Holidays are fast approaching

Thanksgiving meal table
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It’s the start of the holiday season, and we want to help you impress your house-guests by sharing some recipes from local chefs, as well as some beautiful tablescapes that might inspire your own holiday table.

We visited five area restaurants and asked them to whip up everything from brunch and dinner to the perfect menus for tailgating, drinks and appetizers and, of course, dessert. I promise your mouth will be watering after checking out these spreads starting on p. 34.

Speaking of food, this month, we talked with pastry chef Annie Paul. She owns AP Baked Goods and is the pastry chef at Beacon Hill at Eastgate. Paul has been pursuing her passion for baking since she was 7. She shares her recipe for Apple Streusel Cake just in time for the holidays.

Of course, you’ll need some wine and cocktails to go with all this delicious food. Amy Ruis of Art of the Table and Aperitivo shares her suggestions for Thanksgiving wine pairings on p. 56 and you’ll find some suggestions for cocktails that will warm your tummy on p. 60.

If you have relatives visiting, don’t fret about where they’ll stay, take a look at our guide to Grand Rapids’ downtown hotels on p. 17 to figure out the best fit for your guests. From the newly opened AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown to downtown staple the Amway Grand Plaza, your guests will be well taken care of during their stay.

And if you’re looking for something to do with your out-of-town guests, try taking them to the new downtown movie theater. In this issue, we take a tour of Studio Park, which includes a nine-screen movie theater, music venue, restaurants and more. We also talked with artist Rebecca Louise Law, whose work is on display at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

While the holidays can be a stressful time, they also are a magical time of the year when family and friends come together and enjoy great food, drinks and fun. Get out and make some holiday memories!

Charlsie Dewey
Managing Editor, Grand Rapids Magazine

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