Gracie’sAllan 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.
Farmstead Inc.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:Meat Club 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. Fantastic Four 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. The Nor’Easter 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. Suss caramels 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. Garrison’s Chocolates 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. Q-Tee Cut-Up 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 WHERE: Farmstead, Inc. 186 Wayland Avenue, Providence, RI 02906 CONTACT: Telephone: 401-274-7177 Web: www.farmsteadinc.com FB: Farmstead, Inc. Twitter: @MatthewJennings