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07/16/2018

Supply RI & Relish Rhody Host Tabletop Show for Local Food Producers

Supply RIAfter our successful Supply RI & Relish Rhody kick-off event this spring, we heard from many of you that you would be interested in face-to-face interactions between local food suppliers & potential buyers from anchor institutions. You ask - we deliver!

On August 9th, Relish Rhody & Supply RI will be hosting a Tabletop Show at Hope & Main where local food producers (farmers, fishermen, processors, and makers) can connect with Rhode Island-based institutions who are interested in increasing their local procurement.

  • Who: Farmers, Fishers, Food Processors, Makers, Distributors, Anchor Institutions & other major food procurers
  • When: August 9th at 2pm
  • Where: Hope & Main, 691 Main St, Warren, RI 02885
 

To register:

 

-Sue AnderBois
RI Director of Food Strategy
Sue.AnderBois@governor.ri.gov

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06/14/2018

Draft Recommendations of the Hunger Elimination Task Force

RI Hunter Elimination Task ForceGovernor Raimondo’s Relish Rhody Food Strategy includes commitments to Ensure Food Security For All Rhode Islanders as one of five Integrated Focus Areas. As an early implementation step, the Inter-Agency Food and Nutrition Policy Advisory Council created a statewide Hunger Elimination Task Force with the purpose of leading efforts to reduce food insecurity in Rhode Island to below 10% by 2020.

The Task Force was charged with drafting and proposing specific supplementary recommendations concerning the implementation of the Focus Area of the Food Strategy dedicated to Ensuring Food Security for all Rhode Islanders. The Task Force was asked to submit its recommendations to the Governor & IFNPAC in spring 2018. The Task Force was convened in October 2018 and has held five meetings to dig into topics related to alleviating hunger across the state.

At its quarterly meeting today, IFNPAC and the Hunger Elimination Task Force reviewed a presentation of draft recommendations. Stakeholders have until July 13, 2018 to submit written comments on the draft recommendations – with final recommendations to be released after that time. Please check out the presentation and share your thoughts on the specific near term actions we can take to alleviate hunger in our communities across the state!

Draft Recommendations of the Hunger Elimination Task Force

-Sue AnderBois
RI Director of Food Strategy
Sue.AnderBois@governor.ri.gov

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06/6/2018

Relish Rhody Recipe Contest

Recipe ContestTo celebrate the start of the summer farmers market season, Governor Raimondo recently launched the Relish Rhody Recipe Contest for students grades 5-8. Governor Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit encouraged students to submit recipes that they make with their families that feature ingredients from local Rhode Island farmers & fishermen.

After received recipes from the across the State, we narrowed it down to 4 finalists: two entrees and two desserts. The finalists were then celebrated at an event hosted by the Governor and First Gentleman at Del Sesto Middle School in Providence, where the finalists’ recipes were evaluated by a panel of expert judges. Food for the event was catered by Harvest Kitchen in Pawtucket, RI using locally-sourced ingredients.

Our expert judges included:

  • Janet Coit, Director of the Department of Environmental Management
  • Pat Raymond, Deputy Director, Division of Community Health and Equity, RI Department of Health
  • Dawn King, Chair of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council
  • Maureen Pothier, Chair of College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University
  • Christina Dedora, Farmer & co-founder of Sanctuary Herbs
  • Fred Mattera, Commercial Fisherman and President of Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation
 

Our 4 finalists all receive a citation from the Governor & the two winners receive a chef hat to wear while cooking at home with their family! The finalists are:

  • Juliette Marino: Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Cream & berries, featuring berries from Jaswell’s Farm
  • Kealie Burt: Lavender Lemon Angel Food Cake featuring locally grown lavender, lemon verbena, honey, edible flowers
  • Kaitlyn Vitkin: Honey Glazed Cod with Roasted Potatoes, with locally-sourced fish, Potatoes, Cherry tomatoes, Honey, Dill, Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, Garlic, Spring onion
  • Ava Jarret: Asparagus Wraps, featuring locally-grown asparagus from Jaswell’s Farm
 

The top recipes are available here and also for download on the Governor's website.

-Sue AnderBois
RI Director of Food Strategy
Sue.AnderBois@governor.ri.gov

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04/30/2018

Relish Rhody Recipe Contest

Recipe ContestGet your chef hats on and your farmers market bags ready! Governor Raimondo just announced an exciting opportunity for Rhode Island students in grades 5-8: the Relish Rhody Recipe contest! We are kicking this off in celebration of our amazing farmers, fishers, & food producers just as the summertime farmers markets are set to launch.

