Woman Crush Wednesday goes out to Ellen Slattery, owner of Gracie’s, one of the founding restaurants of the Providence foodie scene, and Ellie’s Bakery. She is known for championing locally sourced food and participating in several charity projects dedicated to feeding the less fortunate in RI. We love Ellen’s spirit, mission and message “wish it, dream it, do it.” Check out her full bio below as well as links to the restaurant and bakery pages.
Ellen grew up cooking in her family kitchen, where she developed a passion for feeding people. She carried this passion from her home kitchen, through a four-year psychology degree, then to culinary school at Johnson & Wales University. She opened Gracie’s on New Year’s Eve in 1998. At Gracie’s, she is known for building a team that is excited about culinary artistry, wowing guests, and championing locally sourced food. Most nights, she can be found working the line, chatting with guests, or encouraging her staff to “wish it, dream it, do it.”
In 2012, she opened Ellie’s Bakery as an extension of the bread program at Gracie’s. With Ellie’s Bakery, Ellen and her team strive each day to stand out in the community as a loyal, soulful, nourishing neighborhood bakery.