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Actor/rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and L.A. film producer Randall Emmett have joined forces on several movies in West Michigan. ...... 40

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Chocolate truffles; alphabet photography; Wade Rouse; Hot Yoga; Reptile House; Paolo Sabbatini. .............. 10-14 Profile

After catering on the set of “The Genesis Code,” Joseff VanHorn decided to start his own catering company. ...... 18

Speaking Up Etc.

By Carole Valade...................... 7 Travel

By Matt Baker Venues for valentines in Nashville. . ......................... 15 Grand Times

By Gordon G. Beld John Lorimer Worden ........ 17

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♥ in River City

Some people may remember the winter lull in Grand Rapids, a time of simple choices like skiing, Valentine dinners or catching a stage production. For the past decade, the Van Andel Arena has welcomed a host of entertainment acts, and Lady GaGa’s upcoming performance is certainly a marker for the city. So, too, is the lineup for Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids’ LaughFest — 10 days of non-stop comedy of every stripe beginning in early March. While the event schedule continues to build, no February passes without noting the month of the red dress — National Wear Red Day is Feb. 4 — and the Go Red for Women campaign by the American Heart Association, including the local chapter. Its outreach to prevent heart attacks and stroke among women recognizes heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, taking the life of one in three each year. A Go Red luncheon at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is scheduled for Feb. 25. This month also marks the opening of the Gun Lake Casino in Allegan County, the closest casino to Grand Rapids. Such an event would generally pass without mention here, but the Gun Lake Tribe spent a decade in the courts defending the right to open the controversial entertainment venue on tribal land, as several business leaders in Grand Rapids and the Blue Chip Casino management company sought to stop its construction and compact with the state. The new venue creates up to 750 new jobs in a community with one of the state’s highest unemployment rates. The Gun Lake Tribe of Pottawatomi Indians owns the casino and has opted to build it in stages as a result of the 10-year effort that directly preceded the recession. The casino features 1,450 slot machines, 28 game tables, a food court, a 225seat café, and bars, lounges and live entertainment. Its construction and upcoming build-out used local contractors and sub-contractors. The February issue of Grand Rapids Magazine traditionally highlights the nomination of more than 40 area restaurants for the Grand Rapids Magazine Dining Awards, with winners to be announced at a fundraiser for Grand Rapids Community College culinary students Feb. 16. But just as magazine cover photos were being considered, we were contacted by singer/

rapper/actor Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and film producer Randall Emmett, offering an interview and photo session. It’s another mark of the movie-making activity ever-present now in Grand Rapids. Jackson and Emmett are partners in production company Cheetah Vision, and both have come to love the city. The story of this team and their success here is related in the story beginning on page 40. Jackson has been looking at homes in the area, but won’t make up his mind “until we have a slate of films lined up” to shoot in Grand Rapids. “If I do three or four movies in Grand Rapids in 2011, it makes more sense to buy a house than to stay in a hotel,” Jackson said. And one of the reasons they want to shoot here is because of the talent they’ve found. “There are incredibly talented people here,” Emmett said, “About half to 60 percent of the crew we use is local — as high as 85 percent in some movies.” There’s just more and more to ♥ in River City — and more who know so.

Letters We welcome letters to the editor. Letters must be signed and include the writer’s name, address and phone number. Please send letters in care of: Editor, Grand Rapids Magazine, 549 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids MI 49503, or e-mail to letters@grmag.com. Letters may be edited for reasons of clarity and space. Corrections In the December issue, the “All-star doctors” feature, a list excerpted from the 2010 edition of HealthGrades Recognized Doctors, had some errors: Doctors H. Paul Singh, Tejinder S. Mander and William Merhi of West Michigan Cardiology were not listed. West

Michigan Cardiology is located at 743 East Beltline Ave. NE, (616) 456-9553. Dr. Laura Kelsey should have been listed under Grand Rapids Vein Clinic, 1720 Michigan St. NE, (616) 454-8442. Centre for Plastic Surgery was incorrectly identified as Center for Plastic Surgery. It is located at 426 Michigan St. NE, (616) 454-1256. Only a few specialties were printed in the issue; to find recognized doctors in other specialties, go to the online search tool at bit.ly/grmdocs. In the January issue, Dr. Brad Bengtson’s name was misspelled in the Best of Grand Rapids Readers Poll.

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Truffles from Sweetland Candies and other West Michigan chocolatiers make yummy gifts for Valentine’s Day. » pg10

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Sweet pleasures

hen it comes to chocolate confections, the truffle seems the regal choice. Traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate or cocoa powder, the truffle — named for its resemblance to the cherished fungus — has evolved to include a wide range of tasty fillings. If you’re in the position to give (or get) this Valentine’s Day, these locally handmade truffles are sure to impress your sweetheart. Polly’s Passion and Grand Cakes, 124 Courtland St. NE, Rockford, (616) 866-2292

Polly’s Passion and Grand Cakes

“a rich, 70 percent dark chocolate with flakes of coconut in every bite.” Prices are $28 for a 16-piece box and $36 dollars for a 24-piece box.

Get your truffles in candy or cake form at Grand Cakes. Chocolate truffles made by Polly Sweetland Candies, 5170 Plainfield Ave. VonEschen — in mint, coconut, peanut butNE, (616) 363-3444; 2160 Plainfield Ave. ter, milk chocolate and raspberry — NE, (616) 363-7757 are hand-molded, dipped and Since 1919, Sweetland CanSweetland Candies individually wrapped. Each dies has been making chocosells for $1-$1.50. “Fudge lates, trusting its five-step in a ball” is how Grand process to several generCakes owner Tracy ations of confectioners. Webber describes PolDark chocolate truffles ly’s Passions, also sold come in cocoa, raspat Rudy Kazoody’s and berry, cream de mint, Baskets in the Belfry, Swiss mocha, double both in Rockford. Grand chocolate, plus a milk Cakes makes truffle-like chocolate rum. The comcakes “as elegant as a bination of cream, butter candy truffle” in a variety and chocolate are a rich of flavors. combo that “gets people excitVita Dolce, www.vitadolce ed,” said John S. Naum, vice preschocolates.com, (616) 634-2792 ident. “The whole formulation melts Jessica Stroven, founder and co-owner of in your mouth.” His favorite is dark cocoa. The web-based Vita Dolce, handcrafts her “sweet stores sell truffles for $19.95 per pound (about life” truffles in nine flavors using Belgian choco15 pieces). late. Dark varieties of the hand-dipped creMary Ann’s Chocolate Café, 2226 ations include mint, raspberry, coconut, double Wealthy St. SE, (616) 855-0055 chocolate and espresso, while milk chocolate Ted Kaake, store manager at Mary Ann’s flavors are caramel, peanut butter, Amaretto Chocolate Café, says Valentine’s Day is the and hazelnut. Stroven’s favorite is coconut: “second most truffle-y holiday — Christmas

“I specialize in dark chocolate, from a 61 percent Peruvian to a 72 percent Venezuelan” with no stabilizers or preservatives. — Charles Golczynski

Photography by Michael Buck

Chocolate³ at The Catering Co.

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being the first.” truffle flavors include raspberry, tiramisu, crème de menthe, Kahlua, coffee cognac, irish cream, bananas Foster, Black Forest and michigan sweet cherry. But Chocolate insanity, made with three kinds of dark chocolate, is easily the top seller, he said. “it is smooth and sweet, not bitter.” truffles sell for $1.60 each. PaTriCia’s ChoColaTe, www.patricias chocolate.com, (616) 842-5999

it’s hip to be square, if you ask Grand Haven chocolatier patricia Christopher. Her square truffles are a twist on the traditional dome-shaped variety, but the centers of her 28 truffle flavors are pure ganache. “i cut them into quarters to make a chocolate last longer and for sharing,” she said. made without preservatives, oils or flavorings, the truffles are sold by the piece at $2.60. new flavors include blackberry honey crisp and habanero chipotle. they’re sold at such locations as art of the table, Grand river Grocery, ella’s of lowell and santo stefano del lago in Grand Haven. grand finale desserTs & PasTries, www.grandfinaledesserts.com, (616) 6381169

Justin raha, owner and executive pastry chef at Grand Finale desserts, is also the truffle maker. His handmade artisan truffles, in flavors such as pumpkin pie, mint chocolate chip, amaretto and Grand marnier, are prepared in small batches to ensure quality. “i use a French imported couverture with cocoa butter percentage greater than 30 percent,” he said. “my dark chocolate is 63 percent.” all flavors are free of hydrogenated oils, wax and preservatives, he said. prices start at $12 for six pieces and go up to $40 dollars for 24 pieces.

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ChoColaTe³ aT The CaTering Co., 1307 e. fulton st., (616) 454-7475

Charles Golczynski, longtime chocolatier for the Catering Co., has his own line of artisan chocolates. “i specialize in dark chocolate, from a 61 percent peruvian to a 72 percent venezuelan” with no stabilizers or preservatives. each is paired with flavors ranging from traditional to unexpected, using ingredients that range from locally grown raspberries to south american chilies. Consider suds, a full-bodied, 72 percent dark chocolate with sassafras and a soft vanilla bean fondant coated with bittersweet chocolate and topped with grains of sugar “reminiscent of root beer foam.” they’re available at martha’s vineyard.

Give me an ‘a’ Forget heart-shaped greeting cards. Consider a personalized keepsake featuring alphabet photography that spells out a name or a message. Jennifer Chiodini creates artwork using photos of letters, numbers and symbols — all taken in the Grand Rapids area. “Last year for Valentine’s Day I did ‘LOVE,’ which is everyone’s favorite,” said Chiodini, an Ada mother of two with a passion for photography. “I also did ‘I (heart) U’ and another fun one is ‘XOX’. I did them as greeting cards, but I would also do them as signs.” Chiodini entered ArtPrize 2010 with an entry that spelled out “Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2010.” She said the work was designed to make viewers think. “Ask yourself, can you guess the letter, can you see the word, and finally, do you know where in Grand Rapids the photo was taken?” Describing herself as a “mildly experienced photographer,” Chiodini takes her camera with her wherever she goes and has amassed more than 300 letters to suit every style or personality. Some taken in downtown GR have an urban feel, while others were snapped “out in the woods, in parks and places just off the road.” Each black and white print comes in two sizes. Chiodini makes all of her framing slats. She also offers stationery and a line for children on pink or blue slats. Check out her website at www.clickandcreatealphabetphotography.com. — CandaCe PriCe

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‘It’s All Relative’ WADE ROUSE KNOWS HOW TO TELL A STORY. The 43-year-old author has written three memoirs, blending humor and pathos as he chronicles everything from his childhood in the Missouri Ozarks to his move from St. Louis to Saugatuck to escape the trappings of urban life. In his latest book, “It’s All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine,” (Crown), Rouse shares memories of a lifetime of family celebrations. “Holidays are like Campbell’s soup — life condensed,” he quipped. “It’s a fascinating filter to look at families.” His family has always been a bit unconventional, or as he put it, “off our rockers.” In the first chapter, he writes: “I believed, for a good many years, that my mother was a witch because she levitated my bed on New Year’s Eve in the early 1970s.” His father, an engineer and former military man, used to bury Easter eggs — “deep in the ground, like a mob body in Jersey” — because he believed “the fun was in the hunt.” And Rouse devotes many chapters to more recent adventures with his partner, Gary, includ-

ing their celebration of Barbie’s birthday. “People thought it was a joke … but the reality was that we bought so many clothes for Barbie that she ended up with her own drawer in our dresser.” The book also has poignant tales. Dog lovers will need Kleenex reading about Wonder in the chapter on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. In the final chapter, Rouse writes about his last Christmas with his mother. “Spending time with her was the greatest gift,” he said. “That’s really what drove me to write the book. I wanted to show families as we fight and laugh and love.” Rouse, who lives with Gary and their dogs Madge and Mabel in a knotty pine cottage on four acres of land near Saugatuck, said he’s been pleasantly surprised by the enthusiastic turnouts for his local book signings and writing seminars. His last event in Grand Rapids attracted more than 200 people. “As a gay urbanite transitioning to a rural area, I’ve been uplifted by the response in Michigan,” he said. “If you’re open and honest, people are incredibly receptive.” — MARTY PRIMEAU

“IT’S ALL RELATIVE” hits store shelves this month as Rouse begins a 20-city publicity tour, including a Feb. 2 event at Grand Rapids Public Library.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHNNY QUIRIN (TOP); COURTESY CROWN PUBLISHING GROUP (CENTER)

“People thought it was a joke … but the reality was that we bought so many clothes for Barbie that she ended up with her own drawer in our dresser.”

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he FUNKY Buddha Yoga Studio is heating things up in Eastown. “It’s yoga that works for people at all levels and abilities,” said Kerri Reinbold, who launched the “hot yoga” studio with her husband, Chris. “To get to sweat, move around and have a really good time — how many people get to put that together with their form of exercise?” A registered nurse and certified yoga instructor, Reinbold tried several styles of yoga after injuring her knee in 2003. “Yoga would go in spurts for me,” she said. “I was drawn to it, but something was missing.” Then she discovered a power style practiced in 90-degree heat that was introduced by Massachusetts yoga instructor Baron Baptiste in the 1980s. “Other yoga disciplines do practice power yoga minus the heat,” she said. “What makes Baptiste-style yoga unique is its powerful, flowing sequence, which is highly accessible to normal, non-Gumby-like people.” The asanas are similar to Hatha yoga, with each 75-min-

ute sequence taught in a 90-plus degree room to help purify the body, increase flexibility, prevent injuries and increase caloric burn. Along with a basic foundations class, Funky Buddha offers a nutrition and meditation class called “40 Days to Personal Revolution” and an upbeat rhythm sequence, “Shake Your Asana.” The couple chose the LEED-certified Boland Building in Eastown and designed the open space with a smooth class-to-class transition in mind. Chris Reinbold, the studio’s business manager, handled the design and construction. “It literally was just raw space when we came in here.” The large practice studio accommodates 48 students and two teachers. “It has an industrial heating unit with fresh air exchange specifically for the space,” he said. Insulated cork floors provide cushion and retain warmth, while insulation panels and added humidity keep the space at “a balmy 96 degrees with 40 percent humidity.” For class times, rates and more information, go to www. yogahothouse.com. — kimBerly monaghan

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Ghost bar: Reptile House For the better part of the 1990s, 139 s. division was home to go-go dancers, industrial dJs, nude or body-painted punk and alternative bands, second-hand fashion shows, skull Beer, poets and bondage acts. From hippies to goths to ravers to punks, anyone outside the mainstream was welcome at the reptile House. it’s been closed for 14 years. But those who were fortunate enough to experience the controlled mayhem remember it fondly, reminiscing over fuzzy memories in a 1,100-plus member Facebook group called “i hung out at the reptile House.” “it was eclectic in a very underground way,” said Joe Force, now a uX (user experience) specialist at universal mind in Grand rapids. Force frequented the club when he was just old enough to drink legally — not that

management adhered too closely to the law. owners al Bregante and Jeff nordruft moved from Chicago to purchase and transform the Glass Bar, which they reopened as the reptile House april 6, 1990. effortlessly achieving a big-city, underground atmosphere in the nearly nonexistent Grand rapids nightlife scene, the reptile House was dingy, dirty and cramped — adding to its appeal as a dive bar that drew musical acts on the cusp of greatness. a tight-knit community formed while partaking in mutual debauchery and watching local bands mustard plug and soiled Betty; national bands 311, the melvins and marilyn manson; and bands such as the voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and Billy Goat that combined performance art with shock value. “it fit with the times,” said

peri olson, a reptile regular who staged fashion shows at the venue. “people have gotten more conservative. it just wouldn’t go over well now.” the space featured an entrance flanked by glass block, while reptilian murals stretched across the walls. reptile punch and the bar’s signature skull Beer — which few patrons realized was just natural light hooked up to a homemade skull tap — flowed freely. as the decade stretched on, the years of hard partying with little upkeep to the facility began

to take its toll. “there was no plumbing and the roof was caving in,” said olson. “the building was deteriorating.” in February 1997, the Kent County Health department shut the reptile House down permanently. “once you were inside, you felt like you were in a different world,” said Force. “it’s the one place that i still hear people say they miss.” — kelly QuinTanilla February 2011 Grand rapids 13

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italian native Paolo Sabbatini and his students at Michigan State university are working to improve the quality of wine grapes in west Michigan.

Man with a mission

MSU viticulturist hopes to meet the goal of having 10,000 Michigan acres in wine grapes by 2020.

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INE IS A KEY PART OF PAOLO SABBATINI’S LIFE. But his passion isn’t swirling and tasting. as a viticulturist in the department of Horticulture at michigan state university, the italian native is more interested in studying the grapes. His mission: to help michigan’s wine industry reach new heights and produce superior wines. “not a lot of people realize that michigan is a huge producer of grapes,” said the 37-year-old assistant professor, who speaks with a charming accent. “But most are juice grapes, not suitable for wine. my problem is to find out how we can grow more wine grapes.” sabbatini and his students want to help meet the michigan Grape and Wine industry Council’s goal of having 10,000 acres in wine grapes by 2020. the current acreage is around 1,500. “Just because we can grow Concord grapes doesn’t mean we can grow wine grapes,” sabbatini explained. “Wine grapes are more sensitive to cold. part of my work is to help growers find better sites and then discuss which varieties to plant. if we improve the quality of grapes, we improve the quality of the wine.” He has experimental stations in the southwest, close to Benton Harbor, and northwest near traverse City, as well as an msu greenhouse for laboratory work. in his lab, sabbatini and crew alter the wine with varying yeasts, temperature and other factors. “the wines we produce are not ones to drink,” he said. “We follow precise winemaking protocol to see the effect of all the various factors.” sabbatini, who grew up in the marche region of italy drinking vino made by his father, has a doctorate from italy’s university of ancona. He first came to michigan in 2002 on the recommendation of a professor who’d graduated from msu. He returned in 2004 to do post-doctoral work. three years later, sabbatini accepted the job as assistant professor, taking over half of the responsibilities once held by dr. stan Howell, a.k.a. “dr. Grape,” who retired from msu after three decades. “it is a challenge to work in stan’s position,” sabbatini said, adding that he is collaborating with Howell on several projects. the two men have published papers together in scientific journals. “dr. Howell’s — marTy Primeau impact on the michigan grape industry was huge.”

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Life & Style: Travel

Venues for valentines

Photography courtesy Matt Baker

Photography by Johnny Quirin

by Matt Baker

Now that chocolate samplers have become cliché — nothing says “I didn’t want to think about what to get you” more than a box of factory-made chocolates from the grocery store — pleasing your valentine may require a bit of creativity. And, sometimes, a flight across state lines. This Valentine’s Day, consider a different sort of sampler — like a sampling of live jazz and blues and orchestral indie. As Grand Rapids makes a bid to become the nation’s Art City, Nashville continues to vie for the title of Music City. As recently as 10 years ago, Nashville’s music scene was dominated by country artists: not anymore. Post-millennium, the city’s venues have been hosting such obscure genres as chamber folk and neo-trance. For our Nashville sampler, we decided to “taste” a new venue every night for a week. On a Monday or Tuesday night in Nashville, the problem isn’t finding live music; it’s deciding which show to see. We avoided the touristy bars along Broadway’s faux-Vegas strip, but if you’re a country fan, add the Grand Ole Opry or the Ryman. Consider staying at Union Station, a 100-year-old train station that’s been renovated into a Wyndham Grand Hotel ($200 per night). On downtown Broadway, the hotel is situated between East and West Nashville at the ideal distance from most of the better venues. Monday: We start at 3rd and Linsley, a dark bar lit with reddish lights, its stage lined with black-and-white curtains. Four bands play, bands that back in Grand Rapids might cost $20 or $25 to see. Here, however, admission is only $5 at the door. There’s seating for 100, but this night the crowd numbers somewhere in the teens, lending the show a certain intimacy. Our favorite sound of the night is The Smart Brothers, a Californian duo of brothers whose between-song banter is almost better than their music. Their songs are like something out of a Sergio Leone film, and The Smart Brothers are costumed accordingly. Actually, everyone onstage throughout the night wears a vest and either a beret or a fedora. The flavor at 3rd and Linsley’s? Something like raspberry and cream.

Tuesday: Café Coco is one of the few venues in town where at the bar you can order both a draft and a latte. The mansion-turnedcafé is open 24/7 and boasts some of the best bathroom graffiti in Nashville. Tuesday is open mic night, but in a city where every bartender, barista and convenience store cashier is a musician, this isn’t your typical open mic experience — it’s every up-and-comer in town singing at you for free. Café Coco’s flavor: maple and almond. Wednesday: A Nashville friend suggested Hotel Indigo, which hosts singer/songwriters on Wednesdays. The lounge isn’t much bigger than a bedroom, crammed with chairs and potted ferns. This night the lineup includes Sharif Iman, a dreadlocked 20-something with a Bon Iver-like sound. None of the singer/songwriters carry anything fancier than a guitar or a bongo. All seem to know each other and jump in on each other’s songs. Hotel Indigo’s flavor is something like blackberry. Thursday: A show at East Nashville’s Five Spot will cost you a five-spot, but that gets you a four-band lineup and an all-star crowd. The night we’re there, we meet one of Bob Dylan’s guitarists, who is leaving with Dylan in the

Jay Smart of The Smart Brothers performs with his brother, Lou, at 3rd and Linsley, a club in Nashville.

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Life & Style: Travel Mercy Lounge is lined with ceiling-tofloor windows that overlook other abandoned warehouses and factories from the 19th century. Downstairs, the Cannery Ballroom has a cathedral-like vaulted ceiling. With two shows running at once, it’s impossible to become bored: If the music upstairs is a letdown, you can walk downstairs to hear something else. The night we’re there, we see The Mountain Goats and Final Fantasy, just weeks before Final Fantasy announces he’ll be changing his name to Owen Pallett. The Mercy Lounge and the Cannery Ballroom’s flavor: walnut and caramel. Sunday: No matter where you decide to start your music sampler, you’ll want to end it in the Gulch at The Station Inn. Every Sunday night, Station Inn hosts a “Bluegrass Jam”: Nashville musicians ranging in age from 16 to 60 bring their banjos, guitars and violins and circle their chairs to play bluegrass standards. Anyone can play — even you, if you’ve brought a guitar. We opt not to play; we just listen as Nashville’s youngest and oldest make music together: schoolteachers, retired engineers, kids with basketball practice in the morning. The Station Inn’s flavor? Hard to say, but whatever it is, it’s artisan. Matt Baker is a freelance writer based in Grand Rapids.

Nashville musicians ranging in age from 16 to 60 bring their banjos, guitars and violins to play bluegrass standards at Station Inn during the club’s “Bluegrass Jam.”

Photography courtesy Matt Baker

morning to tour in Japan. Other artists in the crowd are visual ones — one middleaged man at the bar spends the night hunched over a sketchbook with a fistful of Sharpies, preferring to work to live music rather than at home to his iTunes. The music ranges from orchestral to baroque pop — one band hauls a violin, a cello, drums, saxophones, a guitar, a pedal steel guitar and a contrabass onstage, leaving almost no room for the musicians who’ll be holding them. Five Spot’s flavor: fig. Friday: Exit/In has a white sign out front with black block letters indicating the musicians performing there that night. On Fridays, that can be as many as six or seven bands. Everything in Exit/In is painted black: the walls, the balcony, the air vents, the fans. The venue has hosted bands ranging from The Ramones to Steve Earle to Talking Heads, but the night we’re there, the Atlanta-based Deerhunter headlines a lineup of bands with an ambient, shoegazer sound. One band is more cyborg than human: Everything they’ve brought with them is electronic — even the drums. Exit/In’s flavor: dark chocolate, 90 percent cocoa, no filler. Saturday: Downtown Nashville’s abandoned flour mill has been converted into two venues: the Mercy Lounge and the Cannery Ballroom. Upstairs, the

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History: Grand times

Saluting a Civil War hero

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JUSt FoUR MoNthS after he was partially blinded in the first combat between ironclad ships, John Lorimer Worden was in Grand Rapids, visiting his mother and receiving accolades at a ceremony in his honor at Luce’s Hall on Monroe Avenue. The Civil War had been raging little more than a year when, on March 9, 1862, the USS Monitor with Worden in command battled the CSS Virginia, a ship the Confederate States had rebuilt from the sunken remains of the USS Merrimack. Although both sides claimed victory, the battle was inconclusive. However, the conflict did signal the obsolescence of wooden warships. During the conflict, Worden was peering through a port in the turret when a Confederate shell hit the ship and drove powder and metal fragments into his face. While recuperating in Washington, D.C., he was visited by President Abraham Lincoln; shortly after, he accompanied the president to Washington Navy Yard where they inspected the Monitor. Earlier in the Civil War, Worden had the dubious distinction of becoming the conflict’s first prisoner of war when he was captured by Confederates after delivering secret orders to the federal fleet at Pensacola. He was held for seven months before being released in a prisoner exchange. After the war, he continued in the Navy and served as superintendent of the Naval Academy from 1869 to 1872. On July 9, 1862, according to news reports, Luce’s Hall “was literally packed with patriots, of all classes, ages and sexes, who had come to see and extend a hand of welcome and a hearty greeting to the patriot and hero.” Local dignitaries and Worden himself addressed the crowd during the program, which also included patriotic songs with solos by Cora Bliss Wenham, a soprano in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church choir. She was accompanied by Mary E. Stuart Church, the organist at St. Mark’s. The climax of the event was what one report called “a bevy of beauty and loveliness,” as 30 young women encircled the naval hero,

throwing bouquets at his feet and singing songs especially composed for the occasion. Most likely those in the crowd included Worden’s mother, Harriet Graham Worden, several siblings and other relatives. His father, Ananias Worden, and two brothers and a sister were no longer living. Two other brothers probably were not at the celebration. Frederick W., an officer in the Union Army, was probably fighting in the South. Ananias Jr. was living in Chicago, where he was co-owner and business manager of the Chicago Times.

The climax of the event was what one report called “a bevy of beauty and loveliness,” as 30 young women encircled the naval hero, throwing bouquets at his feet and singing songs especially composed for the occasion.

The younger Ananias apparently didn’t share the patriotic ferver of his older brothers. During his tenure at the Times (1861-65), the paper sided with the Copperheads, a group of northern Democrats who opposed the war and advocated an immediate peace settlement. One Times editorial tirade in 1863 prompted Union General Ambrose Burnside to order the paper to cease publication. When Ananias and principal owner Roger Storey ignored the decree, soldiers invaded the press room and enforced it. Two days later, Lincoln rescinded the order. Gordon G. Beld has written more than 250 historical features for newspapers and magazines since the 1960s. February 2011 Grand rapids 17

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Profile: Influential

Keeping it simple

I Joseff VanHorn Company: Yo Chef’s Catering Web site: www.yochefscatering.com Residence: Grand Rapids Family: Married to Liz; children Gabrielle, 10, Olivia, 5, and Josef, 2 Community Affiliations: West Michigan Wedding Association, Michigan Film & Video Alliance, American Culinary Federation.

t was a straightforward query: “Can you do it?” That was the question posed to Joseff VanHorn, and in his case, “it” referred to providing catering and craft services for the set of the movie “The Genesis Code,” which was filming in West Michigan in 2009. “I didn’t quite know what I was getting into, but I love a challenge,” VanHorn, 42, said, “It was insane.” At the time, VanHorn was the general manager/executive chef for Celebration Banquets. While he had more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry working for such places as The 1913 Room, Peninsular Club and JW Marriott, working on a movie set was completely atypical. “Forget anything you know about the catering business,” he laughed while describing the month-long project that required him to be on set six days a week for 15 hours a day. “It’s long and not for the faint of heart.

Everything is constantly changing,” he said. And then there was the “small” task of proving that he could, in fact, get the job done and do it well. “Everyone’s skeptical at first, like ‘who’s this guy?’” he said, admitting he was nervous about having to satisfy everyone from the teamsters to the celebrities, but he rolled up his sleeves and dug in. “We felt like we were representing Michigan. We don’t want to be a flyover state,” he said. “I think they were pleasantly surprised. We were adaptable, hard-working and we finished the job.” But that wasn’t the only thing he had on his side. “It didn’t hurt that my food tasted good,” he joked. VanHorn made sure to get to know the crew, figuring out their likes and dislikes, and his menu offered the sweet, the savory and everything in between. He acknowledged that there could be the occasional picky eater, but at the end of the day, his recipe for success was to “keep it simple: hot food hot, cold food cold, and never run out.” It worked. “They were really impressed,” he said. After working on “The Genesis Code,” VanHorn turned his focus to starting up his own mobile catering company, Yo Chef’s Catering. “I didn’t have a kitchen or anything,” he said, but a good friend changed that. Chef Rock Dandeneau, director of service industries at Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, had worked with VanHorn in the past, and when he heard St. James Parish was looking for a chef for its annual Lenten fish fry, he knew who to call. VanHorn cooked 1,000 pounds of fish over seven weeks and developed a relationship with the parish, which offered him just what he needed: a kitchen. VanHorn leased the unused kitchen in the elementary school, transforming the locker room into a walk-in cooler and establishing a home base for his fledgling company.

Photography by Johnny Quirin

After catering on the set of “The Genesis Code,” Joseff VanHorn turned his focus to starting his own catering company. By Alexandra Fluegel

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profile: influential

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LAFONTSEE GALLERIES “This was one big door that opened,” VanHorn said. “It’s been good. They’ve been really good.” He catered weddings, special events and two more films, taking it “one step at a time” — but that pace wouldn’t last long. In the summer of 2010, he landed contracts for not one, but two major motions pictures: “Touchback” starring Kurt Russell, and “30 Seconds or Less,” produced by Ben Stiller.

PhotograPhy by Johnny Quirin

“i’m always thinking what’s on the horizon. besides, you’re only as good as your last event.” — Joseff Vanhorn “I think I owned stock in U-Haul. We had five different crews going,” VanHorn said. The hours were long — so long his wife began referring to herself as a “movie widow” — but the experience was invaluable. “We made our mark. New York and California know who Yo Chef is,” VanHorn said. While VanHorn doesn’t mind getting his name out there and showing what Michigan can do, he explained that one of the greatest perks of the job is simply “getting to meet people from other places and learning their quirks.” Yo Chef’s Catering celebrated its oneyear anniversary in November 2010, and the company shows no sign of slowing down. VanHorn is a regularly featured chef on Fox 17’s “Take Five,” and he recently signed on to supply fresh food to area factories after the previous company downsized and closed. His next goal is to purchase a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen to expand the mobile catering branch of Yo Chef’s. “I’m always thinking what’s on the horizon,” VanHorn said, adding one final piece of advice: “Besides, you’re only as good as your last event.” gr

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Design

The reflecting pond at Grand Rapids Art Museum, the first newly built art museum in the world to achieve Gold LEED certification. GRAM is one of 40 buildings included in the book, “Green Buildings of West Michigan.” » PG24 PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY ROCKFORD CONSTRUCTION

INSIDE » CRITIC’S CHOICE 22

» LEGACY 24

» ART APPRECIATION 26

» PEOPLE 28

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Design: Critic’s Choice

A sustainable Cheetah by Mark F. MiLLer aia

These retail spaces share Wealthy Street frontage with residential structures, creating a series of commercial nodes where streetcars once stopped along this bustling corridor. The buildings are an impressive mix of eras and styles, ranging from vintage Victorian storefronts to subdued mid-century modern edifices. This assortment of styles provides a backdrop that accentuates the neighborhood’s unique blend of locally owned enterprises, while also providing inspiration for infill projects. The intersection of Wealthy and Diamond has been the beneficiary of some of these projects and has become a cradle of modern translations of the urban architectural form. A pair of elegant modern rowhouses at 348350 Diamond began the trend in 2007, and the construction of the mixed-used building at 1025 Wealthy St. helped to reinforce this pattern of contextual modernism. This building, the brainchild of Bear Manor Properties, a neighborhood development company owned by siblings Barry and Jackson

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tHE HIstorIC BloCKs of Wealthy Street — starting at Union Avenue and extending to the Wealthy Heights neighborhood just east of Diamond Avenue — represent an eclectic mix of businesses and buildings that help to form a vibrant and sustainable urban neighborhood.

