Ananda: A harmonic convergence of culture, cuisine and elegance.

An authentic, gourmet Indian wedding experience

Infusing traditional Indian culture and authentic, innovative Indian cuisine with stylish presentation and peerless service, Ananda creates inspiring, one-of-a-kind Indian weddings. An Ananda wedding is a study in elegance, where every last detail has been attended to and everything from the hors d’oeuvres to the main course is a feast for both the taste buds and the eyes.

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Our Cuisine

A simple lunch leads to the perfect partnership.

What happens when a world-class caterer and a renowned Indian chef meet for lunch? The perfect pairing: A masterful melange of authentic, innovative Indian cuisine and meticulous event planning expertise. Introducing Ananda, by chef and restaurateur Sanjiv Dhar and Russell Morin of Russell Morin Catering + Events. Ananda has all the right ingredients to create Indian weddings that are magical and memorable.


The Perfect Partnership

Russell Morin

Russell Morin

Russell Morin

Russell Morin is a graduate of Cornell University and the Culinary Institute of America. Morin’s precise attention to detail and genuine passion for his work is the driving force behind the success of Russell Morin Catering + Events. His name is now synonymous with the wedding caterer to have in Southern New England. In fact, Russell Morin Catering + Events is a preferred caterer at the Newport Mansions, exclusive caterer for numerous venues in New England, has been named Caterer of the Year by numerous associations and boasts many awards, including The Knot Best Picks, Grace Ormonde Platinum List Member and Wedding Wire Brides’ Choice Award.

Chef Sanjiv Dhar

Chef Sanjiv Dhar

Chef Sanjiv Dhar

Chef Dhar grew up in New Delhi, India and has been a force in the hospitality industry for nearly 25 years. He trained in Austria, India and the United States, and worked in various hotels before settling in Providence. He is the owner of three well-known, award-winning Indian restaurants in Rhode Island, including Rasoi, Kabob & Curry, and the newest edition, Rasa. Rasoi was chosen again in 2014 as the Best Indian Restaurant by the Providence Phoenix. In addition to being a talented chef, Chef Dhar is a speaker, instructor, author and a television cooking show host.

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Fresh and fragrant. Mouthwatering and memorable.

Inspired by the aromatic flavors of India’s many culinary regions, Ananda’s Chef Sanjiv Dhar creates dishes that are both authentic and inventive. Delight your wedding guests with a spicy chicken xacuti with a delicate hint of coriander or fresh shrimp simmering in a curry-spiked coconut sauce or a vegan biryani bowl brimming with sweet-smelling herbs. Whatever the menu, our team will work closely with you to make sure it is one that expresses your tastes and pleases your guests. Fresh and fragrant. Mouthwatering and memorable. Ananda’s cuisine makes for an unforgettable celebratory wedding feast. Cuisine photo gallery

Our Exclusive Venues

Providence Public Library

Magnificent Event Space In The Heart of Downtown Providence.

Turn-of-the-century American architecture ready for modern day meetings, events, galas and weddings.

Grand Hall – A Dramatic and Stately Room for Any Occasion

The stately Grand Hall overlooking the indoor Garden Courtyard makes for a breathtaking entrance to your event. The hall’s original arched clerestory windows and skylights create a dramatic light-filled space. Classical detailing and artistry abound, from intricately hand-carved floret adornments to rich-toned, marble-paved flooring.

Ship Room – All Aboard!

Richly appointed and nautically-themed in a nod to our Ocean State, our Ship Room affords celebrants a showcase of the Library’s Brownell Collection of Atlantic Coast Ship Models and other rarities from the PPL Special Collections.

Garden Courtyard – Experience Our City Garden

The indoor Garden Courtyard provides guests with a breathtaking setting in the heart of the City, reminiscent of 19thcentury classical European estate gardens. A great location for a cocktail reception, rehearsal dinner or meeting, the Garden Courtyard is also our most popular dance floor location.

Rhode Island Room – A Perfectly Elegant Space

A traditional library reference and research room, the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room houses and displays the Library’s unique Rhode Island Collection and offers a formal space for an elegant dinner or luncheon.

Barnard Room – A Multi-function Room

One of our more modern spaces, our meeting room is equipped with A/V.

Trustees Room – Luxurious and Functional

The beautifully appointed Trustees Room is available as a bridal suite or for smaller meetings.

