"Taste of Newport" Becomes "Feast of Newport" for Child & Family Services

With a change of venue and format, the annual "Taste of Newport", supporting the work of Child and Family Services, delighted its patrons at many culinary levels, the most innovative was a seated collaborative 5 course dinner prepared by some of Newport's finest restaurants, including Castle Hill, 22 Bowen’s, One Bellevue, Clarke Cooke House, Stoneacre Pantry, and White Horse Tavern. Each dinner course was paired with a selected wine.  All in all, an evening to remember.


Held this year at venerable Viking Hotel where the first taste was held 30

Host Keith Tavares welcoming guests

years ago, the well-attended evening began with its usual cocktail hour, with an array restaurants and caterers offering up samples of some of their best recipes.  The silent auction was full of alluring and categorized items up for bid.  The evening expanded into an elegant and delicious dinner after the lively cocktail hour and auction bidding. Always the perfect host, Keith Tavares greeted guests and saw that everyone was seated for the dinner.


Newport Restaurant Group and the Hotel Viking partnered with Child & Family providing professional guidance and support to redesign Taste of Newport.


Newport Seen spoke with C&F Director Marty Sinnott, Steve Cascione of ABC6 and his wife Stacey, Jeff and Mary Johnstone, Leslie Grosvenor, Senator Louis diPalma,  Justin McLaughlin, Newport Mayor Jeanne Marie Napolitano, Kerri Quinn Jaffe, George and Sue Petrovas, Guillaume and Molly de Ramel, Bart Dunbar and Lisa Lewis, "Ladies of Lila" Robin Nicholson and Geer Messinger, Justin McLaughlin, Sister Jane Gerety,  and Roe O'Brien among the throng of guests.


Maggie Wiggin, owner of The Canfield House, serving up the best



Participating restaurants and caterers included  Fluke, The Newport Sweet Shoppe, Lucia’s, Sardella's, La Forge Casino, Belle Mer, Rosemary & Thyme, McGrath Clambakes, The French Confection, Russell Morin, Blackstone Catering, Midtown Oyster Bar, Pranzi Catering, Canfield House and many more who support the efforts of Child & Family in the community.

                                                               -- L.P.


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Marty Sinnott and Mrs. Sinnott


The Toy Table


Greg Parkos, Patrick Fitzgerald & Jeff Dicks, of Sardella's


Geremie Callaghan of Fluke and friend


Bidding on silent auction items



"Ladies of Lila" Robin Nicholson & Geer Messinger, with

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Delicious tapas


with Leslie Grosvenor


Mrs. & Steve Cascione of ABC6-TV

Kathleen Geasey of Russell Morin speaks to guests


Mr. Crowley of La Forge


Jeff & Mary C. Johnstone



A history of the Agency's work



Delicious treats



Friend with Roe O'Brien


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