august, 2017

28aug7:30 pmSucrée - Seaside Garden Party

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Let’s start with dessert!

We are so excited to announce the next installment in our newest dinner series, Sucrée: A Sticky Sweet Tasting Soirée! Join us on Monday, August 28th, 2017 at 7:30pm for our second ever dessert-focused dining event, which will take place at the Rotunda Ballroom at Easton’s Beach in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island.

The evening will bring together three of Rhode Island’s most promising local pastry chefs: Lori Kettelle of PVDonuts, Jennifer Luxmoore of Sin, and our own Executive Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark of GraciesProv and Ellie’s Bakery. Throughout the course of the evening, each chef will present her own signature dessert course, along with savory hors d’œuvres that will be featured at a cocktail hour preceding the seated dessert tastings. The evening’s garden party-themed menu will focus on the best of New England’s seasonal bounty, drawing inspiration from the fresh herbs, flowers, and fruits that define summer in Rhode Island.

Carefully curated cocktails will complement each course of the dessert tasting, and will also take center stage during the outdoor cocktail hour on the wraparound deck. Guests will enjoy breathtaking ocean views and full use of the beach’s historic carousel during this time.

Lori Kettelle of PVDonuts


I am the Owner and Head Baker here at PVDonuts! I started on this journey a couple of years back – I did a ton of R&D to find the right recipes, which I can’t wait for you to try!
When I’m not making donuts, I can most likely be found taking a nap (bakers hours, c’mon), at a nursery looking for new plants (more often than not, Brigg’s in N. Attleboro), or reading crazy Game of Thrones fan theories (thoughts on Jon Snow? I’d be happy to debate). If I were a donut, I’d be a brown butter pecan PVDonut.
I’m so thankful for everyone’s support so far and I’m beyond excited for PVDonuts to open so I can finally meet everyone and be the first to start feeding the city of Providence some darn specialty donuts!  PVDonuts

Jennifer Luxmoore of Sin Desserts

A custom cake bakery that opened in 2007, recently moved and expanded to 1413 Westminster street where you’ll now find espresso and coffee drinks, morning pastries as well as cookies, cake and pie slices and plated desserts paired with wine beer and cocktails.

Melissa Denmark of Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery

Chef Denmark grew up in Columbia, Maryland, with a cookbook in one hand, and a whisk in the other. Her love of baking led her to Johnson & Wales University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in baking and pastry arts. That same year, Denmark assumed the role of Executive Pastry Chef at Gracie’s, and in 2012, developed the bread and pastry program at Ellie’s Bakery.

Chef Denmark draws her inspiration from travel, childhood memories, and unusual ingredients to create savory-sweet, unique desserts. She was named as one of the 50 best new pastry chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine in 2012, and in 2014 was named a Rising Star in Coastal New England by the culinary magazine, Starchefs.  GraciesProv & Ellie’s Bakery

Caitlin Mcguire of Ellie’s Bakery


Caitlyn Mcguire comes to us from Andover, New Jersey. She began her baking and pastry career at Stella G’s, an intimate breakfast and lunch cafe that introduced her to the beauty of working with seasonal and fresh ingredients. Caitlyn attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence and received her bachelors in Pastry Arts. She completed her internship at Gracie’s, where Caitlyn fell in love with the company and the team fell in love with her drive. After her internship, she was offered the position of Assistant Pastry Chef position at Ellie’s and ultimately, Pastry Chef.

Caitlyn has a keen eye for detail and a systematic method for recipe development. Caitlyn celebrates the refinement of hand crafted pastries and the broad-sweeping language of good food. Now, while the world sleeps, Caitlyn leads a passionate team of bakers through the night, so that all of Rhode Island can have fresh croissants and goodies. Ellie’s Bakery


(Monday) 7:30 pm