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Design: Critic’s Choice

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VanDyke and Heather VanDyke-Titus, was designed by architect Brian Winkelmann. It follows the pattern established by neighboring buildings. Its recessed entry, storefront composition, sign-band and two-story mass fits comfortably into the existing fabric, while its shimmering all-glass façade and recessed upper balcony provide novel design. This modern translation strikes a balance between traditional urbanism and contemporary design without compromising the neighborhood fabric. The first-floor space of this sleek building is home to the Electric Cheetah restaurant. The upper floor is divided into two apartments that carry the modern theme of the building into open floor plans and simple refined materials. While the building is LEED certified, its sustainability measures run deeper than a simple certification — including its location in a thriving urban neighbor-

hood close to transit stops and walkable destinations. This sustainability carries into the Electric Cheetah, where owner and chef Cory DeMint focuses on local foods and hires people who live in the neighborhood. He rehabilitated and refurbished used kitchen equipment. His interior design project included hiring local art students to paint murals and to build the massive concrete countertop that separates the kitchen from the dining area. Prior to his grand opening, he invited neighbors to a “puzzle bee” where they spent the day putting together puzzles that eventually were attached to the walls of one of the bathrooms, forming a unique and quirky tapestry of wallpaper. The building’s interior and exterior provide a story of complementary gestures. The sleekness of the exterior is complemented by this organic, citizen-

crafted interior. The Electric Cheetah complements the surrounding businesses, including the Meanwhile Bar and the Brick Road Pizza Co., both located in buildings that were redeveloped by Bear Manor Properties. Finally, the building complements the neighborhood fabric — not as a copy of traditional architecture but rather as a building of its time that deftly follows the queues and urban rules established by its context. Mark F. Miller AIA is an architect and urban designer at Nederveld and the former chairman of the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission.

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Design: Legacy

A full-color ‘green’ book the LoCaL ChaPter oF the u.s. green buiLDing CounCiL LaunCheD a ProJeCt to Do PostoCCuPanCy researCh on energy usage in LeeD-CertiFieD buiLDings. BY MARTY PRIMEAU

Clockwise from bottom left: the rapid Central station, grand rapids Community Foundation, Forest hills Fine arts Center, grand rapids art Museum

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est Michigan has been a trendsetter when it comes to sustainability, with such achievements as the world’s first new construction LEED-certified art museum, YMCA and public transit station. “Last time I checked, Grand Rapids’ metropolitan area ranked 27th in the nation for LEED-certified buildings,” said Renae Hesselink, chairman of the West Michigan Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. “And we rank first nationally in the number of LEED buildings per capita.” But it’s not enough. The local USGBC chapter wants to make sure all those energy-efficient buildings continue to perform as they were designed. Last January, the group launched a project to do post-occupancy research on energy and water usage in 40 of the 130 LEED structures in the West Michigan area.

The result was a two-day tour showcasing the buildings last September, and a coffee-table book, “Green Buildings of West Michigan,” featuring color pictures and a description of each project. The buildings include office, manufacturing, health care, education, residential, hospitality, nonprofit and small project — from private homes to the Van Andel Institute. Most are new buildings, but there are some renovated structures, such as the Bazzani Associates headquarters on Wealthy Street and Burton Elementary and Middle School. Why the need for the research? “It’s important because the use of the building changes,” Hesselink said. “You may have less people than expected or more people than expected. Hours of operation may change, room usage may change. If you are not closely paying attention, you won’t adjust your systems to accommodate those changes, and it could translate into using more resources.” Hesselink said the objective was to build on the knowledge base that has been developing around the design integrity of energy efficiency established by the LEED standards. “We anticipated that some buildings might not perform well,” she said. “But we hope that those with lower scores would look at their operations and try to improve.”

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“Last time i checked, grand rapids’ metropolitan area ranked 27th in the nation for LeeD-certified buildings. and we rank first nationally in the number of LeeD buildings per capita.” — renae hesselink

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Design: Legacy

To find answers, the council recruited 25 interns from Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College and Kendall College of Art & Design. The students helped gather 12 months worth of energy data using such tools as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Portfolio manager. “It’s a free tool that allows you to do month-to-month energy usage,” Hesselink said. The chapter came up with Energy Star scores for 27 of the buildings — all were 75 or better, good enough to qualify as Energy Star Partners. “As for the other 13 buildings, for some reason or other we couldn’t come up with a score,” she said. “For instance, with the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the first newly built art museum in the world to achieve Gold LEED Certification, there was no good comparison.” The chapter is planning to recruit 40 more building owners and managers to participate this year. “And we hope the 40 from last year will continue what we helped them get started in 2010,” Hesselink said. “We will check in with them but also encourage them to register to become part of the USGBC Building Performance Program at the national level.” The council also wants to formalize internships around this project with local

colleges and universities so that students can obtain some kind of course credit for working on this project. The showcase book, a fundraiser for the nonprofit West Michigan chapter, can be purchased for $75 at www.usgbcwm. org/green-buildings-book. GR

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Design: Art Appreciation

In praise of Old Masters

by Joseph Antenucci Becherer

In today’s art world, much applause is offered artists from the Impressionist time period forward. While much of this attention is merited, we should look beyond the 19th century to understand the history of art and, by extension, Western culture. One of the great Old Masters paintings available to audiences in West Michigan is Joos van Cleve’s “Saint Jerome in Penitence” at the Muskegon Museum of Art. The oil-on-panel painting, dated 1516-1518, is a powerful example of Northern Renaissance art.

Van Cleve (ca. 1485-ca. 1540) is one of the most revered masters of the 15th and 16th centuries in Northern Europe. He lived and worked primarily in Antwerp, where he found success in two of the most important painting genres of the period: religious or devotional imagery and portraits. In keeping with Dutch and Flemish traditions of the period, van Cleve worked primarily with oil paint and was attentive to richly detailed imagery. The latter was essential to the popularity of his religious themes, offering audiences visual clues to understanding the image before them and, in turn, the traditions and tenants of their faith. This work features one of the most influential figures in Christian history: St. Jerome (ca. 347-420). A renowned scholar and writer, he is often featured in his study and cloaked in red robes. In this painting, however, we encounter the saint in a landscape environment that stretches well into the distance. Jerome is stripped to the waist, kneeling on the rocky terrain before a small crucifix in a grotto or cave before him. The painting is rich in detail, but very little is incidental. Note the rock in his right hand and the skull near his knees — important symbols to understanding the message of the painting. For all his learned holiness, Jerome was also human and was occasionally given to lust-

Photography Courtesy Muskegon Museum of Art

For all his learned holiness, Jerome was also human and was occasionally given to lustful thoughts. He performed penance by beating his chest with a rock until the pain and blood drove lustful notions from his mind.

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Design: Art Appreciation

ful thoughts. He performed penance by beating his chest with a rock until the pain and blood drove lustful notions from his mind. The skull is a reminder of death. Its position near the penitent Jerome underscores Christian notions of sin, repentance and salvation in association with admitted mortality and desired eternity. That such a wise and holy man was plagued by sinful notions yet committed to atonement is fundamental to understanding Western history from the Middle Ages to the Age of Enlightenment. In the history of art, there seems to be as many images of Jerome the scholar in his study as there are of Jerome the penitent alone in the wilderness. With the benefit of time, we can begin to grapple with the larger cultural need to understand this legendary figure as both saint and (near) sinner. Knowledge of figures such as Jerome largely came through imagery like van Cleve’s. Here, we are faced with the centuries-old role of the visual arts well beyond visual delight: to reach and inform, to teach and guide. Throughout much of Western history, this instructional function was integral to painting, sculpture and prints; in turn, we realize that the arts were integral to daily life and not mere objects of decoration. This said, “Saint Jerome in Penitence” is an engaging visual experience. The artist’s concern for detail extends beyond religious symbolism to an interest in nature and the landscape. Viewers are invited to explore the terrain. The foreground is open and expansive and one is able to move beyond the large tree and the saint, past the rocky hillside toward the city and into the distant reaches. While warmer tones are used in the foreground and help hold our attention, the use of a bluish white in the background is a powerful force beckoning us toward the horizon. Here, the atmosphere of distant space blurs details of far-off mountains, and one begins to feel the sensation of experiencing a real landscape. Painters of van Cleve’s era took great pains to craft illusions that made the viewer feel as if they were peering into another reality. That this reality could educate and illuminate, and was relevant

in the context for their daily lives and desired spirituality, made such works even more compelling to society. Looking largely at art from the last century or so does not always offer the insights that Old Masters do. Not that one is better than the other: Both deserve our time and attention.

Joseph Becherer is a professor at Aquinas College and curator of sculpture at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

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Design: People

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here’s a phrase painted in bold script above the front counter of The Design Café inside Alexis Designs. “Sip … Shop … Ahh!” Owner Dana Rickers says that’s what the new design studio is all about. “We really want it to feel like you’re in your home, not a sterile business,” Rickers said. Alexis Designs began as an Internet-based company when Rickers found herself frustrated as she shopped for home décor. “I couldn’t find anything fresh,” she said. “I made the website for people like me who live in an area that’s a little more obscure.” The design studio and café happened by accident. Rickers rented out the Grandville space at 4187 Chicago Drive SW — a former Mexican restaurant — to throw a few parties showcasing her stock. But she soon realized the space’s potential. Over the course of four months, Rickers and a team of subcontractors and builders completely renovated the space, transforming it into a warm, retail storefront. She realized the visibility of the location could pose a problem Customers at alexis Designs and the Design Café can graze on desserts and coffee while checking out the home décor or chatting with a staff designer. and incorporated a café as a seamless addition. “Getting people to find us is a challenge. The café draws in a different crowd. They come in for a latte and discover from one another,” she said. the retail shop,” she said. Rickers also uses the café to host busiThe designers specialize in everything from wallpaper to ness groups, showers and parties, and doesn’t charge to rent home staging and offer a variety of styles from contemporary the space. to traditional. They’re available for either in-studio or in-home Alexis Designs is home to four staff designers whom Rickers consultations. personally interviewed and selected. “I wanted to bring a team Everything in the studio is available for purchase and many that’s complementary. All of my designers are very different of the items can be customized. “You can have something custom-made that will last a lifetime and spend the same amount of money,” Rickers said. “People think that they can’t afford the designer look, but they can. Designers help people spend their money intelligently.” The studio offers private-line furniture, home accessories and specialized lighting, and the design staff is able to help with everything from selecting paint colors and art to remodeling and new home design. “Tell us what you want to do and we will find the pieces that work for your style and budget,” Rickers said. “We think outside the box and work with you to create a look that’s representative of you — a twist of your own style,” she said. Alexis Designs services are also available on the web at www.alexisdesigns.net. GR

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Updated, transitional shades such as ArtCraft’s Claremont and Contessa (above and previous page) are fashioned from translucent string threads rather than fabric, allowing a chandelier’s twinkling elegance to be seen while lending modern appeal.

back styles, any variety of shade can work if the lamp is brought in for proper fitting,” VanDrunen said.

to suit a customer’s color tones. We’re finding that many more customers now want to preserve and renew the past.”

At Bridge Street Electric in Grand Rapids, homeowners can choose from a variety of “old” as well as new lamps and custom shades. Owner Jim Dagley scouts estate sales and gives customers in-store credit for unique antique lamps they bring in.

Saving Energy, Enhancing Security Local lighting experts agree the biggest trend right now is a switch to LED (lightemitting diode). Lauded for being 300 and 1,000 percent more efficient than compact fluorescent and incandescent bulbs respectively, LED’s most notable drawback besides expense used to be its cool blue hue. But homeowners are discovering they can cut energy costs without giving up the warmth of traditional bulbs.

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“The coloring of a light source depends on its Kelvin value,” VanDrunen said, noting that a kelvin is a unit of temperature measurement. “The higher a bulb’s Kelvin, the bluer it will be. A 3,500 Kelvin gives off that warmer feel.” While homeowners can pick up LED bulbs in varying temperature hues at The Lighting Corner or Bridge Electric, they can learn how to put lights to work for them at Premovation A/V Systems in Holland.

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Karla Wagner

NEVER INTENDED TO BE A RUNNER.

The sales associate at Greenridge Realty says she only started jogging to keep a friend company. “I was horrible at first,” Wagner said. “I thought I was fit but I couldn’t run a mile.” But she persisted, pushing through the difficult stages. As her running time improved, she started competing in 5K races. By 2009, she’d finished her first marathon. She was hooked. In the winter months, when many West Michigan residents hibernate inside, Wagner is out running in frigid temperatures. And she’s not alone. Avid runners — and their numbers keep growing — tend to hit the pavement regardless of weather conditions. “Running is an addiction for a lot of people,” said Don Kern, race director of the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. He runs at least one marathon a month — “several in pretty crappy weather.” He’s also one of the instructors of Marathon Adventures Boot Camp, a 5 a.m. session that involves laps and drills in the city’s underground parking ramps. “Runners are an interesting bunch of people,” Kern said. “If there’s a day when they don’t get a run in, there’s just something missing.”

Some distance runners divide their time between outdoors and in, using the winter months to do some cross training. Wagner takes fitness classes and lifts weights when the cold settles in. But distance running on a track isn’t for her. “Indoor tracks have different schedules and lanes,” she said. “I always ended up running to the left. It was so boring to constantly run to the left for miles inside.” Wagner said she enjoys running outside no matter how early or how cold. For her, it’s all about quiet and peacefulness. “It’s so much fun to get out in the morning and it’s dark. There’s fresh snow and everything is blanketed. You’re out there by yourself. It is so cold and makes you feel alive,” she said. “When you’re getting back from your run and you can see everyFEBRUARY 2011 GRAND RAPIDS 37

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one else’s lights turning on — they are just starting the day, but you’ve already had this great start to your day.” Shelley Irwin, radio host of the WGVU Morning Show, also runs throughout the winter months — both indoors and out. When she isn’t trekking through her upper west-side neighborhood or along the Kent Trails, Irwin trains at the David D. Hunting YMCA and has competed in the Y’s indoor triathlons. She also participates in Kern’s early morning Boot Camp. Her new activity is mountain biking. “The first couple minutes outside are always the toughest; then it is bearable,” she said. “But you won’t catch me doing a polar bear swim.” This winter, she plans on competing in three half marathons, several 10Ks and three indoor triathlons. Winter workouts add a different element to her training routine, she said. Even running addicts like Kern, who has completed marathons for nearly 100 months in a row, say it feels good to occasionally escape the snow and ice.

“I get out of the state quite often to run marathons,” he said. “There’s quite a network of runners out there, like Marathon Maniacs. You can always find someone to stay with or to share expenses.” Nicholas Gage, a student at Grand Valley State University, said he prefers to stay out of the cold. The lacrosse player who runs half marathons said he trains in a gym when the weather turns snowy and icy. “I like indoor training in the winter because getting up and going somewhere adds helpful motivation and gives me a routine,” he said. “That way I don’t skip training as easily or often.” Winter is a good time to try new classes or change up his program, Gage said. One of his favorite winter workouts is in the pool. “Even at my peak stamina as a runner, swimming will give my body a whole new cardio and muscular challenge that will last for months until the summer comes again,” he said. GR Ariel Christy is a freelance writer and avid runner based in Grand Rapids.

Gearing up for winter Dressing for a winter run takes some thoughtful preparation. While it’s important to stay warm in frigid temperatures, novices tend to over dress, said Don Kern, director of the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. “They tend to bundle up as if they’re going to be sitting outside. But as soon as you start running, you’re going to warm up.” Most runners dress in layers they can shed as needed. Specialty stores such as Striders, 4045 Chicago Drive SW in Grandville, and Gazelle Sports, with

locations in Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo, sell a variety of clothing, shoes and accessories for outdoor runs, including lightweight and waterproof jackets, pants and shoes. Also important are base garments that wick sweat away from the body — a key to staying warm and comfortable on long runs. Traction on icy streets and paths is essential for anyone who ventures outside. Runners can invest in spikes or grips that attach to the bottom of the shoe. Or try a less expensive solution, Kern suggested. “You can screw sheet metal

screws in the soles of your shoes.” For headwear, the experts suggest a skull cap or beanie. Balaclavas that also cover the neck and chin and neck warmers also help. For safety, reflectors are a must since winter runners often are out in the dark. Reflective vests, arm bands and waistbands, and flashing lights that clip to clothing won’t interfere with physical activity. Headlamps can make it easier to see the conditions when running in the dark.

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he cast and crew of “Setup” gathered near a snowy gravesite in Grand Rapids’ Woodlawn Cemetery, waiting to shoot a scene in the action film starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillipe. They stood patiently in December’s dreary, sub-freezing weather as Jackson and his co-producer, Randall Emmett, conferred about some last-minute decisions. When director Mike Gunther finally called for “quiet on the set,” Jackson returned to his character as a diamond thief, striding across the snowy ground to embrace actress Susie Abromeit. “Setup” is the fourth movie the producing partners have

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filmed in West Michigan in less than two years, following “Caught in the Crossfire,” “Things Fall Apart” and “Gun,” which premiered in December, and they’re planning several more. Next month they’ll start production of “Freelancers.” “We love Grand Rapids,” Emmett said later, warming up in Jackson’s trailer. With more than 60 films to his credit, including Sylvester Stallone’s “Rambo,” the Los Angeles film producer said he doesn’t know of any other city in the U.S. “where you can block off three city blocks and start crashing cars and shooting out windows and have the community get excited.” Jackson — the rapper best know as 50 Cent — rose to fame

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“There are incredibly talented people here. About half to 60 percent of the crew we use is local — as high as 85 percent on some movies.” — Randall Emmett in 2003 with the success of his CD “Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” He said he loves the friendly, respectful vibe in Grand Rapids. “People are nice here. It’s a cool place for me to be.” And yes, he said, rumors that he’s been house hunting in the area are true. “I won’t make a decision until we have a slate of films lined up,” he said. “But if we’re going to be doing three or four movies in Grand Rapids in 2011, it makes more sense to buy a house than to stay in a hotel.” The two men launched their production company, Cheetah Vision, in 2009 and are partners in locally based Grand Rapids Films and Services, a business designed to help producers who want to work in West Michigan. Emmett and Jackson are also close friends, an “odd couple” relationship that has flourished despite their disparate backgrounds. Jackson, who off camera is soft spoken, gentle and nothing like the tough guy he portrays in his films, was a poor kid raised in the streets of New York City by a teen-age mother who was dealing drugs to make ends meet. Emmett grew up in Miami, the son of doting parents who assured him he could be anything he wanted to be.

While Jackson rapped his way to celebrity and fortune, signing a $1 million contract with Eminem, Emmett followed a conventional path, graduating from film school before venturing out to Hollywood. Their mutual love of movies is what brought them together. “We live and eat and breathe movies,” Emmett said. “We have the same vision.” Both men talked about the turning points that have helped them reach their goals. Jackson said his life changed 14 years ago when his son was born. “That’s when I totally shifted my energy into writing and making music,” he said. “I wanted a relationship with him that I didn’t have with my father. I felt that if I wasn’t around, no one would be there to provide for him.” His own childhood in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens was “real hard,” he said. “My mom was 15 when she had me. At that time there were no programs for teen mothers, so it was welfare or the street life.” She chose the street and was killed when Jackson was just a boy. With no father, he moved in with his grandparents and eight other children. “There weren’t a lot of finances,” Jackson said. “The only people with financial

freedom that I could see were people from my mother’s life.” By age 12, he was dealing cocaine and heroin, “looking for instant gratification. I wanted nice things.” Music became a positive outlet. “In my first CD, I wrote about all the dysfunctional behaviors I’d been exposed to, in a nutshell. And obviously, aggression translated the strongest.” And aggression sold very well. “I had the largest debut in hip hop,” Jackson said. “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” sold more than 12 million CDs in 2003, followed by “The Massacre,” which sold 10 million. Along with his tough guy image came feuds with other rappers. In 2000, Jackson was shot nine times outside his grandmother’s home and spent weeks in recovery. “Struggles define your character,” he said. “I’m hoping it was just the first few chapters of my life that were difficult and the rest of the book is good. Don’t count how many times I’m down; count how many times I get up.” His face lights up when he talks about his son, a high school freshman who lives

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with Jackson’s former girlfriend in New York City. “I talk to him a lot,” he said with a grin. “But he’s a busy kid with school and he plays basketball.” Like most dads, Jackson said he doesn’t always get his son’s full respect. “When he comes to the studio, he’s more excited to see Dr. Dre and Eminem. I can’t be that cool — until his friends come around.” Though acting is a priority, Jackson still tours and records music, even keeping a studio trailer on his movie sets. “It’s nice to have music and film at the same time. I’m at a point where I’m actually being an artist. In the beginning, there were limitations because I had to be conscious of finances. Now I can do what I want. When you have a successful track record, people listen and doors start to

open.” Emmett said that’s how he felt when he finally found funding to do his first project, a low-budget film called “Eyes Beyond Seeing.” “Making movies was all I ever wanted to do,” he said. After earning a bachelor’s degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he moved to L.A. and worked at a talent agency. “I was assistant to Mark Wahlberg while I tried to get my first movie financed.” But his big break came a few years later when he produced “Sixteen Blocks” with Bruce Willis. “Until then, I was doing movies around $5 (million) to $15 million. Suddenly, it jumped to $40 (million) to $50 million.” Today, he still loves the moment when

the lights go down in the theater and the credits come up. “It never gets old,” he said. “I’m always shocked and think, ‘Did we really just do this?’” He and Jackson are pleased at how the film industry in Grand Rapids has progressed since they started making movies in West Michigan a year ago. “There are incredibly talented people here,” said Emmett, who also was involved in “Touchback,” which stars Kurt Russell and was filmed partially at Coopersville High School. “About half to 60 percent of the crew we use is local — as high as 85 percent on some movies. “Grand Rapids is starting to feel more like a Hollywood set.” GR Marty Primeau is managing editor of Grand Rapids Magazine. February 2011 Grand Rapids 43

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alarie Volkers was searching for something to pull her out of the “dark place” she’d been living in for more than 30 years. When her mother introduced her to Holland-based life coach Shannon Elhart, Volkers began a journey toward productivity and peace. “Eighty percent of our work together has been on career issues, as well as other aspects that influence it,” said Volkers, who’s struggled with career, parenting and relationship issues and even entertained thoughts of suicide. “We’ve been working together for several months.” Volkers is one of the many Americans turning to life coaches for guidance and assistance with a myriad of challenges that involve relationships, finances, health, parenting, family, nutrition, spiritual questions, emotional problems and career choices. This growing trend of employing a trained professional to perform the role of mentor, guide and business and/or relationship consultant has proved successful for those searching for an unbiased partner to help them define and ultimately realize their goals. Most life coaches are certified by the International Coaching Federation, a professional association that qualifies those who’ve met the basic criteria for ethical coaching standards. Coaches may specialize in any number of areas. Some, like Elhart, assist with a broad range of challenges, but employ

tools based on one philosophy: consciousness coaching. “When I assist a client with living consciously, we most often begin with evaluating his/her thought and behavioral patterns,” said Elhart, a certified life coach, Reiki practitioner and owner of Life Imagined LLC in Holland. “Living consciously means living with thought, purpose, authenticity, inner peace and confidence, and this comes through introspection and shifts in perspective.” After helping her clients quiet any negative or self-defeating thought pat-

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Elhart, who owns Life Imagined LLC in Holland, also is a Reiki practitioner.

terns that may impede their path to success, Elhart helps them uncover what they want out of life and how to achieve these goals. Like other qualified coaches, her work is confidential and respective of each individual’s personal and emotional needs. “I had no knowledge of life coaching prior to meeting Shannon,” said Volkers. “The process is peaceful, non-threatening, strength building, encouraging and fulfilling. Shannon gave me the tools to help me honor myself and realize my potential.” An average coaching session usually lasts about one hour, during which the coach will employ any number of exercises, or tools, to help clients define and work toward meeting their goals. “Mostly, I use dialogue to motivate and challenge my clients to get from where they’re at in life to where they want to be,” said Kimberly Gleason, professional life coach and owner of Coaching for Life Purpose in Grand Rapids. “I often use exercises and assessments to help provide insight and clarity. One of my favorite exercises is to have my client craft their own eulogy. Writing a eulogy often sparks passion within them to live out a life that is personally and professionally meaningful and fulfilling.” Though Gleason has a background in working with parents of special needs children and Christian women who are professionals in their fields, her clients, like Elhart’s, include both men and

“Everybody wants someone to just listen to them, to acknowledge them as the humans that they are, and yet to push them to strive for more. In coaching, the client always has the power. I just simply come along to remind them of that power.” — Kimberly Gleason women of all ages and spiritual beliefs. Both coaches have clients who are seeking help with personal and professional goals, including those who are struggling with the current economic crisis. “I currently have a client who was a successful nonprofit executive but was laid off about a year ago,” explained Gleason. “In her 50s, she’s at a point in her life where she is re-evaluating where she’s been, who she is and where she wants to be.” With Gleason’s assistance, the client has realized her passion to become a professional writer and speaker. This example aligns with Gleason’s mission of not letting a client settle for mediocrity but to achieve an “extraordinary and fulfilling life they’ve always wanted.”

Like many other coaching professionals, both Elhart and Gleason offer an initial complementary session so the client can ensure that the process, and coach, is the best fit for them. They also agree that a successful coach is one who remains unbiased. “Coaching demands that I put aside my own feelings and beliefs,” explained Gleason, who has credited her coaching to becoming a better listener and more considerate of others’ perceptions and needs. “Everybody wants someone to just listen to them, to acknowledge them as the humans that they are, and yet to push them to strive for more. In coaching, the client always has the power. I just simply come along to remind them of that power.” In other words, she said, a reputable life coach helps clients recognize that their needs and goals lie within. “We help them find their answers … and assist our clients in creating the future they so desire,” said Elhart. “Coaches are generally very encouraging, supportive people who hold clients accountable for making their lives purposeful, passionate and fulfilling.” GR Kimberly Monaghan is a contributing writer for Gemini Publishing, a career management coach and owner of Career Connections. www.cc-career.com.

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The nominations are in for Grand Rapids Magazine’s 2010 Dining Awards

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Everyone loves a good food fight. Consider the popular reality shows, from “Top Chef” to “Food Network Challenge.” For more than 30 years, Grand Rapids Magazine has sponsored its own competition: the Annual Dining Awards, honoring the finest restaurants in West Michigan. Throughout the year, members of the magazine’s dining panel visit restaurants, armed with discerning palettes and lengthy score sheets. Judging criteria was established with help from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts at Grand Rapids Community College and the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Nominees are selected by virtue of overall quality and the number of votes

received. The GRM Restaurant of the Year is the one receiving the most votes, regardless of category. And when it comes to categories, this year there’s a twist. Traditionally, awards were given to the best in Fine Dining and Casual Dining, along with three ethnic categories: Asian, European and Central/ South American/Mexican. In July, GRM replaced Fine and Casual with categories that reflect the type of food: New American (contemporary cooking with innovative twists on familiar standbys) and Classic American (traditional dishes popular across the country). Ethnic categories were reorganized into the four listed below.

Restaurants must have been open for at least one year to be eligible — always difficult, as so many new places become instant favorites. Chain restaurants are not considered, with a few exceptions for regional chains. This list of 2010 nominations was selected by the dining panel, a disparate group of individuals who share a love of good food. Final ballots are tabulated by a local accounting firm. Winners will be announced Feb. 16 at the Grand Culinary Affair, held at GRCC’s Wisner Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE. The theme this year is International Street Foods. (See Special Events in the Calendar.) GR

New American Bar Divani Bistro Bella Vita Blue Water Grill Cygnus 27 Electric Cheetah Everyday People Cafe Green Well Gastro Pub Marco New American Bistro Olives Piper Republic Rose’s Salt of the Earth six.one.six Winchester

The Grill at 1913 The Grille at Watermark Leo’s Louis Benton Steakhouse Reds on the River Rock Fire Grille Sayfee’s Tillman’s

Middle Eastern/ Mediterranean Marie Catrib’s Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine The Pita House Shiraz Grille Zeytin

Asian (including Thai and Indian fare) Angel’s Thai Café Bombay Cuisine Kobe Japanese Steak House Seoul Garden Shang Hai Ichiban Wei Wei Palace XO Asian Cuisine

Latin American/ Caribbean Beltline Bar Cinco de Mayo Downtown Trini’s El Arriero El Granjero Little Mexico Café Maggie’s Kitchen Photography by Michael Buck

Classic American Acorn Grille at Thousand Oaks Bentham’s Riverfront Restaurant Bonefish Grill Charley’s Crab The Chop House Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar Great Lakes Shipping Co.

European The 1913 Room Mangiamo Noto’s Old World Italian Dining San Chez, A Tapas Bistro Tre Cugini

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While bride Liz Pasco wore a Casablanca Bridal gown and Ursula cage veil with Russian tulle, both from Septembers Bride in Holland, she found her silk taffeta jacket through Etsy, an online market for handmade goods. Bridesmaids wore dresses of their own choice but shoes dyed to match at Septembers Bride. Bouquets and floral centerpieces (below) at Eve Lounge were created by Forrester Farms; table cards by Jill Childs at Eye Candy. (Opposite page) Newlyweds Emily and Tyler Beute shared a sparkling exit after their outdoor reception.

The bride wore ivory — and a teal bolero jacket. “She just saw it and fell in love,” reflected wedding planner Aletha VanderMaas, owner of Grand Rapidsbased Pearls Events. “I have never seen anyone be so sassy on her wedding day! It was definitely unexpected, but expressive and fun.”

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he bold color also inspired other unique details of the couple’s special day, from the couple’s whimsical invitations to linens and menus at Eve in The B.O.B. “Though the bridesmaids all wore different styles of brown dresses,” VanderMaas added, “their shoes were teal, too, just like the bride’s.” Such personal touches and elements of surprise are infusing today’s weddings with sentiment and style. They’re also catapulting traditional receptions into one-of-a-kind celebrations. “Because many brides aren’t marrying until their later 20s or after, they’re drawing from more experiences, are exposed to more ideas, and are more established in their own sense of style than brides a generation ago,” observed floral and special event designer

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Barry Jeter, owner of Procedo Events in Holland. “The ‘don’t-make-waves’ mentality isn’t theirs.”

