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OCTOBER 2012 / VOL. 49 / NO. 10

FEATURES 48 / Super sports fans Jim Jakiemiec has so much sports memorabilia, he opened a sports bar in his basement. Jim Nelson drives to MSU football games in his Spartan green 1937 Ford. And Pittsburgh Steelers fan Scott Rynbrand has wacky habits he’s convinced impact whether his team wins or loses. BY TERRI FINCH HAMILTON

54 / Preparing to scare A cast of actors, a team of creative techies and Jacks-of-all-trade help owner Jim Burns equip The Haunt for eerie Halloween entertainment.

58 / Personal style You don’t have to travel to London, Milan, New York or Paris to find people with flair. Five stylish Grand Rapidians share their fashion philosophies. BY KENDAL PEKTAS


64 / On the hunt David Kidder, owner of Kidder Safari in Grand Rapids, received the Safari Club International’s most prestigious award. BY JIM IDEMA



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contents October 2012 / Vol. 49 / No. 10

departments back & forth 10 / From the Editor

Food & Drink 66 / Chef Profile: Matthew MacNaughton at Louis Benton Steakhouse

11 / Letters, social media and more

68 / Restuarant listings for West Michigan.

12 / Contributors Life & style 14 / Noteworthy items, including Casual Bow Ties, the Write Michigan contest, men’s jewelry from Lamb, Metro Health Marathon and Theatre of Night

76 / HeFedSheFed: Jeremy and Juliet Johnson offer barbecue tips. 80 / Dining Review: Ruth’s Chris 84 / Grand Vine: Chardonnays

15 / Lost & Found 16 / Reading room: “Here Comes Trouble” by Michael Moore; Gwen Frostic Awardwinner Ryan Hipp 18 / Jerrad Matthew, owner of The Matthew Agency 20 / Fashion forward: Tux trends 22 / The Facility


Filmed across four continents and showing this month at Wealthy Theatre, “Ride the Divide” is a documentary that will “take you on an adventure that will leave you with an eager desire to chart your own course to faraway lands.”

91 / Fresh Hops: Craft ale in cans Near & far 96 / Friendly seems to define the Alger Heights area, with new residents adopting the neighborly values of other residents. Out & about 100 / October highlights

23 / LUX Salon for men

101 / Calendar

24 / My stuff: Mark Renzenbrink’s cigars and accessories

102 / Nightclubs & comedy venues listings and highlights

26 / Living Local: Prepping for football season



Art & Design 28 / Gallery profile: LaFontsee Galleries

104 / Museums & attractions listings and highlights 110 / Snapshots 112 / Afterthoughts: Rick DeVos

31 / Justagirl: DIYer Chris Carey shares her tool box must-haves. 34 / Art gallery listings and highlights. On the cover: On the cover: Ben Tobar, website manager at A.K. Rikk’s, talks about his personal style, p. 58.

35 / Art Talk: Bishop Frederic Baraga sculpture at the Cathedral of St. Andrew’s 36 / At Home: Setting up a home theater 38 / Frame Works: McGraw Tire & Auto Repair

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pledging enough to keep the U-M fans from a nearby berth. I’m not sure about you, but I’d love to see restaurant owners Dan Verhill (Cottage Bar), Mark Sellers (HopCat), Adriano Moscatelli (Tre Cugini) or Tami VandenBerg (Pyramid Scheme) put on their colors and serve it up tailgate style. This issue also takes readers behind the horror at The Haunt, one of the most popular Halloween haunted houses in the area for a dozen years. The year-long effort of artisans, actors and “creative geniuses” is inspiring. Please read “Just a Girl,” written by do-it-yourselfer Rockford resident Chris Carey, author of Just a Girl blog. She is now a regular contributor to Grand Rapids Magazine, sharing home project tips and ideas for entertaining at home. She makes me wistful for a nail gun; read this at your own risk. October is a great month to get outside. Unseasonably hot temperatures in March followed by freezes in April took much away from area orchards, but the fall color, bike paths and hay rides still call residents to the outdoors.

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G 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.

GRAND RAPIDS MAGAZINE STAFF is trying out a new feature focus this month, suggested by the Gemini Marketing Manager Scott Miller: Welcome to the “man issue” with a focus on Grand Rapidians of the male gender. The list of special interests is diverse and includes sports aficionados (like Miller) who prove team loyalty in unusual ways. For me, fall football season is all about the food and the beer. I think Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance should put together a fan tailgate party behind the arena in Rock the Rapids territory. Maybe it could raise donations for one of the area nonprofit groups with pay-to-play using “privileged parking spots” or

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What do guys in Grand Rapids do to unwind? “I like to take my two dogs down to the lake and let them unwind in the water while I drink a nice local craft beer (usually Solitude from Brewery Vivant).” — Brian Matthew Lussier


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Local musicians Steve Giles, Craig Harrison and Greg Giles, a.k.a. Theatre of Night, have released “The Dawn’s Early Light,” a tribute to the men and women of the U.S. military. The CD features arrangements of such classics as “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful.” Part of the proceeds go to a nonprofit supporting U.S. troops and their families. See

CASUAL BOW TIES Bow ties are not just for special occasions. GVSU graduate Evan Hinze of eh&co uses his illustrator’s eye to produce bow ties in a dazzling array of colors and patterns to suit all tastes. Visit etsy. com/shop/ehinzeco to see the full range or to contact Hinze about a custom order.

BLACKLAMB Guys like jewelry, too, and  Ryann Lamb is happy to  oblige. A frequent traveler,  the owner of Lamb boutique  in East Hills collects coins  from foreign countries that  she sets in sterling silver  to wear on a chain with  a small charm or pendant. Shop the entire  Blacklamb collection at  949 Cherry St. SE or at


runners competed in last year’s Metro Health  Grand Rapids Marathon. Race director Don Kern expects a  similar turnout Oct. 21 for the ninth annual event, including a  26.2-mile course around downtown GR, half marathon and  relay. Visit

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estled among other resale and antique shops in the old Sligh Furniture factory at 445 Century Ave. SW, Lost & Found is a haven for antiques’ enthusiasts. Co-owner Mark Miller and his partner, Christian Freeman, scour the country looking for everything from knickknacks to fireplaces. “Sourcing the items is the best part of the job,” he said. “Digging through basements, estate sales, barns — we recently were in an old factory in Lansing. In June, we drove to the middle of Ohio to pick up a set of great midcentury furniture.” And though Lost & Found stocks a variety of merchandise from many designers and countries, Miller admits he has a special passion for locally produced furniture. “Herman Miller, John Widdicomb, Steelcase — it makes me giddy when I find something locally produced that I haven’t seen before.” Miller has always enjoyed antiques, and when the recession claimed his job in 2009, it seemed the perfect time to turn

his hobby into something more lucrative. Since opening in October 2010, Lost & Found has expanded to accommodate a growing inventory. “The shop was about 2,500 square feet to start, and we have now expanded to around 6,000 square feet,” he said. Add another 10,000 square feet of storage and a separate auction house with 20,000 square feet. Customers can purchase a small selection of Lost & Found’s wares at, but Miller says most of their business is done at the store. Occasionally, he exhibits at antique fairs. “It’s a great way for us to introduce ourselves to customers that don’t normally come to the shop,” he said. “But once they see what we do, they are — Emma Higgins hooked!”

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Michael Moore’s Michigan a chance encounter with Bobby Kennedy at age 11 to a potato chip craving that turned into a political uprising at 17. Moore has become somewhat of a controversial figure, a description he takes with a grain of salt. “What have I said that’s controversial?” he asked a room of local media representatives. “Documentaries should have a point of view, and the filmmaker should not try to pretend to be anything that he or she isn’t. I’m a very clear and up front about who I am and what I believe in.” The same is true of his latest work, which Moore calls his most personal yet. Whether you’re a Moore aficionado or not, “Here Comes Trouble” is an enjoyable, honest account from a Michigan native who’s proud of where he’s from. “I am just one of a number of people fortunate enough to have been born here and grow up here,” Moore said. Moore’s visit was part of the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Summer Reads adult program, aimed at making the library more accessible to the community. The program wrapped up its third year and selected 10 books with the theme “Lives Intersected.” For more information on the program, visit grpl. — aLEXanDRa FLUEgEL org.

“Here Comes Trouble” breaks from the traditional autobiographical structure and creates a witty yet touching narrative split into 24 short “stories.”

Other novels by michael moore “THE OFFICIAL FAHRENHEIT 9/11 READER” includes the screenplay  of Moore’s provocative  film, extensive sources  to back up facts in the  film, and articles, letters,  photos and cartoons.  “STUPID WHITE MEN” offers Moore’s critique  of the 2000 election:  “Old white men wielding  martinis and wearing  dickies have occupied  our nation’s capital. …  Launch the SCUD missiles! Bring us the head  of Antonin Scalia! ... We  are no longer (able) to  hold free and fair elections.” “DUDE, WHERE’S MY COUNTRY?” continues Moore’s rhetorical assault on the  George W. Bush administration.

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Before Michael Moore was an Oscarwinning documentary maker and best-selling author, he was just a kid from Flint. In his latest work, “Here Comes Trouble,” Moore gives a first-hand account of his life before film and fame. Many of Moore’s stories take place in Michigan, a place he says had a profound influence on the person he has become. “Especially being from Flint,” he said during a July appearance in Grand Rapids. “I grew up in a union family. My uncle was in a sit-down strike that founded the UAW. I think being from Michigan is something very special because this is a very, very interesting state, full of creative people, full of artistic people, historically, full of inventors.” Moore got comfortable in front of a packed house at Fountain Street Church, taking a few moments to discuss current political events and make a few jokes about the guests who had preceded him on the church’s stage. His comments are akin to the structure of his narrative — a delightful mix of thoughtful, political and social commentary and humor. “Here Comes Trouble” breaks from the traditional autobiographical structure and creates a witty yet touching narrative split into 24 short “stories.” The topics range from

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Photography by jim gebben (top); Illustrations courtesy Ryan Hipp (bottom)

Photography courtesy Grand Central Publishing (top); Simon & Schuster and Regan Books (middle); Dianne Carroll Burdick (bottom)


n first grade at Ada Elementary School, Ryan Hipp wrote “The Penguin That Froze” and realized his life’s calling. He knew he was destined to be an author. “But over the years, you kind of forget the things you’re passionate about,” said the 36-year-old writer/ illustrator. It wasn’t until college — “I was studying business, of all things” — that he realized the need to get back to doing what he loved. He got a job as a graphic designer for an advertising company and met children’s author Kevin Kammeraad. They collaborated and Hipp drew illustrations for “A Curious Glimpse of Michigan,” a book full of quirky poems and fun facts about the Mitten State. He also wrote songs for Kammeraad’s “Tomato Collection” music CD. “It was my first foot in the door to learn the business of publishing children’s books,” Hipp said. He also started visiting schools and libraries to talk to kids about pursuing their dreams. Earlier this year, he received the Gwen

Frostic Award, presented by the Michigan Reading Association for his work with literacy and children. Now he’s working on more books and says he’s hoping for a December release of his solo project. Illustrations will be a key feature, he said. “The publishing industry doesn’t make picture books for older kids,” he said. “But kids still love pictures, even in fourth and fifth grade. I think that will be my niche.”


