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Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It did it last year, and it’s doing it again this year: Grove is Grand Rapids Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year.

The magazine announced the winners of its 34th annual Dining Awards Wednesday.  The judging process took place over 10 months.  A total of eight awards were presented live on Grand Rapids Magazine’s Facebook page and Twitter account this week.  The recipients are:

  • 2013 Restaurant of the Year: Grove
  • Best New Restaurant: Trattoria Di’ Stagione
  • Best Mexican/Latin American/Caribbean Restaurant: El Arriero
  • Best Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Restaurant: Zeytin
  • Best Asian Restaurant: Maru Sushi & Grill
  • Best European Restaurant: San Chez Bistro & Café
  • Best Classic American Restaurant: Leo’s
  • Best New American Restaurant: Terra GR

All eight Dining Award win

New Restaurant replaces Sam's Joint in Caledonia

New Restaurant replaces Sam's Joint in Caledonia

The Bow Legged Moose Restaurant, formerly Sam’s Joint in Caledonia, is now open for business. This full service restaurant is owned and operated by Donald Keith and his wife Sharon Reurink. They also own a restaurant on Mackinac Island called the Chuck Wagon.

This restaurant is located at 7449  68th St. in Alaska, MI with hours of 7am-3pm, Monday through Friday and 8am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. They purchased the liquor license along with the business but are still waiting for it to be activated.

The new owners have kept most of the employees who worked at Sam’s Joint, some who have been there 18 years.

You can contact the restaurant at 616-698-1833.

West Michigan butchers heading to Florida for national meat-cutting competition

West Michigan butchers heading to Florida for national meat-cutting competition

KENTWOOD, Mich.— Two West Michigan butchers will put their skills to the test against nearly 90 other professionals from across the nation for a chance to be named Meat Cutter of the Year.

Shawn Foster of Kentwood and Marco Ruiz of Portage will travel to The Ice Factory in Kissimmee, Florida in late February for the competition.  The frigid conditions and large venue make it the perfect place to test the skills of master meat cutters.  Each competitor will be given 30-40 pounds of beef and a set amount of time to butcher it.  Cuts will be judged on quality, yield and speed.

The top eight meat cutters from the Feb. 25-26 matchups will move onto the final round, held on April 27 at Amelia Island, Florida.  The winner will get a grand prize of $20,000 and bragging rights.

Restaurant closes after two years of business

Restaurant closes after two years of business

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Approximately two years after opening its doors to the public, Newk’s Express Café has closed.

The restaurant, located at 2650 East Beltline SE near 28th Street, held its grand opening Dec. 19, 2011.  A patron on yelp.com says the business was not getting enough business during dinner hours and closed Dec. 22. The phone line to Newk’s Grand Rapids has been disconnected and the website is no longer available. 

Newk’s served up freshly made sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas and homemade desserts. This was the first Newk’s  in West Michigan and the only one in the state.

IHOP preps patrons for Pancake Bowl

IHOP preps patrons for Pancake Bowl

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—IHOP is getting in on the bowl season by hosting its first ever Pancake Bowl.

With the return of all you can eat pancakes at IHOP, participating restaurants are inviting patrons to join a pancake eating contest.  Those interested can enter the competition by ordering all you can eat pancakes at a participating IHOP restaurant now through Jan. 26.  The patrons who down the most buttermilk pancakes will earn a spot on the Pancake Bowl leader board.  The top scoring pancake eater at reach restaurant will receive bragging rights and free pancakes for one year.

On Feb. 1, the top 10 pancake eaters in the Grand Rapids area will compete in the Pancake Bowl.  The winner will receive a $500 IHOP gift card.

IHOP has four locations in the Grand Rapids area, including:

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent District Library is putting the “pub” in public library starting next month.

With the growing popularity of the craft beer industry in West Michigan, KDL decided to begin offering free home brewing classes, brewery tours, brewery book discussions and beer tastings in January and February 2014. 

For more information and to register for certain programs, visit the library website here or call (616) 784-2007.

Rockford Brewing Co. Tour

Get a "backstage pass" and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan's Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St. on Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

 

UPDATE: Bell's Brewery open in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

UPDATE: Bell's Brewery open in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport can now get a taste of West Michigan’s craft brewing industry.

The vice president of Bell’s Brewery and other business leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony  Dec. 18 to celebrate two new airport restaurants: Bell’s Brewhouse and Greens.  Both businesses are operated by HMSHost and located before the security screening portion of the airport.

Greens offers personalized salads created with fresh incredients, including a variety of greens, vegetables, cheeses and meats.

Besides offering the company's award-winning craft beers, Bell's Brewhouse has its own cafe menu featuring dishes like pork tacos and soft bretzels with beer mustard.