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From Urban Fresh and Orchard Chic to Vintage Glam and Whimsical, some brides can envision their wedding day down to the last button. But those drawn to different styles may not know where to begin. Wedding planners and special event designers can help. “I always ask a bride where she shops — Banana Republic? BCBG? Anthropologie? Do her home accessories come from West Elm, Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware? It all plays into how she’s envisioning her wedding,” said Jenn Ederer, a special events designer and owner of Grand Rapidsbased Modern Day Floral, whose team (like

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In Ada on property along the Thornapple River, tents provided by Cascade Rental and polka dotinspired linens and tableware through Modern Day Floral echoed the delicate accents on bride Emily Beute’s dress.

families or have just discovered it, they feel a spiritual connection to this majestic lake,” said Tom, who has been officiating shoreline weddings for the past six years. Because so many couples meet outside of their faith and are not as geographically bound, more are deciding to exchange vows in non-traditional settings like the beach, a state park, a rented lakeside home or their family cottage’s backyard, he noted. “But I’m finding they still want a traditional ceremony, to honor the sanctity of marriage.” More regularly, the Hamels are hosting couples who come to exchange vows on the beach or at the inn, accompanied only by immediate family and close friends. “There may only be a dozen people at the ceremony,” Tom said. “It’s very personal, very sincere, and very relaxed. The bride and groom can immerse themselves in this moment, and really focus on one another.” Afterward, the newlyweds often return to their hometown for a grander celebration, either

the same weekend or at a later date. Other couples like to simplify their big day for guests by hosting the reception where they exchanged vows. While VanderMaas recently coordinated both for one bride at her uncle’s home on the Thornapple River, Ederer’s team used Modern Day Floral’s specialized CAD program to refashion spaces in San Chez Bistro for ceremony and celebration. “Brides are open to different table configurations, and venues are thrilled to get away from standard set-up, too,” Ederer said. “Our CAD lets couples see their reception space designed a lot of different ways, which sparks everyone’s creativity.” Getting married can also be the perfect time to create a fantasy, Jeter said. “Rent and invite guests out to a lavish lakefront estate,” Jeter suggested. “It’s fun to welcome them into your palatial home and show them around the gardens. It’s your day to be the princess, after all.”

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Tom and Amy Hamel manage The Hexagon House Bed & Breakfast, an historic inn minutes from Ludington in Pentwater. Activities in this Lake Michigan village vary from sunset sails and gallery hopping to exploring nearby Silver Lake Sand Dunes. “Many times, whether a bride and groom have vacationed here for years with their

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Tom Hamel, who manages The Hexagon House Bed & Breakfast, an historic inn minutes from Ludington in Pentwater, has also been officiating shoreline weddings for the past six years. “Many times, whether a bride and groom have vacationed here for years with their families or have just discovered it, they feel a spiritual connection to this majestic lake,” he said of Lake Michigan.

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Jeter’s) is often tapped by planners including VanderMaas to create the right look. Knowing what a couple likes to do when they’re not planning a wedding also lends great insight into style. Are they avid hikers, antique shoppers, sports fans or travelers? “The bride who loves Cosmos and having a good time may love a more urban, loungestyle reception with unassigned seating and varying-sized tables,” Ederer said. Unique elements emerge from listening and reflect the bride and groom. “If they enjoy the outdoors and became engaged while they were camping,” VanderMaas illustrated, “we might surprise guests with a s’mores bar at evening’s end.” Decorative details can hold meaning as well. Jeter paid tribute to the fruit-producing families of one couple by dressing the corners of a clear outdoor tent with swags of moss and apples in natural branches. Glass containers wrapped in birch bark and brown satin ribbon lent further organic elegance. Regardless of a wedding’s style, “It’s our job to create a symphony of visuals, textures and fragrances — the building blocks of memory,” he said. “Everybody loves presentation.”

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Today’s biggest trend is “breakaway” design: Dressing up reception tables with different sizes and styles of floral vessels, Ederer said, and filling them with varying blooms and organic elements. Brides often like hunting for vintage containers such as milk glass themselves. Bouquets are becoming more relaxed, too. “Cascading bouquets are really making a comeback, but they’re much airier and more natural-looking with an abundance of garden varieties like roses and sweet peas,” Ederer noted. “Texture is very big right now, too. If we’re doing all roses, we’re doing a mix of them.” “Antique” roses in muted tones of silvery plum, mauve, lavender, cream and cocoa are favored for lending vintage appeal. Monochromatic schemes are also popular for contemporary bouquets that may feature the

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From rich jewel and juicier tropical tones to vintage, sun-washed hues, 2011’s trendiest wedding colors make an instant statement. Bolder themselves, modern brides are sweeping out whispery pastels in favor of these shades that radiate elegance, drama and comfort. “Dark colors and brighter tones look better on everyone than lighter shades,” Jeter observed. “But brides are also being drawn to earthier, organic colors that look distressed, because they feel comfortable and authentic.” Frequently, Jeter said, brides approach him with colors in mind. As he gets to know them, though, there are times he recognizes that what they’re presenting in a magazine isn’t what they’re really all about inside. “If a designer’s any good, he or she has to be a psychologist, too,” Jeter noted. “You can just see that glint in a bride when she uncovers it’s lavender or magenta inside of purple that best expresses who she are.” Sophisticated yet friendlier than black, chocolate brown hasn’t lost its standing as a wedding party favorite, VanderMaas said. “It’s a classic neutral that is definitely more skin flattering, and goes with almost anything.

Brides who want to wear brown in a new way might combine two different tones to create depth. “One of my brides recently paired brown with platinum and mixed in a lot of white and ivory, which was gorgeous.” Grays ranging from silver to charcoal are expected to be the next hot neutral, VanderMaas added. When possible, Ederer encourages brides to consider their reception space’s colors before choosing wedding hues. “What five girls are wearing won’t stand out more than this room’s décor,” she said. “As a florist, that palette is my concern.”

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same tropical bloom or an eclectic garden mix that infuses softer tone-on-tone hues with bolder and brighter pops of fuscia, purple, chocolate and magenta. “If it’s a purple wedding,” Ederer said, “we’re using every shade of purple there is for florals.” Selecting one special bloom that’s only worn or carried by the bride and groom is a special way to personalize their day, she added. In addition, Modern Day Floral specializes in custom hand-sewn couture bridal bouquet handles. These are personalized as well by incorporating something treasured, such as a family rosary, heirloom brooch or piece of lace from the dress of the bride’s grandmother. “Brides are often opting to wear one big bloom in their hair as well,” Ederer said. “A garden rose, peony or gardenia looks beautiful, and can be preserved for the day with a special spray.”

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Once just ham rolled on buns in the church basement, what’s served at today’s receptions is decidedly more of an experience. “The menu and how it’s presented is a lot more personal and expressive of the couple,” said Bob Johnson, owner of West Michigan Caterer in Grand Rapids. “A lot of them have dated longer, have experienced more together, and are more savvy about food; they’re typically not looking for a classic plated meal.” Chef-attended food stations (commonly featuring global fusion cuisine) are popular for

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varying reasons: “They get people out of their chairs and mingling, chatting about the food, making the party feel relaxed and friendly,” Jeter noted. “Couples love too that they can customize stations with foods that may have special meaning to them,” said Stephanie McIntyre, event designer for Applause Catering. “It’s fun when a DJ announces what’s available — guests get excited about what they can sample next.” One crowd-pleaser from West Michigan Caterer is a mashed potato bar: The potatoes, served in martini glasses, can be personalized with a variety of toppings, much like a sundae. S’mores, sundae, fondue and coffee stations — especially when unveiled toward evening’s end — are favorites, too. And a tiered dessert station featuring an array of bite-sized, gourmet sweets is often paired with or replaces wedding cake. “Brides who still want a cake for looks can have bakers build an artificial cake,” Johnson shared. “The top layer or two might be real, but others may be just frosted Styrofoam.” Server-passed hors d’oeuvres and family-style meals are current trends as well. McIntyre noted that both make guests feel welcome, while being less wasteful than a buffet. “We’re doing more ‘morning after’ brunches, too,” Johnson said. “Because couples often have been dating longer, their families have become friendly, and bridal parties are interacting a lot more with them as a big group. “It all feels very relaxed, and personal.” To learn more visit www.pearlsevents. com; www.procedoevents.com; www.mod erndayfloral.com; www.hexagonhouse. com; www.westmichigancaterer.com; www. applause-catering.com; www.mywestmichi ganwedding.com. ■

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dorned with dimensional details like clear Swarovski crystals stitched into floral appliqués, shimmery sequins, layered ruffles and fantastical wisps of feather, 2011’s trendiest dresses invite brides to express their romantic side. “A lot of girls are asking for lace and airier fabrics like chiffon,” noted Kristin Carlson, owner of Bridal Elegance on Cascade Road. “Strapless is still popular, but brides are switching from straight to sweetheart necklines, which we can customize into any dress they find.” She added that last year’s one-shoulder gown trend has come back even stronger, in both traditional and contemporary styles. Such unique new neckline, sleeve and strap options are exciting to peruse, especially for brides uncomfortable in strapless styles, shared Tami Parks. The owner of September’s Bride and Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists in Holland offers an array of choices, from well-known designers to vintage gowns she’s restyled or left untouched to be customized. “No matter the era, good style will always be good style,” she said. “We also have brides who bring in family gowns. Right now we’re personalizing one for a bride who will be the fifth to wear it: First, it was worn by the bride’s grandmother, then two of her daughters, followed by the bride’s sister last summer.” When Parks’ team restyled the gown for the first time, they removed its original long sleeves and high neckline, redid the waist and skirt, and added a sash. “For that

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bride’s sister, who’s getting married this summer, we’re changing the waistline again, making the dress strapless and repairing lace.” Proper gown preservation — which costs about $180 – is essential for such traditions to continue, or new ones to begin. “We’re updating for another bride the top of a Priscilla of Boston gown her mother wore 30 years ago, a beautiful spaghetti-strap dress with organza skirt and lace ruffle that cost $900 then but would be between $4,000 or $5,000 now,” Parks illustrated. “When we opened it from storage, it was in perfect condition. “Projects like this are some of our favorites, because they’re very meaningful.”

Bride Liz Hoekstra wore her mother’s original silk organza and lace Priscilla of Boston gown, restored by September’s Bride.

The final touches “RIGHT NOW, there are a variety of trends working for every bride’s style,” said Jamie Moore, salon manager at the Crown Jewel in Ada. “Old Hollywood glamour is new again, inspiring big, heavy waves and large, Kardashian-style curls. We’re also seeing a lot of braids, many raised above the head but not so tightly; they’re edgier and funkier, Gwen Stefani-like, a favorite especially of younger brides.” To achieve both looks, many brides are opting to add extensions, Moore noted. “Depending on which type is chosen, they’ll stay in for just a day, six weeks or months, which can add ease for the honeymoon, too.” While some brides are having fun switching their styles up from ceremony to reception, Moore said others are expressing their personalities with accessories: “A bride’s dress can be traditional, but inserting a few white feathers like chopsticks into her hair makes her unique.” Soft side styles accented by one large flower and birdcage veils are also popular.

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Bride Marissa Peterson’s loose curls and single bloom are popular trends for 2011, noted Jamie Moore, salon manager at the Crown Jewel in Ada.

To enhance shine, Moore recommends a weekly Kerastase Chronologiste treatment for three weeks before the big day, which can be done at the salon or home. Two weeks prior is an ideal time to have hair trimmed and Balayage-style highlights (French for “sweep”): “These are hand-painted in for a

very natural, sun-kissed look,” Moore noted. “The result doesn’t look ‘just-done.’” Though nothing can beat plenty of sleep, water and good nutrition paired with the right vitamin supplements to keep a bride’s skin looking its best, Crown Jewel Spa Manager Shanon Hurlbut suggests a lavender/rose allover body scrub a week before the wedding; a gentle “skin rescue” facial is also available to plump up lines and minimize irritations. The final touches? Glossy, light-colored lips and soft blush paired with smokier eyes and long, bold lashes. “Rather than glued-on strips, I recommend individual lash extensions, which will be there as long as you want them to be,” Moore said. To learn more, visit www.thecrownjewelspa. com; www.septembersbride.com and www. bridalelegancegr.com. ■

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Creative fare in Fennville by Ira Craaven

We arrived at Salt of the Earth in downtown Fennville on a cold, snowy Saturday evening. After hearing so much about the locally sourced cuisine at the rustic bakery/eatery, we were expecting great things.

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SALT OF THE EARTH 114 E. Main St., Fennville (269) 561-7258 www.saltoftheearthfennville.com

The restaurant opened in summer 2009 in the space formerly occupied by the Journeyman, a fine dining establishment that attracted regulars from as far away as Chicago and Detroit. Word around town was that SotE was every bit as good. The full-service restaurant offers shared plates, wood-fired pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and seasonal entrees. Alas, our dining experience started off rocky. We were seated in a fairly empty dining room next to a large family with screaming children. The atmosphere is minimal, with little in the way of décor. Our waitress was in a grumpy mood, made all the worse when she broke the cork in our bottle of Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2006 ($36). “Darn, I knew that would happen,” she snapped, glaring accusingly as though it was our fault. But then the basket of bread arrived. Once we sunk our teeth into slices of Seedy Salt, a mild sourdough with poppy, flax and sesame seeds, onion, fennel and grey sea salt, the surroundings began to soften. Ditto as we munched the Organic 7 Grain, nutty with a

taste of honey. Even our waitress lightened up as she took our dinner order, answering questions and offering suggestions. To start, we chose two shared plates: the Pork Belly ($9.50) and Smoked Salmon Flatbread ($9.75). The juicy pork cubes with a crusty, deep-fried exterior were glazed with sweet mustard and Michigan-made maple syrup. We learned that executive chef Matthew Pietsch gets Berkshire hogs from a local farmer. Outstanding, as was the Smoked Salmon Flatbread, featuring a local chevre with fried capers, chives and pickled red onions. The drink menu features six Michigan drafts — “a pint for every taste and meal” — as well as a handful of standard beers and several international brews. The “specialty sips” also use local ingredients, such as the Rustic Bloody Mary with house-infused vodka, scratch-made smoked tomato mix and Salt of the Earth’s own pickled vegetable. The wine list, though not extensive, had interesting choices in each category, including several Fenn Valley wines. As we ordered entrees — choosing the house pasta — we realized the dining room had filled, the neighboring kids were happily munching cookies and scones from the bakery up front, and the atmosphere, now humming, was warm and pleasant. The hand-made pappardelle ($16) was a joy, with house chicken sausage, Michigan butternut squash cooked just right, ricotta and a bit of sage. And while it was mild, the brick oven baked ziti ($13.50) had a kick with spicy house sausage, tomato ragout and fresh mozzarella. Both were ideal for a winter night. But perhaps the standout was the Brussels sprouts, fast fried with house bacon and balsamic vinegar. It’s that kind of unique dish that will keep patrons coming back to try more. Though thoroughly stuffed — portions are more than generous — we had to try a dessert. The list includes the Wood-fired Toasted S’more with homemade marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, milk chocolate pudding and salted caramel ($6), or a scoop of Fennville’s own Palazzolo gelato, in such flavors as Tahitian vanilla, Crane’s apple butter, carrot

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cake or buttermilk brown sugar. SotE’s “Dessert in a Glass” choices include the Northern Whitecap: Grand Traverse True North Vodka, crème de menthe, crème de cacao and a powdered sugar rim ($8). We opted to split a yummy version of banana pudding parfait ($7), made with layers of banana pudding, crushed house-made vanilla wafers and milk chocolate pudding. We almost licked the dish.

Perhaps the standout was the Brussels sprouts, fast fried with house bacon and balsamic vinegar. It’s that kind of unique dish that will keep patrons coming back to try more. Overall, it was an above average meal, especially with the creative flare and locally sourced products. Walking out through the bakery café, we were tempted to take home more of the baked goodies. The bakery opens at 7 a.m. daily, with coffee and espresso drinks, pastries and artisan breads, lunch offerings and free Wi-Fi. The bar opens at 4 p.m. Salt of the Earth also is a venue for local and regional musical artists, with live music every Friday evening and house concerts on selected Sunday evenings. gr

Ira’s rating system food: selection, variety, product quality, taste, preparation, innovation and consistency. service: hospitable, knowledgeable and prompt.

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value: pricing, number of à la carte items, consistency. beverages: selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. ambiance: general atmosphere; overall cleanliness. (grand rapids Magazine editors, american Culinary Federation greater grand rapids chapter, grCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary education instructors and beverage distributors all contributed to these established guidelines.)

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City guide and seasonal ingredients. full bar; more than 20 rotating draught beers, many from area microbreweries. open daily. 924 Cherry st se, 8083566. thegreenwell.com. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $-$$

grand rapids Magazine has compiled this list of selected area restaurants as a service to our readers. the recommendations and reviews in the listings are the opinions of the editors. restaurants are included in the guide by virtue of overall quality. We have created symbols to area restaurant amenities, which are defined in a legend at the end of this listing.

griLL one eLeVen — american-with-a-twist menu, full-service bar and lounge on the lower level. sunday brunch buffet 10 am-2 pm, otherwise opens at 11 am. 111 Courtland Dr, 863-3300. grilloneeleven.com. h, b (sun), l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $-$$ the heritage — grand Rapids Community College culinary arts students prepare gourmet dishes from steaks to vegan fare at a reasonable cost. Menu changes weekly. wine offered with dinner. open Tue-fri during academic year. applied Technology Center, 151 fountain st ne, 234-3700. grcc.edu/heritage. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds, Rsvp $-$$

new american Upscale, contemporary cooking including ethnic twists on familiar standbys. 25 KitChen and bar — Dining and bar space on separate levels and a menu that offers 25 pizzas, 25 beers, 25 specialty cocktails, 25 appetizers and inventive entrees artfully presented. open daily 11 am-2 am. 25 ottawa ave sw, 8055581. twentyfivegr.com. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $-$$

bistro beLLa Vita — big-city casual; fresh french and italian cuisine, locally sourced and prepared over a wood fire; mammoth martini bar, nice wine selection. 44 grandville ave sw (downtown), 222-4600. bistrobellavita.com. h, l, D, C, 3, v, MC, ae, DC, Ds, Rsvp $ bLue house bistro — Cajun and Creole classics such as jambalaya, gumbo, muffeletta and po’boy sandwiches, vegan options, market-fresh entrées, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and pizzas. brunch 11 am-3 pm sat/sun. Closed Mon. 220 w 8th st, holland, (616) 355-1994. bluehou sebistro.com. h, l, D, v, MC, ae, Ds ¢-$ FbLue water griLL — wood-burning rotisserie and wood-fired pizza oven allow for inspired dishes from fresh seafood to beef. nice wine selection and The bob’s microbrews. lakeside views, outdoor patio with fireplace, full-service bar. 5180 northland Dr ne, 363-5900. thegilmore collection.com/bluewater.php. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $-$$ bobarino’s at the bob — grill on 2nd floor of The bob offers a wide variety, from woodfired pizza, burgers and sandwiches to pasta and up-scale entrées. full-service bar with The bob’s microbrews on tap. live entertainment in Cisco’s island lounge. 20 Monroe ave nw, 3562000. thegilmorecollection.com/bobarinos.php. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $

inspired menu executed with pizzazz in attractive surroundings, complete with fireplace, waterfalls and koi pond. full bar. open for weekend breakfasts. 9818 Cherry valley ave se, Caledonia, 5883223. mycobblestone.com. h, (b), l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $ FCygnus 27 — stylized décor reflects a celestial theme that matches the views from the 27th floor of the amway grand plaza. Casual, seasonally driven menu encourages sharing. open Tue-sat eves; sun brunch labor Day to Mother’s Day. 187 Monroe ave nw, 776-6425. amwaygrand.com. h, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds, Rsvp $$ derby station — sophisticated pub grub with full bar featuring an array of specialty beers. 2237 wealthy st se, 301-3236. derbystation.com. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds, DC $ eLeCtriC Cheetah — eclectic menu changes weekly with an emphasis on locally grown fare and creative combinations. sandwiches, soups, salads, entrees, house-made desserts and unique sunday brunch in modern setting. liquor license pending. 1015 wealthy st se, 451-4779. electric cheetah.com. h, l, D, v, MC, ae, DC, Ds ¢-$ eVeryday peopLe CaFÉ — Changing bistro menu from appetizers through dessert. impressive wine list with appropriate food pairings served in comfortable atmosphere. open daily for dinner. 11 Center st, Douglas, (269) 8574240. everydaypeoplecafe.com. h, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $-$$

Mia & graCe bistro — locally grown products creatively composed by husband/wife team chefs and owners are served in an intimate, artsy space in downtown Muskegon. breakfast/ lunch service year-round with special dinners during growing season. bakery, too. 1133 Third st, Muskegon, (231) 725-9500. miaandgrace.com. h, b, l, (D) v, MC, ae $ oLiVes — seasonally inspired menu of creative fare and comfort foods featuring locally grown produce and hormone-free, organic meats. full bar; two-level seating and alfresco balcony. Closed sun. 2162 wealthy st se, 451-8611. eatatolives.com. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds ¢-$ one triCK pony — eclectic menu with samplings of vegetarian, Mexican and european cuisines, creative lunch and dinner specials. Congenially casual surroundings; dine alfresco on street-front patio. occasional live music. Closed sun. 136 e fulton st, 235-7669. onetrick.biz. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae ¢-$ piper — stunning lake view, fun décor, good service and a menu with everything from appetizers, pasta and wood-fired pizza to creative entrées and homemade desserts. Closed sun and Mon during winter. 2225 south shore Dr, Macatawa, (616) 335-5866. piperrestaurant.com. h, D, C, 3, v, MC, ae, Ds ¢-$$ repubLiC — asian-influenced California cuisine, from steaks, seafood and chicken to pastas and plates to share. Multi-level, arts-inspired décor with upper-level outdoor seating and attentive bar service. sister to adjacent Rockwell’s Kitchen & Tap. Closed sun. 45 s Division ave, 608-6465. republicgrandrapids.com. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $-$$

butCh’s — new York-style deli by day, fine dining cuisine by night. Menu changes seasonally. More than 200 bottled beer selections and 700 varieties of wine available for takeout. Closed sun. 44 e 8th st, holland, (616) 396-8227. butchs.net. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $$

giLLy’s at the bob — innovative takes on seafood on the 1st floor of The bob, complete with raw bar. seasonal menu offers cutting-edge fare from appetizers to desserts. 20 Monroe ave nw, 356-2000. thebob.com. h, l (sat), D, C, 3, v, MC, ae $-$$

CityVu bistro — Top-floor restaurant in holland’s eco-friendly City flats hotel specializing in creative flatbreads and small-plate fare with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. 61 e 7th st, holland, (616) 796-2114. cityvubistro.com. h, b, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $-$$

graydon’s Crossing — english pub serves indian food with a british influence. full bar features impressive array of specialty beers. 1223 plainfield ave ne, 726-8260. graydonscrossing. com. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds, DC $

✦rose’s — Dockside dining on egR’s Reeds lake with a variety of sandwiches, salads, pastas, wood-fired pizzas, entrées and desserts. Comfortably casual; three-season porch seating. 550 lakeside Dr se, 458-1122. Takeout at Rose’s express, 2224 wealthy st se, 458-4646. thegilmo recollection.com/roses.php. h, b (weekends), l, D, C, 3, v, MC, ae, Ds $

green weLL gastro pub — Daily menu features comfort fare with a flare, emphasizing local

saLt & pepper saVory griLL & pub — pubgrub with creative twists using Michigan-sourced

CobbLestone bistro — eclectic, globally

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bar diVani — wine flights, large array of spirits; classy surroundings. european-inspired food with plates meant for sharing, flatbreads, sushi and a variety of entrees. Closed sun. 15 ionia ave sw, 774-9463. bar-divani.com. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $-$$

MarCo new aMeriCan bistro — Cozy dining in french-country-casual, white-linen atmosphere. Creative dinner fare and pizza with a more casual lunch menu available for takeout. full bar, nice wine list. Closed sun. 884 forest hill ave se, 942-9100. marcobistro.com. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds, Rsvp $-$$

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City Guide ingredients. Full bar. Back patio for alfresco dining. Closed Sun. 11539 E Lakewood Blvd, Holland, (616) 355-5501. saltandpepperpub.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ -SALT OF THE EARTH — Rustic fare and bakery emphasize locally sourced products ranging from wood-fired pizzas to an array of affordably priced entrees. Full bar; closed Sun. 114 E Main St, Fennville, (269) 561-7258. saltoftheearthfenn ¢-$ ville.com. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS SCHNITZ ADA GRILL — Deli by day, casual fine dining by night in cozy surroundings with full bar. Nice selection of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, pasta and more. 597 Ada Dr, Ada, 682-4660. schnitzdeli.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$$ SIX.ONE.SIX — Market-fresh, contemporary American fare “with a global soul.” Interact with chefs in the mini Chef’s Lab exhibition kitchen, or visit Mixology lounge. JW Marriott, 235 Louis St NW, 242-1500. ilovethejw.com. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $-$$ TAVERN ON THE SQUARE — Tapas-style fare with small plate/appetizers, soups, green plate/ salads, house specialties and desserts. Full bar with wine; nice list of microbrews. Open daily; patio seating. 100 Ionia Ave SW, 456-7673. tavern onthesq.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ WILD DOG GRILLE — Interesting appetizers, salads, sandwiches, stone-baked pizzas and entrees marry a complexity of flavors. Desserts made in-house. Closed Mon in winter months. Fullservice bar. 24 Center St, Douglas, (269) 8572519. thewilddoggrille.com. H, L (Fri-Sun), D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $-$$ WINCHESTER — Locally sourced menu aims to reinvent bar food; affordably priced comfort food specialties, reclaimed century-old space with shuffleboard court-patio. 648 Wealthy St, SE, 451-4969. winchestergr.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

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Restaurants and diners serving traditional dishes popular across the country. 8TH STREET GRILL — Entrées range from catfish Valdosta to ribs, with sandwiches, salads, burgers and pasta also on the menu. Closed Sun. 20 W 8th St, Holland, (616) 392-5888. 8thstreetgrille.com. H, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE $ 84 EAST FOOD & SPIRITS — Neat restoration lends atmosphere; varied menu includes unique pasta dishes and thin-crust pizzas. Closed Sun. 84 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 396-8484. 84east pasta.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DC, 
DS ¢-$ ABERDEEN STEAK HOUSE — All-natural, grainfed, choice-cut aged steaks, prime rib, lamb and pork chops, Greek-style roasted chicken and halfpound burgers in refurbished surroundings. Full bar; closed Sun. 785 W Broadway, Muskegon, (231) 733-6400. aberdeen-steakhouse.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ ACORN GRILLE AT THOUSAND OAKS — Blend of traditional and innovative cuisine, artfully presented in handsome dining room with golf course views. Open daily in season. 4100 Thousand Oaks Dr, 447-7750. thousandoaksgolf.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS $$ ARBOREAL INN — New England-style inn offers fresh whitefish, Alaskan king crab, tournedos

Oscar and more. Cozy atmosphere with dining and bar area. Portion of menu requires 24-hour notice. Closed Sun. 18191 174th Ave, Spring Lake, (616) 842-3800. arborealinn.com. H, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $$ ARNIE’S BAKERY & RESTAURANT — Uniquely GR. Breakfast, sandwiches, baked goods and desserts; dinner menu too. Open daily. 3561 28th St, 956-7901; 710 Leonard St NW, 454-3098; 777 54th St SW, 532-5662; 34 Squires St, Rockford, 866-4306. arniesrestaurants.com. H, B, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE $ Aryana Restaurant & Bar — Comfortable dining room in the Crowne Plaza Hotel offers breakfast buffet, lunch and fine dining selections from an extensive seasonal menu. Open daily. 5700 28th St SE, 957-1770. mainstreetmed iagroup.com. B, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP $-$$ BEAR LAKE TAVERN — Historic North Muskegon tavern offers favorites that include yellowbelly lake perch dinner, BLT burger and hand-cut onion rings. 360 Ruddiman Rd, North Muskegon, (231) 744-1161. 4gr8food.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ BENTHAM’S RIVERFRONT RESTAURANT — Upscale selections served in casually elegant surroundings. Open daily in the Amway Grand Plaza, 774-2000. amwaygrand.com/benthams.html. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ BIL-MAR RESTAURANT — Beachfront dining with a great view of Lake Michigan; a wide selection of fine-dining entrées. Full bar; open daily. 1223 S Harbor St, Grand Haven, (616) 842-5920. bil-margrandhaven.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $$ BLUE PLATE — Inside downtown’s Courtyard by Marriott, menu covers all tastes. Popular Pasta Station available at lunch. Light fare in lounge. Open daily. 11 Monroe Ave NW, 242-6000, ext 6646. marriott.com. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ BOATWERKS WATERFRONT RESTAURANT — Vintage motorboat ambiance overlooking Lake Macatawa. Spacious outdoor patio and two menus: casual dining in main dining room, bar and patio, with another room for fine dining. 216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, (616) 396-0600. boat werksrestaurant.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $-$$ BONEFISH GRILL — Offers fresh-from-the-seas fare. Casual, white-linen dining. Seafood selections augmented by innovative sauces and toppings; also chicken, beef and pasta dishes. 1100 East Paris Ave SE, 949-7861. bonefishgrill.com. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ BOSTWICK LAKE INN — Roomy, cottage-style eatery offers regionally influenced cuisine in casual surroundings. Favorites include fresh seafood, pasta, steaks and ribs. Open Tue-Sat, also Mon between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 8521 Belding Rd NE, Cannon Township, 874-7290. bostwicklakeinn.com. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $ BOULDER CREEK RESTAURANT — Boulder Creek Golf Club restaurant serves an affordable selection of appetizers, sandwiches and salads as well as fowl, seafood and beef for dinner. Enjoy golf-course views from inside or on the deck. 5750 Brewer Ave NE, Belmont, (616) 363-1330, ext 2. bouldercreekgolfclub.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

