On Monday, March 8th, 2010 Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island held their first Star Chefs dinner of the year. For the dinner that evening Gracie’s invited Chef Celina Tio of Julian in Kansas City, Missouri to collaborate with Gracie’s Executive Chef Matthew Varga on a menu they called American Classics. The dishes lived up to the theme of American Classics, tasting as you’d expect, but also changing your expectations. Two of my favorites are pictured below. The Chicken and Waffles hors d’oeuvres was a delicious bite of fried chicken liver on a tiny round of waffle. It just exploded in your mouth in a very good way. The Ribs and Grits—Braised Beef Short Ribs with Anson Mills White Corn Grits—was also wonderful, beautifully cooked short ribs, with an amazing glaze and ultra-creamy grits. Thank you to Gracie’s, Chef Varga and Chef Tio. I know where to head when I’m in Kansas City.