Chef Jeanie Roland Dishes on her R.I. Eatery, Taylor Swift & Bobby Flay

Several long blocks outside the picturesque village of Westerly, Rhode Island sits the casually-elegant Ella's Fine Food & Drink, helmed by seven-time James Beard-nominated Chef Jeanie Roland. The eatery serves seasonally-influenced American-Asian fusion dishes prepared with classical French techniques.

Growing up in Waterbury, Connecticut, Chef Jeanie was inspired by both her mother and grandmother. “Both were exceptional scratch cooks,” says Roland. "My mother made dinner every night and we set the table on Saturday for a formal dinner. This taught me a lot about respecting the process of dining itself. My grandmother ate from her garden, made her own liquor from her fruit, and traded her vegetables for meats, milk and eggs from local farmers.”

Steve Mirsky

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