Spring Sweets and Sips at Gracie’s

New Seasonal Menu Offerings Introduced

Providence, RI – Spring is in full bloom on Washington Street as Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery launch new menus for the season.  A flavorful and colorful combination of sweets and sips are now being served at the AAA four-diamond award winning restaurant in Providence and its Parisian-style boulangerie just blocks away.

Jason Wessel, Gracie’s Wine and Spirits Director, Keith Corbett, Gracie’s House Bartender, and Melissa Denmark, Pastry Chef for Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery were inspired by Spring in development of the new menu items.

With an eye to the light and refreshing, Wessel and Corbett designed two new specialty cocktails for Gracie’s. The first, called “An Apple A Day,” is made with Boyd & Blair vodka, Calvados, Fernet Branca, apple reduction, maple, lime, Angostura bitters, and apple mint.  The other sip is called “Night Shades” made with chili pepper infused Mezcal, ruby red grapefruit, Campari, agave nectar, sea salt, and candied grapefruit rind.

“I always look forward to creating new cocktails inspired by the fruits and ingredients coming into season,” said Wessel. “With ‘Night Shades,’ Keith and I took a fresh approach to the classic cocktail, the Paloma. We also wanted a new and innovative twist on the Spring harvest, and ‘Apple A Day’ really captures those flavors.”

Pastry Chef Melissa Denmark and her team continue to surprise and delight guests both at Gracie’s with the dessert menu selections and at Ellie’s Bakery with ever-changing sweet treats.

One new dessert item at Gracie’s is a Pink Lemon Curd served with hibiscus shortbread, candied cherries, and poppy seed ice cream.  At Ellie’s Bakery, guests may enjoy an abundance of new tastes including Meyer lemon and poppy seed muffins, Red currant cheesecake cream puffs, and a Rhubarb and custard galette.

“The season brings fresh air, budding life, and new ideas into our bakery,” says Denmark. “This collection was inspired by local ingredients, French traditions, and the flavors of Spring. We hope that Rhode Islanders will welcome these treats as family traditions.”

About Gracie’s | www.graciesprov.com

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, guests may enjoy many exciting and rewarding special events including: winemaker dinners, non-profit events, and 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.

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