The Star Chef Series at Gracie’s is a tradition we love and look forward to every year. These special dinners began in 2007, during our Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry dinner. In order to make the event a great success, we invited several guest chefs to work with us. It was an amazing evening, with our team working together with invited chefs to support No Kid Hungry. The event was a success, and also a lot of fun. We loved the idea of welcoming guest chefs into our kitchen and the Gracie’s Star Chef Series was born.
The Star Chef Series gives us the opportunity to turn over our kitchen to our colleagues and friends, to share ideas, and to appreciate what some of our favorite chefs are working on. It is a refreshing experience to collaborate with others in the food community in order to create great menus for each event. However, the best reward from these dinners is sharing an evening of delicious food and wine with you!
Our first 2014 Star Chef dinner was held on March 24th, 2014. We were honored to welcome Chef Evan Mallet, Owner and Chef of Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This was his fifth appearance at Gracie’s as part of our Star Chef Series. In 2011, and again this year, Evan was named as a James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef, Northeast. He is actively involved in the food community, and sits on the boards of Chefs Collaborative, Slow Food Seacoast, and the Heirloom Harvest Project, an initiative to join farmers, chefs and educators to identify and restore a food system native to the Greater New Hampshire Seacoast. Here is the menu from Chef Evan Mallet’s dinner:
Passed Hors d’ oeuvres
bay scallop, tomato vinegar, candy cap mushroom oil
potato sausage, creme fraiche, mustard caviar
ricotta cheese cornets, soft herbs, honey
chermoula chicken kebab, fresh coriander, harissa ketchup
cauliflower tempura, tahini aioli, green chickpea vinaigrette, Lebanese mint
berbere bison tartare, pickled quail egg, watercress, rooibos onion jam
golden tilefish, wild things broth, lardons, sorrel risotto, morel conserva
bee balm, walnut bitters?
warm terrine of socca and lamb sugo, roasted peppers, black olive, absinthe tomato cream
fried avocado ice cream, banana flan, toasted coconut, cashew cheese
Our next Star Chef Series dinner will be on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 6 p.m. Chef Michael Ginor, of Lola, in Great Neck, New York will join us for this five-course dinner, paired with wine from The Savory Grape. Chef Ginor has won numerous awards, including the 1996 Award for Excellence from the James Beard Foundation. We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening of food, wine, and friendship. For reservations, contact Keira at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Gracie’s at (401) 272-7811.