Dining ~ Dischcrawl

Dishcrawl Providence
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A couple of weeks ago I was able to go on a dish crawl on Thayer Street in Providence.

What's a Dish Crawl, you ask? Here's their definition:
"Dishcrawl is the premier walking food tour that takes you on a culinary adventure. Restaurant by restaurant we introduce Providence's local food scene on a neighborhood level."

My own experience was the Thayer Street tour. The meeting location is kept a secret until a few days before the event. Ours was Kartabar, a Mediterranean restaurant.

About 25 attendees mingled for awhile and then settled into tables of four to six, usually with strangers. It was a great way to get to know fellow foodies and bond over the shared experience. We were given several small-plate servings of the chef's specialties.

The samplings included  shakshuka, friend eggplant sauteed with garlic, onions and parsley in fra diavolo sauce on warm pita; stuffed New zealand  mussels over rice pilaf and a delicious penne, with Marscapone sauce, peas and pancetta.

The chef came out to talk a little about the dishes, and mingled around the tables. Katabar is a nice place with friendly wait staff and a nice ambiance. Some of my tablemates had been there before, and they raved about the martinis.

The Dishcrawl host, Michael, was very informative, and gave us a lot of background about all the restaurants we visited, including the chefs' bona fides and the history of the restaurants.

After Kartabar we crossed the street to Kabob and Curry.
Kabob & Curry sampling
They served two dishes but I didn't catch their names. One was with chickpeas and the other I think was chicken tikka masala, with generous helpings of jasmine rice and naan. It was all very tasty and the service staff was very attentive.

From Kabob and Curry we went around the corner to Coco Pazzo for dessert. The chef there surprised us with a savory dish first - fish that, as of that very morning, had been swimming off the Rhode Island coast. I'm not a fish fan, but it doesn't get much fresher.

Coco Pazzo dessert
Dessert was vanilla ice cream and crepes stuffed with bananas and nutella, with a dusting of powdered sugar and a dollop of mascarpone.

I met some really nice people at the event, and have seen some of them since. It's a great way to try new restaurants and dishes, meet some people who like good food and conversation, and get out and stretch your legs a little. I'd go again, and would recommend it to anyone.


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