Providence Public Library kicks off On The Table with Exhibition Launch Party

Providence Public Library 2017 Exhibition & Program Series Kicks Off March 1 with an Exhibition Launch Party
Four-month ON THE TABLE Exhibition & Programs to Focus on Food & Dining Culture
– Providence Public Library’s (PPL) third annual Exhibition & Program series called On the Table is focused on food and dining culture and we have everything from soup to nuts in store!  We invite Rhode Islanders to head to PPL (150 Empire Street, Providence) March 1 - June 30 to nourish mind and body: take in our eye-opening exhibition examining changes in American foodways and dining culture through the lens of table settings, and participate in a multitude of free educational opportunities on our four-month program schedule!  

"There is something for everyone on the menu, including provocative author talks, gardening classes and art projects -- where learning has never been so fun -- to more serious ‘food for thought’ pursuits including culinary training opportunities for all ages," said Karisa Tashjian, PPL Education Director.
It’s an exciting time in Little Rhody as we highlight our vibrant and entrepreneurial food environment and celebrate the release of the state’s first Food Plan in 2017.  PPL is pleased to present our On the Table programs in collaboration with a variety of partners and sponsors, including Academy of Career Exploration, Bank of America, Genesis Center, Hope and Main, Lippitt House Museum, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Regency Plaza, Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative, Rhode Island Historical Society, Roger Williams University, and the URI Master Gardening Program.
In conjunction this year, PPL is also excited to be a lead partner presenting the statewide A La Rhody campaign ( – a year-long celebration of food culture – with the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism, Discover Newport, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.  The A La Rhody promotional effort features a website serving as a clearing house for food-related programs and events happening in Rhode Island throughout 2017. The campaign aims to use the universal language of food to educate and provoke dialogue on a diverse array of topics.
On The Table Exhibition
The On The Table Exhibition opens March 1 and runs through June 30. A meal at a table anchors us to our daily lives. Rustic or grand, with family or with strangers -- the routine, the traditions, the etiquette roots us to the food and people who share a meal with us. This exhibition examines changes in American foodways and dining culture over nearly 200 years through the lens of table settings.  Visitors to PPL will be immersed in this year’s exhibition upon entering the Library on Empire Street, including an art installation by PPL’s 2017 Creative Fellow Keri King, who will also present an artist’s talk and collage workshop on April 30.  The main exhibition is located in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room on level 1, and related displays can be found in the Reference area on level 1.
Related displays include:
World War I and II propaganda posters addressing food shortages and rationing
Recipes from Home: Rhode Island immigrant-created food stories related through art
Children’s art projects from participating Rhode Island Food Bank Kids Cafe sites
Money Smart Week: Bank of America Financial Literacy Information 
On The Table Launch Party: Wednesday, March 1
Join us from 5:30 – 8 pm, Rhode Island Room, Ground Level Exhibit Space, and Grand Hall Court for Launch Party celebrating the Grand Opening of the On the Table Exhibition, featuring a food art installation by Marina and Tony Balko, with music by Mark and Sam Taber. Open to all!
For complete details on programs and events at PPL or to register for events, visit For a statewide calendar of food-related happenings throughout the year, visit
PPL’s program calendar, featuring free programs for all ages, follows. Some programs and program series require registration and attendance at all sessions, as space is limited. These are denoted below. (* Registration required; limited space available.)

