10 to Watch in Providence RI
Every year Providence Monthly celebrates 10 influential individuals who are making a difference in Rhode Island. “10 to Watch” is their annual list of innovators in our neighborhoods who are worth watching and getting to know in 2016. These people are honored with a feature in Providence Monthly, as well as the guests of honor at a fabulous annual party. This party kicked off 2016, offering patrons an opportunity to mingle with the honorees as well as taste some of the best food Providence has to offer.
This year’s 10 to Watch Party was held on January 21st at the stylish new event space in Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, Hope Events on Main. I had never attended an event here and was very impressed! It was beautifully restored to the original industrial brick and beams while still being sophisticated and refined. I found Hope Events on Main to be the perfect venue for such a contemporary event.
The food was catered by 10 different local restaurants. It was titled, “10 to Taste” and the cuisine was amazing! Every restaurant offered several different tasting portions. (Although, in my opinion, the tasting portions were huge.) They chose 10 of the city’s newest and most delicious restaurants, including Tallulah’s Taqueria, Rosalina, 10 Rocks Tapas, Pizza J, Rasoi, Vinya Tapas, the Duck and Bunny and Blaze Village Kitchen. All 10 restaurants did a great job of bringing original dishes that were equally eclectic and delicious.
The shining stars of this year’s 10 to Watch are as diverse as the state of Rhode Island. Ranging in profession from Superintendent to furniture designer, these people are inspiring and interesting. To learn more about an individual person, click on any name below.
- Victor Capellan: Superintendent, Central Falls School District
- Rachel Flum: Executive Director, Economic Progress Institute
- Cyd McKenna: Chief of Staff, Providence City Council
- Torey Malatia: General Manager, Rhode Island Public Radio
- Anthony Roberson: Detective, Providence Police Department
- Joye Whitney: Program Manager, DESIGNxRI
- Carlos Toro: Creative Producer & Director, Steer Digital Media
- Nicole Pollock: Chief Innovation Officer, City of Providence
- John Humphrey, Myung Chul “Bruce” Kim, Alec Babala & Jonah Wilcox-Healey: Greycork
In addition to being a wonderful night full of fun, conversation and deliciousness, it was also altruistic. Proceeds from the event were donated to Higher Ground International, a charity based in Providence. Higher Ground International provides services to restore dignity, empower lives, and keep peace in West Africa, through educational programs and community building. It also runs programs to educate and build community within the West African Community in Providence.
For more information visit: http://www.highergroundintl.org/our-work/
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