Put simply, the RI Red Food Tour is the premiere food tour in Downcity. Participants can try samples from a range of restaurants, from cafes and bakeries to a seafood pop-up shack, a craft-beer-and-pretzel bar, and RI’s own version of a poutine-inspired fast food joint.
The Red Food Tour was founded by Paula Silva, a Massachusetts-raised real estate agent, in 2014, who saw the tour as a chance to showcase “gastronomical adventure” in the Ocean State. “We will share with you a little bit about the background of the chefs, their respective restaurant philosophy, and the most popular choices on their menus,” Silva says. “In between sips and bites we walk through the neighborhood sharing the history, art installations, local landmarks, and historic architecture.”
Two separate tours take place in Newport and Providence; the “red” refers to the state bird. The Providence edition takes groups through historic downtown and weaves through the city. Guides spout facts that will surprise even the most knowledgeable local. Tours take place Fridays and Saturdays throughout July.
“You can go for a leisurely walk through a beautiful, iconic New England town while taking in its classic architecture, learn a few things about its storied past, eat great food, and perhaps sip a few cocktails along the way,” summarizes Silva. “What’s not to like?”