Spice up your summer

Margaritas get top billing on Cinco de Mayo, but their star turn shouldn’t end with the holiday.

Summer salad for lunch

As the weather warms, sometimes a quick, light lunch is all that’s needed.

A downtown Beacon

Grand Rapids is not flush with seafood spots.

Beer City’s keystone brewery turns 25

A few years back, I was sitting in the office of Founders Brewing co-founder and President Dave Engbers when my phone buzzed.

Long Road gets into Christmas spirits

Long Road Distillers has launched its second annual Happy Holidays Cocktail Pop-Up Menu.

Drinks with Pat

This week, I caught up with Essence Restaurant COO and Beverage Director Tristan Walczewski, one of the only Master Sommeliers around West Michigan, to see what he’s thinking about his wine choices heading into the holiday season.

A recipe from the Chop House

Bourbon glazed Pork Chops with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli

Try the pie!

This dish is perfect to enjoy in the early cold months of the winter, and a wonderful main for a dinner party.

A funky burger place

It might not be often — or ever — that Marky Mark is walking around Grand Rapids.

Founders Brewing launches Belgian Twist

The latest installment in Founders’ Bottle Shop Series is a Belgian tripel.

Olga’s Kitchen launches grant program for female entrepreneurs

Coinciding with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Olga’s Kitchen is opening grant applications to support women entrepreneurs in Michigan.

Reimagined Mackenzies Bakery opens in Vicksburg

The reimagined bakery that’s part of the redevelopment of a former paper mill in Kalamazoo County now is open.

Holland Museum hosts beverage fundraiser

A local museum is tapping into community support for future programs and exhibits.

Club Crackers rolls out limited-run sweet and salty flavor

A Kellogg snack brand is marking 90 years with a new flavor.

Vivant brews up stout in support of Women’s Resource Center

A new stout brewed with chocolate and caramel notes will help Women’s Resource Center move to larger digs.

Brightening the chip aisle

Sweet and savory chips for a psychedelic good time.
The Cheesecake Factory Woodland Mall exterior rendering

The Cheesecake Factory is Coming to West Michigan

The Cheesecake Factory is planning to open its first West Michigan location.

Founders to debut chill new IPA

Founders Brewing Co. has a new summer beer with a fruity, floral profile. 
Photo by Teri Genovese

Eating local

Local farms are evolving to meet the community’s needs.
Bistro Bella Vita Celebrates 20 Years

After 20 Years, Bistro Bella Vita Stays Fresh

Aaron Van Timmeren, head chef at Bistro Bella Vita, said there was a time when the Grand Rapids Griffins would play and the restaurant would be dead. Now on game nights, Bistro Bella Vita is packed - as it is most other nights of the week when something is going on in downtown Grand Rapids.




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