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On the Grand Rapids Food Trail

by Lyndsay Israel April 14, 2015

My dad, who grew up in the South, likes to say that “we eat to avoid getting hungry.” While it’s clear that this isn’t the healthiest advice, I can wholeheartedly advocate that Grand Rapids is a great place to (over)indulge your wildest foodie dreams. In February of this year, the food scene in GR became a […]

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Founders KBS Week Brings Incredible Beer to the Masses

by Amy Busse February 19, 2015

Founders Brewing Co. Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) Week, March 9-14, allows the Grand Rapids community – and those who travel here – to enjoy the beer ranked one of the best beers in the world by users three weeks before it officially ships outside Michigan. According to the Founders website, Kentucky Breakfast Stout is […]

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Breweries Help Put the Cool Brews in Cool Brews. Hot Eats.

by Amy Busse February 12, 2015

Cool Brews. Hot Eats. (CBHE) starts February 16. So where are you heading to experience some of the best beer and food pairings Grand Rapids has to offer? And, just as importantly, where are your friends doing the same? The third annual CBHE runs Monday, February 16 – Sunday, February 28 and features over 50 […]

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Cool Brews. Hot Eats Returns to Grand Rapids

by Amy Busse January 27, 2015

It’s hard to think of a better way to escape the chilly Michigan weather than coming inside for a hot meal and a cool brew. The third annual Cool Brews Hot Eats (CBHE) kicks-off Monday, February 16 through Saturday, February 28 and features over 50 restaurant partners that have created a special menu item for the […]

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Cozy Fireplaces: Grand Rapids Restaurants That Keep You Warm All Winter

by Kirsetin Morello January 22, 2015

Winter in West Michigan means falling temperatures and snow and comfort food! Fortunately, the thriving restaurant scene in Grand Rapids also means you have plenty of options to choose from—we have lots of places that serve great food and drinks and feature a cozy fireplace (or two!) to help take the edge off the cold outside. Grand […]

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February Fun and Charity in Grand Rapids: Experience Pink 2015

by Kirsetin Morello January 15, 2015

From February 1 – February 28th, you’ll be seeing a lot of pink in Grand Rapids…and not just because of Valentine’s Day! Local hotels, businesses, and restaurants have designed packages and events for Experience Pink, the 4th annual month-long effort to support Susan G. Komen West Michigan’s fight against breast cancer. The result is a […]

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Grand Rapids Welcomes New Barbecue Restaurants This Spring

by Amy Busse January 8, 2015

There is nothing like a good barbecue, especially if you aren’t cooking!  Early 2015, some new restaurants are joining Memphis Smokehouse, located downtown on Monroe, and bringing barbecue back to Grand Rapids. Two Scotts Barbecue, located at 536 Leonard Street NW, is slated to open late January/early February. According to Scott Luecht, one of the Scott’s, the […]

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GRAND Rapids: Looking Forward to 2015!

by Lyndsay Israel January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!  Although I can’t believe 2014 has come and gone, there are plenty of things to look forward to in 2015.  Particularly in Grand Rapids!  While you can always check out the calendar of events here, make sure you mark these ten in your brand new planner now.  Here are the Grand events you […]

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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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