Students throughout Rhode Island are encouraged to submit recipes for their favorite summer meal or dessert that uses locally-grown, raised, or produced foods!

To register, students can fill out the below application form by May 18, 2018. We will choose three finalists for each type or recipe (dessert or meal) and announce them on June 1. The finalists will be celebrated at an event on June 6th with Governor Raimondo, and winning dishes will be chosen by an awesome panel of judges - including a farmer, a fisherman, a chef, and members of the Governor's Cabinet! More details on the celebratory event to be announced in May.

Click here to register for the contest! We look forward to seeing all of the tasty creations. Good luck and have fun!

To see the Governor's full announcement, please see below:

Governor, First Gentleman Announce Rhode Island Relish Rhody Recipe Contest

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - To encourage kids to choose healthy eating options and highlight Rhode Island's booming food scene and work to eliminate hunger, Governor Gina Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit today announced the Relish Rhody Recipe Contest. The contest asks kids in grades 5- 8 to create and submit healthy and affordable food recipes, with an emphasis on locally grown food.

"Rhode Island's vibrant food scene is central to our identity and economy," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "As a mom, it's important to me that my kids, and kids all across Rhode Island, recognize the value of eating healthy from a young age. As Governor, I'm focused on reducing hunger and growing our local food economy. By encouraging kids to craft healthy, affordable, recipes that highlight our locally grown food, we're creating Rhode Island's next generation of food leaders."

"Food insecurity affects about one in four families with kids in Rhode Island," said First Gentleman Andy Moffit. "This contest is a great way to promote our state's thriving food sector while raising awareness about hunger issues. Healthy kids lead to healthy communities and a stronger economy."

The Relish Rhody Recipe Contest asks students to create recipes (entrée or dessert - or both) that utilize at least one Rhode Island farm or fishery product. Finalists will be announced at the end of May, and then a panel of esteemed judges will pick a winning recipe in each category at a celebratory event on June 6th. The top recipes will be published in a recipe booklet to be made available for download on the Governor's website and Relish Rhody.

Participants can apply by filling out the attached google form. Or, they can send recipes to:
Sue AnderBois, Rhode Island Director of Food Strategy
Sue.AnderBois@governor.ri.gov or:
235 Promenade Street, Suite 425

Providence, RI 02908

The list of judges and details about the celebratory event will be released in the coming weeks. Follow the challenge and join in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #RelishRhodyRecipe.

-Sue AnderBois
RI Director of Food Strategy
Sue.AnderBois@governor.ri.gov

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03/27/2018

Relish Rhody Partners with Good Food Mercantile!

PhoodIn June, Relish Rhody is sponsoring Good Food Mercantile in New York City and we want to make sure Rhode Island companies are aware of opportunities to participate!

We heard you – Rhode Island producers want more access to regional and national distributors to carry the amazing products being made here in our little state! By sponsoring the NYC Good Food Mercantile, we will be able to get more Rhode Island products in the hands of supportive distributors in creative ways – including ads, marketing, and special events highlighting Rhode Island products. We would love to see as many RI businesses as possible participate in this event – and the State will be there with you tabling for Rhode Island food producers more broadly.

The Good Food Mercantile is a trade show associated with the Good Food Awards exclusively to ‘celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced’ – exactly what we are producing here in Rhode Island! Designed to highlight small and medium-scale businesses, you will not be fighting for space or attention against large multi-national companies with giant marketing budgets.

Spots are limited and the cost to participate is $900 if you sign up by April 13th (for reference, the Fancy Food Show registration is nearly $4,000). But we don’t want anyone to miss out because the price is prohibitive, so please reach out if this is too burdensome for you.

Please sign up today & tell other RI food system businesses! If you have any questions or want to participate in other ways, please be in touch with me.

-Sue AnderBois
RI Director of Food Strategy
Sue.AnderBois@governor.ri.gov

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03/15/2018

PHOOD!

PhoodDid you know that approximately? of the food produced in this country is never eaten? Relish Rhody recognizes the importance of both reducing food waste and diverting it from the waste stream.

