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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: Local restaurants named winners of wine

My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—At least half a dozen restaurants in West Michigan have made the cut for the corks they pop.

They are among 3,748 restaurants worldwide to make Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards.  For the first time this year, top honors went to Clos Maggiore in London, La Toque in Napa, Nice Matin in New York, Saison in San Francisco, The Stonehouse in Santa Barbara and Studio in Laguna Beach.  They join 68 other winners of the Grand Award, which honors restaurants that generally offer guests 1,500 or more wine selections and for superior cellars, service, ambiance and cuisine.

The program’s entry-level Award of Excellence went to 2,791 restaurants; another 883 restaurants earned the Best of Award of Excellence for typically offering a list of 350 or more quality wine selections.  Locally, the following restaurants made the cut:

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

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: Taste of Muskegon returns June 20 and 21

My Town: Taste of Muskegon returns June 20 and 21

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Muskegon’s Hackley Park is the place to be this Friday and Saturday for the annual Taste of Muskegon event.

The community is invited to kick off the celebration Friday, June 20 with a Party in the Park.   The event runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and includes a live performance from Fiddle Face at 5 p.m. and  Deni Hunter & the HouseRockers at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., visitors can sample popular food from more than 20 of the best locally owned Lakeshore restaurants. There will be live music, a car show, a bike ride, and a Kid’s Zone from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Kid's Zone will feature bounce houses, a portable luge track and  paint, chalk and lunch sack decorating with Kids Food Basket of Grand Rapids. For more information, visit www.tasteofmuskegon.com.

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.

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Local First will hold its 11th annual Street Party on Saturday, June 7 outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight.

This year's event is presented by Founders Brewing Company with stage sponsor Celebration Cinema. Last year, more than 12,000 attendees attended the 10th anniversary Local First Street Party and enjoyed Founders beer, local food  and food trucks, family art  and sidewalk chalk art, interactive music, and a great music set. The Local First Street Party is free and open to all ages; there will be music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy at this event.

"The Street Party is one of the biggest highlights of our year. Local First puts on this event to showcase local businesses and talented individuals, celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of our community, and kick off the summer right!" said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First.