BRANDYWINE — Pleasant café atmosphere serving extensive breakfasts, innovative lunches with vegetarian choices and salads, and dinner selections from Mexican to beef Wellington. 1345 Lake Dr SE, 774-8641; 2844 East Beltline Ave NE, 3631723. H, B, L, D, 3, V, MC ¢-$ BRANN’S SIZZLING STEAKS AND SPORTS GRILLE — Famous sizzler steaks with grill items and salads, baskets and Mexican entrees. All locations offer high-tech projection screens and sporting events. Menu tweaked to add more bar munchies. Brann’s of Grandville, 3475 Fairlanes, Grand Village Mall, 531-6210; Mike & Johnny Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, 401 Leonard St NW, 454-9368; Tommy Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, 4157 S Division Ave, 534-5421; John Brann’s of Cascade, 5510 28th St SE, 285-7800; Brann’s of Holland, 12234 James St, (616) 393-0028; Brann’s of Muskegon, 5510 Harvey St, (231) 7981399; Brann’s of Portage, 700 Martin Luther King Dr, (269) 321-8852. branns.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ BULL’S HEAD TAVERN — A dozen appetizers from brie to pot stickers. Lunch menu showcases salads, soups and sandwiches. Dinners include warm bread and chef-selected sides. 188 Monroe Ave NW, 454-3580. thebullsheadtavern.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ C.F. PRIME CHOPHOUSE & WINE BAR — Prime NY strips and some all-natural beef selections. Gourmet treatment from starters through salads, plus seafood, vegetarian options and desserts made on-site. Impressive wine list, full-service bar. Closed Sun. 950 W Norton, Muskegon, (231) 737-4943. cfprime.com. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, $-$$ RSVP CASCADE ROADHOUSE — Relaxed atmosphere with a diverse menu from fish and chips and gourmet burgers to fine-dining appetizers and entrées. Good bar, wine list. Closed Sun. 6817 Cascade Rd SE (at Old 28th St), 949-1540. H, L, D, C, V, AE $-$$ CHARLEY’S CRAB — Fresh seafood from a menu that changes nightly. Located on the Grand River. Early menu (4:30-6 pm daily), Sun brunch. GR Steamer Bar has its own menu. 63 Market Ave SW, 459-2500. muer.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP $-$$ CHARLIE’S BAR & GRILL — Well-rounded menu features dinners ranging from ribs, steaks and seafood to kielbasa and kraut. Also Mexican fare, sandwiches and more. Full-service bar. 3519 Plainfield Ave NE, 364-0567. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ FTHE CHOP HOUSE — In the tradition of the best American chophouses with aged prime beef and more. A la carte sides are big enough to share. Great wine list. Downstairs is La Dolce Vita dessert and cigar bar. Closed Sun. 190 Monroe Ave NW, 451-6184. thechophouserestaurant.com. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $$ COUSIN’S TASTY CHICKEN — A 25-year local alternative to the chains with some of the tastiest fried chicken and side dishes around. Also serving seafood and other fried fare. Closed Sun. 1209 Leonard St NE, 456-5244. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ CRAZY HORSE STEAK HOUSE & SALOON — Holland’s family-friendly eatery, renowned for steaks and prime rib. Saturday night special is prime rib and lobster. 2027 North Park Dr, Holland, (616) 395-8393. crazyhorsesteakhouse. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $$

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City Guide DEE-LITE BAR & GRILL — Nice selection of appetizers, house-made soups, salads and sandwiches. “Fresh-Mex” dinner selections, plus seafood, chicken, steak and pasta. Live music and martinis in the Theatre Bar. Open daily; Sun brunch. 24 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 844-5055. harborrestaurants.com/deelite/. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ THE DINING ROOM AT CLEARBROOK — New entrées daily feature locally grown products. Known for hand-cut steaks, double-cut lamb chops, Canadian walleye. More casual dining in The Grill Room. Open daily in summer. Clearbrook Golf Club, 6594 Clearbrook Dr (just north of Saugatuck), (269) 857-2000. clearbrookgolfclub. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC, RSVP $-$$ DOCKERS FISH HOUSE & LOUNGE — Waterside dining on Muskegon Lake with lively summer tiki bar, seafood and land-lubber options. Full bar, dockside seating. Dockhands assist with boat tie-up. Closed Oct-Mar. 3505 Marina Point View, Muskegon, (231) 755-0400. dockersfishhouse. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ DUGAN’S PUB & GRILLE — Casual dining with steaks, seafood, pasta and more at The Elks at the Highlands Golf Club. Adjacent Glendevon offers banquet facilities. 2715 Leonard St NW, 453-2451. grandrapidselks.org. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ THE FALCON’S NEST — Creative lunch menu with a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, barbecue ribs, appetizers, chili and salads. Open 11 am-7 pm. 17000 Lincoln Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 842-4040. grandhavengolfclub.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ FALL CREEK — Appetizers, gourmet pizzas, salads, pastas, sandwiches, house-made desserts, and creative entrées. Closed Sun-Mon. 201 Jefferson St, Hastings, (269) 945-0100. fallcreek dining.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ ➧FIREROCK GRILLE — Sunny, bistro-style atmosphere, nightly features and extensive menu of imaginative fare that includes FireRock options: cook your own on a 500-degree stone. Open daily. Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. Stonewater Country Club, 7177 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 656-9898. stone $ watercc.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE FLAT RIVER GRILL — Casual atmosphere in turnof-century building on the river in Lowell. Al fresco dining on patio. Menu ranges from American comfort food to wood-fired pizzas. Full bar with extensive wines by the glass and The BOB’s House of Brews beers on tap. Superb brunch. 201 E Main St, Lowell, 897-8523. thegilmorecollection. com/flatriver.php. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ FLEETWOOD DINER — Extensive diner-style American menu with Greek influences. Famous for Hippie Hash. Open 6:30 am for breakfast (8 am-4 pm Sun), serving dinner until 8 pm MonThu, 9 pm Fri-Sat. Outdoor patio. 2222 44th St SE, 281-2300. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ FOREST HILLS INN — A casual neighborhood favorite with a broad menu, excellent pizza. Closed Sun. 4609 Cascade Rd SE, 949-4771. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE $ FRY DADDY’S FRESH FISH — Fried fresh fish, wing-dings, walleye, orange roughy, catfish, blue gill, perch, smelt and shrimp, by the pound or in baskets with French fries in pleasant surroundings or to go. Closed Mon. In Kentwood’s Trinity Plaza, 1720 44th St SE, 455-FISH. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$

GRAND RAPIDS BREWING CO. — Microbrewery with extensive menu that matches the handcrafted beers and natural ales. 3689 28th St SE, 285-5970. michiganmenu.com/grbrewing.html. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ THE GRAND SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR — In Grand Haven’s former Grand Theatre. Oyster and sushi bar, seafood and steaks. Open daily. 22 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 847-8944. harborrestaurants.com/thegrand. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $-$$ GRAND TRAVERSE PIE CO. — Bakery and café offer an extensive menu that covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with quiche, soups, salads, sandwiches and pastries. Open daily. 3224 28th St SE, 977-7600. gtpie.com. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ GRAND VILLA — Longtime favorite serving prime rib, seafood, complete salad bar, full service bar. Closed Sun. 3594 Chicago Dr SW, 538-1360. grandvillarestaurants.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ FGREAT LAKES SHIPPING CO. — Kitchen does everything from beef, seafood, fowl and beyond in comfortable dockside motif. Patio open in summer. No lunch, but open Sun afternoons. 2455 Burton St SE, 949-9440. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, $-$$ RSVP THE GRILL AT 1913 — “Kid sister” of Amway Grand Plaza’s Five-Diamond The 1913 Room. Warm ambience and seasonal entrées featuring prime, custom-aged beef. Closed Sun. 187 Monroe Ave NW, 776-6426. amwaygrand.com/ the_grill_at_1913.html. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP $$ GRILL HOUSE & ROCK BOTTOM BAR — Allegan’s grill-your-own steakhouse with grillmasters on call. Bottomless salad bowl and potato bar; tasty desserts. Rock Bottom Bar opens 11 am daily; Grill House opens 5:30 pm weekdays, 11 am Sundays. 1071 32nd St (M-40), Allegan, (269) 686-9192. grillhouse.net. H, L (downstairs), D, C, V, MC, AE, $-$$ DS, RSVP (weekends) THE GRILL ROOM — Aged steaks/chops, fresh seafood and fine wines in top chophouse tradition, served in an unpretentious atmosphere. Closed Sun during winter. Kirby House, 2 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 846-3299. thegilmorec ollection.com.grillroom.php. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, $$ DS GRILLE 29 — Varied menu includes salads, soups, specialty panini, pasta, pizza and variety of entrées. Full-service bar. Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Holiday Inn Select, 3063 Lake Eastbrook SE, 285-7600. holidayinn.com. H, B, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ THE GRILLE AT WATERMARK — Innovative menu in relaxing atmosphere overlooking golf course. Open for lunch and dinner Mon-Sat; Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. Banquet facilities. Reservations accepted. 5500 Cascade Rd SE, 949-0570. watermarkcc.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, $-$$ MC, AE, RSVP HONEY CREEK INN — Daily specials are the highlight, mixed with traditional fare that earns rave reviews from patrons. Closed Sun. 8025 Cannonsburg Rd, Cannonsburg, 874-7849. honey creekinn.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ HUDSONVILLE GRILLE — Steaks, chops, chicken, soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican favorites and breakfast, as well as fish specialties. Full bar;

closed Sun. 4676 32nd Ave, Suite F, Hudsonville, 662-9670. hudsonvillegrille.com. H, B, L, D, V, ¢-$ MC, DS J BAR — The BOB’s steakhouse restaurant caters to those with a penchant for meat and potatoes with style and expertise. Open 5-11 pm; closed Sun. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. thebob.com. H, D, C, local 3, V, MC, AE $$ JACK’S — Breakfast and lunch, plus dinner menu with appetizers, wine by the glass and a wide range of entrées, located on the Grand River at Grand Haven Waterfront Holiday Inn. 940 W Savidge St, Spring Lake, (616) 846-1370. higrand haven.com. H, B, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ KIRBY GRILL — Casual side of the Kirby House offers more than an average grill with innovative touches to the American menu. Family-friendly dining upstairs. 2 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 846-3299. thegilmorecollection.com/kirby. php. L, D, C, V, MC, AE $ KOPPER TOP — Uniquely GR. Raw copper tops the bar and tables at this GR staple with a long-standing tradition of seasonal decorations. Entrées with a homemade taste. No lunch Sat, closed Sun. 638 Stocking Ave NW, 459-2001. L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE ¢ THE LANDING — Nautical décor with windows overlooking the Grand River. Menu features American favorites and German specials. Live music and dancing in the lounge. 270 Ann St NW (Radisson Riverfront Hotel at US 131), 363-7748. radisson.com/hotels/migrapno/dinings. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ OLEO’S — Combines fine dining and casual comfort with great service, impressive wine list and full bar. Fresh seafood is the specialty, but steaks and other dishes are just as good. Street level in parking ramp at Ottawa and Louis. Closed Sun. 60 Ottawa Ave NW, 454-6700. leosrestaurant. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $-$$ LOUIS BENTON STEAKHOUSE — Upscale steakhouse with a big-city ambiance features premium Buckhead beef, wet- and dry-aged steaks, lamb, pork and veal chops, seafood and more. Superb wine list. Closed Sun. Free valet parking at Ionia entrance. 77 Monroe Center Ave NW, Suite 100, 454-7455. louisbenton.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP $-$$ MAIN STREET PUB — Casual restaurant and sports bar offers large-screen TVs and varied menu of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and nice entrée selections. Open 11 am daily, with breakfast 8 am Sun. 11240 University Parkway, Allendale, 895-1234. mainstpub.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ MAXFIELD’S — Vast lunch and dinner menus are enhanced by daily feature buffets. Open Tue-Sun. 11228 Wyman Rd, Blanchard, (800) 550-5630. maxfieldsrestaurant.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, $$ DS MEADOWS RESTAURANT — GVSU’s professional and student-staffed restaurant; patio and dining room overlook golf course. Full menu offers everything from burgers to NY strip steak. Seasonal hours; closed Sun. 1 W Campus Dr, Allendale, 895-1000. gvsu.edu/meadows/. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $-$$ MIDDLE VILLA INN — Weekly prime rib specials, salad bar, casual atmosphere, occasional live bands; in Grand Rapids call 891-1287 for restaurant info. Open daily. 4611 N Middleville

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PEARL STREET GRILL — Bright, airy restaurant in the downtown Holiday Inn (formerly Days Hotel). Breakfast, lunch and steaks, pasta, chicken and fish for dinner. Open daily. 310 Pearl St NW, 2357611. guestservice@higrdt.com. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE $ RAINBOW GRILL — Longtime favorite offers breakfasts, homemade soup, chili, steak sandwiches, daily luncheon specials, chicken, fish and other dinner staples. Closed Sun. 4225 32nd Ave, Hudsonville, 896-0033; 4158 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, 534-8645. H, B, L, D, ✓, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ RED JET CAFÉ — Gilmore Collection restaurant in the former Creston Heights library. Coffee bar along with breakfast, omelets, crepes, soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis, specialty pizzas and more in casual, upbeat surroundings. Full bar; opens 7 am. 1431 Plainfield Ave NE, 719-5500. thegilmorecollection.com/redjet.php. H, B, L, D (Tue-Sat), C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ REDS ON THE RIVER — Located on the Rogue River, Reds combines casual sophistication with Tuscan sensibilities. Varied menu, good wine list. Lunch served 11-4 pm; closed Sun. 2 E Bridge St, Rockford, 863-8181. reds-live.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $-$$ RIO GRAND STEAK HOUSE & SALOON — Texasstyle barbecue ribs, steaks and more are offered at these Western-style Schelde restaurants. Open daily. 5501 Northland Dr NE, 364-6266; 1820 44th St SW, 534-0704. michiganmenu.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ ROCK FIRE GRILLE — Entrees include fresh seafood, steaks, wood-fired pizzas, pasta, stellar desserts in casually elegant surroundings. Full bar, extensive wine list, specialty cocktails. Closed Sunday. Open M-F for lunch. 1144 East Paris Ave SE, 977-9900. rockfiregrille.com. H, L (except Sat), D, C, V, MC, AE $-$$ FEBRUARY 2011 GRAND RAPIDS 75

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City Guide ROSEBUD — Sandwiches, soups and pizza for lunch; steaks, ribs, pasta and more pizza for dinner. Live music Thu-Sat. Open daily. 100 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 846-7788. rosebudgrill.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS ¢-$ ROSIE’S DINER — The original 1946 Paramount diner made famous by paper towel commercials continues the tradition of classic homemade diner fare. Open daily. Half-mile east of US 131. 4500 14 Mile Rd, Rockford, 866-3663. rosies ¢-$ diner.com. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ➧RUSH CREEK BISTRO — Diverse menu of starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, generous entrees and desserts, all done with flair in handsome, club-like surroundings. Weeknight and happy hour specials. Sunnybrook Country Club, 624 Port Sheldon Rd, Grandville, 457-1100. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ RUSS’ RESTAURANTS — Fast service, family friendly, inexpensive fare. Closed Sun. 3966 Plainfield Ave NE, 381-7545; 2750 28th St SE, 949-8631; 2340 28th St SW, 538-3410; 531 Alpine Ave NW, 784-2230; 6444 S Division Ave, 281-2790; 4440 Chicago Dr, Grandville, 531-1146. russrestaurants.com. B, L, D, 3 ¢ SAM’S JOINT — Award-winning ribs and unique décor of antiques and memorabilia. Extensive menu includes Mexican selections; full bar. 2412 Briggs Rd, Gun Lake, (269) 795-3965; 7449 68th St, Dutton, 698-1833; 107 E Main St, Caledonia, 891-1128; 19 N Main St, Rockford, 866-3324; 6618 Old Grand Haven Rd, Norton Shores, (231) 7987155; 15520 48th Ave, Coopersville, 837-8558; 1665 Viewpond SE, Kentwood, 455-2111. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC $ SANDI’S FAMILY RESTAURANT — Home-cooked meals, family-friendly dining in casual surroundings. Daily specials; all-you-can-eat ocean perch on Fri. Senior discount Mon-Tue. Closed Sun. 6597 S Division Ave, 281-3160. sandisfamilyrestau rant.com. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ SAYFEE’S — Uniquely GR. Longtime favorite with well-rounded lunch and dinner menus. Chateaubriand served tableside; luscious dessert cart; early-dining specials. Live music and dancing Wed-Sat eves. Deck open in summer. Closed

Sun. 3555 Lake Eastbrook Blvd, 949-5750. say fees.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $-$$ SPINNAKER — Upscale menu features large selection of seafood and landlubber entrees in a nautical themed dining room. Open daily, Sun brunch. 4747 28th St SE (Hilton Grand Rapids Airport), 957-1111. thehilton.com. H, B, L, D, C, $-$$ 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP SUNDANCE GRILL — Breakfast-and-lunch spot also offers a dinner menu in the California/ Southwestern tradition. Selection of steaks, salmon, salads and pasta, along with a margarita bar. 5755 28th St SE (Esplanade Plaza), 9565644; 40 Pearl St NW (breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue-Sat), 776-1616. 4gr8food.com. H, B, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS $ SWAN INN RESTAURANT — Home-cooked meals such as pot roast, Salisbury steak and meatloaf, daily specials, and burgers, chicken, seafood and more. Huge breakfasts. Cygnet Lounge offers cocktails and nibbles as well as dinner menu. 5182 Alpine Ave NW, 784-1245. swaninnmotel.com. H, B, L, C, D, V, MC, DS ¢-$ TERRACE GRILLE AT BAY POINTE INN — Casual gourmet dining, impressive wine list, martini bar and lakeside dining on terrace. Seasonally changing menu includes seafood, steaks, pasta and specials emphasizing regional fare. Open daily. Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. 11456 Marsh Rd, Shelbyville (off US 131), (269) 672-5202 or (888) GUN-LAKE. baypointeinn.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC, RSVP $-$$ THAT PLACE ON PLAINFIELD — Classic American diner food, along with some surprises like Filipino and vegetarian dishes, in diner-style surroundings at reasonable prices. Closed Sun. 2162 Plainfield Ave NE, 365-6669. H, B, L, D, V, MC, DS ¢ TILLMAN’S — Uniquely GR. Chicago-style chophouse that’s been “hidden” in a warehouse district for more than 25 years. Known for steaks but something for every taste, from liver and onions to frog legs and escargot. Closed Sun. 1245 Monroe Ave NW, 451-9266. H, L, D, C, V, $-$$ MC, AE, DC, RSVP TIMBERS INN — Menu ranges from appetizers, gourmet salads, sandwiches and charbroiled burgers to wild game offerings and lumberjack meat ’n’ potatoes fare in lodge-like surroundings. Open daily. Sun omelet bar til 2 pm. 6555 Belding Rd NE, 874-5553. timbersinn.net. H, L, D, C, 3, V, ¢-$ MC, AE

TULLYMORE — Restaurant at Tullymore Golf Club offers seasonally inspired menu with layers of flavors and artful presentations in beautiful surroundings. Expansive views, large patio for outdoor dining. 11969 Tullymore, Stanwood, (800) 972-4837. tullymoregolf.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $-$$ TWISTED ROOSTER — Classic dishes with unexpected twists. Full bar featuring 18 beers on tap, local beers/wines. Open daily. 1600 East Beltline Ave. NE, 301-8171. twistedrooster.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE ¢-$$ VICTORY CLUB — Ada’s “sports dining destination” with spacious dining room and lounge, fireplaces, TVs and sports-centric décor. Menu offers standard fare plus out-of-the-norm pizzas, some Mexican dishes and comfort food, desserts and Michigan wines. 396 Pettis Ave SE, 4257050. victoryclubada.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ VILLAGE INN PIZZA PARLOR — Longtime local favorite for pizza, pasta, burgers, chicken, soups, salads, Mexican and more, with karaoke nights Thu-Sat. Full bar. Open daily; weekday lunch buffet. 2215 44th St SE, Kentwood, 281-1444; 934 Washington St, Holland, (616) 392-1818. vipizza. net. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ WALLDORFF BREWPUB & BISTRO — Microbrewery with menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, barbecue specialties, small plates, steaks, pork and lamb chops, duck, pastas and wood-fired pizzas. 105 E State St, Hastings, (269) 945-4400. waldorffbrewpub.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, ¢-$ DS WEST COAST GRILLE — Daily breakfast buffet, hearty lunch fare and dinner menu ranging from quesadillas and burgers to prime rib to seafood, inside Holland’s Doubletree Hotel. Open daily. 650 E 24th St (just off US 31), Holland, (616) 3940111. holland.doubletree.com. H, B, L, D, C, 3, V, $ MC, AE, DC, DS WHITEFISH LAKE GOLF AND GRILL — Menu offers hand-cut steaks, barbecued ribs, fresh seafood and other dining specialties grilled over an apple-wood fire. Open daily. 2241 Bass Lake Rd, Pierson, (616) 636-5260. whitefishgolfand grill.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ WINTER INN — Seafood, steaks and prime rib along with such specialties as seafood au gratin and pan-fried walleye in historic inn. Convivial bar. Banquet facilities. 100 N Lafayette St, Greenville, (616) 754-7108. thewinterinn.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC $

Hot off the grill Dave Shepard, a longtime partner at Sayfee’s, opened his own place — Shepard’s Grill & Tavern — in the former Pier Head location in the Cascade Center. Billed as “a hint of the islands in West Michigan,” the menu offers appetizers, salads and sandwiches, with Jamaican and Caribbean influences among its choices. A favorite dish is the Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich, with banana peppers, mozzarella cheese and spicy au jus on a Cuban roll. Attractive and intimate, Shepard’s presents live entertainment Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings with karaoke on Saturdays. You’ll find friendly bartenders, affordably priced cocktails and weekday happy hour drink specials from 3-6:30 p.m. Shepard’s opens at 11 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. (6246 28th St. SE; 350-9604)

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City Guide WOODY’S PRESS BOX — Pulled pork with pizzazz in a restaurant complex that includes two bars, a patio and bowling. Menu offers sandwiches and shrimp as well as barbecue fare. Open daily (breakfast and lunch only Sun). 5656 Clyde Park Ave SW, 530-3242. spectrumlanes.com. H, B, L, D, C, 3, V, MC $

Daytime casual Eateries that specialize in breakfast and lunch.

ANNA’S HOUSE — Family dining offers great breakfast fare. Open daily for breakfast and lunch until 2 pm. 3874 Plainfield Ave NE, 361-8500. H, B, L, V, MC ¢ CHERIE INN — Café is relaxed setting for upscale breakfasts and innovative specials, served until 3 pm. Closed Mon. 969 Cherry St SE, 458-0588. B, L, 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢

LITTLE AFRICA CUISINE — Humble storefront café with dining area offers vegetarian dishes only. Hearty vegetable stews; sauces and fixings are served on Ethiopian flat bread. Sample other Ethiopian specialties. Cash or checks only. Open daily. 956 E Fulton St, 222-1169. H, L, D, 3 ¢

with sandwiches, appetizers, burgers and hearty entrées. More than 20 beers, along with a nice wine selection and specialty cocktails. Outdoor seating. 3191 28th St SE, 885-9050. barlouieamer ica.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$

Restaurants that prefer to be known as “bars that serve food.”

BUD & STANLEY’S — Mirrored bar and TV sets galore. Mexican and Italian dishes, burgers, starters, salads and sandwiches. Main entrées range from homemade pasties to one-pound Texas cut sirloin. Takeout available. Open daily. 1701 4 Mile ¢-$ Rd NE, 361-9782. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE

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FAT BOY BURGERS — Uniquely GR. Legendary burger joint in the Cheshire neighborhood offers breakfast 6-11 am weekdays (7 am Sat) and lunch until 3 pm in newly renovated surroundings. Closed Sun. 2450 Plainfield Ave NE, 361-7075. H, B, L, V, MC ¢ GARDEN ROOM CAFÉ — Cheery spot in Grand Central Plaza offers great breakfast and lunch with an “outside the box” menu. Open daily. 2055 28th St SE, 452-8544. H, B, L, V, MC, AE, DS, DC ¢-$ THE GATHERING PLACE — Cozy setting and country décor complement an imaginative menu. Terrific homemade soups, dessert selections. Open daily until 2 pm. 6886 Cascade Rd SE, 9493188. H, B, L, V, MC, AE, DS $ OMELETTE SHOPPE & BAKERY — A plethora of omelets, along with baked-fresh daily pecan rolls, cinnamon pastries and more. Open daily til 3 pm. 545 Michigan St NE, 726-5800; 1880 Breton Rd SE, 726-7300. omletteshoppe.com. H, B, L, V, ¢-$ MC, AE, DS

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REAL FOOD CAFÉ — Open early for breakfast and lunch, with everything made fresh from scratch by chef owners in cheery locale in Alger Heights. Second location on the northeast side. Open until 2 pm; closed Mon. 2419 Eastern Ave SE, 2414080; 5430 Northland Dr NE, 361-1808. H, B, L ¢ RED GERANIUM CAFÉ — Popular spot is known for its specialty omelets, homemade soups, breads and desserts. Two locations: 6670 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 656-9800; 5751 Byron Center Ave. 532-8888. H, B, L ¢

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SUSIE’S CAFÉ — Coffees, baked goods, breakfast served through lunch. Sandwiches, homemade soups and burgers from the grill. Malts, shakes, smoothies and ice cream. Walk-up window open late in summer. Open daily. 1120 Knapp St NE, 363-1530. H, B, L ¢ WOLFGANG’S — Popular spot renowned for breakfasts. Menu includes omelets, salads and sandwiches. Private meeting rooms available. Open 6:30 am-2:30 pm daily. 1530 Wealthy St SE, 454-5776. mattwolfgang.com. H, B, L, 3 ¢

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City Guide with a pint of John Courage at this pub, complete with pool tables and dart board. Hoagies, Reubens and burgers; appetizers (served until 11 pm) satisfy snackers. Lots of liquor choices and good-size wine list. Takeout available. 600 Monroe Ave NW, 356-1622. cambridgehousegr. com. L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ CASCADE SPORTS GRILL — Not your average sports bar: calamari, crab cakes, potstickers, stuffed ’shrooms, sandwiches, chicken, steak and more. Sizable bar with 10 brew taps and extensive martini menu. Pool tables, dartboards, TVs and other amusements. Live DJ Sat night. Cascade Centre, 6240 28th St SE, 974-3338. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ CHEERS — Popular neighborhood spot with something for everyone: munchies, salads, south-of-the-border favorites, fish, steaks, burgers, breakfast fare, omelets, served daily in a log-cabin environment. 3994 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-1188. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢ CHEQUERS — Creative cuisine with a British flair ranges from beef tips Sherwood to Welsh rarebit, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and imported beer served in an English pub atmosphere. Open daily in summer. 220 Culver St, Saugatuck, (269) 8571868. H, L, D, V, MC,AE $ CORNER BAR — Rockford’s much-loved spot for a brew and a chili dog, with hall-of-fame status for quantity gorging. Bar fare includes burgers, sandwiches, soups, nibbles, etc. 31 N Main St, Rockford, 866-9866. rockfordcornerbar.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢ THE COTTAGE BAR — Uniquely GR. Longtime favorite since 1927. Famous Cottage burgers and fries, signature chili, house-made soups and sandwiches, daily specials, imported beers, full bar and cordial atmosphere. Closed Sun. 8 LaGrave Ave SE, 454-9088. cottagebar.com. L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢ THE CURRAGH — Downtown Holland traditional Irish pub features all the fun foods, spirits, music and environment of Old World Ireland. Enjoy a pint and authentic Irish fare from a full menu. Outdoor seating, live entertainment, valet parking. 73 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 393-6340. curragh holland.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$$ ELBOW ROOM BAR & GRILL — Cozy neighborhood watering hole with bar food to match: burgers, sandwiches, nachos, salads, chicken fingers, etc. Open daily 10 am-2 am. Play darts, Golden Tee or the jukebox. 501 Fuller Ave NE, 454-6666. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ FLANAGAN’S — Popular Irish pub, imported beers, 20 on tap, includes Guinness stout. Homemade soups and stews, specialty sandwiches, munchies and entrées with an Irish influence. Frequent live music. Closed Sun. 139 Pearl St NW, 454-7852. flanagansgr.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC ¢

your-own pizzas, burgers, salads and such. Closed Sun and Mon. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 776-6495. amwaygrand.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, $ DS GRAND WOODS LOUNGE — Year-round alfresco dining complete with fireplace. Eclectic menu selections mix with upscale takes on comfort foods. Live entertainment, pool tables, spacious bar. 77 Grandville Ave SW, 451-4300. grandwoods lounge.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ HOLLY’S BACK DOOR BAR & GRILL — Fullservice menu and good selection of munchies at the bar in the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. Opens 5 pm; closed Sun & Mon. 255 28th St SW, 241-1417. hojogr.com. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ HOPCAT — Downtown pub offers crafted brews with close to 50 beers on tap and 150 bottled. Full bar, and tasty fare including appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrées from meatloaf to mussels. Open daily. 25 Ionia Ave SW, 451-4677. hopcatgr.com. H, L (Sat-Sun), D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ HUB’S INN — Sandwiches, burgers, wet burritos and thin-crust pizza. Closed Sun. 1645 Leonard St NW, 453-3571. hubsinn.com. H, L, D, C ¢ INTERSECTION CAFÉ — Roomy entertainment venue offers sandwich wraps and panini, great burgers, quesadilla selections, soups, salads, appetizers, flatbread pizza, vegetarian options. Full bar. 133 Grandville Ave SW, 459-0977. sectionlive.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢ JD REARDON’S — Restaurant and lounge in The Boardwalk offers American, Southwest, Thai and more, with a nice selection of nibbles, soups, sandwiches, dinner-size salads, steaks and other appealing entrées. Banquet facilities; outdoor seating. 940 Monroe Ave NW, 454-8590. jdreardo $-$$ ns.com. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS J GARDELLA’S TAVERN — Massive antique bar is matched by gargantuan menu ranging from homemade chips to build-your-own burger. Three floors of seating. Open Sun for arena events. 11 Ionia Ave SW, 459-8824. jgardellastav ern.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ LOGAN’S ALLEY — Free popcorn complements a premium-libation special in these cozy digs. From two Reubens to a garden burger, the 18-item sandwich-and-appetizer menu even lists pizza rolls. Seasonal deck seating. Open daily. 916 Michigan St NE, 458-1612. logansalley.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ MILL CREEK TAVERN — Comstock Park’s cozy eatery offers appetizers, from-scratch daily soups, sandwiches, wraps, burgers and wet burritos, as well as full dinner options. Full bar with separate dining room. 3874 West River Dr, 7843806. H, L, D, C, V, MC, DS ¢-$

FOUNDERS BREWING CO. — Sip microbrew samples in the spacious taproom with vaulted ceilings, serpentine bar and stage for live music Thu and Sat. Expanded menu features sandwiches and light pub fare. Covered (heated) porch. 235 Grandville Ave SW, 776-1195. foundersbrew ing.com. H, L (11-2 Mon-Fri), 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢

MOJO’S — Lively dueling piano bar and restaurant open for dinner at 5 pm Wed-Sat, with starters, pastas, sandwiches, salads and reasonably priced entrées, plus late night “munchy menu.” RSVP for dinner early, show starts at 8 pm Wed-Thu, 7 pm Fri-Sat, DJ, dancing, pool tables, VIP Room and flat-screen TVs on 2nd floor. 180 Monroe Ave NW, 776-9000. mojospianobar.com. H, D (Wed-Sat), C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

GP SPORTS — Sports and entertainment venue patterned after ESPN’s Zone and Dave and Buster’s, with interactive sports games, giant video screen and TVs. Menu features create-

NEW HOLLAND BREWING CO. — Munchies, salads, pizza and sandwiches augment a wide array of handcrafted beer. 15-minute lunch menu. Beer and wine only. Closed Sun. 66 E 8th St,

