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SPECIA L INS Official 2 IDE: Rapids In 012 Grand tern Wine, Be ational & Food F er es programtival

Beer City West Michigan’s brewery boom shows no sign of running dry Wearable art 9 local jewelry artists and where to buy their wares The buzz on local honey products and producers






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Contents November 2012 / vol. 49 / No. 11

FeAtUreS 46 / What’s on tap? Now is a great time to be a beer lover in Grand rapids. The city recently tied with long-standing champion asheville, N.c., to share the title Beer city USa. BY JereMY JOhnSOn

54 / Wearable art Nine local jewelry artists and where they sell their wares. BY GrAnD rAPIDS MAGAZIne StAFF

64 / the buzz on local honey area residents are swarming stores and farmers markets to purchase raw honey and related products from West michigan producers. BY eMMA hIGGInS AnD MArtY PrIMeAU


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contents November 2012 / Vol. 49 / No. 11

departments back & forth 10 / From the Editor

Food & Drink 70 / Dining Review: Walker Roadhouse

11 / Letters, social media and more

72 / Restaurant listings for West Michigan

12 / Contributors Life & style 14 / Noteworthy items, including Great Lakes Woolen Co., Cohiba’s Beer-Bones at Groovy Paws in Saugatuck, “Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation, and God,” new trends in watches and the Mayor’s Ninth Annual Grand River Clean Up

76 / HeFedSheFed: Beer versus wine dinner 82 / Chef Profile: Sarah Andro and Peter Davidson 86 / Grand Vine: Magnificent blends 98 / Fresh Hops: Kudos to local brewers


15 / BOSU fitness

From pine cones to old sweaters, a little imagination goes a long way in jazzing up the fall wreath.

16 / My Stuff: Inside Jodi Watson’s shoe closet 18 / Pinterest 20 / Reading Room: Artist T’Alyne’s “Rain: Dry Season, Wet Season,” and “Legendary Locals” by Norma Lewis and Jay De Vries

Out & about 106 / November highlights 107 / Calendar 108 / Nightclubs & comedy venues listings and highlights 110 / Museums & attractions listings and highlights

22 / West Michigan Co-op 24 / Living Local: Thanksgiving celebration

Near & far 102 / The West Grand neighborhood has a history of ethnic sub-neighborhoods.


118 / Snapshots


Art & Design 26 / Gallery Profile: Calvin College’s (106) Gallery

120 / Afterthoughts: Joe Borrello

28 / Frame Works: Art of the Table 30 / Art gallery listings and highlights


31 / Art Talk: Mathias Alten at GVSU 32 / At Home: Rethinking the fireplace 34 / Justagirl: New life for festive wreaths

On the cover: Jacob Derylo, head brewer at Brewery Vivant. Photography by Adam Bird

34 / A mid-century landmark

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CoNversatioNs iN the City are wide ranging, giving consideration to almost everything, but the big buzz this month is created by the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival, a true showcase for regional products and great chefs hustling gourmet selections for the crowds. But when area residents are not talking about food, attention is most often directed to the city skyline and downtown’s continued developments (and the skywalks, this month). The successes of unique projects and venues are drawing the kings of Michigan commercial real estate to the city Nov. 6 and 7 for the annual University of Michigan-Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum (usually held in Detroit). Several area developers and developments will be cited during the conference held at the Amway Grand Plaza and focusing on “Creating the Next New Urban Center” and “what’s next.” Some of the region’s most interesting projects will be featured. Of note, too, is the student “case competition,” which offers college and university students opportunity to work on a real, existing site and create a development plan for it. Student teams this year include University of Michigan and Central Michigan University, among others, and the site selected for the competition is in downtown Grand Rapids. Teams can win up to $4,000 in prize money. carole Valade Editor, Grand Rapids Magazine

Join Managing Editor Marty Primeau at 9:45 a.m. Thursdays as she presents City Beat with Shelley Irwin on WGVU Radio FM 88.5 and 95.3.

reader FeedbaCk:

Grand rapids magazine is a stellar reflection of all good things, people and Your restaurants and gourmet chefs featured leave readers well-informed and well-fed. The age-old question, ‘Where should we go for dinner?’ is answered in every fine issue.

Thanks also for your people features. Your August issue was a welcome sight with WGVU TV & Radio employee extraordinaire Linda Kennedy in the Life & Style Section. What to get as a gift for the

holidays? A subscription to Grand Rapids Magazine. It’s always a good fit and, decade after decade always a good read. — merry Zarafonetis, kentwood


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After buying Grand Rapids Magazine on the newsstand for a long time, I finally subscribed a couple of months ago. Today I called to cancel my subscription because of the disturbing article in the October 2012 issue written by Mr. Jim Idema titled “On the Hunt.”    Publishing an article that glorifies the killing of animals strictly for sport, and in particular animals that are “rare” like the Marco Polo sheep is unconscionable and not worthy of a magazine dedicated to the offerings of our beautiful city. The selection of this topic makes me question the integrity and judgment of your editorial board. This isn’t deer or pheasant hunting we’re talking about. Any person who claims to be interested in conservation and is a supposed award winner in the conservation field would not have an elephant in his sights if he knew the least bit about the culture of these animals. How this fits into any kind of conservation mentality is beyond me.   I’m not a rabid vegan, rather am a concerned (now former) reader who deplores this type of “sport.”   — kathy goralski, grand rapids Correction: The phone number of LUX Salon for Men (“A manly oasis”) in the October issue was incorrect. It is (616) 551-2135.

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1/ Photojournalist ADAM BIRD documented the brewery feature (p. 46). “The beer project posed several unique challenges, one of which is that, in a brewing environment, none of the power cords for any lighting equipment could be on the ground — the water is too dangerous to it. And everything was quite cramped shooting between casks. The great sadness is that to give the beer a fine frothy head required mixing in copious amounts of salt, making the beer beautiful to photograph, but terrible to drink.” 2/ TYLER MERKEL, a Michigan native, was exposed to modern architecture while living in Germany and Chicago. When he moved to Grand Rapids last year, he began researching modern homes. Stories and photos from his Mid-Century Michigan project (see article on p. 36) are presented on his blog,, which he intends to eventually publish as a book.


3/ BLUEDOOR ANTIQUES, 946 E. Fulton St., provided the backdrop for this month’s feature on local jewelry artists (p. 54). The shop offers “a methodically sourced collection of treasures lost, found, transformed and artfully interpreted.” For more information, visit or call 456-7888.

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life & style PeoPle / trends / books / fashion / fitness

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puB theoloGY Grand Rapids-native Bryan Berghoef, now starting a new church in Washington, D.C., offers a unique look at faith, life and the divine in his book “Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation, and God.” This pastor figured that faith starts with a conversation among seekers, and what better place to have a conversation than at a bar with beer in hand?

Volunteers turned out for the Mayor’s Ninth Annual Grand River Clean Up in September. Garbage extracted included candy wrappers, glass bottles, car tires — even a sunken boat. Thirteen buses transported volunteers to sites in Kent and Ottawa counties for the largest cleanup ever.

Cohiba’s Beer-Bones are baked with spent brewing grains, peanut butter, flour and eggs — and no preservatives. The Michigan-based company sells its doggy treats at Groovy Paws in Saugatuck, where owner Sean Robinson carries only U.S. made products.

Big and bold! Times are changing (Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 4) and our time-keeping accessories are changing too. This season’s hot watches are big and bold. “The average man’s watch of a few years ago is now considered a small ladies size,” said Debra Clegg of Preusser Jewelers. “Right now the look is big and colorful,” said Joel Siegel of Siegel Jewelers, which carries the Ice-Watch that is available in a variety of eye-popping colors. “The idea of individualism has expanded to time pieces.”

BUNDLE UP Fans of Woolrich outdoor clothing have a new place to get their fix. The Woolrich line is the main brand at Great Lakes Woolen Co., 2151 Wealthy St. SE in Gaslight Village. Check out the warm jackets and fun accessories.

PhotoGraPhy by Johnny Quirin (middle & lower riGht); courtesy blondeau (toP left); reece karbowski (center); matthew stock (toP riGht); sieGel’s Jewelers (bottom)


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Push-up plank

eed a fitness challenge? Add a little instability to your workout with a BOSU (both sides utilized), a tool featuring a flat platform on one side and a rubber dome on the other. Jen Hokenson, personal trainer at the YMCA David D. Hunting Branch, says the BOSU helps to improve strength and balance. “It’s also a great tool for working those all-important core muscles. That’s very important for preventing injuries.” Here are just a few of the exercises she recommends:

Squat and press

Photography by michael buck

plank on forearms

The unstable BOSU


Photography by Johnny Quirin (middle & lower right); courtesy Blondeau (top left); Reece Karbowski (center); Matthew Stock (top Right); Siegel’s Jewelers (bottom)

russian twist

Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells in each hand slightly above your shoulders with elbows pointing forward. Keep dumbbells in this position throughout the downward movement of the squat. Squat down, pushing hips backward and keeping weight balanced on the back of feet and keeping chest up while bending your knees until they reach a 90-degree angle with thighs parallel with the floor. Stand by pushing upward and engaging your glutes while pressing the dumbbells overhead. Be sure to fully engage the glutes at the top, keeping abdominal muscles engaged to maintain neutral alignment in the spine. Arms should be straight overhead. Note: Keep the abdominal muscles engaged throughout the entire movement to maintain balance and support the spine.

Push-up plank Place hands on the flat side of the BOSU in a push-up position, supporting body weight on hands and toes to create a stability challenge for the muscles of the shoulder

girdle and core. Push down through the hands to keep the body as high as possible, resisting a “shrug” in the shoulders. Tuck the pelvis by engaging the glutes and pointing the front of the pelvis toward the floor. Keep the belly button pulled in toward the spine by engaging the abdominal muscles. Hold this position for as long as you can, up to two minutes For a challenge, maintain this plank position and pull one knee in toward the chest, balancing on one foot instead of two; return the foot to starting position and pull the other knee in. Keep switching legs one at a time for either a specific number or time. Note: If looking at a side view of somesquat and press

one in the plank position, there should be a straight line from the shoulder to the heel. This means no curve in the back from letting the belly drop toward the floor. Try to keep the BOSU still while you move the knees in and out.

Plank on forearms The position for this plank is the same as above, but supporting oneself on the forearms instead of the hands. Do this one on the dome side to create a challenge for shoulder stability. A good goal for holding any type of a plank is one minute without any form breaks. For a challenge, take one leg and lift it a few inches off the floor, balancing on the other leg. Be careful not to create a curve in your back by arching and lifting your leg too high.

Russian twist Balance on your tailbone on the dome side. Maintaining your balance here is the first step and may be very challenging. Hold a medicine ball (first, practice with an “imaginary” ball until you can maintain your balance) right above your belly button, rotate your shoulders and touch the medicine ball to the side of your left hip and then rotate to the other side and touch your right hip. Alternate side to side without wiggling hips. Essentially, only side-toside movement should be occurring from the ribs up. Note: You may see people perform this exercise very quickly. SLOW DOWN and maintain your balance. This will be more effective for improving core strength and stability. — Marty Primeau

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mY stuff

Shoe connoisseur

A VP at Rockford’s international footwear company, Jodi Watson loves having nice shoes.

— Marty PriMeau

“I can deal with anything if I have the right shoes.” — Jodi Watson

PhotoGraPhy by Johnny Quirin

Hanging in Jodi Watson’s closet is a sign that reads: “I can deal with anything if I have the right shoes.” No problem. As vice president of e-commerce for Wolverine World Wide, Watson has a nice variety of footwear, from Merrell Barefoot running shoes to dressy Sebagos — plus some comfy Hush Puppies. While she’s partial to WWW, her shelves hold other brands, like a saucy pair of Jimmy Choos. To accommodate her collection, Jodi and Kirby Watson converted one small bedroom into a large, walk-in closet when renovating their Heritage Hill house. “Honestly, I’ve always loved shoes, even growing up,” she said. And Watson would like everyone to have nice shoes. Wolverine is sponsoring a charity event, the West Michigan premier of the documentary “God Save My Shoes” on Nov. 17 at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Attendees will be asked to donate a pair of gently worn shoes to Soles4Souls, a charity that provides shoes to those in need. (For details, see Special Events in the Calendar.)

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PhotoGraPhy by Johnny Quirin

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Interior designer Ashley Cole, pictured with client Sue Rosmarin, gathers ideas and inspiration on Pinterest. Below, Janelle Logan and Amy Sawade at Spectrum Health use Pinterest for business and pleasure.

here should be a warning label. Social media site Pinterest, a virtual pinboard for registered users to organize and share images and information they find on the Internet, can be seriously addictive. See a food photo that looks delicious? Pin the recipe. Need a new fitness routine? Browse some pinboards. Gathering ideas for a house or cottage renovation? Pinterest can help. Users often spend an hour or more browsing categories of pins that range from clever quotes to photos of celebrities. They can pin things they find from other Pinterest users or make use of the handy “Pin It” button that can be added to a browser’s bookmark bar. Spectrum Health has embraced Pinterest as a way to share everything from information about the Transplant Games of America to such seasonal topics as “healthy holidays.” “Pinterest started slowly last year and then really exploded this year,” said Janelle Logan, Spectrum’s director of social media.

“I made it a goal that we would get on.” That led to hiring Amy Sawade as social media coordinator, who launched Spectrum’s Pinterest page at the end of July. “She’s been populating our boards with pins ever since,” Logan said. Sawade, a social media whiz, said finding great visuals is the key to attracting users. “I try to find topics that are relevant to people in their everyday lives,” she said. “It’s important to have compelling content if you want to keep their interest.” In her spare time, Sawade searches for more personal things — like weddingrelated topics and images for her upcoming nuptials. Logan, who works out with her 12-year-daughter, said she is often on the hunt for motivational tools. Anyone building or decorating a home will find a plethora of ideas on Pinterest. John Helmholdt, communications director for Grand Rapids Public Schools, said his wife — a fourth-grade teacher — got him hooked on Pinterest last year when they were planning their new house.

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Hooked on

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“I have learned that posting food recipes to my board provides my wife an easy way to whip up dinner or dessert that may sound good to me.” — John Helmholdt

PhotoGraPhy by michael buck

PhotoGraPhy by michael buck

Getting started “Carrie was one of the earlier followers,” he said. “When we started the process of building, we had to think about every little aspect, from floors to cabinets to tile and trim. So we’d go on Pinterest and look through boards as a way of generating ideas.” One pin inspired a closet treehouse for their 4-year-old son, Jack. Another helped them design their basement bar. “And the landscape was my thing, so I’d look at stuff and post on that board.” Interior designer Ashley Cole also uses Pinterest to gather ideas for design projects. “Right now I’m working on a log home, so I’m searching for those and putting images in a folder. When I need inspiration, I have it all in one piece.” When working on a design job out of state earlier this year, Cole said she pulled together a number of ideas and resources online for her client to peruse. “Instead of cutting and pasting, I pinned everything in one folder,” she said. As for the Pinterest addiction, just ask Helmholdt. Even though the house is built, he still makes time to browse pinboards. “Not every day,” he said. “But it’s a lot like Facebook: I like to go on and see what other people are pinning.” The humor section is good for some laughs, he said. But his favorite use? “I have learned that posting food recipes to my board provides my wife an easy way to whip up dinner or dessert that may — Marty PriMeau sound good to me.”

Register on After receiving confirmation, you can log on to the site using your email address, Facebook or Twitter accounts. Browse categories. See what users are out there, select some to follow, or select pins you like. Create your boards: These will be your categories for items you re-pin. You can return to them anytime, share them through other social media, or promote your own.

Carrie Helmholdt, a fourth-grade teacher, got husband John Helmholdt hooked on Pinterest. They used the social media site when building their new home. One pin inspired a closet treehouse for their son Jack.

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Reading Room

“I wanted to put everything in one place to build a better knowledge base and understanding of my work as an artist.” — T’Alyne

Local artist T’Alyne has traveled a lot in recent years, creating work in such places as Belgium, France, Montana and Tennessee. Now those works are featured in “Rain: Dry Season, Wet Season,” her first book. “I’ve been in and out of the state for quite a while, and I wanted to put together a collection of the images of the work I’ve done and tie in some of the research I’ve been doing along the way,” T’Alyne said. The 30-page book was written and illustrated by the artist, whose visual work addresses the conceptual spirit of water. “It is crucial that we attend to the beauty, tranquility and serenity in order to return to the center of balance,” T’Alyne said. The painter’s abstract works are created with waterbased varnish and powdered pigments on fiberglass paper and wood panels and have been featured in collections and exhibitions near and far. She is known for her beautiful use of color and large, flowing pieces. During her time abroad, T’Alyne also conducted research for a variety of fellowships, and excerpts are included along with the images. “I wanted to put everything in one place to build a better knowledge base and understanding of my work as an artist,” she said. Released early this year, the book is both beautiful and informative and makes a great addition to any art or nature lover’s library. Copies are available on T’Alyne’s website, studiotalyne. com, at Schuler Books & Music, or by emailing StudioTalyne@gmail. com.

— Alexandra Fluegel

Photography by johnny Quirin (top left); courtesy T’Alyne (bottom)

It’s raining art

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Pictures from the past

PhotoGraPhy courtesy arcadia PublishinG

PhotoGraPhy by Johnny Quirin (toP left); courtesy t’alyne (bottom)


OrMa leWiS and Jay De Vries are no strangers to history. Together they’ve researched and written two books — “Dutch Heritage in Kent and Ottawa Counties” and “Wyoming” — published by Arcadia, a house dedicated to preserving history through sharing archival photographs. So when Arcadia, also publisher of Lewis’ “Grand Rapids: Furniture City,” announced a new imprint called “Legendary Locals,” the pair went right back to the archives and began researching some of Grand Rapids’ most unique sons and daughters. “Legendary Locals of Grand Rapids” released in August and features some of the most well-known Grand Rapids personalities — but also a good number of unsung heroes who helped mold the city and its surrounding areas. “We wanted a mix of serious and humorous, a mix of races including American Indian, Asian, black, white and Hispanic, and a mix of locally known people, those who are nationally known and those who may not be known at all,” said Lewis, who has been married to De Vries for nine years. The book has about 140 photos, grouped chronologically and including such names as city founders Rix Robinson and Lucius Lyon to author Chris VanAllsburg and filmmaker Paul Schrader.

The biggest names all are here — Campau, Ford, Wege, Van Andel, DeVos, Meijer, Chaffee — but so are those who may have been lost to history such as violinmaker Abram Killinger and home designer Fannie Boylan. “The hardest thing was worrying about leaving important people out,” said Lewis. “Everyone we talked to said we should have so-and-so in, but we might not. It was hard to decide who to leave out, but sometimes it came down to the quality of the image.” The pair did much of their research on the fourth floor of the Ryerson Library, the local history department of the Grand Rapids Public Library. While the library provided many of the images, the authors also obtained pictures from Calvin College, individuals, foundations, and even took a few themselves. “We research together, then Jay works with the pictures and I do the writing,” said Lewis. — ann Byle

AUTHOR FAVORITES Lewis and De Vries found these stories especially interesting: The Marys who were behind Mary Free Bed Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. Hattie Beverly, who was Grand Rapids’ first black teacher. The children who gave up their dogs during World War II to be trained to assist soldiers on the battlefield. November 2012 / 21

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West Michigan Co-op was formed to fill a need for a place where local products could be made available all year round.

Local products, online convenience


round the time most farmers markets are shutting down for winter, the West Michigan Co-op is swinging into high gear, offering everything from coffee and meats to candles and bath products. The online market allows people to peruse hundreds of locally sourced products from the convenience of a computer. “Winter is our busiest month,” said board member Keri Amlotte. “We were created in 2006 because at the time there wasn’t a year-round farmers market that sold local products, and our founders thought there was a need.” The volunteer-run operation is headquartered at 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW, where customers — who pay yearly dues of $35 — pick up their orders once a month. Most farmers and producers bring extra stuff, so customers can add to their baskets as they

stroll through the building, snacking on samples and chatting with vendors. “We’ve really grown and expanded,” Amlotte said. “With all the products we offer, people can do a lot of shopping in one place.” Making Thyme Kitchen offers prepared foods, while Shady Side Farm has wool socks. Several farms sell meats, including rabbit, lamb, goat, beef and more. There’s granola by Daily De-Lish, and other vendors offer breads, artisan cheeses, maple syrup and chocolates. Lynsi O’Dell sells her Coconut Rain all-natural laundry soap. In the winter months, fruits and veggies aren’t as plentiful, though a few farms now have greenhouses. “People like the convenience of shopping online,” Amlotte said. “At the same time, they really enjoy the chance to meet the farmers and producers on pick-up night.” Visit westmichigan for info on how to join.

Shopping day at West Michigan Co-op is a monthly event when vendors and customers come together at 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW in downtown Grand Rapids. Members who have shopped online walk through the building to collect their orders and visit with the farmers and merchants. Top left; Deb Frankenberger of D&M Farms bags kale in preparation of buyers. Top right, Jasmine Kim and Ashley Zimmerman carry produce to their car. Above, Ben Kaeb of Heidi’s Farm Stand unloads produce onto the loading dock. At left, Scott Wells of Wells Orchards fills an order of apples for a member.

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Elissa Hillary is executive director of Local First, a nonprofit organization supporting locally owned businesses in West Michigan.

> Carrettino Italian Market & Wine: Looking for the perfect wine for your holiday meal? Let John Russo and his family select one for you at this store stocked with regional Italian groceries, meats and cheeses. The store is located in the Town & Country Plaza, 4301 Kalamazoo Ave. SE. > Rylee’s Ace Hardware: In addition to hardware, Rylee’s expanded housewares department at its Grand Rapids location, 1234 Michigan St. NE, features a wide array of tabletop accessories, dishware, cookware, turkey fryers, etc. > UbU Furniture: Sprucing up your home before you host? UbU (You-Be-You), a locally created, owned and operated store in RiverTown Crossings mall, offers a wide selection of furniture, rugs and accessories for your home.

American tradition, local flavor thaNksgiviNg has alwaYs been my favorite holiday. It is one of few American traditions that tie us to a seasonal local diet. You won’t find kiwis or avocados on most Thanksgiving menus. While my family loves those items, they aren’t part of our holiday meal. They definitely weren’t trucked across the country when the Mayflower pilgrims sat down for dinner at Plymouth Rock, and they just as certainly weren’t ingredients my grandmother included in her recipes. Instead, you’ll find relish made from fresh cranberries, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, mashed potatoes, homemade stuffing — and wine. And the meal wouldn’t be complete without a slice of homemade apple or pumpkin pie. All of these ingredients come from Michigan. Not only is Thanksgiving a celebration of family and food, it’s also a reminder to slow down and think about the things for which we’re grateful. In the last couple of years, the people at some of our local businesses have made it on my list, earning a special place in my heart for their excellent customer service. Last year, in an effort to remind our family of the supreme quality and flavor of locally raised meats, my husband and I offered to bring the turkey to Thanksgiving dinner.

Unfortunately, when my husband went to pick it up from the butcher, he’d forgotten his wallet. Instead of having him return with cash (and delay our trip), Byron Center Meats encouraged him to take the turkey and call back later with his credit card number. Each year, we also host a gathering at Thanksgiving time for our college friends. Two years ago, a shower of sparks rained down on my

High-level customer service sets locally owned businesses apart. Whether you’re buying a turkey or purchasing a piece of hardware, think local first. husband as he was installing a new chandelier an hour before our guests were to arrive. With no time to waste, I went to Rylee’s Ace Hardware to purchase a missing electrical piece. Instead of wandering around and trying to figure out what I needed, I handed my cell phone to one of the customer service reps. My husband talked him through the issue, the Rylee’s rep helped me locate the critical piece, and I was on my way in a matter of minutes, leaving plenty of time to have our house in order before our friends arrived. This high-level customer service sets locally owned businesses apart. Whether you’re buying a turkey or purchasing a piece of hardware, think local first — you’ll be grateful you did. — eliSSa Hillary

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these loCal busiNesses CaN helP with Your thaNksgiviNg PreParatioNs: > Byron Center Meats: It’s not too late to order your turkey! Locally owned for nearly 70 years, Byron Center Meats at 8375 Freeland Ave. in Byron Center is a full-service butcher shop offering a wide array of locally raised meats.

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Art at street level Calvin College’s (106) Gallery in Heartside provides emerging artists a chance to gain experience and exposure.

> (106) GaLLery Location: 106 S. Division Ave. Hours: 1-9 p.m. Wed., 1-6 p.m. Thu. & Fri.

Vis Vegetativa, foreground, the ArtPrize entry of Calvin College professor Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk, is composed of teabag pods, porcupine quills and found objects. VanReeuwyk is a fiber artist with a working studio at 106 Division St.

Contact: studio; email; Twitter @106gallery

Upcoming events to check out at (106)

fouNd — throuGh Nov. 18: An exhibition of found items collected from all over the world and featured by Found Magazine, including notes from the finders. The exhibition leads up to the Found Magazine Live show, held at the gallery at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Visit foundmaga for more information.

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n the last decade, a portion of South Division Avenue in Heartside has undergone a transformation from blight to beauty. An area once known for abandoned storefronts is now a hotbed of artists living and working in the heart of the city. A cornerstone of this area, which has been dubbed the Avenue for the Arts, is Calvin College’s (106) Gallery, founded in a joint effort between the school and local nonprofit Dwelling Place. Through a $100,000 Cool Cities grant, an abandoned warehouse at 106 S. Division Ave. was renovated into LEED-certified live/work space for artists and a gallery. Calvin leases the gallery space and plays an active role in the area’s continued renewal. “The space downtown is a chance for Calvin to connect with and support the art scene,” said Sara Bakker, gallery coordinator. In fact, the college has a long history in the downtown area: Its first campus, founded in 1876, was located on nearby Commerce Street. “Even when the building was just a vacant warehouse, Calvin art students were familiar with the space, having displayed artwork for one night pop-up shows called

SeNIor eXhIbIt — Nov. 30-JaN. 4 (cLoSed dec. 19-JaN. 2): Final exhibit for Calvin art education majors. As students look ahead to a final semester of student teaching, they will display the variety of artwork they created in the studio.

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Chuck Sutton and Karen Wegert view Anca Bonner’s ArtPrize entry entitled “unfinished poem,” which was made with hundreds of egg shells and painted delicately with layers of acrylic paint.

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White movable walls allow the space to adapt to a variety of mediums, creating new aesthetic environments with every show.

Free Radicals,” explained Bakker. Now the gallery is home to exhibitions by Calvin artists, the local community and beyond. “Our focus is to be a space that provides emerging artists the opportunity to share a new body of work and to gain experience and exposure,” Bakker said. She said although certain exhibitions are dedicated to showing work from Calvin students and faculty, the gallery frequently hosts work from other local undergraduate and graduate students, and from national and international artists. For the gallery’s open exhibitions, proposals are solicited and selected through a jury process that aims to choose work that is challenging and fresh. White movable walls allow the space to adapt to a variety of mediums, creating new aesthetic environments with every show. One of the more striking features of the gallery are the wall-to-wall windows that wrap around the building, not only giving the exhibits an urban backdrop but also

allowing passersby to peek in and see what’s going on. “We thrive on that connection,” Bakker said. “People can experience art on the street.” In addition to the open-invitation windows, the gallery is often host to a variety of community events including workshops, artist panels and its weekly Open Studio Night, which allows artists to use the space to work on projects. — aleXaNDra FlUeGel

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Maureen Nollette’s ArtPrize entry, titled “stratum,” adopts repetition, pattern and grid to communicate the passage of time, above. Mandy Cano Villalobos, assistant professor of art and art history at Calvin College, works on her installation, N.N. (Ningún Nombre), which “brings to light the thousands of murders that scarred South America in the implementation of Operation Condor during the 1970s and ’80s.” She sews white cloth over faces of victims. “Once each person is covered in white cloth, I let the sewn image fall to the floor. As the installation proceeds, this second pile accumulates into a heap of indistinguishable victims.’ November 2012 / grMag.coM 27

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frame works

Architect Mark F. Miller is an urban designer at Nederveld, and has led the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The Ruises’ renovation uncovered the vintage tin ceiling.

