Governor Gina Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit, along with state and food-industry leaders, will kick off Rhode Island’s first Quahog “Restaurant” Week on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 2pm during a special launch event at Save The Bay in Providence.

Rhode Islanders take great pride in their fishing heritage and diverse food cultures. And quahogs, harvested year round from Narragansett Bay, have long been a local favorite: important to the state’s history, culture, and economy. Quahog dishes, from stuffies to chowder, are popular fare during the summer season in Rhode Island, and quahogging is a well-loved local pastime; the goal of Quahog Week is to increase year-round use of this local fishery by highlighting creative, delicious quahog preparations and to feature the many restaurants, fishermen, and food-based businesses committed to growing Rhode Island’s local food economy.

Increasingly, Rhode Island’s local food sector is cited as an area of economic strength ripe for innovation; local seafood is poised to spur the next wave of food-based economic growth. Last year, nearly 100 million pounds of seafood arrived to a Rhode Island port – with an ex-vessel value over $75 million. And more than 27 million quahogs were harvested.

Some of the participating local restaurant that are participating include; Mooring Restaurant, Vinya Oberlin, birch, Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen, DiMare, George’s of Galilee, 22 Bowen’s, Castle Hill Inn, Ella’s Fine Food and Drink Providence Oyster Bar.

Are you a local restaurant and participating in Quahog Week? E-mail us at and let us know what you’re up to. 

For more information about Quahog Week and for a list of participating restaurants and events, visit or like the Quahog Week page on Facebook.

Join the conversation in social media by tagging the Facebook page or @RhodeIslandDEM on Twitter; share recipes, quahogging stories, and/or favorite restaurants and quahog dishes.

Quahog Week partners include Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), Discover Newport, Narragansett Bay Lobsters, Rhode Island Shellfishermen’s Association, Edible Rhody, Save The Bay, Ocean State Oyster Festival, Rhode Island Sea Grant, University of Rhode Island Coastal Resource Center, University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, and the Narragansett Indian Tribe.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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