month. The tiny state’s capital is said to be home to more degreed chefs per capita than any other city in the U.S.
The events include:
*American Culinary Federation Northeast Conference – 
April 11-14, Providence, with an educational seminar and hands-on demonstrations focusing on strengthening skills, inspiring careers and building a legacy for professional chefs through sustainability.
* Rising Star Awards Gala – the award-wining restaurant industry trends magazine, will showcasethe winners of its 2014 Coastal New England Rising Stars Awards on Tuesday, April 15 at the Providence Biltmore Hotel. The award honors up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene. From Portland, Maine to Dover, New Hampshire to Cape Cod and Rhode Island, the team chose the best from more than 150 chefs and artisans across 25 cities and small towns.
*Eat Drink RI Food Festival – April 24-27 in Providence, this event returns for the third annual local food event featuring over 80 chefs, farmers, bartenders and producers including: James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast semifinalists Benjamin Sukle of birch and Champe Speidel of Persimmon, eight top culinary instructors from Johnson & Wales University, Gold Medal Cheese award-winning Narragansett Creamery, Blackbird Farm, two-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star nominee Chef Derek Wagner of Nick’s on Broadway, Easy Entertaining Inc., Good Food Award winner Daniele Inc., Dave’s Coffee, Walrus and Carpenter Oysters, among many others.
* 3rd Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival opens April 26 at the Great Friends Meeting House, celebrating a tradition of brewing that dates to the American Revolution. More than 30 brewers will participate and Guests will sample a spectrum of craft brews and converse with the folks who made them. Local bands and restaurants will also participate. Session 1: Noon-3pm; Session 2: 4-7pm. This is a sell-out event so purchase tickets well in advance.

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