Norman Bird Sanctuary

A trio of Winter Culinary Experiences benefitting one of Newport County’s most valuable resources, the Norman Bird Sanctuary!

Enjoy a selection of 3-course meals that are filling and fulfilling! Three very popular local restaurants, Brix, The White Horse Tavern and Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen create special menus and generously donate half of the evening’s receipts. All proceeds advance NBS’ 67- year mission of connecting people to nature through environmental education and conservation stewardship.

Thursday, January 28th –  Brix Restaurant

Cozy up around the fire at Newport Vineyard’s Brix Restaurant. From their vineyards they bring
the philosophy that the wine should highlight the taste of the grapes themselves, and therefore
their food should highlight the taste, flavors and ingredients that make it come to life. A favorite gathering spot on the island, diners enjoy the unique opportunity of viewing the entire winemaking operation through two walls of windows that drape the room.  $50 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity. For reservations between 4:00-9:00pm, visit

Thursday, February 18th – The White Horse Tavern

Join us for a fresh, contemporary culinary experience in America’s oldest restaurant, a 17th
century colonial tavern that has been welcoming diners for over 350 years. With the warmth of
wood burning fireplaces in every room, historic ambiance and locally sourced ingredients, there
is not a better place to find yourself on a mid-week evening in February.

$50 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity. For reservations please call 401-849-3600

Thursday, March 10th – Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen

With spectacular views looking down over Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, Fluke Wine, Bar and Kitchen enjoys a reputation as one of the best places to dine in Newport, with its superb modern American cuisine and relaxed atmosphere. Known for their signature cocktails and artisanal wines, the “fresh, seasonal and local menu changes frequently to take advantage of the bounty of the season”.

$50 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity. For reservations beginning at 5:00pm, please call Fluke at 401-849-7778

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.