This is what's next

David Dadekian

David DadekianEat Drink RI and Rhode Island Innovation Fellow

The next step in our ever-expanding local culinary scene is a need for a central meeting place to celebrate and promote Rhode Island food and drink. Even though we’ve gained a lot of national exposure with our restaurants and locally produced products, we still haven’t tapped into our local market enough to make sure the people that live in Rhode Island can enjoy and afford a local food experience. We need to further educate the residents of Rhode Island who don’t dine out at locavore restaurants on a weekly basis on the bounty of delicious and healthy foods that can be found right outside their door.

We’ve made great strides over the last few years. Rhode Island is a compelling place for food and drink lovers to visit and for new food and drink businesses to get started. There is a drive and a love of culinary goods here that outpaces the negativity and aggravation of owning a small business and it’s not just because people love to eat delicious foods. It’s because people here truly care about what comes from Rhode Island. There’s a passion and dedication to locally grown, produced, cooked, distilled—you name it—food and drink.

So our next step is one I’m extremely excited passionate about and happy to be driving us toward, and it’s only a stepping stone toward national and global recognition. Having a place that says, this is what Rhode Island has to offer, and also helps to educate the residents of the state, and also tries to assist the food insecure with healthy resources, will not only make our food and drink scene thrive. It will touch many aspects of the life of every person in Rhode Island and beyond. Food is a health issue, an economy issue, a climate issue, a sustaining life issue and purely a pleasure. Rhode Island can be at the forefront of all these things and more. As I’ll continue to push, food will help RI grow.


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