local food economy

Local food panel discussion to follow vegan dinner

by (lydiajoy)

Submitted 10-20-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

UPDATE: The panel discussion after the dinner service has been cancelled. We received this from Ryan Cappelletti, owner of Bartertown and CVLT, this morning: "The dinner info is all the same: 5-10 p.m. one time menu featuring all fermented...

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Food Swap builds connections over food

by (wendypchef)

Submitted 09-08-2015 under VOICES

Earlier this year I went to a food blog conference in Chicago called "Eat, Write, Retreat." As part of the conference we participated in a food swap and learned tips for hosting one in our own community.  This experience reminded...

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Urban Roots to continue conversation on supporting local food at Wealthy Theatre

by (Community Media...)

Submitted 09-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

We all want everyone in our community to have access to good food. We all want to support our local farmers and food producers. Doing that well, however, comes with real and complex barriers and challenges. Two weeks ago, Levi Gardner, Founder and...

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Why we need to start talking honestly about the Downtown Market

by (levigardner1)

Submitted 08-18-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Downtown Market has now been a part of our Downtown neighborhood for two years. Has it lived up to expectations? Does anyone dare to measure what’s working and what’s not? Though its capacity and location still provide it with...

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Chef Zack Sklar to open Social Kitchen & Bar at Downtown Market

by (Downtown Market GR)

Submitted 02-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

Zack Sklar, a leading Detroit-area chef known for restaurants including MEX and Beau’s in Bloomfield, Mich., will be bringing his Social Kitchen & Bar to the Downtown Market, after a 2012 opening of the first Social in Birmingham, Mich....

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Discover six locally owned alternatives to Trader Joe's

by (wendypchef)

Submitted 02-12-2015 under OPINION

There is something really wrong with the idea of a national chain store opening being a sign of progress. Maybe we will really “hit it big” if a Cheesecake Factory opens downtown!) But that’s another story. In the meantime, I would...

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Grandwich 2014 sampled: pretzel-bun-with-pork theme emerges in day four

by (wendypchef)

Submitted 07-13-2014 under OPINION

Wrapping up our assignment to try all of the Grandwiches, our team of four finishes with the offerings from the following establishments: Founders Brewing Company, Cottage Bar, J. Gardellas, HopCat, Buffalo Wild Wings, Taco Bar Company, SpeakEZ...

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Grandwich 2014 sampled: First seven sandwiches swing strongly towards sweet or salty

by (Holly)

Submitted 07-09-2014 under OPINION

This week, four Rapidian reporters are trying every Grandwich they can in the first week of the competition. The Grandwich competition runs from Tuesday July 8 through July 27. Top 10 sandwiches are determined by public vote online, and on August 1...

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Urban market comes to Heartside

by (Scott Kaplan)

Submitted 02-08-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

With all the publicity surrounding the Fulton Street Farmers Market (FSFM) renovations, it’s easy to overlook the fact that plans to create a $28 million indoor-outdoor urban market in Grand Rapids’ Heartside District have been quietly...

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