> the coNNectIoN betWeeN oLd aNd NeW was forged when Amy and Steve were in the middle of the remodel, and Mary Joseph Maxim — the daughter of the Wealthy Food Market proprietors — paid a visit. She provided vintage photographs as well as many anecdotes about the grocery and her family. Several of Mary’s photographs are included with this article. They show the kind of retail vibrancy that once existed at this location, and the similarities between then and now.

more thaN NINe yearS aGo, Art of the Table opened its doors, creating not only a destination retail shop but also stabilizing a formerly moribund block along the Wealthy Street corridor. The store’s owners, Amy and Steve Ruis, established the specialty food, wine and tabletop store in an uncommon building with a legacy of housing family-owned businesses. The building at 606 Wealthy St. SE — boast-

> art of the tabLe carries a wide selection of wine, beer, meats and cheeses, as well as unique houseware and gift items.

ing a picture-perfect retail storefront, transoms and copper-clad window frames — sits near the corner of Wealthy and Union. While the structure is decidedly a commercial building, its form reveals a history of evolution from single-family house to place of commerce, giving it a unique charm that perfectly blends with its residential and commercial neighbors. This evolution is distinctly evident, as passersby can easily recognize both the former home, now an apartment, and the single-story retail building attached to its front. This snapshot of urban change is a relatively unusual occurrence along the streets of Grand Rapids because oftentimes homes were simply demolished as the corridor transformed from residential to commercial. In addition to being a marker of physical change, the building also has a heritage of accommodating family businesses. This heritage began in the 1920s with the Wealthy Food Mar-

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Rekindling a tradition

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The Wealthy Food Market, like many stores of its era, used the expansive storefronts to display an abundant selection of wares while also packing its interior with a full assortment of goods, including cans stacked from floor to ceiling.

Photography by Michael Buck (bottom); courtesy Mary Joseph Maxim (top)

Photography by Michael Buck

ket, a full-service grocery that was owned and operated by the Joseph family, who also resided in the house. Art of the Table, another family-owned business, continues this legacy. The Wealthy Food Market, like many stores of its era, used the expansive storefronts to display an abundant selection of wares while also packing its interior with a full assortment of goods, including cans stacked from floor to ceiling. It offered a full array of fresh produce, meats, cheeses and other household essentials and had a walk-in cooler that provided ample storage space for displaying refrigerated goods. The Ruises’ renovation rekindled this tradition and salvaged the building from

The Joseph family inside Wealthy Food Market, the original cooler and the vintage storefront in the 1920s.

years of neglect. The vintage tin ceiling was re-exposed, the storefronts were rehabilitated to once again exhibit compelling displays, and the venerable cooler was reimagined as a walk-in beer cooler where customers can browse a unique selection of beers. Even the Art of the Table sign above the doors is inspired by the rectangular sign of the market, which hung in the same location. The connection between old and new is evident today as tasteful displays once more pack the storefront windows. Specialty foods and household essentials again fill the shelves — sold by people who live, work and play in the surrounding neighborhoods, much like the Joseph fam— Mark F. Miller ily did.

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1/ KeNdaLL coLLeGe of art aNd deSIGN: Nov. 5-27, Gallery 104 presents an undergraduate exhibition of artists’ books, “On the Same Page.” Themes include metaphysics, science, heritage, the unconscious mind and spirituality. Thru Nov. 30, Kendall/Ferris Faculty Exhibition. Thru Dec. 7, Syd Mead: Progressions. Nov. 19-Dec. 5, MFA Exhibition: Megan Klco and Casey Snyder. Galleries closed Nov. 21-25. 17 Fountain St. NW, 2/ deSIGN GaLLery at deSIGN QueSt: Design Quest celebrates its 40th year of business with its fifth annual furniture design competition, on exhibit through Dec. 16. This year’s entries came from 14 countries. 4181 28th St. SE, 940-0131,

City Art Gallery: Thru Nov. 9, Furniture & Fiber. Nov. 10-Dec. 24, Holiday Open House. Multi-media works from more than 30 local artists. 1168 Ionia Ave. NW, 451-0705, CODA Gallery: Nov. 2-28, Kendall College of Art & Design Ceramics Club Exhibition; reception 6-8 p.m. Nov. 2. Teaching gallery showing work by local students and beyond. 44 S. Division Ave., 401-7382,

3/ The West Michigan Eight: Armand Merizon’s “Red Barn.”

(106) Gallery and Studio: Thru Nov. 18, Found, a collection of letters, drawings, cards, kids’ homework, poetry on napkins, etc., submitted to Found Magazine. Nov. 30-Jan. 4, Art Education Exhibition. Operated by Calvin College art department, exhibitions include faculty, student and other artwork. 106 S. Division Ave., studio. Betsy Ratzsch Pottery: Adabased gallery features wide range of ceramics, artwork and gifts made by American artisans. 584 Ada Drive, 682-0266, Calvin College Center Art Gallery: Thru Dec. 15, Voces, by Mandy Cano Villalobos, and Photography From the Collection of Dr. Robert Pool. Extensive permanent collection plus work by students, faculty, alumni and others. Calvin FAC, 1795 Knollcrest Circle, 5266271, Cascade Art Gallery: Multi-media art, changing exhibits of extensive print selection, framing, gifts. 2840 Thornapple River Drive SE, 9494056,

Con Artist Crew: Art collective and gallery. 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW, North Building, No. 198, (734) 6466186, Facebook. Crafthouse: Thru Nov. 5, I Want to Believe. Shows exhibitions and installations by local artists. 40 S. Division Ave., Facebook. Fire and Water Gallery: Local artists, jewelry, sculpture and photography. 219 W. Main St., Lowell, 890-1879, Gallery 154: Local and national multi-media art, gifts, jewelry. 1456 Lake Drive SE, 454-2154, gallery154. com. Gallery at ICCF: Thru Dec. 13, Artfully Told: Words and Images, 30 illustrations from children’s publications by Paul Stoub, LoriMcElrath-Eslick and Amy Young. Inner City Christian Federation, 920 Cherry St. SE, hibit.htm. Grand Gallery: Nov. 16-Dec. 31, Small Works; reception and trunk show by jeweler Cori Klahn 5-8 p.m. Nov. 16. Fine art, reproductions, restoration, gifts, framing. 596 Ada Drive, Ada, 676-4604, grandgallery. com. Grand Rapids Art Museum: See Museums & Attractions.

GVSU: Red Wall Gallery: Nov. 5-Dec. 5, Building on the Land: Works by Lorelle Otis Thomas; Lake Ontario Hall, Allendale. Faculty/Staff Dining: thru Apr. 29, Hiroshige: Stations of the Tokaido Road; Kirkhof Center, Allendale. West Wall Gallery: thru Dec. 7, Armand Merizon: Gifts and Works, on loan from Bette and Bernon Young; Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton St. Heartside Gallery: A gallery of works by self-taught artists (Heartside residents) creating folk, outsider and intuitive art. 48 S. Division Ave., 235-7211, ext. 103, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: See Museums & Attractions. LaFontsee Galleries: Two- and three-dimensional art by gallery artists; gifts and framing. 833 Lake Drive SE, 451-9820; 150 Center St., Douglas, MercuryHead Gallery: Work by local artists plus gifts and framing. 962 E. Fulton St. 456-6022, Facebook. Miscellany: Boutique store and

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Eitel’s laminated oak mirror is part of the furniture competition at Design Quest.

Nov. 5-27

1/ “Blue Smoke” by Jonathan McAfee is part of an exhibit at Gallery 104. gallery space. 136 S. Division Ave., (810) 923-7158, Facebook. Muskegon Museum of Art: See Museums & Attractions. Nice Gallery: Artist-run gallery features contemporary artwork. 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW, No. 4C, 284-1771, Open Concept Gallery: Open platform for innovation, showcasing local and international art and artists. 50 Louis St. NW, openconceptgallery. org. Richard App Gallery: Fine art from local and U.S. artists. 910 Cherry St. SE, 458-4226, Sanctuary Folk Art: Salon-style gallery displays and sells folk art by local artists. 140 S. Division Ave., 454-0401, Facebook. The Shallows Art Gallery: Up-and-coming local artists. 1054 W. Fulton St., (906) 748-0941, Facebook. Terryberry Gallery: Thru Nov. 30, Christine Towner, encaustic art, and Michele Renee Gort, oils. Exhibits of local and international art change monthly. St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE (lower level), 459-2224, terryberry-gallery. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts: See Museums & Attractions Vandermoere Fine Art Gallery: Fine art originals, prints and gifts, restoration services. 120 S. Division Ave., No. 124, (517) 204-0616, vander

PhotograPhy courtesy Jonathan Mcafee (toP right); design Quest (bottoM); forest hills fine arts center (toP left)

3/ foreSt hILLS fac: Nov. 2-18, The West Michigan Eight, paintings from acclaimed artists Larry Blovits, Carl Forslund, Collin Fry, Jim Markel, Armand Merizon, Jack Brouwer, Jon McDonald and Chris Stoffel Overvoorde. Artist reception 6-7 p.m. Nov. 6. 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, 493-8966,

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

SPeNdING tIme WIth the PaINtING: > Note how the artist has used brushwork and color to create the moody atmosphere of a misty riverbank. Of all the colors anticipated in such a scene, the subtle use of pink is a delightful surprise.

“Looking North Along the Grand from Lower Island”; Mathias Alten, Oil on Canvas, 1909.

PhotograPhy courtesy grand Valley state uniVersity

PhotograPhy courtesy Jonathan Mcafee (toP right); design Quest (bottoM); forest hills fine arts center (toP left)

An Alten encore LoNG before there was an art museum and gallery culture in Grand Rapids — and well in advance of a regional community of artists, there was Mathias Alten (1871-1938), certainly the most celebrated historical artist in the annals of Grand Rapids. As a painter of note, he worked in a representational style that reflected his awareness of the most important movements for painting in Europe, including Impressionism. His link to this most beloved of all 19th century movements stems from his devotion to painting out of doors, the concern for light and color, and a masterful but deceivingly free brushwork. For this, Alten frequently is discussed as an American Impressionist or a Second-Generation Impressionist. There are numerous places to take in the prolific painter’s work, from the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Muskegon Museum of Art to area hospitals and churches. However, the most concentrated and perhaps rewarding venue for this Michigan master is Grand Valley State University’s George and Barbara Gordon Gallery. This most stately but intimate of gallery environments is located on the Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids in DeVos Center and

displays paintings from across Alten’s repertoire, including the beloved landscapes and seascapes from his extended tenure in Grand Rapids to his journeys to the Netherlands, Spain and across the United States. This autumn, the university unveiled an extraordinary gift of 38 additional Alten paintings from the Gordons, bringing the institution’s collection to well more than 100 works. In response to the gift, the university unveiled a second story to the Gordon Gallery. Among the most captivating works included in this recent gift is “Looking North Along the Grand from Lower Island” from 1909. Wonderfully fresh in appearance, this riverbank scene is both timeless and of its time. The barren trees frame a view of the Grand River, which remains the central life force for the city center, yet they also veil the details of a city skyline that existed more than a century ago. Considering the university’s renaissance presence along this riverbank, this painting carries great poetic meaning.

> The application of paint used to describe the barren trees differs from brushwork throughout the rest of the painting and seems to resemble calligraphy. > In this composition, the strong diagonal of the riverbank is a device to lead your eye into the painting’s middle ground and background. > Enjoy other examples of Alten’s repertoire on view. Compare this landscape with others from different seasons and locations. How do they compare and contrast? > The Gordon Gallery is free and open to the public 1-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The gallery is located in the DeVos Center on GVSU’s Pew Campus, 401 W. Fulton St., in downtown Grand Rapids.

— JOSePH a. BeCHerer

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By Ann Byle New technology allows for ever-increasing options for fireplaces, both inside and outside the home.

This see-through contemporary fireplace by Town & Country holds glass or rocks and makes an ideal room divider in a modern home. Opposite page: A small, portrait-style fireplace by Town & Country can be used in a bedroom, study or small space.

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Let there be fire


GaS fIrePLaceS are movING from serviceable to sophisticated, thanks to technology and design trends heating up the field. While the soft glow of dancing flames still enhances many homes, those flames now may swirl at eye level or whirl in rainbow colors. “The trend, whose impetus is mainly European, is moving toward linear fireplaces,” said Larry Kett, owner of Kett’s Hearth & Home, 3792 29th St. SE. “We’re seeing lower and wider fireplaces, but placed higher in the wall.” The eye-catching horizontal gas fireplaces may have a glassed-front viewing area only 12 to 15 inches high but 4 to 5 feet wide. “This lends itself to commercial applications such as restaurants, lobbies and offices, and to large, contemporary homes,” said Kett, whose firm installed fireplaces in the Spoelhof College Center Atrium and the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex at Calvin College. There are variations on a smaller scale, according to Kett, who said the fireplaces may be placed at eye level to offer a more contemporary feel. “More people are moving away from the traditional fireplace look, especially in new construction and renovations,” said Karen Kimble, sales representative at Hearthcrest Fireplace & Home Décor, with stores at 2176 Wealthy St. SE and 365 84th St. SW in Byron Center. “With fireplaces in the walls and more people moving away from mantels, it’s a very clean look.” Technology plays a part in the linear fireplace because of what experts call “power venting.” Instead of gasses being vented using natural draft, they are sent through a series of vents via fans. The fans allow fireplaces to be placed just about anywhere, while the vents remain hidden behind walls. “Power venting opens up design possibilities because it allows you to hide the vent someplace unobtrusive,” said Kett. Kett and Kimble also are seeing more interest in replacing typical ceramic logs

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Photography Courtesy Valor fireplaces (left, top and bottom); HPC Fire (right)

Photography Courtesy Town and Country

and lava rocks with colored glass in a variety of hues. The tempered glass, which comes in several shapes and forms, costs $4.50 to $8.50 a pound, with a typical fireplace using 50 to 80 pounds. John Brummel is manager of Hearthcrest’s Byron Center store. The glass, he said, varies from a fine, powdered dust up to glass beads that are an inch or two in diameter. For more interest, ceramic shapes in the form of cylinders, pyramids, squares and spheres can be added. Lights underneath the glass can further enhance the look. The color-enhancing LED lights come in a variety of colors. “The lights and flame reflect into it. The best way to describe the look is that of an ice cube melting: It’s fire and ice together,” said Brummel. While used in homes, Kett said the colored glass is particularly well suited

to outside fire pits where the shimmering effect is visible from all sides. Kimble agreed, saying the increase in use of glass coincides with the increase in outdoor living spaces that use fire pits. “You can’t burn wood in your backyards in a lot of places now, so gas fire pits are going in all over the place,” said Kimble. “We work with a couple of landscapers and they’re continually putting them in.” Other options for gas fireplaces include replacing ceramic “logs” — which now come in more realistic looking options than ever — with ceramic pieces designed to look like driftwood, pinecones or river rocks. Another big growth area is using a gas insert to convert an existing fireplace to a sealed, high-efficiency gas system. Installers insert a metal box with a sealed front into the existing fireplace box, then run liners up the flue for venting. Each insert has a blower, thermostat and remote control to set room temperature. “You’re converting a highly inefficient fireplace into a highly efficient fireplace that heats your home,” said Kett. “For anyone who wants to use the fireplace to its maximum for the most heat and enjoyment, a gas insert is a no-brainer.” Cost plays a factor, of course. For those who use their fireplace less often, a simple gas log fireplace is adequate and costs $700-$1,000. A gas insert costs $3,000$4,000 installed. Bedrooms must have a sealed, enclosed fireplace. “Customers must weigh spending more money up front to get more value out of the fireplace,” said Kett. “The trend is having the fireplace become a useful, functional piece of the home.” Kimble agrees. About 50 percent of Hearthcrest’s fireplace installations are new construction; the other 50 percent GR involves redoing existing fireplaces.

A decorative safety feature Larry Kett is tapping into an aftermarket created by the growth in sealed, glassfront gas fireplaces. He designs custom, decorative metal screens to help prevent burns caused by the hot glass. “Getting creative with the decorative screen front is a huge thing,” he said. “I draw up the design they want; then the manufacturer uses laser-cutting technology to create it. I design about 50 a year in all finishes, styles and shapes.” The decorative screens cost between $500 and $1,000. Kett says screens may soon be required on all glass-front fireplaces to prevent burns.

While ceramic logs are still the norm in gas fireplaces, retailers are seeing more interest in colored glass and beads in a variety of shapes. Lights enhance the decorative effect. Above is an outdoor gas fire pit with clear glass pebbles by HPC Fire.

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New life for festive wreaths From feather boas to old sweaters, imagination goes a long way in jazzing up fall wreaths.

for a LoNG tIme, wreaths have been an easy and inexpensive way to decorate for holidays. But they’ve come a long way in recent years, and using new materials has given new life to the festive wreath. You may have to think a little “outside the box” for something new, but the possibilities really are endless. Shop outside. A pinecone wreath provides quite the impact statement — especially when the pinecones are from the backyard. My family and I went on a pinecone hunt and gathered enough to cover a Styrofoam wreath painted brown with some spray paint. Using hot glue, I (painstakingly) applied each pinecone until it was full. Place the pinecones as close as possible to fill in any gaps.

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A pinecone wreath provides quite the impact statement — especially when the pinecones are from the backyard.

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FOR Craft feathers add an autumnal feel to a sweaterwrapped wreath.

I would recommend a bright, bold ribbon to offset the color. For a few dollars, the pinecone wreath is an original piece that garners plenty of conversation.

PhotograPhy courtesy chris carey

PhotograPhy courtesy chris carey

Cut it up. Have an old sweater lying around? Find an inexpensive straw wreath and wrap an old sweater around it for some texture. If you don’t have a spare sweater, purchase one at a consignment shop to keep this project inexpensive. It’s as simple as shaping the sweater remnant around the form, cutting it to shape and hot-gluing it together. A thick ribbon can be tied around it, but I opted to add some inexpensive craft feathers for a more autumnal feel. Hint: No need for a wreath hanger over the door. Simply use a thumbtack to keep the ribbon in place on top of the door. Find a form and wrap it. Wreath forms are easy to find and relatively inexpensive, so it’s fun to challenge myself with ways to cover them. Adding some jute (found at craft stores) brings nice texture to a relatively plain space, but it can be changed out if I get tired of it. For a little more pizzazz, try a feather boa. Again, adhering one end to the form and simply wrapping it around until it’s full makes it an easy project. The best part? It can be easily changed with the seasons or décor of the room.


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This inconspicuous modernist home on Reeds Lake was built toward the end of famed California architect Richard Neutra’s career — the only Neutra home in Michigan.

A mid-century landmark Text and photography by Tyler Merkel


If every Richard Neutra home were blessed with owners as mindful as Thor and Katie Sorensen, history books would have richer stories to tell. When the couple purchased the List house in 2000 from the family who built it, they did so with an understanding of its importance as a landmark. With a small footprint and an incredible view of the lake, it could have been regarded as a prime teardown location when it went on the market for the first time. After a rigorous interview process, the owners only offered the Sorensens a rental agreement, likely sensing the home’s vulnerability. However, when complicated discussions regarding landlord versus tenant responsibility arose, the couple’s eagerness to move in was enough proof of their mindful intent for the List family to reconsider. Built in 1962 as a retirement home for Grand Rapids’ first neurosurgeon, Carl List, and his wife Eva, the scale of the home reflects that it was built for two. Its position on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids comes

as no surprise, as it is nestled amongst an enclave of other mid-century modern homes on a tree lined cul-de-sac. Upon approach, the street view reveals a false indication of the overall experience of the house because of its orientation. Built into a hillside, the main living spaces hover above the garage, with other portions of the home hidden from view. The exterior is primarily Philippine mahogany siding, vertical brick and glass. At night, the exterior remains well lit, a request of Dr. List, who often worked late shifts at the hospital. A reflecting pool at the end of the driveway is an unmistakable Neutra touch. The main entry of the home is accessed by a winding ascent through hillside foliage, which leads along a brick wall and over a bridge connecting to the main door. The remarkable masonry along the entry has mortar that seems to ooze out between

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Opposite page: The typical mid-century galley kitchen has the original cabinetry and appliances. Left, a walkway and stairs lead to the front entrance from the driveway amid hillside landscaping. Above, the living room features a built-in sofa and an open fireplace, behind which is a small den (shown at right).

the bricks. The original plans for the house, however, specified fieldstone. The compromise has never been truly understood, though Katie suspects it may have been due to budget restraints. In complete contrast to Frank Lloyd Wright’s preferred bricklaying technique where a strong horizontal continuum was emphasized, Neutra specified that the bricks be laid vertically, with the horizontal mortar scraped away. The vertical mortar appears drippy, erupting from the seams. According to oral history, Neutra supervised the bricklaying, demanding of the masons, “More ooze, more ooze!” The entry foyer leads in several directions and casts an expansive and direct view out onto the lake through the glass wall in the living room. To the left lie the kitchen and stairs to the lower level, and to the right lie the bedrooms. The original plans for the home specified floor-to-ceiling glass in the living room but were modified as part of the design process to include a base with vents that can be tipped open to allow natural ventilation during hot Michigan summers. Structural beams on the ceiling pierce

through the glass wall, forming a continuous line between interior and exterior, melting the visual barrier between nature and a refined inner space. It is here that it becomes apparent that the structure is the decorative detail in this modern home. “Any time a kid comes over, they think we have the coolest house. I have a theory that they like the outside being in. And, of course, they like the swivel chairs, too!” Katie laughs. Between the built-in sofa and connected cantilevered hearth of the fireplace, there is plenty of space to sit down and enjoy the view. The sofa wall has a gap at the ceiling, letting natural light filter into the hallway to the master bedroom behind. In this open living/dining area, cabinetry lines the walls and once housed a built in hi-fi. A sliding wall that hangs from one of the roof beams can be used to close off the dining area from the living area. Atop the cabinetry, lighting is tucked away, providing an even, ambient glow. A large glass sliding wall in the dining area leads out to a screened-in porch. A door from the porch accesses a deck that runs the length of the glass wall, safeguarded from the elements by the cantilevered roof. November 2012 / 37

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Behind the fireplace is a small den adjacent to the master bedroom with bookshelves and a desk built in. Katie and Thor use it as a cozy family room and enjoy it for relaxing and watching movies with their son. One of Katie’s favorite rooms in the house, however, seems to be the kitchen. A typical mid-century galley kitchen, Katie describes it as “extremely well built.” “I like cooking in here, but it’s not the best for working with other people,” she mentions. The cabinetry was precisely built around the vintage appliances, and therefore the stove, oven and refrigerator remain original. This, however is a change the Sorensens are willing to eventually make. “Have you ever cleaned 1960’s appliances?” Katie asks with wide eyes. “There’s a point when you’re living in a house, and it’s not a museum, and you must ask yourself, ‘What would Neutra have done if we were his clients?’” If they decide to update the appliances, the plan is to modify some of the housings by resizing original pieces. “We’re very good about taking pictures and documenting it every time we make a change, and we have things labeled and packed away in the basement,” Katie explains. Despite their commitment to preserve, some of the original features of the house are starting to show their age and have needed to be either modified or replaced — for example, the bands of windows in the kitchen and dining room. “They used to be very California modern,” says Katie. “You could barely see the frame. However, this isn’t California, and you also couldn’t see out of them in the winter, as they’d completely ice over.” Another example are the glass light fixtures in the hallway ceiling leading to the master bedroom, which are meant to illuminate the closets the hallway is lined with. “We never put the light fixtures back, because they are so degraded,” says Katie. “I think there is lead in the glass, so it is rather gray and sheds very little light, and so we can’t really see what we’re picking out in the morning.” One major change was made in the master bedroom when they first bought the house. Small, uninsulated MDF panels above the bed (which flapped open to

The dining room features large windows and original built-in cabinetry. A sliding wall that hangs from a roof beam stores between the cabinets.

allow a cross-breeze) had let water run in, ruining a bookend-veneered birch panel with built-in twin headboards. This, however, wasn’t a great loss for the couple, who couldn’t imagine twin beds in the master bedroom. “I’d like to re-veneer that wall again. My husband, however, has other ideas in mind,” Katie adds. Some changes to the house can be regarded as strong improvements, like the addition of air conditioning and a retaining wall that was added to counteract erosion problems. The degrading Wolmanized lumber walkways of the deck and entry were also replaced, yielding a cosmetic upgrade. The Sorensens love improving their house one step at a time in alignment with their budget. Though the basement level is a mostly unfinished Michigan basement used for cars, utilities and storage, Thor has set up his woodworking studio and is currently building a kayak. The original drawings show one room as a bomb shelter, which eventually morphed into Eva List’s darkroom. “We’ve turned it into our wine cellar and gift-wrapping station,” mentions Katie. The main landing of the basement houses a shower room, which Dr. List requested, as he looked forward to going for swims in the lake and needed an easy place for a rinse.

When asked about one of the house’s most unusual characteristics, Katie reveals an amusing secret, which might also be one of the house’s most historically interesting features. Eva List left notes all over the house. Documents are glued, taped and placed inside cabinets, next to door frames and on walls, and inform the occupants of everything from the year the house was built to where to watch out for steep steps. Some of the other documents regarding the house are in an uncertain state. The original architectural plans and correspondence have been retained by the List family. “We would love to keep them with this house as part of its story,” the couple mentions. In an area like East Grand Rapids, which has no historic preservation ordinance like neighboring Grand Rapids does, the List house stands as a hallmark in the battle for preservation. The house had no protection when it was sold, and it is therefore remarkable to consider it could easily have been sold to the highest bidder. As the only Neutra house in Michigan, its importance to the local history as well as the Neutra legacy is immense. Its carefully planned design is so well preserved that even the trees accounted for in the original GR plan still remain.

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820 Monroe Ave. (616) 459-5075 Carol Wagen and Scott Carey

Handcrafted just for you


By J. Stapleton Burch

From the moment you walk into Metal Art Studio Fine Jewelry at 820 Monroe Avenue, you know you are someplace special. Its creativity is palpable and the passion evident. It couldn’t be farther from a “big-box store” experience. Just beyond their cases filled with designer and custom jewelry is a rare sensory experience: You’ll hear the sounds of the drill and hammer, smell the wax carvings melting in the furnace, see the design boards on the walls, and workbenches where three genuine jewelers are transforming gemstones and rough castings into amazing pieces of jewelry through the magic of Old World techniques and artisanship. A visit to the studio is an experience not to be missed. And while commissioned, custom designed pieces, expert jewelry repair and heirloom restoration are at the heart of Metal Art Studio, the shop also offers an array of select designer jewelry handcrafted by other artisans.

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“Our clients are people who value and appreciate creative design,” noted Carol Wagen, who has co-owned Metal Art Studio with her jeweler/ designer husband Scott Carey since 1990. “All the stages of the process happen in our studio and clients appreciate getting the chance to learn about every detail of their piece, from the pros and cons of the metal options to how it’s carved and cast.” They invite client involvement throughout the various stages of the jewelry-making process, providing opportunities to put their own personal touch on their pieces, from sharing in the design process to watching the jewelers pour the precious metals. “It lets you be a part of the jewelry and the jewelry becomes a part of you and your life,” Wagen observed. “There’s something so special and romantic about knowing the jeweler who made your wedding ring or restored that precious family heirloom.” Every piece of jewelry at Metal Art Studio will reflect the individuality of the wearer, whether it was custom designed specifically for you, or you find a piece in their showcase that calls your name. “The designers we carry are as varied as the people who come into our store,” Wagen continued. “Whether it was made by us or one of our designers, there is a special piece just waiting for you.” Wagen works diligently to source and hand select rare and precious gemstones of all types from a variety of gemstone and diamond brokers and pearl suppliers, for a rare selection you won’t find anywhere else. Private appointments can be scheduled

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with brokers so clients can take part in the selection process. They also host special jewelry events, such as the “Amazing Pearls Roundtable” scheduled for November 8 & 9. A national pearl expert will introduce her luminous collection one piece at a time and pass them around the table. Guests will literally play with a vast selection of amazing pearls as well as raw diamonds, diamond crystals and slices. Hor d’oeuvres and drinks will be served, and seating is limited for this fun evening. For more details call 616.459.5075, visit “Jewelry is one of the most emotionally charged purchases you will ever make,” Wagen summed up. “I love it when couples leave our store so happy they hug and kiss on the front sidewalk.