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A model clientele Jerrad Matthew’s boutique-style modeling agency strives to provide personal attention to its clients.

Jerrad Matthew poses with brunette Kendra Clapp, blond Abby Taylor and redhead Lexi Harrington, models with his agency.

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sk Jerrad Matthew what he does during his free time, and he just laughs. “What free time?” With all the hours he devotes to running his modeling business — The Matthew Agency — the 30-year-old says it’s rare for him to have a whole day to himself. “As the owner and director, I do it all.” Located just north of the heart of downtown at 820 Monroe Ave. NW, the agency represents about 160 models. Matthew recently joined The Network Community, a venture created by legendary agent Paul Fisher (known for representing such supermodels as Naomi Campbell and Stephanie Seymour) to bring modeling agencies around the world together. “That automatically gives all of our models a huge boost in their visibility,” Matthew said. “With the help of the Network, the faces of The Matthew Agency will be able to be seen by the same big industry movers and shakers as models with agencies in New York or L.A.” Already, he added, “two of our guys have been signed to Fashion Week in New York.” Matthew says his models’ success is his success, and he wants people to know that modeling should not be taken lightly. “There’s a bit of a misconception about models,” he said. “I am constantly fighting the idea that models work for free. I get calls and e-mails all the time asking for volunteer models. We don’t do that.” Matthew has strong views about the fashion industry in Grand Rapids. “I think there is a great community of people here who are really passionate about fashion,” he said. “Great fashion events happen in Grand Rapids. I would definitely love to see our fashion world still grow — with more focus on local designers, too.” Though Matthew’s world now revolves around modeling, it wasn’t his original pursuit. After graduating from East Kentwood High School in 2000, Matthew worked as a dancer, first at Disneyland Park in California and later on cruise ships. He joined VeggieTales as director of the live entertainment department, living in Nashville for four years before returning to Grand Rapids. During his time in Tennessee, Mat-

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thew picked up photography as a hobby. His favorite subjects were aspiring models and, as he honed his skills, he began advising them on how to look their best in front of a camera. “The more I gave them advice,” he said, “the more I enjoyed doing it.” So when local casting agent Maureen Dreher talked to him about the need for a high-end modeling agency in Grand Rapids, Matthew decided to create one. “Maureen basically tossed the idea out there, and I’d already been kind of thinking about it, so I kind of just went with it. I definitely give her a lot of credit for it.”

PhotograPhy by johnny Quirin

“West Michigan has some very beautiful people, but we really have narrowed our field as to what we’re looking for as far as models go.” Since opening in 2009, Matthew has been striving to make his company a boutique-style agency — smaller in scale than the top agencies located in fashion capitals such as London, Paris and New York. Boutique agencies provide more personal attention to clients. “West Michigan has some very beautiful people, but we really have narrowed our field as to what we’re looking for as far as models go.” It’s more than just height. “We are looking for something special,” he said. Castings are held the first Wednesday of each month. Of the 75 to 100 who try out, only a few are signed. “We are not a model school,” he said, adding that some places claiming to be schools are scams. “They charge models $800 to $1,000 just to take their photos.” Matthew said he’s pleased with his agency’s growth. “The fact is, my door has been open for three years, and I haven’t taken a single loan. The fact that we’re still open is great.” His goal is to garner more exposure for the agency and his models. “I get a little sad to see big companies in Grand Rapids go to Chicago to hire models when we have such great talent right here.” For more information, visit matthew — KEnDaL PEKTas

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Black-tie attire When it comes to men’s formalwear, updates are in the details. the hOt trend in men’s formal wear is, well, the lack of a hot trend. Seems the black tux still rules, although the latest version is trimmer with narrower lapels, flat-front pants and a one- or two-button jacket. Yawn. “The guys’ place is to let the women shine,” said Jim Murray, owner of A.K. Rikk’s. “That is the tradition, and I don’t think that should ever change. There are certain things in fashion that have to stay the same. It defies the rule to be flashy.” David Barney at F. David Barney Clothiers, echoed that sentiment. “There’s really not much new going on in formal wear,” he mused. “We are seeing a dark navy tux and more flexibility in neckwear. And we’re selling formal vests rather than cummerbunds.” At Fitzgerald’s Men’s Store, Kurt Thome said cuff links are very strong and a nice way to add a dash of color and flash. Shirts are true white “with either a small, tiny pleat or a flat finish with an elegant texture.” Shoes range from shiny to velvet, but the style is clean and simple, either in a slipper style or lace-up. Thome did point out that guys can always shake things up with a dinner jacket — one step down from a tux. “You can do a tartan around the holidays, or go with a tonal paisley or stripe. You can have some fun with those.” And Murray reminds men to evaluate their formal wear before the black-tie invitations start arriving. “Guys are finally realizing they are wearing their suits and tuxes too big. Now is the time to evaluate your formal wear. This — Kim BODE/maRTY PRimEaU is the year.”

“Guys are finally  realizing they are  wearing their suits and  tuxes too big. Now is the  time to evaluate your formal wear. This is the year.” — Jim Murray

Photography by Johnny Quirin at A.K. Rikk’s Model Marc Mascho

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For the guy who wants to make a statement, this navy blue silk paisley tuxedo with satin pique lapel by Etro is the perfect choice. White shirt has a tone-on-tone dot detail. Available at A.J. Rikk’s. Tux accessories,   facing page: Marc wears a brocade silk vest by Carrot & Gibbs and tie by Robert Talbott, both from F. David Barney Clothiers. From top, silk ties by Bruno Piattelli; stud set by Baade II; black bowtie by Bruno Piattelli, all from Fitzgerald’s Men’s Store. Shoes by Ferragamo from A.K. Rikk’s.

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At left, Luke McCarthy watches as fitness instructor Marcus Kinney helps Keegan Brown on the bench. Below, Eric DeLamielleure founded Chiropractic Unlimited in 1996.

Athletes of every stripe are the focus at The Facility, a one-stop location offering integrated wellness services. The new venture, at 5131 East Paris Ave. SE, is anchored by Chiropractic Unlimited for sports-oriented chiropractic care, Barwis Methods Training for strength and conditioning, and Michigan Rehabilitation Specialists for physical therapy. But it’s not just for athletes. “We customize treatments and develop fitness plans for all individuals who are looking to improve their general physical fitness,” said Dr. Eric DeLamielleure, who founded Chiropractic Unlimited in 1996. Also included are massage therapy and BioCorrect Lab for custom-made orthotics, with plans to add an urgent care center staffed by orthopedics-oriented physicians and naturopathic service. The Facility opened in June after DeLamielleure spent years dreaming about closing the gap between injury treatment and prevention, In addition to state-of-the-art spinal correction, he and his two colleagues practice “active release technique,” or ART, a patented, soft tissue management system that “makes muscles function and slide like they should,” he said. “Chiropractic adjusts the bones, and

ART helps fix the muscle fibers, which are what pull the bones out of alignment. If you don’t fix the muscle, the bones go back out.” Barwis Methods Training Center is an innovative concept in strength and conditioning. Founder Mike Barwis, University of Michigan’s respected former director of

strength and conditioning, has expanded his Plymouth center to join DeLamielleure in West Michigan. “Eric and I share very similar health and fitness philosophies,” he said, “and we realized that if we combined our unique skills, knowledge and talents, we could help so many people.” Head coach at The Facility’s Barwis Center is Marcus Kinney, 46. Using a specialized, science-based process, the team of four certified onsite trainers uses a holistic approach that focuses on multi-plane, multi-directional movement. “The whole body is integrated — you never use just one part and not another. In training, we isolate the parts, but we train them all,” said Kinney. “Sometimes we lose abilities,” he said, especially through aging or being too sedentary, “but with good training, much can be regained.” The licensed therapists from Michigan Rehabilitation Specialists provide handson assistance for recovery from injury, preand post-surgical conditions, and other ailments. For more information, contact The Facility at 940-4647 or online at chiroprac — KATE DERNOCOEUR

Photography by michael buck

Custom-fit fitness

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A manly oasis

Photography by michael buck

Photography by michael buck

Neanderthal chic is so passé. Today’s man understands the need to keep nails groomed and skin exfoliated. The only catch: They’d rather not seek out those services at a beauty parlor. Enter Lux, a salon for men. Tucked away at the back of Breton Village, it’s an oasis of masculinity with black walls, leather sofas and warm wood flooring. “The salon has a very relaxed atmosphere,” said manager Michelle DenHartigh. “And obviously, as it is all men, there is no sense of being judged.”

Lux manager Michelle DenHartigh trims Jeff Jeltema’s hair at the Breton Village salon for men.

Admittedly, most guys come in for haircuts. But DenHartigh said the demand for such services as hair removal and Botox is growing.

