Gracie’s “Bread & Brews” to Feature Star Chef Ciril Hitz
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Gracie's Restaurant's popular Star Chef series' next event is indeed nicknamed "Breads and Brews," and it will feature Hitz’s fourth annual return to the series. New this year, however—award-winning craft beers from Smuttynose Brewery (Portsmouth, NH) will be paired with the tasting menu, as Smuttynose Founder and President Peter Egelston collaborates with Gracie’s Chef Matthew Varga and his culinary team on a bread and brewery adventure.
“It’s a great opportunity to be working with one of my former instructors again, and see the return of Chef Hitz’s wood-fired ovens,” said Melissa Denmark, Pastry Chef of Gracie’s. “With the summer season upon us, I’m excited to see craft beers being paired with the amazing dishes created by Chef Hitz.” Look for Hitz's wood-fired oven parked on the sidewalk outside of Gracie's, an annual favorite among food-lovers (not to mention pedestrians).
Ciril Hitz + Peter Egelston
Hitz has been recognized with numerous awards and accomplishments, both in the industry and as a faculty member at Johnson & Wales. In 2007 and 2008, he was selected as Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America by Pastry Art & Design magazine. In 2010, he was named to Dessert Professional’s annual list of the Top Ten Bread Bakers in America.
Peter Egelston originally opened what is now the oldest brewpub in the northeast: The Northampton Brewery. Peter was head brewer there until 1991. That year, he and his sister opened the Portsmouth Brewery, the Granite State’s first brewpub. In 1993, he purchased the brewery that was to become Smuttynose. In 2011, out of over 10,000 breweries rated, Smuttynose was ranked 28th - in the top 0.3% - on Ratebeer’s 2011 Best Brewers in the World list.
The Star Chef Series, now in its fourth year, combines the talents of extraordinary chefs from around the country and pairs them with the Gracie’s team. Working collaboratively, the Star Chef and the team create a five-course menu that is expertly paired with wine. The informal and intimate setting allows the chefs to step out of the kitchen from time to time to talk with guests about the meal and their experience.
"Bread and Brews" Star Chef Dinner, featuring Ciril Hitz and Smuttynose Brewery, Monday, August 6. Tickets for Gracie’s Star Chef Dinner (paired with wine) are $100 per person. To make reservations, call Gracie’s at 401-272-7811.To learn more about these events, visit www.graciesprov.com.
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