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Above: Owners Scott Carey and Carol Wagen Photo by: Michael Buck Facing page: Beryl is a beautiful gem when faceted and sparkling. It’s also beautiful in its raw state, shown here in three pieces by designer Scott Carey. Left top: Beautiful plum circlé pearl and diamond earrings are handmade at Metal Art Studio Fine Jewelry. Left bottom: A traditional oval sapphire takes on a whole new attitude in this two-tone design by Scott Carey. Jewelry photos by: Carol Wagen

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Dress up your room in style


By J. Stapleton Burch

AmonG deSIGnerS, hardware is considered the jewelry of a room. It’s the finishing touch that gives a room character and makes a space “pop” with that certain something special. “Changing out a room’s hardware is a quick and easy, inexpensive way to update cabinetry or add a very personal touch to a room,” explained elaine dreyer, who co-owns modern hardware with her brother Bob VanderLugt and husband rick dreyer. Specializing in decorative hardware for both homeowners and the building trade, the local, family-owned store boasts the largest selection of decorative hardware in West michigan. they have thousands of items in stock, with thousands more available by special order. modern hardware has continued to evolve over the decades since it was originally founded as oakdale Fuel and

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materials in 1924. elaine and Bob’s parents took ownership in 1970, and began carving out its present-day niche as the largest supplier of quality decorative and builders’ hardware in the area. now you can even find members of the third generation at work in the store at its original location at 1500 Kalamazoo Avenue Se. modern hardware’s vast selection of door and cabinet knobs and drawer pulls range from handcrafted artisan glass to organic rocks and everything in between. they can be found in every color, shape and form, from the fun and highly distinctive to the more traditional. If ‘bling’ is your style, consider hardware inset with Swarovski crystals. If whimsy is what you’re after, add character with artfully designed human figures, or give a nod to mother nature with faux branches, vines and leaves, or go with a celestial theme of stars, moons, suns and planets. Whether your style is quiet and classy or fun and funky, there is something for every theme and individual at modern hardware. You’ll also find competitive prices to suit most any budget, along with personal, professional service from a staff that will walk you through

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your project – from the selection process through to precise installation. “We have a great staff who will help you find something that fits both budget and personal style,” elaine noted. modern hardware also offers a select line of outdoor grills as well as a full inventory of stock to assist in any dIY project, from the high-end Pratt & Lambert paint line and their “do it Best” label, Sherwin Williams, to plumbing and electrical tools and supplies and all the typical hardware products required when building or remodeling a home. Whether picking out a single knob for a closet door, outfitting a whole home, seeking help for a leaky faucet, or simply need a couple of screws to finish up a project, you’ll find it at modern hardware.

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Facing page and left: hardware shown is Creations by Alno. numerous choices in hardware are available including elegant crystal, contemporary, classic/traditional, and rustic in a wide variety of finishes. Above: modern hardware owners rick dreyer, elaine dreyer and Bob Vander Lugt. Photo by michael Buck

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When building a new home or renovating your residence, one of the best investments you can make is a terrific kitchen and bath. These are not only rooms in which we spend a large portion of our time, but are also the rooms that really improve the value of a home. The best place to start a kitchen or bath project is with a visit to Richards Kitchen & Bath Showroom, located off Buchanan just north of 28th Street. A Grand Rapids original, Richards Plumbing Kitchen & Bath Showroom was founded in 1919. Formerly located near downtown Grand Rapids, Richards’ new Mart St SW facility offers an ex-

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quisite, customer-friendly showroom awash with natural light and filled with a vast array of fixtures, faucets, sinks, tubs, toilets, showers and more that will elevate your room from functional to fantastic. Richards boasts the only Kohler Premier showroom in mid-Michigan, displaying the best names in the business, like Delta, Moen, Grohe, Hansgrohe, Elkay, Rohl, and many other lines. “You name it, we can supply it,” notes Branch Manager Todd Lukens, who adds that a majority of the products are in stock, just waiting for your next project. Given the growing trend of people staying in their current homes for longer periods of time, a kitchen or bath remodel is an economical solution to accommodate changing lifestyles and individual needs. “Many people are remodeling so that the home ages with them,” Lukens noted. “They may decide that a new home is not in the cards right now, but a modernized kitchen is within their reach. We have the experience to help the customer blend the old with the new.” With well over a decade of showroom experience for each consultant, the extensive knowledge of Richards’ staff separates them from industry peers. Whether your tastes are traditional or con-

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temporary, Mary Cripe and Trish Keyzer, friendly and incredibly talented showroom consultants, can help you find that perfect fit of form and function. They will work with your designer or contractor to coordinate installation, making sure no detail has been left out so that your project goes smoothly from rough-in to finish. “We pride ourselves on the personal experience we offer customers and tend to their needs on a case-by-case basis, which is why we prefer working by appointment,� Lukens explains. After assessing your tastes and goals, the staff will provide unsurpassed attention in guiding you through a range of choices to ensure your project is a focal point of your residence. Whether in the middle of a project, or contemplating a project in the future, stop in and discover how Richards Kitchen and Bath Showroom can assist you in obtaining the kitchen and bath of your dreams!

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Above: Pictured left to right, Showroom Consultants Trish Keyzer and Mary Cripe. Photo by: Michael Buck Facing page: A stunning array of sink and faucet options are on display in the Richards Kitchen and Bath Showroom to match any decor. Left: Beautiful collections are on display in the showroom including this Archer collection by Kohler.

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By Jeremy Johnson

The brewing boom in West Michigan shows no signs of running dry. Grand Rapids is fast approaching a time when there might be a brewery within walking distance of nearly every neighborhood.


Photography by Adam BirD

tap? What’s on

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Jacob Derylo, head brewer at Brewery Vivant

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The locals: Breweries in and near Grand Rapids

ow is a great time to be a beer lover in Grand Rapids.

The city recently tied with longstanding champion Asheville, N.C., to share the title Beer City USA, as determined by the annual poll

curated on by legendary homebrewer and author Charlie Papazian. (In comparison, St. Louis placed a distant third with only 20 percent of the votes Grand Rapids received.) To many, this was seen as an upset for Asheville, which had previously enjoyed the title alone for three years running. To Michiganders, however, the accolade seems well-deserved, timely — and not at all surprising. Over the last decade, so-called microbreweries have undergone a seismic change in the area. Businesses such as Big Buck Brewery, Robert Thomas Brewing and Grand Rapids Brewing Co. struggled and then failed to find their footing along the 28th Street corridor. Yet at the same time, a resurgence began downtown and in outlying areas: Founders Brewing Co. outgrew its location in the Brass Works building and planned for expansion and increased distribuContinued on page 52

B.O.B.’s Brewery, 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Head to the bottom level of The B.O.B., next to the Monkey Bar, and you might meet John Svoboda, formerly of Grand Rapids Brewing Co. and now respected brewmaster at B.O.B.’s Brewery. He’s quick to shake hands and curious about what kind of beer you prefer. His styles adhere primarily to classic lineups such as amber, blonde and IPA, but the popular summer variety Hopsun pays homage to traditional Belgian brews with a citrus twist. Best kept secret? Although the mug club is advertised as annual, the membership is actually for life! Mug Club: $25 annually; Thursdays Brewery Vivant, 925 Cherry St. SE, brewery Converted from a historic funeral chapel, this LEED-certified brewpub opened in late 2010 with head brewer Jacob Derylo offering beers in the Belgian style. Chef Drew Turnipseed produces a local, organic menu of French-inspired fare, so food and drink forge a symbiotic relationship. Brewery Vivant has embraced the can distribution method for environmental reasons, which also gives them a great shelf presence at retail. Best kept secret? Big Red Coq is a unique, seasonal red ale with hops to spare, but it’s only brewed twice a year and flies out the door quickly. Stock up! Mug Club: $55 annually, limited; Tuesdays

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Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Ave. SW, This stalwart operation continues to expand, having moved from the Brass Works building on North Monroe Avenue a few years ago to expand in the much bigger Grandville Avenue building, and then recently adding even more space. Unstoppable! Distribution also has widened, so more people can enjoy head brewer Jeremy Kosmicki’s stable of solid beers. Don’t think it’s all Centennial IPA and Red’s Rye, though; stop by the taproom (or visit the website) to discover more experimental brews such as the recent pepper series that spawned the popular “Spite” made with hot peppers. Best kept secret? If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, ask the bartender to mix a couple of different beers for a brand new experience. Mug Club: $60 annually, limited; Wednesdays Harmony Brewing Co., 1551 Lake Drive SE, Facebook Seemingly out of nowhere, this small operation opened in early 2012 and quickly established itself as a favorite neighborhood fixture. Wood-fired pizzas go well with beer, as brewers (and brothers) Barry and Jackson Van Dyke know well. Their small-batch beers tend toward solid standards, though specialty varieties have cropped up for special events. Best kept secret? Since Harmony has a full bar, grab a seat and ask Heather Missad to create one of her innovative “movie-inspired” cocktails, all of which feature beer in some form. Mug Club: Planned for future The Hideout Brewing Co., 3113 Plaza Drive NE, At this location in 2001, Hair of the Frog brewery struggled for a few years before finally shutting its doors. Many considered it too outof-the-way — north of town and tucked out of sight. Then, in 2005, The Hideout took over operations and quickly grew in esteem among beer lovers. Brewmaster Ken McPhail produces full-bodied beers such as Smuggler’s Hazelnut Stout, on C02 and nitro. Best kept secret? Hideout also makes its own wines, a refreshing option if you’re visiting with someone who’s just not that into beer. Try the Cab Franc or Peach. Mug Club: $55 annually; Tuesdays HopCat, 25 Ionia Ave. SW, Beer Advocate recently declared HopCat the third best beer bar in the world. Mark Sellers’ flagship (and related properties) arguably has transformed the Ionia corridor into a thriving social mecca, particularly for beer lovers. It boasts 48 craft beers on tap and many more in

Jeremy Kosmicki, head brewer at Founders Brewing Co.

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bottles. Deep relationships with other local brewers also allow HopCat access to rare kegs and barrels, which makes every visit a new experience. On top of this, it brews its own beer, overseen by Jake Brenner. Best kept secret? Sign up for the entertaining newsletter and reserve a spot at one of the frequent beer dinners. Nowhere else can you discover the joy of a beer float made with Short’s S’mores Stout. Mug Club: None, but there is a Loyalty Club with parking privileges and more Jaden James Brewery, 4665 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Located in a nondescript industrial building near the airport, this off-shoot of the popular Cascade Winery serves up a handful of ales, stouts and porters. Chris Diemer offers a few ciders too, like peach and raspberry. The atmosphere is laid back, and it’s fun to walk around the tasting room with a glass of beer. Best kept secret? Location. Jaden James and Cascade Winery tend to blend in with other nearby businesses, but those who seek out the brewery are glad they did. Mug Club: None, though happy hour runs Thursdays 4-7 p.m. Michigan Beer Cellar, 500 E Division St., Sparta, Leather couches, live music and a long bar distinguish this cavernous taproom. Styles run the gamut from blondes to nitro stouts, though Uncle Krunkle’s Dunkelweizen is a creamy, caramel flavored Germanic wheat and malt delight that goes down easy and doesn’t overstay its welcome. Bar food serves its purpose; if you’re looking for haute cuisine, this isn’t it. Having said that, you might want to give the Hawaiian Dog — with bacon, black olives, pineapple and cream cheese — more than a second look. Best kept secret? It might say “beer” on the marquee, but wine and hard liquor (vodka, whiskey, etc.) also are produced in-house. Mug Club: $40 annually; Wednesdays Perrin Brewing Co., 5910 Comstock Park Drive NW, Like a mirage, Perrin rises up from the surrounding rural area in Comstock Park, gargantuan and shiny new. No expense has been spared, from the gleaming vats to the well-appointed tap room. The layout and decor remind of Founders, while the simply named brews (Golden Ale, Double IPA, etc.) from Thomas Nicely are rock-solid renditions from a wide variety of styles. The kitchen is actually a food trailer permanently installed inside, serving bar fare like onion rings and veggie burgers. Best kept secret? There’s no set sam50 \ November 2012

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pler but you can order a sample of every beer offered on draught for just a buck or two. Mug Club: Planned for future Schmohz Brewing Co., 2600 Patterson Ave. SE, Just north of the usual 28th street hullabaloo, this small facility houses Jim Schwerin’s pub. The lineup concentrates on playful standard brews like Bone Crusher Stout and Treasure Chest ESB, though the Zingiberene Ale is a lip-smacking, puckery beer that uses ginger instead of hops. With a pool table and some comfy sofas, this makes a nice pit stop whether you’re waiting to pick up someone at the airport or need to kill some time while your significant other shops at nearby Target. Best kept secret? If you’re not in the market for beer, try the Sammi Rae root beer or black cherry soda. You can even reserve a keg for a party. Mug Club: $45 first year, $40 thereafter; Mondays

Beer Advocate recently declared HopCat the third best beer bar in the world. The downtown GR bar boasts 48 craft beers on tap and many more in bottles.

White Flame Brewing Co., 5234 36th Ave. SW, Hudsonville, Bill White opened White Flame in early 2012 to no small amount of curiosity. After all, Hudsonville isn’t the first place you might think to open a brewery, having been the last dry city in Michigan until 2007. Thanks to loosening restrictions, however, handcrafted beer like Golden Boy and Ugly Stick Oatmeal Stout now flow freely. The taproom is new and polished, and the staff enjoys conversation while you quaff a brew. Best kept secret? Parking can be tight with only eight spots on the premises, but the Family Fare next door allows for overflow parking. Mug Club: $40 limited; Wednesdays

The Upstarts: Breweries opening soon Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival, now in its fifth year as a celebration and tasting of

Elk Brewing, 700 Wealthy St. SE, Facebook Elk Brewing has been in the works since 2011. Construction is expected to begin soon.

foods, wines, beers and spirits, happens Nov. 8-10 at DeVos Place. Check out the complete program guide in this issue and follow the festival on Twitter #grwinefestival.

Grand Rapids Brewing Co., 1 Ionia Ave. SW Another project for Mark Sellers, this brewery is being resurrected and relocated just up the street from HopCat and hopes be open sometime this fall. Previous GR Brewing Co. mug club members have been promised a free year of membership. The Mitten Brewing Co., 527 Leonard St. NW, Facebook Despite some bureaucratic red tape, The Mitten hopes to open soon featuring November 2012 / 51

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Continued from page 48 tion. The B.O.B. stepped up its game by hiring Grand Rapids Brewing Co.’s head brewmaster. HopCat opened with dozens of taps, serving draught beer from all around the state, as well as unusual, globally produced selections. These riches of choice begat an attitude change in the general public. Patrons’ tastes evolved alongside brewers’ ability to refine their beers, experiment with different strains of yeast, tinker with (and, ultimately, increase) hop quantity and variety. Suddenly, restaurants began featuring taps from local breweries and some began partnering with brewmasters for special beer dinners. Pair-

gourmet pizzas paired with handcrafted beers, all in a vintage baseball-themed taproom.

The standouts: Other breweries in West Michigan Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo, Many thought Bell’s expansion might bring down quality, but the juggernaut continues to produce signature brews that win awards and beer-lovers’ hearts in equal measure. Two-Hearted has become synonymous with Michigan brewing. Greenbush Brewing Co. (Sawyer, green Brewers at Greenbush may have stumbled upon some of their creations by accident, but that doesn’t mean the beers aren’t topnotch. Lab-created accidents led to local favorites like Red Bud, a copper wheat ale. Make sure to grab a house-smoked brisket sandwich before strolling around the picturesque town.

Heather Missad created a beer cocktail at Harmony Brewing Co., which features a full bar.

ing food with beer? That was almost unheard of back in the ’90s, but now it’s commonplace. Annual events such as Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beerfest, Founders Fest and Hoptoberfest have helped cement Grand Rapids as a destination for those who enjoy good beer. There’s even a Great Lakes Pub Cruiser you can pedal from venue to venue to find good libations. The growing popularity of some of the bigger players has inspired other brewers to try their hand at mass distribution. Seemingly every month, a new brewery pops up, espousing LEED certification, organic practices or some other quality of differentiation. It’s exhilarating to see the industry blossom, but how long will it last? As more and more breweries open, all competing for your dollar, who will be left standing? Even the most stalwart beer aficionado cannot hope to join every mug club in town or stockpile growlers from even a fraction of what’s available. Still, Grand Rapids is fast approaching a time when there might be a brewery within walking distance of nearly every neighborhood. How cool is that? Use this article as a guide as you seek out great beer, taking notes and reporting back with your opinion on the different styles you tried. Don’t be shy! Investigate new beers every chance you get. You may find a new favorite that’ll convince you that Grand Rapids has, indeed, earned the title Beer City USA! Believe it or not, there are many more nano-breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs in Michigan. For a complete up-to-date list visit — and drop me a line at jeremy@hefedshe GR if you hear of a new brewery opening near you.

The Livery (Benton Harbor, A wide range of well-crafted brews are served in this former horse stable in the arts district. French-inspired specialty beers dominate, though standouts like Berry Wheat and Ginger Peach provide a sweet alternative to the farmhouse sours. North Peak (Traverse City, Using the Red Stripe style bottle combined with silhouettes of mythological creatures has proven to be a stroke of retail marketing genius. Vicious is an American wheat IPA featuring the Dog Man of Michigan. Odd Side Ales (Grand Haven, oddsideales. com) Where else can you grab a pint of Wheatermelon or Passion Fruit Pale? If you’re looking for well-made beers just a little south of normal, Odd Side scratches the itch. The Simcoe Sensation IPA is a fan favorite. Right Brain Brewery (Traverse City, right Truly creative craft brews are hard to come by. Right Brain has no fear. It’s lived up to its name by using such odd ingredients as wasabi and beets — with surprising success. The new location in Traverse City should be open by the time you read this. Short’s Brewing Co. (Bellaire, shortsbrew Now a Michigan staple at most local pubs, Short’s is still worth the drive up north to relax with a fresh pint in the taproom. Seek out “weirdo” beers like Bloody Beer and Key Lime Pie to experience beer without limits.

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Wearable art Nine local jewelry artists and where they sell their wares

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“I’m using a shapeable bronze product — very similar to clay — that I can fire in the kiln.” — Betsy Ratzsch

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“Instead of yarn, I started to crochet jewelry using very thin, non-tarnish copper wire.” — Judy Otten

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oliday shopping season has arrived, and nothing pleases us more than finding gifts by local artists. Here’s just a sampling of jewelry made in West Michigan and the local stores and galleries that carry their work.



Joy Sparks likes to brag that her jewelry is 100 percent green. And very unique. The Muskegon artist makes jewelry using keys from non-working, antique typewriters. She removes the keys, tears the machines apart and recycles the metal. “I was doing altered art projects for a long time, and I made one into a bracelet about eight years ago and that evolved into a hobby.” Actually, she has two hobbies. One is making jewelry. “The other is finding typewriters,” she chuckled. Luckily, she said, they tend to find her. Family members scout them out at garage sales. A mother of three young children, she works out of her home studio, shipping to customers around the world. “Some of my biggest accounts are in the United Kingdom and Australia.” Sparks’ jewelry is carried by Lee & Birch, 50 Louis St. NW, a woman’s clothing store selling designer apparel and accessories along with home decor and gifts. A second store is located in Grand Haven. Joy Sparks Designs are also available at sparkeez8z1d on

is often enhanced with small beads for a comfortable fit. Each is unique and most have handmade clasps. Ratzsch also makes rings and bracelets, and all of her jewelry is sold at Betsy Ratzsch Pottery, 584 Ada Drive in Ada. Her gallery carries a variety of American handcrafted work, including sculpture, ceramics and paintings, representing more than 100 artisans.

“I like to wear big things — especially big earrings. But sometimes I work with just a simple stone.” —Jaclyn Dreyer



Judy Otten has been crocheting since childhood. “I learned from my mom and I always liked it,” she said. After retiring last year, she turned to her favorite hobby: crocheting woolen hand-



After 40 years as a potter, Betsy Ratzsch needed a new challenge. She turned to jewelry making, working with fired bronze, stones and polymer to create bold, dramatic pieces. “I’m using a shapeable bronze product — very similar to clay — that I can fire in the kiln.” Ratzsch, who opened her Ada gallery 18 years ago, said jewelry has allowed her to recreate herself. “When my hands wouldn’t let me pot, I still wanted to do something artistic.” Many of her Modern Artifacts necklaces are big — “similar to the pectorals worn by the ancient Egyptians.” A bronze feature piece

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“I’m inspired by shoes and purses and anything leather. The crystals add a little bling.” — Siri Slagboom

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“For a while I was making chain jewelry with dangles — mostly fun, costume stuff. But I love gem stones and working with wire wrapping. I’m getting back to that.” — Michelle Brennan

bags. But then she decided to add a new twist. “Instead of yarn, I started to crochet jewelry using very thin, non-tarnish copper wire,” she said. Each necklace has several strands of the wire, plus beads that she finds at local craft stores. “For more than 33 years I taught art to special education students,” she said. “Now that I’m retired, I have more time to experiment.” Otten’s jewelry is on display at City Art Gallery, 1168 Ionia Ave. NW. Opened by four women, the gallery features work

by more than 30 artists, many based in Grand Rapids. The gallery’s mission is to showcase original work by emerging area artists, who often volunteer at the gallery and gather with other artists for discussions and workshops.



Jaclyn Dreyer likes to work with elements from nature. “I’m really happy when I get my hands on shells or bones,” said the artist who has been making jewelry for more than a dozen years. Her Luminous Creation collection features a wide range of designs, including lightweight maple wood earrings, a smoky quartz crystal point necklace and an amethyst bracelet. Dreyer describes her pieces as modern and timeless, mixing metals and stones from all over the world. “I like to wear big things — especially big earrings,” she said. “But sometimes I work with just a simple stone.” Dreyer makes all her jewelry in her East Hills home studio. “Over the years I’ve grown the business quite a bit,” she said, “and incorporated four kids.” Her Etsy shop is Luminous Creation, and Dryer also sells at Dear Prudence, a jewelry boutique at 701 Bagley St. in Gaslight Village. Owner Prudence Kauffman carries several jewelry lines, mostly made in the U.S. plus a fair trade option, at all price points.



Michelle Brennan

Leather and crystals is the combination Siri Slagboom enjoys most when making jewelry. “I’m inspired by shoes and purses and anything leather,” she said. “The crystals add a little bling.” The best part, she explained, is that her pieces can be casual or dressy. “I like things that work both ways. And I try to keep my pieces simple.” She started making jewelry more than a dozen years ago, working craft shows with a friend after her first child was born. “I’d always been into art and, at the time, I wasn’t happy with my career choices,” Slagboom said. Through the years she’s expanded, adding a second line,

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“It’s really a funny story. My husband had signed up for a metalworking class at Santa Fe Community College. The course was almost canceled because they needed one more student, so he said, ‘Let me sign up my wife.’” — Sue Van Dame

called Siri, that’s made with precious gemstones and silver. Both her Oma and Siri lines are carried by YT Galleria, 966 Cherry St. SE, a locally owned shop featuring original artwork, gifts and a variety of jewelry.



Molly Roodvoets had every intention of pursuing a medical degree. “I started out at a big college and then I realized it wasn’t for me,” she said. “I’m more artistic.” Ads featuring photos of jewelry by the designers at Metal Art Studio caught her eye. “I went in the gallery and asked what it would take to be a jeweler,” she said. “Pretty soon I was stalking them,” she added with a laugh. She got some training, studied hard and now designs high-end custom pieces for clients. “I work primarily with diamonds, semiprecious and precious stones,’ she said. “And mostly gold and platinum.” When she isn’t creating work for clients, she likes to create geometric pieces reminiscent of the 1960s and ’70s. “Heavier rather than dainty — I like jewelry that looks rich and makes a bold statement.” Molly Roodvoets works at Metal Art Studio, 820 Monroe Ave. NW, a high-end jewelry store founded in 1990 by designer Scott Carey and Carol Wagen. All jewelry is designed and produced in house.



Making jewelry started as a hobby for Michelle Brennan when she was a stayat-home mom. Shops in lakeshore towns from South Haven to Traverse City carried her fine jewelry. “At first I was doing mostly semi-precious gem stones and sterling silver,” she said. When the recession hit, she switched to less expensive materials. “For a while I was making chain jewelry with dangles — mostly fun, costume stuff. But I love gem stones and working with wire wrapping. I’m getting back to that.”

She finds supplies at a variety of sources. “My daughter went on a mission trip to Thailand and found some cool silver,” she said. “I still have some of that silver that I add in.” Today she owns Lakeshore Cleaning Professionals, overseeing a staff of six to 20. “To make jewelry, I stay up until 2 or 3 a.m.,” she said. “It’s my chilling out time.” Brennan’s jewelry can be found at Wealthy at Charles, 738 Wealthy St. SE, an upscale urban home and garden store featuring handmade goods from global and local artisans. Fresh flowers are available daily.



Sue Van Dame’s jewelry is “tremendously influenced by the Southwest.” She lived in New Mexico for 20 years and said most of her pieces “have a rustic touch, but still contemporary.” She started making jewelry a decade ago. “It’s really a funny story,” she said. “My husband had signed up for a metalworking class at Santa Fe Community College. “The course was almost canceled because they needed one more student, so he said, ‘Let me sign up my wife.’” At the time, Van Dame didn’t think it was a skill she could master. “But we had an incredible instructor and learned so much.” All her metal work is done by hand, even the clasps and components. She likes finding different gemstones, including a lot of turquoise. “I never order stones online,” she said. “I have to see the stone and hold it, see the color. I buy what I like and let the stone determine where I want to go.” The Grand Rapids Art Museum Store, 101 Monroe Center NW, carries Van Dame’s jewelry and other unique art-related gifts including art books, children’s items and 20th-century Design Classic furniture. Van Dame’s jewelry is also available at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE. and on her website,



Kate Lichtenstein, 20, grew up in a family of artists. Thirty-six years ago, her parents Christine and Ron Lichtenstein opened Gallery 154, an Eastown shop “offering just about any art form known to man or beast.” The young jewelry designer, who studied drawing and photography at Grand Rapids Community College, said she gets her inspiration from art and nature. “For instance, I love Salvador Dali’s work,” she said. “But I would say nature is the biggest thing that reflects in my work.” One of her best-selling necklaces is a wire bird’s nest with three pearly eggs and two golden feathers hanging from the bottom. “I also do a lot of sewing,” she said. Her collection includes retro Peter Pan collars and hand-stitched fabric necklaces that combine grosgrain ribbons and vintage buttons. Gallery 154, 1456 Lake Drive SE, is one of the oldest galleries in Grand Rapids, representing the work of 75 artists. In November and December, the store makes room for a lavish display of Christmas ornaments from around the world. Lichtenstein also has an Etsy shop, SewGR TOtallyRad.

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Area residents are swarming stores and farmers markets to purchase raw honey and related products from West Michigan producers. Here’s why.



buzz on local honey

A HONEY JAR IS ALWAYS ON THE counter at Kava House, a popular eastown coffee shop. But for the longest time, owner Pam Murray didn’t understand the appeal. “I never liked honey,” she admitted. “I really couldn’t fathom why people would ruin a good cup of coffee with honey.” And then she met John ebers of Michigan Bee Co., who offered the Kava House crew samples of his raw honey. one spoonful and Murray was a convert. “This stuff is really excellent,” she said. “It’s very mild and there’s none of that artificial taste.” No surprise to ebers, whose family has been in the honey business for 35 years, selling mainly to large honey-packing operations. Two years ago, the young man decided to do some marketing, visiting restaurants, bakeries and retail shops around Grand rapids. “When I talk to chefs one of the first things they ask is, ‘What’s different about your honey?’ So I tell them to try it. And I love to watch their facial expressions.” 64 \ November 2012

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Beyond food Honey’s uses are not limited to the culinary variety. Wayne Gee of 100 Acre Woods Honey Farm has a complete line of beeswax-based products, from flavored lip balms to a moisturizing skin cream. “I sell a lot of my Bubble Bee cream to nurses who tell me they like it because it’s not greasy,” he said. Larry Hasselman of Hasselman’s Honey in Fremont also sells a variety of skin products and candles at his website, Beeswax candles are a cleaner alternative to the petroleum variety, he said. “They are smoke and soot free.” And even though they’re more expensive, Hasselman said they burn three times longer.

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Melody Farm’s Josh Nobel inspects the frames of his supers, the part of a beehive that is used to store the honey. Below, he works with his brother Joseph and Rob Herweyer to unload the empty supers into the barn.

