Mel Trotter is collecting turkey donations for the holiday season.

Annual Turkey Drop Helps Ensure Everyone has a Thanksgiving Meal

Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM) is once again collecting turkeys for families in need. On Wednesday, the organization hopes to receive 1,500 donated turkeys from individuals and businesses in the community.
Bier Distillery introduces the Sour Old Man for cocktail week.

Grab the Nearest Bar Stool for Cocktail Week

With over 40 bars and restaurants participating in Cocktail Week this year, you’ll want to be sure to map out your strategy for trying as many beverages as you can stomach.
Butcher's Union brunch, charred flank steak, fried egg, breakfast potatoes.

11 Brunch Spots Worth Getting Out of Bed For

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.
Schaefer Cider Co. has been making hard cider under the Pux Cider brand for four years.

Pux Cider Pours Into West Michigan

A family with 160 years of apple orchard history is slowly building a hard cider brand.
Long Road brings back second batch of Michigin.

“Best in the World” Gin Returns to West Michigan Shelves

A locally made gin, which has been named best in the world, is making its second appearance this week.
Chef Keith Bryant joins JW Marriott as chef de cuisine.

JW Hires New Chef with Midwest Background

Chef Keith Bryant came to his craft early. As a youngster, living in Ohio, Bryant said he watched his uncles “break down venison,” using all parts of the animal to make “unique and delicious dishes.”
Local First Fork Fest 2017

Fork Fest Dishes Out Local Fare

Grab a fork and get ready to dig into some delectable local fare. The seventh annual Local First Fork Fest event takes place on Thursday.
Pho 616 head chef Cam Loan Nguyen.

Pho 616 is a Family Affair

Some men might not want to admit stopping into their parents’ house on a regular basis for a home cooked meal, but Ty Nguyen said he regularly goes to his parents’ house for lunch and dinner.
Grain serves up sandwiches on the West Side.

Mom and Pop Sandwich Shop Opens in Grand Rapids

On the West Side of Grand Rapids sits “a mom-and-pop shop with a twist,” as co-owner, Sylene Wilkining described it.
GVSU Beekeepers harvest honey every fall.

It’s Time to Stock Up on West Michigan Honey

The buzzing never stops at Grand Valley State University’s two apiaries as bees from 13 hives constantly churn out honey.

Brewery Partners with Fire Station on New Beer

New Holland Brewing's Knickerbocker and the Grand Rapids Fire Department collaborated on a new project that brings together beer and the Great Lakes Burn Camp.

10 Must Visit GR Coffee Shops

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?

Local Brewery Wins Big in Denver

A Grand Rapids area brewery walked away from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver with one of its biggest honors.
Wyatt makes his public debut this weekend at John Ball Zoo.

Brewery Introduces Red Panda Ale

Harmony Hall is partnering with John Ball Zoo to pay tribute to one of the zoo’s newest additions, in Grand Rapids fashion: through beer.
Rendezvous bar in the Amway Grand Plaza

New Amway Grand Plaza Bar Hints at Historic Past

The new Rendezvous bar at Amway Grand Plaza has quickly become a hot spot since opening two weeks ago.

Marie Catrib’s Closes for Dinner

Popular East Hills restaurant Marie Catrib’s will serve breakfast and lunch only according to an announcement the restaurant’s owner made on Facebook Tuesday.
Head to Robinette's for pumpkins, cider and more.

5 Places to Celebrate Fall in GR

It’s officially fall! With the cornucopia of local farms and orchards (not to mention picturesque color tours), some argue fall is the best time of year in town. Whether you’re looking for fresh-pressed apple cider or to find the perfect pumpkin, we’ve found five places in Grand Rapids to celebrate the season.
Interior of The Sparrows on the West Side

The Sparrows Is Ready to Pour on the West Side

With 10 years under its belt on Wealthy Street, The Sparrows Coffee Tea and Newsstand expanded this weekend with the opening of its second location.
Cedar Spring Brewing Company

Cedar Springs Brewing Co. Celebrates Oktoberfest Tradition

It’s nearing the end of September, which means it’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest. The real festival started last week in Germany and lasts until next week, but the Edelweiss Club of Grand Rapids is hosting Oktoberfest West Michigan this weekend, September 29 and 30, at John Ball Park.
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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