“We get a lot of moms bringing their young sons in here for haircuts. The boys don’t always like the girly salons.” — Michelle DenHartigh Owner Jim Krug opened Lux because he felt Grand Rapids was in need of an upscale, spa-like salon for men. He hired an architectural firm to design the interior, asking for “something different and impactful.” Even the youngest clientele likes the manly ambience. “We get a lot of moms bringing their young sons in here for haircuts,” DenHartigh said with a chuckle. “The boys don’t always like the girly salons.” Krug chose the Breton Village location for its uniqueness. “There are a lot of new and interesting businesses moving into the area; we wanted to be a part of that.” In 2013, he’s planning to open a second salon — this one for ladies — next door. To book an appointment at Lux, visit or call (616) 511-2135. — Emma Higgins October 2012 / 23

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my stuFF

Cigar heaven


igar aficionado Mark Renzenbrink had been a loyal customer at Tuttle’s Select Cigars for 15 years. So when owner Gary Tuttle sold the business in February, Renzenbrink decided to carry on the tradition. Though he’d spent 30 years in broadcasting as director of sales for Regent Broadcasting and Townsquare Media, he knew Tuttle’s Select Cigars would be a good fit. “It’s my passion,” he said. “Nothing replaces the experience of sitting and enjoying a well-constructed, hand-rolled cigar with friends — any cigar I carry meets this definition. Pair with a fine scotch or bourbon, and you have heaven.” — maRTY PRimEaU

cigar cutter:   Getting the perfect cut  is very important to an  aficionado. “The Lotus  stainless steel guillotine  cutter is my favorite on  special occasions. On the  golf course, I use an inexpensive Tuttle’s-branded  cutter.” premium lighter:   He favors the  Colibri Enterprise  triple-jet butane  lighter on special  occasions. Every  day, he uses a less  expensive Colibri Firebird single-jet lighter.

cigars:   “There’s a different cigar for  every occasion or event,” he  said. “If you spend $35 for a  cigar, you want to sit and enjoy it,  not smoke it on the golf course.” His current faves are Fuente  Fuente Opus X and the Padron  Anniversary Series No. 45 to  mark major celebrations and  milestones.

humidOrs:   At Tuttle’s he has a large walkin humidor, plus freestanding  humidors.  “At home, I protect my investment by storing cigars in Spanish  cedar-lined humidors by Diamond  Crown and Savoy. When golfing, I  use an aluminum travel humidor:  the Craftsman’s Bench Scout.”

PhotograPhy by michael buck

“As an everyday cigar, I  enjoy the Jaime Garcia  Reserve Especial Toro  Gordo or a Drew Estate  Undercrown Corona  Doble. For golfing, my  favorite is the Perdomo  Corojo Presidente.”

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The Midwest’s largest wine, beer & food celebration! Sample from more than 1,200 wines, beers and spirits from around the world along with creations from Grand Rapids’ finest restaurants!

NOVEMBER 8-10, 2012

WINE TASTING SEMINARS – Complimentary seminars showcase wines from specific regions and countries. Coordinated by Tasters Guild International. FEATURED RESTAURANTS – 14 of the area’s finest restaurants serve up their signature dishes for the public to sample. MULTI-COURSE PAIRINGS – Four of the area’s finest restaurants prepare and serve exquisite multi-course meals paired with just the right wine or beer. Purchase pairings tickets in advance at

Riverfront Market, where you can sample and purchase breads, deli meats, cheeses, oils, chocolates, spices and coffee from select producers.

CRAFT BREW HALL – featuring more than 150 Michigan brews FOOD PREPARATION STAGE – Sponsored by HOURS

Thursday November 8 5pm-10pm Friday November 9 4pm-10pm Saturday November 10 12pm-10pm


Adult Tasting tickets

$15 50¢ each

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This is the event your friends have been talking about! Sponsored in part by

Produced jointly by Wine & Food Festival, LLC and the Grand Rapids - Kent County Convention & Arena Authority

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living local

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

need a team Jersey?: > MC Sports is a 66-year-old  Grand Rapids company that  started out selling military surplus and men’s clothing. Now  there are more than 80 stores  across the Midwest, offering  a full line of athletic apparel,  including team jerseys and  footballs.

> Duke’s, 700 Michigan St. NE: Authentic, gritty bar during happy hour becomes local  hangout for younger crowd  later. Good juke box. Mixed  crowd. Cold, cheap beer.  Free popcorn machine in the  corner. > The Score, 5301 Northland Drive NE: With more  than 50 HDTVs and six projector TVs, it would be impossible  not to have a good view of  the game. Full menu features  baby back ribs, aged steaks,  seafood, pizza, calzones and  more.

Prepping for football season Fall brings With it the onset of football season — and, for my husband, that means Fantasy Football. Two years ago, he participated in a Fantasy Football league for the first time, and from that

Whether you prefer to enjoy this American sport from the comfort of your home or in your favorite sports bar, support your favorite locally owned businesses along the way. initial draft meeting at HopCat, he was hooked. Not only does it give him a great excuse to hang out with the guys, but it also means months of football watching, Michigan craft brew drinking and grilling. His preparations for this year’s season began early. In the spring, he broached the idea of buying a new television and began researching his options. A visit to Decker & Sons, followed by one

to Nawara Brothers, settled the deal — the TV arrived at the end of August. Around that same time, he took a trip to O’Connor’s Homebrew Supply to pick up what he needed to begin home brewing his fall selection of beverages. A visit to Byron Center Meats filled our freezer with locally raised grass-fed steaks that will hit the grill during upcoming half times. Whether you prefer to enjoy this American sport from the comfort of your home or in your favorite sports bar, support your favorite locally owned businesses along the way. Remember that shifting just $1 in $10 we spend to West Michigan businesses would create 1,600 jobs. — ELissa HiLLaRY

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spOrts bars (my husband’s FavOrites): > Brann’s Sizzling Steaks & Sports Grille: Locally owned  for 50 years, Brann’s has nine  locations serving custom-cut  sizzler steaks and half-pound  burgers. See for  locations.

The Score

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Riding the wave This month, LaFontsee Galleries’ 25th anniversary celebration will offer a taste of what’s to come.

> Lafontsee galleries Location: 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Wed.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thu.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; closed Sun. Contact: (616) 451-9820;

Upcoming events at LaFontsee Galleries...

> OCT. 25: 25th Anniversary


Celebration, 5-9 p.m. in the Grand Rapids’ location. On hand will be new work from more than 50 artists.

Figure,” an exhibit featuring the work of 10 figurative artists.

Photography by michael buck (Top); courtesy LaFontsee Galleries (center & bottom)


aFontsee Galleries has been a cornerstone in the West Michigan art scene for a quarter of a century — a milestone Scott and Linda LaFontsee want to celebrate with the community. They’re also riding a wave of momentum since moving their Grand Rapids gallery to a larger space and opening a second gallery in Douglas last year. “Staff has been upbeat and all of the artists have picked up their game,” Scott LaFontsee said. “They can feel it.” In Douglas, the gallery has hosted a variety of successful events and exhibitions, including evenings of art and jazz and live paint-ins where artists create work on the spot. “Linda has been curating shows that are absolutely beautiful. They’re a whole different thing,” he said. The Grand Rapids gallery at 833 Lake Drive SE in East Hills houses a large exhibition space, gift boutique and framing shop. LaFontsee said it took a little while to

> SATURDAYS, OCT.-DEC.: Artists will be on hand in the gallery, producing work and talking to visitors.

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Photography by michael buck (middle); courtesy LaFontsee Galleries (top & Bottom)

Photography by michael buck (Top); courtesy LaFontsee Galleries (center & bottom)

LaFontsee Galleries at 833 Lake Drive SE is an open space with movable walls that can be shifted around depending on the needs of an exhibition.

settle in to the new location, but once they did, it was full steam ahead. “We’re in a neighborhood that people are moving into,” he said. “We’re lucky to be in this community.” The new space has allowed the addition of new work. An outside pavilion features sculptural work that LaFontsee said has increased the purchase and interest in 3-D work. Additionally, beginning this year, the gallery staff will curate a 20x20 space in the front of the building that is fully visible from outside due to two

glass walls. Art 2020 will feature conceptual work based on submissions from artists. “People can apply from anywhere, and it doesn’t have to be commercial work,” he said. Adding conceptual work that isn’t necessarily for sale is an important step for the gallery and something LaFontsee said they are eager to do. “Linda and I learned about art without the direct exposure; we just found it somehow,” he said. “One of our missions is to help people learn about

“One of our missions is to help people learn about art, to not be afraid of it and eventually incorporate it into their lives.” — Scott LaFontsee

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art, to not be afraid of it and eventually incorporate it into their lives. “We’re still learning ourselves, and we want to help our clients see art that’s challenging and different.” The Grand Rapids gallery also plans to host concerts and art talks and feature more interactive opportunities. LaFontsee said giving people the opportunity to see artists at work will not only create special experiences for the gallery’s clients, but also will give artists the chance to engage the local community. This month, the Grand Rapids gallery will host a 25th anniversary party, featuring new work from more than 50 artists. LaFontsee said it will be a big celebration and will offer a taste of what’s to come. “We’re excited to participate, learn and share.”

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Go-to-power tools for DIYers A cordless drill can save your hands and arms, but a nail gun can change your life.



It can be daunting to consider the cost of hiring a contractor to come over every time you need something done around your house. Some new trim work, a small bench at the back door, a play table for the kids — seeing dollar signs yet? Men and women are becoming more self-reliant when it comes to home improvement, but it can be

DreSSer HArDWAre: A cordless drill makes changing furniture hardware a simple task.

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and efficient when buying new tools — especially until you know how often you’ll use them.

TRAY: Leftover scrap wood and a nail gun team up to make an easyto-build tray.

FRAME WALL: Use a cordless drill to hang an arrangement of pictures in no time. FIREPLACE:  A miter saw cuts any angle needed in order to complete trim work. CHAIR:  Cut prep time in half with a sander when refinishing furniture.

tricky to figure out what essential tools are needed to get started. So where do you begin? I have compiled a list of what I consider the “go-to” power tools for DIY jobs. While it by no means covers every tool you’ll ever need, these five are my regulars and serve me well around the house. Find a balance between affordable and efficient when buying new tools — especially until you know how often you’ll use them. My best advice about power tools? Don’t be afraid of them and employ them often. The more you use them, the more comfortable you’ll be. Cordless drill A cordless drill can save you valuable time around the house, and with a reverse option, it can take screws out just as easily as it puts them in. I recommend buying the strongest voltage possible so you don’t have to worry if yours is powerful enough for the job. A cordless drill comes in handy when installing new hardware on furniture, and it certainly is a must when building something. Jigsaw A jigsaw is essential for cutting designs or shapes in wood, metal and other materials. I’ve used mine many

Photography courtesy Chris Carey

Find a balance between affordable

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times for cutting shapes or making my own frames. However, it earns its place on this list because it makes installing a sink into a countertop and placing outlets into drywall so much easier.

PhoToGraPhy courTESy chrIS carEy

My best advice about power tools? Don’t be afraid of them and employ them often. The more you use them, the more comfortable you’ll be.

