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My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Restaurant Week is about a month away, but you can start making your plans by salivating over the menus.

The 5th annual event runs from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24 at 66 Grand Rapids restaurants. This year, the theme is "Perfect Pairings" to showcase beverages that pair well with foods.

Restaurants are now taking reservations for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. This year, 44 restaurants will offer 3-course locally inspired menus for $28 per person, including:

 

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My Town: Grandwich competition returns to Grand Rapids July 8

My Town: Grandwich competition returns to Grand Rapids July 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Restaurants across Grand Rapids will give you a new solution to satisfy your taste buds starting Tuesday, July 8 as the Grandwich competition returns.

This is the 4th year for the contest, which determines Grand Rapids’ favorite sandwich.  This year, there are 26 entries featuring a variety of ingredients, from a bun made of deep fried Ramen noodles to jicama slaw.   This year’s entries include:

  • Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese – A Moveable Feast
  • Crazy Train- Bagger Dave’s
  • Picnic on the Grand – Birch Lodge
  • Name TBA - Bulls Head Tavern
  • Madame Cheshire –Cheshire Grill
  • Gwammich- CitySen Lounge in CityFlats Hotel
  • Name TBA- Fat Johnny’s Cheesesteak Co.
  • Rueben Cuban- Flanagan’s Irish Pub
  • Wake-N-Bacon – Grand Rapids Brewing Company
  • Sausage Mac Daddy- Grand Woods Lodge
  • Über – Hopcat
  • El Zorro – McFaddens Restaurant and Salo

My Town GR: Downtown Market bakery moves into its own storefront

My Town GR: Downtown Market bakery moves into its own storefront

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A bakery that got its start in the Downtown Market now has its own storefront.

The owners of Scrumptious Cupcakes and Sweetery served up their first cupcake from their new shop on June 24. The store at 602 Lake Michigan Drive NW features a rotating selection of cupcakes as well as ice cream. 

Scrumptious Cupcakes and Sweetery will also continue to sell cupcakes at the Downtown Market’s incubator kitchen, located at 434 Ionia Ave. SW.  For more vendor information, visit  the Downtown Market’s website here.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Local breweries home to some of the best beer in the country

My Town: Local breweries home to some of the best beer in the country

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Lansing State Journal)-- Congratulations are in order for Kalamazoo-based Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale has been named the No. 2 beer in the country by readers of Zymurgy Magazine, the publication of the American Homebrewers Association.

Two other Michigan beers also made the Top 10: Bell’s Hopslam (No. 4) and Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co.’s Breakfast Stout (No. 9). Founders’ also scored three more spots inside the top-ranks beers list with Kentucky Breakfast Stout (No. 11), All Day IPA (No. 34, tie) and Backwoods Bastard (No. 49, tie).

Zymurgy Magazine earlier this week released the results of the poll, in which readers named their 20 favorite beers that are commercially available in the U.S. California-based Russian River’s Pliny the Elder took the No. 1 spot.

My Town: Founders names new beer for ArtPrize 2014

My Town: Founders names new beer for ArtPrize 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Founders Brewing Co. has released the name of its newest ArtPrize beer.

Mosaic Promise is an ale brewed with a single malt (Golden Promise) and a single hop (Mosaic). The bottle’s label features “Ninkasi”, a stained glass ArtPrize submission that became a permanent part of Founders' taproom last year.

The bottled brew will make its debut for a limited time starting Sept. 8.  Mosaic Promise will be available in Michigan, Wisconsin, greater New York City and greater Chicago.  Each six pack is expected to sell for $9.99, with proceeds going toward future ArtPrize programming.

This is Founder’s second installment in its Artist Series.  The brewery kicked off its five-year partnership with ArtPrize by debuting Inspired Artist Black IPA last year.

More than 400,000 people are expected to attend ArtPrize 2014, which runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 12.

5 flavorful Michigan breweries worth the drive

5 flavorful Michigan breweries worth the drive

(Anne Erickson, Lansing State Journal)-- For many Michiganders, summer and beer go hand-in-hand. Drive through Mitten towns on any given summer weekend, and you’ll likely spot folks sitting on their front porches, sipping on the cool, flavorful drink.

Michigan, of course, has endless top-notch choices when it comes to craft beers and Michigan-made brews. In fact, our state is currently fifth in the U.S. in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, according to Pure Michigan.

So, raise a pint and get to know a few great Michigan breweries and distilleries.

Founders Brewery Co.

• Where: Grand Rapids