Meet the new kids on the block. Grand Rapids has a blossoming culinary scene that continues to grow year over year. Increasingly, we’re seeing chefs take tasting expeditions to the regions their menu highlights, from the Basque Region of Spain to America’s low country coastline.
Basque Country is nestled in the north of Spain near the western border of France. The autonomous community sits at the foot of the Bay of Biscay and celebrates a culinary culture that’s unique to mainstream exported Spanish cuisine.
Matchbox Diner and Drinks owner and executive chef Eric Chaitin knows the Grand Rapids food scene better than most. Originally from the North Shore of Chicago, he served as the executive chef at Rose’s on Reeds Lake and later at the Watermark Country Club. He’s since snapped up West Michigan favorites like Ottawa Beach Inn in Holland and the dockside Mermaid Bar and Grill in Saugatuck.
According to the Michigan Ag Council, Michigan is the third largest Christmas tree industry in the nation, harvesting approximately three million Christmas trees each year. So it’s no surprise that the Grand Rapids area has plenty of places to cut or buy your own fresh tree.
Thanksgiving: Just the word makes your mouth water. It’s the Super Bowl for foodies – a full day of feasting and football, surrounded by family and friends. We can’t wait to dig into herb-roasted, thick-carved turkey and mountains of mashed potatoes overflowing with rivers of gravy. But we aren’t looking forward to all the work that it takes to pull the meal together.
Today marks the start Grand Rapids Cocktail Week, produced by Experience Grand Rapids in partnership with more than 40 restaurants and bars. It runs Nov. 8-19, offering two Michigan-based cocktails and a shared plate for $25 or less.
Lauded by weekend warriors everywhere, brunch has become more than just a meal. It’s an experience, an ordeal, an event. It’s not a stumble-out-of-bed kind of meal – no, here in Grand Rapids, it’s an Instagram occasion and a foodie sensation.
It’s the middle of October, which means the night of ghouls and goblins is almost upon us. The next couple weeks will be your last chance to get lost in a corn maze or get your pants scared off at a haunted house.
The hottest live music venue in town might be… the Grand Rapids Public Library? Yes, you read that correctly. A place that’s known for whispered conversations and hushed tones, the downtown library will turn up the volume once a month for its “Music in the Stacks” concert series.
Whether it’s the buzz of creative conversations or the actual buzz from the caffeine, I always feel more productive at a coffee shop. Since Grand Rapid experiences nine months of colder weather, it’s a true java hotspot; there’s nothing better than a steaming cup of craft coffee on a crisp fall day, amirite?