Holland. (616) 355-6422. newhollandbrew.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ NITE CAP BAR & GRILL — Roomy and bright with outdoor patio, pool tables, video games, bigscreen TVs, Keno and karaoke Thu-Sat evenings. Daily drink specials, soups, salads, sandwiches, subs, flame-broiled burgers, Mexican selections and dinners. 801 W Fulton St, 451-4243. nitecap bar.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢ PEPPINO’S RISTORANTE PIZZERIA AND SPORTS LOUNGE — Contemporary ambience, separate sports bar. Italian specialties and pizza, char-grilled Sicilian-style steak and chicken, burgers, etc. 5053 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Allendale, 895-1615. Family-friendly Peppino’s Sports Lounge in downtown GR, 130 Ionia Ave SW, 456-8444. peppinospizza.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$$ O’TOOLE’S PUBLIC HOUSE — Pub grub includes appetizers, sandwiches and burgers served on
 a mountain of fries. Open daily. 448 Bridge St NW, 742-6095. otoolesgr.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ PUB 43 — Cozy atmosphere caters to all, but is especially popular with artists and the gay crowd. Board games, more than a dozen TVs, fully stocked bar with usual bar fare from burgers to more upscale items. Jukebox, occasional live entertainment. Open daily at 3 pm. 43 S Division Ave, 458-2205. H, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ QUEEN’S PUB SPORTS BAR — Adjacent to Bombay Cuisine with English pub grub, full bar and lots of beers on tap. Big-screen TVs, pool table, dart boards, wireless connection. 14201424 Lake Dr SE, 456-7055. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ QUINN & TUITE’S IRISH PUB — One of the largest selections of Irish whiskies in the area and Guinness on tap. Traditional Irish music, Celtic rock, open mic Fri eves, live bands Sat. Typical bar fare includes burgers, brats, sandwiches, munchies. 1535 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-8380. quinnandtuites.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ ROCKWELL’S KITCHEN & TAP — The more casual kid sister adjacent to Republic restaurant. Classic American pub features comfort foods with a twist; upper-floor outdoor balcony seating. 45 S Division Ave, 551-3563. rockwellsgrandrap ids.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ ROCKY’S BAR & GRILL — Burgers, appetizers, fried fish baskets, sandwiches and more. Art Deco bar, pool table. Kitchen open late; check for evening entertainment. Open daily, Sun at 5 pm with $1 beer specials. 633 Ottawa Ave NW, 356-2346. myspace.com/rockysgr. H, L, D, C, V, ¢-$ MC SAZERAC LOUNGE — New Orleans-style lounge featuring bar food with a Cajun bent. Live entertainment Sat nights. Open for lunch Tue-Sat, Mon at 4 pm. 1418 Plainfield Ave NE, 451-0010. myspace.com/sazeraclounge. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE $ THE SCORE — Restaurant and sports bar with a wide-ranging menu that includes pizza, ribs, hand-cut steaks, seafood, chicken and comfort dishes like meatloaf. 5301 Northland Dr NE, 3010600. thescore-restaurant.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ SHAMROCK BAR & GRILL — Small but interesting menu offers choices such as coconut shrimp and house-made tortilla soup in addition to burg-

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City Guide ers and steak. Nice children’s menu. Open daily at 11 am. 2501 Wilson Ave NW, 735-3888. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ STELLA’S LOUNGE — Mostly vegan menu but a stuffed burger for carnivores. Advertises strong drinks and more than 200 whiskies. 53 Commerce Ave, 742-4444. stellasgr.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC ¢-$

65 E. Bridge Street, Rockford Phone (616) 884-0107 www.oldworldolivepress.com Store locations: Rockford • Plymouth • Birmingham

TAPHOUSE LOUNGE — Renovated historic surroundings with dozens of beers on tap. Sports bar menu runs the gamut from appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches to entrées such as ribs, perch and steak. Atrium cigar lounge. Open daily until 2 am. 8 Ionia Ave SW, 774-3338. taphouse gr.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $ TEAZERS BAR & GRILL — Burgers and pasta entrées, sandwiches, salads and Southwestern bites. Kids menu. Look for live music on the stage. Open daily. 819 Ottawa Ave NW, 459-2481. teaze rsbar.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ VITALE’S SPORTS LOUNGE & PIZZERIA — Serving pizza and pasta plus legendary panini sandwiches and wraps in sports-centric surroundings. Multiple screens, outside deck, live entertainment, 29 beers on tap. Open daily. 3868 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, 784-2526, takeout 784-5011. vitalessportsbar.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ WEST SIDE BAR — No-frills neighborhood tavern with bar-food menu that includes the Hog Burger, a half-pound burger made fresh daily and stacked with a choice of ham or bacon and all the fixings. Live entertainment weekends. 1568 Broadway NW, 459-1240. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢

Your masterer er iece is our canvas! Create with the best from Old World Olive Press. Visit our tasting room and sample award winning olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world.

Z’S — Sports-themed eatery known for its ribs. Soup-salad-sandwich lunches. Features 43-foot bar and multiple TVs. Carry-out available. 168 Louis Campau Promenade NW, 454-3141. zsbar. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$

Delis, Dogs & Bagels Places that serve sandwiches, bagels and/or hot dogs. BAGEL BEANERY — All locations bake a variety of bagels and serve great breakfast and deli sandwiches. Vegetarian options, soups, salads and specialty coffees. Catering, kids meals, free Wi-Fi, outdoor seating. 455 Michigan St NE, 235-7500; 2845 Breton Rd SE, 245-4220; 5316 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, 249-9500. bagelbeanery. com. H, B, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS ¢-$ BIG APPLE BAGELS — Fresh bagels and 15 cream cheese mixtures. Choose your favorite bagel to wrap around the sandwiches or breakfast options, or build your own from the deli. 3915 Plainfield Ave NE, 364-1919; 2058 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 735-2390; 6670 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 5547915. babcorp.com. H, B, L, D, 3 ¢ BITE — Deli side of Ottawa Tavern features daily soups, big wraps, salads and build-your-own burgers. Weekday Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials 4-7 pm. Closed Sun. 151 Ottawa Ave NW, 451-8000. thegilmorecollection.com/bite. php. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$$ BITTER END — Full array of specialty coffee drinks, bagels, muffins, pastries and deli sandwiches in atmosphere of a 1930s French café. Free Wi-Fi. Open 24/7. 752 W Fulton St, 4516061. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE ¢ BOARDWALK SUBS — 20 huge Jersey-style subs

Real Food | Real Fresh | Real Fast Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner

Buy one get one free. Good for one free lunch entrée with the purchase of a second entrée of equal or greater value. Dine in only. • Coupon is not valid on holidays. • Not valid on groups of 8 or more, or on banquet functions. • Not valid with any other discount promotions or coupon offers. • An 18% gratuity will be added to your check based upon total value of your check prior to the free entrée discounted. 310 Pearl St. NW • Complimentary parking when dining in restaurant. Grand Rapids | (616) 235-1342 www.holidayinn.com/grandrapidsdt • Offer expires February 28th, 2011 February 2011 Grand Rapids 79

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RITZ KONEY BAR & GRILLE — Hot dogs, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads plus chicken fingers, nachos, wings and fries. Full bar with limited wine list. Closed Sun. 64 Ionia Ave SW, 451-3701. ritzkoneybarandgrille.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC ¢-$

CAFÉ SCALA — Tre Cugini’s cousin in the Ledyard Building offers sandwiches and other Euro nibbles at reasonable prices. Open 11:30 am-2:30 pm Mon-Fri. 125 Ottawa Ave NW, 235¢ 9115. trecugini.com. H, L, V, MC, AE, DS, DC

SCHNITZ DELICATESSEN — Deli with a German flair. Sandwiches, creamy potato salad and fudgy brownies. All available for takeout. Closed Sun. 1315 E Fulton St, 451-4444; Schnitz East, 597 Ada Dr SE, 682-4660; Schnitz South, 1529 Langley St SE, 281-5010. schnitzdeli.com. H, L, D, 3, V, MC ¢-$

CHERRY DELI — Extensive menu offers more than 50 sandwiches, a dozen salads, five soups, with catering and takeout options. Outdoor patio; closed Sun. 834 Cherry St SE, 459-6182. cherry deli.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ CORNUCOPIA — Bakery, sandwich spot, pizzeria, take-home specialties, lunch buckets, freshground coffees, one-of-a-kind wine selection. Open daily. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 776-6428. amwaygrand.com. H, B, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE ¢-$ CRAZY CHARLIE’S — Coney Island-style dogs plus a daily soup, chips, shakes, slushies, fountain drinks and soft-serve ice cream service with walkup window on Bagley Ave in warmer months. 2184 Wealthy St SE, 451-6720. H, L, D, V, MC ¢ DAM DOGS — On the dam in downtown Rockford serving everyone’s favorite variation on the hot dog theme in old-time surroundings, plus ice cream. 51 E Bridge St, Rockford, 863-9565. H, L, D ¢ THE DOG PIT — Every variation on a hot dog, with house-made chili topping a specialty. Large variety of condiments. Also daily soups. Closed Sun. 132 Monroe Center NW, 988-1508. H, L, D ¢ FERRIS COFFEE AND NUT CO. — Breakfast and light lunch items in Plaza Towers on West Fulton. Both locations feature global gourmet coffees, nut selections and sweet treats. Gift baskets available at Winter Ave location. 235 W Fulton St, 227 Winter Ave NW, 459-6257. ferriscoffee.com. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE ¢ FRENZ COFFEE HOUSE — Besides tea and coffee specialties, menu offers soups, salads and wrap sandwiches. Closed Sun. Musicians on Fri. Free Wi-Fi. Local artists display and sell their work. 8 E Bridge St, Rockford, 863-8750. frenzcoffee house.com. H, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS ¢ THE GRAND CONEY — Home-style dinners, burgers, salads, sandwiches, Mexican fare, desserts and all-day breakfast in addition to authentic Coney Island hot dogs. Open 24/7. 809 Michigan St NE, 776-5580. H, B, L, D, Cash only ¢ JERSEY JUNCTION — Sandwiches, ice cream treats, candies and hot dogs served in old-fashioned “soda shop” atmosphere. Open daily in season beginning March 1. 652 Croswell Ave SE, Gaslight Village, EGR, 458-4107. jerseyjunction. com. H, L, D ¢

baked items and meals from 8 am-8 pm daily; takeout and catering. 2232 Wealthy St SE, 4598500. ramonastable.com. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

health-conscious lunch fare, plus every coffee drink under the sun. Closed Sun. Free Wi-Fi. 850 Forest Hill Ave SE, 285-1695. H, B, L, 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ KAVA HOUSE — Uniquely GR. Popular Eastown spot with bakery items (known for the scones) and java served in bowl-sized cups. Plenty of seating (outdoors, too). Bakery includes homemade pizzas, spinach pies, sausage rolls and soup. 1445 Lake Dr SE, 451-8600. Facebook. H, B, L, D, 3, V, MC ¢ KAVA HOUSE BY GEORGE — Separately owned store in Gainesville Township offers bakery items and light lunch fare like wraps and seasonally inspired soups and chili. Full array of coffees. Free Wi-Fi. 6633 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 971-4560. H, B, L, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS ¢ LOCAL MOCHA — Downtown location offers favorite coffee specialties and smoothies as well as grilled breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Closed Sun. Free Wi-Fi. 96 Monroe Center NW, 4590082. localmochagr.com. H, B, L, V, MC, AE ¢ MAMA’S PIZZA & GRINDERS — Busy spot in Thornhills Plaza offering large grinders (half-size available), pizza, salads and pasta selection. 6504 28th St SE, 954-1964. mamaspizzaandgrinders. com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ MUSEUM CAFÉ — Deli-style sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and beverages on the second floor of the Van Andel Museum Center with a view of the riverfront. Closed Sun. 272 Pearl St NW, ¢ 456-3977. H, L NUNZIA’S CAFÉ — Combo specials of soups, chili, salads, sandwiches, pasta and Italian dishes. In Merrill Lynch building by Calder Plaza. Open 11 am-3 pm weekdays. 250 Monroe Ave NW, No. ¢ 140, 458-1533. H, L, V, MC, AE, DS OLGA’S KITCHEN — Greek-style wrapped sandwiches, salads and desserts, with uniquely flavored fries, appetizers, smoothies and desserts. Open daily. 2213 Wealthy St SE, 456-0600; 3195 28th St, 942-8020; 3700 Rivertown Parkway SW, Grandville, 531-6572. olgaskitchen.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢

JONNY B’Z DOGS AND MORE — Southern-style, all-meat chili dogs on Texas-toast-style buns: fatty’s (all beef), skinny’s (all turkey) hotdogs, house-made gumbo, burgers, “cajon” sausage, smoked brisket, turkey or ham sandwiches, vegan dogs, vegetarian chili; lots of toppings, artisan salts; modern-retro ambience. Closed Sun, open until 2 am Thu-Sat. 638 Wealthy St SE. Facebook. L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢

ONE STOP CONEY SHOP — Hot dogs plus salads, sandwiches, fries and house-made original condiments in downtown GR. Open 11 am-9 pm Mon-Sat. 154 E Fulton, 233-9700. onestopconey shop.com. H, L, D, V, MC ¢

JW’S — Art gallery meets coffeehouse with rotation of local artists’ works. Specializing in light,

RAMONA’S TABLE — EGR deli with selections made from scratch: soups, sandwiches, salads,

TASTE OF THE GARDENS CAFÉ — At Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Deli selections, soups and fresh-baked pastries. Brunch on second Sun of month by reservation only. 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, 977-7691. meijergardens.com. H, L, 3, V, MC ¢-$ URBAN MILL CAFÉ — Deli-style, grilled and baked specialty sandwiches on freshly baked breads. Top-notch soups, salads, desserts, baked goods. 629 Michigan St NE, 855-1526. urbanmill.com. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE ¢-$ VANILLAS COFFEE TEA CAFÉ — Gourmet coffees, teas, smoothies and pastries. Special-order bakery for cakes, cookies, cupcakes. Check out the dollar menu. Closed Sun. 3150 Plainfield Ave NE, Plainfield Plaza, 447-0080. vanillascafe.com. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ WEALTHY STREET BAKERY — Fresh breads, cinnamon rolls and pastries in reclaimed, roomy location, with sandwiches and daily soup specials. Club, specialty and vegetarian sandwiches on fresh-baked breads. Free Wi-Fi. Closed Sun. 608 Wealthy St SE, 301-2950. wealthystreetbakery. ¢ com. H, B, L, V, MC, AE, DS WG GRINDERS — Oven-baked gourmet grinders, excellent variety of deli and signature salads, soups and desserts. A few hot pasta selections. Catering, delivery and takeout. Closed Sun. Esplanade Center, 5769 28th St SE, 974-3354. wggrinders.com. H, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ WIRED ESPRESSO BAR — A gamut of coffee concoctions, espresso-based beverages, baked goods, sandwiches and more in Creston Business District. Free wireless Internet and occasional live weekend entertainment. 1503 Plainfield Ave NE, 805-5245. wiredgr.com. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ YESTERDOG — Uniquely GR. The city’s favorite hot dogs in a fun, nostalgic Eastown setting. Try the Ultradog. Closed Sun. 1505 Wealthy St SE, 262-3090. yesterdog.com. L, D ¢

European FTHE 1913 ROOM — AAA Five-Diamond rating. Innovative, French-inspired fare, excellent wine list and superb desserts, lavish French décor and impeccable service. Closed Sun. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW, (800) 2533590 for reservations desk, 776-6426 for restaurant. amwaygrand.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP $$ ALPENROSE — European-inspired restaurant with fare ranging from Certified Aged Black Angus steaks to poultry and fish dishes. Five private

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using family-recipe Italian dressing and specialty meats such as capicola and prostitini in addition to familiar choices. Also soups, chili, salads, chips, fresh-baked cookies, ice cream and kids meals. Take out or eat in. Catering and delivery. Open daily. 5422 S Division Ave, Kentwood, 7242492. H, L, D, V, MC ¢

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City Guide dining rooms, banquet facility, bakery and cafĂŠ. Award-winning Sun brunch buffet. 4 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 393-2111. alpenroserestaurant.com. H, B, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP ¢-$$ AMORE TRATTORIA ITALIANA — Authentic regional Italian dishes using local produce, meats and cheeses as well as Italian imports. House-made desserts. Banquet facility available. Closed Mon; no lunch Sat. 5080 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park. 785-5344. amoretrattoriaitaliana. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC $$ BELLA MIA PIZZERIA & ITALIAN GRILL — Italian dishes and New York-style pizza (even dessert pizzas) in roomy, window-fronted dining room. Daily lunch buffet. 6333 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Suite 450, 554-9930. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ BRICK ROAD PIZZA — A nice selection of pasta, pizza, salads, desserts and vegan specialties. Buffet available at lunch. Meatball crust specialty. Open daily. 1017 Wealthy St SE, 719-2409. brick roadpizza.com. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ FLORENTINE PIZZERIA & SPORTS LOUNGE

eingrandville.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC $ FRANCO’S PIZZERIA — Spaghetti, manicotti, lasagna, stromboli plus pizza and subs with fresh ingredients. Limited seating, takeout available (delivery offered). Cash only; open daily. 2103 Alpine Ave NW, 361-7307. H, L, D ¢-$ FRANKIE V’s PIZZERIA & SPORTS BAR — Roomy space with pool tables, jukebox, covered patio. Appetizers, subs, stromboli, pizza, pasta entrĂŠes, plus burgers and Mexican. Weekday lunch buffet. Tap your own 100-ounce beer tower. 1420 28th St SW, 532-8998. frankievs.com. H, L, ¢-$ D, C, V, MC, AE, DS FRED’S PIZZA AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT — Longtime favorite offers Italian fare, including fresh pasta and gourmet pizza. Full-service bar. Closed Sun. 3619 Plainfield Ave NE, 361-8994. ¢-$ fredspizza.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE FRICANO’S PIZZA RESTAURANT — Famous for its thin-crust pizza. Also, pasta dinners with a sauce that has made its way to the retail market. Closed Sun. 5808 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, 785-5800. fricanospizza.com. H, D, C ¢-$

— Spacious location features Italian fare with

American and Mexican choices in addition to thin MANGIAMO — Historic mansion houses familycrust pizzas. Ten beers on tap. Big-screen TVs, friendly Italian eatery. Steaks and seafood in pool tables, darts, video games, Foosball. 4261 addition to pasta and pizza. Open daily for dinner; Kalamazoo Ave SE, 455-2230. florentinespizza. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS

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FLORENTINE RISTORANTE — Italian and American cuisine. Pizza and pasta served in the lounge until midnight; full-menu dinner 4-10 pm. Closed Sun. 3245 28th St SW, 534-5419. florentin

extensive wine list, evening entertainment. 1033 Lake Dr SE, 742-0600. thegilmorecollection.com/ mangiamo.php. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $-$$

MARINADE’S PIZZA BISTRO — Specialty woodfired pizzas, ethnic salads, sandwiches, appe-

tizers, dips, soups, desserts and coffee. Open daily. 2844 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 453-0200; 109 Courtland St, Rockford, 863-3300; 450 Baldwin, Jenison, 457-7400. marinadespizzabistro.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ MARRO’S — Authentic Italian fare and housebaked goods, extensive array of pizza toppings. Open mid-April through autumn; closed Mon. 147 Waters St, Saugatuck, (269) 857-4248. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ MONELLI’S RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR — Southern Italian cuisine from the folks who own Monelli’s Pizza. Spacious sports bar with big screen TVs; family-friendly dining room with fireplace. 5675 Byron Center Ave, Wyoming, 5309700. monellis.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ NOTO’S OLD WORLD ITALIAN DINING — Elegant decor, extensive menu and impeccable service. Offerings include appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, veal, fish and desserts. Special wine cellar dinners in unique surroundings; lounge menu features light fare. Closed Sun. 6600 28th St SE, 493-6686. notosoldworld.com. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $-$$ PEREDDIES — Italian fine-dining and a deli with baked breads, salads, meats, pâtĂŠ, desserts and imported food. Wine list, full bar, wine to go. More casual fare in Scusi lounge. Closed Sun. 447 Washington Ave, Holland, (616) 394-3061. pereddiesrestaurant.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC $-$$ PIETRO’S BACK DOOR PIZZERIA — Tucked

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City Guide behind Pietro’s Restaurant off 28th Street, featuring Chicago-style, thin-crust, Sicilian pan and wood-fired pizzas. Also skillet pastas, paninis, appetizers, salads and desserts. Kids menu. 2780 Birchcrest Dr SE, 452-7488. rcfc.com/backdoor pizzeria/. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ PIETRO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE — Regional and contemporary Italian cuisine. Fresh-baked breads, Tuscan wines, desserts and cappuccinos. Nightly features. Kids menu, meeting room and takeout available. 2780 Birchcrest Dr SE, 452-3228. rcfc.com/pietros. H, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE, DS $ RESTAURANT TOULOUSE — Seasonally inspired menu with French classics such as cassoulet and bouillabaisse. Delectable appetizers and desserts. Award-winning wines. Hours vary seasonally; private parties can be arranged. Sun brunch during summer. 248 Culver St, Saugatuck, (269) 857-1561. restauranttoulouse.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, RSVP $$

SAN CHEZ, A TAPAS BISTRO — Legendary downtown hotspot offers Spanish bill of fare focusing on tapas-style appetizers, side dishes and entrées. Extensive wine and beer list includes Spanish varieties and sherry. 38 W Fulton St, 7748272. sanchezbistro.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, $-$$ DC, DS SEASONAL GRILLE — Hastings’ Italian-themed eatery features fresh, locally sourced, creative fare in handsome surroundings. Full bar, craft cocktails, nice wine list. Open daily. 150 W State St, Hastings, (269) 948-9222. seasonalgrille. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ FTRE CUGINI — Authentic high-end Italian menu, impressive wine list, fresh daily pastas and risotto specialties, plus beef, veal, lamb, chicken and seafood dishes. Outdoor seating in mild weather. Closed Sun. 122 Monroe Center, 235-9339. tre cugini.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ TWO TONYS TAVERNA GRILLE — Italian, Greek and American specialties with full-service bar, extensive wine list. Menu includes wood-fired pizzas and nightly specials. Artsy ambience, open kitchen and large patio. Closed Sun. 723 E Savidge Rd, Spring Lake, (616) 844-0888. H, L, D, $ C, V, MC, AE, DS UCCELLO’S RISTORANTE — Pizzeria, grill and sports lounge with Italian cuisine, American dishes and an array of freshly baked pizzas. Open daily. 2630 East Beltline Ave SE, 954-2002; 4787 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 735-5520; 8256 Broadmoor SE, 891-5958. uccellos.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS ¢-$ VITALE’S — The original. Traditional Italian ristorante serving regional dishes from family recipes since 1966. Open daily. 834 Leonard St NE, 458-8368 (Vitale’s Sports Lounge next door, 4582090), takeout 458-3766. theoriginalvitales.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ VITALE’S OF ADA — Multi-regional, upscale, from-scratch menu in the trattoria style of modern-day Italy. Family-friendly atmosphere; microbews to martinis in separate sports pub. Open daily. 400 Ada Dr SE, Ada, 676-5400.

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VITALE’S PIZZERIA — Multiple locations serving pizza and pasta from original Vitale family recipes. 59 W Washington St, Zeeland, (616) 772-5900, vitaleszeeland.com; 4676 32nd Ave, Hudsonville, 662-2244, vitaleshudsonville.com (no alcohol served); 5380 S Division Ave, Kentwood, 530¢-$ 8300. vitales.us. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE

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Including Thai and Indian fare. ABACUS — Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine; buffets at lunch, dinner and all day on weekends. Nice cocktail selection. Open daily. 2675 28th St SW, 530-3300. H, L, D, C, V, MC, DS, DC ¢-$ AKASAKA SUSHI — Sushi plus Korean and Japanese offerings in low-key atmosphere in the Cascade Centre. Occasional sushi classes offered. Closed Sun. 6252 28th St SE, 977-0444. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ ALPINE TERIYAKI AND SUSHI — Sushi selections with some deep-fried roll options, shrimp tempura and more, all masterfully presented. Pleasant, diminutive surroundings; closed Sun. 4089 Alpine Ave NW, 647-9935. H, L, D, V, MC, ¢-$ DS ANGEL’S THAI CAFÉ — Extensive Thai fare; menu includes a your-choice stir-fry option from a long list of ingredients. Vegetarian-friendly, fromscratch sauces. Pleasant surroundings. Open daily. 136 Monroe Center NW, 454-9801. angels thaicafe.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP ¢-$ ASIAN PALACE — Chinese and Vietnamese fare with extensive menus for each cuisine. Family owned and operated. Try the “Bo 7 Mon” specialty, a seven-course beef sampling. Closed Mon. 825 28th St SW, 534-7770. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, DC ¢-$ BANGKOK PALACE — Wide selection of traditional Thai, noodle and curry dishes with vegetarian, chicken, seafood, beef, pork, duck and chef specialty selections (and name-your-spice-level options). Closed Mon. 1717 28th St SW, Wyoming, 534-5010. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ BANGKOK TASTE — Features fresh Thai fare at

reasonable prices. Nice lunch buffet, with Pad Thai, Thai curry and Thai fried rice prepared fresh daily. Closed Sun. 674 Baldwin St, Jenison, 6678901; 15 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, 3565550. bangkoktaste.com. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ BANGKOK VIEW — Thai food and Chinese fare. Lunch buffet. Closed Mon. 1233 28th St SW, 5318070. bangkokviewthaifood.com. L, D, V, MC ¢-$ BEIJING KITCHEN — Extensive menu featuring Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines at reasonable prices. Cashew chicken is a specialty. Lunch specials priced at $5.95. Open daily. 342 State St SE, 458-8383. beijingkitchengr.com. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ BLUE GINGER ASIAN KITCHEN — Extensive menu is vegetarian-friendly. Noodle-based Thai dishes, chicken, seafood, beef and pork entrees, curries. Open daily. 5751 Byron Center Ave (Bayberry Market strip mall), 261-8186. bluegingergr. com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ BOMBAY CUISINE — Indian fare includes tandoori and vindaloo dishes spiced to diner’s satisfaction. Naan (bread) is cooked to order. Full bar service, eight beers on tap, live music Thu-Sat eves. Takeout available. Closed Tue. 1420 Lake Dr SE, 456-7055. Facebook. H, L, D, C, V, MC $ CHINA CHEF — Family-style Chinese restaurant in Standale strip mall with some innovative dishes. Szechuan-style entrées are popular. Hunan choices, too. Closed Mon. 4335 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 791-4488. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ CHINA CITY — Nice selection of Chinese cuisine. Lo mein is a specialty, along with Hong Kong-style chow mein noodles. Lunch prices all day Tue; free soup and egg roll Sun; closed Mon. 5299 Eastern Ave SE, 257-7038. H, L, D, V, MC, DS ¢-$ CHINA GOURMET BUFFET — Daily lunch and dinner buffets with more than 100 items to choose from. Dinner buffet served all day on weekends; discount for seniors; special prices for children 10 and under. Open daily. 2030 28th St SW, 2521379. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ CHINA INN — Menu includes Mandarin, Szechuan, Hunan and Cantonese cuisine; cocktails served at West Shore Drive location only. Open all week at two locations: 2863 West Shore

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SALVATORE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT — Sicilian and southern Italian fare using family recipes. Separate sports bar; patio seating. Weekday lunch buffet. All menu items, beer and wine available to go. Delivery and catering. Closed Sun. 654 Stocking Ave NW, 454-4280. salvatoresgr.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

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City Guide Dr, Holland, (616) 786-9230; 1080 Lincoln Ave, Holland, (616) 395-8383. chinainnrestaurants. com. L, D, V, MC $ CHINA PALACE — Chinese eateries with all the amenities; large selection of popular dishes. Open daily. 3330 Alpine Ave NW, 785-9668; 3633 Eastern Ave SE, 246-9966. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS $ CHINATOWN RESTAURANT AND JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE — Chinese and Japanese cuisine with tabletop, Benihana-style meals available. Lunch and dinner buffets. Full bar service. Open daily. 69 28th St SW, 452-3025. chinatowngr andrapids.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ CHINA WONG — No-frills ambience serving authentic Chinese fare from spicy Hunan and Kung-Po dishes. Open daily. 6719 S Division Ave, 281-8816. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ CHINA YI WANG — Chinese dishes including seafood, beef, poultry and chef specialties, combination plates and spicy Hunan dishes. Open daily. 1947 Eastern Ave SE, 241-3885. H, L, D, V, ¢-$ MC EAST GARDEN BUFFET — Cantonese, Hunan, Szechuan cuisine in Kentwood. Open daily with buffet and large menu selection. 6038 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 698-8933. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ EMPIRE CHINESE BUFFET II — Full scale, all-youcan-eat Chinese buffet served all day. More than 80 freshly made items, reasonably priced. Special seafood buffet Sat-Sun. Delivery available. 4255 Alpine Ave NW, 785-8880. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

GOLDEN 28 — Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin cuisine complemented by a Vietnamese menu. Seasonal specialties and family dinners, served in an elegant atmosphere. Closed Mon. 627 28th St SW, Wyoming, 531-2800. H, L, D, V, MC, DS $

priced. All-inclusive lunch combination plates, tasty egg rolls, great sweet-and-sour dishes with some hot and spicy choices. Takeout, too. 4023 S Division Ave, 534-7087. H, L, D, V, MC, AE ¢

GOLDEN DRAGON — Chinese, Mandarin and Japanese cuisines with Japanese steakhouse, occasionally excellent. Closed Sun. 3629 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-1318. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC $

GOLDEN WOK — Knapp’s Corner eatery offers wide variety of lunch and dinner options, including Hunan-spiced dishes along with other favorites in a cheery dining room. Open daily. 1971 East Beltline Ave NE, 363-8880. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, ¢-$ DS

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EMPIRE WOK BUFFET — More than 150 daily selections of fresh Chinese food, complete with Mongolian barbecue and sushi stations. Open daily. 4176 28th St SE, 940-9928. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS $ ERB THAI — Traditional Thai roots. Appetizers, soups, salads, noodle dishes, stir-fried rice, curries, chicken, beef, pork, tofu, shrimp, scallops and crab; desserts, kids’ menu, bubble tea smoothies. Will accommodate special diets: vegetarian, gluten-free, no MSG, etc. Simplistic surroundings. Open daily. 950 Wealthy St SE, Suite ¢ 1A, 356-2573. L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, DC FAR-EAST RESTAURANT — Serving Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean dishes; vegetable-oilonly cooking. Carryout and catering available. Open daily. 3639 Clyde Park Ave SW, 531-7176. L, D, V, MC, DC, DS $

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FIRST WOK — Mandarin, Hunan, Szechuan cuisine. Dine-in and take-out seven days a week. Three locations: 2301 44th St SE, 281-0681; 3509 Alpine Ave NW, 784-1616; 6740 Old 28th St SE, 575-9088. firstwokgr.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, RSVP $

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➧FUJI YAMA ASIAN BISTRO — Attractive surroundings offer seating at hibachi grill tables with show-chef preparations, or in the dining room with Chinese, Japanese and Thai selections. Full bar. Open daily. 1501 East Beltline Ave NE, 7191859. letseat.at/fujiyama. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ FORTUNE CHEF — Chinese cuisine and a range of American fare from sandwiches to pork chops and steak. Opens 6 am weekdays, 8 am weekends with breakfast served all day. 9353 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, 891-1388. fortunechefcaledo nia.com. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ February 2011 Grand Rapids 83

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Not just a restaurateur koPPer toP Co-oWner MarC bohlanD alSo runS FIrSt hanD aID, a huManItarIan organIzatIon that SenDS MeDICal SuPPlIeS to Cuba. by JuLie burCh

kopper top’s

asian chicken noodles Makes: 2 servings linguini, enough for two, cooked al dente vegetable, canola or peanut oil for sautéing vegetable medley (such as carrots, broccoli, asian peas, sliced zucchini, onion) sauce: You can use asian ginger sauce, or combine the following: ½ cup soy sauce ⁄3 cup orange juice garlic to taste 2 teaspoons ginger 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 1

sauté vegetables in oil until tendercrisp, then add the cashews, mix in the linguini, and when all is warmed through, add the sauce and cooked chicken breast. heat through. plate and top the dish with chow mein noodles to serve.

prep-time: 10 minutes Cashews (a good handful) Chicken breasts (cooked and cut up) Chow mein noodles

General Mills Food Group. His first role as restaurateur was the opening of Rafferty’s on the Muskegon lakeshore. For a time, he also managed the elegant Tara in Douglas. He eventually switched career tracks and became a surgical department liaison with Spectrum Health, where he was training a Cuban native to become a scrub nurse. “I asked him if there was anything else I could do to help and he said, ‘Yes, you can bring medical supplies to my family’s village in Cuba,’” Bohland recalled. Thus was born First Hand Aid, a nonprofit humanitarian-aid organization run by Bohland. “We’re a group allowed by the U.S. to help them,” he said. “We work with a lot of children with cancer, and it just happens to be where my passion is right now.”