As an early implementation priority, we are partnering with the Office of Innovation and Rhode Island’s Colleges & Universities on a unique food waste reduction competition for Spring Semester 2018! Six schools have opted in to participate: Johnson and Wales University, Brown University, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Rhode Island College. The participants will be working with Phood, a unique new company that has created a simple and intuitive software solution that helps large institutions track, measure, and reduce their food waste through useful metrics.

Each school will be able to individually measure, track, and reduce their food waste -- and Phood has created a simple shared platform specifically for Rhode Island so that we can jointly ‘compete’ across schools.

The schools had their equipment installed in February and are collecting baseline data through the end of the month -- then March, April, and May they will track and compete to reduce from that baseline. We’ll be monitoring their progress and driving action along the way -- so check back on Relish Rhody for updates!

-Sue AnderBois
RI Director of Food Strategy
Sue.AnderBois@governor.ri.gov

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03/07/2018

Relish Rhody Supply RI Kick-Off!

Suppy RIToday I'm excited to help kick-off the partnership between Supply RI and Relish Rhody with the Suppy RI event at Johson & Wales University.

What is Supply RI? Announced in Governor Raimondo’s State of the State, Supply RI is a new initiative to to help Rhode Island's largest employers use their spending power to support local businesses.The Commerce Corporation will maintain a comprehensive database of local suppliers and will provide support services for employers and suppliers, including networking events and information sessions on procurement.

The first sector to move forward in this exciting initiative will be our local food system - starting with a kick-off event at Johnson & Wales University on March 7th. This first event will focus on education -- including information on the range of products an services available in the food sector, celebration of current success stories, and Q&A with participating employers on the unique rules and opportunities for partnership. The programming will be followed by a networking reception, featuring local foods. Participants include some of the state’s largest employers - such as Gilbane, Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University - farmers, fishery businesses, aggregators and distributors, food processors and manufacturers, food service management companies, and more.

We will be following up this kick-off event with both tailored education events, as well as networking and matchmaking events throughout the spring and summer.

A big thank you to our host and sponsor Johnson & Wales University!

If you missed the kick-off, but would like to be involved in future events, please contact me!

-Sue AnderBois
RI Director of Food Strategy
Sue.AnderBois@governor.ri.gov

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01/19/2017

Ocean State Innovate: FOOD!

Ocean State InnovateOn January 19 & 20, Relish Rhody and the Brown Swearer Center and other partners to host Ocean State Innovate: FOOD!

Ocean State Innovate brings together people from diverse backgrounds - who have deep passion and commitment to our state - to break down silos and make new solutions possible. The two-day gathering was centered on the Core Themes of the Food Strategy: Environmental Sustainability & Resiliency, Public Health & Equitable Access, and Economic Development.

The forum will be facilitated by by Brown alum Frans Johansson and The Medici Group, a firm that specializes in helping organizations learn how to utilize intersectional thinking to drive innovation in organizations and initiatives. It is bringing together approximately 100 Rhode Islanders from diverse backgrounds - students, interested members of the community, emergency food system professionals, farmers, restaurateurs, policymakers, retirees, and many others - to develop new, community-based solutions to difficult food-system issues.

We will be taking pictures & recording the event on social media, so please check us out on Facebook or on my personal Twitter!

A big thank you to the members of the steering committee who gave their time to make this forum possible:


And an extra big thank you to the teams at the Swearer Center and the Medici Group for donating so much of your time to this effort. You have been such fantastic partners, and we can’t wait to see what comes next from this!

-Sue AnderBois
RI Director of Food Strategy
Sue.AnderBois@governor.ri.gov

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01/15/2017

Welcome to RelishRhody.com!

RI Food DirectorIn Summer 2017, Governor Gina M. Raimondo released Relish Rhody, Rhode Island’s first comprehensive Food Strategy. We created this strategy to build on the state’s momentum in growing its local food economy in a way that benefits all Rhode Islanders, enhances Rhode Island’s environment, and celebrates the state’s unique food cultures and landscape.

Please take a few moments to read the full Strategy to better understand its full scope.

As we move forward with the Strategy, RelishRhody.com will be the place where we share implementation successes! We will also be highlighting and celebrating actors across the Rhode Island food system. We’ve already taken many implementation steps. Please see this recent memo to the Inter-Agency Food and Nutrition Policy Advisory Council that outlines our progress.

If you ever have any questions or feedback -- or even want to submit a story for us to share - please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly. And please follow us on Facebook.

-Sue AnderBois
RI Director of Food Strategy
Sue.AnderBois@governor.ri.gov


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235 Promenade Street
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