Miter saw If you plan to do any type of molding or trim around your house, this is a must. It makes cutting wood (both straight cuts and angles) super simple. It can be used for crown molding, chair railing, picture frames, fireplace trim, decking, etc. If you’ve ever tried to make these cuts manually, you’ll understand the need for this tool. Believe me — your arms will thank you. Palm sanders Depending on your needs, a sander is imperative. An orbital sander is best for larger jobs. If you have a large surface such as a table or a dresser to refinish, I would recommend it. However, if you have some detailing on chairs or smaller crevices to get into, it wouldn’t hurt to buy a detail sander, as well. Since both are quite inexpensive, they’re a good investment. Nail gun A nail gun may seem intimidating in both cost and use, but you don’t have to break the bank to get one. I have used this tool on nearly every project in my house, and I would consider it the best Christmas present I’ve ever asked for. Just know that if you’re thinking about becoming a DIY’er, this tool will change your life. Dramatic? Perhaps. But definitely true. — CHRIS CAREY

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art & design TrENDS / PEoPLE / INNoVaTIoN / PLacES

Local art galleries COMPILED BY EMMA HIGGINS

1/ GVSU Art GALLerY: Oct. 4-Nov. 2: Forged in Metal, Deshi/Shihyou-Mentee/Mentor, work from a select group of contemporary Japanese jewelry and metalsmithing students and their mentors, from Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry in Tokyo. 1121 Performing Arts Center, Allendale campus, (616) 331-2180, 2/ crAftHOUSe: New gallery’s debut show, “I Want to Believe,” is about “the paranormal and things that go bump in the night,” including an installation by local artists Hunter Bridwell and Steve Shultz. Opening reception 6-11 p.m. Oct. 26. Show runs through Nov. 5. 40 S. Division Ave., Facebook. 3/ free rADIcAL: Annual event along S. Division Avenue in Heartside will feature more than 100 artists, curators and creative collaborators. The family-friendly event combines art, entertainment and performers. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Visit for details.

Betsy Ratzsch Pottery: Features ceramics, artworks and gifts, all made by American artisans, 584 Ada Drive, 682-0266,

art, changing exhibits of extensive print selection, framing, gifts. 2840 Thornapple River Drive SE, 949-4056, City Art Gallery: Oct. 11-Nov. 9, Furniture & Fiber; reception 6-9 p.m. Oct. 11. Multi-media works from more than 30 local artists. 1168 Ionia Ave. NW, 451-0705, CODA Gallery: Thru Oct. 7, ArtPrize. Oct. 12-Nov. 1, Slant, a group invitational exhibition, opening reception 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Teaching gallery showing work by local students and beyond. 44 S. Division Ave., 401-7382, coda-gallery. com/tag/grand. Con Artist Crew: Art collective and gallery. 1111 Godfrey Ave. SW, North Building, No. 198, (734) 646-6186, Facebook.

3/ Free Radical returns to Avenue for the Arts for its 10th anniversary event. Vacant storefronts will transform into galleries featuring an eclectic mix of curated art. Calvin College Center Art Gallery: Thru Oct. 20, Art Faculty Exhibition and 90 Years of Collecting. Oct. 26-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 other artists. Covenant FAC, 1795 Knollcrest Circle, 526-6271, centerartgallery. Cascade Art Gallery: Multi-media

Design Gallery at Design Quest: Thru Oct. 25, Polish rugs by artist Anna Vojik. Oct. 25-Dec. 16, Design Quest celebrates its 40th anniversary with the 2012 Furniture Competition, opening reception 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25. People’s Choice award and other prize winners announced during reception. 4181 28th St. SE, 940-0131,

Fire and Water Gallery: Local artists, jewelry, sculpture and photography. 219 W. Main St., Lowell, 8901879, Forest Hills FAC: Exhibits by West Michigan artists-in-residence change monthly. Oct. 3-27, Margo Burian, Oil Paintings. 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, 493-8966, Gallery 154: Local and national multi-media art, gifts, jewelry. 1456

Lake Drive SE, 454-2154, gallery Grand Gallery: Fine art, reproductions, restoration, gifts, framing. 596 Ada Drive, Ada, 6764604, Grand Rapids Art Museum: See Museums & Attractions. Heartside Gallery: Self-taught artists create folk, outsider and intuitive art. 48 S. Division Ave., 235-7211, ext. 103, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: See Museums & Attractions. Kendall College of Art and Design: Thru Oct. 7, ArtPrize: Role/ Play. Oct. 15-Nov. 7, Sabbatical Exhibition. Oct. 22-Nov. 30, Kendall/Ferris Faculty Exhibition. Oct. 22-Dec. 7, Syd Mead: Progressions. Multiple galleries provide space for student works and visiting artists. 17 Fountain St. NW, 676-2787, 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: Thru Oct. 31, Functional Pottery by Shari Jousma. Work by local artists plus gifts and framing. 962 E. Fulton St. 4566022, Facebook. Miscellany: Boutique store and 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, Richard App Gallery: Fine art

1/ GVSU exhibit Forged in Metal, jewelry by students in Tokyo, has an opening reception 5-7 p.m.

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from local and U.S. artists. 910 Cherry St. SE, 458-4226, therichardapp Sanctuary Folk Art: Salon-style gallery displays and sells folk art by local artists. 140 S. Division Ave., 4540401, Facebook. The Shallows Art Gallery: Upand-coming local artists. 1054 W. Fulton St., (906) 748-0941, Facebook. Terryberry Gallery: Thru Oct. 7, ArtPrize. Oct. 10-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, 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 West Wall Gallery: Thru Dec. 7, work by Michigan artist Armand Merizon. Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton St.

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(106) Gallery and Studio: Thru Oct. 7, ArtPrize. Oct. 19-Nov. 18, Found, a collection of letters, drawings, cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, poetry on napkins, etc., submitted to Found Magazine. Operated by Calvin College art department; exhibitions include faculty, student and other artwork. 106 S. Division Ave.,

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art talk A figure in motion tHe brONZe ScULPtUre Of Bishop Frederic Baraga (1797-1868) is the centerpiece of a flowing design in the recently completed plaza fronting the towering façade of the Cathedral of St. Andrew’s. At more than 7 feet tall and placed atop a stately base, the august figure strides boldly forward — an individual of steady and studied action. Born in Slovenia and educated in Vienna, Baraga is viewed as both a priest and scholar. He is recognized as the founder of the Catholic Church in Grand Rapids for opening the Mission of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the precursor to St. Andrew’s. He also was dedicated to the American Indians of this region, studied their language and traditions, and created an Ojibwa-English dictionary still in use today. The statue is a gift from Peter and Joan Secchia and family through their foundation, Grand Rapids Community Legends, which seeks to commemorate the city’s history through sculpture. The Baraga bronze is the fourth historic figure real-

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At more than 7 feet tall and placed atop a stately base, the august figure strides boldly forward — an individual of steady and studied action. ized by the foundation in the last five years. Others include Lucius Lyon near the Amway Grand Plaza, Chief Noahquageshik at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center, and Jay Van Andel at the namesake arena entrance. Sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter worked for 20 years on carvings for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. A member of the prestigious National Sculpture Society, he is well known for his ecclesiastical imagery that has been commissioned and sited across the United States. For his work on the Baraga sculpture, Carpenter studied rare photographs of the subject and images of contemporary clerical attire. He also read the diaries of Bishop Baraga to understand his personality. — JOSEPH ANTENUCCI BECHERER

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

ANALYZING tHe ScULPtUre: > Carpenter carefully suggests a figure in motion through both the anatomy and the corresponding flow of the clothing. Such unison is critical and telltale of a master figurative artist.

> Note the attention to detail in both the face and clothing. The former was inspired by two rare photographs. The latter, suggesting lace and embroidery, is based on paintings, photographs and prints of the period. > The boots are intentionally large. They provide a strong foundation to the figure, but historically they express the size necessary for fur padding and insulation that prevented frostbite for the man often referred to as the “snowshoe priest.” > The small book refers to Baraga’s diary and dictionary.

> The basket of fish refers to both fishing along the Grand River and to the Christian theme of Christ and his followers as “fishers of men.” > Use the sculpture as a starting point and walk toward the cathedral doors. Notice that the engraved pavers present the history of parishes and bishops for the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

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New technology has resulted in changes, both in what a home theater looks like today and in equipment updates.

Home theater trends By Alexandra Fluegel


ew trends in home theater technology are emerging

In this multipurpose room by Creekside Custom Homes & Renovations, guests can watch the big game at the bar or get cozy on the oversize sofa. Opposite page: A classic theater room by AVI Group is designed for serious viewing.

Whether you’re looking to turn an unfinished basement into a family-fun room or create an audiophile’s version of heaven, there are a variety of factors to consider. Doug Butterworth of Creekside Custom Homes & Renovations said instead of a dedicated home theater, he’s seeing rooms that are more multipurpose, where a giant TV or projector screen is just one of the elements. “For awhile, the trend was to make one room a designated movie room,” he said. “Now, more people are asking for a room that’s multifunctional — for everything from sitting at the bar to watch a game or

gathering with couples to see a movie.” Before making any decisions, consider working with a home theater design company to ensure you’ll end up with the right equipment for your particular scenario. “The purpose of what we do is to qualify what you need and what you want,” said Phil Littell, system designer with AVI Group, a Grand Rapids-based audio/visual design company. “Not everything is built to fit needs across the board. Whether it’s a $1,000 investment or a $100,000 investment, we help identify the needs and determine how the wants can be incorporated.” System design companies also work

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faster than you can change the channel. Though home entertainment hubs are still built upon the basics of audio and visual delights, recent advancements such as automation and live-streaming are making these rooms integral to the 21st century home theater experience.