“For farmers like me, it’s really about the bees. We need them to pollinate the crops to increase our yields. We’ve gotta have bees.” — DAVe LAUGHLIN, D&L LAUGHLIN FAMILy FArMS

Besides believing that his honey is the best, ebers — who recently changed the name from Videtich Aviaries to Michigan Bee Co. — realizes it’s a great time to be peddling a product that’s harvested within 30 miles of Grand rapids. “There’s a big momentum to buy local goods and support the local economy,” he said. “People want to try things grown in their own area. They don’t want products that have traveled so many miles or that have been sitting on shelves.” Most commercial honey sold in supermarkets has been pasteurized and filtered, a process making it easier to handle and package. But during that process, the honey loses its unique aromas and enzymes. raw honey is touted to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a successful night-time cough suppressant, immunity booster and topical skin treatment. For chefs, it’s all about the taste. erin Jeffers at olive’s restaurant in Gaslight Village uses honey in many of her Asian-inspired dishes — “like the sticky honey and sesame marinade on our flank steak,” she said. Jeffers loves the fact that honey from different regions has a different taste. “our West Michigan honey is pale and subtle,” she said. “When I travel to Tennessee, the honey has more of a molasses color and an amber-like taste.” Brian Lussier at Nantucket Bakery said he uses Michigan Bee honey as a sweetener in all the organic breads. “you really can taste the difference between raw honey and manufactured,” he said.

Joe Videtich and John Ebers of Michigan Bee Co. inspect one of the frames as they harvest honey.

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Interested in learning the basics? Jen Holt of the beekeeping club at Grand Valley State University thinks more people should have apiaries. “Beekeeping on a small-scale is actually pretty simple and not very time consuming,” she said. “once you get past the initial cost of the hive, gear and suit, the maintenance costs are pretty low.” Started in November 2011 with a grant from the GVSU Sustainability office, the club isn’t just for students. Holt said she would like to see the apiaries at GVSU become acknowledged as a valuable resource for all local budding beekeepers. Find out how to get involved at

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Benjamin Foreman enjoys a honey stick at Fulton Street Farmers Market. Above, Rolleen Westfall accepts a sample of Bubble Bee Skin Cream from Wayne Gee (pictured opposite page), owner of 100 Acre Woods Honey Farm. At Olive’s restaurant, 2162 Wealthy St. SE in Gaslight Village, Chef Erin Jeffers uses honey in several dishes, including the Sticky Honey and Sesame Marinade on flank steak. Nantucket Baking Co., 200 Union Ave. NE, uses local raw honey in its baked goods.

“People are using honey as a more nutritious substitute for sugar in cooking and baking. We have families regularly buying five-pound jars.” —Joy Nobel, Melody Bee Farms

”And since raw honey is twice as sweet, we’re able to cut back on the amount we use,” Lussier added. While it’s one of the most recognized local brands, Michigan Bee is just one of several local honey operations in West Michigan, ranging in size and scope. “People are using honey as a more nutritious substitute for sugar in cooking and baking,” said Joy Nobel, a fledgling beekeeper at Melody Bee Farms, an Ada apiary with 30 hives. “We have families regularly buying five-pound jars.” Wayne Gee is the sole employee of 100 Acre Woods Honey Farm. When he’s not overseeing his 2,600 hives at various locations in West Michigan, he sells raw unfiltered honey and beeswax cosmetic products on Saturdays at Fulton Street Farmers Market. “I’ve loved honey forever,” he said. When he was offered the opportunity to buy the business 14 years ago, he jumped at the chance. While most of his time is spent in the field, he loves the opportunity to sell at the market. Kids love the honey sticks, a plastic straw filled with his honey. Nurses buy his skin creams, and everyone loves his flavored lip balms. And for those who ask, he whips out laminated photos showing the entire honey process. Dave Laughlin also sells honey at Fulton Street Farmers Market. He has 18 hives at D&L Laughlin Family Farms, but says honey is really a bonus.

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“For farmers like me, it’s really about the bees,” he said. “We need them to pollinate the crops to increase our yields. We’ve gotta have bees.” ebers, who has been helping his dad, Joe Videtich, since he was just a kid, said Michigan Bee Co. also provides pollination services to area farmers. “We have 15 to 20 apiaries around West Michigan, with 20 to 60 hives in each,” he explained. “We try to select areas in rural settings with a lot of wild flowers — a home that will provide them the best conditions. We especially look for areas that don’t have any chemicals.” Family members visit the apiaries every 10 to 14 days during the summer, he said. “Beekeeping does require vigilance.” Some beekeepers even become attached to their complex swarms. “Bees are surprisingly emotional and very smart,” said Nobel at Melody Bee Farm. “Bees are happiest in the sun. on a cold, rainy day, they will get grumpy.” Gr

“When I talk to chefs one of the first things they ask is, ‘What’s different about your honey?’ So I tell them to try it. And I love to watch their facial expressions.” — JoHN eBerS, MICHIGAN Bee Co.

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Big portions, affordable prices WHeN you NoTiCe several customers leaving a restaurant juggling Styrofoam boxes, it tells you a couple of things. One, the portions are generous. And two, diners liked the food well enough to want to eat it the next day. That’s the scene at The Walker Roadhouse, where Chef Aaron Westveld likes to add his own spin to the casual American fare. Since it was opened seven years ago by the Rabideaus — a group of restaurateurs who also own Bull’s Head Tavern, J. Gardella’s, the Mill Creek Inn in Comstock Park and six area bars — the restaurant has earned a loyal following. Walker Roadhouse is a popular destination for nearby neighborhoods but also draws patrons from all areas of the city and the lakeshore. It especially appeals to patrons who love the portions and the prices. “We don’t follow the ‘small plate’ trend, by any means,” said manager Kristen Keegstra. Think comfort food, with an expansive menu offering something for every taste, from prime rib to sandwich wraps. Its historic location at the juncture of Leonard Street NW and Remembrance Road was a carriage house in the early 1900s and since has played host to a grocery store and a handful of bars/taverns. On a recent weekday evening, the house was about half full with people of all ages. The bar is flooded with natural light from oversized picture windows, with high tops, tables and chairs reflecting

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address: 3272 remembrance road nw, walker; phone: (616) 791-9922; website: Dining ratings: Category: Classic American Food: *** Service: *** Beverages: ** Atmosphere: *** Price: $

> must try: All visitors rave about the fried perch, a generous portion that is crispy and tender. > Not so much: We weren’t impressed with the weekly salad special of mushrooms, red onion and arugula, which needed a pun-

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Chef Aaron Westveld likes to add his own spin to the casual American fare. the mission style. The roomy area separates two dining rooms, one of which is family friendly with booth seating surrounded by windows. A smaller dining area is cozy with lower-level lighting and includes a tile-fronted fireplace. Our appetizers included Bang Thai Shrimp, lightly breaded, flash fried and tossed in a creamy Thai chili sauce and served over shredded lettuce and fried Chinese noodles. The Asian-influenced flavors made for a sweetly subdued sauce that didn’t overwhelm the perfectly cooked shrimp. Smoked Gouda Flatbread, topped with tender, grilled chicken, flavorful pancetta and smoked gouda cream sauce, was a cheese-lovers delight. Either appetizer could easily serve as a meal. The Roadhouse offers a limited, affordably priced wine list, several craft beers on draft and a selection of 25 beers by the bottle, including a gluten-free option. Dinners include a basket of warm rolls with softened butter and a side selection (house specialties include a choice of two). For entrees, we tried the Lemon-Artichoke Mahi Mahi, grilled and topped with sautéed shrimp and artichoke hearts in a light lemon butter sauce and finished with deep-fried capers. It was served with wild rice pilaf. We were tempted by the Five-Cheese Macaroni with cheddar, goat, Boursin, bleu and cream cheese and topped with a

in flavor. For dessert, crème brulée was an unfortunate choice. Under the glassy sugar surface, the custard was flavorful but soupy. The piled-high Key lime pie was an agreeable combination of sweet and tart. Other tempting options included a chocolate pudding cake, apple crisp à la mode topped with caramel sauce, and a sampling of three Palazzolo gelatos. Given the venue of a neighborhood roadhouse, the quality of the food was above expectation. Service was attentive and the atmosphere was casual, comfortable and welcoming. — irA crAAVeN

buttery breadcrumb crust, and also by the Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf. Instead, we opted for a 14-ounce Slow Roasted Prime Rib topped with sautéed mushrooms. It was served au jus with horseradish cream sauce, rife with real horseradish. We also tried the Maple Bourbon Ribs. The full rack was huge, tender and flavorful. While the twice-baked potato stuffed with cheese, sour cream and bacon was a nice side, the salad special of mushrooms, red onion and arugula was lacking November 2012 / 71

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A guide to restaurants in Grand Rapids and beyond

Cobblestone Bistro — Eclectic, globally inspired menu executed with pizzazz in attractive surroundings, complete with fireplace, waterfalls and koi pond. 9818 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, 588-3223. mycobble B (weekends), L, D $ Crooked Goose — Full-service, seasonal menu sourcing Michigan-made ingredients and brews with casual pub-style dining. Part of the Meritage Hospitality Group. Open daily. 355 Wilson Ave NW, Walker, 791-2362. L, D $ Cygnus 27 — Stylized décor reflects a celestial theme that matches the views from the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza. Seasonally driven menu encourages sharing. Open Tue-Sat eves; Sun brunch Labor Day to Mother’s Day. 187 Monroe Ave NW, 776-6425. $$ D

The recommendations and reviews in the listings are the opinions of the editors. Restaurants are included 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.

New American Upscale, contemporary cooking including ethnic twists on familiar standbys. 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. L, D $-$$ OBistro Bella Vita — Big-city casual; fresh French and Italian cuisine, locally sourced and prepared over a wood fire. Mammoth martini bar, nice wine selection. 44 Grandville Ave SW, 222-4600. L, D $ Bistro Chloe Élan — Diverse menu features American cuisine with French, Asian and southwestern influences, as well as soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Open daily, Sat dinner only; Sunday brunch and dinner. 445 Ada Dr, Ada, 432-3345. Facebook. $-$$ L, D

Blue 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, 3635900. $-$$ php. L, D Brewery Vivant — House-made beer and food in the style of traditional French and Belgian country dishes. The East Hills pub/ brewery is housed in a renovated funeral chapel. Most dishes are made with ingredients sourced from local farmers and purveyors. Open daily. 925 Cherry St SE, 719-1604. $-$$ L, D _ Citysen Lounge — Limited but tantalizing sel­ection of soup, salads, sandwiches and sharable small-plate creations. Happy Hour daily 4-7 pm. CityFlats Hotel, 83 Monroe Center, (866) 609-CITY. L, D ¢-$

Electric Cheetah — Eclectic menu changes weekly with an emphasis on locally grown fare and creative combinations in urban setting. Unique Sunday brunch. 1015 Wealthy St SE, 451-4779. L, D ¢-$ Gilly’s At The B.O.B. — Innovative takes on seafood on the 1st floor of The BOB, complete with raw bar. Seasonal menu offers cuttingedge fare. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. L (Sat), D $-$$ Graydon’s Crossing — English pub serves Indian food with a British influence. Full bar features impressive array of specialty beers. 1223 Plainfield Ave NE, 726-8260. graydons $ L, D Green Well Gastro Pub — Daily menu features comfort fare with a flare, emphasizing local ingredients. Full bar; more than 20 rotating draught beers, many from area microbreweries. Open daily. 924 Cherry St SE, 808-3566. L, D $-$$ Grill One Eleven — American-with-a-twist menu, full-service bar and lounge. Sunday Brunch buffet 10 am-2 pm, otherwise opens at 11 am. 111 Courtland Dr, Rockford 8633300. B (Sun), L, D $-$$ FGrove — Earth-to-table concept focuses on three- and four-course meals with a tilt toward sustainable seafood. Closed Mon. 919 Cherry St SE, 454-1000. groverestaurant. com. D $$

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The Heritage — GRCC culinary arts students prepare gourmet dishes from steaks to vegan fare at a reasonable cost. Menu changes weekly. Wine available with dinner. Open Tue-Fri during academic year. Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St NE, 2343700. L, D $-$$ Marco New American Bistro — Frenchcountry-casual offers creative dinner fare and pizza with a more casual lunch menu. Full bar. Closed Sun. 884 Forest Hill Ave SE, 942-9100. L, D $-$$ Olives — Seasonally inspired menu of creative fare and comfort foods featuring local produce and meats. Full bar. Alfresco balcony. Closed Sun. 2162 Wealthy St SE, 451-8611. L, D ¢-$ One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom — Eclectic menu with samplings of vegetarian, Mexican and European cuisines. Dine alfresco on street-front patio. Occasional live music. Closed Sun. 136 E Fulton St, 235-7669. one ¢-$ L, D L, D


Tavern On The Square — Tapas-style fare plus house specialties. Patio seating. 100 Ionia Ave SW, 456-7673. ¢-$ L, D Trillium Haven — Owned by Jenison farmers Anja Mast and Michael Vanderbrug, this Eastown eatery features fresh from the farm fare, including organic veggies and humanely raised meats. Beer and wine. Closed Monday. Sunday brunch. 1429 Lake Dr SE, Facebook. L.D $-$$ Winchester — Locally sourced menu aims to reinvent bar food in reclaimed centuryold space with shuffleboard court-patio. 648 Wealthy St SE, 451-4969. ¢-$ L, D

Classic American Restaurants and diners serving traditional dishes popular across the country.

Reserve — Wine bar with extensive by-theglass selections and culinary options to match. Opens at 4, closed Sun. 201 Monroe Ave NW, 855-9463. D $-$$

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. thousandoaks L, D $$

Rockwell Republic — Diverse menu emphasizes locally sourced ingredients from sushi to creative comfort food. Upper-level outdoor seating. 45 S Division Ave, 608-6465 or 551-3563. L, D $-$$

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. main L, D $-$$

Rose’s — Dockside dining on EGR’s Reeds Lake with a varied menu and a three-season porch. 550 Lakeside Dr SE, 458-1122. Takeout at Rose’s Express, 2224 Wealthy St SE, 458-4646. php. B (weekends), L, D $

Bentham’s Riverfront Restaurant — Upscale selections served in casually elegant surroundings. Open daily in the Amway Grand Plaza, 774-2000. ams.html. B, L, D $

San Chez, A Tapas Bistro — Spanish fare focusing on tapas-style appetizers, side dishes and entrées. Extensive wine and beer list includes Spanish varieties and sherry. 38 W Fulton St, 774-8272. sanchez L, D $-$$ Schnitz Ada Grill — Deli by day, casual fine dining by night. 97 Ada Dr, Ada, 682-4660. L, D ¢-$$ FSix.One.Six — Contemporary American fare. JW Marriott, 235 Louis St NW, 242-1500. B, L, D $-$$ SpeakEZ Lounge — Continental “peasant” fare, with starters like garlic and fig brie. French onion soup, creative sandwiches, salads and entrees such as saffron asparagus risotto and diver scallops with squid ink linguini. Sun brunch followed by live cabaret. Open daily. 600 Monroe Ave NW, 458-3125.

Bonefish Grill — 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. D $-$$ Boulder Creek Restaurant — Boulder Creek Golf Club restaurant serves a varied menu with golf-course views from inside or on the deck. 5750 Brewer Ave NE, Belmont, (616) 363-1330, ext 2. L, D ¢-$ Brann’s Sizzling Steaks And Sports Grille — Famous sizzler steaks with grill items and salads, baskets, Mexican entrées and bar munchies. See website for list of eight locations in Greater Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Portage and Caledonia. L, D $ Bull’s Head Tavern — A dozen appetizers from brie to pot stickers. Dinners include

warm bread and chef-selected sides. 188 Monroe Ave NW, 454-3580. thebullshead $ L, D Cascade Roadhouse — Relaxed atmosphere with a diverse menu of traditional fare. Closed Sun. 6817 Cascade Rd SE (at Old 28th $-$$ St), 949-1540. L, D Charley’s Crab — Fresh seafood from a menu that changes nightly. Located on the Grand River. Early menu (4:30-6 pm daily), Sun brunch. GR Steamer Bar has its own menu. 63 Market Ave SW, 459-2500. L, D, C $-$$ The Chop House — In the tradition of the best American chophouses with aged prime beef and more. Downstairs is La Dolce Vita dessert and cigar bar. Closed Sun. 190 Monroe Ave NW, 451-6184. thechophouserestau $$ D Dugan’s Pub & Grille — Casual dining with steaks, seafood, pasta and more at The Elks at the Highlands Golf Club. Adjacent Glendevon offers banquet facilities. 2715 Leonard St NW, 453-2451. grandrapidselks. $-$$ org. L, D Fall Creek — Appetizers, gourmet pizzas and creative entrées. Closed Sun-Mon. 201 Jefferson St, Hastings, (269) 945-0100. fallcreek L, D ¢-$ FireRock Grille — Country club dining plus option to cook your own filet, shrimp or ahi tuna on a 500-degree stone. Open daily. Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. Stonewater Country Club, 7177 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 656-9898. L, D $ Flat River Grill — Casual atmosphere in turn-of-century building on the river. Al fresco dining on patio. Menu ranges from comfort food to wood-fired pizzas. Full bar plus The BOB’s House of Brews beers on tap. 201 E Main St, Lowell, 897-8523. thegilmore $-$$ L, D Grand Villa — Longtime favorite serving prime rib, seafood, complete salad bar, full service bar. Closed Sun. 3594 Chicago Dr SW, 538-1360. L, D $ Great Lakes Shipping Co. — Everything from beef, seafood and beyond in comfortable dockside motif. Patio open in summer. No lunch, but open Sun afternoons. 2455 Burton St SE, 949-9440. greatlakesshippingcompa D $-$$ Grille 29 — Menu includes specialty panini and a variety of entrées. Full-service bar. Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Holiday Inn Select, 3063 Lake Eastbrook SE, 285$ 7600. B, D continued on page 78

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Epic battle: beer versus wine Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to attend many dinners where every course has been meticulously matched with a certain style and vintage of wine. Likewise, our adventures have led us to meals where a dish is paired or prepared with a particular beer, usually from the same brewery. But we’ve never attended one where each plate had to be married to both beer and wine. Why not? That question sparked our desire to experiment. Would it be possible to create a five-course supper, then select a beer and wine for each dish that would illuminate

the ingredients while enlightening us about what worked and what didn’t? And, perhaps more importantly, which would win? We invited fellow foodies, Jason and Karla, over for a specially prepared dinner to satisfy our curiosity. We began with small bites of mini bleu cheese popovers that turned out lighter and milder than expected but crispy and creamy enough to entice more than one trip to the plate. The exquisite Lallier Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé we chose unfortunately overpowered the cheese. We all agreed a stronger, stinkier bleu or a less refined champagne would have been a wiser pick. However, there was consensus that our Lagunitas Pils (a Czech-style pilsner) choice complemented the yeasty bread and teased out the bleu cheese more. Beer wins round one by a wide margin. Next came a salad of shaved Brussels sprout slaw with walnuts and pecorino. A sweet but dry 2011 Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Marie (Andrieux & Fils) didn’t really stand a chance and seemed at odds with the sprouts and cheese. We soon realized if dried cranberry or cherry were added to the slaw, the pairing would be successful. On the other hand, Short’s Bellaire Brown seemed tailor made for the salad, coexisting with the nuts and cheese while contrasting nicely with the lemon vinaigrette. Beer wins round two. Soup’s on for the third course. Juliet blended thick, earthy pumpkin, carrot,

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onion and a splash of cream, topped off with spicy red pepper mousse and served in oversized cappuccino mugs. Glasses were half-filled with 2010 Atteca Old Vines Garnacha, a Spanish wine whose silky, deep character melded harmoniously with the pumpkin while dancing nimbly around the mousse. Everyone sighed blissfully as the first spoonfuls and sips melted away … these two just belong together. Though the hoppy Stone Pale Ale stood proudly with the pumpkin, the red pepper threw the beer a curveball. Wine wins round three. Our main course turned out to be controversial. Roasted pork came out of the oven golden brown, dripping with juices. It was carved in thick slices and topped with fennel-apple chutney. Most concurred the well-balanced 2008 Cumberland Reserve Oregon Pinot Noir (Bergstrom) found a home with the darker, fatty sections of pig, but clashed with the chutney and overtook the white meat. Conversely, the hops in Brewery Vivant’s Triomphe Belgian IPA made the apple and fennel sing, while the farmhouse sour notes elevated the leaner bits of pork. Ultimately, our party was split down the middle as to which pairing should be declared the winner, so we ended up with a tie for the fourth round. Lemon cheesecake with a hazelnut crust for dessert signaled the end of our experiment. Going the traditional route, we uncorked a well-chilled bottle of 2009 Sauternes (Chateau Liot) and poured it into aperitif glasses. Sauternes can be cloying, so it is usually taken in small doses. Indeed, we initially found this vintage to be very sweet; after a bite of lemony middle of the cheesecake, however, all of us went back for a refill of the wine. (Jason thought the wine would be better as a reduced syrup topping.) On the beer side, we chose deep, roasty Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. The dark, dry barley tones of this brew mirrored the toasted hazelnuts and even flirted with the tart lemon. Narrowly, wine ekes out a win in the fifth. During the meal, we’d all been making notes for each course pairing and now shared our thoughts about the success or failure of each. Everyone was amazed how close the tallies were and, although each of us had a favorite at the beginning, our expectations were either up-ended or exceeded.

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Everyone was amazed how close the tallies were and, although each of us had a favorite at the beginning, our expectations were either up-ended or exceeded.

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continued from page 74 Grille At Watermark — Innovative menu in relaxing atmosphere overlooking golf course. Mon-Sat; Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. 5500 Cascade Rd SE, 949-0570. watermarkcc. com. L, D $-$$ Grill House & Rock Bottom Bar — Grill-yourown steakhouse with grillmasters on call. Bottomless salad bowl and potato bar. 1071 32nd St (M-40), Allegan, (269) 686-9192. L (downstairs), D $-$$ Honey Creek Inn — Daily specials are the highlight, mixed with traditional fare. Closed Sun. 8025 Cannonsburg Rd, Cannonsburg, 874-7849. L, D ¢-$ Hudsonville Grille — Varied menu includes Mexican favorites and breakfast. Full bar. Closed Sun. 4676 32nd Ave, Suite F, Hudsonville, 662-9670. B, L, D ¢-$ Judson’s Steakhouse — The BOB’s steakhouse restaurant. Closed Sun. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. D $$

Kitchen 67: Brann’s Café — Fast-casual restaurant with high-tech design serving Brann’s sizzling steaks and burgers plus bagels, pressed sandwiches, salads and more. Michigan wines and craft beers. Breakfast includes baked goods, oatmeal and smoothies. 1977 East Beltline Ave. NE. kitchen67. com and Facebook. B, L, D ¢ 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. grapno/dinings. B, L, D $ FLeo’s — Combines fine dining (fresh seafood is the specialty) and casual comfort. Street level in parking ramp at Ottawa and Louis. Closed Sun. 60 Ottawa Ave NW, 4546700. L, D $-$$ Louis Benton Steakhouse — Premium Buckhead beef, wet- and dry-aged steaks and more. Closed Sun. Free valet parking at Ionia entrance. 77 Monroe Center Ave NW, $-$$ 454-7455. L, D Marn E. Walkers — Everything from nachos to chicken Marsala — pizzas, burgers, steaks, you name it. Weekend breakfast buffet, pizza and pasta lunch buffet Mon-Fri. Open daily; Sun for breakfast only. 4322 Remembrance Rd, Walker, 453-3740. B ¢-$ (Sat, Sun), L, D 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. meadows/. L, D $-$$ Middle Villa Inn — Weekly prime rib specials, salad bar, casual atmosphere, occasional live bands. Banquet rooms available. Closed Mon and Wed. 4611 N Middleville Rd, Middleville, (269) 795-3640. L, D $ Pearl Street Grill — Bright, airy restaurant in the downtown Holiday Inn. Open daily. 310 Pearl St NW, 235-7611. guestservice@ B, L, D $ Radix Tavern — Southern-style fusion food featuring local, seasonal and sustainable products. Slow-cooked barbecue, pulled pork, cornbread, stews, hearty vegetarian options. 1420 Lake Dr SE (Eastown), 458-5583. D ¢-$ Red Jet Café — Gilmore Collection restaurant in the former Creston Heights library. Coffee bar and menu ranging from omelets to specialty pizzas. Full bar; opens 8 am. 1431 Plainfield Ave NE, 719-5500. thegilmorecollec B, L, D (Mon-Sat) ¢-$ Reds On The River — Located on the Rogue River, Reds combines casual sophistication with Tuscan sensibilities. Closed Sun. 2 E Bridge St, Rockford, 863-8181. L, D $-$$ Rio Grand Steak House & Saloon — Texasstyle barbecue ribs, steaks and more. 5501 Northland Dr NE, 364-6266; 1820 44th St SW, 534-0704. L, D $-$$ Rush Creek Bistro — Diverse menu in clublike surroundings. Weeknight and happy hour specials. Sunnybrook Country Club, 624 Port Sheldon Rd, Grandville, 457-1100. L, D $ Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse — The classic American steakhouse now in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel’s fully renovated former 1913 Room. 187 Monroe Ave NW, 774-2000. L, D $$ ➧Saburba — Specializes in take-out featuring chef-driven, Michigan-inspired foods, prepared as you wait, as well as grab-andgo options and boxed lunches, catering for small affairs. Doughnut and coffee service every Sat. Closed Sun. 7277 Thornapple River Dr., Ada, 682-5290. and Facebook. B, L, D ¢-$ Sam’s Joint — Award-winning ribs and unique décor of antiques and memorabilia. Extensive menu includes Mexican selections; full bar. Half a dozen locations, plus a

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fast and lunch until 2 pm. 3874 Plainfield Ave NE, 361-8500. Facebook. B, L ¢

Spinnaker — Menu features seafood and landlubber entrees. Sunday brunch. 4747 28th St SE (Hilton Grand Rapids Airport), 957-1111. B, L, D $-$$

Cherie Inn — Relaxed setting for upscale breakfasts and innovative specials, served until 3 pm. Closed Mon. 969 Cherry St SE, 458-0588. Facebook. B, L ¢

Sundance Grill — Breakfast-and-lunch spot also offers a dinner menu in the California/ Southwestern tradition 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. B, L, D $

Cheshire Grill — Everything made fresh: comfort food, breakfast, burgers, sandwiches and more. Open 7 am-4 pm daily. 2162 Plainfield Ave NE, 635-2713. Facebook. B, L ¢

Swan Inn Restaurant — Home-cooked meals such as pot roast, Salisbury steak and meatloaf. Huge breakfasts. Cygnet Lounge offers cocktails and nibbles, dinner menu. 5182 Alpine Ave NW, 784-1245. swaninn B, L, D ¢-$ Terrace Grille At Bay Pointe Inn — Casual gourmet dining, martini bar and lakeside terrace. Seasonally changing menu emphasizes regional fare. Sunday brunch. 11456 Marsh Rd, Shelbyville (off US 131), (269) 672-5202 or (888) GUN-LAKE. baypointe L, D $-$$ Tillman’s — Chicago-style chophouse that’s been “hidden” in a warehouse district for more than 25 years. Known for steaks but something for every taste. Closed Sun. 1245 Monroe Ave NW, 451-9266. tillmansrestaur $-$$ L, D Timbers Inn — Menu ranges from appetizers to wild game offerings and meat ’n’ potatoes fare in lodge-like surroundings. Sunday omelet bar til 2 pm. 6555 Belding Rd NE, 874¢-$ 5553. L, D

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Tullymore — Restaurant at Tullymore Golf Club offers seasonal menu in beautiful surroundings. Large patio for outdoor dining. 11969 Tullymore, Stanwood, (800) 972$-$$ 4837. L, D Twisted Rooster — Classic dishes with unexpected twists. Full bar featuring 18 beers on tap, local beers/wines. 1600 East Beltline Ave NE, 301-8171. L, D ¢-$$ -Walker Roadhouse — Diverse menu with interesting twists on classic fare in a casual but handsome setting. Lunch served weekdays, dinner Mon-Sat; closed Sun. 3272 Remembrance Rd NW, 453-3740. thewalkerroad L, D $

Daytime casual Eateries that specialize in breakfast and lunch. Anna’s House — Family dining with break-

