Press release ~ Newport Historical Society Announces Newport Eats Food Initiative

Elizabeth Sulock
Manager of Public Outreach & Living History
Newport Historical Society


Newport Historical Society Announces Newport Eats Food Initiative

Newport, RI – As Newport Historical Society staff put the finishing touches on the multi-million dollar Resource Center renovation project, the Society is working to launch its first initiative of the New Year, Newport Eats.

“Rhode Island is a gastronomic state,” explains the Society’s Executive Director Ruth Taylor, “and Newport has long been known as a center for fine dining and good food. Newport Eats, our history of food initiative, features programs and exhibits that explore the role of food in Newport’s rich and diverse history. We will be looking at the lived experience of the past through food, and using that information to think about the future as well.”

One of the inaugural initiatives of Newport Eats is to capture a 21st century food moment. The Society is collecting and documenting current menus for restaurants and events to both add to its collection and to feature in an upcoming exhibit. A call for menus was put out to local restaurants, and Ben’s Chili Dogs, Fluke, Mission and Restorante Mamma Luisa’s are a few of the many who have already responded.

Other aspects of Newport Eats include exploring menus and recipes of the past through a series of recreated culinary events, and putting all of these meals in historical context through lectures and other educational programs. “Newport Eats will look toward the future, using the past to discuss ideas about healthy and sustainable eating in the 21st century,” Taylor concludes. 

About the Newport Historical Society
Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, to make these materials readily available for both research and enjoyment, and to act as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present. For more information please visit



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