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with interior designers and are certified dealers for various equipment. Using an interior designer can mean the difference between having a room filled with a lot of technology and having a room that integrates seamlessly with the look of the rest of the house. “If the interior design is right, everything blends together,” Littell said. “There can be a ton of technology in a room and no one would even notice.” Choosing the right type of receiver is key to ensuring a hassle-free audio/visual experience. If you are searching for the clearest sound, select a dedicated twochannel stereo system instead of one receiver. “Giving the sound elements their own power supplies makes the sound much clearer,” Littell said.

lightning strikes and also helps eliminate some of that extra electrical noise.” No more than a curiosity a few years ago, 3-D technology has become this year’s tour de force. Major manufacturers offer 3-D-compatible models of TVs and Bluray players to accommodate content from movie studios and broadcast channels

Another way to achieve the best quality of sound and picture is to use a surge protector/line conditioner. “Because of all the devices we plug into the electrical grids of our homes these days, there’s so much electrical noise,” he said. “You’d be amazed at how much you reduce the quality of your TV picture and audio sound when your grid is plugged up. “The line connector will protect you if

that jumps off the screen. Since 3-D works best on large screens, the technology is only available on sets larger than 40 inches, which currently sell from about $2,000 to $7,000. Though the technology is available, home theater designers are leery about advising clients to spring for 3-D glasses for the family. Len Van Prooyen, owner of Design Home Cinema, says that while

“Now, more people are asking for a room that’s multifunctional — for everything from sitting at the bar to watch a game or gathering with couples to see a movie.” — Doug Butterworth

it’s a trend, “I don’t see it catching on until there’s more consistent content.” Streaming content from the Internet also has changed the home movie-watching experience. Internet-ready devices from televisions to gaming consoles allow homeowners to forget the days of worrying about scratched discs and storing stacks of DVD cases. Internet-ready TVs cost about $5,000, but most experts agree that Blu-ray players work just as well. Many TV manufacturers offer models that are streaming-friendly and compatible with a variety of applications, but Littell notes that many will offer a lower-quality visual experience. Streaming music is also easier than ever, thanks to hi-fi wireless systems like SONOS. The system allows you to sync playlists from any device and play them in any room of the house. Van Prooyen, who is an official SONOS dealer, explained: “It’s an intuitive, relatively inexpensive way to consolidate your music and allow it to be played anywhere at any time.” Integrating entertainment into rooms outside the designated home theater domain is not new, but with the advent and advancement of smart phones, homeowners are able to control more content in more places than ever before. Home automation allows users to not only control what’s being watched or listened to from a system controller — which can often mean a smart phone — but also to monitor lighting, temperature and security systems. Now, what to do about all those remotes. Easy, Littell said. “One of the most important things in home theater is a universal remote.” He recommends URC brand, calling its remotes “the most intuitive devices on the market.” Prices range from $300 to $3,000 depending on your needs, but Littell said they are always worth the investment. For both Android and iPhone users, there’s a handful of apps that will turn your phone into a universal remote. Two of the most popular are Peel and iRule; however, they come with the follies of any app, including connectivity issues and frequent updates. GR October 2012 / 37

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Architect Mark 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.

> Streamline Moderne, sometimes referred to as Art Moderne, was a late sub-style of the Art Deco design style. It emerged in the 1930s and was characterized by forms that exemplified speed and motion, such as aerodynamic curves, horizontally accentuated windows and nautically inspired details. The style was a reflection of the austere economic times during the Great Depression because of its simplistic details and absence of ornamentation.

Urban practicality NeStLeD ON tHe eDGe of Heritage Hill, McGraw Tire & Auto Repair is a local business that exemplifies the kind of everyday commerce that helps make a city diverse, functional and livable. This automobile service shop at 141 Wealthy St. SE is situated in an early modern building that considers scale and massing as well as utility in its form. The building — with strong horizontal lines and curving corners sug-

> Originally constructed as an automobile dealership more than 70 years ago, the building has maintained a high level of functionality during its lifespan, which speaks to the quality of its design integrity. It features a double-loaded service bay, separate in and out overhead doors, and lots of windows for day lighting.

The interior is full of original modern attributes such as terrazzo oors with integral curving wall bases, a curved wood-paneled waiting room and a vintage service counter.

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MOre tHINGS tO KNOW: > McGraw Tire & Auto Repair has been owned by the Charbonneau family for 44 years. Marce Charbonneau, a former sales rep for Firestone Tire Co., purchased McGraw in 1968. His son Tim continues to run the business today. In 2010, it was recognized as one of the oldest businesses in area.

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The McGraw Tire & Auto Repair is housed in an early modern building on Wealthy Street SE.

gestive of the Streamline Moderne style — is composed of two distinct masses that provide insight into its functionality. The actual repair garage is a high-bay, barrel-vaulted structure with steel bowstring trusses, industrial multi-pane windows and an open floor plan that allows for vehicles to be serviced on both sides of a central bay. A single story, flat-roofed form wraps this high bay area at the two street sides,

effectively giving the building a street presence that is compatible to the adjacent neighborhoods. This part of the building, with its horizontal bands of storefront windows and glass block, conveys architectural clues about the structure’s design heritage, while also providing a well-preserved interior that harkens back to a 1930’s-era automobile showroom. The interior is full of original modern attributes such as terrazzo floors with integral curving wall bases, a curved wood-paneled waiting room and a vintage service counter. Originally the site of the Hicks Flerlage Lincoln-Mercury dealership, the building and the business continue that automotive heritage today, providing practical auto repair services. — MARK MILLER





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Robert Denherder, Owner Christopher DenHerder, General Manager 37 E. 8th Street, Holland 616.396.6405

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It wasn’t all that long ago that the thought of a fully automated home was considered a fantastic futuristic dream. Thanks to Premovation, which is now in the heart of downtown Holland, that future is now. Since their opening 11 years ago, Premovation has garnered numerous awards from industry professionals, magazines and manufacturers for their work in design, automation and home theater systems. With a focus on residential control systems and complete home automation of audio, video, lighting, property monitoring and more, the folks at Premovation believe in delivering customers and

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clients a user-friendly experience in home automation. Imagine waking up to a low-lit room that slowly brightens as you come awake. Then the pathway to the kitchen begins to light up as you head out to make your morning coffee. When you’re ready to check on the weather and overnight news, bring up the audio system, which can be targeted for specific spaces in the house. Heating, air conditioning, shades and blinds can be operated automatically – and even remotely from a tablet or smart phone – and doors can be locked on command, or unlocked to let the kids in after school. And that’s just the tip of the automation iceberg. “At Premovation, we are all about making an electronic lifestyle simple for people,” said Store Manager Chris DenHerder. “While most people are familiar with the home theater concept, that is only the beginning. A lot of what we do is helping them to experience all that they can do with their electronics.” While new electronic applications continue to evolve, one of the advantages you’ll find at Premovation is their constant monitoring and testing of new product capabilities in order to stay ahead of

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the curve and maintain their special status of always being on the leading edge of technology. They do all of the system design, managing and programming in-house, and their professional installers have years of experience in the business. “In today’s world there are so many different options, that most people aren’t even aware of all the possibilities,” DenHerder continued. “Our goal is to know every single one of those options before everyone else does so that our customers don’t have to try to figure it out for themselves.” The Premovation showroom provides a fun environment in which to experience a fully connected living space, from their spectacular home theater, centralized black-box control system, and full media applications to TVs, headphones, minisystems and components. It continually changes to stay abreast with all the latest offerings. You’ll find

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Above: iPad control has allowed a familiar touch screen to become part of a home automation system. Photo by: Christopher DenHerder Facing page: General Manager, Chris DenHerder Photo by: Michael Buck Left: Always able to fill our customers A/V needs while maintaining their contemporary feel. Photo by: Christopher DenHerder Following Page: Designing the proper lighting system is never a problem, regardless of the complexities and uniqueness we are faced with. Photo by: Christopher DenHerder

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a friendly staff who clearly love what they do and delight in demonstrating the possibilities for your own home applications. If you’re building a new home, they will work with your contractor and building professionals to design-in the perfect system to fit your needs, or they can retrofit your existing home to bring it into the modern world. At Premovation they take the time to develop a relationship with their clients, providing ongoing service as well as an avenue for future system expansion. “We offer free in-home consultations and will ask all of the right questions to make sure we have the solutions in place to fit all your needs,” DenHerder noted. “It’s incredible to be able to sit down with the client in the environment they want to make changes or additions to

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and explain all the options. We can provide the actual scenario and the real world applications that will positively affect someone’s day-to-day life.” The backbone of Premovation automation is Crestron Automation Systems, whose solid reputation was initially established in high-demand commercial control systems. Installed in universities across the country, their products are built on a platform of service that has been proven well beyond the parameters of residential requirements, making it the best in the business for home application. “It’s the only true control system that gives you an endless amount of possibilities,” DenHerder observed. “What’s really cool is that we can add that control system interface to Android-based tablets

and iPads. It’s a technology that people are already familiar with and easily understand, which makes it very user friendly.” He explained that the systems can also monitor things such as a home’s HVAC parameters and provide alerts should temperatures exceed the pre-set limits. Lighting and load control options also fit in perfectly with a green lifestyle. Pre-programmed lighting levels can be set for a variety of requirements throughout a house to set a scene, create a nighttime ambiance or target a special reading area. So although audio and video is where everything typically starts, you owe it to yourself to stop by the showroom at Premovation and let them introduce you to all the exciting possibilities of tomorrow, today.

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Showcase The Shade Shop

Barry and Susan McKey, owners/sales and design 422 Leonard Street NW (616) 459-4693

Historic shop brings modern day style & technology to window treatments


The Shade Shop has a long and proud history serving Grand Rapids and areas beyond. Established in 1935, this third-generation family-owned window covering shop on Leonard Street NW, continues to stay on the cutting edge of the industry. Their entire focus is window coverings of every design, from the simple roller shade that drove the

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business 77 years ago, to draperies, sheers, blinds, shutters, and modern motorized products. As West Michigan’s Hunter Douglas Window Fashion Gallery Showroom, owners Susan and Barry McKey exclusively offer only the highest quality customized products that are made to last by this legendary window-covering company. “Nowadays, people are investing in their window treatments; they’re so much more than a simple decorative accent,” Susan said in reference to the energy-saving properties, innovative designs, precision light control, UV protection and technological advancements of the products they offer. “Motorization is especially popular, which lets you easily operate everything from draperies and shades to blinds and wood shutters with a mere touch of a button.” The staff at The Shade Shop often partners with architects, designers, new-construction builders and remodelers on hardwire projects to ensure a smooth integration into commercial and smarthome automation systems. However, The Shade Shop also offers products for customers seeking a simpler motorization solution. “Hunter Douglas offers a high quality battery operated system,” Barry explained. “This fall Hunter Douglas is preparing to introduce a remote control battery system using an app with Apple Devices. It’s an innovative way to go and will come close to replicating a home-automated system.” “These motorized products are cordless, so they

