Gracie’s “Star Chef Series 2014” begins March 24th

PROVIDENCE, RI – Owner and Chef of The Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Evan Mallett makes his fifth appearance to Gracie’s on March 24th  as part of the AAA Four-Diamond Award winning restaurant’s Star Chef Series.

Throughout the year, dining guests enjoy the Star Chef Series which brings featured chefs from around the country to collaborate with Chef Matthew Varga, and create a special menu with the Gracie’s team.  This year, in addition to Chef Evan Mallett, the star-studded line-up includes Chef Michael Ginor on June 9 and Chef Bruce Tillinghast on August 11.

In 2011and 2013, Chef Evan was named as a James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef, Northeast. He is actively involved and sits on the boards of Chef’s CollaborativeSlow 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 NH Seacoast.

For Chef Evan, the path into cooking professionally was a sinuous one, wending its way from Washington, D.C. up the coast to Boston and ultimately the ridiculously quaint seaport village of Portsmouth. In 2007, Evan and his wife Denise bought the restaurant at 29 Ceres Street, naming it Black Trumpet after a particularly delicious mushroom Evan found while foraging.

By purchasing the space, the Malletts essentially vowed to be stewards of an historic restaurant location in an even more historic building.  Mallett’s connection to local food sources and his love of Latin and Mediterranean cuisines continues to inspire him as he mans the stove with an aging grace.  The legacy lives on at Black Trumpet, evolving with every season and every seasonal menu change.

The cost per guest is $125 plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations can be made by calling Gracie’s at 401-272-7811, or emailing

About Gracie’s (

Gracie’s creates inventive dishes using fresh, local and seasonally based ingredients sourced from local farms and producers. Gracie’s also has its own rooftop garden where edible flowers, greens and vegetables flourish and find a special place in many of the dishes. Each night, the Chef’s Tasting Menu is available, as well as a three-course pre-fixed menu, expertly paired with wine selections from around the world.

Throughout the year, Gracie’s hosts incredible special events including winemaker dinners, non-profit fundraisers, and the Star Chef Series.  The Star Chef Series, now in its sixth year, combines the talents of extraordinary chefs from around the country teamed up with Executive Chef Matthew Varga.  The chefs collaborate to create a five-course menu that is expertly paired with wine.

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