Fat Boy Burgers — Legendary burger joint in the Cheshire neighborhood offers breakfast 6-11 am weekdays (7 am Sat) and lunch until 3 pm. Open daily. 2450 Plainfield Ave NE, 361-7075. B, L ¢ The Gathering Place — Cozy setting and imag­i­native menu, including homemade soups and dessert selections. Open daily until 2 pm. 6886 Cascade Rd SE, 949-3188. B, L $ Nunzia’s Café — Combo specials plus Italian dishes. Open 8:30 am-2 pm weekdays. In Merrill Lynch building, 250 Monroe Ave NW, 458-1533. B, L ¢ Omelette Shoppe & Bakery — A plethora of omelets, along with pecan rolls, pastries and more. Open daily til 3 pm. 545 Michigan St NE, 726-5800; 1880 Breton Rd SE, 726-7300. B, L ¢-$ Real Food Café — Open early for breakfast and lunch. Open until 2 pm; closed Mon. 2419 Eastern Ave SE, 241-4080; 5430 Northland Dr NE, 361-1808. Facebook. B, L ¢ Red Geranium Café — Popular spot for specialty omelets, homemade soups, breads and desserts. 6670 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 6569800; 5751 Byron Center Ave. 532-8888. B, L ¢ Wolfgang’s — Popular Eastown spot renowned for breakfasts. Lunch includes salads, sandwiches. Open 6:30 am-2:30 pm daily. 1530 Wealthy St SE, 454-5776. matt B, L ¢

Vegetarian Bartertown Diner — Vegetarian/vegan/raw offerings in worker-owned and -operated diner. Promotes use of fresh, local ingredients. Open daily (hours change seasonally, check website). 6 Jefferson Ave SE, 233-3219. barter L, D $ Gaia Café — Totally vegetarian fare served in a cozy atmosphere. Closed Mon. No alcohol. 209 Diamond Ave SE, 454-6233. Facebook. B, L ¢

Pubs & Taverns 84th Street Pub and Grille — Menu offers Am­­

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eri­can fare from pizzas to steaks in laidback surroundings with flat-screen TVs and fullservice bar. 8282 Pfeiffer Farms Dr, Byron Center, 583-1650. L, D ¢-$ The Back Forty — A kicked-back country feel featuring food, country bands and DJ, and dance floor. Open 5 pm-2am Wed-Sat. 48 W Fulton St, 742-4040. thebackfortysa D $ Bar Louie — Urban décor at Woodland Mall, 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. L, D $-$$ Bobarino’s At The B.O.B. — Grill on 2nd floor of The BOB offers everything from woodfired pizza to upscale entrées. Full-service bar with The BOB’s microbrews on tap. Live entertainment in Cisco’s Island Lounge. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. thegilmore $ L, D BOB’s Brewery At The B.O.B. — Microbrews ranging from unique to standard with a variety of small plates that go beyond standard pub fare. Open Thu (Mug Club)-Sat. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. bobsbrewery. D ¢-$ Bud & Stanley’s — Extensive menu includes Mexican specialties, pasta, burgers and more. TVs galore and takeout available. 1701 ¢-$ 4 Mile Rd NE, 361-9782. L, D Cascade Sports Grill — Varied menu and sizable bar with 10 brew taps and extensive martini menu. Games, TVs and live DJ Sat night. Cascade Centre, 6240 28th St SE, 9743338. Facebook. L, D $ 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. Fullservice bar. 3519 Plainfield Ave NE, 3640567. L, D ¢-$ Cheero’s Sports & Sushi Grill — Japanese fare along with pizza, burger and microbrew. Several TVs and outdoor patio next to Michigan Athletic Club. Open daily. 2510 Burton St SE, 608-3062. L, D ¢-$ Cheers — Popular neighborhood spot with something for everyone in a log-cabin environment. 3994 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-1188. B, L, D ¢ Corner Bar — Rockford’s spot for a brew and a chili dog. 31 N Main St, Rockford, 866-9866. ¢ L, D Cottage Bar — Longtime favorite since 1927. Famous Cottage burgers and fries, signature

chili and more. Closed Sun. 8 LaGrave Ave ¢ SE, 454-9088. L, D

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Derby Station — Sophisticated pub grub with full bar featuring an array of specialty beers. 2237 Wealthy St SE, 301-3236. derby $ L, D

HopCat — Crafted brews with close to 50 beers on tap and 150 bottled. Full bar and creative fare from meatloaf to mussels. Open daily. 25 Ionia Ave SW, 451-4677. hopcatgr. com. L (Sat-Sun), D ¢-$

Eastown Sports Bar & Grill — Burgers and light fare. Open daily: Mon-Fri 5-11:45 pm, Sat 3 pm-2 am, Sun 9 am-11:45 pm. 1520 Wealthy St SE, 356-4950. Facebook. D ¢

Hub’s Inn — Sandwiches, wet burritos and thin-crust pizza. Closed Sun. 1645 Leonard St NW, 453-3571. L, D ¢

Elbow Room Bar & Grill — Cozy neighborhood watering hole serves burgers, nachos and more. Games and jukebox. 501 Fuller ¢-$ Ave NE, 454-6666. L, D

Intersection Café — Roomy entertainment venue offers sandwich wraps, burgers, vegetarian options and more. 133 Grandville Ave SW, 459-0977. L, D ¢

Flanagan’s — Popular Irish pub. Imported beers, 20 on tap. Entrees with an Irish influence. Frequent live music. Closed Sun. 139 Pearl St NW, 454-7852. ¢ L, D

JD Reardon’s — Restaurant and lounge in The Boardwalk offers American, Southwest, Thai and more. Banquet facilities; outdoor seating. 940 Monroe Ave NW, 454-8590. B, L, D $-$$

Founders Brewing Co. — Sip microbrew samples in the spacious taproom, serpentine bar and stage for live music Thu and Sat. Menu features appetizers, deli sandwiches. Covered (heated) porch. 235 Grandville Ave SW, 776-1195. L, D ¢

J. Gardella’s Tavern — Massive 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. jgardellas L, D ¢

Frankie V’s Pizzeria & Sports Bar — Roomy space with pool tables, jukebox, covered patio. Appetizers, subs, stromboli, pizza, pasta entrées, plus burgers and Mexican. Weekday lunch buffet. Tap your own 100-ounce beer tower. 1420 28th St SW, 532-8998. frankievs. com. L, D ¢-$

Logan’s Alley — Free popcorn complements a premium-libation special. Sandwich-andappetizer menu. Seasonal deck seating. 916 Michigan St NE, 458-1612. L, D ¢-$

GP Sports — Sports bar and restaurant with three big screens and 40 flat-screen TVs. Menu features create-your-own pizzas and burgers, along with salads and sandwiches. Closed Sun. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 7766495. L, D $ Grand Woods Lounge — Year-round alfresco dining complete with fireplace. Eclectic menu selections mix with upscale comfort foods. Live entertainment, pool tables, spacious bar. 77 Grandville Ave SW, 451-4300. L, D $-$$ Harmony Brewing Co. — Eastown’s latest addition to the craft-brewing scene offers custom brews with a full bar, wine selections and menu of wood-fired pizzas in cool, eclectic surroundings. 1551 Lake Drive SE. Facebook. L, D $ Holiday Bar — Classic horseshoe bar with 12 beers on tap, bar food, pool tables, darts and more. 801 5th St NW (at Alpine Ave), 4569058. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Holly’s Back Door Bar & Grill — Full menu and good selection of munchies at the bar in Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. Closed Sun &

Main Street Pub — Large-screen TVs and varied menu of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and entrées. Open 11 am daily; breakfast 8 am Sun. 11240 University Parkway, Allendale, 895-1234. B (Sun), L, D ¢-$ McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon — New York-style Irish has a menu that includes “recreated” pub fare, contemporary American choices and regionally inspired dishes. Transforms into a lively nightclub late at night. Open daily. 58 Ionia Ave SW, 4549105. L, D $ Mill Creek Tavern — Comstock Park eatery offers appetizers, from-scratch daily soups, sandwiches as well as full dinner options. Full bar with separate dining room. 3874 West River Dr, 784-3806. L, D ¢-$ Mojo’s — Lively dueling piano bar and restaurant open for dinner at 5 pm Wed-Sat, 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. D (Wed-Sat) continued on page 84 November 2012 / 81

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> sArAH ANDro AND PeTer DAviDsoN Title: Owners, Saburba Location: 7277 Thornapple River Drive, Ada Todd Hoort joined Sarah Andro and Chef Peter Davidson to open Saburba, which offers interesting takeout foods and catering.

of Ada’s Ninth Bridge Market. With a résumé that included opening such restaurants as Bar Divani and The Chop House, Andro

also managed events for Martha’s Vineyard before joining the management team at Grand River Grocery/Ninth Bridge Market.

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ake two local food fanatics such as Sarah Andro and Chef Peter Davidson, combine with third partner, Todd Hoort, involve a handful of local and regional partnerships such as Rowster Coffee, Sobie Meats, Shadowland Honey, Mrs. Dog’s Mustard, Bos Farms, Vertical Paradise Farms, Farm Country Cheese House, Earthkeeper Farms, Daily De-Lish, Zingerman’s and Rakowski Family Farms. Place into an intimate, fun-filled environment in Ada, and you have Saburba — “Honest Eats From the Burbs.” With seating for fewer than 20 and a petite patio that seats about a dozen, Saburba’s deli case and seasonal café menu offer a variety of not-the-norm sandwiches, atypical salads, tacos whose ingredients vary daily, Ramen noodle bowls, green chili, pork belly steam buns, potato chips made onsite, cookies and other goodies, along with coffee specialty drinks and donutsonly Saturdays. Hand rolled and made from scratch, when Saturday’s donuts are gone, they close the doors. When we last met with Sarah Andro, she was positioned to take over ownership 82 \ November 2012

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In fact, she helped create the space for the market’s bakery that now houses Saburba. Since our profile of Peter Davidson two years ago when he was heading up the kitchen at The Winchester, he has relocated, earning rave reviews for his creative, locally sourced fare at Grove. In the interim, he and Andro formed a partnership — both professionally and personally — to realize a long-held dream of opening up a “Momand-Pop place with an edge” that would promote culinary creativity and, just as importantly, encourage fun. With that in mind, they opened Saburba in late August to what appears to be an immediately grateful clientele, judging from the constant influx of traffic and the terrific feedback on Facebook. “We have the same philosophies about everything. Food is important to us; we just love to eat,” Andro said. “We watch all the cooking shows and the Food Network, and any vacation we take, there’s always food involved. He’s always just looking for something to put together to create new tastes.” While Andro freely admits her love for catering, wine and food, she said it became increasingly clear the retail side of the business was not where she wanted to be. “It’s really awesome to come to work every day, and it’s just so much fun,” she said. “I think it’s fun for other people, too. It’s the kind of place you can come to alone and meet like-minded people. By the time you’ve left, you’ve made a new friend.” Inculcated with an appreciation for food and its origins from the time he was a

wee tyke tending gardens with his mother, Davidson honed his skills at Denver’s Culinary Institute of America and The Restaurant School in Philadelphia, where he graduated with an emphasis in classic French cuisine. Extensive travels, the tutelage of great chefs and a roster of impressive dining venues have fed his mind and focused his culinary instincts. He finds inspiration at every juncture. For instance, the steam buns, kim chi and ooey-gooey bars at Saburba are inspired by David Chang’s restaurant, Momofuku. The Cuban Reuben Davidson was known for at The Winchester can now be found in Ada. His Chicago hot beef sandwich includes his special house-made giardinara. He admits to occasionally phoning his Mom for a throwback recipe. “We’re doing all kinds of older, homestyle recipes that need to be brought back — simple things like creamy cucumber salad and making our own pickles and sauerkraut. It gives me goose bumps. “We’re pulling from local products as much as we can. I’ll visit the farmers market in the morning and gather what I need for the day,” he added. “We want to be a part of the community and have a good vibe in here. The kitchen is open, and I can wave to people as they come through the door and be available to them. It’s really cool. We’re in it for the long haul and we just want to have fun.” — Julie Burch

Chef Peter Davidson’s Mom’s ChocolateCovered Fritos Prep time: 5 minutes

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1 bag Frito-Lay brand Frito Corn Chips 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips Crush chips in bag. Melt chocolate in pan over very low heat. Fold in the Fritos, and scoop out in whatever size you prefer onto wax paper. Put in refrigerator until they’re set; enjoy!

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continued from page 81 Monkey Bar at The B.O.B. — A “resto” bar combining a cozy lounge with Asian-inspired small plate menu. Open Wed-Sat. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. monkeybarresto.html. D ¢-$

Nick Finks — Mexican fare and drinks in historic tavern, part of The Gilmore Collection. Draft beer, wine, sangria and cocktails. Occasional live music, open mic nights. 3965 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, 784-9886. L, D $

Nite Cap Bar & Grill — Roomy with outdoor patio, pool tables, video games, big-screen TVs, Keno and karaoke Thu-Sat evenings. Soups, salads, sandwiches, flame-broiled burgers, Mexican selections and dinners. 801 W Fulton St, 451-4243. L, D ¢ 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. L, D ¢-$ Peppino’s Ristorante Pizzeria And Sports Lounge — Italian specialties, Sicilian-style steak and chicken, burgers, etc. Separate sports bar. 5053 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Allendale, 895-1615. Family-friendly Peppino’s Sports Lounge in downtown GR, 130 Ionia Ave SW, 456-8444. L, D ¢-$$ Pub 43 — Caters to all, but is especially popular with gay crowd. Board games, TVs, fully stocked bar. Menu ranges from burgers to upscale items. Jukebox, occasional live entertainment. Open daily at 3 pm. 43 S Division Ave, 458-2205. Facebook. D ¢-$ The Pubb — Sports bar serving sandwiches, burgers and munchies. Open daily 11 am-2 am, Happy Hour 11 am-7 pm. 1568 Broadway Ave NW, 608-7420. L, D ¢

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Quinn & Tuite’s Irish Pub — Large selection of Irish whiskies and Guinness on tap. Typical bar fare. Irish music, live bands Sat. 1535 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-8380. quinnand L, D ¢-$ Rocky’s Bar & Grill — Burgers, appetizers and more. Art Deco bar, pool table. Kitchen open late; some evening entertainment. Open Sun at 5 pm with $1 beer specials. 633 Ottawa Ave NW, 356-2346. L, ¢-$ D The Score — Restaurant and sports bar with varied menu. 5301 Northland Dr NE, 3010600. L, D ¢-$ Shamrock Bar & Grill — Diverse menu includes special burgers and a wide range of entrees. 2501 Wilson Ave NW, 735-3888. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Shepards Grill & Tavern — Bar food with flare, from appetizers to Kobe top sirloin. Open daily. Weekday happy hour specials 3-6:30 p.m. Cascade Center, 6246 28th St SE, 350-9604. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ 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. ¢-$ L, D

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> 2009 Forchini Papa Nonno, Dry Creek Valley, ($22), a blend of zinfandel/ cabernet sauvignon/ carignane/heirloom whites. It amazes me that this mixedbag blend comes across with such fruit purity. The red fruit is almost cranberry-like, with a remarkable berrycherry, sweet, ripe feel on the tongue. The length and persistence of fruit stays all the way into the firm velvety finish.

Magnificent blends mANy CLAssiC oLD WorLD WiNes are blends. Initially, most U.S. wines were, as well. But in the 1960s and 1970s, promoters felt that identifying California wines with European grape varieties would improve their image. Indeed, labeling wines with the name of the primary grape still is a successful marketing strategy. A wine grown in Bordeaux, France, that is a blend of 50 percent merlot, 30 percent cabernet franc and 20 percent cabernet sauvignon will be called Bordeaux and no one really cares about the percentages. That same wine if grown in the Napa Valley can be called a Meritage. But what if it contains 20 percent syrah instead of cabernet sauvignon? Then it is a blend with a fanciful name such as Red Velvet, Ménage à Trois or Apothic Red. Today, blends are the fastest-growing category on the wine shelf. Why do winemakers blend different grape varieties, vineyards and even vintages? Because every wine offers something different. As a home winemaker, I strive to make balanced wine with bright fruit flavors and mouthcoating texture. In 2009, I made a chambourcin wine that had the prettiest red fruit aroma. The flavor filled the palate, but the acidity was so high it became tiring by the second glass. To fix that, I purchased some flat malbec from a Michigan winery and blended it with my acidic chambourcin, which then became a velvety red. A wine that is 100 percent Napa Valley cab is almost certainly a blend. Wines from the cool Southern Napa Valley have bright acidity. Wines in the center around Oakville have rich, velvety tannins. Wines from the warm Northern Napa

Valley near Calistoga have a ripe, sun-baked characteristic. By blending cabs from the different microclimates, the balance and complexity is emphasized. The following wines reinforce my opinion that blending not only can produce magnificent wines, but actually can reinforce style and finesse: 2009 Forchini BeauSierra, Dry creek Valley, california ($28), a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petite verdot malbec. This exotic, chutney-like spicy red has what one would expect from a Bordeaux-style blend, plus tropical fruit, meaty texture and big tannins to hold it all together. St. Julian cock of the Walk, Michigan ($13), a blend of zweigelt, rougeon. chancellor, chabourcin, merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, de chaunac and foch. This is the ultimate expression of pristine, cool-climate fruit. The plum, cherry, floral and violets are not unlike good Northern Rhône wines or an exotic zinfandel. The finish is long with persistent tannins, but not heavy. 2010 Jacob’s creek cabernet Merlot, Australia ($8), a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot. The chocolate-cherry aroma carries through to the palate. Good structure and silky tannin make this wine easy to like. 2010 Anemoi Zephyrus, colorado ($35), a blend of cabernet franc and petite verdot. This wine offers up a big, beautiful, ripe, red fruit nose. On the palate, raspberries and cracked black pepper spice blends with a big, chocolate-malt-like, rich mouth feel. The finish has a palate memory of nutty nuance and firm tannin. — A. BriAN cAiN

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briAN’s FAvoriTes: > 2010 Karma Vista Vineyards Karisma, Michigan, ($22), a blend of merlot/syrah. At the Michigan Wine and Spirits Competition, I gave this wine a perfect score. The sweet ripe fruit comes across like sour cherries and ripe plums. The almost port-like density coats the entire mouth with style, balance and rich tannins.

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Teazers Bar & Grill — Burgers and pastas, sandwiches, salads and Southwestern bites. Kids menu. Open daily. 819 Ottawa Ave NW, 459-2481. L, D ¢-$ The Viceroy — Classic hors d’oeuvres (finger sandwiches to tenderloin tips) and desserts to accompany a wide range of cocktails, house-infused whiskeys, beer and wine. Kitchen open 5 pm-1 am Wed-Sat. 53 Commerce Ave SW, 744-8423. $ D Village Inn Pizza Parlor — Longtime favorite for pizza, pasta, burgers, chicken, Mexican and more. Karaoke nights Thu-Sat. Open daily; weekday lunch buffet. 2215 44th St SE, Kentwood, 281-1444; 934 Washington St, Holland, (616) 392-1818. L, D ¢-$ Vitale’s Sports Lounge & Pizzeria — Pizza and pasta plus panini sandwiches and wraps in sports-centric surroundings. Outside deck, live entertainment. Open daily. 3868 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, 7842526, takeout 784-5011. vitalessportsbar. ¢-$ com. L, D West Side Bar — No-frills neighborhood tavern with bar-food menu. Live entertainment weekends. 1568 Broadway NW, 459-1240. L, D ¢ Woody’s Press Box — Complex includes two bars, a patio and bowling. Menu offers sandwiches and shrimp, barbecue fare. Breakfast and lunch only Sun. 5656 Clyde Park Ave SW, 530-3242. B, L, D $

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Z’s — Sports-themed eatery known for its ribs. Soup-salad-sandwich lunches. Carryout available. 168 Louis Campau Promenade NW, 454-3141. L, D ¢-$

Bitter End — 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, 451-6061. B, L, ¢ D Boardwalk Subs — 20 huge Jersey-style subs in addition to familiar choices. Catering and delivery. Open daily. 5422 S Division Ave, Kentwood, 724-2492. L, ¢ D Café Aromas — Sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups plus a variety of coffee drinks. 880 Grandville Ave SW, 245-7379. tastycafearo ¢ B, L, D 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. L, D ¢ Chicago Style Gyro — Gyros, salads, sandwiches, shish kebab and more, plus Kurdish tea made from a secret family recipe. Open 11 am-7 pm Mon-Sat. Delivery available. 539 Leonard St NW, 451-0021. chicagostylegyro. ¢ us. L, D Cornucopia — Bakery, sandwiches, pizza, take-home specialties, coffees, one-of-akind wine selection. Open daily. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 776-6428. amwaygrand. ¢-$ com. B, L, D Crazy Charlie’s — Coney Island-style dogs and more. 2184 Wealthy St SE, 451-6720. L, D ¢ Dam Dogs — On the dam in downtown Rockford serving several hot dogs plus ice cream. 25 Squires St, Rockford, 863-9565. L, D ¢

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The Dog Pit — Several hot dog variations with house-made chili topping and variety of condiments. Also daily soups. Closed Sun. 132 Monroe Center NW, 988-1508. Facebook. L, D ¢

Alley Cat Deli — Sandwiches, soups and salads. Smoked meat is a specialty and all breads and desserts are made in-house. Closed Sun. 5355 Northland Dr NE, 4478844. Facebook. L, D ¢

The Grand Coney — Home-style dinners, Mexican fare and all-day breakfast in addition to Coney Island dogs. Open 24/7. 809 Michigan St NE, 776-5580. Facebook. B, L, D ¢

Bagel Beanery — All locations serve breakfast and deli sandwiches plus specialty coffees. Vegetarian options. 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, 2499500. B, L, D ¢-$

Jonny B’z Dogs And More —All-meat dogs, burgers and sandwiches, plus vegan options. Closed Sun, open until 2 am Thu-Sat. 638 Wealthy St SE. Facebook. L, D ¢

Biggby Coffee — East Lansing-based chain offers coffee and non-coffee drinks, baked goods, fruit cups, yogurt parfaits, bagel sand¢ wiches. For locations, see

JW’s — Art gallery meets coffeehouse with rotation of local art. Coffee drinks, pastries and desserts, sandwiches. Open ‘til 6, closed Sun. Free Wi-Fi. 850 Forest Hill Ave SE, 2851695. Facebook. B, L, D ¢

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and java served in bowl-sized cups. 1445 Lake Dr SE, 451-8600. On Facebook. B, L, D ¢ Local Mocha — Downtown location offers coffee specialties and smoothies as well as grilled breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Closed Sun. Free Wi-Fi. 96 Monroe Center NW, 459-0082. B, L, D ¢ Newk’s Express Café — Modern space with counter-order/table-delivery service and well-stocked condiment and beverage site. Superbly composed sandwiches, salads, soups and chili, 10-inch pizzas and “homemade” desserts. Open daily. 2650 East Beltline Ave SE, 956-5980. L, ¢-$ D One Stop Coney Shop — Hot dogs plus salads, sandwiches, fries and house-made condiments in downtown GR. Open 11 am7:30 pm Mon-Fri. 11 am-3 pm Sat. 154 E Fulton, 233-9700. L, D (M-F) ¢ Rico’s Deli — Relocated to the Boardwalk building, offers deli sandwiches, subs, wraps, paninis, soups, breakfast selections and daily specials at modest prices. Also houses Liquid Cargo coffee shop. Open daily. 940 Monroe Ave NW, 451-0225; ricosdeli. com. B, L, D (weekdays) ¢ Ritz Koney Bar & Grille — Hot dogs, gourmet sandwiches and more. Full bar with limited wine list. Closed Sun. 64 Ionia Ave SW, 451¢-$ 3701. L, D Schnitz Delicatessen — Deli with a German flair. Ada location has full bar. Closed Sun. 1315 E Fulton St, 451-4444; Schnitz East, 597 Ada Dr SE, 682-4660; Schnitz South, 1529 Langley St SE, 281-5010. L, D (Ada only) ¢-$ Skywalk Deli — NY-style deli on the 2nd floor of Comerica Building. Fresh roasted meats, house-made soups, salads and addictive desserts. Open 7 am-3 pm Mon-Fri. Full-service, full-meal catering, too. 99 Monroe Ave NW, 732-5388. B, L ¢ Twisted Vine — Downtown Rockford café features Boars Head meats and cheeses on Schnitz Bakery breads, house-made soups, hearty salads and delightful desserts. Fullscale catering. 51 Bridge St, 866-2828. twisted L, D ¢ Urban Mill Café — Deli-style specialty sandwiches, soups and salads plus baked goods. 629 Michigan St NE, 855-1526. urbanmill. com. B, L, D ¢-$ Vanillas Coffee Tea Café — Gourmet coffees, teas plus special-order bakery for cakes, cook-

ies, cupcakes. Closed Sun. 3150 Plainfield Ave NE, Plainfield Plaza, 447-0080. vanillascafe. com. B, L, D ¢ Wealthy Street Bakery — Fresh breads, pastries, sandwiches and daily soup specials. Vegetarian options. Free Wi-Fi. Closed Sun. 608 Wealthy St SE, 301-2950. wealthystreet B, L, D ¢ Windy City Grille — Chicago-style gyros, Italian beef, dogs and more. Closed Sun; will cater. 5751 Byron Center Ave. SW, Wyoming, 261-2489. Facebook. L, D ¢ Wired Espresso Bar — Coffee concoctions, baked goods, sandwiches and more in Creston Business District. Free Wi-Fi and occasional weekend entertainment. 1503 Plainfield Ave NE, 805-5245. B, L, D ¢ Yesterdog — Hot dogs in a fun, nostalgic Eastown setting. Closed Sun. 1505 Wealthy St SE, 262-3090. L, D ¢

Family Casual Arnie’s Bakery & Restaurant — Breakfast, sandwiches, baked goods and desserts; dinner menu too. No alcohol. 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. arniesrestau B, L, D $ The Bistro — Urban décor with large-screen TVs, wraparound bar and barrista serving Starbucks. Casual menu covers all tastes. Open daily. Marriott Downtown Courtyard Hotel, 11 Monroe Ave NW, 242-6000, ext $ 6646. B, L, D Brandywine — Café atmosphere, with extensive breakfasts, innovative lunches with vegetarian choices, dinner selections from Mexican to beef Wellington. 1345 Lake Dr SE, 774-8641; 2844 East Beltline Ave NE, 363¢-$ 1723. B, L, D Cajun Cat — Cajun-influenced menu features seafood selections, gumbo, sandwiches. Take-out or small seating area. 3280 Remembrance Rd, Walker, 735-2416. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Cousin’s Tasty Chicken — Local alternative to the chains with tasty fried chicken and side dishes. Also seafood and other fried fare. Closed Sun. 1209 Leonard St NE, 456-5244. L, D ¢-$ Fleetwood Diner — Extensive diner-style menu with Greek influences. Open 6:30 am for breakfast (8 am-4 pm Sun), serving dinner until 8 pm Mon-Thu, 9 pm Fri-Sat. Outdoor patio. 2222 44th St SE, 281-2300. B, L, D ¢-$

Forest Hills Inn — A casual neighborhood favorite with a broad menu, excellent pizza. Serves alcohol. Closed Sun. 4609 Cascade Rd SE, 949-4771. B, L, D $ Fry Daddy’s Fresh Fish — Fried fish, wingdings, walleye, orange roughy, catfish, blue gill, perch, smelt and shrimp, by the pound or in baskets with fries. Also to go. Closed Mon. Trinity Plaza, 1720 44th St SE, Kentwood, 455-FISH. L, D ¢-$ Grand Traverse Pie Co. — Bakery and café offer extensive menu, with quiche, soups, salads, sandwiches and pastries. Open daily. 3224 28th St SE, 977-7600. B, L, ¢-$ D Green Restaurant — Sandwiches, salads, burgers and seafood with an emphasis on farms with sustainable practices and humane treatment of animals. Menu includes ostrich and elk burgers. 2289 East Beltline Ave NE, 447-8294. L, D $ The Lyon Den — Bakery, deli and convenience store with breakfast burritos, baked goods, salads, sandwiches, hotdogs, pizza bar and cotton candy. Also gluten- and sugar-free selections. Open daily. 200 Ionia Ave NW, 805-5692. thelyon B, L, D ¢ Mr. Burger — Longtime local favorite serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Six locations. ¢ B, L, D Noel Restaurant — Christmas year-round in this former church and parsonage. Familystyle dinners, lighter fare on lunch menu. Gift shop. Hours by reservation only; parties of 10 or more preferred. 2371 Riley St, Jamestown, 896-6427. L, D ¢-$$ Olga’s Kitchen — Greek-style sandwiches, salads, desserts and smoothies. 2213 Wealthy St SE, 456-0600; 3195 28th St (Woodland Mall), 942-8020; 3700 Rivertown Parkway SW, Grandville, 531-6572. L, D ¢ Pal’s Diner — A real diner offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options all day. Closed Sun. 6503 28th St SE, 942-7257. palsdiner. ¢ com. B, L, D Pop’s Family Restaurant — Breakfast all day long, plus classic comfort food and Mexican specialties. 1339 Walker Village Dr NW, 4539339. B, L, D ¢-$ Rainbow Grill — Breakfasts, homemade soup, chili, steak sandwiches, daily lunch specials, chicken, fish and other dinner staples. Closed Sun. 4225 32nd Ave, Hudsonville, 896-0033; 4158 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, 534-8645. B, L, D ¢-$