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are a very important addition to a home from a child-safety standpoint because they eliminate a potential threat,” Susan added. “Another cordless option that is a very popular product is the LiteRise™ shade whose lift system lets you operate them with a touch of the hand.” Over the years, the McKeys have earned a solid reputation for not only exceptional products and services, but also for their dependability and integrity. It’s a level of trustworthiness that has generations of customers returning to The Shade Shop, where their team is continually being trained, educated and certified in the latest products and technological innovations introduced by Hunter Douglas Window Fashions. “That trust they’ve given to us – to ask us back into their

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homes again and again – that’s very important to us,” Susan said as Barry nodded in affirmation. “It is always inspirational when we hear about our customers’ complete satisfaction, and when one generation brings another to us because of it. That makes everything so worthwhile.” One of the trends the McKeys have noticed with the next generation of customers is an awareness of the green aspects of their products. Their insulating technology harnesses light and heat, saving energy by controlling the amount of solar heat allowed into your home in the winter, while minimizing it in the summer. Hunter Douglas window fashions also reduce the need for artificial lighting by diffusing daylight and channeling it deep into a room. Their innovative honey-

comb shades offer a patented honeycombwithin-a-honeycomb construction that forms three air pockets to dramatically reduce heat flow at the window, which not only saves energy, but also reduces heating and cooling costs. Woven shades and woods woven with sustainable, natural reeds and grasses are another stylish green option. In addition, specific products are certified to meet the stringent indoor air quality guidelines established by the GREENGUARD® Environmental Institute. The Shade Shop’s beautifully appointed Window Fashion Gallery Showroom is filled with working samples of Hunter Douglas products that customers can touch, feel and experience on a personal level. It changes regularly to showcase the latest and most

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Previous page: Owners Susan and Barry McKey. Photo by: Michael Buck Facing page: Another cordless option that is a very popular product is the LiteRise shade with a lift system lets you operate them with the touch of a hand. Photo Courtesy Hunter Douglas Left: Motorized Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades (also programmed into the home automation system) gently diffuse light through a filtering, sheer polyester fabric. “Even when these shades are fully lowered, “Susan shared, “you don’t feel closed in.” Photo by: David Leale Bottom: Woven shades and woods woven with sustainable, natural reeds and grasses are another stylish green option. Photo Courtesy Hunter Douglas

fashionable items, and includes a fabric library of drapery and shade materials. “This year we’re seeing a trend toward wide-blade wood shutters, which can be custom-made to fit any window style or shape,” Susan noted. “I call it custom furniture for your windows.” A visit to the showroom will provide both a friendly and educational experience. “A lot of times customers are not even aware of all the new products and technologies that are available in window treatments,” Susan noted. “We give them a tour and talk about each room they want to do, how they want it to function and look. We can help them pinpoint things that they may not have considered because there are a lot of variables out there, but whatever they’re looking for, we will help them find it.” At the showroom they can also introduce you to the Hunter Douglas iMagine™ Design Center, which lets you upload photos of your own windows to get a virtual preview of all the style possibilities. Freely sharing information, advice and

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suggestions, the McKeys also offer in-home residential and commercial consultations. The Shade Shop is open 10:00-5:30 Monday through Friday and from 10:00-2:00 on Saturdays. For more information, visit their website at

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ShowcaSe sieGel Jewelers

Jim anD Joel sieGel, owners 2845 laKe eastbrooK blvD. se (Just off 28th street) 616.949.7370 seConD loCation in PortaGe off of westneDGe



Siegel Jewelers Built on Trust

ChanCes aRe gooD that if you grew up in grand Rapids someone in your family has done business with siegel Jewelers. whether it was for a precious engagement ring, a treasured family timepiece, or even that coveted ancestral heirloom that was a wedding gift to your great-grandparents, siegel Jewelers has been grand Rapids’ go-to jewelry store since 1889, when Joseph siegel founded the business. now stewarded by the fourth-generation of owners, brothers Jim and Joel siegel – whose father, Miller, is still passionate about the business and can be found in the office doing computer work at the age of 95 – continue the legacy established by their ancestors so long ago, but with today’s cutting-edge technologies to back them up. although known as the “Diamond specialists,” siegel Jewelers offers a full range of services that go well beyond fine jewelry sales and custom design.

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they are both buyers as well as sellers of estate and pre-owned jewelry and offer in-house jewelry and watch repair, with two master jewelry technicians and a watchmaker on staff. “I think it’s important for our customers to know that the jewelry they entrust to us for repairs never leaves our shop,” Jim siegel noted. “our custom-designed jewelry is also made on premise, and insurance appraisals are performed by our certified gemologists.” Certified through the american gemological society, siegel Jewelers is proud to be a member of the ags®, an association dedicated to consumer protection, education, ethics and integrity in the jewelry industry that requires a level of professionalism and continuous education that is only found among the elite few in west Michigan. ags sets the standards for the jewelry industry and has rigid membership requirements. only about fivepercent of all jewelers, designers, appraisers and suppliers nationwide qualify for membership. “our membership in ags further demonstrates our commitment to serving customers with the professionalism and integrity they’ve come to expect from a company that’s been in the jewelry business as long as we have,” Jim explained. “we’re committed to ongoing gemological training, customer service and integrity in every one of our stores, ensuring that you always do business with highly trained, knowledgeable professionals.” another thing that sets siegel Jewelers apart from the others is their commitment to the com-

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munities in which they serve. Rather than investing in lots of high-profile advertisement, they prefer to build relationships and encourage accessibility through charitable causes and fun person-to-person events. For instance, Jim rides his bike to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis and was named D.A. Blodgett volunteer of the year in 2011, while Joel volunteers at the Transplant games. They donate time and goods to area schools, churches, community organizations, and groups working to make a difference in West Michigan. Throughout the year they host fun events to benefit their customers and the community. A sampling includes the “Let it Snow” event, where if it snows 6” at a specific location, then anyone who made a purchase between Nov. 13 and Dec. 13 receive in-store credit for the amount they paid for the item; “Race for the Rock” a high tech scavenger hunt downtown GR to win a one-carat diamond (or $2,000 towards an engagement ring); and the “Fun Scavenger Hunt” held downtown. They also bring Santa, jewelry, and offer free photos at the Wine, Beer, and Food Festival. At the “Roaring 20’s Estate Sale & Party” there is food, drink, vintage cars,

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and era entertainment while you shop. November offers “The Grand Proposal” – a large engagement ring event. The “Wedding Ring Festival” includes a designer trunk show and beverages. Engagement ring purchases include free engagement photos, and their “Sunshine Guarantee” provides free wedding bands if it rains 3/4” or snows three inches on your wedding day. No matter what your taste in jewelry, you will find it at Siegel Jewelers. They have everything from the largest selection of Estate Jewelry in West Michigan, and designers who will help you create that perfect custom piece, to a wide array of popular designer pieces and the engagement ring creations of the award-winning Danhov, which is exclusive to Siegel Jewelers. They also carry fashion jewelry, baby gifts, ornaments and gifts for the home. They have been here for over 123 years. They will be here for your future. “When our name is on the box, it has a solid foundation and a history behind it,” Jim concluded. “We’ll be here when you need us. That’s something you won’t find on the Internet.”

Above: Jim and Joel Siegel have a passion for the jewelry industry, and it shows. Photo by: Photos With Flair Left: Introducing Danhov, our newest line of engagement rings and winner of the Best Bridal Design by JCK Jeweller’s Choice Awards 2011.

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“If things are going well, I’m a nice person to be around. I participate in conversation, I act like a human. But when things are not going well, I’m very quiet and solemn. If they lose, I’m just rotten. The family just leaves me alone. They just let me grieve.” — Scott Rynbrand, 40-year Steelers fanatic

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What’s the difference between a fan and a fanatic?

Super sports fans It’s sports fan season. Jim Jakiemiec has so much amazing sports memorabilia he had to open a sports bar in his basement to hold it all.  Jim Nelson drives to all the Michigan State University football games in his Spartan green 1937 Ford. But his support of athletes goes beyond cheering in the stands. He started a scholarship program to get MSU athletes back to school to finish their degrees. And Scott Rynbrand, Pittsburgh Steelers fan extraordinaire, has some wacky habits he’s convinced make a difference in whether his beloved Steelers win a game. Pull on your favorite sports team shirt and learn about these “super fans.” 

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e got a tip that Scott Rynbrand’s Kentwood home is filled to the brim with Pittsburgh Steelers paraphernalia. So it’s sort of disappointing to arrive and see nothing but a Steelers doormat. “Oh, I don’t have that much,” says Rynbrand, as he answers the door wearing a Steelers jersey. There’s a Steelers flag on the fence out by the pool, he points out. Oh, and a windsock out in the garage. And the barbecue tools. And a hammer. Don’t forget the toothbrush holder, his wife, Mary, reminds him, and the bath mat. Oh, and the wastebasket. And the refrigerator magnet. And the bobbleheads, beach towel, Christmas tree ornaments, coasters, stepping stone, fleece

throw, checkbook cover, pajamas, autographed football and “Reserved Parking for Steelers Fans” sign on the garage wall. Not that much, really. “Some salt and pepper shakers,” his wife, Mary, offers, pointing to a ledge above the stove. “And some drinking glasses. Would you like some lemonade?” Sure, if it’s OK with Scott if somebody else drinks out of his Steelers glasses. “As long as it’s not a game day,” he says. And here’s where things get wacky. Rynbrand, 50, a 40-year Steelers fan, is convinced his actions have something to do with whether his beloved team wins or loses. This is Steelers Superstitions Central, where Rynbrand refuses to use any of his Steelers stuff on game day (they might lose), insists on standing up for the entire

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game (if he sits, they might lose), and won’t allow Mary to watch with him. “The times she has entered the room, bad things happened,” he says. “Fumbles, interceptions, you name it.” So Mary’s a jinx? “She appears to be,” he says. So now she’s banished. She doesn’t seem too broken up about it. How did this all start? He must be from Pennsylvania, right? Nope. “I watched my father suffer so much watching the Lions week after week,” he says. “I thought there’s gotta be a better team to root for.” Oh, he roots. “Sundays in this house, if the Steelers don’t win, it’s a very sad place,” says Rynbrand, inside sales manager for — get this — Contractor’s Steel Co. in Wyoming. “If things are going well, I’m a nice person to be around,” he says. “I participate in conversation, I act like a human.” Sure enough, when three baby bunnies emerge from a nest in his garden, Rynbrand stops everything just to watch the cuties for a few minutes. Nice guy. “But when things are not going well, I’m very quiet and solemn,” he says. “If they lose, I’m just rotten. The family just leaves me alone. They just let me grieve.” He’s traveled to Pittsburgh twice to watch his beloved Steelers in person. “Both times, they lost,” he says. “So I don’t go to games anymore. I had a chance to go see them in the Super Bowl in ’06, but I turned it down. “I fully understand that what I do has no impact on the game,” Rynbrand says, in a transparent attempt to appear sane. “Yet I continue to behave this way.” Rynbrand, despite his quirks, has an interesting take on sports as part of life. “Football is a team game,” he says. “Each player has a responsibility, and if any of them fails to do their job, their opportunity to win is limited. “It’s the same in business,” he says. “When you’re part of a business, you’re a group of people with a common goal. You forge ahead to meet that goal. You have the sole purpose of victory. “It’s the same way in life,” he muses. “Or in a family. You work together.” His own family supports Rynbrand’s Steelers fanaticism. Mary, bless her, even planned a surprise trip for them to see a Steelers’ game on their 15th wedding anniversary. The Steelers lost. “That must have been hard for you,” Rynbrand tells Mary, as if he’s realizing this for the first time. “It made for a long ride home,” she admits.

