Tupelo Honey celebrates grand opening with VIP tasting


A Southern restaurant chain is hosting a VIP menu tasting to celebrate the grand opening of its new Grand Rapids location later this month and is inviting the public to apply for a seat at the table.

Asheville, North Carolina-based Tupelo Honey Café said it is hosting a private menu tasting to raise funds for Feeding America West Michigan on Saturday in advance of its official opening at 140 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 100 in downtown Grand Rapids’ Hyatt Place hotel Sept. 29.

While the VIP menu tasting event is invitation-only, the public is invited to enter for a chance to win a seat at the event. The contest is open until Tuesday at tupelohoneycafe.com/grand-rapids-vip-contest. The winner will be notified Wednesday.

The restaurant will serve responsibly sourced, scratch-made Southern fare using seasonal ingredients, including its best-sellers honey-dusted fried chicken, Tupelo shrimp and grits, and the sweet and spicy chicken sandwich.

It also will feature an “expansive patio” and a large bar with 24 taps full of craft beer and housemade cocktails.

“We’re thrilled to share our scratch-made, Southern flavors with Grand Rapids,” said Christin Prince, senior vice president of marketing at Tupelo Honey. “It’s an honor to be part of the vibrant downtown community, and we’re looking forward to our planned charity partnerships and collaborations with other local businesses.”

During the VIP tasting event, Tupelo Honey will take donations for Feeding America West Michigan. The restaurant’s partnership with Feeding America West Michigan will extend throughout the year and includes:

  • Allowing guests to add a donation in their checks
  • Allowing store employees to earn up to eight hours of paid vacation time by volunteering with the organization
  • Hosting volunteer appreciation parties for Feeding America West Michigan staff and volunteers

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