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Thought Design takes new twist on tailgating

Thought Design shares unique tailgating options in time for football season.







6:00 PM to 9:00 PM





“Thought Design is an expansive learning environment, offering classes from improv to parenting to executive leadership; culinary training to create innovative and healthy meals; and a full range of brain-boosting moves from yoga to The Groove. Their amazing team brings expertise, creativity and passion to group classes, team teaching and individual coaching.”

Thought Design owner and Grand Rapidian, Denise VanEck, and her staff are ready to kick off another season of friends, football and, of course, food. Before we know it, the leaves on the trees will begin to change as they welcome football season. And what would a football game be without a tailgating party?

On Wednesday, August 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the kitchen of Thought Design will be open for attendees to recreate some delicious fall favorites.

“We wanted to help people get ready for another fall season of football by offering a creative recipes to add to their parties,” VanEck says.

This event’s menu will feature unique offerings with recipes like: Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls, Pumpkin Kale Hummus, Grilled BBQ Potato Planks, BBQ Turkey Meatballs, Deviled Egg and Autumn Sangria.

“The idea was to take what people would normally make for a tailgating event and elevate it to something that would be different, simple and inexpensive. These [recipes] are just as healthy as they are delicious,” VanEck says.

Experienced and novice chefs are welcome at the event.

“The event will be very heavy on the demonstration side, offering cooking tips and ideas. We want our guests to learn not only how to make the dishes, but about the equipment and the process as well,” VanEck states.


Registration is for the fall-inspired event is now OPEN and can be found here.


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