EPISODE 6 – ELEVATED IN DOWN CITY
“Down City” is Providence, Rhode Island’s historic downtown core, home to a thriving arts culture, and some of the most artistic, flavorful, and creative food you’ll find anywhere. This is the epicenter of young, talented chefs that are leading the push for ultra-local, ultra-fresh ingredients prepared with precision and artistic flair, and in doing so they are literally inventing modern, authentic Rhode Island cuisine.
We start our journey at North, one of Providence’s top restaurants, where chef/owner James Mark leading a team of talented young chefs on a quest to redefine what Rhode Island food means, and is, by sourcing everything he possibly can from within the state. Next we taste through five amazingly beautiful courses at the Rosmarin Pop-Up, in the Vinya Test Kitchen on Westminster St., where classically-trained father-and-son team originally from Switzerland combine Swiss influences (think German, French, and Italian food fusion) with modern, local, fresh ingredients with incredible results. Next we visit the restaurant that started the modernist farm-to-table movement off in Providence: Cafe Nuovo. Twenty-five years later, they still make some of the most exquisite food in the Creative Capital. And finally, we get a taste of the award-winning menu at Mills Tavern, a rustic, elegant eatery with a wood-fired oven offering farm-to-table cuisine that is artfully crafted but approachable. So take a journey to the edge of Rhode Island’s authentic culinary frontier, only on A Taste of Rhode Island.