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Professional chefs needed for benefit in honor of late chef

Professional chefs needed for benefit in honor of late chef

Four more chefs are needed to help with a scholarship fundraiser in honor of the late Chef Mark Noseda .

Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  A fundraiser brunch will take place September 22, from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave. NW in Comstock Park.  The brunch and auction will be hosted by local chefs Jenna Arcidiacono, Randy Finch and Tommy FitzGerald.  Additional chefs are needed; if you would like to help, email info@flavor616.com.  

New bakery honored for tasty airline creation

New bakery honored for tasty airline creation

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  A new bakery in East Grand Rapids has earned a sky-high honor.

Cakabakery’s creation for Southwest Airlines’ inaugural event at Gerald R. Ford International Airport has been named “Cake of the Week” by Anna-Aero, an airline network and news analysis website.

The cake was presented Sunday, August 11, when Southwest began service out of Grand Rapids.  The dessert was designed by Jason Kakabaker, owner of Cakabakery, located at 1436 Wealthy St. SE.  Kakabaker was recently featured on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” where he finished second.

Palette Pleasures: Grand Rapids Restaurant Week

Palette Pleasures: Grand Rapids Restaurant Week

By Tommy Allen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Some folks are willing to plop down fat bags of cash for airfare, accommodations, and taxis just to indulge in the one meal believed to be the authentic cuisine of a far-off culture.

 

Grandwich competition whittled down to the top ten

Grandwich competition whittled down to the top ten

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—The Grandwich competition is down from nearly 30 to ten.

After tallying up the online votes, the Downtown Grand Rapids Neighborhood Business Alliance released the list of finalists Monday.  They include:

  • McKay’s Downtown
  • The Cheshire Grill
  • Grand Rapids Brewing Company
  • The B.O.B.
  • The Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott
  • Express Café
  • HopCat
  • Rico’s Deli
  • Peppino’s Downtown Sports Lounge
  • McFadden’s Grand Rapids

The community is invited to taste all of the top ten 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Rosa Parks Circle. While sampling the sandwiches, participants are encouraged to donate $5 to benefit Kids’ Food Basket.

Founders 'Balls and Brews' beer dinner at Hank’s Tavern

Founders 'Balls and Brews' beer dinner at Hank’s Tavern
MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Hank’s Tavern recently hosted the Founders “Balls and Brews” beer dinner, pairing a premium selection of Founders beers with a specially-designed several course dinner to accompany the brews. Seating was limited to 36 people and the event was well-attended.The evening began with a welcome toast featuring Founders All Day IPA with ruby red grapefruit sorbet.

Breweries create new beer to support trees

Breweries create new beer to support trees

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Seventeen area breweries are showing their support for trees by creating a new brew.

Each brewery will have its own version of craft tree beer on tap from Sunday, August 4 to Saturday, August 10.  The brewers used ingredients such as maple, oak and cherry to make their tree-inspired beer.  For each pint of craft tree beer sold, select breweries will donate $1 to the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Urban Forest Project.  The remaining breweries are organizing other events and promotions to benefit the Urban Forest Project. The money will be used to create an official Brewers Grove within the city.

Participating breweries include:

Trillium Haven reopens under new name and menu July 17

Trillium Haven reopens under new name and menu July 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Trillium Haven Restaurant is reopening under a new name and menu Wednesday, July 17.

After nearly a year offering farm-to-table dishes, the restaurant will now incorporate seasonal foods from local and regional growers into its menu, which will change daily.  The restaurant will also feature an updated interior.

Owner Ken Sung and executive chef Joel Wabeke will continue to operate Trillium Haven under its new name, Terra GR.  Michael VanderBrug and Anja Mast, who partnered with Sung to launch the restaurant, will shift their focus back to their Jenison-based farm and CSA.

Trillium Haven located at 1429 Lake Drive SE, will reopen to the public as Terra GR at 11 a.m. Wednesday.