Wait, Don’t I Know You From Somewhere?
Yes! And, we LOVE getting this question. For three years, Bites by Bre held artistic residency at The Olive Tap’s acclaimed, Friday night Tasting Events (Wayland Square, Providence). During this time, we imagined and executed 138 unique pop-up menus, and were honored by a dedicated statewide following. Seriously, the lovefest was unreal.
We adore being a part of the Rhode Island food scene, and have been lucky enough to support some truly fantastic causes, such as the Providence Preservation Society, the Pawtucket Arts Festival, the American Liver Foundation, Barnaby Castle and Save the Bay. We’ve catered elaborate dinners, zany theme parties, galas, and many sunsets. We’ve been repeatedly humbled by the difference between feeding a crowd and nourishing a community.
Currently, our brains are bursting. We’re criss-crossing the state with meal delivery, lavishing guests at In the Round (our new event space), planning cooking classes, sketching a cookbook, devouring the internet for cuisines we’ve never heard of, and dreaming up ever-new, intoxicating flavors. We want SO much to share our journey and creations with you.
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Meet Your Chefs
By the age of 22, Chef Jacob Rosen had already cooked (and eaten) his way across New York, Denver, England (Tante Marie Culinary Academy), Italy, Peru and Cambodia. A student of the Culinary Institute of America and a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Jacob settled in Rhode Island in 2017, where Instagram quickly labeled him “one to watch” in the local industry.
Inspired by his hero, Anthony Bourdain, Jacob has a passion for lesser-known ingredients, international cuisine, and rustic dishes prepared with heart. His food is grounded in fine cooking and old-world method, but always imbued with modern imagination and a fusion twist, drawing on his world travels.
When not in the kitchen, Jacob is likely supporting a friends’ budding food business, scouting farmers’ markets, discovering a new vegetable or microgreen and then inventing a delicious way to celebrate it. It is this creative hunger that makes Chef Jacob an energizing force in the kitchen: one that can take a fridge seemingly filled with nothing, transform it into a palate-dazzler, and then plate it with an artistic vision well beyond his years.
Since joining Bites by Bre in June, 2019, Jacob has crafted or put his personal spin on many dishes that have become fan-favorites. Eager diners can taste these creations through Bites by Bre Meal Delivery, catered events, and our In the Round dinner series.
Bre Goldsmith is a talented, young, Providence-based chef who only recently (and nearly accidentally), began sharing her long-cultivated passion for food with the world. In 2014, while working part-time Providence’s culinary destination shop The Olive Tap, she was asked to stand in at the last minute for a chef’s tasting event. Delighted by the opportunity, Bre re-invented the menu, and, perhaps most surprising to her, garnered enough enthusiasm to permanently helm the weekly dinner series. Throughout this three-year residency, Bre executed hundreds of original recipes, and transformed this meekly-attended gathering into a frequently sold-out, standing-room-only culinary event attended by a dedicated state-wide following.
Categorizing a dining experience with this fashion designer turned music journalist turned author turned chef is a wonderful challenge, for Bre’s culinary voice is, similar to her background, a holistic culmination. Her meals are best experienced one bite at a time, with anticipation of harmony, artfulness, surprise, and an understanding that where ingredients and techniques originate in the world matters far less than how one experiences them together.
As Rhode Island “secrets” are a misnomer, gourmands are craving more from this self-taught chef, who loyal diners hail as responsible for “creating a culinary community,” and “redefining their experience of humble ingredients.” In 2015, Bre founded the aptly-named Bites by Bre: a catering company and weekly meal delivery service that provides inspired, personalized, fork-ready dinner solutions directly to clients’ doorsteps. Bre also crafts for the acclaimed Ocean State Oyster Festival, the Providence Preservation Society, Barnaby Castle, the Pawtucket Arts Festival, the American Liver Foundation’s Flavors Event and food pop-ups around the city.