Hungry for Excellence

Mar 5, 2014
           Congressman Langevin with culinary students at the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center

Dear Friends,

When most people think of Napa, California, they think wine country. Vail, Colorado, is associated with winter sports. Orlando, Florida, is home to Disney World. These are places that have carved out reputations. They’re not just cities; they’re destinations. They’re brands. With that strong sense of identity comes a vibrant hospitality industry. And with tourism comes jobs – my top priority right now.

Therein lies the vision I have for Rhode Island; a vision that is shared by the many farmers, fishermen, chefs, food manufacturers and other business owners I met through my RI Food Week initiative.

We take it for granted, but our state has an incredible food economy, and the potential for growth is significant. With the right strategy and investments, Rhode Island could be America’s top food destination. People are already taking notice. Taste Trekkers, a group of “foodies who love travel and travelers who love food,” hosted their 2013 Food Conference in Providence. The James Beard Foundation identified three RI chefs as some of the best in the region. A Warwick Beacon editorial recognized that, “food is a vital part of Rhode Island’s identity, and would appear primed to serve as a cornerstone of our economic future. We applaud those who are embracing that vision and are daring to think outside the box.”

It isn’t just restaurants that support this growing perception, either. Rhode Island has more than 1,200 working farms, and fishermen catching fresh seafood that is served locally and shipped internationally. We have great food manufacturers like Narragansett Creamery and Daniele, Inc. We have the food infrastructure here to support growth. It is a close-knit community with an ambitious dream of what Rhode Island’s food economy can accomplish. I think we should all do our part to buy local and to help rebrand Rhode Island as a Culinary Valley.

RI Food Week was just the beginning. Learn more about our food economy on my Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, and catch up on all my visits through my Food Week blog.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin applauds with Congressman David Cicciline (D-RI)
Wave of Relief
I am pleased to announce that the House passed the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. Once it passes the Senate and is signed by the President, the bill will alleviate some of the financial concerns of the many coastal property owners in Rhode Island who faced significant increases in flood insurance costs. I know this is a big issue for many of you, and your concerns have been heard.
 
Congressman Langevin eats lunch at Matunuck Oyster Bar
Lunch with Langevin
I am always looking for ways to connect with constituents, so beginning this month, residents of the Second District can share their questions or concerns at Lunch with Langevin. I hope to host Lunch with Langevin once a quarter, starting on Saturday, March 15, from 12 to 2 p.m. This first event, which is free and open to the public, will be at Venus Pizza, 2080 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry.
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