New generation of local restaurateurship brings technology to dining experience

by (jtstoner)

Submitted 09-14-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Johnny Brann, Jr. has more than an extensive background in the restaurant industry. He started out working in his family’s Brann’s Steakhouses. His family started him off with the character-building work of weeding the parking lot. He...

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San Chez Bistro unveils new mural by local artist

by (DwellingPlace)

Submitted 09-13-2012 under NONPROFITS

As part of an Artprize entry, Grand Rapids based artist Phanie Mills- Behning has been working day and night to complete an outdoor mural. The mural was commissioned by San Chez Bistro and is located on the wall of the restaurant’s patio at 38...

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Documentary traces American epidemic: childhood hunger

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 08-30-2012 under NONPROFITS

After a week that included a poverty simulation, a healthy food cook-off and a day of nonprofit open houses, Hunger Action Week 2012 ends in a college classroom. Rather than preparing for an exam, these students are preparing to make their mark on...

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Healthy cook-off proves tight budget doesn't mean poor diet

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 08-29-2012 under NONPROFITS

Eat fresh, eat local, eat healthy. Most Americans know what they should eat, but for low-income families, the question is how. On day two of Hunger Action Week 2012, the Healthy Food Cook-Off at United Church Outreach Ministry will provide some...

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Hunger Action Week 2012 kicks apathy with awareness

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 08-27-2012 under NONPROFITS

Hunger Action Week returns for its second year this September. The annual series of events, organized by the Food and Nutrition Coalition, a subcommittee of Kent County’s Essential Needs Taskforce, boasts a revamped itinerary and a sharper...

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Rapidian food reporter to judge in Grandwich competition

by (Holly)

Submitted 08-09-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

After eating every last Grandwich sandwich (that's 29 in all) in the first week of the competition and providing video reviews on The Rapidian, Chris Freeman, local realtor and Rapidian food beat reporter, was asked to be a judge for the 2012...

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Maru Sushi to open in East Hills

by (lizstudt)

Submitted 08-01-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Robert Song, owner of Maru Sushi in Okemos, is expanding to open a second location in East Hills. The new restaurant, set in front of Brewery Vivant, will open later this summer. Song is competing with a string of other restaurants that have opened...

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Get your Grandwich on 2012: Part 5

by (ChrisFreemanRealtor)

Submitted 07-28-2012 under OPINION

Finishing up reviewing all of the sandwiches in the Grandwich competition this year, I review Boars Head Tavern, Brewery Vivant, Sundance Grill and Reserve. This video presents the sandwiches and my assessment of them.    All...

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Trillium Haven owners grow into restaurateurs, support local agriculture and economy

by (lizstudt)

Submitted 07-26-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Trillium Haven, a new restaurant in Eastown, has now been open for almost a month, and owners Michael VanderBrug and Anja Mast are still adjusting to the differences between restaurant ownership and their previous project, a community supported...

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Taste of Grand Rapids showcases local restaurants, hosts barbeque competition

by (ulrichb)

Submitted 07-26-2012 under NEWS

Last year, 20,000 people showed up at John Ball Park for the Taste of Grand Rapids. “One highlight of the event is that it’s free,” states Clear Channel Media and Entertainment promotions assistant Samantha Bennett....

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