"GET OUT there and eat," Lawton says.
TRAVIS LAWTON, EXECUTIVE CHEF, THE ROI IN PROVIDENCE. Welcome to Providence, the greatest city in the world. We will teach you as much about food and the industry outside of the classroom as your professors do inside. My advice? Get out there and eat.
Hit the restaurants downtown. Hit the West Side. Get tacos from a place where your waitress speaks Spanish. Learn Spanish. Hit the South Side. Taste the things you haven’t. Get around some nime chow, pad thai, chimis, chorizo, zeppoles.
You are not the only stranger in a strange land here. Pay attention. Hit the food trucks. Hang with the locals. Smash down a Del’s on an August day. Take the long drive out for clam cakes and chowdah at a shack in Narragansett. Have a ’Gansett. Spin by New York System at 2 am.
Go to shows. Everyone in the music scene either works in a kitchen or has. Find where the cooks hang out. (Hint: it’s not where you hang out.)
Make connections. You may not know us yet but we recognize you immediately so don’t be a jerk.
Keep your knives sharp.
CHARLES PINNING, AUTHOR OF THE RECENTLY-RELEASED, PROVIDENCE-BASED NOVELIRREPLACEABLE. Too much alcohol over the course of an hour or several can poison and kill you. Too much marijuana won’t.