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ramona’s Table — EGR deli with madefrom-scratch soups, sandwiches, salads, baked items and meals. Takeout and catering. Closed Sun. 2232 Wealthy St SE, 4598500. B, L, D ¢-$ russ’ restaurants — Fast service, inexpensive fare. Closed Sun. More than 10 locations in West Michigan. B, L, D ¢ sandi’s Family restaurant — Home-cooked meals in casual surroundings. Daily specials; all-you-can-eat ocean perch Fri. Senior discount Mon-Tue. Closed Sun. 6597 S Division Ave, 281-3160. B, L, D ¢-$ That Place on Plainfield — Classic American diner food along with some ethnic and vegetarian dishes. Closed Sun. 2162 Plainfield Ave NE, 365-6669. B, L, D ¢

itAliAN/ euroPeAN Amore Trattoria italiana — Regional Italian dishes using some local products as well as Italian imports. Italian wines and liqueurs a specialty. House-made desserts. Banquet facility. Closed Mon. 5080 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park. 785-5344. amoretrattoria L (not Sat), D $ Angela’s italian restaurant & Pizzeria — Italian dinners, pizza, stromboli, subs and desserts. Lunch buffet, full-service bar. Delivery and catering available. Closed Sun. 240 E Division, Sparta, (616) 887-1913. L, D ¢-$ big bob’s Pizza — A neighborhood pizza parlor in EGR’s Gaslight Village with wine and beer on tap, available to go. 661 Croswell SE, 233-0123. L, D $ bella mia Pizzeria & italian Grill — Italian dishes and New York-style pizza. Daily lunch buffet. 6333 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Suite 450, 554-9930. L, D ¢-$ brick road Pizza — Specializing in gourmet, traditional and vegan pizzas. Gluten-free crusts available on request. Serves beer and wine. Open daily. 1017 Wealthy St SE, 7192409. L, D ¢-$ euro bistro — European bistro fare plus wood-fired pizzas. 11 am-10 pm Mon-Fri. 4-10 pm Sat, closed Sun. 6450 28th St SE, 7192017. L (Mon-Fri), D $-$$ Florentine Pizzeria & sports Lounge — Spacious location features Italian fare with American and Mexican choices, thin-crust pizzas. Big-screen TVs, pool tables, darts, video games, foosball. 4261 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 455-2230. L, D ¢-$ 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. L, D $ Franco’s Pizzeria — Spaghetti, manicotti, lasagna, stromboli plus pizza and subs with fresh ingredients. Limited seating, takeout available (delivery offered). No alcohol. Open daily. 2103 Alpine Ave NW, 361-7307. L, D ¢-$ 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, 3618994. L, D ¢-$ 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. D ¢-$ GoodFellows Pizza — In Byron Center’s former Monelli’s Pizza location. Pizza, full Italian dinners and more. Dine-in, takeout or delivery. No alcohol. Open daily (Sun at 4 pm). 2185 84th St, 878-1100. goodfellowspizza. com. L, D $ G.r.P.D. — Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery offers traditional, stuffed and specialty pizzas. Delivery Thu-Sat until 2:30 a.m. No alcohol. Open daily, with a handful of tables for dining in. 340 State St, 742-4773. grandrapids L, D ¢-$ Licari’s sicilian Pizza Kitchen — Specialties include Sfinciuni, thick-crust Sicilian pizza and Sciacciata, stuffed pizza with a crispy crust. Also pasta, entrees, calzones and desserts made from family recipes. Open daily. 2896 Knapp St NE in Celadon New Town. 608-6912. Facebook. L, D $ mangiamo — Historic mansion houses family-friendly Italian eatery. Italian fare plus steaks and seafood. Extensive wine list, evening entertainment. 1033 Lake Dr SE, 7420600. php. D $-$$ marinade’s Pizza bistro — Wood-fired pizzas, salads, pastas, sandwiches and more. No alcohol. Catering available. 109 Courtland St, Rockford, 863-3300. marinadespizza L, D ¢ monelli’s italian Grill And sports bar — Southern Italian cuisine. Sports bar plus family-friendly dining room with fireplace. 5675 Byron Center Ave, Wyoming, 530-9700. L, D ¢-$ Noto’s old World italian Dining — Elegant décor and extensive menu. Special wine cellar dinners in unique surroundings; lounge

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Uccello’s Ristorante — Pizzeria, grill and sports lounge. 2630 East Beltline Ave SE, 9542002; 4787 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 735-5520; 8256 Broadmoor SE, 891-5958. uccellos. com. L, D ¢-$ Vitale’s — Serving traditional regional dishes from family recipes since 1966. 834 Leonard St NE, 458-8368 (Vitale’s Sports Lounge next door, 458-2090), takeout 458-3766. the L, D ¢-$ Vitale’s Of Ada — Multi-regional, upscale dishes made from scratch. Also pizza, subs and burgers. Family-friendly; microbrews to martinis in separate sports pub. 400 Ada Dr SE, Ada, 676-5400. L, D ¢-$

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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,; 4676 32nd Ave, Hudsonville, 662-2244, vitales (no alcohol served); 5380 S Division Ave, Kentwood, 530-8300. vitales. us. L, D ¢-$

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Akasaka Sushi — Sushi plus Korean and Japanese offerings in low-key atmosphere in Cascade Centre. Serves alcohol. Closed Sun. 6252 28th St SE, 977-0444. L, D ¢-$ Akita Buffet — Across from RiverTown

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Bangkok Taste — Thai fare with lunch buffet. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 15 Jefferson Ave SE, 356-5550; 674 Baldwin St, Jenison, 6678901. L, D ¢-$ Bangkok View — Thai food and Chinese fare. Lunch buffet. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 1233 28th St SW, 531-8070. bangkokviewthai L, D ¢-$ Beijing Kitchen — Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines. Lunch specials. No alcohol. 342 State St SE, 458-8383. beijing L, D ¢-$

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Blue Ginger Asian Kitchen — Noodle-based Thai dishes, chicken, seafood, beef and pork entrees, curries. Vegetarian options. No alcohol. 5751 Byron Center Ave (Bayberry Market strip mall), 261-8186. L, D ¢-$ Bombay Cuisine — Traditional Indian dishes with spices and flavors from Northern India. Full bar. Lunch buffet Mon.-Fri. and Sun. Takeout available. 1420 Lake Dr. SE, 456-7055. L, D $ China Chef — Family-style Chinese restaurant with Szechuan-style entrées and Hunan choices. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 4335 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 791-4488. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ China City — Chinese cuisine; lunch prices all day. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 5299 East¢-$ ern Ave SE, 257-7038. L, D China Gourmet Buffet — Daily lunch and dinner buffets with more than 100 items. Dinner buffet served all day weekends; discount for seniors and children 10 and under. No alcohol. 2030 28th St SW, 252-1379. L, D ¢-$ Chinatown Restaurant And Japanese Steak House — Chinese and Japanese cuisine with tabletop, Benihana-style meals available. Lunch and dinner buffets. Full bar. 69 28th St SW, 452-3025. chinatowngrandrapids. com. L, D ¢-$

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China Yi Wang — Chinese dishes including spicy Hunan dishes. No alcohol. 1947 Eastern Ave SE, 241-3885. L, D ¢-$ East Garden Buffet — Cantonese, Hunan, Szechuan cuisine. Daily buffet. No alcohol. 6038 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 698-8933. L, D ¢-$ Empire Chinese Buffet — All-you-can-eat Chinese buffet served all day. Special seafood buffet Sat-Sun. Delivery available. 4255 Alpine Ave NW, 785-8880. www.empirebuf L, D ¢-$ Erb Thai — Traditional Thai fare, will accommodate special diets: vegetarian, glutenfree, no MSG. No alcohol. 950 Wealthy St SE, Suite 1A, 356-2573. L, D ¢ Far-East Restaurant — Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean dishes; vegetable-oil-only cooking. Carryout and catering available. No alcohol. 3639 Clyde Park Ave SW, 531-7176. Facebook. L, D $ First Wok — Mandarin, Hunan, Szechuan cuisine. Dine-in and take-out. Full bar. Three locations: 2301 44th St SE, 281-0681; 3509 Alpine Ave NW, 784-1616; 6740 Old 28th St SE, 575-9088. L, D $ Fuji Yama Asian Bistro — Hibachi grill tables with show-chef preparations, or eat in the dining room with Chinese, Japanese and Thai selections. Full bar. 1501 East Beltline Ave NE, 719-1859. L, D ¢-$ Fortune Chef — Chinese and American fare. Opens 6 am weekdays, 8 am weekends with breakfast served all day. No alcohol. 9353 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, 891-1388. B, L, D ¢-$ Golden 28 — Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin cuisine complemented by a Vietnamese menu. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 627 28th St SW, Wyoming, 531-2800. L, D $ Golden Dragon — Chinese, Mandarin and Japanese cuisines with Japanese steakhouse. Full bar. 3629 Plainfield Ave NE, 3631318. L, D $ Golden Gate Restaurant — Chinese fare with all-inclusive lunch combination plates, egg rolls, sweet-and-sour dishes, with some hot and spicy choices. No alcohol. 4023 S Division Ave, 534-7087. Facebook. L, D ¢ Golden Wok — Knapp’s Corner eatery offers lunch and dinner options, including Hunanspiced dishes. Full bar. 1971 East Beltline Ave NE, 363-8880. L, D ¢-$ Grand Lakes — A wide selection of Chinese dishes and specialties, along with daily lunch combination plates. No alcohol. Next

to Breton Village D&W. 1810 Breton Rd SE, 954-2500. L, D ¢-$ Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet — Pan-Asian cuisine from sushi to buffet, including Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian and American dishes. No alcohol. 785 Center Dr NW (Green Ridge Shopping Center), 785-8200. letseat. at/hibachigrillsupremebuffet. L, D ¢ Hong Kong Express — Szechuan and Cantonese for dine-in or carry-out. All-you-caneat lunch buffet. No alcohol. 150 E Fulton St, 235-3888. B, L, D ¢-$ Hunan — Full menu of Chinese options, house and family dinners for groups. No alcohol. 1740 44th St SW, 530-3377; 1263 Leon$ ard St NE, 458-0977. L, D India Town — Indian fare including vegetarian and vegan in a humble atmosphere. No alcohol. Closed Tue. 3760 S Division Ave, 243-1219. L, D ¢-$ Jade Garden — Chinese cuisine with some American dishes. Children’s menu, large selection of tropical cocktails. 4514 Breton Rd SE, 455-8888. L, D ¢-$ Ju Sushi & Lounge — Sushi and sashimi selections, Japanese hibachi, tempura, soups, salads and entrees in elegant surroundings. Full bar, huge sake selection. Takeout, catering and banquet space. 1144 East Paris Ave SE, 575-5858. L, D ¢-$ Lai Thai Kitchen — Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese fare. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 1621 Leonard St NE, 456-5730. Facebook, laithai L, D ¢-$ Mandarin — Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine; buffets at lunch, dinner and all day on weekends. Cocktails. Open daily. 2460 28th St SE, 530-3300. L, D ¢-$ Marado Sushi — Sushi bar offers a wide selection of Japanese fare and a few Korean specialties. No alcohol. 47 Monroe Center, 742-6793. Closed Sun. L, D ¢-$

Maru Sushi & Grill — Japanese cuisine with a twist, from sushi to hibachi grilled items. 925 Cherry St. SE. L, D $-$$ Mikado Sushi — Sushi and sashimi à la carte. Dinners offer full range of Japanese cuisine. Serves alcohol. Closed Sun. 3971 28th St SE, 285-7666. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Ming Ten — All-you-can-eat buffet: Japanese, Chinese, sushi bar, hibachi grill and American selections. No alcohol. 2090 Celebration Dr NE (2nd floor), (616) 365-3989. L, D ¢-$ Mynt Fusion Bistro — Asian fare that in-

cludes Thai, Korean and Chinese. Renowned for its curries: blue, peanut or yellow. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 800 W Main St, Lowell, ¢-$ 987-9307. L, D Ning Ye — Family-owned Chinese restaurant also serves Korean fare. No alcohol. Closed Sun during winter. 6747 E Fulton St, Ada, 676-5888. L, D $ Nu-Thai Bistro — Appetizers, soups, Thai salads, fried rice, curries and noodle dishes; seafood and duck specialty plates. No alcohol. 2055 28th St SE, 452-0065. nuthaibistro. com. L, D ¢-$ Palace Of India — Indian cuisine with a sizeable menu that includes vegetarian selections. Lunch buffet 11 am-3 pm. No alcohol. 961 E Fulton St, 913-9000. palaceofindia L, D ¢-$ P.F. Chang’s China Bistro — Upscale chain known for modern Chinese dishes from Mongolian beef to chicken lettuce wraps. Cocktails, beer and wine. Order online for takeout. The Village at Knapp’s Crossing, 2065 Apple Orchard Ave, 447-2060. pf $ L,D Pho Soc Trang — Vietnamese cuisine. No alcohol. 4242 S Division Ave, 531-0755. L, D ¢ Rak Thai Bistro — Thai-fusion fare with Chinese and Japanese influences. No alcohol. 5260 Northland Dr NE, 363-2222. rakthai L, D ¢-$ Red Sun Buffet — All-you-can-eat international buffet: sushi, Chinese, American, Italian and Japanese selections. No alcohol. 4176 28th St SE, 940-9999. redsunbuffet. com. L, D ¢-$ FSeoul Garden — Chinese and Korean cuisine with full bar. Banquet and catering facilities available. Closed Sun. 3321 28th St SE, 956-1522. L, D $-$$ Shang Hai Ichiban — Chinese and Japanese cuisine; food prepared tableside by hibachi chefs in Japanese area. Serves alcohol. 3005 Broadmoor Ave SE (at 29th St), 773-2454. L, D $-$$ Soc Trang — Wide selection of Chinese and Vietnamese offerings. No alcohol. 1831 Market Place Dr, Caledonia, 871-9909. gosoc L, D ¢-$ Sushi Kuni — Japanese and Korean cuisine, plus fusion fare. Private groups can eat in traditional Japanese tatami room. Serves alcohol. Closed Sun. 2901 Breton Rd SE, 241-4141. ¢-$$ L, D Szechuan Garden — Diverse Chinese menu in Eastown. Lunch specials daily 11 am-4 pm.

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No alcohol. 1510 Wealthy St SE, 456-9878. L, D ¢-$ Thai express — Thai specialties, spiced to specification. No alcohol. 4317 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 827-9955. L, D ¢ Three Happiness restaurant — Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan fare, with daily lunch and dinner specials. No alcohol. 3330 Alpine Ave NW, Target Plaza, 785-3888. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Tokyo Grill & sushi — Japanese tatami rooms, sushi bars. Menu includes hibachi, teriyaki, Udon, tempura. Sake, plus Japanese and American beer and wine. Closed Sun. 4478 Breton Rd SE, 455-3433. tokyogrill L, D ¢-$ Wei Wei Palace — Chinese seafood restaurant features Cantonese cuisine, dim sum and barbecue. Serves beer. 4242 S Division Ave, 724-1818. L, D $ Wonton express — No-frills ambience serving authentic Chinese fare from spicy Hunan and Kung-Po dishes. No alcohol. 6719 S Division Ave, 281-8816. L, D ¢-$ Xo Asian Cuisine — Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine with full service bar. Vegetarian options and lunch specials Mon-Sat. Free valet parking with $30 purchase. Will deliver. 58 Monroe Center, 235-6969. xoas L, D $-$$

out and catering. Features Lebanese beer and wine. Closed Sun-Mon. 2228 Wealthy St SE in EGR, 456-8999. L, D ¢-$

bos of chicken, beef, seafood and vegetarian entrees, kabobs and more. No alcohol. 80 Ottawa Ave NW, 776-2590. L, D ¢-$

Parsley mediterranean Grille — Appetizers, salads, soups, pitas, lunch and dinner com-

Pita House — Gyros and other Middle East specialties. No alcohol. 1450 Wealthy St SE,

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yummy Wok — Cantonese, Hunan and Szechuan dishes. No alcohol. 4325 Breton Rd SE, 827-2068. L, D ¢-$

miDDle eAsterN/ meDiterrANeAN marie Catrib’s — Middle-Eastern fare with on-site bakery, seasonal specialties and Turkish coffee. Vegetarian options. Breakfast 7 am Mon-Fri, 8 am Sat. Lunch/dinner starts 11 am weekdays, noon Sat. Closed Sun. No alcohol. 1001 Lake Dr SE, 454-4020. mariecat B, L, D ¢-$ mediterranean Grill — Gyros, kabobs, shwarma, falafel, fattousch, hummus, kafta. All meats are halal, in accordance with Islamic requirements. Closed Sun. No alcohol. Cascade Center, 6250 28th St SE, 949-9696. L, D $

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mr. Gyros — Family-owned restaurant offering Mediterranean specialties with drivethrough, delivery and catering available. Open daily. 2260 Alpine Ave NW, 791-6660. L, D ¢-$ osta’s Lebanese Cuisine — Lebanese cuisine, from grape leaf appetizer and tabbouleh to shish kebob, falafel and baklava. TakeNovember 2012 / 95

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Downtown Trini’s — Sparta’s destination offers traditional fare. Full bar. Closed Sun and Mon. 134 E Division Ave, Sparta, 887-2500. L, D ¢-$

454-1171; 3730 28th St SE, 940-3029; 4533 Ivanrest Ave SW, 261-4302; 134 Monroe Center NW, 233-4875. L, D ¢ ➧sheshco Grill — Lebanese cuisine including lots of appetizers, salads and soups; entrees such as shish kabob, lamb shanks, quail and sautéed meats, plus vegetarian and seafood options. No alcohol. Open daily. 2121 Celebration Dr. NE (Knapp’s Corner), 364-0600. L, D $

el Arriero —Extensive menu offers specialty dishes, with à la carte selections for smaller appetites. Mexican and domestic beers, Margaritas. 2948 28th St SE, 977-2674. L, D ¢-$ el barrio mexican Grill — Tasty and creative twists on otherwise-traditional Mexican. Full bar. 545 Michigan St NE, 301-0010. elbarrio L, D ¢-$

Fshiraz Grille — Persian cuisine: fire-grilled kabobs, khoreshts, vegetarian options. Full bar, wine list, martinis. 2739 Breton Rd SE, 949-7447. L (Sun), D $

AFricAN Little Africa Cuisine — Humble storefront café offers hearty vegetable stews; sauces and fixings served on Ethiopian flat bread. Sample other Ethiopian specialties. No alcohol. Cash or checks only. Open daily. 956 E Fulton St, 222-1169. Facebook. L, D ¢ Gojo ethiopian Cuisine & Deli — Authentic, homemade Ethiopian dishes including vegetarian options. Watt (stew-like) dishes served with injerra flatbread. Carry-out available. No alcohol. Tue-Fri lunch buffet, dinner 5-8 pm; Sat buffet 4-8 pm; closed Sun and Mon. 421 Norwood SE (Eastown), 459-3383. L, D $

meXicAN/lAtiN AmericAN/ cAribbeAN 7 mares — Authentic Mexican dishes including breakfasts. 1403 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 3018555. Facebook. B, L, D ¢-$$ Adobe in & out — Mexican offerings served quickly (Grandville location is drive-through only). 617 W Fulton St, 454-0279; 1216 Leonard St NE, 451-9050; 4389 Chicago Dr, Grandville, 257-7091. L, D ¢ beltline bar — Americanized Tex-Mex menu; wet burritos are the claim to fame. Full bar. The Big Enchilada curbside service: call in your order and have it delivered to your car. 16 28th St SE, 245-0494. L, D $ Cabana Tres Amigos — Authentic Mexican fare with full bar, take-out service, vegetarian selection. Spacious with fireplaces and Mexican décor. 1409 60th St SE, 281-6891. L, D ¢-$ Café san Juan — Puerto Rican, Mexican and Cuban menu. No alcohol. 3549 Burlingame

GIRLY VINO Hmmm, we’re not sure why females need their own wines, but Girlfriends Wine seems to be gaining popularity in the Midwest. Meijer stores carry the line that launched last year with Good Girl (sweet white) and Wild Girl (sweet red), and has expanded to include a Party Girl rosé, Romantic Girl cab and Classy Girl chardonnay. Oenophiles of both sexes will want to attend the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival Nov. 8-10 to sip and swirl a variety of wines.

Ave SW, 530-2293. B, L, D ¢-$ Cancun restaurant — Neighborhood eatery specializes in Mexican seafood dishes but offers a full range of fare. 1518 Grandville Ave SW, 248-2824. L, D ¢-$ Cantina — Extensive menu of Mexican specialties with full-service bar. 2770 East Paris Ave SE, 949-9120. L, D $ Chez olga — Caribbean and Creole fare. Vegetarian/vegan options. Lunch specials. No alcohol. Open until 2 am Fri-Sat, closed Sun. 1441 Wealthy St SE, 233-4141. L, D ¢

Fel Granjero — Mexican fare, from steak and shrimp dishes to à la carte selections and menudo on weekends. No alcohol but tasty virgin coladas. 950 Bridge St NW, 458-5595. B, L, D ¢ el sombrero — Offers the wet burrito, and dry ones too. Weekly specials. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 527 Bridge St NW, 451-4290. L, D ¢ Grand villa Dungeon — Mexican food is the specialty. Full bar. Closed Sun. 3594 Chicago Dr SW, 534-8435. L, D $ Jamaican Dave’s — Jerked, fricasseed or curried chicken; curry goat, oxtail, beef and chicken patties; jerked wings; salt fish and “escoveitched” fish; tofu-with-veggies. Limited seating; takeout is best bet. 1059 Wealthy St SE, 458-7875. L, D ¢ Jose’s restaurante — Authentic Mexican fare, with jukebox, pinball and video game. No alcohol. 3954 S Division Ave, 530-7934. L, D ¢ Las Cazuelas — Open for breakfast at 10 am, serves lunch and dinner daily. Genuine Hispanic flavors. 411 Wilson Ave NW, Walker, 726-6600. B, L, D ¢ ➧La Huasteca — Homemade recipes including tacos, gorditas, sopes, tostadas, quesadillas, alambre and carne asada. All items can be accommodated for vegetarians. Mostly take-out with a small dining room. No alcohol. Open daily. 1811 Plainfield Ave. NE, 4477733. Facebook. L, D ¢

Cinco De mayo — Mexican eatery offers the usual fare plus carnitas and steak asada. Full bar. 123 Courtland St, Rockford, 866-3438; 114 Monroe Center NW, 719-2404. L, D $

Lindo mexico restaurant — Featuring fresh Mexican food with “real Mexican flavor.” Happy hour 2-6 pm daily. Home of the Tamarind margarita. Lunch and kids menus available. 1292 28th St SW, Wyoming, 2612280. L, D ¢-$

Corazon — Authentic Mexican food in stylish surroundings. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 122 S Division Ave, 454-3847. L, D ¢

Little mexico Café — Traditional Mexican food and cocktails. Open daily. 401 Stocking Ave NW, 456-0517. L, D $

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Zeytin — Turkish-American cuisine with extensive beer and wine lists. Takeout available. 400 Ada Dr SE, Ada, 682-2222. zeytin L, D $

el burrito Loco — More than 70 authentic Mexican selections. Complimentary chips and salsa. Full bar. 1971 East Beltline Ave NE, 447-0415; 4499 Ivanrest SW, 530-9470; 4174 Alpine Ave NW, 785-4102. L, D ¢-$

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Maggie’s Kitchen — Homemade Mexican fare in café setting, cafeteria-style ordering. No alcohol. 36 Bridge St NW, 458-8583. B, L, D ¢ Michoacan — Mexican fare plus seafood, chicken and steak dishes. No alcohol. Open at 9 am. 334 Burton St SW, 452-0018. B, L, D ¢-$ Mi Tierra Restaurant — Traditional Mexican, eat in or drive through. No alcohol. 2300 S Division Ave, 245-7533. Facebook. L, D ¢ Taco Bob’s — Fresh-Mex offerings, taco salads and the “funny taco,” a hard-shell wrapped in a soft shell, with nacho cheese in between. No alcohol. Open 11 am-2 pm, Mon-Fri. 250 Monroe Ave NW, 458-1533. taco L ¢ Taco Boy — Traditional Mexican offerings. No alcohol. 3475 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-7111; 6539 28th St SE, 956-3424; 509 44th St SE, 257-0057; 2529 Alpine Ave NW, 365-9255; 180 Monroe Ave NW, 233-0701. L, D ¢ Tacos El Caporal — Two locations serving Mexican fare, with menudo Sat and Sun. Takeout. No alcohol. 1024 Burton St SW, 246-6180; 1717 28th St SW, Wyoming, 2612711. B, L, D ¢ Tacos El Ranchero — Mexican fare in lowkey surroundings to eat in or take out. Cash only. No alcohol. 1240 Burton St SW, 2456514. L, D ¢

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Tres Lobos Grill & Bar — Lobster fajitas and parrilladas. Full-service bar. Lunch ’til 4 pm daily. 825 28th St SE, 245-5389. treslobos ¢-$ L, D

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Blue House Bistro — Neo-American Creole fusion fare from New Orleans-trained chef/ owner. Also, appetizers, soups, sandwiches/ wraps and pizza. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 220 W 8th St, Holland, (616) 355-1994. blue L, D $ Butch’s — Deli by day, fine cuisine by night. Menu changes seasonally. More than 200 bottled beer selections and 700 wines available for takeout. Closed Sun. 44 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 396-8227. L, D $$ _ CityVu Bistro — Top-floor restaurant in Holland’s City Flats Hotel specializes in flatbreads and small-plates with emphasis on seasonal ingredients. 61 E 7th St, Holland, (616) 796-2114. B, L, D $-$$ Courses — Located within The Culinary Institute of Michigan, the restaurant is operated by the students of Baker College of Muskegon.

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Kudos to GR’s breweries — and people i overHeArD A conversation the other day at founders brewing co. the person was talking about someone from another state who traveled to Grand rapids to find out why it recently tied with ashville, n.c., for the title: beer city usa. i can imagine someone arriving from milwaukee or st. louis, or even denver, being baffled over the handful of Grand rapids breweries and discrediting the accolade as an aberration, and then going to founders brewing co., the city’s largest brewing operation, and wondering, “what’s the secret? why Grand rapids?” of course, we know the answer. Grand rapids breweries are creative, innovative and constantly evolving. i’ll hold up the Golden lion tamarin ale at harmony brewing co. in eastown as an example. i was told this was a brewing experiment that turned out so well, it is now a menu standard. i appreciate its unique taste and finely crafted flavor profile. i don’t recall ever tasting anything like it. the existence of harmony brewing shows how dynamic our city’s neighborhoods have become. at this writing, there are at least three neighborhood breweries in Grand rapids, with more on the way. most breweries in Grand rapids are small operations, where beer is made in small batches — perfect for experimentation and specialization.

long gone are the days of one beer recipe, and if you don’t like it, too bad. on the whole, Grand rapids beers are unique, diverse and even eccentric. visit the former funeral chapel now known as brewery vivant in east hills and you feel transported to a belgium monastery. it is a little hard to understand why Grand rapids has a brewery dedicated to the flavors of belgium, but it does illustrate the diversity of our breweries. if you go, try the escoffier ale. this is a beer similar to ones i’ve had in fine beer bars in amsterdam. it is a complex and sophisticated beer that may take some time to understand. then there is downtown’s founders brewing co., where i overheard: “founders is the reason Grand rapids is beer city usa.” i don’t deny founders this accreditation, for surely it was the first successful brewery story in Grand rapids. but the complete story is a little more complicated. without the people, the beer drinkers, the home brewers, the bankers, the developers, and the support and enthusiasm of the Grand rapids community, we would be just another midsize city with a handful of microbreweries. to complete this story, i present founders breakfast stout. as it was told to me, this was the beer that took off and gave founders the regional recognition to market outside of the state. the popularity of breakfast stout precipitated other outstanding recipes, such as the extremely popular and just as rare kentucky breakfast stout. to know why Grand rapids is beer city usa is to know the breweries, the beers and the people of Grand rapids.

