Dinner by Dames 2, Coming Sunday, November 2, 2014

by David Dadekian

Dinner by Dames

Clockwise from lower left: Melissa Denmark, Jessica Wood, Maria Meza, Kaitlyn Roberts, Jordan Goldsmith

Clockwise from lower left: Melissa Denmark, Jessica Wood, Maria Meza, Kaitlyn Roberts, Jordan Goldsmith

Dinner by Dames brings together, for only the second time, five of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs for a multi-course dining event. Chefs Melissa Denmark of Gracie’s and Ellie’s Bakery, Jordan Goldsmith formerly of Garden Grille, Maria Meza of El Rancho Grande, Kaitlyn Roberts of Easy Entertaining Inc. and Jessica Wood of Fire and Water Restaurant Group, gather together to prepare signature dishes and a few treats for dinner guests.

Soon after the successful first Dinner by Dames event in March at The Café at Easy Entertaining, the five chefs quickly agreed they wanted to get together for another dinner. Scheduling five chefs who run almost fifteen businesses between them took time, and now they’re ready to collaborate again. You’ve seen chef-driven, multi-course dinners before, but not like this.

Passed hors d’oeuvres, including Steak and Potato Bite, freshly-prepared Chips & Salsa and more.
optional pairing: Ca Furlan Prosecco

First Course, Chef Jessica Wood
Indie Growers greens, Baffoni’s fried chicken skin, Blackbird Farm bacon, burst tomatoes, egg yolk, radish, corn, blue cheese mousse, maple balsamic dressing
optional pairing: Domaine du Pas Anjou Blanc

Second Course, Chef Kaitlyn Roberts
Leek-infused Handmade Pasta—pancetta, brown butter, pumpkin ricotta “pasta fritti”
optional pairing: Boisson Cotes du Rhone Blanc

Third Course, Chef Jordan Goldsmith
Heirloom Squash Custard with smoked sunchokes, torn rye, wild mushrooms, brassicas
optional pairing: Montefalco Rosso

Fourth Course, Chef Maria Meza
Pipian Chicken with Black Bean Tamales
optional pairing: Can Blau “Blau”

Fifth Course, Chef Melissa Denmark
Bruleéd Farro Pudding—autumn berry jam, cider poached pears, coffee ice cream, toasted almond
optional pairing: Medici Ermite i Quercioli Lambrusco

The evening will take place at Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, beginning with a 6 p.m. reception with welcome bites, then moving into a five-course dinner. The cost is $90 per person (which includes an 8% sales tax and 18% gratuity). An optional wine pairing, selected by Jessica Granatiero of The Savory Grape Wine Shop in East Greenwich, will be available to purchase for $35 at the event. Tickets are nonrefundable.

Purchase tickets at the top of this page.

Chef Melissa Denmark grew up in Columbia, Maryland, where she had memorized her chocolate chip cookie recipe by 6th grade. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Johnson & Wales University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. In 2012, Denmark was named by Food & Wine magazine as one of the 50 best new pastry chefs in the country.

Chef Jordan Goldsmith is a New England native with a passion for modern, plant-based cuisine. Jordan devoted many years as the Chef of Garden Grille in Rhode Island where she was inspired by local, heirloom, and foraged ingredients. Jordan grew up living off of her family’s vegetable garden, never realizing there was any other way to eat than by what is in season. She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and is currently a resident of Providence.

Chef Maria Meza is chef and co-owner of El Rancho Grande, open in Providence since May 2007. Maria specializes in traditional home-style cooking from the Puebla and Oaxaca region of southern Mexico. She gets her inspiration from her mother’s kitchen, and a never-ending desire to learn and try new things. Maria gets the greatest satisfaction from watching people enjoy her food.

Chef Kaitlyn Roberts founded Easy Entertaining Inc. in 2006 and has grown the company into culinary force—catering everything from in-home dinner parties to million dollar fundraisers, and most recently opening a sustainable café, to rave reviews, on Providence’s West Side. In addition to her B.A. in English and Communications from Wofford College, Kaitlyn received formal training at Apicius Culinary Institute in Florence. In 2010 she was awarded an Advanced Degree from London’s Wine & Spirits Education Trust Program and also had the pleasure of assisting Apicius chefs in preparing a variety of meals for the James Beard House in NYC.

Jessica Wood is one of the founders of Fire and Water Restaurant Group, which has been a thriving small business in Rhode Island for twelve years. Under this umbrella, Jessica owns Caliente Mexican Grill, The Burger Shack, UMelt – A Grilled Cheese Store which has two locations in Kingston and Providence, and WildWood Catering. These are 6 quick service locations and a boutique catering company that proudly sources most of its menu in the state of Rhode Island.

Time-lapse video of the plating area for the five chefs of Dinner by Dames

Purchase tickets at the top of this page.

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