Eat Drink RI Names Katie Kleyla Director of Development

RHODE ISLAND  Eat Drink RI, a leading local culinary media, marketing, and event production company, is pleased to announce the hiring of Katie Kleyla as its new Director of Development.

Kleyla will be instrumental in helping grow the nascent company as it enters its fifth year and moves forward with the development of a Central Market for Rhode Island. Kleyla will also be key as Eat Drink RI expands its marketing and media presence, continuing to promote Rhode Island as not only a food and drink destination, but also helping to make the culinary sector an economic driver for the state.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Katie join the company,” said David Dadekian, president of Eat Drink RI. “She’s been an invaluable volunteer for the last two Eat Drink RI Festivals and I know her background in politics, events and marketing are going to be instrumental in propelling the company, and the Rhode Island food and drink economy, forward.”

Before joining Eat Drink RI, Kleyla oversaw marketing & development for Gracie’s, Providence’s only AAA four-diamond award winning restaurant. Prior to that role, she had been Gracie’s Director of Private Events. Kleyla served on the East Providence City Council as the Ward One Councilwoman from 2010-2012.

“I am thrilled to take on my new role with Eat Drink RI,” Kleyla said. “There are lots of incredible developments on the horizon, and I’m proud to represent the vibrant local food and drink community in Rhode Island.

Kleyla has a B.A. in Music from the University of Rhode Island, and is a lifelong resident of Rhode Island. In addition to her involvement in the food community, she is an actively performing musician, featured as the vocalist for the New Providence Big Band, a 20-piece swing band. She resides in Providence.

Caption for attached photo: “Eat Drink RI Director of Development Katie Kleyla” Credit for photo: “JWessel Photography”

About Eat Drink RI

Created in 2010 by David Dadekian, Eat Drink RI is one of the top media outlets in the region for all things culinary. The news resource covers local food events, chefs & restaurants, the beverage industry, and locally produced artisanal products. Eat Drink RI produces and promotes several all-local culinary events, including an annual 4-day Festival in Providence celebrating the best of the culinary world in Rhode Island. Dadekian is a 2014 RI Foundation Innovation Fellow and is currently working to create a central culinary market and food hub for all Rhode Islanders.

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