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What Is A Tasting Menu?

 What Is A Tasting Menu?   If you have looked at the menus or websites for many high end restaurants, you have probably noticed that most of them offer a tasting menu. For the adventurous, ordering dinner without regard to what might arrive to your table could be great. Even for the less curious, most restaurants […]


New Harvest Coffee Roasters

  When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, Rik Kleindfeldt had to change plans. The Wall was central to his research as a Ph.D. candidate at Brown University. With his plans in limbo, Rik got a job with Coffee Exchange, and found a passion that became New Harvest Coffee Roasters. Since opening in 2000, […]


Cooking Classes 3

Ellie’s Bakery is excited to announce our 2015 cooking class series. Our 2014 series was a hit, and we had so much fun that we are adding even more classes for 2015. Learn how to make your own Honey Beer Bread, or master the art of the French Macaron. Classes include hands-on, personalized instruction from […]


Behind the Scenes: Star Chef Dinner Part 2

This is the second in our “Behind the Scenes” series. This section and section one take you into the kitchen to find out what happens before dinner gets to your table. Our Star Chefs Dinners give us an opportunity to collaborate and learn from some of our favorite chefs. Our guests get the opportunity to […]


Halloween Food Traditions

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?” This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!” — […]


A Conversation with Star Chef Taylor Knapp

On Monday, October 20, Gracie’s is hosting the next dinner in the Star Chefs Series. Chef Taylor Knapp, of First and South in Greenport, New York, will join us for an evening of passed canapés, and a five-course tasting menu. We were curious to know what Chef Taylor might have planned for his first visit […]


March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

By now, you know how much we love food. We love our community, too, and believe that we can work together to make our little part of the world a better place. That is why we are taking part in the March of Dimes Rhode Island Signature Chefs Auction this Thursday, September 18 at the […]


Behind the Scenes: Star Chefs Series Part 1 1

Did you ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant? What happens before that beautiful plate gets to your table? In this series, we will open the kitchen door, and spend time with the chefs, waiters, bartenders, and restaurant staff who bring you the best in local, seasonal, and wholesome food. (photos by JWessel Photography)


Summer Coffee – Cold Brewed and Ready to Roll

Hot weather means cold drinks, but so many of us depend on a coffee or two (or six), that it is great to have an alternative to hot coffee. Iced coffee fits that need nicely, and while brewing hot coffee over ice can make a good iced drink, we find that keeping it cool throughout […]


Blackbird Farm

Ann Marie Bouthillette began working with animals when she was three years old. Her childhood included showing livestock, active participation in the Future Farmers of America, and learning as much as she could about working on a farm. It is only natural that she now runs Blackbird Farm in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Ann Marie, with her family, […]


Southside Community Land Trust – Plant Sale

We love fresh, local produce. It is good for the local environment, the local economy, and the taste buds. When it comes to local food, Southside Community Land Trust is a pioneer in Rhode Island. SCLT began organizing and cultivating urban community gardens 30 years ago, and their 50 acre Urban Edge Farm in Cranston, […]


Bakes for Breast Cancer

We are fortunate to have The Dana Farber Cancer Institute in nearby Boston. The Dana Farber Institute is one of the top research facilities working to find a cure for cancer, while providing patients with the best care available. The Institute opened in 1947 as the Children’s Cancer Research Foundation, by Dr. Sidney Farber. Since […]


A Day in the Life of a French Macaron

Tomorrow is National Macaron Day, and we could not be more excited. The French Macaron is a sweet cookie made with whipped egg whites, confectioners sugar, granulated sugar, almond flour and food coloring. This Parisian treat may be filled with chocolate ganache, sweet buttercream or jams. As many of you may know, macarons are a […]


Rhody Fresh

It is no mystery that we love local food. There is something special about knowing where your food comes from, and knowing you can shake hands with the people responsible for bringing that food to you. There is also something special about the way so many small local farms work together to benefit our little […]