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New York City transplant Wendy Logan is a career writer whose work is fueled by a passion for food and libations, art, music, and culture.

New York City transplant Wendy Logan is a career writer whose work is fueled by a passion for food and libations, art, music, and culture.

What? You thought that Thanksgiving would make you food-weary? Don’t kid yourself! You’ll be recovered and ready for more fun by Monday.

Good thing, because one of the most abhorred days of the week just got a lot more cheerful. Prior to the pandemic, you could count on a mob scene every Monday at Caleb & Broad. Diners lined up for amazingly reasonable, set-price entrees at the lively spot, and last week, the restaurant announced its Monday special was back, with $12 entrees for all dine-in customers. Get there early.

No need to cheer up a Sunday Funday, but if you’re not feeling omelets and Benedict, I’m loving Wharf Southern Kitchen’s Fried Chicken Sundays, where an entirely separate menu is dedicated to good ol’ southern fried chicken in a diversity of glorious, crunchy forms.

Go simple with crispy chicken bites, with grainy mustard aioli for dipping, or a fried chicken sammie with house-made blue cheese dressing, Baja cheese and dry slaw. Get your drawl on with the fried chicken plate, replete with three pieces of chicken, black eyed peas, collard greens and a fresh, hot biscuit topped with butter and hot honey.

Still not enough? Flip the script and go for the chicken fried steak with bourbon brown gravy and mac-and-cheese. Not sure bacon and eggs can ever live up to this kind of Sunday brunch.

Speaking of brunch, The Black Pearl raised its game significantly by bringing the brunch menu out every single day. A boon to those who work weekends and midweek-getaway visitors, the promo makes every day a Sunday. Ingenious! Bananas Foster French toast, steak and eggs, lobster Benedict and Bloody Marys are among the classic offerings. I’m feeling a Thursday Mimosa coming on.

On Dec. 11, one of my favorite out-of-state brands of all time, the internationally acclaimed, earth conscious, community minded, family-owned Litchfield Distillery in Connecticut, is sponsoring a special edition of Newport’s Cocktail Wars at the Safari Room at OceanCliff. The competition takes place from 2 to 4 p.m., with the list of contenders representing Bar Cino and La Vecina, Tavern on Broadway, Midtown Oyster Bar and entrants from Connecticut. Expect a deejay, and cash and prizes to be awarded to the winning bartenders. Admission is free. Check Newport Live Events on Instagram for more info.

You’ve really got to hand it to Aquidneck Community Table and its winter Farmers Market partner, Stoneacre Garden. On Nov. 19, the last market before Thanksgiving, it was downright expansive, brimming with vendors winding through both the patio, which was originally designated for the event, and the interior of the restaurant.

Crates and tables were bountiful with colorful, fresh, seasonal vegetables, fish, meats, baked goods, and a variety of hand-crafted, locally made products.

Developed over many years with a lot of passion and energy by Bevan Linsley and her team, including market manager Kelsey Fitzgibbons, what was once a somewhat sparse group of offerings is now a dynamic and impressive experience and a real opportunity for residents to shop local. The market takes place every Saturday through April 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, with Christmas Eve and March 18 the sole closures.

Just over a month remains to shop at Sweet Berry Farm before it goes to sleep for the winter, and it’s never too early to start thinking about your final purchases of pies and cakes, creative soups, to-go dishes, beautiful cheeses and more. And starting the day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas tree sale begins. The last of the farm’s homegrown offerings, visitors can choose a tree from the field that the farmers will cut, wrap, and tie to your car. Or you can get a pre-cut, premium tree.

Here we go!

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