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Jim and Jodi Jakiemiec with children Payton, Mason and Brooke in their basement, where Jim has amassed an impressive collection of sports memorabilia.

“It really is who he is,” Mary says. “Being a Steelers fan is part of his personality.” When the Steelers win, friends call the house just so Mary can hold up the receiver and they can hear Scott’s jubilation. “When the team loses, friends will call and ask, ‘How’s Scott doing?’” Mary says. “As if he was diagnosed with some disease.” Last season, Rynbrand hoped his Steelers would return to the Super Bowl and defend their AFC championship from 2010, but the team suffered a 29–23 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. “He walked into the bedroom after that game,” Mary says, “and said, ‘Honey, I don’t know what I could have done differently.’”



hen Jim Jakiemiec moved into his brand new Rockford home 11 years ago, the basement was unfinished. “Raw,” he notes. “Cee-ment.” His wife, Jodi, was trusting. “She said, ‘Do whatever you want in the basement,’” he recalls with a grin. So he did. Welcome to J.J.’s Sports Bar, a place so cozy and sports-fan crazy, J.J. could charge

admission. But he doesn’t. If the neon “open” sign in the front living room window is lit, friends come on in. “I wanted a warm, welcoming place where people can come and let their guard down, relax and start bantering about sports,” he says. “A place of friendly arguments, where you can say, ‘That call was bad,’ or ‘No, it wasn’t.’” Or don’t say anything. Jakiemiec’s amazing collection of sports memorabilia might leave you speechless. “Once you start collecting, it snowballs,” he confesses. The Detroit Tigers are his favorite, but no one team is enshrined here. “I spread my love around,” he says. His vast collection — covering every wall of his basement — is an eclectic blend of family sports history and big time athlete names. He framed a 1927 photo of his grandmother with her Vassar varsity basketball team. “Look at the uniforms, the hairdos,” he says. He has a photo of his dad when he played football for Ferris in 1958; a program from the 1956 high school sports

“I wanted a warm, welcoming place where people can come and let their guard down, relax and start bantering about sports. A place of friendly arguments, where you can say, ‘That call was bad,’ or ‘No, it wasn’t.’” — Jim Jakiemiec

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banquet listing his mom as a cheerleader. He displays baseballs signed by Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Pete Rose and Al Kaline. He has one of Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves, a basketball signed by Magic Johnson, a golf flag from the Buick Open his spectator dad was dared to steal at age 18, a hockey stick signed by the 2006 Chicago Blackhawks, a basketball signed by Larry Bird. “I purposefully put the Larry Bird ball and the Magic Johnson ball far apart from each other,” he notes. “They were big rivals in the pros.” Autographs — Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle — are everywhere. How many? J.J. grins. “Not enough.” One Christmas back in 1995, he unwrapped a small box from his dad. Inside was a baseball, covered with signatures from the 1948 Cleveland Indians. “He got it when he was 10 years old. That was the last year they won the World Series.

There are probably nine or 10 Hall of Famers on that ball,” he says, peering through the acrylic case. “It had just been sitting in my dad’s drawer all these years.” Now it’s a family heirloom. “If you appreciate sports at all,” he says, “there’ll be something for you here.” He looks around. “One big problem I have is not enough wall space.” No sweat. He’s started tacking things on the ceiling. He and Jodi, both Central Michigan University grads, decorated the basement bathroom in Chippewa maroon and gold and filled it with their CMU sports collection. Jakiemiec crafted two yellow baseball foul poles and drew foul lines so that anybody standing in the bar is between them. A sign above the bar reads: “Everything’s fair at J.J.’s” A boxing bell from the 1930s is rung on special sports occasions, but don’t stand too close — it’ll make your ears ring for awhile. And, “If somebody commits a party

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foul ...” Jakiemiec begins. “Like if they yawn,” his good-natured wife interjects. “... I’ll pull out a flag and throw it at ’em,” he finishes. His earliest sports memory? “Hitting a grand slam in T-ball when I was 5.” A lot has happened since then. Jakiemiec has wrestled, played flag football and tackle football. He’s played baseball and run track. He spends every Father’s Day watching the West Michigan Whitecaps with his dad and son. This sports fan stuff is in his genes. His mom is a passionate University of Michigan fan. “The day of the Michigan-Ohio State game, we’d wake up and she’d give us white T-shirts and a bunch of markers to make our own shirt,” he recalls. “We’d have a maize and blue breakfast. Yellow eggs, blue pancakes. She’d even dye the milk blue. I got caught up in the magic of sports — the joy and heartache that every team goes through.” When Jakiemiec talks about sports, he’s sort of poetic. So it makes sense when you find out he’s an English teacher at Kent City High School. When he watches, coaches or plays sports, he sees a bigger picture. “It’s the human element,” he says. “Mistakes will be made. How do you deal with it? You have to deal with tough losses, injuries. It’s a microcosm of the big picture of life.” Jakiemiec coached high school softball for 13 years and wrestling for 10 at Kent City High School, but then his own kids — Payton, 15, Brooke, 13, and Mason, 10 — started playing and he started coaching them. “We’re running around doing kids’ sports all the time,” he says. “I love it.” When he’s not cheering on his kids, chances are you’ll find him down at J.J.’s, cheering on somebody else. “People start sharing their stories about sports,” Jakiemiec says. “They’ll tell how their grandpa played football at U. of M. Every piece I have is connected to someone. It’s a smaller world than you think. We’re more alike than you think.” He smiles. “That’s the magic of sports,” he says. “It brings people together.”

JIM neLSon When Jim Nelson attends home football games at Michigan State University, he really goes green. Nelson and his wife, Mary, cruise to East Lansing in his green 1937 Ford — the perfect shade of Spartan green.

“It’s the same model my folks had when I was born in 1938,” he says. He turns a crank and the windshield cracks open. “This is the old A/C unit,” he says with a grin. Nelson, 73, looks dapper in a matching green sport coat. He’s been an MSU fan since the day he walked onto campus as a freshman in 1956. He joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, earned a business degree. He graduated in 1960, spent years working and raising three kids, then nabbed season tickets in 1978 and has had them ever since. “Your university is a springboard for your whole life,” Nelson says. “Most of my lasting friends are from MSU.” Old friends know where to find him, parked in the tunnel lot at home games,

Nelson, a retired financial services guy, is a sports fan in a way that goes way beyond cheering for the Spartans. He established the George Webster Scholarship — money that helps former MSU athletes who left school without graduating return to MSU to get their degrees.

tailgating in his vintage Ford with sandwiches, coffee and donuts — and answering near constant questions about his very cool car, even from fans of the opposing team. But Nelson, a retired financial services guy, is a sports fan in a way that goes way beyond cheering for the Spartans. He established the George Webster Scholarship — money that helps former MSU athletes who left school without graduating return to MSU to get their degrees. Many athletes run out of their athletic scholarships before earning enough credits to graduate, he says, sipping coffee in the driver’s seat of his Ford. They go from being popular, successful campus stars to college dropouts. “Too often, the athletes are just seen as entertainment,” Nelson says. “You get some great athletes going through, but then some of them don’t graduate. They go in the discard pile. We do that to a lot of potential heroes.” To be eligible for the Webster scholarship, former MSU athletes must have earned at least two varsity letters, attended on an athletic scholarship, and left school no more than 15 years ago. George Webster, a defensive star on

MSU’s national championship teams of 1965 and ‘66, is thought by many to be the greatest player in Michigan State football history. He went on to a successful 10-year career in the pros. He died in 2007 of heart failure, after enduring a myriad of health issues. He battled throat and prostate cancer and lost both legs because of circulation problems. Nelson’s initial hope was to graduate two students a year through the scholarship fund. In the last four years, 17 former athletes have graduated. “The idea is not just to get them degrees, but so they can carry on the George Webster mission,” Nelson says, “which he did from a wheelchair, without any legs.” Webster visited schools and talked to kids about avoiding drugs and alcohol, about staying in school and continuing their education. “Your self-concept determines your future,” Nelson says. “These athletes’ selfconcepts did not include finishing college. This shows them that someone has an interest in them.” When they graduate, Nelson springs for an MSU blazer for them. “I tell them, ‘My hope is that when you see that hanging in your closet, you’ll think ‘When’s the last time I put that on and encouraged a kid to continue their education?’” Nelson loves a good football game as much as the next guy. “The social part of football, with the games and the players you get acquainted with — that makes for good memories,” Nelson says. “But how can you show loyalty not just to the university, but to the individuals?” Giving to the fund “is a way to say thank you to the athletes for all the excitement and memorable moments.” For more information on the Webster scholarship, visit gr

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ONG BEFORE THE SHRIEKS, screams and moans puncture the air, the crew at The Haunt is busy getting ready for Halloween.

