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Ganders to offer paired beer dinner at Wine, Beer & Food Festival this weekend

The restaurant, which was formerly known as Spinnaker before a new look and menu earlier this year, is debuting its paired beer dinner with several Michigan menu items and Schmohz beer.

8th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival

Thursday, Nov. 19 (5-10pm); Friday, Nov. 20 (4pm-10pm); and Saturday, Nov. 21 (Noon-10pm). Tickets are $15 and available at the door and attendees must be 21 years of age or older.


Ganders Pairing Menu Seatings

Thursday:  5:30pm, 7:30pm

Friday:  5:30pm, 7:30pm

Saturday:  2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm


PRICE:  $45 per person

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Ganders, located in the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport, which was formerly known as Spinnaker and was given a new look and menu in May 2015, will be offering a special beer pairing dinner at this weekend's Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival at DeVos Place. 

“About 85% of our menu items are from Michigan,” says Bill Read, Executive Chef. “We change our menu seasonally. The Grand Rapids Wine, Beer & Food Festival gives us the chance to have fun and create out of the box.”

The menu was created as a collaboration between Read and Chas Thompson, Beer Engineer at Schmohz Brewing.

“The beer is selected first,” said Thompson. “Then Bill gets creative and we work out how the flavors will go together.”

This year’s menu is as follows:

Chicken & Lamb Pastrami Wonton

Crispy Wonton with Otto’s Chicken Thighs and S&S Lamb Pastrami

Michigan Root Vegetable Slaw

Country Dairy Yellow Cheddar & Schmohz Brewery India Pale Ale Beer Cheese

Old World Olive Press White Honey Ginger Balsamic Reduction

Schmohz India Pale Ale


Chorizo & Shrimp

Detroit Chorizo, Michigan Farm Raised Garlic Shrimp

Mama Mucci’s Orecchiette Pasta

Blis Red Pepper Hot Sauce Cream, Hopknocker Bacon Jam

Schmohz Hopknocker IPA


Creswick Farms Flank Steak

Creswick Farms BBQ Smoked Flank Steak, Devries Bacon Bearnaise Sauce

Buttered Michigan Brussels Sprouts, Root Vegetable Chips

Old World Olive Press Balsamic Reduction

Schmohz Miracle off 28th Street


Caramel Apple Strudel

Warm Michigan Apple Strudel

Gingerbread Brown Ale Caramel Sauce

Schmohz Sammi Rae Root Beer Whipped Cream

Gingerbread Brown Ale Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Schmohz Gingerbread Brown Ale

Guests will have a Michigan wine option with each course.



Thursday:  5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Friday:  5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Saturday:  2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m.


PRICE:  $45 per person


Ganders will also be offering chicken wings and a flank steak sandwich during the festival. Other restaurants offering pairings include San Chez,, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, Vintage, and Terra GR.

The 8th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival runs Thursday, Nov. 19 (5-10 p.m.); Friday, Nov. 20 (4 p.m.-10 p.m.); and Saturday, Nov. 21 (noon-10 p.m.). Tickets are available at the door and attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

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