Provision is almost here!

Our next Provision is so soon – Sunday March 9 in downtown Providence at Aurora! Doors open at 5:30PM and we request that all reserved parties arrive no later than 5:45PM to guarantee their seats. We are sold out of online reservations but have a few spots available for folks who show up at the door at 5:30PM sharp. More details on event specifics can be found here: providenceprovision.wordpress.com/contact/

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Provision comes to downtown Providence!

We’re back, and we’re thrilled to be welcomed by Aurora, “a cabaret lounge and art space with the future of Providence on its mind.” Located in the former Roots Cultural Center space at 276 Westiminster Street, Aurora is a perfect place to host the next Provision. We can’t wait to see you there!

Make a dinner reservation here, contact us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re interested in volunteering, and/or consider submitting a proposal for your project!

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February 2013 Recap

Our seventh Provision – and our two year anniversary! – was Sunday, February 17. It was a pleasure to celebrate our anniversary back at New Urban Arts. Many, many thanks to all the folks who came out and helped – by proposing, volunteering, voting,  and, as always, by eating.

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February stats:

NUMBERS: Food
We fed 130 or so people, including volunteers.

NUMBERS: Money
We spent about $837 on the meal and other event-related set-up items.

We collected $760 via PayPal (RSVPs), an additional $354 at the door/for cash reservations, and $553 for a la carte beverages.

We awarded $600 to Grove St Apiary, and $350 to Providence’s Next Generation of Awesome Screenprinters, and $200 to One Gun Gone (see proposal info in the menu below). This was our first dinner awarding three grants! We used the balance of reservation, door, and beverage monies to cover event costs – but this time we also had a surplus to put toward awards (we saved some of our income from the last Provision for maintenance costs – we needed a new hot plate, to replace some lighting equipment, etc. – but we didn’t spend all of it . . . so we were able to give it away!).

VOTING PROCESS
Voting was based on a tiered system: Diners nominated their first, second, and third choice proposals. First place = 3 points, second place = 2 points, third place = 1 point. Most overall points received the Provision grant (and a bouquet of flowers).

MENU/PROPOSALS
Download July’s menu here: ProvisionMenu_February17_2013. Proposals are within. Please note this updated special thanks list:

Setup/backstage/waiter/clean up folks John Demetrick, Carolyn Gennari, Andrew Cook, Caitlin Cali, SueEllen Kroll, James Sawyer, Simcha Davis, Lena Sawyer, Dana Heng, Maren Jensen, Dyan Dealy, Sophie Candelaria, Sara Merritt, Rebecca Sokoll, Walker Mettling, and Julia Gualtieri. Thanks also to bread makers Fay Strongin and Ian Cozzens and soup chefs Carolyn Gennari and our own Neal Walsh. Also thanks to Community MusicWorks students August Packard, Andrew Oung, and Alondra Rivera for the lovely music; to Simcha Davis from AS220 Youth for our beautiful logo; and to Lena Sawyer and Gianna Rodriguez at AS220 Youth for our stunning posters.

OTHER DETAILS
We are, as always, seeking feedback from dinner guests and proposers about their experiences at Provision. If you have thoughts, or would like to volunteer at a future Provision, don’t hesitate to contact us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com.

See photos from February 17 here:

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Provision at New Urban Arts is tomorrow!

Featuring SEVEN exciting proposals from Scott Lapham, Jenine Bressner, Rita Lombardi, Peter Lutz, Anne Reinhardt, Emily Leighton, Phillip Eil, Provision at New Urban Arts is tomorrow! Rain or shine, snow or no snow, we are on! (It’s true, a storm and consequent parking ban are predicted, but lucky for us Providence is a walkable city! There are also several parking lots within a few blocks, and a large covered parking garage a block away at Dean and Fountain Streets.)

See you tomorrow!

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Reserve for February 17!

Provision is back! Click here for details on how to make reservations for February 17here for information about proposing, and email us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com if you want to volunteer!

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July 2012 Recap

Our sixth Provision was Sunday, July 15. Many, many thanks to all the folks who came out and helped – by proposing, volunteering, voting,  and, as always, by eating.

July stats:

NUMBERS: Food
We fed 130 or so people, including volunteers.

NUMBERS: Money
We spent about $550 on the meal and other event-related items. As always, we sought out donations for food and other items.

We collected $557.53 via PayPal (RSVPs), an additional $493 at the door/for cash reservations, and $450 for a la carte beverages.

We awarded $750 to the Roger Williams Park Edible Forest Garden and $200 to The Pantry Project (see proposal info in the menu below). This was our first dinner awarding multiple grants!

We used the balance of the reservation, door, and beverage monies to cover the event costs.

VOTING PROCESS
Voting was based on a tiered system: Diners nominated their first, second, and third choice proposals. First place = 3 points, second place = 2 points, third place = 1 point. Most overall points received the Provision grant (and a bouquet of flowers).

MENU/PROPOSALS
Download July’s menu here: ProvisionMenu_July15_2012. Proposals are within. Please note this updated special thanks list:

Setup/backstage/waiter/clean up folks John Demetrick, Carolyn Gennari, Carolyn’s mom, Simcha Davis, Lena Sawyer, Julia Moreno, Dana Heng, Mari Robles, John Jacobson, Dana Dunham, Leigh Waldron-Taylor, Dyan Dealy, Sophie Candelaria, Ayn Sawyer, Mr. Sawyer, Olivia Lane, Richard, Jenine Bressner, Mimi Budnick, and Naomi. Thanks also to bread maker Fay Strongin and soup chefs Cael Thompson and Ricardo Ferrer. Also thanks to Keith Heyward, Noel’le Longhaul, and Natalie Jablonski for the lovely music; to Simcha Davis from AS220 Youth for our beautiful logo; and to Lena Sawyer and Gianna Rodriguez at AS220 Youth for our stunning posters.

OTHER DETAILS
We are, as always, seeking feedback from dinner guests and proposers about their experiences at Provision. If you have thoughts, or would like to volunteer at a future Provision, don’t hesitate to contact us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com.

Check out this great article about Provision in the Providence Phoenix here!

And finally, see photos from July 15 here:

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Reserve for July 15!

Provision is back! Click here for details on how to make reservations for July 15here for information about proposing, and email us at providenceprovision [at] gmail [dot] com if you want to volunteer!

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