Mount Hope FarmA Country Estate with Unmatched Rustic Beauty

Mount Hope Farm is one of the last country estates left in Rhode Island. The grounds offer two distinct locations to hold your event, all of which guarantee an unparalleled experience.

Cove Cabin – A Secluded Seaside Cabin

This is a secluded seaside retreat with amazing views of Mt Hope Bridge and Bay. There is an original Adirondack style cabin nestled in red cedar grove recently upgraded that is used for cocktails. The lighted Mt Hope Bridge at night offers breathtaking, priceless views. Adjacent to the cabin is a grassy field perfect for your ceremony or tent.

The Barn – A Historic Polished Barn

Our historic, polished barn venue surrounded by a classic farm setting. Perfect for a smaller wedding, cocktail party, rehearsal dinner or corporate meeting. Tall ceilings, polished floors and beautiful gardens compliment this setting.

Shining Tides

Unmatched Vistas on Serene Mattapoisett Harbor

Unmatched vistas on serene Mattapoisett Harbor makes Shining Tides the ultimate setting for a romantic evening.

This turn of the century family estate has seen a variety of uses. We have kept everything intact and turned back the clock with remarkable results.

Steps from the Ocean

A quaint Cape Cod style porch with sparkling ocean vistas of Mattapoisett harbor and a background of sailboats, sandy beaches, placid waters and salt air. The porch consists of a wood beamed ceiling, cupola and a spacious interior surrounded by seaside flora and soft sea breezes. Cocktails are on the lawn and s’mores at the beachside fire pit. We can accommodate 200 guests on the porch. A larger event can combine a tent on the lawn with the porch.

A Quaint New England Coastal Vineyard

Carolyn's Sakonnet VineyardAcres of land, sweeping water views, endless rows of lush grape vines, and charm you can’t find anywhere else, this vineyard will take your breath away.

The Seaview Vineyard – A Plush Vineyard with Rural River Views

Plush vineyard and rural river views combine to make the Sea View Vineyard the ultimate rustic experience. Our gleaming white tent is set in the middle of this natural setting. Cocktails are served with a background of hay bales and glistening grapes.

The Barn – Perfect for an Intimate Event

The Sakonnet Barn is a beautifully unique and eclectic space with a true modern feel to it.  Recently renovated, the Barn is a smaller site that is perfect for an intimate indoor event.  The Barn’s large wooden doors slide open, allowing your guests to flow in and out of the Barn and enjoy the scenic views of the vines.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Where History and Nature Collide

Keeping with its mission to preserve the narratives of the past and pay tribute to the impact whaling had on the region, the museum has seen its collection along with its space grow consistently over its 107-year history. Cocktails next to the world’s largest model ship, The Lagoda, followed by dinner in the Jacobs Family Gallery make this the most unique space for weddings, rehearsal dinners and corporate events on the Southcoast!

Jacobs Family Gallery – Don’t look up

A light and airy bi-level room reflecting the mysteries of the sea.  This gallery can be combined with one other space for use in the first hour of your event to accommodate cocktail hour or presentations. This extra space can include the Lagoda Room, Ashley Gallery, the Plaza or the Theater. For example, the cocktail hour can be held in the Lagoda Room and the reception can be held in the Jacobs Family Gallery.

The Bourne Building – Home of the The Lagoda

A premier space featuring gleaming hardwood floors and a full size ship model. There is a mezzanine surrounding the room for additional seating. It provides an interesting canvas for cocktails or dinner.

The Harborview Room – Views of the Harbor

Coming soon! For use beginning in August of 2015 there will be a brand new addition to the Whaling Museum built on the fourth floor, seating 200 guests and overlooking New Bedford Harbor.

The Plaza – Open Courtyard at the Top of Johnny Cake Hill

When paired with the Jacobs Family Gallery this open courtyard is perfect for ceremonies or cocktails. It is nestled at the top of Johnny Cake Hill along cobblestone streets offering a classic and historic New England feel.

Additional rooms & Galleries – So Many to Choose From

In addition to the highlighted spaces there are many other rooms and galleries located within the museum. Please contact Arolin Hughes at specialevents@whalingmuseum.org for rates and further information.  Here is a list of some of the other spaces within the museum:

  • San Francisco Room & Observation Deck
  • The Braitmayer Family Gallery
  • The Resource Center
  • Cook Memorial Theatre
  • Ashley Gallery
  • Wattles Family Gallery
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