“every night there are different specials that can go from comfort food, like meatloaf, to prime rib or sautéed fish. that’s where our chef gets creative.” Having fallen in love with Cuba and its people, Bohland eventually quit his job and took on ownership of the Kopper Top to accommodate a more flexible schedule. In 2006, Donald Brown, husband of daytime bartender Cindy Brown, became a partner in the business. “Even though the restaurant is actually more hours, it’s flexible so I can fly to Cuba when I need to go,” he said. “I felt comfortable making that transition back into the food business.” how did you get started cooking? I’m one of 14 children, seven of which my mother took on through adoption. Everybody learned to cook really young in life.

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hen Marc Bohland assumed ownership of the Kopper Top Restaurant and Lounge in 2000, longtime customers didn’t ask if he was going to change the menu. “They wanted to make sure that we were going to keep the lights,” he said. From Halloween through Easter, the west side restaurant is a fairyland of twinkling lights and seasonal décor — a tradition since its inception in 1970. “It takes about 20 of us six hours to decorate for each holiday,” Bohland said. Originally from Muskegon and armed with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Ferris State University, Bohland started his career with

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Marc Bohland and Donald Brown are partners at Kopper Top Restaurant and Lounge.

I’ve always had an interest in cooking, and all the way through my restaurant career I’ve hung out with chefs and kitchen help, so over the years I’ve gained a lot of understanding about cooking and how it goes, or how it should go. It’s always been a combination of our two minds — the chef and I — on what we need to do in the kitchen. Plus, I really think it’s a great thing that restaurateurs understand their own menus and what it takes to make it happen. How would you describe the Kopper Top’s menu? I would say it’s very neighborhood American. We do everything from hamburgers to grilled fish and tenderloin. We do a little traditional Polish food because of the neighborhood, and a little Cuban because of my influences. Jamie Elmore is our new chef. When we bring a new chef on, we have to teach him our clientele and their expectations. About 70 percent is regular customers, so they tell me what to do. We allow our chef some flair in what he does with the menu, but he can’t take away specific dishes. Every night there are different specials that can go from comfort food, like meatloaf, to prime rib or sautéed fish. That’s where our chef gets creative. Do you have a favorite culinary style? I love sautéing. I really like mixing a blend of different foods in a sauté pan. What are you most likely to cook at

home? Because I’m in the restaurant all day and can have a variety of foods, when I cook at home it’s for parties and guests, so I do more meat and potatoes and oldfashioned comfort food when I’m having guests over. What five ingredients do you keep stocked at home? Regular butter; a general assortment of spices, which includes Kosher or hard salt; cream; and I almost always have potatoes and pasta, so I can throw together anything really fast. Tell us about the recipe you’re sharing: This is a light and healthy dish that I eat a lot. It’s called Asian chicken noodles. You can consider it either Asian noodles or linguine with cashews. It’s fairly light and easy to cook at home. You basically throw it in a sauté pan. Most people love it when they order it here. The linguini keeps it light and you can use whatever vegetables you have in the kitchen. It comes together in about eight minutes. GR

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continued from page 83 GRAND LAKES — A wide selection of Chinese dishes and specialties, along with daily lunch combination plates. Take out or dine in, next to Breton Village D&W. Open daily. 1810 Breton Rd SE, 954-2500. H, L, D, V, MC, DS ¢-$

SOC TRANG — Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant in Caledonia with a wide selection of offerings representing both cuisines. Open daily. 1831 Market Place Dr, 871-9909. gosoctrang.com. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$

➧HIBACHI GRILL & SUPREME BUFFET — PanAsian cuisine from sushi to buffet, offering 200plus Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian and American dishes at reasonable prices. Watch chefs prepare specialties at the glassed-in hibachi grill. 785 Center Dr NW (Green Ridge Shopping Center), 785-8200. letseat.at/hibachigrillsupremebuffet. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢

SPICES ASIAN CAFÉ — Byron Center eatery serves authentic Chinese fare with create-yourown stir fry options, Korean dishes, vegetarian options and broasted chicken dinners and buckets to go. Open daily. 2237 84th St SW, 878-0109. spicesasiancafe.com. H, L, D, V, MC, DS ¢-$

HONG KONG EXPRESS — Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine for dine-in or carry-out. Allyou-can-eat lunch buffet; reasonable prices. Open daily. 150 E Fulton St, 235-3888. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢-$

Sushi Kuni — Authentic Japanese and Korean cuisine including sushi, teriyaki, hibachi, tempura, bulgogi and more, and fusion fare. Private groups can eat in traditional (shoe-free) Japanese tatami room. Closed Sun. 2901 Breton Rd SE, 241-4141. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, RSVP ¢-$$

INDIA TOWN — Indian fare in a humble but cozy atmosphere. Tandooris are especially good. Closed Tue. 3760 S Division Ave, 243-1219. india town4u.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DC, DS ¢-$ JADE GARDEN — Extensive menu of Chinese cuisine, limited selection of American dishes, children’s menu and an array of tropical drinks. All dishes cooked with vegetable oil, no MSG. Open daily. 4514 Breton Rd SE, 455-8888. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP ¢-$ KOBE JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE — Chefs entertain behind giant grills as they slice, dice, toss, grill and flambé filet mignon, shrimp, chicken, salmon, scallops and lobster. Separate à la carte sushi counter. 3434 Rivertown Point Ct, Grandville, 301-8696. kobesteakhouse.com. H, L (Sat/Sun), D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$$

Marie Catrib’s OYSY TEPPANYAKI AND SUSHI BAR — Korean and Japanese fusion fare with a single-priced allyou-can-eat lunch from the sushi buffet or teppanyaki grilled fried rice and vegetable option with chicken, steak or shrimp choices. Closed Sun. Centerpointe Mall, 3665 28th St SE, 575-8110. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ PALACE OF INDIA — Indian cuisine with a sizeable menu that includes 20 vegetarian-friendly selections. Lunch buffet 11 am-3 pm. Open daily. 961 E Fulton St, 913-9000. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

LAI THAI KITCHEN — Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese fare. Closed Sun. 1621 Leonard St NE, 456-5730. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$

PEKING WOK — Cheery window-fronted Chinese eatery, affordably priced, in the Cascade Centre. Closed Sun. 6264 28th St SE, 956-6525. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$

MARADO SUSHI — Sushi bar in downtown GR also offers a wide selection of Japanese fare along with a few Korean specialties. 47 Monroe Center, 742-6793. Closed Sun. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, ¢-$ DC

PHO SOC TRANG — Vietnamese cuisine in large, windowed dining room. Variety of appetizers and soups, plus vermicelli and rice plate options. Open daily. 4242 S Division Ave, 531-0755. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢

MIKADO — Separate menus for sushi and sashimi à la carte; lunch specials served with soup and rice. Dinners offer a full range of Japanese cuisine. Closed Sun. 3971 28th St SE, 285-7666. H, L, D, 3, V, MC, RSVP ¢-$ MYNT FUSION BISTRO — Classy surroundings with a fusion of Asian fare that includes Thai, Korean and Chinese. Renowned for its curries: blue, peanut or yellow. Closed Sun. 800 W Main St, Lowell, 987-9307. myntfusion.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ NING YE — Family-owned Chinese restaurant in Ada also serves Korean fare. Closed Sun during winter months. 6747 E Fulton St, Ada, 676-5888. H, L, D, V, MC, AE $ NU-THAI BISTRO — More than 70 options from appetizers, soups, and Thai salads to fried rice, curries and noodle dishes with options to add chicken, tofu, vegetables, beef, pork, shrimp scallops or seafood. Also seafood and duck specialty plates. 2055 28th St SE, 452-0065. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP ¢-$

RAK THAI BISTRO — Thai-fusion fare with Chinese and Japanese influences and a sliding scale for spiciness. Appetizers, soups, salads, stir-fries, curries, pad Thai noodle dishes and more. No alcohol, but try the fruity, milkshake-like bubble tea. 5260 Northland Dr NE, 363-2222. rakthaibistro.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP ¢-$ RED SUN BUFFET — All-you-can-eat international buffet: sushi, Chinese, American, Italian and Japanese selections along with soups, salads, desserts and more, plus a menu of house specialties. Open daily. 4176 28th St SE, 940-9999. redsunbuffet.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ SEOUL GARDEN — Chinese and Korean cuisine with full bar, elegant surroundings. Banquet and catering facilities available. Closed Sun. 3321 28th St SE, 956-1522. grseoulgarden.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $-$$ SHANG HAI ICHIBAN — Authentic Chinese and Japanese cuisine served in two distinct areas.

SZECHUAN GARDEN — Diverse Chinese menu of beef, chicken, pork, seafood and vegetable dishes in Eastown. Lunch specials daily 11 am-4 pm. Open daily. 1510 Wealthy St SE, 456-9878. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ THAI EXPRESS — Humble storefront belies the quality of these made-in-front-of-you Thai specialties, spiced to specification. Popular curry dishes, great noodles and affordably priced lunch specials. 4317 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 827-9955. thaiexpressgr.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ THAI HOUSE RESTAURANT — Broad-ranging menu, from three-alarm spicy to subtle. Lunch and dinner specials. Try the Thai banana pie. Closed Sun-Mon. 6447 28th St SE, 285-9944. L, $ D, V, MC THAI PALACE — Holland’s authentic Thai restaurant offers a full gamut of Thai selections. Closed Mon. 977 Butternut Drive, (616) 994-9624. thai palacefood.com. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ THREE HAPPINESS RESTAURANT — Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan regional fare, affordably priced with daily lunch and dinner specials. Call ahead service. Open daily. 3330 Alpine Ave NW in Target Plaza, 785-3888. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ TOKYO GRILL & SUSHI — Japanese-style tatami rooms, sushi bars and atmosphere. Menu includes hibachi, teriyaki, Udon, tempura and fresh sushi. Hot and cold sake, Japanese and American beer and wine. Closed Sun. 4478 Breton Rd SE, 455-3433. tokyogrillsushi.com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS ¢-$ WEI WEI PALACE — Chinese seafood restaurant features huge menu of Cantonese cuisine, dim sum and barbecue. Fresh lobster and crab. Superb selection of dim sum at lunchtime, with tasty selections from the barbecue pit, as well. Open daily. 4242 S Division Ave, 724-1818. H, L, $ D, V, MC, AE, DS FXO ASIAN CUISINE — Upscale Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine in downtown GR. Vegetarian dishes available; lunch specials MonSat. Full-service bar. Open daily (free valet parking with $30 purchase). Will deliver. 58 Monroe Center, 235-6969. xoasiancuisine.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ YUMMY WOK — Combo platters, sweet and sour dishes, Cantonese, Hunan and Szechuan dishes, chow and lo mein, chop suey, tofu and Peking

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HUNAN — Full menu of Chinese options, house and family dinners for groups, efficient service in pleasant surroundings. 1740 44th St SW, 5303377; 1263 Leonard St NE, 458-0977. hunangr. com. H, L, D, 3, V, MC, RSVP $

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Middle Eastern/ Mediterranean MARIE CATRIB’S — Eclectic eatery in bright surroundings in East Hills Center. “Care-free food” includes Middle-Eastern-leaning fare. On-site bakery; seasonal specialties; Turkish coffee. Breakfast 7 am Mon-Fri, 8 am Sat, with lunch/ dinner starting at 11 am weekdays, noon on Sat. 1001 Lake Dr SE, 454-4020. mariecatribs.com. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, DC ¢-$ MEDITERRANEAN GRILL — Mid-East fare: gyros, kabobs, shwarma, falafel, fattousch, hummus, kafta. All meats are halal, in accordance with Islamic requirements. Cozy, attractive dining room with hand-painted murals. Closed Sun. Cascade Center, 6250 28th St SE, 949-9696. raadmediterraneangrill.com. H, L, D, V, MC $

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THE PITA HOUSE — Gyros with all the trimmings, chicken salad with cucumber sauce and a variety of other Middle East specialties. Open daily. 1450 Wealthy St SE, 454-1171; 3730 28th St SE, 9403029; 6333 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 698-8722; 134 Monroe Center NW, 233-4875. thepitahouse.net. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ SHIRAZ GRILLE — Fine Persian cuisine: firegrilled kabobs, beef, chicken, lamb, seafood and rice dishes, khoreshes (delicate stews), vegetarian options and desserts. Full bar, fine wine list, martinis. 2739 Breton Rd SE, 949-7447. shirazgril le.com. H, L (Sun), D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $

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ZEYTIN — Turkish-American cuisine reflects influences from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions, including saganaki, borek, dolma, shish kebab, falafel, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh. Extensive beer and wine lists. 400 Ada Dr SE, Ada, 682-2222. zeytinturkishrestau rant.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $

Latin American/ Caribbean 7 MARES — Full-scale Mexican meals and specialty dishes that go well beyond the norm. Excellent seafood selections, along with Friday fish fry by the pound. Super breakfasts. 1403 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 301-8555. Facebook. H, B, L, D ¢-$$ ADOBE IN & OUT — The usual Mexican offerings served quickly at drive-through or seated (Grandville location is drive-through only). Open daily. 617 W Fulton St, 454-0279; 1216 Leonard St NE, 451-9050; 4389 Chicago Dr, Grandville, 2577091. H, L, D, V, MC ¢

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City Guide: Grand Vine

The futures of Bordeaux

by A. Brian Cain

At the recent American Wine Society conference, I attended a luncheon and wine tasting sponsored by The Wines of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur. The wines came across well and seemed ideally suited to the menu. After lunch, I attended a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon seminar. My expectation was that the more expensive and riper wines from California’s top Cabernet region would overwhelm my tasting memory of the Bordeaux wines. To the contrary, the big California Cabs seemed a bit shallow.

Recently, a friend put on a blind tasting of Merlot-based wines from around the world, including California and Bordeaux. Again, I was surprised to find the Bordeaux wines had a brighter, more exotic fruit purity than most of the others. Buying Bordeaux can be as easy as selecting a few at your favorite merchant’s — or buying a few cases of Bordeaux futures, which are sold every year to the industry but only in great vintages, so consumers have the opportunity to take the plunge. The producers sell the vintage in slices, with the first sold well before the wine is bottled. As a consumer, it’s fun to be part of the inner workings and have a stake in wines not to be seen on this side of the Atlantic for a year or more. Recent vintages that have generated brisk futures sales are 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009. Many experts say that 2009 is not only the best vintage of this century, but may be the best of all time. The beauty of the futures market is that one can buy the moderately priced, wellmade wines that the French drink. Contributing editor A. Brian Cain is a certified wine educator and freelance wine writer.

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Wines of Bordeaux The best wines of the 2009 vintage are still at least six months from being shipped to the U.S., but I was able to find a couple of 2009s to taste now. 2009 Chateau du Prieur, Cuvee Prestige, Bordeaux, $13. This very minor property has made a big splash in 2009. The nose is all about Bordeaux terroir while the palate is a force to be reckoned with — huge fleshy fruit coats the mouth while a big composty, black truffle-like component really shifts gears. The finish is soft and easy. 2009 Chateau La Croix Du Duc, Bordeaux, just purchased for $94 per case. What a dandy wine for this kind of money. Ripe, round plum-like scents greet the nose and expand as the bottle sets open. Nice texture on the palate balances the juicy, fruity, youthful stone fruit exuberance. I see no reason not to drink this case over the next two to three years. The 2005 futures opened at record high prices for the top wines, but there were plenty under $200 per case. I bought wines from both sides of the 88 Grand Rapids February 2011

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estuary that separates the city of Bordeaux and the “cradle of Cabernet” on the left bank from the Merlot-focused right bank. These are just starting to show what they are made of. In two to five years, they will be classic. 2005 Chateau Le Bocage (Merlot), Bordeaux Superieur, originally purchased for about $120 per case. Though not a big wine, the fruit is lush and soft. The nose instantly offers Bordeaux terroir, which the palate confirms. The balance is in perfect tune to allow this wine to age a year or two further. 2005 Chateau Mayne-Vieil, Fronsac, originally purchased for about $150 per case. The black-red color suggests what follows. The nose has youthful bright fruit just starting to reveal complexities of leather and forest smells. The palate is packed with exotic spice and a firm texture. It will certainly reward further cellaring. 2005 Chateau du Moulin Rouge, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc, originally purchased for about $200 per case. This is still a baby! The deep black-red color and thick slow tears suggest what hits the nose. The nose has a fat sort of plum, fruitcake-like density, followed by a palate so tough and tannic that it is hard to assess. It cannot be enjoyed without food right now. Time will tell if there is enough ripe fruit to outlast the demonstrative tannin. The hottest vintage on record was 2003, when summer temperatures reached record highs. The industry hyped the market, promising big, ripe, extracted wines unlike any in memory. Though the wines in my price range were rich and ripe when young, most are now past their prime. I’ve heard the great growths are alive, well and getting better. 2003 Chateau Grand-Duroc-Milon, Cru Bourgeois, Pauillac, originally purchased for about $160 per case. Grand-Duroc-Milon is a “second” wine of Grand Cru Classe Chateau Pedesclaux. The color is a brilliant dark ruby and the nose is big, earthy and inviting. Silky smooth on the palate and soft in the finish, it seems to be at the peak of maturity. It should hold for a few years, but it certainly will not get better. It is 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Merlot and 15 percent Cabernet Franc. 2003 Chateau La Marche-Canon, Canon Fronsac, originally purchased for about $150 per case. Though starting to brown out around the edges, the nose is not fading nor is it over-ripe or prune-like. It

has plenty of underlying fruit, with nuances of tobacco, cedar and spice challenging for prominence. At mid-pallet, a rush of steak sauce-like spice takes the focus away from the hefty tannin. This wine has plenty of structure for the long haul, but from the standpoint of fruit and balance, it is at its peak, where it should stay for a year or two. In 2000, Mother Nature created conditions for beautifully balanced wines. The wines have proven to be both attractive young wines and, a decade later, just entering their prime. Lots of great wines were available nine years ago for $250-$300 per case and many for well under $200. 2000 Vieux Chateau Saint Andre, Montagne St. Emilion, originally purchased for about $180 per case. As I decanted this wine, the color showed its age with a brownish edge. After a half hour, however, the deep red color came back. The nose combines black fruit with rustic notes of tobacco, tea and wet earth. The fruit persists on the palate, though the texture is very soft. It was delicious with grilled rib-eyes, but I remember it being much more muscular a few years ago. I will definitely drink my remaining bottles this year. 2000 Chateau Plince, Pomerol, originally purchased for about $225 per case. This wine has a huge layer of sediment, so decanting is a must. The brilliant blackred color is surprisingly youthful. On the nose, big, ripe, black berry fruit and black truffle nuances combine with subtle earthy compost. The palate magnifies those components while introducing a strong, wet-clay-like flavor, finishing with all of the above plus hints of cedar and tobacco. This is truly one of the best “right bank” wines I have tasted from this vintage. Based on the amount of sediment, I would guess there is no need to wait to drink the other bottles, although this one will surely last another decade. 2000 Chateau Tricot d’Arsac, Margaux, originally purchased for about $175 per case. The color is a black-red hue with very little transparency around the edges. The nose shows plenty of black cherry and tart cherry essence with distinct earth and creosote subtleties. The palate similarly combines fruit with terroir, finishing with a pleasant, red plum-like texture. It does not yet spread out on the palate, but this pretty wine will easily stay vibrant for a decade. February 2011 Grand Rapids 89

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BELTLINE BAR — Longtime local favorite. Big wet burritos are the claim to fame from the Americanized Tex-Mex menu. The Big Enchilada curbside service: call in your order and have it delivered to your car. 16 28th St SE, 245-0494. beltlinebar.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE $

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CABANA TRES AMIGOS — Large menu of authentic Mexican fare: daily specials, children’s menu, à la carte items, full bar, take-out service and nice vegetarian selection. Spacious surroundings with fireplaces and Mexican décor. Open daily. 1409 60th St SE, 281-6891. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ CAFÉ SAN JUAN — Puerto Rican, Mexican and Cuban menu offers bistec, chuletas and pollo dishes along with appetizers, soups and sandwiches. Open daily. 3549 Burlingame Ave SW, 530-2293. cafesanjuan.net. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ CANCUN RESTAURANT — Neighborhood eatery specializes in Mexican seafood dishes but offers a full range of fare. Open daily. 1518 Grandville Ave SW, 248-2824. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ CANTINA — Extensive menu of Mexican specialties in an authentically decorated setting with fullservice bar. 2770 East Paris Ave SE, 949-9120. H, L, D, C, V, MC, DS, AE $

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CHEZ OLGA — Caribbean and Creole fare. Red beans and rice, gumbo, fried plantain, Creole chicken, pork ragout and more. Vegetarian/ vegan options. Lunch specials. Open until 2 am Fri-Sat, closed Sun. 1441 Wealthy St SE, 2334141. chezolga.com. L, D, V, MC ¢ CINCO DE MAYO — Mexican eatery offers fajitas, tacos, burritos and enchiladas, as well as carnitas and steak asada. Full bar service. Open daily. 123 Courtland St, Rockford, 866-3438; 114 Monroe Center NW, 719-2404. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ COSTA AZUL — American/Latin fusion and fresh-made Mexican fare in the unassuming former JoJo’s Americana Supper Club space, 107 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, (269) 857-1523. Facebook. H, D, C (wine/beer), V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ DOWNTOWN TRINI’S — Sparta’s destination for Mexican food. Traditional taco, fajita and wet burrito offerings are augmented with other creative dishes. Gigantic portions; full bar. Closed Sun and Mon. 134 E Division Ave, Sparta, 887-2500. downtowntrinis.com. H, L, D, V, MC, DS ¢-$ EL ARRIERO — Authentic taste of Mexico in an airy location near Woodland Mall. Extensive menu offers favorites and specialty dishes, with à la carte selections for smaller appetites. Mexican and domestic beers, great Margaritas. 2948 28th St SE, 977-2674. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ EL BURRITO LOCO — More than 70 authentic, affordable Mexican selections in contemporary surroundings. Complimentary chips and salsa; beer, wine and good margaritas from the full bar. Open daily. 1971 East Beltline Ave NE, 447-0415; 4499 Ivanrest SW, 530-9470; 4174 Alpine Ave NW, 785-4102. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ EL GRANJERO — Generous portions of tasty Mexican fare, from steak and shrimp dishes and dinner platters to à la carte selections and traditional menudo on weekends. No alcohol but tasty virgin coladas. Open daily. 950 Bridge St NW, 458-5595. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢ EL SOMBRERO — Offers the wet burrito, and dry ones too. Weekly specials. Closed Sun. 527

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City Guide: Fresh Hops

Seasonal winter brews

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by Jon C. Koeze

These days it is common for breweries to offer seasonal beers or ales that are limited in production and availability. Summer seasonals are light, wheat beers that finish clean and go down easy, while autumn brings fresh-flavored harvest ales and strong lagers such as Oktoberfest ales. Spring is not a good time for seasonal brews but it is the time to look for the lighter May bock style of beer. And winter? Well, perhaps it’s the holidays or the weather — or maybe the cabin fever — but whatever the reason, winter is truly the best season for great-tasting beer. Purchasing winter seasonal beers can be a little risky. There is no beer style listed in either the Beer Judge Certification Program or the Brewers Association’s 2010 Beer Style Guidelines that contains the word “winter” or “Christmas,” so if you try one, you may be either pleasantly surprised or sadly disappointed. It is not uncommon for winter beers to be made from experimental recipes that change from year to year. Just because it was a year ago that you tried and loved Anchor Steam Christmas Ale doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten the pine needle, juniper berry taste. You can expect a beer that is robust and flavorful, perhaps a little fancy and over the top. Look for words on the label — such as “wheat” or “made with spices” — that may provide a clue to its mysterious flavors. I sampled several winter beers for this article. All were tasted at slightly below room temperature poured straight up into a pint glass. Here are a few tasting notes on those that stood out. Black Dog’s Winter Cheer, Spanish Peaks Brewing Co., Lacrosse, Wis. (The label claims the brewery was founded in Bozeman, Mont.) I had not previously tasted anything from this brewery and was pleasantly surprised to discover a rich and hoppy brew that didn’t taste as dark as it looked. With a deep reddish copper color, I expected something sweet on the tongue but it was actually quite light for a dark beer. Powder Hound Winter Ale, Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Mont. Nobody knows more about winter than Montana. Big Sky

is relatively new to this market and this was the first time I tried its Winter Ale. It was the lightest in color of all the samples with a sweet initial flavor in the mouth, followed by a dry finish of hops. Howl, Magic Hat Brewery, South Burlington, Vt. Despite its solid black-asnight color, it lacks the body of a real stout beer. Flavors are thick, rich and complicated, with plenty of black patent malt flavor on the tongue. Very drinkable. Celebration Fresh Hop Ale, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. This holiday ale is all about the hops. It is a light copper color, an India Pale Ale style brew with hints of fruit and spice. These flavors are experienced only for a few seconds before they are entirely washed over by the dry freshness of the whole cone American hops. Christmas Ale, Bell’s Brewery, Comstock, Mich. Perhaps I have a bias for Michigan beers, but this was my favorite. The taste was balanced between sweet malt and dry hops. Spice flavors were evident but not overpowering. Where other winter beers were dark, bold and robust, this was lighter, more subtle and approachable. Winter Lager, Samuel Adams, Boston. It is curious to note that the label describes this brew as a “malt beverage brewed with spices.” It is therefore not a beer or ale and does not say so anywhere on the bottle. It is, however, a very good drink. It is brewed with cinnamon, orange zest and ginger, which gives it a balanced and complex full flavor in the mouth. Contributing editor Jon C. Koeze, cable administrator for the city of Grand Rapids, has made and tasted beer since 1980.

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LAS CAZUELAS — Opens for breakfast at 10 am, serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. Genuine flavors from Hispanic kitchen features chalupas, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, carne asada, fajitas, tampiquena and more. 411 Wilson Ave NW, Walker, 726-6600. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢

beginning at 8:30 am; open daily in the Super Mercado, 306 W Main St, Fennville, (269) 5615493. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ TACO BOB’S — Fresh-Mex tacos, burritos, quesadillas, taco salads and the “funny taco,” a hard-shell taco wrapped in a soft shell, with nacho cheese in between. 250 Monroe Ave NW, 4581533. tacobobs.com. H, L, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ TACO BOY — Burritos, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas to combination plates. 3475 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-7111; 6539 28th St SE, 956-3424; 509 44th St SE, 257-0057; 2529 Alpine Ave NW, 3659255. tacoboy.biz. H, L, D, V, MC ¢ TACOS EL CAPORAL — Two locations serving generous portions of Mexican fare with menudo served Sat and Sun. Open daily; quick takeout. 1024 Burton St SW, 246-6180; 1717 28th St SW, Wyoming, 261-2711. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢ TACOS EL RANCHERO — Mexican fare in lowkey surroundings to eat in or take out. Cash only. 1240 Burton St SW, 245-6514. H, L, D ¢ TRES LOBOS GRILL & BAR — Lobster fajitas and parrilladas. Full-service bar has 10 Mexican beers, top-shelf tequilas. Lunch ’til 4 pm daily in GR; closed Mon in Holland. 825 28th St SE, 245-5389; 381 Douglas, Holland, (616) 355-7424. treslobos restaurant.com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

LINDO MEXICO — Daily specials feature true Mexican fare, including specials such as tacos de barbacoa, tripitos or lengua. Enchiladas, burritos, combo plates and more. Open daily. 1292 28th St SW, 261-2280. lindomexicorestaurant.com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, DC ¢-$ LITTLE MEXICO CAFÉ — All new space at its original location offers some of Grand Rapids’ most beloved traditional Mexican food and cocktails. Favorites include fajitas, burritos and margaritas. Open daily. 401 Stocking Ave NW, 456-0517. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ FMAGGIE’S KITCHEN — Authentic Mexican food, homemade with a lighter taste in bright café setting. Breakfast, too. Cafeteria-style ordering. 636 Bridge St NW, 458-8583. H, B, L, D ¢ MEXICAN CONNEXION RESTAURANTE — Mexican favorites in large, inviting surroundings. Open daily. 131 S Jefferson St, Hastings, (269) 945-4403. L, D, V, MC ¢-$ MICHOACAN — Restaurante y taqueria offers a huge selection of Mexican dishes plus seafood, chicken and steak dishes. Jukebox and flat screen TV. Open daily at 9 am, breakfast options. 334 Burton St SW, 452-0018. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ MI TIERRA RESTAURANT — Tacos, burritos, enchiladas and other traditional Mexican dishes from Spanish-speaking staff whether dining in or driving through. 2300 S Division Ave, 245-7533. H, L, D, V, MC ¢ SAN MARCOS — Mexican Grill with extensive menu. Top-shelf tequilas, complimentary chips/ salsa, kids menu, lunch specials, desserts and veggie plates. Mariachi band plays monthly. Open daily. 9740 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, 8912511. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$$ SU CASA — Full array of Mexican choices with burritos especially popular. Breakfast served

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H — Handicapped accessible B — Serves breakfast L — Serves lunch D — Serves dinner C — Cocktails 3 — Checks accepted V — Visa MC — MasterCard AE — American Express DC — Diner’s Club DS — Discover Card RSVP — Reservations preferred ¢ — Inexpensive (under $10)* $ — Moderate ($10-$20)* $$ — Expensive (Over $20)* * Prices based on average entrée. - — Reviewed in this issue ➧ — New listing . — Listing update O — GRM’s 2009 Restaurant of the Year F — GRM’s 2009 Award of Excellence — Chef Profile in this issue Additions, corrections and/or changes must

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INTERNATIONAL Street Foods

PACK YOUR BAGS AND READY YOUR TASTE BUDS, you’re going on a global culinary adventure. It’s a journey of the senses, as your mind races to identify the seasoned fare crafted by the thoughtful artisans of the Secchia Institute. Hear the sizzle of the grill. Witness the iridescence of the skewered fare at hand, and in hand. The aromas mesmerize you. Your palate, fully tempted, erupts with joy. Leave your passport at home; a discovery of flavors awaits you at the 2011 Grand Culinary Affair. FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.grcclearn.com/diningawards or call (616) 234-3690. Reservations are $50 before January 28, $75 thereafter (advance payment required). PROCEEDS FOR THIS EVENT BENEFIT STUDENTS AT THE GRCC SECCHIA INSTITUTE FOR CULINARY EDUCATION.

