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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release: March 24, 2016
Contact: Rose Jones 222-4700 ext. 7273, cell 401-300-9538

RI'S FIRST QUAHOG "RESTAURANT" WEEK WRAPS UP WITH SPECIAL CELEBRATION

PROVIDENCE - As a special thank you to our supporters, organizers of Rhode Island's first Quahog Week are hosting a "wrap" party on Sunday evening in Providence. Over the course of the week, several events were held and 16 restaurants offered special menu selections to bring attention to the year-round availability and versatility of the local quahog.

"I am full of pride at how successful our inaugural year of Quahog Week has been," said DEM Director Janet Coit. "People enthusiastically got involved to support the effort - a reminder of just how important local seafood is to our state and families. And there is nothing more uniquely Rhode Island than the quahog. We cannot thank our partners and Rhode Islanders enough for helping to build the buzz around our favorite local clam - at a time of year when it is not typically making headlines. Rhode Island is fortunate to have a vibrant, year-round quahog fishery steeped in tradition. And I'm thrilled people are taking the opportunity this week to celebrate that heritage and support our amazing local eateries."

WHERE: Tarragon Bar
311 Westminster Street
Providence, Rhode Island

WHEN: Sunday, March 27, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The informal gathering is open to the public. Quahog-inspired appetizers will be served. For more information about Quahog Week and for a list of participating restaurants, visit www.seafoodri.com or like the Quahog Week page on Facebook. Quahog Week partners include Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), Discover Newport, Narragansett Bay Lobsters, Rhode Island Shellfishermen's Association, Edible Rhody, Save The Bay, Ocean State Oyster Festival, Rhode Island Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island Coastal Resource Center, University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, and the Narragansett Indian Tribe. About RI Seafood

The RI Seafood brand, developed by DEM and the Rhode Island Seafood Marketing Collaborative, was created to uniquely identify Rhode Island seafood in the marketplace and support local fishermen and distributors in growing their businesses and participating in the state's growing food and tourism economy; Rhode Island's food system supports more than 60,000 jobs. There are more than 20 licensed RI Seafood dealers, and the brand has been featured as part of popular local events, including Newport Restaurant Week, the Ocean State Oyster Festival, and the Narragansett Calamari Cook-Off. RI Seafood guarantees your seafood was landed right here in the Ocean State; ask for it where you dine or shop! For more information, visit www.seafoodri.com.

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