Brewery Vivant drops new saisons

‘Tis the season to introduce new beer at Brewery Vivant.

St. Louis craft brews break into Michigan

Schlafly Beer, an independent craft brewery based in St. Louis, widened its distribution footprint.

Apple Spice Box Lunch & Catering marks three years with cookie giveaway

A box lunch delivery and catering franchise is celebrating three years by giving back to its customers in a delicious way.

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.

Long Road gets into Christmas spirits

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

New, ‘rad’ bagel shop serves waffles, too

Field & Fire’s newest bagel and waffle shop, Rad Bagels, opened in the Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Ave, SW in Grand Rapids, on Friday, Jan. 13. 

Where the beverage people drink

When it comes time to pick a place to grab a beverage in Grand Rapids, the options continue to grow.

Drinks with Pat

A few years ago, while working for the NHL team in Las Vegas, my wife brought home a new drink.

Dinner Reservations

On a sunny evening in September, Reserve Beverage Director Ben Vanderwaal and Executive Chef Josh Verhulst helped guide a number of dedicated diners through a special Italian Wine Dinner.

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.

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.

Options galore

Over the summer, we took a reader suggestion of featuring First Wok as an On The Go feature, and it is a perfect quick dinner idea for much of the Grand Rapids metro area.

Darkest night of the beer

If you’re looking for a good excuse – apart from the heated, snow-free sidewalks – to spend some quality time in downtown Holland this holiday season, Big Lake Brewing has come up with the perfect reason: a winter solstice party.

Mother of all tacos available on the go

It’s lunchtime, but it’s cold, wet and rainy outside. You’re craving some authentic Mexican restaurant food, but you just don’t don’t want to leave the cozy confines of your car.

Drinks with Pat

Sam Slaughter, the author of Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum? has come to Grand Rapids and will be hitting the town tasting the distilleries and breweries we have to offer. 

Date announced for Food & Beverage Awards

The West Michigan Hotel District Food & Beverage Industry Awards are back (after a multiyear pandemic hiatus) and set to take place Jan. 2, 2023 at the Amway Grand Plaza.

Five wines to pair

Choosing a bottle of wine to take to the holiday party can be quite a headache. Here are some suggestions to make the beverage buying less stressful:

Winter cocktails can be a lot of fun!

In the summer, it’s easy for a drink to be too heavy and become a drag in the high humidity heat of the Michigan sun.

Tap into your senses for feel good holiday entertaining

When the clock strikes midnight on Thanksgiving, most of us are met with one of two feelings; the immediate excitement for the approaching holidays, or the anxious chest hum thinking of everything to check off your to-do list.




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