Meet the Team: Kendal- Private Events Coordinator

Kendal: Private Events Coordinator

Hi. Will you tell us who you are and what is your position at Gracie’s?  My name is Kendal. I am the Private Events Coordinator at Gracie’s and I started in September 2014. What do you like the most about working here? I think it says a lot when you wake up genuinely excited 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!” — […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The History of Bread Part 3

This is the final entry in this three part History of Bread series. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 from these links. “How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex? – Julia Child  The story of bread and baking becomes complicated around the time of the Industrial Revolution. Advances in […]

Raaka Chocolate

We love chocolate! Chocolate is a great flavor for dessert; it can be savory as a mole sauce, or used decoratively as a garnish. Chocolate is also reported to have health benefits, and most would agree that it is good for the soul. Chocolate, however, is a tricky product. There is a wide variety of […]

The History of Bread

There is something about the aroma of baking bread that is warm, cozy, and inviting. One of my favorite times of day is when I walk into Ellie’s early in the morning, and smell the bread rising or already in the oven. With our hands and four simple ingredients (flour, water, salt, and yeast) we […]

The History of Bread Part 2

  The skill of bread baking passed quickly from Egypt to the Greek and Roman empires. The production of bread remained largely unchanged for centuries until the Industrial Revolution. The social implications of bread production and availability, however, played important roles in society throughout much of the intermediate times. Among other social issues, a shortage […]

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