Wednesday, March 1
On The Table Launch Party
5:30 – 8 pm, Rhode Island Room, Ground Level Exhibit Space, Grand Hall Court
Grand Opening for the On the Table Exhibition, featuring a food art installation by Marina and Tony Balko, with music by Mark and Sam Taber. Open to all!
Saturdays, March - October
From Seed to Table Gardening Series: Learn from URI Master Gardeners*
March 18 -- Garden Design & Soil  
10 – 11:30 am, PPL Meeting Room
April 15 -- Early Planting, including Square Foot Gardening           
10 – 11:30 am, PPL Meeting Room
April 22 -- Healthy Soil & Early Planting:  Field Session
10 am – 12 pm, Community Garden, Roger Williams Park
May 20 – Planting: Field Session
10 am – 12 pm, Community Garden, Roger Williams Park
June 17 -- Caring for the Garden
10 – 11:30 am, PPL Meeting Room
July 22 -- Caring for the Garden: Field Session
10 am -12 pm, Community Garden, Roger Williams Park                                         
August 19 -- Harvesting and Pest Control:  Field Session
10 am – 12 pm, Community Garden, Roger Williams Park
October 14 -- Completing the Gardening Season: Field Session
10am – 12 pm, Community Garden, Roger Williams Park
Sundays, March 19, 26, April 2 & 9
Families Cooking Together Program Series, Ages 6 & up*
2 - 4 pm, Regency Plaza, One Regency Plaza, Providence
Monday, March 20
Indigenous Foodways: Sovereignty, Appropriation and Continuation, a lecture with Loren Spears, Executive Director, Tomaquag Museum 
6:30 - 8 pm, PPL Meeting Room
Wednesday, March 29
EduHealth: Advancing Equity in Education -- Health-Related Social Determinants of Education
Academy for Career Exploration and Roger Williams University present an educator panel.
PPL Auditorium, 3 - 6 pm (Open to the public - donation suggested)
Friday, March 31  
Food Recovery in Rhode Island: A Panel Discussion hosted by Roger Williams University  
9:30 am - 2 pm, PPL Auditorium

Sunday, April 2
Empire Club: Food Writers' Panel Dishing It Out Little Rhody Style* 
Moderated by Gail Ciampa, Providence Journal Food Editor and Restaurant Critic.
2 - 4 pm, PPL Meeting Room
Monday, April 3
APP-etizer Tech Sharing Session
Bring your favorite food-related apps and learn about some new ones.
6 – 7:30 pm, PPL Learning Lounge
Saturday, April 8
The Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University is opening its doors for a guided tour of the exhibit.*
10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Meet at JWU Harborside Campus
April 10 - 13 and 17 - 21
Times vary
Teen Squad: Culinary Arts Program Series, Grades 7-12*
PPL & Genesis Center, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence & Capital Grille, Providence
Sunday, April 23
Meet Your Maker Rhode Show
Visit the Hope and Main indoor market. Enjoy the music of Turn for the Wurst band. Eat at Red’s Street Kitchen food truck.  Shop for delicious food prepared by local food entrepreneurs.
1 - 4 pm, PPL Grand Hall 
Thursday, April 27
Author Sarah Lohman discusses her new book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine with Chef Joshua Riazi creating recipes from the book.*
6:30 - 8:30 pm, Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope Street, Providence
Sunday, April 30
PPL Creative Fellow Keri King - Artist's Talk and Collage Workshop*
2 - 3:30 pm, PPL Meeting Room

Wednesday, May 3 
Author Dinah Fried, RISD Graphic Design Instructor, discusses her book Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals
6:30 - 8 pm, PPL Meeting Room
Mondays, May 8 & 22 
Workshop Series: Learn, Save & Write Family Food History with Genealogist Maureen Taylor*
6:30 - 8 pm, PPL Meeting Room
Max 30 participants / registration required. 
Wednesday, May 10
The 3 Foragers discuss their book Adventures in Edible Plant Foraging
6:30 - 8 pm, PPL Meeting Room
Monday, May 15
David Stone and Christopher Scott Martin celebrate the launch of their new book Images of America: Rhode Island Clam Shacks
6:30 - 8:00 pm, PPL Meeting Room
Wednesday, May 17
Fefa’s Market and Latino Foodways
Marta Martinez, Project Director and Founder of Nuestras Raíces: Latino Oral Histories of RI, talks about the heritage and significance of the early Latino immigrants in Providence. 
6:30 – 8 pm, PPL Meeting Room 
Friday, May 19
Empire Club: A Conversation with Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food*
5:30 – 8 pm, PPL Meeting Room   
Thursday, June 8
Chef Throwdown hosted by Chef Joshua Riazi
Genesis Center Demonstration Kitchen, 620 Potters Avenue, Providence
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Monday, June 26
Jonathan White discusses foraging and his book TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
6:30 – 8 pm, PPL Meeting Room