SOURCE: Experience Grand Rapids

Experience Grand Rapids

August 14, 2013 12:51 ET

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2013 Kicks Off Today August 14, 2013

The Annual 11-Day Culinary Event Celebrates Grand Rapids 4th Year Holding the Largest Restaurant Week Event in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--(Marketwired - Aug 14, 2013) - Restaurant Week Grand Rapids kicks off in Grand Rapids, Michigan today. The event spearheaded by Experience Grand Rapids was developed in 2010 to profile the scores of quality locally owned farm-to-fork restaurants that are also making Grand Rapids grow in culinary stature and reputation.

In its fourth year, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will bring thousands of guests to participate in dining at restaurants that feature locally grown products on their menus. Grand Rapids is also widely known as Beer City USA after winning the title earlier this summer for the second year in a row.

Seventy-three restaurants will beckon guests from West Michigan and beyond to taste their creative menus that profile fresh-from-the-farm produce and products:

  • Sweet corn, artisan greens, vine-ripened tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, beans, onions, carrots, and much more are on Restaurant Week Grand Rapids menus;
  • Fresh fruits such as watermelon, fresh berries and peaches are featured;
  • Lake Michigan perch and whitefish from the Great Lakes as well as locally raised grass-fed and organic beef, lamb, pork and chicken are also aplenty;
  • Chewy local artisan breads, fresh locally roasted nuts and coffees, locally harvested honeys, and locally made homemade ice cream and gelato are also featured on many menus.

"Restaurant Week is a great time to experience Grand Rapids and our thriving restaurant scene," says Doug Small, President of Experience Grand Rapids. "The beauty of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is that you can try a variety of restaurants all over the city over a long weekend or during the weekdays that won't break the bank."

"Another benefit of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is that it keeps on giving back to the community," says Small. "Not only are all of the participating restaurants able to shine, but $1 from every Restaurant Week meal sold during the event will be donated by each of the participating restaurants to a student scholarship fund at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. This year we hope to raise $20,000 to add to the fund. Many of Secchia Institute's students decide to stay in the community and some of them develop into masterful chefs growing Grand Rapids culinary talent."

Since 2010 participating restaurants in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids have donated almost $60,000 to the Secchia Institute Student Scholarship Fund from proceeds raised during the event.

Almost every Restaurant Week menu listed on RestaurantWeekGR.com lists local farms where participating restaurants source their menu items. Some of these local farms and purveyors include: Mud Lake Farms, S&S Farms, Ingraberg Farms, Visser Farms, Ham Family Farm, Vertical Paradise Farms, Trillium Haven Farm, Country Crisp Farm, Real Food Farm, Cherry Capital Foods, Silo-Hydro Farm, Shady Side Farm, Country Winds Farm, Cunick's Flower Farm, Dancing Goat Creamery, Country Winds Cheese, Grassfields Cheese, Heffron Farms, Palazzolo's Gelato, Ferris Coffee & Nut, Creswick Farms, Nantucket Bakery, Zingerman's Cheese, Black Star Farms, L.Mawby and Grand Rapids Craft Brewers: Founders, The BOB, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Mitten Brewing, Brewery Vivant, and others.

According to Doug Small, President of Experience Grand Rapids, "Here are additional reasons to experience Restaurant Week Grand Rapids":

August for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is the best time of year
"August is a great time to dine out in the Greater Grand Rapids Area. Not only will over 70 participating restaurants have the freshest local vegetables, fruits, and meats on their menus, but many of them will be pairing great wines, brews, and spirits with their menus to enhance the dining experience."

Outdoor Alfresco Dining
"Who doesn't love summer in Michigan. With all of the great outdoor dining at restaurants and superb value offered during this event, there's never a better time than August during Restaurant Week to celebrate the art of dining out!"

Culture and Restaurants are a great mix of "what's happening" in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids is supported by a thriving cultural scene including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Van Andel Arena, The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Civic Theater, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market and Fulton Street Farmers Market.

Additional Information:

  • Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2013 will take place from August 14 - 24 at over 70 restaurants. 
  • There are fifteen first time restaurants participating in Restaurant Week this year.
  • More ethnic restaurants than ever before -- fifteen ethnic restaurants -- are participating in Restaurant Week.
  • Restaurant Week menus for all participating restaurants can be viewed online at RestaurantWeekGR.com.  
  • The public is encouraged to make reservations and dine out often during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, whose theme is "Savor Summer - Farm-to-Fork Fantastic."
  • Seven Grand Rapids hotels have restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids: JW Marriott Hotel, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, The Grand Rapids Riverfront Hotel, City Flats Hotel, Hilton Grand Rapids Airport Hotel, the Grand Rapids Crowne Plaza Hotel and Grand Rapids Downtown Holiday Inn. To book a hotel during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids see RestaurantWeekGR.com.

Photographs Available Upon Request

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Sally Littlefair Zarafonetis
    SallyZara Public Relations
    Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Media
    (616) 656-5885
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