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City Guide Calendar of Events Grand Rapids Magazine is pleased to provide this extensive list of area events. Commonly requested venue and ticket outlet information is at the end of this listing.

Special Events Thru Mar 6 - ICE SKATING AT ROSA PARKS CIRCLE: Outdoor ice skating rink designed by Maya Lin in the heart of downtown. $1 admission; skate rentals free with picture ID (available Mon, Tue 6-9:30 pm; Wed, Thu, Sun noon-9:30 pm; Fri, Sat noon-10 pm). Monroe Center at Monroe Ave. www.visitgrandrapids.org (Events). Feb 3-6 - MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW: More than 300 new vehicles, including sedans, trucks, vans, hybrids, SUVs and sport cars are joined by concept cars and pre-production displays. 3-10 pm Thu, 11 am-10 pm Fri, 10 am-10 pm Sat, 10 am-6 pm Sun. DeVos Place. $10 adults, $4 ages 6-14. (800) 328-6550, www. grautoshow.com. Feb 4-5 - SHOPPING AND CROPPING: Scrap­ booking event offers $5 shopping for the entire weekend (9 am-6 pm Fri, 9 am-5 pm Sat). Crop party includes prizes, meals, beverages and shopping. DeltaPlex. www.greatscrapbookevents.com. Feb 5 - ETHNIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL: The Public Museum celebrates ethnic groups that call West Michigan home, with music, dancing, food, crafts and ethnic displays. 9 am-5 pm. Van Andel Museum Center. Free.

Feb 11-13 - WEST MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW: Plan vacations and buy new equipment from retail displays. Plus lessons, skill contests, club demos and Par 3 Challenge. 4-9 pm Fri, 10 am-7 pm Sat, 10 am-5 pm Sun. DeVos Place. $9 adults, $4 ages 6-14. (800) 328-6550, www.westmichigangolf show.com. Feb 12-15 - SAUGATUCK WINTERFEST WEEKEND: Sponsored by the Saugatuck/Douglas Area Business Association. More info: (269) 857-1626. Feb 14 - EDYE EVANS HYDE: Women’s City Club hosts a cabaret performance by this local singer and Valentine dinner. 5 pm social hour, 6 pm dinner; entertainment to follow. 254 E Fulton St. $30 (reservations required: 459-3321).

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Feb 15 - STORY SPINNERS: Hear folk tales and original stories, for all ages. 7 pm. Terraces of Maple Creek, 2000 32nd St. www.storyspinners. net. Free.

An estimated quarter million people or more skate at Rockefeller Center’s ice rink each year. While the Rosa Parks Circle ice rink can’t compete with those numbers, it has become an essential part of the Grand Rapids experience. See Special Events Feb 11-12 - AFTERNOON OF FASHION AND TEA: Guided tour of the opulent Victorian-era Voigt home, plus tea and sweets in the formal dining room. Reservations required (456-3977). 1-2:30 pm. Voigt House, 115 College Ave SE, 456-4600, www.grmuseum.org. $12, $10 members. Feb 11-13 - MONSTER JAM THUNDER NATIONALS: Monster trucks perform outrageous jumps, plus crushed cars, concrete-streaking and “donuts.” 7 pm Fri, 2 pm and 7 pm Sat, 2 pm Sun. Van Andel Arena. $16.50-$41.50 adults, $11.50 children 2-12 (Van Andel and DeVos Place ticket offices or Ticketmaster).

Feb 16 - 2011 GRAND CULINARY AFFAIR: Annual fundraiser benefits GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education with this year’s food theme: International Street Foods. Includes American Culinary Federation Awards, Hospitality Hall of Fame Awards, and 31st Grand Rapids Magazine Dining Awards. 6-9 pm. GRCC Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St NE. $75 (234-3690 or www.grcclearn.com/diningawards). Cash bar. Feb 16-20 - GRAND RAPIDS BOAT SHOW: About 30 dealers present the newest watercraft from 100 manufacturers. Also boating accessories and services such as marina slips, brokers, ship stores and ski gear; cruise-themed travelogues; the Key West Crab Shack; and antique and classic boat displays. 3-9:30 pm Wed and Thu, 11 am-9:30 pm Fri, 10 am-9 pm Sat, 11 am-6 pm Sun. DeVos Place. $9 adults, $4 ages 6-14. (800) 328-6550, www.grboatshow.com. Feb 16-20 - GRAND RAPIDS RV EXPO: Noon-7 pm Wed-Fri, 10 am-9 pm Sat, noon-5 pm Sun. DeltaPlex. Tickets TBD Feb 19 - SOUP AND SLIDER FESTIVAL: Second annual competition for the best burger and soup

Irish feet are tapping Your toes will be tapping at “River­ dance,” the stage show phenomenon that blends dance, music and song. The U.S. tour, which began in Mobile, Ala., in early January and ends in Seattle in June, plays DeVos Performance Hall Feb. 13. Now in its 16th year, Riverdance includes lots of Irish step dancing, noted for rapid leg movements while body and arms are kept mostly stationary. The show, featuring the music of Bill Whelan, has played more than 10,000 perfor­ mances in 40 countries worldwide. See Stage from area restaurants; benefits a relief fund for families that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Begins at noon, 7 pm judging, 7:30 pm-midnight live music. 20 N First St, Grand Haven. Free admission; food sampling prices TBD. More information: www.visitgrandhaven.com or Veterans of Foreign Wars (616-842-6210). Feb 19-20 - WEST MICHIGAN WEDDING ASSOCIATION BRIDAL SHOW: Everything you need to plan a wedding, plus two fashion shows. Noon-6 pm Sat, noon-4 pm Sun. DeVos Place. $7 (at door). www.wmbridalshow.com. Feb 20 - ANSWER WINTER DINNER/CONCERT: ANSWER (American-Nepali Students’ and Wo­men’s Educational Relief), a GR-based charity undercutting the caste system in Nepal, presents a dinner and concert featuring David Lockington (cello), Chris Kantner (flute) and friends. 4-8 pm. Aquinas College Wege Center Ballroom. $50 (Paula Doyle, 616-336-1090, for reservations and info). February 2011 Grand Rapids 95

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City Guide Cars and boats at DeVos Two of the nation’s largest and most popular trade shows — the 13th Annual Michigan International Auto Show and the 66th Annual Grand Rapids Boat Show — are coming to DeVos Place this month. The auto show, presented Feb. 3-6 by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association, features more than 300 sedans, vans, SUVs, trucks, hybrids and sports cars from 40 man­ ufacturers. Highlights include soonto-be-released models and a display of vintage autos from Gilmore Car Museum. The Million Dollar Motor­ way includes several luxury vehicles valued at more than $100,000. The Feb. 16-20 boat show is a Grand Rapids tradition. The Water Wonderland Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will show­ case wooden boats from the past, while Action Water Sports will dis­ play the latest in ski and wakeboard technology and style. Other highlights include wakeboard demos by pro riders and safety courses presented by the marine division of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. See Special Events

Feb 25-29 - MUSKEGON SNOWFEST: Greater Muskegon Jaycees hosts 27th annual event with snow volleyball, trivia night, snow cornhole, broomball, kids fest and Battle of the Bowls soup and chili cook-off. www.muskegonsnowfest.org. Feb 26 - MOM 2 MOM SALE: Great deals on gently used children’s clothes, toys, strollers, bouncy seats etc. Proceeds benefit Orchard Hill Christian Learning Center. No strollers for first hour. 9 am-1 pm. Orchard Hill Church, 1465 Three Mile Rd NW. $1. www.mom2momgr.com. Feb 26 - WINTER BEER FESTIVAL: Sixth annual event celebrates Michigan’s craft beer industry and the winter season with 45 participating breweries and 250 beers to sample. 1-6 pm. Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park. $35 in advance (www. michiganbrewersguild.org), $40 at door (includes 15 tasting tokens).

Music Feb - CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY CONCERTS: 7:30 pm Feb 26 Symphonic Winds Concert, Northview High School. 7:30 pm Feb 27 Choral Concert, St Cecilia Music Center. www.corner stone.edu. Feb - FRIDAY NIGHTS AT GRAM: GR Art Museum hosts live music, social games, cash bar and dinner options 5-9 pm every Fri. February theme: photography. Feb 4 Reading the Formal Elements of Portraiture, gallery talk by Terry Johnston. Feb 11 Community Yearbook. Feb 18 Film vs Digital Photography: A Debate. Feb 25 Angles: Inside and Outside, architectural photography workshop with Dianne Carroll Burdick. $5 nonmembers, members free. Feb - HOPE COLLEGE CONCERTS: 7:30 pm Feb 4 Orchestra Concerto/Aria Concert, Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Feb 12 High School Band Festival Day Concert, location and time TBD. 7:30 pm Feb 23, Wind Ensemble Concert, Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Hope College, Holland. www. hope.edu/arts. Free.

Feb - MUSIC AT MID-DAY: Free concerts 12:1512:45 pm every Tue. Feb 1 Elizabeth Claar, organ. Feb 8 Don Sikema, baritone. Feb 15 Larry Visser, organ. Feb 22 Sandra Mayton, mezzo soprano. Park Congregational Church, 10 E Park Place NE. www.parkchurchgr.org. Feb - ONE TRICK PONY CONCERTS: Restaurant offers live music at 8 pm. Feb 5 Potato Moon. See website for updates. One Trick Pony, 136 E Fulton St. www.onetrick.biz. Feb 1, 15 - FARM MUSEUM JAM NIGHT: Bring your guitar, fiddle or other non-electric instrument. Singers and listeners welcome. 6-9 pm,

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Feb - THE INTERSECTION: Nightclub hosts local and national music. Feb 3 Devil Driver. Feb 7 Less Than Jake. Feb 10 Josh Thompson. Feb 11 We Came As Romans. See website for updates. Ticket prices vary (Beat Goes On, Purple East, Vertigo Music, Intersection box office or Ticketmaster). 133 Grandville Ave SW. www.sec tionlive.com.

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City Guide doors open 5 pm. Coopersville Farm Museum, 375 Main St, Coopersville. Free with admission ($4). www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org. Feb 2 - TAIZE SUNG PRAYER SERVICE: Taize worship consists of repeated choruses, often accompanied by instruments, vocal solos. 7 pm. First United Methodist Church, 227 E Fulton St. www.grandrapidsfumc.org.

Feb 19 - JAZZ VESPERS: Live jazz with Jim Cooper Trio. 6 pm. First United Methodist Church, 227 E Fulton St. www.grandrapidsfumc.org. Free.

Feb 4-5 - BAROQUE AND BEYOND: A MIDWINTER TREAT: West Michigan Symphony presents a concert inspired by the Baroque era, including music by Bach, Stravinsky and Strauss. 7:30 pm. Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon. $10-$35 (Frauenthal box office or Star Tickets).

Feb 21 - JAZZ GUMBO: West Michigan Jazz Society presents cabaret concerts every third Monday. 6:30-8:30 pm. Kopper Top Guest House, 639 Stocking Ave NW. $12 includes gumbo or chili; other food available. Cash bar.

Feb 4-5 - BEETHOVEN THE REVOLUTIONARY: GR Symphony presents Beethoven’s German Dances and Symphony No 3 (Eroica). 8 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. $28-$77 (Symphony and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). www.grsymphony.org.

Feb 22 - ANNE HAMPTON CALLAWAY: St Cecilia’s Jazz Series features Callaway singing Cole Porter. 7:30 pm. St Cecilia Music Center. $30-$35 adults, $10 students; pre-concert wine and appetizer reception $15 (459-2224). www. scmc-online.org.

Feb 6 - GR WOMEN’S CHORUS: Guest choir. 11 am. Fountain St Church, 24 Fountain St NE. Free. www.grwc.org.

Feb 22 - FACULTY AND GUEST SERIES: Calvin College presents soprano Charsie Sawyer. 7:30 pm. Calvin FAC. $10 adults, students and children free (526-6282).

Feb 10-11 - A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE: Musical tribute to the legendary singer includes country, pop, blues, gospel and jazz, starring Katie Deal. 7:30 pm. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. $29.50 adults, $18.50 students (8786800, www.vsfac.com). Feb 11 - MAJIC CONCERT SERIES: Musical Arts for Justice in the Community hosts Eastern Blok (Balkan jazz group). 7 pm. Bethlehem Church Sanctuary, 250 Commerce Ave SW. $10 suggested donation; proceeds benefit GR Coalition to End Homelessness. www.grmajic.org. Feb 12, 19 - ACOUSTIC SATURDAY NIGHTS: Grand River Folk Arts Society hosts singers and songwriters Sat nights at 8 pm. Feb 12 Rod and Annie Capps, Love with Laughter. Feb 19 Claudia Schmidt. Wealthy St Theater, 1130 Wealthy St SE. $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, $9 members, $3 children (at door). www.grfolkarts.org. Feb 13 - WEST MICHIGAN CONCERT WINDS: Volunteer musicians perform Winners and Winds concert, including special guests from area highschool bands. 4 pm. Reeths-Puffer High School Rocket Centre for the Fine Arts, Muskegon. $5 adults, students and kids under 18 free with adult. www.wmcw.org. Feb 15 - JAMMIES XIII: WYCE 88.1 FM hosts its 13th annual local music awards show with more than 20 bands on two stages. Wear pj’s and get a free CD. All ages welcome. 5-11 pm. The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave SW, 451-8232, www.sectionlive.com or www.wyce.org. Free.

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by Brahms and Schubert, along with recent works by Hennagin, Ellingboe and Pfautsch, joined by the choirs of Hamilton High School. 7:30 pm. Hamilton High School PAC, Holland. $17 adults, $14 seniors, $5 students. www.hollandchorale. org.

Feb 17 - SELFLESS LOVE CELEBRATION: Valentine concert with recording artist Amanda Vernon and the Hark Up Small Jazz Ensemble, plus dance troupes Reflections of Grace and Hearts in Step. 7:30 pm. Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd. $12 (at door, 888-PSALM-98 or www.amandavernon.com). Feb 18-19 - PASSION AND ROMANCE: GR Symphony celebrates Valentine’s Day with a world-renowned piano concerto plus dramatic love stories told through music. 8 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. $28-$77 (Symphony and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). www. grsymphony.org. Feb 19 - HOLLAND CHORALE: The chorale’s winter concert, Carnegie Preview, includes classics

Feb 26 - CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS GALA OPENING: First United Methodist Church presents “Broadway and Beyond,” with Traverse City musicians Jeff and Sylvia Norris, plus Diane Penning and pianist Steve Larson performing Broadway music. 7 pm. First United Methodist Church, 227 E Fulton St. Free-will offering. Feb 26 - LIZZ WRIGHT: GR Symphony presents the singer-songwriter in a collage concert that includes jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues. 8 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. $18-$90 (Symphony and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). www.grsymphony.org. Feb 27 - GR YOUTH SYMPHONY CONCERT: GR Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra performs, featuring piano concerto competition winner. 3 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. $6 adults, $4 students and seniors (at door or 866-6883). www.grys.org.

Art Thru Feb 12 - CALL FOR ARTISTS: 25th Annual West Michigan Regional Competition at Lowell Area Arts Council is open to artists 18 and older. Drop off artwork Feb 11-12. This year’s juror is Joseph Becherer, curator of sculpture, Meijer Gardens. Cash prizes. Non-refundable entry fee: $35, $30 for LAAC members. More info and entry forms: 897-8545 or www.lowellartscouncil.org. Feb - AQUINAS COLLEGE GALLERY: Thru Feb 11, Katherine Sullivan. Feb 20-Apr 1 All-Media Juried Student Show, reception 2-4 pm Feb 20. Aquinas Art & Music Center (enter off Fulton St), 6322408, www.aquinas.edu/art/gallery.html. Feb - BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH GALLERY: Thru Feb 7, Musical Arts for Justice in the Community presents “I’m One of Those Americans,” a photo essay by David McGowan. 250 Commerce Ave SW, 456-1741, www.grmajic. org. Feb - CALVIN CENTER ART GALLERY: Thru Feb 5, Presence/Absence, new work by Bruce Herman; and Florence Portfolio: Sacrifice. Feb 11-Mar 18 Art Faculty Exhibition, and Transformation Tools: Alutiiq Masks of Kodiak Island by Perry Eaton; reception for both exhibits 6 pm Feb 11. Calvin College Covenant FAC, 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE,

526-6271, www.calvin.edu/centerartgallery. Feb - DEPREE GALLERY: Thru Feb 11, End of the Line: An Exhibition of Drawing. Feb 18-Mar 18 Thomas Allen: Paper Cuts. Hope College, Holland, (616) 395-7500, www.hope.edu. Feb - DESIGN QUEST GALLERY: Thru Mar 13, Hugh Acton presents copper sculpture and jewelry, plus mid-century modern furniture designs, an extendable Christmas tree and The Flower Tower. 4181 28th St SE, 940-0131, www.d2d2d2. com. Feb - FIRE AND WATER GALLERY: Feb 1-28 Marylu Dykstra, mixed media, plus local art, jewelry, sculpture and photography. 219 W Main St, Lowell, 890-1879, www.fire-and-water-art.com. Feb - FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Feb 25-Mar 9 38th Anniversary of Celebration of the Arts, a juried exhibit of spiritual and sacred art; reception and awards 7-9 pm Feb 25. 227 E Fulton St, 451-2879, www.thecelebrationofthearts.com. Feb - FOREST HILLS FAC: Feb 1-24 Ken Kolker, reception 6-7:30 pm Feb 10. 600 Forest Hill Ave SE, 493-8965, www.fhfineartscenter.com. Feb - FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK: Thru May 8, Jim Dine: Sculpture. See Lectures &Workshops for related programming. Permanent exhibits include more than 100 world-class sculptures indoors and in the 30-acre park. See Museums & Attractions. Feb - GAINEY GALLERY: Thru Feb 10, dis/array, prints by Alicia Wierschke; and Reverto Ut Terra, mixed media by Jamin Rollin. Feb 11-Mar 20 Paintings by Laurel Dugan, reception 2-3:30 pm Feb 13. Van Singel Fine Arts Center, 8500 Burlingame SW, Byron Center, (616) 878-6800, www.vsfac.com Feb - GALLERY UPTOWN: Feb 4-25 Winter Art Festival juried show, reception 4:30-8 pm Feb 4. 201 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 8465460, www.galleryuptown.net. Feb - GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM: Thru Feb 16, Diana: A Celebration includes 150 personal objects including her royal wedding gown, 28 designer dresses, family heirlooms, personal mementos and home movies. Admission (includes regular GRAM admission): $20 adults, $18 seniors/students, $15 children 6-17, 5 and under free. Special events: 11:30 am Feb 5 Mother/Daughter Cinderella Tea, $50 adults, $35 children, includes afternoon tea and admission to the exhibit. 6:30 pm-midnight Valentine’s Day Table for Two, dinner, champagne toast, two drink tickets, flowers and admission to exhibit, $150/couple. Thru Feb 27, Selections From 100 Years/100 Works of Art. Thru Mar 20, Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey. 10 am-5 pm Tue, Wed, Thu and Sat; 10 am-9 pm Fri; noon5 pm Sun; closed Mon. General admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors/students with ID, $5 children 6-17, 5 and under free. 101 Monroe Center, 8311000, www.artmuseumgr.org. Feb - GVSU ARTISTS: Thru Feb 25, 50th Anniversary Alumni MultiMedia Invitational, PAC, Allendale. Thru Apr 29, Cyril Lixenburg: Selections from the Print and Drawing Cabinet, Kirkhof Center, Allendale campus. Thru Apr 29, GVSU Print and Drawing Cabinet: A Decade of Collecting, Pew campus, downtown Grand Rapids. www.gvsu.edu/artgallery. Feb - HOLLAND MUSEUM: Thru Mar 19, Be Prepared! Celebrating a Century of Scouting. February 2011 Grand Rapids 97

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City Guide Dutch Galleries exhibit 17th- to 20th-century Dutch paintings and cultural objects. See Museums & Attractions. Feb - KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS: Thru Apr 24, Ukiyo-E Redux: Contemporary Japanese Prints. Thru Apr 10, Familiar Surroundings. Thru Apr 17, The Wyeths: America’s Artists. Interactive gallery for kids. 10 am-5 pm Tue-Sat, noon-5 pm Sun, closed Mon. $8 adults; $6 students, seniors; $4 members. 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, (269) 349-7775, www.kiarts.org. Feb - KENDALL GALLERY: Thru Feb 1, Annual Grades 7-12 Scholastic Exhibition. Thru Feb 5, Them, Jim Crow Travel Exhibition, FSU Collection. Kendall College of Art & Design, 17 Fountain St NW, 451-2787, www.kcad.edu. Feb - LEEP ART GALLERY: Thru Apr 4, Healing Reflections by Pamela Alderman. Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, 300 68th St SE, 222-4530. Feb - LOWELL AREA ARTS COUNCIL: Thru Feb 2, Art That Speaks. Feb 22-Apr 8 West Michigan Regional Competition. 149 S Hudson St, Lowell, 897-8545, www.lowellartscouncil.org. Feb - MARYWOOD DOMINICAN CENTER GALLERY: Through Feb 27, painting, poetry and photography by Irene Fridsma, reception noon -3 pm Feb 6. 2025 E Fulton St, 295-3740. Feb - MUSKEGON MUSEUM OF ART: Thru Feb 3, Postcard Salon. Thru Mar 13, We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Feb 30-Apr 11 Upcycling: Creating More with Less. Feb 17-Apr 10 Primal Inspirations/Contemporary Artifacts. Noon-4:30 pm Sun; closed Mon and Tue; 10 am-4:30 pm Wed, Fri and Sat; 10 am-8 pm Thu. $5 adults (Thu free); members, students, kids under 17 free. 296 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, (231) 720-2570, www.muskegonartmuseum.org. Feb - RIVERTOWN ARTISTS GUILD: Thru Feb 28, Sara Pearson photography at Walker Library, 4293 Remembrance Rd; and Doris Larson at EGR Library, 746 Lakeside Dr. Thru Feb 27, Rivertown Artists’ Guild Invitational Exhibit at Wyoming Library, 3350 Michael St. Feb - SAUGATUCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Thru Feb 28, prints from the collection of Chris Spencer, dedicated to the memory of Dr Paul Fried, including lithographs, mezzotints, kabuki woodblock prints, copper engravings, serigraphs and steel engravings from the 16th-20th century. 9 am-5 pm Mon-Fri. 400 Culver St, Saugatuck, (269) 857-2399, www.sc4a.org. Free. Feb - TERRYBERRY GALLERY: Feb 1-28, Carl Forslund, pastels, reception 5-7:30 pm Feb 11. Lower floor, St Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave NE, 459-2224, www.scmsonline.org.

Stage Feb - DR GRINS COMEDY CLUB: Stand-up comedians perform 9 pm Thu, 8 pm and 10:30 pm Fri and Sat. Feb 3-5 TBD. Feb 10-12 Alonzo Bodden. Feb 17-19 Darren Carter. Feb 24-26 Steve Rannazzisi. The BOB, 20 Monroe Ave NW. $5 Thu, $10 Fri and Sat (356-2000, www.thebob. com). Thru Feb 5 - “OPUS”: Actors’ Theatre presents the story of musicians struggling to perform among rising passions and personality clashes. 8 pm. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St NE. $24 adults, $20 students and seniors (234-3946).

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Tickets). www.muskegoncivictheatre.org.

Thru Feb 5 - “THE WEDNESDAY WARS”: Calvin Theatre Company presents the story, set in 1968, of seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood who feels the world is against him. 7:30 pm. Gezon Auditorium, Calvin College. $9 Thu, $10 Fri and Sat, $5 students (Calvin box office, 526-6282).

Feb 18-27 - “PROOF”: Cornerstone University presents the story of a young woman and her emotions after her father dies. 7:30 pm Feb 18, 19, 24, 25, 26; 2:30 pm Feb 27. Matthews Auditorium, 3000 Leonard St NE. $12 adults, $10 students and seniors (254-1663 or www.corner stone.edu/theatre).

Feb 4-5 - DANCE 37: Presented by Hope College. 8 pm. Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 children (Hope College DeVos ticket office or 616-395-7890). www.hope.edu. Feb 4-6 - “NINE SINATRA SONGS”: Grand Rapids Ballet Company presents a production choreographed by Twyla Tharp that includes Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” and “One for My Baby!” Also, “Moor’s Pavane,” choreographed by Jose Limon, and “Paquita.” 7:30 pm, 2 pm Sun. DeVos Performance Hall. $30 adults, $25 seniors, $20 children (ballet box office or Ticketmaster). www. grballet.com. Feb 4-27 - “SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN HOMECOMING”: Master Arts Theatre presents a musical comedy with touching stories and toetapping Bluegrass Gospel favorites. 7:30 pm Fri and Sat, 2 pm Sat and 3 pm Sun. Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St SW. $17 adults, $15 seniors and students (455-1001, www.masterarts.org). Feb 5, 19 - RIVER CITY IMPROV: Calvin College alumni improv team weaves skits, games and songs with audience suggestions. 7:33 pm (doors open 6:30 pm). Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd SE. $8 (at door or Calvin box office). www. rivercityimprov.com. Feb 7 - DRUMLINE LIVE!: Explosive choreography, music and feats of “steppers” and dancers in a performance inspired by the movie “Drumline.” 7:30 pm. Forest Hills FAC. $38-$50 (in person at box office or Ticketmaster). www.fhfineartscen ter.com. Feb 11-12 - “MANON LESCAUT”: Opera Grand Rapids presents Giacomo Puccini’s story of love, beauty and tragedy. 7:30 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. $34.50-$99.50 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). Feb 11-12 - “THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”: GVSU presents the 10th annual production of provocative monologues about women who speak frankly about their bodies, childbirth, sex, rape and love. 7 pm. GVSU Fieldhouse. Tickets TBD (331-2748). www.gvsu.edu. Feb 13 - RIVERDANCE: A blend of Irish dance, music and song. 7 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. $45-$75 (DeVos Place and Van Andel box offices or Ticketmaster). Feb 15 - NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS: Acrobats, jugglers and contortionists defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats. 7:30 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. $15-$35 (DeVos, Van Andel and Broadway GR box offices or Ticketmaster).

Feb 18-28 - “ALL MY SONS”: Central Park Players present Arthur Miller’s tale of the relationships between fathers and their sons. 8 pm, 2 pm Sat. Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus St, Grand Haven. $14 adults, $11 seniors and students (971-1329). www.centralparkplayers.org. Feb 18-Mar 5 - “UNDER MILK WOOD”: Hope College presents a play about the inhabitants of an imaginary Welsh village, Llareggub (which backwards is bugger all). 8 pm. DeWitt Studio Theatre, Hope College, Holland. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 children (Hope College DeVos ticket office or 616-395-7890). www.hope.edu. Feb 19 - GARTH FAGAN DANCE: Award-winning dance concert presented by Calvin College’s Artist Series. 8 pm. Calvin FAC. $35-$45 (5266282). Feb 20 - “THE ALUMINUM SHOW”: Special effects, creative mechanisms and acrobatic dance make inanimate objects come to life. 7 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. $20-$40 (DeVos, Van Andel and Broadway GR box offices or Ticketmaster). Feb 24-26 - DISNEY’S “ALADDIN THE MUSICAL”: Youth Theatre Grand Rapids presentation. 7 pm Thu and Fri, 1 pm and 7 pm Sat. DeVos Center for Arts and Worship, GR Christian High School. $10 adults, $5 kids 16 and younger (at door or www.ytgr.org). Feb 25-26 - CIRCO AEREO: Hope College Great Performance Series presents “theater without words” that mixes traditional circus acts with innovative cabaret theater. 7:30 pm Fri, 1 pm Sat. DeWitt Studio Theatre, Hope College, Holland. $18 adults, $13 seniors, $6 children (Hope College DeVos ticket office or 616-395-7890). www.hope.edu. Feb 25-26 - “RANGEELA 2011”: Calvin’s annual international student variety show is a pageant of costume, music, rhythm and drama. 8 pm. Calvin FAC. Tickets TBD (526-6282). Feb 25-Mar 19 - “HELLO, DOLLY!”: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents a musical adventure about America’s beloved matchmaker. 7:30 pm, 2 pm Sun. $16-$30 (Civic box office or Star Tickets). www.grct.org.

Museums & Attractions

Feb 15-16 - BLUE MAN GROUP: High-octane theater combines comedy, music and technology. 7:30 pm. Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo. $25-$53 (box office, 269-387-2300 or www.milleraudito rium.com).

Feb - AIR ZOO: More than 50 rare aircraft, plus exhibits and educational activities, full-motion flight simulators, 4-D Missions Theater, Magic Planet, Space Ball, Zero G, Michigan Space Science Center. 9 am-5 pm Mon-Sat, noon-5 pm Sun. 6151 Portage Road, Portage, (269) 3826555, www.airzoo.org. See website for admission prices.

