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Allan Industries hosts 2nd annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Re-Focus clients at Gracie’s
For the second Thanksgiving in a row, Allan Industries will join Gracie’s to proudly welcome approximately 60 clients and staff of Re-Focus, Inc., a Providence-based nonprofit human service agency that serves Rhode Island adults with varying physical and developmental needs.
Since 1972, Re-Focus has enabled persons with developmental disabilities to pursue productive and healthy lives.
“On behalf of the entire Gracie’s team, we’re so honored to spend our Thanksgiving with the wonderful people from Re-Focus,” said Ellen Gracyalny, owner of Gracie’s. “It creates the most meaningful holiday for everyone involved.”
Allan Industries, sponsor of the dinner, is a national cleaning and maintenance company founded and run by Gracyalny’s parents Paul and Eleanor Gracyalny. The two businesses share an on-going dedication to community engagement.
“We value to opportunity to once again partner with Gracie’s for this special Thanksgiving celebration,” said Paul Gracyalny, founder of Allan Industries, whose regional New England office is located in the Ocean State. “It’s a day of sharing and gratitude which creates lasting memories.”
Again this year, Gracie’s will feature recording artist and performer Stephen Roane of Madison, Connecticut who will donate his time to play solo guitar for the guests while they dine.
“We have boundless gratitude to Gracie’s and for the support provided by Allan Industries,” said Re-Focus Executive Director Christine M. Kavanagh, RSM. “Our clients are able to spend Thanksgiving enjoying the most delicious dinner in the best restaurant in Rhode Island.”
Looking back at last year’s Thanksgiving dinner, Sister Kavanagh recalls one particular Re-Focus client who delighted in the dining experience at the restaurant.
“Sadly, she passed away this April. It means everything to know her last Thanksgiving was spent at Gracie’s,” said Sister Kavanagh.
Gourmet Gifts from Farmstead, Inc.
Stock Up on Culinary Treats for the Foodie on Your List
WHAT: With products ranging from seasonally-driven packages filled to the brim with the shop’s best cheeses, charcuterie and preserves to local artisanal treats fit to stuff the stockings of a gourmand’s dreams, Farmstead, Inc. is the go-to destination for thoughtful gourmet gifts during the holidays.
Artisanal Gift Packages:
Outrageously delicious meats and the condiments that love them, delivered to your door six times a year with tasting notes from Farmstead, Inc. Chef and Charcutier Matthew Jennings.
Price: $275.00 (plus tax and shipping if applicable) for a full-year membership at Farmstead, Inc. or www.farmsteadinc.com.
The ‘Rhody Samplah
This Ocean State-themed basket contains an assortment of little Rhody’s best provisions, including Atwell’s Gold Cheese, Pascoag’s Daniele Sopresseta and Garrison Confections Chocolate, plus local jam and Kate’s biscotti made in-house at Farmstead, Inc.
Price: $50.00 starting December 11 at Farmstead, Inc. or www.farmsteadinc.com.
A selection of four of Farmstead’s most popular housemade preserves, including one jam, one mostarda, one pickled item and one fermented preserve, each jarred at the peak of freshness.
Price: $35.00 at Farmstead, Inc. or www.farmsteadinc.com.
Named after wintery storms that sweep from south to north, this basket holds a selection of cheeses produced across the country from Tennessee to Maine, plus locally sourced jam, oatcakes and one of Pastry Chef Kate Jennings’ housemade sweets to keep you warm in even the most blustery of weather.
Price: $65.00 at Farmstead, Inc. or www.farmsteadinc.com.
Spectacular For Sparkling
Kick off the New Year with three of the shop’s favorite cheeses to pair with sparkling wines. With a trio of 1/3 pound servings of cheese, oatcakes, local jam and one of Kate’s specialty baked goods, you’ll be clinking glasses to 2013 in style.
Price: $65.00 at Farmstead, Inc. or www.farmsteadinc.com.
