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, […]

Meet the Ellie’s Team: Wetherley

At Ellie’s and Gracie’s, we feel privileged to work with some amazing people. Our “Meet the Team” feature let’s us share even more of their talents with the world. In this post, however, we are going to share a variation on that theme. Our new morning baker, Wetherley Rouleau, was recently featured on the Winter […]

Cooking Classes

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 […]

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!” — […]

Meet the Ellie’s Team: Sara

Who are you, and what is your job at Ellie’s?  My name is Sara. I am the head baker at Ellie’s. If you were caught daydreaming at work, what would you be thinking about? What is the next meal I am going to eat? If you were stuck on a desert island, what three items […]

Blackbird Farm – Field Trip

Chances are if you see a pig walking the streets of Smithfield, Rhode Island, it belongs to Ann Marie Bouthillette. “They like to go out for a stroll occasionally,” Ann Marie jokes. The truth is, these American Heritage Berkshire pigs are very inquisitive, and while they might enjoy a night on the town, they have […]

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 […]

Cinco de Mayo

This Saturday, we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo in downtown Providence. We will be out with Millie, the Macaron Ice Cream cart, and there will be an abundance of food trucks, face painting, and music. This should prove to be a fun day, with a little something for everyone. Contrary to popular belief, however, Cinco […]

Honey and Banana Bread Pudding

    yield: one 9″x13″ baking dish 1 loaf, cubed Honey glazed beer bread (from Ellie’s Bakery) 1 stick (4 oz) butter 1/2 cup honey 3 bananas, mashed 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 t. salt 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped 2 cups cream 6 egg yolks 1. Cube the honey glazed beer bread into 1″ cubes and place […]

We love our guests!

This beautiful sketch is from our friend Nora Allsup Gardner, who has a fantastic blog about making art, being a mom, and trying “to make the world a little more wonderful.” Thanks, Nora! We love when people send us art!!!    

Eat, Drink, RI!

This is a big weekend for food and drink here in little ole Providence. The Eat, Drink RI Festival is this weekend, starting with a feast this evening featuring some of the best chefs from around the state. Friday night is the festival Truck Stop, with many of Rhode Island’s fantastic food trucks. This part […]

Macaroon vs Macaron

  Macaroon vs macaron? The spelling is just a little different. The delectable treat is a LOT different. In a city filled with so many wonderful Italian bakeries, it is not a surprise when people ask us for macaroons. They are a delightful treat – perfect for a small afternoon snack or surprise for a friend. […]

Chef Melissa Denmark Shines as a Rising Star

    April 15, 2014 marks a special day for us here at Gracie’s and Ellie’s. Our friend and pastry chef, Melissa Denmark, will be honored as a Rising Star in the Coastal New England culinary scene. She is one of 32 people to receive this award from the online culinary magazine, Star Chefs. Who […]

Mem Tea Imports

A daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary. – Chinese Proverb   The story of tea begins over 4,000 years ago. The Camellia Sinensis bush is native to the Yunnan Province of China, where legend has it that Emperor Shen Nong accidentally boiled tea leaves and “discovered” the joys of hot tea. As […]

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 […]

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