Feb 17-Mar 6 - “THE PIANO LESSON”: Muskegon Civic Theatre presents a haunting drama set in 1936 Pittsburgh. 7:30 pm, 3 pm Sun. Beardsley Theater, 425 W Western Ave, Muskegon. Thu and Sun: $16 adults, $14 seniors and students. Fri and Sat: $18/$16 (Frauenthal box office or Star

Feb - BLANDFORD NATURE CENTER: Special events: 7 pm Feb 10 Snowshoe With Your Sweetie Night Hike ($16/couple includes snowshoes, $8/ couple). 1 pm Feb 12 Snowshoe With Your Loved Ones Day Hike ($8/person includes snowshoes, $4/person). 2 pm Feb 26 Tracking Down Wildlife

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City Guide: Clubs ’n’ Pubs

Grand Rapids gets catty The Leopard Lounge Cocktail Boutique inside Louis Benton Steakhouse is luring young professionals downtown to party. By Alexandra Fluegel

Photography by Michael Buck

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he Leopard Lounge Cocktail Boutique may be Grand Rapids’ best kept secret. Tucked inside Louis Benton Steakhouse, it’s almost as if you have to know where to look to find it, but once you do, you realize it’s something special. Only a few couples lingered in the dining room of the steakhouse on the Friday night we went in search of The Leopard Lounge. The cocktail bou­ tique is only open Fridays and Saturdays after 10, so this came as no surprise. The lounge is furnished with a state-of-theart sound system by Loud Art LLC, the company responsible for the “Benchmark Experience” Art­ Prize entry that lit up the banks of the Grand River with color-changing LED lights and energetic beats, but as we walked past the nearly empty tables in the restaurant, all we could hear were the murmurs of diners’ conversations. That is, until we walked through the curtains that separate the lounge from the steakhouse. The first thing you notice is the LED-lined ceiling, whose color is in a constant state bartenders never missed a of neon flux that coincides beat, pouring signature liba­ Leopard Lounge Cocktail Boutique with the music that fills tions like the Goddess, a fusion every inch of the room. Location: 77 Monroe Center NW (inside Louis Benton Steakhouse) of Sagura Viudas Sparkling It’s spacious — boast­ Hours: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays Wine and peach nectar, and a ing the largest Brazilian Contact: (616) 454-7455 Three Olives espresso martini, granite bar in the state — Features: Nightly drink specials, complimentary valet. appropriately called Stimula­ yet intimate. Plush couches Drink Prices: Signature libations $8.50, coffee creations $7.50, tion. decorate the corners of the wine by the glass $8-$13 We left the Leopard room, while a few tall cock­ Lounge long after Louis Ben­ tail tables line the outskirts ton had closed for the night, of the dance floor for those who prefer to stand and chat. On the night of our visit, there thankful that the complimentary valet saved us from the head­ ache of parking. As we were leaving, we watched as more people wasn’t a single empty seat. There are two resident DJ’s. DJ Stoz’s charismatic, smooth breezed through the doors in search of the place they’d clearly GR blend of electro, hip-hop and rock keeps Saturday’s late-night been hearing about. crowd on their feet, while Todd Ernst, who specializes in downtempo, lo-fi and house beats, was in the elevated DJ booth the night we were there. Most of the crowd — a fashionable mix of young profession­ als — opted to nod their heads while sipping specialty martinis, but a handful of people were on the small, illuminated dance floor. Nadira Kharmai, the 20-something GR-native who suggested the spot, describes the Leopard Lounge as “sultry, yet sophisti­ cated. This is where I bring people when they visit Grand Rapids to show them a fun, refined night out.” The bar was full of people casually sipping, and the three February 2011 Grand Rapids 99

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City Guide

The meaning of black culture Ta-Nehisi Coates has been called the

His lecture will touch on such topics as

“young James Joyce of the hip hop genera-

the meaning of “black culture,” the continu-

tion.” On Feb. 16, the author and journalist

ing role of older and young generations, and

will present “A Deeper Black, The Meaning

what Barack Obama’s presidency signals

of Race in the Age of Obama” as part of the

for black Americans.

Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Lecture Series. Coates, who writes about politics, race, history and pop culture, is a contributing editor and blogger for The Atlantic. His

A book-signing will follow the lecture, which begins at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church. For information, call (616) 2343390, or visit www.grcc.edu/lecture. See Lectures & Workshops

2008 memoir, “The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood,” tells the story of boys trying to become men in black America.

Feb - CAPPON & SETTLERS HOUSE MUSEUMS: Restored Cappon House is the Italianate Victorian home of Holland’s first mayor. Tiny Settlers House recalls hardships faced by early settlers. Noon-4 pm Fri and Sat. For admission prices, see Holland Museum. Cappon House, 228 W 9th St, Holland. Settlers House, 190 W 9th St, Holland, (616) 392-6740, www.hollandmuseum.org. Feb - COOPERSVILLE FARM MUSEUM: Annual Dolls of Our Lives Exhibit through Apr. Regular exhibits include tractors from 1930 to present, an eclipse windmill, 100-year-old barns, interactive kids area. 10 am-2 pm Tue, Thu and Sat. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children 3-18, under 3 free. 375 Main St, Coopersville, 997-8555, www. coopersvillefarmmuseum.org. Feb - DEGRAAF NATURE CENTER: Feb events include Woodpecker Pizza Party, Tracking Animals on Snowshoes, Knee-High Naturalist, Catch a Falling Star with Jim Benko, Explore Torch-Lit Trails on Snowshoes and Build a Birdhouse. 18-acre preserve includes Interpretive Center, indoor pond, animals, SkyWatch (images of earth and the universe) and more than 240 plant species. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. 9 am-5 pm Tue-Fri, 10 am-5 pm Sat, closed Sun, Mon and holidays. 600 Graafschap Rd, Holland, (616) 355-1057, www.degraaf.org. Free. Feb - FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK: Feb 22-23 Orchid Show. Outdoor exhibits include Children’s Garden, Michigan’s Farm Garden, 30-acre sculpture park, boardwalk nature trail, tram tours, themed gardens. Indoors has sculpture galleries, tropical conservatory, carnivorous plant house, Victorian garden, café and gift shops. 9 am-5 pm Mon-Sat, 9 am-9 pm Tue, 11 am-5 pm Sun. $12 adults, $9 seniors and students with IDs, $6 ages 5-13, $4 ages 3-4. 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, 957-1580, www.meij ergardens.org.

Feb - GERALD R. FORD MUSEUM: Thru Feb 27, Betty Ford: An Extraordinary Life. Permanent exhibits include The 1970s, An Overview; video history of the Watergate scandal; replica of the White House Oval Office; New Mood at the White House, a holographic presentation. 9 am-5 pm daily. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 college students, $3 kids 6-18, 5 and under free. 303 Pearl St NW, 254-0400, www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov. Feb - HOLLAND MUSEUM: Cultural attractions from the “old country” and exhibits that explore local history: Lake Michigan maritime, shipwrecks and resorts; agriculture and manufacturing; religious foundation of the Holland Kolonie. I Spy Adventure and activities in Mark’s Room for children. 10 am-5 pm Mon, Wed-Sat. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, children 5 and under free, members free. 31 W 10th St, Holland, (888) 2009123, www.hollandmuseum.org. Feb - KALAMAZOO VALLEY MUSEUM: Thru Apr 10, Michigan Eats: Regional Culture Through Food. Feb 5-May 30 Playing with Time. Permanent exhibits include simulated mission to space, 2,300-year-old mummy and Science in Motion. See website for planetarium shows ($3) and scheduled activities. 9 am-5 pm Mon-Thu and Sat, 9 am-9 pm Fri, 1-5 pm Sun. 230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, (800) 772-3370, www.kalamazoo museum.org. Free. Feb - LAKESHORE MUSEUM CENTER: Thru Feb 15, Four Legged Friends Display, photographs of animals from the late 1800s-1960. Thru Mar 1, Collector’s Corner: Cribbage Boards. Permanent exhibits include Michigan Through the Depths of Time; Body Works: It’s All Up to You; Habitats and Food Webs; Science Center; and Voices of Muskegon. 9:30 am-4:30 pm Mon-Fri, noon-4 pm Sat-Sun. 430 W Clay, Muskegon, (231) 722-0278, www.muskegonmuseum.org. Free. Feb - LOWELL AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Exhibits about Lowell history and a Victorian parlor, dining room and porch. 1-4 pm Tue, Sat and Sun, 1-8 pm Thu. $3 adults, $1.50 children 5-17, under 5 free, families $10 max. 325 W Main St, 897-7688, www.lowellmuseum.org. Feb - MEYER MAY HOUSE: Frank Lloyd Wright 1909 prairie-style house, meticulously restored

by Steelcase in 1986-87, features many original furnishings. Open for guided tours 10 am-2 pm Tue and Thu, 1-5 pm Sun (last tour begins one hour prior to closing). 450 Madison Ave SE, 2464821, meyermayhouse.steelcase.com. Free. Feb - PUBLIC MUSEUM: Thru May 1, Bodies Revealed, human skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and circulatory systems ($15 adults, $14 seniors, $10 children; includes general admission). 6-9 pm Feb 2 and 23 Life Drawing Nights. Thru Dec 2011, The Wonder of Life – Redux. Permanent exhibits include: Streets of Old Grand Rapids; Newcomers, The People of This Place; Anishinabek, The People of This Place; 1928 carousel ($1). 9 am-5 pm Mon, Wed-Sat, 9 am-8 pm Tue, noon-5 pm Sun; open until 9 pm Feb 14-18. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3 ages 3-17. Van Andel Museum Center, 272 Pearl St NW, 456-3977, www.grmuseum.org. Feb - ROGER B. CHAFFEE PLANETARIUM: Stateof-the-art, 3-D, Digistar-powered shows. 2 pm daily, 7 pm and 8 pm Tue and 1 pm Sat and Sun “Our Bodies in Space.” 3 pm Sat and Sun “Under Starlit Skies.” Museum admission plus $3 (3 pm show free with admission). Van Andel Museum Center (see Public Museum). Feb - TRI-CITIES HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Exhibits include a train depot display, Michigan Logging and Early Pioneers. 9:30 am-5 pm Tue-Fri, 12:305 pm Sat and Sun. 200 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, 842-0700, www.tri-citiesmuseum.org. Free.

Lectures & Workshops Feb - ENHANCEFITNESS: Seniors Neighbors fitness program for seniors to increase strength and endurance and improve balance. Varying times and locations throughout Kent County. Complete schedule at (616) 233-0283 or www. seniorneighbors.org. $2 suggested donation. Feb - GRAND RIVER FOLK ARTS SOCIETY: Dance instruction events. 7:30 pm Feb 4, First Friday Dance with Fiddlefire and caller Danika Murray, 5th St Hall, 701 5th St NW, $8 adults, $7 students/seniors, $6 members. 7 pm Feb 11, Second Friday International Folk Dance, Wealthy

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($3). 143 acres of diverse ecosystems, trails, natural history exhibits, Heritage Buildings (log cabin, blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, etc.). Interpretive Center open 9 am-5 pm MonFri. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, 735-6240, www.blandfordnaturecenter. org. Free.

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City Guide Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St SE, $5. 7 pm Feb 25, 4th Friday Contra Dance with music jams, 5th St Hall, 701 5th St NW, $6. www.grfolkarts.org. Feb - GRAND VALLEY ARTISTS: 7:30 pm Feb 3 Artist Critique Night. 7:30 pm Feb 10 Program Night. Free and open to public. GVA Gallery, 1345 Monroe Ave NW, Ste 130, www.grandvalley artists.com. Feb - GR PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Adult computer classes, It’s All Relative, Taste of Soul Sunday, book clubs and kids activities (see Kidstuff). Complete schedule at GRPL Main Library, 111 Library St NE, or www.grpl.org. Free. Feb - GR TANGO: Beginner and intermediate dance lessons 8-9:30 pm every Thu, followed by free practice 9:30-10:30 pm. Richard App Gallery, 910 Cherry St SE, www.grtango.org. $12 drop-in. Feb - KENT DISTRICT LIBRARIES: Programs include book discussions, computer classes, Early Childhood Essentials, writers groups and kids activities (see Kidstuff). www.kdl.org. Feb - MEIJER GARDENS PROGRAMS: See Jim Dine: Sculpture exhibit in Art. 7 pm Feb 1 Curator’s Choice with Joseph Becherer. 7 pm Feb 8 Gallery Walk: Tools for a Happy Heart with Kay Rader, director of the American Heart Association. Noon Feb 11 Gallery Walk: Perspectives with Tom Hoving, Koree Mabie and Sarah Johnson. 2 pm Feb 20 Lecture: Popular Icons in Contemporary Art with Sue Eberle, Kendall. 11 am-1 pm Feb 12, Feb 19 and Feb 26 Art Workshops: Icons in Art with GVSU art education students. See meijergar dens.org for more info. Thru Feb 28 - LITERARY LIFE POETRY CONTEST: Literary Life Bookstore is accepting submissions for its third annual poetry contest. Participants can submit up to two poems, with cover sheet including name, address, phone number and e-mail. Deliver by hand or mail to 758 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. $5.

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Thru Mar 1 - CALL FOR SCRIPTS: Writers can submit scripts for Actors’ Theatre’s eighth annual 10-minute play festival, Living on the Edge. This year’s theme: secrets and lies. 15 selected scripts will be read 1 pm Apr 2 at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. Five finalists will be presented in full production in July. Submit scripts to script_submissions@atgr or Actors’ Theatre, 143 Bostwick NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 on or before Mar 1. www.atgr.org. Feb 1 - AN EVENING OF CHINESE ENTERTAINMENT: Women’s City Club hosts an Oriental dinner and program featuring Chinese folk and minority dances and vocal and Chinese instrumental pieces. 5 pm social hour, 6 pm dinner; program to follow. 254 E Fulton St. $30 (reservations required: 459-3321). Feb 1, 19 - TOPICS IN HEALTH CARE: GR Public Museum presents two lectures and discussions: 7 pm Feb 1 “Heart Health” by Rick McNamara, chief of cardiology, Spectrum Health. 1 pm Feb 19 the DaVinci surgical robot. Free with admission. www. grmuseum.org. Feb 3 - ORIENTAL LUNCHEON AND PROGRAM: Women’s City Club hosts lunch and “Chinese Medicine and Women’s Health” by Dr Zhiqua Zhou, St Mary’s Health Care, plus a tai chi presentation by Dr Glena Quarnstrom, GVSU. 11 am program; lunch to follow. 254 E Fulton St. $17 (reservations required: 459-3321). Feb 5, 7 - THEATRE AUDITIONS: Master Arts Theatre auditions for “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

10 am Feb 5 and 6:30 pm Feb 7. Show runs Apr 21-May 14. 75 77th St SW, www.masterarts.org. Feb 6 - KENDALL CLASS: Silk Painting Workshop by Brenda Sipe. 1-5 pm. Kendall College, 17 Fountain St. $79 includes three silk scarves and materials (451-2787, ext 2010). Feb 7, 14, 21 - OPTIMAL FAMILY FUNCTIONING: Jeff Dwarshuis hosts a three-part presentation explaining the four characteristics of optimal family functioning, how to get there and what can go wrong along the way. 7 pm registration, 7:30 pm presentation. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 4150 Kalamazoo Ave SE. $5. Feb 8 - DYSLEXIA SEMINAR: New Chapter Learning offers info on thinking styles, learning differences and gifts of visual thinkers. 6:30 pm. Grandville Public Middle School, room 104, 3535 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville. Registration: 5341385. www.newchapterlearning.net. Free. Feb 10 - CROSSROAD BIBLE INSTITUTE: CBI hosts a seminar “CBI International: Behind Prison Walls Around the World” by Cynthia Williams. Noon-1:30 pm. Crossroad Bible Institute, 2976 Ivanrest Ave SW, Grandville. Register by Feb 3 (616-530-1300 or www.cbi.fm). Free. Feb 10 - GRAND RAPIDS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Public Museum’s staff presents “Re-Examining the Grand Rapids Public Museum: Past, Present and Future,” including plans and ideas for the former home of the public museum. 7 pm. 54 Jefferson Ave SE. Free. www.grhistory.org. Feb 10 - HOPE VISITING WRITER SERIES: Elizabeth Bradfield, author of “Interpretive Work” and “Approaching Ice,” and Sean Hill, poet. 6:30 pm jazz, 7 pm readings. Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland. Free. Feb 11 - ART AND SCIENCE OF AGING CONFERENCE: GVSU’s sixth annual conference, “Optimal Aging: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” includes new approaches to research and practice presented by GVSU faculty and community professionals in health care, social services and aging services. 8:30 am-4:30 pm. GVSU Pew Campus, Grand Rapids. $20, $15 students and adults over 60. www.gvsu.edu/gerontology. Feb 15 - NOURISHING WAYS OF WEST MICHIGAN: “Grow Your Own Salad” by Katie Brandt, Groundswell Farm. 7-8:30 pm. St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 134 N Division Ave, www.nourishing ways.org. Free. Feb 16 - BREASTFEEDING CLASS: Breastfeeding basics and pumping info from a board-certified consultant; registration required. 5:30-8:30 pm. Baby Beloved, 555 Midtowne St NE, Ste 100, 9775683, www.babybelovedinc.com. $40.

by Vince Cavalieri, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist. 7 pm social, 7:30 pm presentation. GR Theological Seminary Auditorium, Cornerstone University, 3000 Leonard St NE. Free. www.glsga. org/grac.

Sports Feb - GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS: Grand Rapids’ American Hockey League team, primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Home games: Feb 4 vs Hamilton Bulldogs. Feb 5 vs Milwaukee Admirals. Feb 16 vs Hamilton Bulldogs. Feb 18 vs Texas Stars. Feb 20 vs Peoria Rivermen. Feb 25 vs Lake Erie Monsters. Times vary. Van Andel Arena. $13$30 (Van Andel box office, Meijer or Star Tickets). www.griffinshockey.com. Feb - MUSKEGON WINTER SPORTS COMPLEX: Luge, cross-country skiing on lighted ski trails, ice-skating and snowshoeing. Feb 6 Winter Triathlon. More info: (231) 744-9629 or www. msports.org. 442 N Scenic Dr, North Muskegon.

Kidstuff Feb - ALL DAY WITH THE ARTS: GR Art Museum offers family programming every Sat, including art-making activities, family activity guides and garden room art stations. Kid-friendly tours 11 am and 1 pm. Free with admission. Feb - DEANNA’S PLAYHOUSE: 15,000-squarefoot play environment includes art room, imagination village, performing arts stage, music room, infant-parent area, café and more. 10 am-3 pm Mon-Sat. 11172 Adams St, Holland, (800) 5777661, www.deannasplayhouse.com. $5. Feb - FINE ART FOR KIDS: Drop into Cynthia Hagedorn’s studio for themed fine art time for kids in kindergarten and older. 194½ S River Ave, Holland, www.cynthiahagedorn.com. Feb - GRAND RAPIDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Thru Jun 5, Izzy’s World of Shapes. Permanent exhibits include Mercantile Wee Bank, Spin Table, Buzzy Beehive, Mom and Pop Store, Funstruction. Toddler Tue for ages 3 and under (10 am-noon). Thu Family Nights (5-8 pm) $1.50 admission. 9:30 am-5 pm Tue-Sat, until 8 pm Thu, noon-5 pm Sun, closed Mon. $6.50, under 2 free. 22 Sheldon Ave NE, 235-4726, www.grcm.org. Feb - GR PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Literacy classes for babies, toddlers and kids include storytelling, music, dramatic play and art activities. Times and locations vary. Complete schedules at any branch or www.grpl.org. Free.

Feb 16 - GRCC DIVERSITY LECTURE SERIES: “A Deeper Black: The Meaning of Race in the Age of Obama” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, journalist, author and editor. 7 pm. Fountain St Church, 24 Fountain St NE. Free. www.grcc.edu/lecture.

Feb - GYMCO: Events include: Feb 4 Circus Night. Feb 5 Family Open Gym. Feb 12 Kids Night Out. Feb 12 Flip Flop Shop. Feb 16-18 Gymtime. Feb 18 Motion Evolution. Feb 23-25 Gymtime. Feb 23 Kids Day Away. Feb 25 Cartwheel Clinic. Gymco Sports, 2360 Camelot Ridge Ct SE, 956-0586, www.gymco.com.

Feb 19 - DANCEgr: One-hour dance lesson followed by social dance that includes East and West Coast swing, salsa, tango, waltz, cha cha, rumba, foxtrot and more. 7-8 pm lesson, 8-11 pm dance. Women’s City Club, 254 E Fulton St, www. dancegr.com. $10 lesson, $11 dance, $16 both.

Feb - KENT DISTRICT LIBRARIES: Story times for young children, Max and Ruby Party, Snow Party, Lego Party, Ruff Readers, book sales and Experience Egypt. Teen programs include Gaming and Manga, plus Teen Film Festival Feb 12. See www.kdl.org for dates and locations.

Feb 20 - ACTORS’ THEATRE WORKSHOP: “Playing With Contemporary Theater” by acting teacher Deb Keller. 1:30 pm. 341 Ellsworth SW (GR Ballet building). $20 (www.atgr.org).

Feb - KINDERMUSIK: Playgroup for ages 2-4 with music, stories, crafts and snack. 9-11:30 am or 12:30-3 pm every Wed. $63 for four weeks (4506995 or kindermusikwithtrish@gmail.com).

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dresses, feathery masks and a carnival feeling for girls in kindergarten thru 5th grade and their male chaperones (dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers). Pre-registration encouraged: (616) 355-1130. 6:30-8:30 pm. Holland Civic Center, 150 W 8th St. $22/couple residents, $25/couple nonresidents, $7/additional guests.

Feb - SMALL TALK FOR KIDS: Language classes in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese or French at six locations for up to age 5. $195 (990-2591, www. smalltalkforkids.com).

Feb 11 - WYOMING DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE: Wyoming Parks and Rec presents dancing, refreshments and special memories for young ladies and their favorite father figure. Preregistration required: 530-3164. 6:30-8:30 pm. Crossroads Banquet Center (US 131 and 68th St).

Feb - STORY TIME WITH A TWIST: Caledonia Dance Center hosts free preschool story times with music, dance, rhymes, instruments, finger plays and more. 9:30-10 am Mon. 131½ E Main St, Caledonia, 891-1606, www.caledoniadance center.com Thru Feb 6 - “BEANIE AND THE BAMBOOZLING ADVENTURE MACHINE”: Youth Theatre Production about a boy’s book machine that unleashes fairytale characters, presented by Lowell Area Arts Council’s Thebes Players. 7 pm Fri and Sat, 2:30 pm Sun. Lowell Performing Arts Center, Lowell High School. $6 (897-8545 or www.lowellartscouncil.org) or $8 (at door). Thru Mar 5 - SKATE AND CREATE: Every Saturday, ice skate at Rosa Parks Circle and get into GR Art Museum for $2 (kids under 5 free), with hot cocoa and hands-on art-making activities. 10 am-3 pm. www.artmuseumgr.org. Feb 1 - EGR DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE: Girls can bring their dad or favorite father figure to a semi-formal dance that includes a crazy tie contest. 6:30-8:30 pm. EGR Middle School, 2425 Lake Dr. $41/couple, residents, $56/couple, nonresidents (949-1750). Feb 4 - ROCKFORD DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE: Semi-formal gala is 6:30-8 pm at East Rockford Middle School and Rockford High School. Tickets TBD (863-6322). Feb 4, 21 - HOPE COLLEGE VISIT DAYS: Prospective college students and families can tour campus, attend classes and receive information; complimentary lunch in dining hall. Preregistration requested (616-395-7850 or www. hope.edu/admissions/visit). 8:30 am. Maas Conference Center, 11th St and Columbia Ave, Holland. Free. Feb 5 - FIRST SATURDAY FOR KIDS: Literary Life Bookstore hosts Elizabeth Raum, author of “Cedric and the Dragon.” 11 am. 758 Wealthy St SE, 458-8418.

Feb 27 - FAMILY CONCERT: First United Methodist Church presents GR Symphony percussionist Bill Vits and The Percussion Discussion, an introduction to the xylophone, conga drum, electronic drums and noisemakers. 3 pm. First United Methodist Church, 227 E Fulton St. Freewill mission offering benefits One Great Hour of Sharing by UMCOR. www.grandrapidsfumc.org.

Feb 11-13 - WEST MICHIGAN YOUTH WINTERSPORTFEST: Area youth compete in 23 sports competitions in Muskegon. Locations vary; see website for schedule. www.wintersportsfest.com. Feb 12 - BOY SCOUTS: ASTRONOMY PART I: The Public Museum hosts astronomy-related activities and Q&A with astronomers at the Chaffee Planetarium. Part 2 is Mar 26. 9:30-11:30 am. Public Museum. $12 scouts, leaders free (1:5 ratio), $7 additional adults (at door). www. grmuseum.org. Feb 19 - SNOWBIRD SAFARI: The Business Alliance for Families hosts free activities for kids, including a meet-and-greet with Sue Stauffacher, author of “The Animal Rescue Team” series, and Rick the Reptile Guy’s presentation and petting zoo. 10:30 am-noon. Breton Village Mall. www. bafgr.com. Feb 19-20, 25-27 - “MOTHER GOOSE AND THE BOY WHO WOULDN’T DO HIS HOMEWORK”: Grand Rapids Ballet Company and GVSU introduce kids to opera and ballet with a French opera by Ravel sung in English. 2 pm and 5 pm Sat, 2 pm Sun. Feb 19-20 at GRBC’s Wege Theatre, Feb 25-27 at GVSU. $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 children (ballet box office or Ticketmaster). www. grballet.com. Feb 20 - BATTLE OF THE BRASS: GR Symphony presents a one-hour concert at 3 pm for kids 7-12, plus a pre-concert instrument “petting zoo” at 2 pm. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. $12. www. grsymphony.org. Feb 22 - AMERICAN GIRL PARTY: For moms and daughters 6 and older, with crafts, a historyfocused game, snacks and doll parade. 6:30-8 pm. Home School Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming. Registration required (616-5329422, ext 6, or resourcecenter@homeschoolbuild ing.org). $5 per child.

Feb 5 - ONCE UPON A TIME: THE STORIES THAT MUSIC TELLS: Calvin Community Symphony presents a 45-minute family-friendly concert, plus an instrument “petting zoo.” 10:30 am. Calvin FAC. Free.

Feb 25 - CUB SCOUTS OVERNIGHT IN THE MUSEUM: Hands-on activities, carousel rides, planetarium show and screen-printed T-shirt to commemorate the night. 6 pm-8 am. Public Museum. $28 scouts, $10 adults (456-3977 or www.grmuseum.org).

Feb 5 - SWEETHEART SWIRL: Forest Hills hosts a dance for girls 4-14 and their favorite significant adults. 5:30 pm doors open, 6 pm dance. Forest Hills Northern High School, 3801 Leonard St NE. $29/couple, $39 family (493-8950 or www. enjoylearning.com).

Feb 25 - ROCKFORD MARVEL-OUS MOTHER SON DANCE: This year’s theme is Super Heroes Unite. Sons can dress as their favorite alter ego or super hero (costumes not required). 6:30-8 pm. East Rockford Middle School. www.therock fordnetwork.com.

Feb 5-6 - “CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS”: Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble presents an original ballet for children based on John Lithgow’s book. 11 am and 3 pm Sat, 3 pm Sun. St Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom NE. $12 adults, $8 children (464-3682). www.careballet.com.

Feb 26 - BOY SCOUTS: ENGINEERING: The Public Museum hosts a program in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and Michigan Society of Professional Engineers with hands-on activities such as robotics and electronics, bridge design concepts, tunnel and dam building and waste water treatment concepts. 10 am-noon. Public Museum. $7 scouts, leaders free

Feb 7 - HOLLAND DAD AND DAUGHTER DANCE: Holland hosts a masquerade ball with fancy

(1:5 ratio), $7 additional adults (at door). www. grmuseum.org.

calendar legend COMMONLY REQUESTED VENUE AND TICKET OUTLET INFORMATION FOLLOWS.

VENUES aquinas performing arts center, 1607 Robinson Road SE, 456-6656 the Deltaplex entertainment & expo center, 2500 Turner Ave. NW, 364-9000, www.deltaplex.com Devos place (Devos performance Hall), 303 Monroe Ave. NW, 742-6600, www.devosplace.org Forest Hills Fine arts center, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, 493-8966, www.fhfineartscenter.com Frauenthal center for the performing arts, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, (231) 722-9750, www.frauenthal.info Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, 957-1580 (main), 975-3147 (class registration line), www.meijergardens.org Grand Rapids art Museum (GRaM), 101 Monroe Center, 831-1000, www.artmuseumgr.org Grand Rapids civic theatre, 30 N. Division Ave., 222-6650, www.grct.org public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, 456-3977, www.grmuseum.org St. cecilia Music center, (Royce Auditorium, Dexter Ballroom), 24 Ransom Ave. NE, 459-2224, www.scmsonline.org Spectrum theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, 234-3946 urban institute for contemporary arts (uica), 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE, 454-7000 (film hotline 454-3994), www.uica.org van andel arena, 130 W. Fulton St., 742-6600, www.vanandelarena.com van Singel Fine arts center, 8500 Burlingame Ave. SW, Byron Center, 878-6800, www.vsfac.com

TICKET OUTLETS

Grand Rapids Symphony office, 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 100, 454-9451, www.grsymphony.org Star tickets, (800) 585-3737, www.startickets.com ticketmaster, 456-3333, www.ticketmaster.com

list your event Calendar items must be submitted two months prior to the magazine issue date. Please send submissions for the April calendar no later than Feb. 15. e-mail caleditor@geminipub.com, fax (616) 4594800 or mail to grand rapids magazine, 549 ottawa ave. nW, suite 201, grand rapids, mi 49503.

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Walking the runway for kids health Former and current patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital donned clothes from K Bella Bambino to walk the runway at the Design 1 Salon Spa Fashion Event. The Dec. 14 fashion show at Eve inside The BOB raised more than $27,000 for the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Founda­ tion. Fashions from Leigh’s in Breton Village were showcased in the second segment, followed by a 1. James Wood, Tracy hair and make-up extravaganza with models from Marsiglia the Matthew Agency in clothes by b.- Vain couture 2.Megan Knape, Diane II, and hair and makeup by Design 1 and Aura Teall Skincare. The event, organized by Larry and Lisa 3.Marie Jasper, Sharon Walt, owners of four Design 1 Salon Spas in great­ Blanch er Grand Rapids, also included a silent auction. 4. Jill Greenop, Donna Hockstra, Dave Hockstra 5. Heidi Killingham, Alona Schneider

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The first Bar Warz – the Ultimate Club Night, sponsored Koets, Lindsay Jonkhoff, by The DeltaPlex and WSNX Radio Dec. 3, showcased the skills of Matt Sackett, drinking a bartenders from 15 local bars and clubs. The contenders — TGI “Shotski.” Friday’s, Cascade Sports Bar & Grill, The Venue, Crazy Horse 3. Billy Anderson, Irene Saloon, The Score, Sixx Night Club, The Intersection, Brann’s, Bar Anderson. Louis, On the Border, Kasey’s Bar & Grill, Mojos, Cheers, Charlie’s 4. Bridget Mitchell, Kerry Bar & Grill and Teazer’s Bar & Grill — served signature drinks McAvoy and competed in Olympic-style events, including a Beverage Slide, 5. Karen Lindley, Kristen Keg Toss, Dizzy Bar Lindley Stool and Perfect 6. Fred and Lena Meijer Shot Pour. 7. Stephen Disselkoen, 7 More than 500 Kaitlyn Disselkoen guests braved lake effect snow for the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World Gala Dec. 2 at Mei­ jer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Highlights at the annual black-tie affair included globally inspired cuisine, horse-drawn carriage rides in the candlelit sculpture park, carolers and other musical perfor­ mances. Everyone joined in to sing “Happy Birth­ day” to Fred Meijer in honor of his 91st birthday.

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