Ex Urbis (From the City)

I am having a bit of a love affair with Providence, RI right now.  This vibrant place is full of citizens committed to building the city.  I do not speak of skyscrapers, metal, and glass, but a community spirit from within.  Nearly 80% of Rhode Island businesses are family owned and operated. That’s 30,000 businesses for those of you counting.  Small companies reign here, making Providence a city of independent thinkers and bold risk takers.
I am having a bit of a love affair with Providence, RI right now.  This vibrant place is full of citizens committed to building the city.  I do not speak of skyscrapers, metal, and glass, but a community spirit from within.  Nearly 80% of Rhode Island businesses are family owned and operated. That’s 30,000 businesses for those of you counting.  Small companies reign here, making Providence a city of independent thinkers and bold risk takers.

Two gentlemen in Providence with considerable civic duty are making a difference: Andy Cutler and Michael Lester. 

Building upon the higher-learning hardware and infrastructure that Providence boasts, Andy just wrapped up the 6th Annual A Better World by Design Conference, which he created and developed. This three-day outing at Brown and RISD cultivates a global community of socially conscious and passionate innovators in fields such as social media, architecture, engineering, and technology.  800 people from around the globe attended the conference last week, with much of Andy’s network of Providence locals playing host to attendees.

Michael, a native Rhode Island and Providence Plantations-isto is all about the software: fabulous food, wine, and spirits!  At MS Walker, Michael not only helps distribute fine wines and spirits, but also dispenses humor, vast knowledge of his craft, and a love of the good life.  Michael is a member of Leadership Rhode Island, an organization whose purpose is to create and support a legacy of leaders for the state.  He was recently elected by his peers to be the Class 2013 Speaker.  Did I mention his recent appointment to USBG Rhode Island’s Vice Presidency?

As a result, Providence’s bar and restaurant scene is one of the most robust in the country.  Creative restaurants like The Eddy and The Dorrance offer delicious plates and glasses full of wonder.  Customers often circle back to Campus Fine Wines and find ingredients to become bartenders at home.    

Amazingly enough, despite their commitments to Providence and having over 70 Facebook friends in common, Andy and Michael have never met.  Imagine what they will accomplish when they do?!

They are community-building gods amongst us mere mortals and they inspire me to do just a little bit more in my own world.

Raise a glass with me, toasting Andy and Michael!

Traditional Champagne Cocktail

1 white sugar cube

2-3 dashed Angostura Bitters

Champagne

Put sugar cube in Champagne flute.  Add Angostura Bitters to saturate sugar.  Fill glass with Champagne and enjoy the mountain of bubbles!  Garnish with a lemon twist.

Cheers!

– Allison Goldberg

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