Self-Guided Tour of Rural West Michigan Features Arts & Eats

Adela Rose Centennial Barn

This October, as the leaves transform their color and the sights and smells of fall settle in on southwest Michigan, local and distant travelers alike are invited to experience the first Arts and Eats Tour in southwest Michigan. The tour takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 2011.

Celebrating Michigan’s Grapes


Most of my readers know that I love Michigan grapes in liquid form. (In fact, I had a whole month of wine trivia during Michigan wine month!) But there are many other ways to enjoy this fall treat.

Win A Family Pass at Fruit Ridge Hayrides! (Plus, a coupon just for you!)


The coolest stop on the Kent Harvest Trails is offering a free family pass to be given away to one of the readers of Eat Local, West Michigan!

Vander Mill Cider: Now Serving Local Food!

Vander Mill

You wouldn’t expect fine dining amid apple trains and candlesticks, but Vander Mill Cider’s commitment to local food comes through loud and clear in a limited but gourmet quality menu.

Making It In Michigan Conference Offers Food and Agricultural Entrepreneurs an Educational Opportunity to Launch Product Ideas Into Companies


One-Day Event Provides Learning Sessions and One-on-One Counseling With Leading Michigan Experts EAST LANSING, Mich. – For new entrepreneurs or established food companies thinking about creating and launching that next new food product or idea, the fourth annual Making It In Michigan conference can help bring that concept to fruition.

Mark Your Calendars & Make Reservations for Restaurant Week!

Salad Trio at the Heritage Restaurant; photo courtesy of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

It’s that time of year again for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids! Restaurant Week is a great way to sample lots of restaurants that are on your “I’ve always wanted to try that” list. You’ll have 11 days-Thursday, November 3 through Sunday, November13, 2011, to try the special menus created just for this event.

Koetsier’s is for Kids on Kent Harvest Trails!

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When Wendy asked me to write about a kid-oriented place along Kent Harvest Trails for Eat Local! West Michigan, I immediately thought of Koetsier’s Greenhouse. They are one of the only places along the Kent Harvest Trails that is mostly indoors and geared toward the younger set (ages 10 and under.) This is the place to go on Fridays or Saturdays through the end of October, Rain or Shine!

Carrots: Not Just for Veggie Trays and Cake

© Magdalena ?urawska |

Up until a few years ago, my favorite way of eating carrots was baby carrots out of the plastic bag with a hefty tub of ranch.

GOOD VS. EVIL: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert LIVE AT DeVOS PERFORMANCE HALL ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19th


Join Anthony Bourdain, chef, author of Medium Raw and host of The Travel’s Channel’s No Reservations and Eric Ripert, renowned chef of Le Bernardin, author, host of “Avec Eric” on PBS and regular guest on Bravo’s Top Chef as they share stories and muse on the place of food in our personal, community and global life.

Help Fix Our Broken Food System

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When Jane Wiedenbeck, Grand Rapids field organizer for Food and Water Watch, contacted me about putting next week’s kickoff meeting for the Fair Farm Bill Campaign on the Eat Local, West Michigan! calendar, I knew I had to know more. Farm policy is near and dear to my heart as I watched my Dad “fight the man” as a potato and onion farmer when I was growing up.

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