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West Michigan Spring/Summer Festival Preview

by Amy Busse April 17, 2014

Summer in West Michigan brings beach days, ice cream and festivals! With so much going on it’s hard to keep track of it all. We’ve done the work for you and are happy to share. So grab a pen and your calendar and start planning some summer fun. May May 3-10 marks the 85th anniversary [...]

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A Delicious Start at Uptown Kitchen: A Guide to Grand Rapids’ Food Entrepreneurs

by Molly Crist April 1, 2014

Grand Rapids is filled with delicious foodie finds: chewy boiled bagels, spicy salsa, thai basil-lemon marshmallows, and hand cranked sausages. But you have to know where to look, and where it all started. Read on, I’ve got your answers. Uptown Kitchen in GR’s Eastown neighborhood, is a shared-use incubator kitchen that food businesses can rent [...]

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Don’t Miss LaughFest…or the rest of Grand Rapids!

by Kirsetin Morello February 20, 2014

A funny, romantic date; a night out giggling with girlfriends; a couples’ get-together with dinner and laughs; or a special fun-filled family outing that creates memories for years to come: LaughFest is the perfect venue for any and all of these scenarios! With over 200 events at this year’s LaughFest (March 6-16), including some in [...]

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Beercation Inspiration: Quenching your thirst for craft beer in West Michigan

by Molly Crist February 13, 2014

Valentine’s Day is upon us and the sun is shining. Perhaps you have a weekend ahead filled with roses, Champagne (or better yet, Leelanau Peninsula’s sparkling wine: L Mawby), cheese fondue and candy hearts. Or maybe you’re thirsty and ready to dive into West Michigan’s beer culture and join the Cool Brews. Hot Eats. festivities. [...]

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Learn to Cook at The Downtown Market Grand Rapids

by Molly Crist February 11, 2014

The Downtown Market Grand Rapids opened September 2013 and our midwestern city was ratcheted up a few foodie notches with huge rooftop greenhouses, an artisan food market open daily (home to a world class bakery, GR’s first fishmonger, a pie baking champion and 16 other talented producers), a seasonal outdoor farmers market, a handful of [...]

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Propaganda Doughnuts ~ Artisan Pastries in Downtown Grand Rapids

by Molly Crist February 4, 2014

Let’s consider a few likely scenarios. It’s a lovely Sunday morning and you’re strolling around Downtown Grand Rapids. You’re headed to work and want to surprise your co-workers. You just finished up a fabulous dinner but saved a little room for dessert. What would complete all three occasions? Doughnuts! Lucky for us, Torrence R. O’Haire [...]

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Cool Brews. Hot Eats. 2014

by Lyndsay Israel January 28, 2014

It’s still the most wonderful time of the year!  As we approach mid winter, beer enthusiasts unite as they celebrate GR Beer Week leading up to the 9th Annual Winter Beer Festival.  For the second year in a row, Experience GR brings you Cool Brews. Hot Eats. (CBHE), two weeks of wonderful chef/brewer collaborations that are happening all [...]

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Grand Rapids Chefs on Their Favorite Local Eats and Brews

by Molly Crist January 21, 2014

West Michigan has hit the map as a foodie destination. Farm to table restaurants, cooking classes, and local brews on tap abound. Talented chefs are leading the epicurean renaissance, working hard to create artisan products and memorable eats. And they’re hungry, too, possessing an appetite to increase Grand Rapid’s culinary IQ and also to get [...]

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Make Your 2014 Grand Rapids Bucket List!

by Lyndsay Israel December 26, 2013

It’s almost 2014 already! If you’re not into making resolutions, or if you’re sick of continuously abandoning them by February, this year try making a “bucket list” – a list of activities or events you’d like to experience before you, well, kick the bucket – instead. The key with bucket lists is to make them [...]

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Fulton Street Farmers Market Winter Edition: Be a Locavore Year-Round

by Molly Crist December 19, 2013

When I travel to the west coast I envy the huge bushy rosemary plants and outdoor cafe seating that never gets put away. I visit my parents in southwest Florida and marvel at the citrus hanging heavy and ripe in winter and the beach begging me to walk it everyday. I imagine what my life [...]

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