Stocking Stuffers for Epicures:
Farmstead’s Candied Nuts
Quickly gaining a cult following, these house-candied nuts are a sublime mix of almonds, pistachios and walnuts, tossed with honey and proprietary ingredients and perfect to serve alongside cheeses, meats and pates, or to sprinkled into a salad.
Price: $20.00 at Farmstead, Inc. or www.farmsteadinc.com.
SlantShack Beef Jerky
Grass-fed, humanely raised and made in Brooklyn, this craft jerky comes in a variety of unique marinades, spice rubs and glazes – the perfect treat for any carnivorous foodie.
Price: $9.50 at Farmstead, Inc.
Made to order in New Hampshire, these quarter-pound cylindrical caramels are hand-poured, cut and wrapped, ready to be sliced into bite-sized servings.
Price: $10 at Farmstead, Inc.
These Rhody-made indulgences are more comparable to works of art than the chocolate treats in most supermarket isles. The small-batch sweets range from luxury chocolates and truffles, to European tablets in unusual flavors like chocolate-lime and sesame milk.
Price: Available for a variety of prices at Farmstead, Inc.
For cheese-lovers, nothing’s cuter than a tiny 50s-style cutting board, the perfect hard rock sugar maple surface to slice up a single piece of Farmstead cheese.
Price: $9.00 at Farmstead, Inc.
Waxed Plymouth Cheese
The sharp, full-bodied cheese from this Vermont-based company is produced with raw cow’s milk from a single local herd, treated humanely and continuously monitored for quality.
Price: $12.95 at Farmstead, Inc.
WHEN: Retail hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Temple Restaurant & Lounge
Temple Restaurant & Lounge Adds New Fall Specialties to Dinner and Cocktail Menus
Cider Glazed Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Pumpkin Brick Oven Pizza and Cucumber Mash Martini Highlight Local Ingredients
For many Rhode Islanders, fall is an incomparable season; complete with some of the region’s most beautiful foliage, cool, comfortable weather, New England Patriots victories, and delicious seasonal foods. To celebrate the season, Temple Restaurant & Lounge has revamped its dinner and cocktail menus to offer guests a variety of appetizing options with a focus on local ingredients.
In addition to its traditional favorites, Temple’s new fall dinner menu features several new scrumptious dishes. Offered as a small plate, the Pumpkin Bisque is garnished with pancetta cracklings and crisp sage. For large plates and entrees, new dishes include Long Island Duck Breast with butternut squash and cranberry orange agrodolce relish; Cider Glazed Atlantic Salmon with beluga lentils and roasted root vegetables; and Temple Dark Braised Short Ribs with parsnip potato puree and local carrots.
For pasta lovers, Temple introduces its Pasta N’ Meatballs plate with roasted tomato sauce, house made veal meatballs and capellini. Highlighting the brick oven pizza offerings is a delectable Roasted Pumpkin Pizza with local pumpkin, house cured pancetta, taleggio and sage.
New to the restaurant’s mixologist-driven list of specialty cocktails are the Barrel Aged Manhattan featuring Rhode Island whiskey and made perfect, dry or sweet; The Mason’s Jar with Russian Standard Vodka, ginger puree, fresh lime, and ginger beer; and the Cucumber Mash featuring Local 9 Cucumber Mint Vodka, mashed cucumbers and mint, and lemon. Also added to the drink menu are two beer cocktails – the Perfect Storm featuring Sam Adams Angry Orchard and Bacardi Oakheart garnished with cinnamon and sugar; and the Michelada, a concoction of Peroni, Agave Loco Tequila, lime juice, and bloody mary mix.
Temple Downtown Providence Restaurant & Lounge is located at 120 Francis Street on Providence’s Capitol Hill. Dinner reservations may be made by calling (401) 919-5050 or online at www.Temple-Downtown.com. Complimentary valet parking is available for all restaurant guests.