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Thanksgiving Inspiration from a Caterer, a Culinary Educator & a Baker!

by Molly Crist November 20, 2014

Bright Autumn leaves, jack-o-lanterns, and mums are giving way to one of the best days of the year: Thanksgiving. Last year, I wrote about a locally-sourced from scratch Thanksgiving. Your cornucopia can be entirely sourced from West Michigan; from the turkey, to root vegetables, to apple pie. This year, we look to a few local […]

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International Wine, Beer and Food Festival 2014

by Lyndsay Israel October 30, 2014

Grand Rapids is pleased to welcome back the 7th annual International Wine, Beer and Food Festival at the DeVos Place November 20-22.  It’s a triple threat: Any event that serves wine, beer and food (and cider, spirits and mead too!) in one place is guaranteed to be lively, and this festival is no exception. If you’ve […]

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35+ Nightlife in Grand Rapids: Where To Go When You Aren’t 22 Anymore

by Meagan Francis October 23, 2014

I’m not sure how it happened, but it seems like one day I suddenly went from being “wrapping up my 20s” to “well into my 30s.” Sure, the passage of years makes getting older inevitable, but it still came as a bit of a rude awakening when I looked around me at a favorite night spot […]

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Host a Memorable Reunion in Grand Rapids–and We’ll Help

by Kirsetin Morello October 21, 2014

Good things happen when you gather with far-flung friends, service members, co-workers, or family members for a reunion. It’s the perfect time to reconnect and revisit the past, of course. But it’s also an opportunity to create new memories and build bonds for the future. And Grand Rapids is the perfect place to host your […]

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Apples and Doughnuts and Cider and More: The Fall Flavors of West Michigan

by Kirsetin Morello October 16, 2014

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than autumn in Grand Rapids. The air is cool and crisp, the city is blanketed in orange, red and yellow foliage, and great cider is never far away. Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy some of that cider – or our local apples, pumpkins, farm-made baked goods, […]

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15 Fun and FREE Things to do in Grand Rapids

by Amy Busse August 28, 2014

  Whoever said, “nothing in life is free” hasn’t been to Kent County, Michigan. The greater Grand Rapids area offers a wide variety of no cost activities to keep you busy throughout the fall. So take out your planner and get moving – here are 15 ideas for fun, free things to do this autumn! 1. […]

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A Progressive Dinner at Reserve, Osteria Rossa & Rockwell-Republic: A Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Preview

by Molly Crist August 12, 2014

Chefs around town are busy today preparing for the 12-day-dining-marathon that is upon us: Restaurant Week 2014. And I hope you’re grabbing the phone to make reservations, because it’s going to be good. Last night my husband and I embarked on a progressive-style dining experience to sample Restaurant Week menu items at three of our favorite […]

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What’s Your Dining Personality? Let GR City Twist Help You Create Your Restaurant Week Experience

by Molly Crist August 5, 2014

With over sixty restaurants participating in this year’s Restaurant Week – taking place August 13-24 – we are spoiled for choice. Dining destinations around town are pulling out the stops with three-course menus for $28 per person, or two for $28. Wine, beer, cocktail and coffee pairings are featured to enhance the experience and celebrate the […]

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Restaurant Week + City Twist: Personality-Based Dining Experiences

by Molly Crist July 29, 2014

It’s time to head to West Michigan and warm a restaurant seat while soaking up the waning summer, because Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is happening Wednesday, August 13 to Sunday, August 24. If you’re curious, we covered the Restaurant Week need-to-know details on the blog here. Restaurant Week menus (hot off the presses!) and information for […]

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Guide to Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014, August 13-24

by Molly Crist July 17, 2014

Regular Experience Grand Rapids blog readers know we love food, beer, wine, and fun with friends. When I say we, I certainly mean the resident team of bloggers… but I’m also talking about Grand Rapidians. We’re constantly celebrating our city and one of the best places to do that is at the table. It’s the […]

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