Gracie's Cooking Sessions
Gracie’s Cooking Sessions is all about learning techniques and lessons from the professional kitchen which can be applied in your home cooking. We receive a lot of feedback from guests asking if we offer cooking classes. Well, we hear you and we want you to be happy! Each of these 3 cooking sessions will have its own focus with specific lessons, techniques, and takeaways.
Our culinary team will be your hosts for the evening. You will work hand in hand with our talented kitchen staff to plan and execute a 3 course dinner. Along the way, you will see cooking demos, learn techniques and cooking lessons, as well as plenty of hands on practice.
We dine as a family. After dinner is prepared, everyone, including the chef and cooks, will sit down in our dining room to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Each course will be served with its own wine pairing, and our wine savvy service staff will be there to answer any food and wine pairing questions you might have. Learn, cook, eat, and drink with our passionate team!
Bringing people together and creating lifelong memories over exceptional food is the premise on which all Gracie’s endeavors are based. Naturally, this inspiration has guided us into the exciting world of culinary tourism—and you’re invited!
Whether you’re a seafarer or road-tripper, our culinary adventures offer something for everyone. These intimate excursions merge cultural tourism with our team’s unparalleled industry skill and knowledge to create a foodie’s ultimate dream vacation!
Be a part of our inspiration and explore some of the world’s most significant dining destinations with those in the know.
Beyond the Dinner Table
How to Create An Unforgettable Experience, Leave Lasting Impressions with your team, and Outshine the Competition.
‘Beyond the Dinner Table’ is a culinary experience, wine tasting, along with a discussion. It’s an excellent ice-breaker for a newly formed team, and a way to learn about each other beyond work titles & duties.
The leadership team at Gracie’s takes you on a journey.
Re-energize with your team. Sharing an intimate meal together is the best way to break preconceived notions about the people you work with, celebrate the successes, and bring your team closer together.
Star Chef Series
Throughout the year, Gracie’s invites award-winning chefs from around the country to collaborate with Executive Chef Matthew Varga & Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark to produce a unique tasting menu unlike any other dining experience in Rhode Island. Since its inception, the Star Chef Series has cultivated a loyal following.
The Series, now in its seventh year, was inspired by a Share Our Strength dinner eight years ago. The sharing of culinary talents and kitchen camaraderie between chefs from around the nation was unforgettable, and prompted our team to continue the tradition.
Past Star Chef Events:
“I think Gracie’s should also have a Supper Club or ‘Dinner with Strangers’ experience. I really enjoyed sitting down with influential people and getting to know them at the dinner. The interactive wine pairing activity was a great icebreaker for the group. As we were completing the task at hand, we also had a chance to get to know each other on a more personal level. You can’t go wrong with a three-course meal at Gracie’s where the dishes are fantastic and service is always impeccable. I went home with a deeper understanding for food and wine pairings, and also more compassion for others who do very important jobs in this city and state. At first, I thought I better read a few newspapers before attending and do my research on the state of affairs in Rhode Island. I expected to be in a room with opinionated movers and shakers who carry a lot of influence in the state, and while I did learn a lot from them about issues and solutions, it turned out I was also able to teach them something they didn’t know about Rhode Island.”
– Jamie Cohelo, ‘RI Monthly’
“Beyond the Dinner Table is a fresh and new program developed by and offered by the finest restaurant in the State of Rhode Island: Gracie’s. The food and wine education component is fascinating, the facilitation is highly professional, and the opportunity for a group of people to interact with transparency, humor, and security is outstanding. This is a lovely alternative to more traditional team building and motivational programs. This is a no risk high yield activity.”
– Gary Avigne
“It was a superb evening of inspired food and wine, robust conversation, and creative exercises to learn more about about ourselves, each other, our work, and passions. Delicious all around, thank you!”
– Marvin Ronning
We strive to stay connected to the community by participating in exciting local events outside Gracie’s and Ellie’s. Please check back periodically to see what our beautiful state has to offer in the way of food & beverage happenings.