Since the beginning of his nearly 20 year career, chef and culinary personality Nick Rabar has maintained a true passion for classic American cuisine and has received numerous accolades from diners and critics alike. Influenced by the pastoral surroundings of his childhood in New York's Hudson Valley, Rabar has long been inspired by the many benefits and rewards of local, sustainable farming. Nick's signature style of combining progressive American cuisine with modern, local and seasonal ingredients has been the driving force behind his debut restaurant - Avenue N American Kitchen - created in 2010.
Throughout his celebrated career Rabar has combined his culinary passion and creativity with a strong business resume. Prior to founding Avenue N, Nick attended the Culinary Institute of America and perfected his craft in some of the finest kitchens in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, opening over a dozen notable restaurant concepts.
While the scope of Nick’s career has afforded him great range in the kitchen and considerable business expertise, it is ownership that has brought him the deep satisfaction that attracted him to the kitchen almost 20 years ago. "Being back in the kitchen keeps me connected to the ingredients that I love allowing me to create excitement with each plate".
Host of the Emmy nominated lifestyle & cooking show Nick Rabar Chef 2 Go and author of the hit novel The Cold Side of the Grill, Nick has been named "Chef of the Year" by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, "Best and Brightest Young American Chefs" by Spirit Magazine, recognized by The James Beard Foundation in 2007 and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Boston/New England in 2011, 2012, 2013 for Outstanding Informational and Instructional Programming.
His many accomplishments have been featured on local and national television, including Food Network and his work has emerged in several publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Providence Journal, Food Arts and Saveur magazines.
Tracy began perfecting her skills in the restaurant business over 22 years ago realizing a true passion for superior service and hospitality while managing some of New England's most well respected dining establishments. Eventually becoming a national trainer for one of the world's largest food service providers, Tracy presently uses her skills as a Dining Room Educator at Johnson & Wales University.
Growing up in a family that took great pride in food and dining, Tracy realized early that she was attracted to the art of hospitality. During her extensive career she has worked in many unique capacities and is a noted special events designer.
While the breadth of Tracy's career has afforded her a wide range of expertise, it is her impeccable brand of guest service that makes Avenue N American Kitchen more than just a dining destination. Tracy's goal is to touch each guest that enters her doors and to make every experience a memorable one. She is a perfectionist at heart and will do what it takes to exceed expectations one guest at a time.
Since graduating from Johnson & Wales University in 2005, Devin has held positions at some of Rhode Island’s best restaurants including Parkside Rotisserie and the 1149 restaurants. Devin joined the team at Avenue N in October of 2011 and has had an impressive run being quickly promoted from Sous Chef to Chef de Cuisine. Working with Nick & Tracy, Devin oversees day-to-day culinary operations and creates seasonal dishes utilizing farm fresh ingredients. The talented Ramos is a welcome addition to culinary team at Avenue N and The Pantry.