Wine & Food Expo a Gourmand’s Delight

Ocean Cliff Resort, a limestone landmark

Newport Seen went out Ocean Drive to the Second Annual Food & Wine Expo, held in the Grand Ballroom at Ocean Cliff Resort and Hotel, Newport, to benefit the Opera House Restoration. It was a ravishing affair for the ravenous, and a gourmand's delight, with numerous purveyors showcasing artisan cheeses, meats, breads, olive oils, gelato, and other food and beverage related goods. Local and international wine and beer producers, including Sakonnet, Newport, and Greenvale Vineyards, handed out samples of their products, the Firehouse Theater Bit Players put on a vignette, and the Dick Lupino quartet played in the background.  All this in the majestic building that is constructed from the same limestone as Rough Point, Doris Duke's mansion.

Kellie O'Connor with Mayor Richard Sardella

& Kathryn  Farrington


It was quite a party, co-chaired by former Mayor Richard Sardella and Patrick Golden, with the view of the Bay at sunset as a stunning backdrop. The food was provided by the new Marina Café & Pub on Goat Island, and Tallulah on Thames Street, Newport.


Among the fortunate patrons who attended a wine tasting dinner, were Allison and Bill Vareika, she the chair of the Opera House Restoration Committee, and Mr. Sardella  Two newly decorated reception rooms, done by Lisa Klinger and Jesus Gallegos, both students at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), were unveiled. Ocean Cliff donated its staff for the evening.


Seen at the fair were Mayor Jeanne Napolitano, Donna and Jack Maytum, Joe Rocco, he of the Newport Summer Comedy Series,  Lisa Cohane, Liz Taber, Ann McMahon, Paul Roselli, Kate da Costa, Kellie O'Connor, Jennifer and Rick Wells, and Wendy Barry.

Donna Maytum & Jack Slevin

Lisa Cohane samples Sakonnet Vineyard's


A masseur working magic on an attendee

Heather King, Laurie Hewitt & Liz Taber

Barbara Bassette, Paul Roselli, & Lauren Carson

Mayor Jeanne Napolitano & Katie daCosta

smile for Newport Seen

Richard Willis of the Marina Cafe & Pub

Jennifer & Rick Wells

Leslie Fasler loved the hors d'oeuvres

The Dick Lupino Quartet, a Newport, RI favorite

A video presention on the Opera House Restoration,

the event's beneficiary

At the special wine dinner

Jack Maytum

Gourmet foods galore!

In the RISD designer room

An art display in the second RISD designer room

Awaiting the first course of the wine dinner

Absolutely delicious

Information on the Opera House

Steve Krohn of Newport Vineyards

US Food Service handed out tasties

The perfect dessert

The glistening glasses

Enjoying hors d'oeuvres


Ann McMahon & Rena Baer


A beautiful table



The party at twilight

Tallulah, the newest French restaurant in town

An appealing table

Serving in the RISD designed room

Leslie Fasler Leith Adams, friend, &Dominique Alfandre,

of the Island Moving Company

Service with smiles


A rhum situation

A well stocked bar













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