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> Breakfast Stout: Made by

by Harmony Brewing, 1551 Lake Drive SE. A mild ale that is deep gold in color, with notes of dry fruit and a clean finish.

Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Ave SW. A heavy stout flavored with coffee, chocolate and flaked oats, it is not for the light beer drinker.

Contributing editor Jon C. Koeze has made and tasted beer since 1980.

Vivant, 925 Cherry St. SE. This robust Belgium ale is deep amber in color and features two yeast cultures, one propagated at the initial fermentation and one introduced as a wild yeast strain.

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The restaurant is open through Aug 25 and reopens Oct 1. 336 W Clay, Muskegon, (231) 7776610. L, D ¢-$ Feveryday People Café — Changing bistro menu from appetizers through dessert. Impressive wine list with appropriate food pairings. 11 Center St, Douglas, (269) 857-4240. D $-$$

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Lake House Waterfront Grille — Overlooks Muskegon Lake. Small plates, salads, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, specialty burgers. Live entertainment. 730 Terrace Point, Muskegon, (231) 722-4461; L, D $-$$ mia & Grace bistro — Husband/wife chef/ owners serve locally grown products in artsy space. Breakfast/lunch year-round, special dinners during growing season. Bakery, too. No alcohol. 1133 Third St, Muskegon, (231) 725-9500. B, L, (D) $ Piper — Lake view and a menu with everything from appetizers, pasta and wood-fired pizza to creative entrées and homemade desserts. Large selection of beer, wine, martinis. Closed Sun and Mon during winter. 2225 South Shore Dr, Macatawa, (616) 335-5866. D ¢-$$ salt & Pepper savory Grill & Pub — Pub-grub with creative twists using Michigan-sourced ingredients. Full bar. Back patio for alfresco dining. Closed Sun. 11539 E Lakewood Blvd, Holland, (616) 355-5501. saltandpepperpub. com. L, D $ salt of The earth — Rustic fare and bakery emphasize locally sourced products ranging from wood-fired pizzas to affordably priced entrees. Full bar. 114 E Main St, Fennville, (269) 561-7258. D ¢-$

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Theodore’s — Eclectic menu features American/Spanish/Mediterranean-influenced dishes in stylish surroundings with granite bar, glassed-in wine cellar and outdoor patio. Open Thu-Sat at 5 pm. 217 E 24th St, Holland, (616) 392-6883. D (Thu-Sat) $-$$ Wild Dog Grille — Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, stone-baked pizzas and entrees marry a complexity of flavors. Closed Mon in winter. Full-service bar. 24 Center St, Douglas, (269) 857-2519. L (Fri-Sun), D $-$$ Zing eat/Drink — Upscale, eclectic American/European menu in even more eclectic surroundings. Martini/piano lounge. SatSun brunch. Patio seating. Reservations recommended. 310 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, (269) 857-3287. L, D $-$$

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Lakeshore: Classic American 8th Street Grill — Entrées range from meatloaf to ribs, with sandwiches, salads and pasta also on the menu. Beer and wine served. Closed Sun. 20 W 8th St, Holland, (616) 392-5888. L, D $ 84 East Food & Spirits — Neat restoration lends atmosphere. Varied menu includes unique pasta dishes and thin-crust pizzas. Full bar. Closed Sun. 84 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 396-8484. L, D ¢-$ Bear Lake Tavern — Historic North Muskegon tavern fare ranges from yellowbelly lake perch to wet burritos. 360 Ruddiman Rd, North Muskegon, (231) 744-1161. thebearlake ¢-$ B (weekends), L, D Bil-Mar Restaurant — Beachfront dining with a great view of Lake Michigan. Wide selection of fine-dining entrées. Full bar. 1223 S Harbor St, Grand Haven, (616) 842-5920. bil$$ L, D Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant — Overlooks Lake Macatawa. Spacious patio. Two menus: casual in main dining room, bar and patio, with another room for fine dining. 216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, (616) 396-0600. $-$$ L, D C. F. Prime Chophouse & Wine Bar — Prime NY strips, seafood, vegetarian options and desserts made on-site. Full-service bar. Closed Sun. 950 W Norton, Muskegon, (231) 737-4943. D $-$$ Crazy Horse Steak House & Saloon — Southwest style family-friendly eatery. 2027 North Park Dr, Holland, (616) 395-8393. crazyhors$$ L, D

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Dee-Lite Bar & Grill — “Fresh-Mex” dinner selections, plus American fare. Diner-style breakfasts. Live music and martinis in the Theatre Bar. Sun brunch. 24 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 844-5055. harbor $ B, L, D Dining Room At Clearbrook — Menu features locally grown products. More casual dining in The Grill Room. Open daily in summer. Clearbrook Golf Club, 6594 Clearbrook Dr (just north of Saugatuck), (269) 857-2000. $-$$ L, D Dockers Fish House & Lounge — Waterside dining on Muskegon Lake with summer tiki bar. Seafood and land-lubber options. Full bar. Dockhands assist with boat tie-up. Closed Oct-Mar. 3505 Marina Point View, Muskegon, (231) 755-0400. L, D $-$$ Falcon’s Nest — Creative lunch menu with hot and cold sandwiches, barbecue ribs, ap-

petizers, chili and salads. Open 11 am-7 pm. 17000 Lincoln Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 8424040. L, D ¢-$ Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar — In Grand Haven’s former Grand Theatre. Oyster and sushi bar, seafood and steaks. 22 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 847-8944. harbor $-$$ D Hearthstone Bistro Bar Grill — European and American dishes. Interesting starters, small plates, salads, soups and sandwiches, and main plates that include fish, steaks and more. Open daily (Sun dinner only). 3350 Glade St., Muskegon, (231) 733-1056. hearth $-$$ L, D The Grill Room — Aged steaks and chops, fresh seafood and fine wines in top chophouse tradition. Closed Sun during winter. Kirby House, 2 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 846-3299. thegilmoreollection. com/grillroom.php. D $$ Handsome Henry’s — Big-city vibe dining room and sports bar offer signature twists. Extensive menu ranges from pizzas to handcut, aged steaks. 3065 Henry St, Muskegon, (231) 747-8583. L, D $ Jack’s — Breakfast and lunch, plus dinner menu with wide range of entrées, wine by the glass. On Grand River at Waterfront Holiday Inn. 940 W Savidge St, Spring Lake, (616) $-$$ 846-1370. B, L, D Kirby Grill — Casual side of the Kirby House offers innovative touches. Family-friendly dining upstairs. 2 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 846-3299. thegilmorecollec $ L, D Public — Handcrafted American comfort foods with a modern twist. Closed Sunday. 131 E. Main St., Zeeland, 616.741.9772, public $-$$ L, D Rosebud Bar And Grill — Sandwiches, soups and pizza for lunch; steaks, ribs, pasta and pizza for dinner. Open daily. 100 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 846-7788. rose L, D ¢-$ West Coast Grille — Daily breakfast buffet, lunch fare and dinner menu ranging from quesadillas and burgers to prime rib and seafood. Open daily. Doubletree Hotel, 650 E 24th St (just off US 31), Holland, (616) 3940111. B, L, D $

Lakeshore: Pubs & Taverns Chequers — British flair ranges from beef tips Sherwood to Welsh rarebit and shepherd’s pie. Imported beer served in English pub atmosphere. Open daily in summer. 220 Culver St, Saugatuck, (269) 857-1868. L, D $

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The Curragh — Irish pub features foods, spirits, music and environment of Old World Ireland. Outdoor seating, live entertainment, valet parking. 73 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 3936340. L, D ¢-$$ New Holland Brewing Co. — Gourmet pizzas, salads and sandwiches augment handcrafted beer and artisan spirits. Live music every Fri and Sat. 66 E 8th St, Holland. (616) 3556422. L, D ¢-$

Lakeshore: European Alpenrose — European fare ranges from Certified Aged Black Angus steaks to poultry and fish dishes. Five private dining rooms, banquet facility, bakery and café. Sun brunch buffet. 4 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 3932111. B, L, D ¢-$$ Marro’s — Italian fare and house-baked goods, extensive array of pizza toppings. Open mid-April through autumn; closed Mon. 147 Waters St, Saugatuck, (269) 8574248. L, D $-$$ Pereddies — Italian fine-dining and deli. Wine list, full bar, wine to go. More casual fare in Scusi lounge. Closed Sun. 447 Washington Ave, Holland, (616) 394-3061. pered $-$$ L, D


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Restaurant Toulouse — Seasonally inspired menu with French classics. Hours vary. Sun brunch in summer. 248 Culver St, Saugatuck, (269) 857-1561. restaurant $$ L, D Two Tonys Taverna Grille — Italian, Greek and American with full-service bar, extensive wine list. Large patio. Closed Sun. 723 E Savidge Rd, Spring Lake, (616) 844-0888. L, D $-$$

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The huge West Grand neighborhood has a history of ethnic sub-neighborhoods including Lithuanian and Polish immigrants.

The west side is the best side By Daina Kraai Photography by Johnny Quirin


Clockwise: The Establishment is a trendy bar and entertainment venue on Bridge Street NW. Father Dennis Morrow tells a story at the St. George Peter & Paul’s Aid on Quarry Avenue. The Knights of Columbus train takes children for a ride in front of Saints Peter and Paul Church during a fall festival.

teeped in a diverse ethnic heritage, the West Grand neighborhood of Grand Rapids was first settled by tight pockets of Polish, Irish, German, Lithuanian and Dutch immigrants. Father Dennis Morrow, a Catholic priest, describes a time in the 1950s when you could look through a city street index and find that Lithuanian surnames made up at least 70 percent of those listed as living in the area north of Leonard and just west of the river. “The ones that weren’t Lithuanian, I could point to them and say, ‘Well, the wife was Lithuanian,’” said Morrow, who is a fourth generation Lithuanian West Grand resident. “Similar enclaves were the Polish around St. Adalbert’s, the Dutch around the Christian Reformed churches on the other side of Alpine, and so on,” he said. “‘The west side is the best side,’ was the mantra in the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, because there was such a sense of community. There were specific neighborhoods that were identified by where their halls were and where their shopping was. And we still have this today,” said Nola Jenner-Steketee, executive director of the West Grand Neighborhood Organization. As one of the largest neighborhoods in the city, today West Grand has expanded to include those of Hispanic, African-American and Native American descent. Its boundaries include the Grand River to the east, Bridge Street to the south, Bristol Street to the southwest and the

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From top, diners at Westsider Café on Walker Avenue. Dick Temple bowls with his team, Hi Five, at Clique Bowling Alley. Angie Carmona, 6, shows off her hula hoop skills.

city limits to the north. “I like that the neighborhood is so relaxed,” said Brooke Collier, who moved into West Grand four years ago and now lives there with her husband and daughter. “It’s not uncommon to see people walking down the street in their pajamas. Each block sort of varies. Ours is pretty quiet, and many of our neighbors have lived here for years.” The Colliers, whose home was built in the late 1800s, live in an older neighborhood and enjoy walking to the nearby Stockbridge business district. The Monarch’s Club, a favorite local pub, is located on Stocking Avenue and Fourth Street in a more than 100-year-old building that was a speakeasy during Prohibition. “There’s still that Polish flavor pretty strongly around here,” said Collier, mentioning butcher shops on Stocking where one can find fresh kielbasa and other Polish specialties. “And the Westsider Café on Walker has a few Polish dishes.” Polish residents re-connect with their roots dur-

ing Pulaski Days in early October, when the Polish halls fill with Polish food and dances, and a Pulaski queen is named. Mexican restaurants like Maggie’s Kitchen on Bridge Street and Little Mexico Café on Stocking also abound in West Grand. The Colliers frequent West Leonard Street for thrift store shopping at places such as Flashback, which specializes in vintage, Captain Bizarro’s Treasure World, which carries antiques and collectibles, and West Side Garage Store, run by Steepletown Neighborhood Services and employing

neighborhood youth ages 18-21 in a leadership and work readiness skills program. West Grand also features two vintagestyle bowling alleys: Wenger’s on West Leonard and Clique Lanes on Stocking. Both are in narrow, two-story buildings with lanes on both levels. “There are more young people moving into the neighborhood because they want this enthusiasm of the west side. It’s changing some of the neighborhoods, but it’s changing for the good,” said Jenner-Steketee. “I met a couple recently who moved into the neighborhood because they wanted to be able to bike to work and walk to the grocery store. Young people are looking for sustainability and walkability. So this is exciting, and I love watching this growth.” The two business districts within West Grand — Stockbridge and West Leonard — are currently involved in the West Side Area Specific Plan, identifying their strengths and weaknesses in hopes of coming together with West Fulton Street to set up a Corridor Improvement District. This would build upon the existing infrastructure that makes the neighborhood so walkable. “For anyone who likes to walk or ride

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GeTTING To KNoW WeST GrAND! > WINTerWeST, A TWoWeeK FeSTIvAL at the end of January at Richmond Park, includes constructing an ice rink, a hockey tournament, broomball competition, cardboard sled race and 5K run. The pond at Richmond Park used to be an ice-skating rink until the city shut it down, prompting neighbors to work together to restore winter festivity to the park.

Bridge Street, like many in West Grand, reflects the flat, river valley neighborhood. The Anchor Bar is one of several in the 400-block of Bridge Street, just blocks from the river.

their bicycle, the neighborhood is flat — this is the river valley, after all — so it’s easy to get around. I can conduct most of my business on a daily basis right here in the neighborhood with Ralph’s Food Market,” said Morrow. In this sense, the neighborhood hasn’t changed much from its early days of selfsufficiency. From the early 1900s until the 1960s, most people shopped at Leonard Street Farmers Market, which Morrow remembers fondly. “You could hear people speaking English, Polish, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Dutch, German and probably a few others. But they all went to market and would buy their groceries and haggle for prices. The market closed when the freeway came through in the early ’60s,” said Morrow. With U.S. 131 and I-196 came not only the displacement of people and homes, but also less desirable housing in proximity to the highway that led to rental properties with absentee landlords. “The homes, especially in the lower west side, housed the workers for the furniture manufacturers. Anything north of Valley or Marion Street were all farms, originally. The area they used to call Sandhill near Walker and Pat Street was where the kids played in

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the ’30s and ’40s. Today, there are gorgeous brick homes there,” said Jenner-Steketee. “Throughout the neighborhood, you can identify homes that were built or expanded during war times, because you can see where they put a mother-in-law suite in the back. You can also identify some of the early homes that they call the old railroad houses. They’re scattered across the west side. There are also the newer homes. So West Grand has a little bit of everything.” It’s this rich history and diversity that fuel West Grand residents’ sense of pride. Gr

remain scattered across West Grand. Some originated in the late 1800s and early 1900s to provide health care to furniture factory workers and their families, and also provided a place to hold social events like wedding receptions and dances. Some still remain, like the Vytautas Aid Society that celebrates Lithuanian history and culture.

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mUSIC Nov. 29 CHAmber mUSIC SoCIeTY oF LINCoLN CeNTer: Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year David Finckel, cellist, Wu Han, pianist, and Phillip Setzer, violinist, perform music by Dvorak and Brahms at St. Cecilia Music Center, part of the NYC2GR chamber music series.

’Tis the season Holiday shopping abounds this month, starting with the Junior League’s Beneath the Wreath at the Cultural Center at St. Nicholas. The Grand Rapids Gallery Association annual sale is Nov. 8 at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, and Meijer Gardens Holiday Gift Show is Nov. 10. West Michigan S





































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SPeCIAL eveNTS Nov. 30 Tree LIGHTING/oPeNING oF ICe rINK: This much anticipated event takes place downtown at Grand Rapids Art Museum and the neighboring ice-skating rink (West Michigan’s first outdoor refrigerated rink) at Rosa Parks Circle.

Nov. 13 - GrINS AND GrANTS, A mILeSToNe CeLebrATIoN oF GIvING: Greater Muskegon Women and Children’s Fund fundraiser features comedian Rachel Feinstein at the Frauenthal Theater,

Potters Guild Fall Show is Nov. 9-10. Other shopping opportunities this month: Ada/ Cascade Holiday Gallery Hop, Holiday Kerstmarkt in downtown Holland and two events in Lowell.

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Nov. 13 - THe TeQUILA TroT AND WHISKeY WANT: GR Downtown Alliance and Square Peg Events host a walking tour in downtown GR with

food and beverage sampling for those 21 or older. See Special Events

Nov. 3 - ICemAN ComeTH CHALLeNGe: 23rd annual 27-mile mountain bike race

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Special eVeNtS Nov. 1 - Great Artist Gala: St. Cecilia Music Center presents John Pizzarelli Quartet with guest Bucky Pizzarelli at its annual fundraising gala. 6:30 p.m. 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $75.

Brotherhood of Magicians presents its 26th annual party with magicians, balloon creations, cabaret show, dinner buffet, cash bar. 5:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 5830 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Wyoming. $20 (7423898 or 550-5406)

Nov. 1 - Hope Network Legacy Gala: Annual fundraising benefit: Starry, Starry Night! 6-10:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center. Tickets TBD. hopenetwork. org.

Nov. 3 - Jenison Christian School Arts & Crafts Show: More than 120 crafters sell their work. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 7726 Graceland Drive, Jenison.

Nov. 2 - Wine and Art Gala: Benefits Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s Sanctuary cat resuce and placement centers. Wine tasting, silent and live auctions of art and gift items. 6:3011 p.m. Thousand Oaks Country Club. $30/ person or $60/person, $100/couple for VIP tickets ( Nov. 2-3 - Holland Gallery Walk: Artist receptions, live music, art exhibits and a punch contest. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown Holland. Nov. 2-4 - beneath the Wreath: Charitable shopping event sponsored by Junior League of Grand Rapids. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Cultural Center at St. Nicholas, 2250 East Paris Ave. $5 adults, kids under 15 free. Nov. 2-4 - rotary Antique Show: Fashion, furniture and memorabilia. 5-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. DeltaPlex. $10 adults, kids 17 and under free. Nov. 3 - Fall vendor expo: Home School Building Bookstore and Library hosts vendors and crafters plus educational info. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 5625 Burlingame Ave. SW, Wyoming. Registration: $1 (532-9422, ext. 6, or resourcecenter@homeschool Nov. 3 - Hocus Pocus Party: Ring 211 of the International

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Nov. 8 - Holiday Sale: The Grand Rapids Gallery Association presents its annual holiday sale. 4-8 p.m. Forest Hills FAC, 600 Forest Hills Ave. SE. Nov. 8 - van Andel Legacy Awards Gala: Public Museum fundraiser recognizes leaders of West Michigan. Includes cocktail reception, strolling dinner and entertainment. 7-10 p.m. Public Museum, 227 Pearl St. Tickets TBD (929-1706). Nov. 8-10 - Gr International Wine, beer & Food Festival: Sample wine, beer and spirits from around the world and food from local restaurants. Also wine-tasting seminars, food prep stage, vendors, music. 21 and over only. 5-10 p.m. Thu., 4-10 p.m. Fri., noon-9 p.m. Sat. DeVos Place. $15; sampling tickets sold separately at door. grwinefest

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Nov. 19

1/ Oklahoma indie rock band Other Lives will perform with Little Indians and the Soil & the Sun at The Pyramid Scheme.

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1/ THE PYRAMID SCHEME: Indie rock band Other Lives from Stillwater, Okla., performs Nov. 19. The band, which released a full-length “Tamer Animals” in 2011, toured with Bon Iver and opened Radiohead’s 2012 U.S. tour. Also appearing: Little Indians and local band the Soil & the Sun. Tickets are available at, Vertigo Music, and The Pyramid Scheme front bar. 68 Commerce Ave. SW, 272-3758, 2/ ONE TRICK PONY: Downtown restaurant offers two live music series: WYCE 88.1 Hat Trick Series, 7:30 p.m. every other Mon., raises money for local nonprofits (first come, first serve). Acoustic Stew series takes place most Thu. and Sat. evenings at 8 p.m. (reservations recommended). See Facebook page for list of performers. 136 E. Fulton St., 235-7669, and Facebook.

2/ Anne McCue’s Hat Trick concert Nov. 19 benefits Creston Neighborhood Association

3/ THE INTERSECTION: Minneapolis rock band Motion City Soundtrack performs Nov. 17, with special guests Jukebox, The Ghost and Now, Now. The band released its fifth studio album, “Go,” this summer. Tickets are available at Purple East, Shakedown, Vertigo Music and Intersection box office. 133 Grandville Ave. SW, 451-8232,

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Billy’s Lounge: Long-time Eastown bar and music venue with a capacity of 250 hosts live music of all genres but with emphasis on blues. 1437 Wealthy St. SE, 4595757,

lars, a local improv and sketch comedy group, performs monthly. Comedy Mondays feature improv, standup, sketches and more at 8 and 9 p.m. 7 Jefferson Ave. SE, 894-1252,

The BOB: The Big Old Building houses several entertainment options, including live music at Crush, Eve and Bobarino’s, and stand-up comedy at Dr. Grins (see below). 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 3562000,

Dr. Grins Comedy Club: Nationally acclaimed stand-up comedians perform 9 p.m. Thu., 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat. The BOB, 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 356-2000,

Dog Story Theater: Pop Scho-

Mexicains Sans Frontieres: Alternative music and art venue.

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2525 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, 942-1328,

Mulligan’s Pub: Bar and music venue in Eastown. All shows are 21 and over with no cover charge. 1518 Wealthy St. SE, 451-0775,

River City Improv: Calvin College alumni improv team weaves skits, games and songs with audience suggestions. Every other Sat. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show 7:33 p.m. $10 at door or in advance at Calvin box office, 5266282. Two venues: Sept.-May, Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd. SE. Summer months, Gezon Auditorium, Calvin College.

The Orbit Room: Contemporary regional and national music acts perform with occasional stand-up comedy and other events. Multiple bars. Open floor and seated balcony offers choice of how up close concertgoers want to get.


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Nov. 8-Dec. 22 - Sleigh Bells and Holly: LowellArts presents fine arts and gifts by more than 30 artists; reception 6-8 p.m. Nov. 8. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 149 S. Hudson St., Lowell.

Auction: Annual fundraiser to “disable disabilities with art.” 5 p.m. Goei Center, 818 Butterworth St. SW. Cost: $75. Reservations: More info:

Nov. 9-10 - West Michigan Potters Guild Fall Show: Ceramics by West Michigan artists. Noon-9 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Cultural Center at St. Nicholas, 2250 East Paris Ave. SE.

Nov. 16 - Ada/Cascade Holiday Gallery Hop: Art galleries stay open late for holiday shoppers. Participating galleries include Betsy Ratzsch Pottery, Cascade Gallery, Grand Gallery, Heather Lane Pottery and The American Sampler. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 - Meijer Gardens Holiday Gift Show: More than 30 artists and vendors offer one-of-a-kind gifts from around the world. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE. Free. Nov. 10 - No Place Like Home Gala: Dinner and auction benefit Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Amway Grand Plaza, 187 Monroe Ave. NW. $125. Nov. 10 - Veterans Day Parade: Annual parade in downtown Grand Rapids begins on Division Ave. at Newberry St. and proceeds to Fulton, ending at Veterans Memorial Park. 6 p.m.



Nov. 13 - Grins and Grants: A Milestone Celebration of Giving: Greater Muskegon Women and Children’s Fund fundraiser features comedian Rachel Feinstein. 6:30 p.m. reception and celebration, 8 p.m. show. Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon. $35 (box office or Star Tickets).

Wolverine World Wide is sponsoring the West Michigan premier of the film Nov. 17 at the Urban Institute

Nov. 16 - Yule Run, I’ll Walk 5K: Second annual family-oriented event benefiting West Michigan Sports Commission previews Nite Lites display before it opens to general public. 7 p.m. Race begins at GreenLeaf Distributing, 201 N. Park St. NW. Nite Lites display at Fifth Third Ballpark.

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Nov. 16-17 - Kent Garden Club Wreath Sale: 18- and 24-inch Frasier fir wreaths. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Breton Village Shopping Center. Nov. 16-17 - White Lake Area Holiday Walk: Visit Santa, listen to carolers and enjoy luminaries Fri. Use the Muskegon Trolley to visit stores in Montague and Whitehall Sat. Carriage rides both days. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.

Nov. 13-15 - Rockford Holiday Lights and Open Houses: Downtown area holiday lights turn on at 6 p.m. Nov. 13. Participating stores provide treats and giveaways during holiday open houses. Downtown Rockford.

Nov. 16-Jan. 1 - Nite Lites: Drive-thru Christmas light show with more than 1 million lights and two miles of animated displays, plus Santa’s House (photos with Santa) and Santa sleigh ride. Open every night 6-10 p.m. Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park. $12/car.

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Nov. 16-18 - Christmas Through Lowell: Historic Lowell kicks off the holiday season with gifts ideas from more than 300 artists: jewelry, Christmas decor, folk and fine art, antiques, rugs, quilts. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. christmas

Nov. 14 - National Philanthropy Day Award Luncheon: The Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan Chapter will present five individuals and organizations with awards celebrating their philanthropic spirit. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. JW Marriott. $50 (

“God Save My Shoes” is the first documentary exploring the relation-

Nov. 16 - Grand Haven Light Night: Participating stores hold holiday open houses as the holiday lights turn on for the season. 5-9 p.m. Downtown Grand Haven.

Nov. 13 - The Tequila Trot and Whiskey Want: GR Downtown Alliance and Square Peg Events host a walking tour in downtown GR with food and beverage sampling. 21 years or older. 7 p.m. $40 in advance only (Old World Olive Press, 108 Monroe Center).

Nov. 14 - CCWM Raising Hope Dinner: Catholic Charities of West Michigan annual benefit. 6-8 p.m. JW Marriott, 235 Louis St. NW. $75 (


it a charity event to help those in need. “With the holidays right around to bring new or lightly worn shoes to donate to Soles4Souls,” said Jodi Watson, a vice president at WWW who also serves on the UICA board. “For every pair of shoes donated, we’ll give out a special offer to be used at the Wolverine Company Store downtown. The film includes interviews with shoe designers, including Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik, and such celebrities as Fergie and Kelly Rowland to examine “the psychological, socio-cultural and erotic significance of these objects.” For more information about the event, go to

Nov. 17 - Grand Haven Holiday Shopping Center: More than 50 vendors sell jewelry, candles, spices, hand-knit wear, glassware and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Grand Haven Community Center. Free. Nov. 17 - Grand Rapids Santa Parade: Hosted by GR Jaycees since 1969, parade begins at Michigan and Monroe, travels south past Rosa Parks Circle and ends at the corner of Monroe and Weston. 9 a.m. santa NOVEMBER 2012 / GRMAG.COM 109

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Blandford Nature Center: 143 acres of diverse ecosystems, trails, natural history exhibits and heritage buildings. Offers classes and workshops in a variety of subjects. Interpretive Center open weekdays; trails open daily dawn to dusk. 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, 735-6240, blandfordnaturecenter. org. Free. Coopersville & Marne Railway: Restored 1920s-era railway. Special event: Nov. 24-25, Santa Train; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sun.; $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $12.50 ages 2-12. Excursion rides: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sat.; $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 2-12, under 2 free. 311 Danforth St., Coopersville, 997-7000 (for advance tickets),


1/ GrAND rAPIDS PUbLIC mUSeUm: Special exhibits: Opening Nov. 10, Great Lakes Shipwrecks, Storms and Stories. Photos and recovered artifacts tell the stories of crews and passengers, and show how bad weather, bad decisions, bad design and bad luck can end in tragedy. Thru Dec. 30, Thank You, Beer!; a two-floor exhibit that includes history of brewing in GR. Permanent exhibits: Streets of Old Grand Rapids, Anishinabek and Newcomers: The People of This Place, Collecting A-Z, Furniture City, 1928 carousel ($1). Closed Sun (thru Nov. 18). and Mon. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3 ages 3-17. Van Andel Museum Center, 272 Pearl St. NW, 456-3977, 2/ UICA: The Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series features Janine Antoni Nov. 28. Her work blurs the distinction between performance art and sculpture. Event is free to members, $5 for nonmembers. Also, thru Nov. 18, ArtPrize. Independent, foreign and documentary films are shown six days/week in 200-seat theater (see website). Closed Mon. 2 W. Fulton St., 454-3994, 3/ GrAND rAPIDS ArT mUSeUm: Sunday Classical Concert Series are offered 2 p.m. every Sunday through Dec. 23; see website for list of performers. Special exhibits: Nov. 2-Jan. 13, 2/ New York City artist Janine Antoni Michigan Artist Series: Robert McCann: New is known for using her body (mouth, History Paintings. Thru Dec. 10, Collaboration hair, etc.) to produce her artwork. Transformation: Dynamic Drawings. Thru Jan. 13, Real/Surreal. Thru Jan. 13, Salvador Dali’s Twelve Tribes of Israel. Permanent exhibits: 19th and 20th century art; design and modern craft; prints, drawings and photographs. Friday Nights at GrAm: Live music, gallery talks, cash bar, dinner options 5-9 p.m., $5 adults, members free. All Day With the Arts: Drop-in art activities for kids 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.; kid-friendly tours 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Closed Mon. $8 adults, $7 seniors/students, $5 children 6-17, 5 and under free. 101 Monroe Center, 831-1000,

DeGraaf Nature Center: 18-acre preserve includes Interpretive Center, indoor pond, animals, SkyWatch and more than 240 plant species. Offers frequent workshops/classes, see website. Closed Sun., Mon. and holidays. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. 600 Graafschap Road, Holland, (616) 3551057, Free. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: Holiday exhibits/events: Nov. 20-Jan. 6, annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World featuring internationally decorated trees and displays, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and the Railway Garden. Nov. 20 and Nov. 27, Santa visits, art activities for families, and the Original Dickens Carolers. Nov. 24, Roof Top Reindeer (photos and petting). Special exhibit: Thru Jan. 6, Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture. Permanent exhibits: World-class sculptures indoors and in the 30-acre park. Outdoor attractions: Children’s Garden, Michigan’s Farm Garden, boardwalk nature trail, tram tours, themed gardens. Indoor attractions: Tropical conservatory, Victorian garden, café, gift shops. Open daily. $12 adults, $9 seniors and students with IDs, $6 ages 5-13, $4 ages 3-4. 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, 957-1580, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum: Special exhibit: Thru Jan. 6, Pro Football and the American Spirit: The NFL and U.S. Armed Forces; traveling exhibit chronicles the response of NFL players to America’s call during military conflicts. Permanent exhibits: The 1970s, Watergate scandal, Oval Office, New Mood at the White House. Open daily. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 college students, $3 kids 6-18, 5 and under free. 303 Pearl St. NW, 254-0400, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum: Permanent activities: Aunt Daisy’s Farm; Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles; Wee Discover; Mom and Pop Store; Giant Lite Brite; Amigo Amphitheater; Buzzy Buzzy Bees. Toddler Tuesdays, ages 3 and under (10 a.m.-noon). Thu. Family Nights (5-8 p.m.), $1.50. Closed Mon. $7.50, under 1 free, $6.50 seniors. 22 Sheldon Ave. NE, 235-4726,

PhotograPhy courtesy eastland disaster historical society (toP); Janine antoni (bottom)

Nov. 10

Opening at the Public Museum, Great Lakes Shipwrecks, Storms and Stories, including that of the Eastland, which capsized on the Chicago River in 1915.

Coopersville Farm Museum: Special events: Nov. 1-Jan. 5, Fence Rows of the Midwest: 11th annual photo and art contest exhibit. Nov. 17-Jan. 5, Community of Christmas Trees exhibit. Permanent exhibits: Tractors from 1930 to present, eclipse windmill, 100-year-old barns, kids area. Closed Sun. and Mon. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children 3-18, under 3 free. 375 Main St., Coopersville, 997-8555,

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3/ GRAM’s Sunday classical concerts this month include Philip Webb, the tenor performing in GR Opera’s “Samson & Delilah.” Holland Museum: Special events: Nov. 12, free admission for veterans and families. Nov. 16, Dutch American Heritage Day. Special exhibits: Thru Dec. 31, Tenemos Una Voz/We Have a Voice: Latin Americans United for Progress youth exhibit. Thru Feb. 28, 75th Anniversary Exhibit. Thru May, Celebrating the Journey. Permanent exhibits: Dutch Galleries of 17th- to 20th-century Dutch paintings, cultural attractions from the “old country,” local history. Restored Cappon House is the Victorian home of Holland’s first mayor, 228 W. 9th St. Tiny Settlers House recalls hardships of early settlers, 190 W. 9th St. Closed Tue. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, children 5 and under free, members free. 31 W. 10th St., Holland, (616) 796-3329,

Meyer May House: Frank Lloyd Wright 1909 prairie-style house restored by Steelcase features many original furnishings. Guided tours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tue. and Thu., 1-5 p.m. Sun. (last tour begins one hour prior to closing). 450 Madison Ave. SE, 246-4821, Free. PhotograPhy courtesy grand raPids art museum

PhotograPhy courtesy eastland disaster historical society (toP); Janine antoni (bottom)

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: Special exhibits: Thru Dec. 9, Asian Art from the Collection of Dr. Paul and Esther Wang. Thru Jan. 8, Great Lakes Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition. Thru Jan. 20, A Legacy for Kalamazoo: Works Acquired Through the Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund, 1998-2012. Nov. 17-Feb. 10, Treasures from Kalamazoo Collections. Closed Mon. $5 suggested donation. 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, (269) 349-7775,

Muskegon Museum of Art: See Festival of Trees in Special Events. Permanent exhibits: World-class collection of visual art: paintings, prints, sculpture and glass. Closed Mon. $7 adults (Thu. free); $5 students; members, children under 17 free. 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, (231) 7202570, Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium: Digistar and laser projectors produce images and special effects, accompanied by digital sound. Themed shows educate young and old about the stars. Van Andel Museum Center (Public Museum). $3. Tri-Cities Historical Museum: Permanent exhibits: Two buildings house exhibits telling history of Northwest Ottawa County. Closed Mon. Free admission. 200 Washington Ave. and 1 N. Harbor, Grand Haven, (616) 842-0700, November 2012 / 111

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Heavy Weight Championship between Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton, plus Cody Rhodes, Kane, Brodus Clay, Sin Cara, Ryback, Damien Sandow, Antonio Cesaro and Natalya. 7 p.m. Van Andel Arena. $17.50-$97.50 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster).

Nov. 22 - Gobble Wobble: 4.2-mile family fun run in EGR, plus 1-mile kids run, sponsored by Gazelle Sports, benefits Kids’ Food Basket. 8 a.m. EGR Middle School, 2425 Lake Drive SE. $25 ages 13 and older (includes Tshirt), free for kids 12 and under or $10 with T-shirt. Nov. 22-24 - Saugatuck Carriage rides: Downtown Saugatuck offers old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage rides. $5/person. More info: (269) 857-1626 or info@saugatuck

It’s the question most often asked at Crash’s Landing, a feline rescue sanctuary devoted to taking at-risk cats off the streets, nursing their wounds and housing them until loving, permanent homes can be found. Crash was a 2-pound, eight-week old stray in 1999 when he was hit by a car and left by the side of a busy road. A kind person took the mangled kitten to Dr. Jennifer Petrovich, a veterinarian at Clyde Park Veterinary Clinic. After numerous surgeries to repair three fractured legs, a shattered foot and broken tail, the little guy survived. He was the inspiration for Crash’s Landing, opened in 2002 with 13 cats and 175 non-paid volunteers. Now there’s a second home, Big Sid’s Sanctuary, for cats with feline leukemia who need to be housed separately. “Over the past 10 years, Crash’s Landing has cared for more than 2,700 cats and adopted out nearly 2,200,” said volunteer Nancy Dodge, who is helping organize the Nov. 2 Wine and Art Gala, an annual fundraiser. “We get a large number of cats with medical needs because Dr. Jenn has such a good heart and provides her services.” At both facilities, cats are allowed to roam freely, making it a pleasant experience for the felines as well as visitors who come to adopt. For more information on donating or adopting, visit See Special Events

Nov. 17 - Holland Holiday open House: More than 1,500 luminaries line the heated sidewalks of downtown Holland. Carolers, roasted chestnuts, shops, holiday treats and free gift wrapping. 6-9 p.m. downtownhol Nov. 17 - Saugatuck and Douglas Holiday Preview: Welcome the Christmas season with trolley rides between the two communities. Noon-9 p.m. Nov. 17-18 - Shipshewana on the road: Indoor market. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10

a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. DeltaPlex. $4 adults, kids 12 and under free.

Nov. 17-Dec. 8 - Holiday Kerstmarkt: Open-air European Christmas Market with gifts and Dutch holiday treats, including greenery, trees, wreaths, hand-knit clothing and accessories, wooden boxes and toys, pet items, ornaments, folk art, handmade jewelry, snacks and beverages. See website for hours. 150 W. Eighth St., Holland. Nov. 20 - WWe Smackdown Tv: World

Nov. 23 - Saugatuck Tree Lighting & Santa: Seasonal lights, music, refreshments, kids games and a visit from Santa Claus. 5 p.m. Wicks Park, Water St., Saugatuck. Nov. 23-Dec. 2 - Festival of Trees: Muskegon Museum of Art features themed holiday trees, wreaths and holiday decor created by local designers and auctioned to benefit the museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m., noon-5 p.m. Sun). Also, Party in the Pines (6 p.m. Nov. 30), Teddy Bear Breakfast (8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 26) and Senior Day (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 27). 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon. muskegonartmus Nov. 24 - muskegon Family Christmas: Enjoy a visit with Santa, hot dogs, hot chocolate, carolers and holiday lights. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hackley Park, downtown Muskegon. Nov. 27 - Parade of Lights: Santa arrives in downtown Holland escorted by bands, floats and individuals all decked out in holiday lights. 6:30 p.m. Parade begins at Eighth St. and Columbia Ave. and ends at Holiday Kerstmarkt. Nov. 29-Dec. 2 - Gymnastics on the Grand: Hosted by Grand Rapids Gymnastics. DeVos Place. $12 adults, $8 seniors and kids 7-17; weekend pass $20/$12. gymnasticsonthe Nov. 30 - Tree Lighting and opening of Ice rink: Grand Rapids Art Museum and Rosa Parks Circle. 5 p.m.

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Nov. 23 - eGr Holiday Tree Lighting: Annual Christmas tree lighting along Wealthy St., plus carols by High School Madrigals, hot chocolate, doughnuts and cookies, trolley rides and a visit from Santa. 6:30 p.m. Gaslight Village.

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Nov. - Grand Rapids Griffins: Grand Rapids’ American Hockey League team, primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Home games: Nov. 7 vs. Milwaukee Admirals. Nov. 9 vs. Rockford IceHogs. Nov. 23 vs. Chicago Wolves. Nov. 25 vs. Milwaukee Admirals. Nov. 30 vs. Texas Stars. Times vary. Van Andel Arena. $14-$32 (Van Andel box office, Meijer or Star Tickets). Nov. 3 - Iceman Cometh Challenge: 23rd annual 27-mile mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City. $54,000 in cash, $10,000 in merchandise prizes.

Stage & Film Nov. - Celebrating the Classics: Film reviewer John Douglas introduces the Tue. and Thu. 3 and 5:45 p.m. screenings of Hollywood classic films, which show at 12:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Tue. and Thu., and 1:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Nov. 6-8, “Bonnie and Clyde.” Nov. 13-15, “The Yearling.” Nov. 20-22, “Sunset Blvd.” Nov. 27-29 “Singin’ in the Rain.” Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Drive NE. $4. Thru Nov. 10 - “A Tomb with a View”: Thebes Players presents a gothic comedic murder mystery. Fri. and Sat.: 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 play; Sun: 1:30 p.m. dinner, 2:30 play. Larkin’s Other Place, 301 W. Main St., Lowell. $23 dinner and play, reservations required (897-8545, $12 play only. Nov. 1-3 - “The Ladies Man”: A comedy/ farce presented by GR Community College Players. 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. Tickets TBD.

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Nov. 2 - “Fiddler on the Roof”: Off-Broadway production of the Tony-Award-winning musical. 7:30 p.m. Van Singel FAC, 8500 Burlingame Ave. SW, Byron Center. $22.50$39.50 (616-878-6800). Nov. 2-3 - Contents Under Pressure: Master Arts presents its comedy improv team. 7 p.m. Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St. SW. $7 adults, $5 seniors and students (455-1001 or Nov. 2-3 - dANCEpROJECt: Annual fall dance program presented by Hope College. 8 p.m. Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. 8th St., Holland. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students (box office, 616-395-7890). Nov. 2-3 - “Samson and Delilah”: Opera GR opens its season with Saint-Saëns’ Biblical tale. 7:30 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. $43-$98 (Opera and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster).

Nov. 7-18 - “The Last Laugh”: Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents two one-act comedies: “In the Cemetery” and “The Cure.” 8 p.m., 3 p.m. Sun. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. $20 adults, $18 seniors, $5 students (theater box office or 234-3946). Nov. 8 - Real to Reel Series: Saugatuck Center for the Arts presents “5 Broken Cameras” about a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the Israeli army. 7 p.m. 400 Culver St. $7, $5 members (269-857-2399 or Nov. 9-17 - “An Identified Enemy”: GVSU presents the story of an Iraqi war veteran who returns to civilian life and tries to locate an Iraqi man who befriended him in Baghdad. 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Sun. Louis Armstrong Theatre, PAC, Allendale campus. $6-$12 (616-331-2300). Nov. 9-17 - “Sweeney Todd”: Hope College theater department presents the tale of a demon barber in 19th-century London. 8 p.m. DeWitt Theatre, Hope College, Holland. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students (box office, 616-395-7890). Nov. 15-18 - “Miracle on 34th Street”: Allendale Civic Theatre presents a holiday favorite. 7:30 p.m., 3 p.m. Sun. Allendale HS, Ceglarek FAC, 10760 68th St. $7 adults, $5 seniors/students. Nov. 16-Dec. 9 - “The Drowsy Chaperone”: Cornerstone University Theater Department presents a musical parody of the 1920s. 7:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sun. Matthews Auditorium, GR Theological Seminary, 3000 Leonard St. NE. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students (516-0000 or

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MANSION FASHION Vicky Tiel has some amazing stories to share. She was chummy with Elizabeth Taylor, designed hot pants for Woody Allen’s movie “What’s New Pussycat?” and inspired the red dress Julia Roberts wore in “Pretty Woman.” All that and a career in fashion design that has spanned four decades, with styles still worn by such celebrities as Halle Berry and Kim Kardashian. Tiel, who will be in Holland Dec. 1 for a holiday event at the Felt Estate, tells all in her book, “It’s All About the Dress.” The renowned designer will narrate a fashion show featuring vintage dresses from the 1880s to the 1950s, weaving the history of fashion with a history of the mansion. After the show, Tiel will sign copies of her book. The Felt Estate will be decorated for the holidays with more than 25 trees and 5,000 outdoor lights. The luncheon and fashion show is noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 1. For information, visit

Nov. 28 - 4WALL: Fourth Wednesdays at Wealthy: West Michigan Film Video Alliance screens member and independent filmmakers’ films and works-in-progress. 7 p.m. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE. Free. Nov. 29-Dec. 15 - “Next to Normal”: Actors’ Theatre presents a musical about a family’s battle with mental disorders. 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. $24 adults, $20 seniors and students (box office or 234-3946).

muSic Nov. - music at mid-Day: Free lunchtime concerts 12:15-12:45 p.m. every Tue. Nov. 6, Douglas Bruce, organ. Nov. 13, Michael Bennett, Todd Wilke and Barbara McCarger. Nov. 20, Helen Hawley, organ. Nov. 27, EGR High School Madrigals. First Park Congregational Church, 10 E. Park Place NE. parkchurchgr. org. Nov. 3 - Janka Nabay and the bubu Gang: Band from Sierra Leone. 8 p.m. Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd. SE. $10 (Calvin box office, 526-6282). Nov. 3 - Pakistani World music: Arts Midwest presents a performance of Pakistani music. 7 p.m. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St. $15 adults, $5 children and students (269-857-2399 or Nov. 4 - embellish Handbell esemble: Em-

directs Grand Rapids Men & Boys Choir, featuring music from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. 7 p.m. Cathedral of St. Andrew, 301 Sheldon Blvd. SE.

Nov. 4 - The Ubiquity of the blues: Vocal Music Workshop and Hey Marco present a concert. 7 p.m. Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson Ave. SE. $10.

Nov. 9-11 - “Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel”: GR Symphony’s Pops concert highlights music by the 1960’s folk-rock duo. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. DeVos Performance Hall. $18-$90 (Symphony and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). grsymphony. org.

Nov. 6 - rachel Zylstra: Singer-songwriter pianist performs. 8 p.m. Calvin FAC. $10 (Calvin box office, 526-6282). Nov. 7 - eldar Djangirov Trio: Hope College’s Great Performance Series presents a jazz pianist. 7:30 p.m. Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. 8th St., Holland. $18 adults, $13 seniors, $6 students and children (box office, 616-395-7890). Nov. 8 - Zac brown band: Southern rock quintet, with special guests Blackberry Smoke and Levi Lowrey. 7 p.m. Van Andel Arena. $45-$69.50 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). Nov. 9 - majic Concert Series: Musical Arts for Justice in the Community hosts folk-rock band Potato Moon. 7:30 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 250 Commerce Ave. SW. $10 suggested donation; proceeds benefit GR Coalition to End Homelessness. Nov. 9 - The Love Tour with erik bledsoe: Contemporary Christian performer in concert with Aquinas College Chorus. 7:30 p.m. Kretschmer Recital Hall, Aquinas College, 1607 Robinson Rd. Free will offering. Nov. 9-10 - music for royal occasions: British organist and conductor Martin Neary

Nov. 10 - Journey: Classic American rock band, with special guests Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and Loverboy. 7 p.m. Van Andel Arena. $30-$99.50 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). Nov. 10-11 - West michigan Symphony: Six soloists from the Joffrey Ballet join WMS to perform work from “Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty.” 7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon. $18-$48 adults, $10 students (231-7263231 or Nov. 10, 17 - Acoustic Saturday Nights: Grand River Folk Arts Society hosts acoustic concerts. Nov. 10, Muteflutes. Nov. 17, Blue Water Ramblers. 8 p.m. Wealthy St. Theater, 1110 Wealthy St. SE. $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, $9 members, $3 children (at door). Nov. 11 - Jubal brass: Concert of classical compositions and hymn and contemporary praise arrangements. Free will offering. 4 p.m. Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave. NE. Nov. 11 - roger macNaughton: Musician/ composer performs and releases holiday CD.

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Nov. 14 - fun.: American pop-rock band with hit single “We Are Young” performs. 8 p.m. Spoelhoef Fieldhouse Complex, Calvin College. $28 (Calvin box office, 526-6282). Nov. 15 - Carrie Underwood: Country pop star performs, with Hunter Hayes. 7:30 p.m. Van Andel Arena. $42.50-$62.50 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster).


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Nov. 15 - Tierney Sutton band: Presented by St. Cecilia’s Jazz Series. 7:30 p.m. St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $30$35 adults, $10 students (459-2224, scmc-on Nov. 16 - Lindsey buckingham: Fleetwood Mac’s Rock and Roll Hall of Famer gives one-man acoustic performance. 8 p.m. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St. Tickets: $45 ( or 269-8572399).

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Nov. 16 - ben rector: Nashville musician performs, with special guest Steve Moakler. Concert presented by Hope College. 8 p.m. Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. 8th St., Holland. $20 adults, $10 students (616-3957890, DeVos Fieldhouse box office, tickets. Nov. 16 - Wisk & Friends: Holland tenor Bradley Wisk is joined by pianist Anastasia Nemirovich, violinist Gregory Maytan and mezzo soprano Sandra Maytan, performing Broadway, opera, crossover and classical music. 7:30 p.m. Park Theatre, 248 S. River Ave., Holland. $34 ( or Nov. 16-17 - mighty Wurlitzer Concerts: GR Public Museum’s theater organ concert features Jonathon Ortloff. 7-9 p.m. Fri., 2-4 p.m. Sat. Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW. $10 adults, $5 children 3-17, $8/$4 members (ticket counter or 456-3977). Nov. 16-17 - “We remember”: GR Symphony presents a Holocaust memorial oratorio

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with music by Mendelssohn and Stephen Paulus. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall. $18$90 (Symphony and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster).

Nov. 17 - West Michigan Concert Winds: Fiddler’s Green Irish music concert with special guest Maidens IV. 7:30 p.m. Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon. $15 (box office or Star Tickets). Nov. 18 - Chorus Invitational Concert: Aquinas College Chorus is joined by Valenti Handbell Ensemble, GR West Catholic High School Choir and Catholic Central Capella Choir. 3 p.m. St. Isidore Catholic Church, 628 Diamond Ave. NE. events.html Nov. 18 - Gabrieli at 400: Bach Chorale Grand Rapids and Calvin College Capella join an ensemble of brass players to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli. 7:30 p.m. Cathedral of St. Andrew, 301 Sheldon Blvd. SE. $5-$15. Nov. 18 - “An American Experience”: Vocal Music Workshop Chorale, Concert Choir and Children’s Choir perform songs by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Fats Waller and Rogers and Hart. 7 p.m. Meijer Theater, GR Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW. Freewill offering. Nov. 19 - Monday Night Jazz: West Michigan Jazz Society presents The Benje Daneman Group. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bobarino’s at the B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW. $10, $5 members and students. Nov. 23 - Aria Flame: Neo-classical hard rock group performs. 8 p.m. Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson Ave. SE. $10 (894-1252, dog or $12 (at door). Nov. 24 - Stephen’s Green: Irish holiday concert by these Dublin natives. 8 p.m. Fenian’s Irish Pub, 19683 Main St., Conklin. $20 (899-2640). Nov. 24-25 - “Sounds of Christmas”: Holiday concert by the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids and Embellish Handbell Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Basilica of St. Adalbert, 701 4th St. NW. $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. Nov. 29 - Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: David Finckel, cellist, Wu Han, pianist, and Phillip Setzer, violinist, present music by Dvorak and Brahms. 7:30 p.m. St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $30-$35 adults, $10 students (459-2224, Nov. 29 - Patrick Watson: Canadian sing-

er-songwriter performs. 8 p.m. Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd. SE. $10 (Calvin box office, 526-6282).

Nov. 29-Dec. 1 - Singing Christmas Tree: Mona Shores High School Choir presents an annual tradition, a 67-foot decorated “tree” holding 300 singing students, accompanied by the school’s 50-piece orchestra. 7 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat. Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon. Tickets TBD (box office or Star Tickets). Nov. 30-Dec. 1 - Handel’s “Messiah”: Calvin Oratorio Society performs Handel’s “Messiah” with the Calvin Orchestra, directed by Joel Navarro. 8 p.m. Calvin FAC. $25$35 (526-6282 or Nov. 30-Dec. 2 - Hark Up Christmas: “Love Comes Down” re-tells the story of Christmas in song, with more than 100 singers, vocalists, dancers and 20-piece big band. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. DeVos Center for Arts and Worship, 2300 Plymouth Ave. SE. $16 adults, $9 students ( or, $19/$10 (at door).

Lectures & Workshops Nov. - Family Caregiver Series: More than 20 events at various venues throughout Kent County educate and entertain family caregivers. Nov. - Grand River Folk Arts Society: Dance instruction events. 7 p.m. Nov. 2, First Friday Contra Dance, 5th Street Hall, 701 5th St. NW ($9 adults, $7 members, $5 students/ seniors). 7 p.m. Nov. 9, Second Friday International Folk Dance, Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE ($5). 7 p.m. Nov. 23, Fourth Friday Contra Dance/Jam, Fifth Street Hall, 701 5th St. NW ($9 adults, $7 members, $5 students/seniors). Nov. - GR Public Libraries: Programs include Reading the Great Lakes, Investor Information In Your Community: Mind Your Money Manners, author visits, adult computer classes, reading clubs, kids activities. Exhibits include Mary Chase Perry Stratton: Journey of a Pioneering Spirit. Complete schedule at Main Library, 111 Library St. NE, or Free. Nov. - GR Tango: Beginner and intermediate dance lessons 8-9:30 p.m. Thu., followed by free practice. Richard App Gallery, 910 Cherry St. SE, $12 drop-in. Nov. - Indoor Walking Program: Catherine’s Health Center presents 10th annual walking program and free health screenings. 5:30-7 p.m. Mon. and Thu. Kent Hills Elementary School, 1445 Emerald NE.

Nov. - Kent District Libraries: Programs include book discussions, Early Childhood Essentials, career transition workshops, kids activities. Complete schedule at Nov. 4, 11 - Strengthening Your Marriage While Raising Teens: Psychotherapist Jeff Dwarshuis speaks. 11 a.m.-noon. Faith Community CRC, 5250 Byron Center Ave. SW, Wyoming. Free. Info at (616) 443-1425 or jeff Nov. 8 - Calvin Passport to Adventure: “Vietnam, Cambodia and a Mekong Cruise” by Clint and Susan Denn. 7 p.m. Calvin FAC. $5 adults, $2 students (at door, box office or 526-6282). Nov. 10 - DANCEgr: Ballroom dance instruction (7-8 p.m.), followed by social dance (8-11 p.m.). Women’s City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., $10 lesson, $11 dance, $16 both. Nov. 13 - Dyslexia Seminar: New Chapter Learning offers info on characteristics, causes and solutions for dyslexia. 6:30 p.m. Grandville Middle School, Room 200, 3535 Wilson Ave., Grandville. Registration: 5341385. Free. Nov. 13 - GRCC Diversity Lecture Series: “Digital Nation” by Douglas Rushkoff, author, media theorist and lecturer. 7 p.m. Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. Free. grcc. edu/lecture. Nov. 15 - Divorce Seminar for Women: Monthly seminar provides basic legal, psychological and financial info. 6 p.m. Women’s Health Pavilion, 555 MidTowne St. NE. $45 ( Nov. 26 - GR Audubon Club: “The Native Diet: Planting the Right Food for Native Bird Populations” by Heidi Frei, natural resources steward for SW Michigan. 7 p.m. social hour, 7:30 p.m. presentation. GR Theological Seminary Auditorium, Cornerstone University, 3000 Leonard St. NE. Public welcome, free. Nov. 27 - mARTini: Art Talks Speaker Series: “The Phenomenon of Street Art.” 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:15 p.m. speaker. University Club, 111 Lyon St. NW. $25 dinner ( Nov. 29-30 - Institute for Healing Racism: Two-day workshop connects people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to discuss thought-provoking topics, plus a history of race in North America. GRCC Diversity Learning Center. $200-$300 (2343390,

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ack then, no one knew much about wine,” Borrello said. “I knew enough to be dangerous.” His wine hobby soon evolved into a business. Borrello was one of the founders of Tasters Guild International that has grown to include 30 chapters around the country. He’s serving as president and publisher of the Guild’s Journal. For years he has judged international wine competitions, taught seminars and written several books. Borrello also puts together wine and food tasting tours. “In February, we’re planning a cruise from Barcelona to Rome,” he said. Visit WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT? Next to convincing my wife, Barbara, to marry me, it would be writing my third book, “Ask the Wine Guy.” My high school and college English instructors wouldn’t believe I wrote a book that won a Mid America Publishers Association Award. IN ANOTHER LIFE, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE? As Popeye would say, “I yam what I yam,” and I’m happy with that. WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? I follow the Detroit Tigers and the Lions, then I lead

a group on a warm-weather food and wine cruise in the winter. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE JOURNEY? My wife and I did a riverboat cruise down the enchanting Danube River two years ago from Budapest to Munich. It was fantastic. WHAT’S THE BEST WINE YOU’VE EVER TASTED? A 1961 Chateau Lynch Bages. It was like drinking liquid velvet. It also helped that a chef friend perfectly grilled a prime cut of filet mignon to go with it. WHAT’S THE HARDEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE? Researching and writing my first book, “Wineries of the Great Lakes.” The winery visits and wine tastings were fun, but the discipline needed for research and writing was tedious. I have a newfound respect for people who write for a living. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? ‘The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg. Being a psychology and a marketing major in college, I’m fascinated by human behavioral patterns.


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