What the offseason lacks in masked monsters and mobs of freaked-out visitors, it makes up for in behind-thescenes prep and creativity. For owner Jim Burns, the months leading up to October are time to revamp scary scenes, retool costumes and masks, and reorganize the inner workings of Grand Rapids’ most popular haunted house. “Our attention to detail is what sets us apart from other haunted houses,” said Burns, who has owned The Haunt for 12 years. “The Haunt changes every year thanks to new attractions, but we don’t completely redo the whole thing.” It’s a skeleton crew that works at The Haunt in the offseason, all dedicated and creative geniuses, whether it’s Wanda Schotter creating a new clown costume at her sewing machine in a well-lit back room, or Chris Hartley creating a pneumatic display for the creepy cemetery scene. Eric Peterson and Tami Plont create gruesome masks in a large room filled with plaster casts, hideous faces in limbo between idea and finished product, paints, wigs and the odd bodyless limb. “It’s not about the ghoul and gruesome,” said Plont, who has been with The Haunt on and off since the beginning. “I just like the creative process. I think it’s funny more than scary.” Jacks-of-all-trade is how Burns describes each of his core staff. Hartley oversees lighting, technology, security and whatever else needs his techie expertise. Peterson creates masks and costumes and helps create scenes, and he comes early and stays late each of the average 23 days The Haunt is open. “I love the unbridled creativity; it’s about being creative out of the box,” said Peterson, a five-year veteran. “I love being off the wall.” Peterson’s experience — construction work, tool-and-die industry, retail, graphic design — comes together in a 20,000-square-foot haunted


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Open: Sept. 28-Nov. 3 Times: 7-9:30 p.m. Sun.-Thu.; 7-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Check website for details and changes: Where: 2070 Waldorf NW (off 3 Mile Road) Age: Designed for ages 12 and up. Cost: $15 for The Haunt; $26 for The Haunt plus two inside attractions and outside Dark Maze; $5 for Zombie Paintball. Time-ticketing: Purchase tickets online for a specific time to avoid long lines.

house that draws an average 28,000 guests per season. “My goal is always to make the best show for the patrons,” said Peterson. And to do so economically. These are folks who scour garage sales for everything from fabric, greenery and used sports equipment, to old toys and used pulleys. They dumpster dive for metal piping, old furniture with unique qualities, scrap metal and wood. They use Craig’s List to search for scrap appliances, fencing and old doors. They recycle plywood and two-by-fours and know how to create faux finishes with paint to turn everyday materials into eerie, hair-raising tableaux. “We make good use of other peoples’ junk,” Burns said with a laugh. “We start with an idea on paper, then design a scene and list what materials we’ll need, then we put it together. Sometimes we come up with the scene first and sometimes we come up with the scare first.” The scare is most of the fun for longtime Haunt actor Todd DeGroot, who has been with the production since the beginning. He’s done everything from making props to training actors, but the best part is scaring the visitors. “I like character scares, who tend to greet the guests, and creepy scares, which are more subtle scare characters,” said

DeGroot, whose alter ego is Dr. Mortose, seen on GRTV (Tuesdays at midnight) and YouTube in “Dr. Mortose Commands.” Dr. Mortose is a mad scientist and semi-retired super-villain trying to take over the world via the old horror movies he introduces. “I got the gumption to do Dr. Mortose from all my years working at The Haunt,” said DeGroot. “At The Haunt, you’re reinventing yourself for a few hours a night and you’re entertaining people. I’ve always loved to entertain people.” The 46-year-old Burns fell in love with haunted houses when he went through his first one at age 11. He knew he’d build his own one day, but it was years and “a job where I made a lot of money but wasn’t happy” before he found his calling. But make no mistake: The Haunt isn’t just a hobby for Burns and his crew; it’s a business that focuses on security, safety and pure entertainment. He attends a haunted house convention each year — who knew there were 3,500 “haunters” out there? — where he sees the latest costumes, makeup, lighting and set design. Michigan, according to Burns, is No.1 in the nation for number of haunted houses. “The industry is expanding across the country,” he said. “Halloween is the second biggest spending holiday after Christ-


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Pictured from top left: Eric Peterson and Tami Plont paint some of the attractions in The Haunt. Set designer Eric Peterson applies makeup to the eyesockets and lips of Pete Eaton so that it will blend in with his latex mask. Tami Plont creates a latex mask to be worn by the actors. Seamstress Wanda Schottler makes many of the costumes.

mas. And as the industry changes, it begins to attract people who love acting, want to scare people and want to be part of something bigger.” The Haunt’s pool of 120 actors for each season must have an audition, background check and fire training, and then are schooled in the basics of scaring: Watch and assess each group; watch for aggressive patrons; never touch a patron. Actors come from all walks of life, from middleaged men to teenage girls, from work-force professionals to college students. Security and safety are thorough, with phones at stations in case actors see an emergency; hidden doors for quick egress if necessary; cameras throughout the haunted house and at employee and patron entrances and exits. There is a full-time EMT on hand each time doors are open, as

well as a Walker police officer. Burns works closely with the Walker fire department and has an emergency evacuation plan. While safety is in, gore is out. Burns makes sure that each space — while scary, weird and eerie — isn’t gory. Sure, there’s blood, bones and freakish creatures, but he nixes what he calls extreme gore. “There’s a move in the industry toward extreme gore, but I refuse to do that. There’s enough bad stuff in the world, and glorifying violence and extreme gore isn’t scary; it’s just gross,” said Burns. “If I can’t send my 13-year-old daughter through, then it’s not going in.” It’s all about the customer for Burns and his crew of actors, make-up artists, set designers and scare experts. “This is family-friendly fun. If the customer is happy, GR we’re happy,” he said.

“Our attention to detail is what sets us apart from other haunted houses. The Haunt changes every year thanks to new attractions, but we don’t completely redo the whole thing.” — Jim Burns


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London, Milan, New York and Paris — these cities have been dubbed the “big four.” They are the fashion capitals where trends are launched on the runway and in the streets.

Personal style But you don’t need to travel outside Grand Rapids to find individuals with style. We have proof.

Five area people describe their fashion philosophy and offer some words of advice.

Ben Tobar

Men, listen up: Ben Tobar has helpful advice. “Navy blue blazer, a pair of jeans that fit well and a white dress shirt. Every man needs these three things.” It’s no wonder Ben Tobar always looks sharp — he works for A.K. Rikks. However, his job isn’t what makes him stylish. “It started with my dad,” said Tobar. “It was a big deal to him to make sure his kids looked respectable. Once I got to college, I started to see the advantages.” He is a guy who aims to dress in a timeless way, so what looks good on him now will still look good in a photo 20 years later. The styles of old movie stars like Michael Caine inspire him, as does traveling. “People in the streets of Paris or New York are every day on a runway.”

Tobar said most men don’t pay attention to size and proportion when they are shopping for clothes, a mistake that can result in looking “like you’re wearing your dad’s clothes.” Monochromatic colors play a key role in Tobar’s day-today outfits. He incorporates items that are trendy with his own personal style. While A.K. Rikk’s is his favorite shop, he also buys basics, such as V-necks and khaki shorts, at J. Crew. But he’s not a fan of shopping online. “I have to touch things,” he said. “I have to feel them.”

He is a guy who aims to dress in a timeless way, so what looks good on him now will still look good in a photo 20 years later.


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BEN TOBAR Age: 27 Profession: Sales, buyer, website manager at A.K. Rikk’s Lives: Grand Rapids Favorite item: All of his shoes


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JILL DEVRIES Age: 26 Profession: Photographer Lives: East Hills Favorite item: Aldo desert wedges

Jill DeVries Photographer Jill DeVries has an eye for fashion. “To get photography inspiration, I started looking at a lot of fashion magazines, and that really influenced me,” said the 26-year-old East Hills woman who sports Zooey Deschanel bangs. She admits it’s taken a few years to figure out her style. “I totally dress based on my mood,” she said. DeVries likes clothes that are simple, yet striking. Her vintage chic look often includes layers of neutrals with pops of color. “I tend to wear the same things year-round,” she explained, “and I’ll mix it all up, whether it’s with a scarf or accessories.”

DeVries tries to visit Europe once or twice a year for fashion inspiration, and says London provides the best street style. Her favorite local shops include Lamb and Blue Boutique. By layering various pieces on top of each other and topping them off with a colorful hat or bright necklace, DeVries said she likes to take risks and push the limits of style. “People respond well to that.”

DeVries tries to visit Europe once or twice a year for fashion inspiration, and says London provides the best street style.


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ALLI WILLIAMS Age: 21 Profession: GVSU student, hostess at Rose’s Lives: Cascade Favorite item: Levi’s jeans

Alli Williams Many people assume college kids dress for comfort. That holds true for Alli Williams, a student at Grand Valley State University. But Williams proves that comfortable doesn’t have to equate to sloppy. Wearing fitted jeans, a T-shirt and oversized sunglasses with her wavy hair pulled back in a high ponytail, it is easy to see the 21-year-old takes style cues from actress Emma Stone. She finds a way to look hip in her casual clothing, but also knows when it’s time to take it up a notch. She said she’s a frequent browser of style blogs such as Lookbook. What does she think is essential for every woman to have in her closet?

“A comfortable dress that you can wear to a fancy occasion or make casual. Oh, and a pair of jeans that fits well.” Her favorite local shops include Lee & Birch and Buffalo Bob’s in Grand Haven. Williams says the main reason she values her appearance is to make a good first impression. “If you look like you take care of yourself, others will take you seriously.”

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PATTY TRAPP Age: 56 Profession: Technology integration assistant at Thornapple Elementary School Lives: Ada Favorite item: Polished shell necklace — a surprise anniversary gift from her husband

“Don’t try to look like you’re 20. It just doesn’t work. You can be sophisticated and elegant for your own age in such a way that you don’t end up looking foolish.”

Patty Trapp Patty Trapp has always sported a classy appearance. In high school, she was voted “best dressed.” In her 20s, she worked as an American Airlines stewardess and being well-dressed was part of her job. Today, at 56, Trapp aims to look professional, yet stylish — much like her role model, actress Candice Bergen. Her wardrobe consists of timeless, classic elements that never go out of style. A typical workday finds her in casual dress pants and a sweater-top, making her look sophisticated and comfy. Before she had children, she was a bit more daring with high-heels and floral dresses. But now, as the mother of four grown sons, she admits her look has become more conservative. Her advice for mature women: “Don’t try to look like

you’re 20. It just doesn’t work. You can be sophisticated and elegant for your own age in such a way that you don’t end up looking foolish.” Trapp jokes that she is able to dress age-appropriately because she doesn’t shop the junior department. She frequently shops Georgie’s women’s consignment store in Ada. “You can still dress stylishly for the seasons at my age,” she said. “But maybe instead of wearing that cleavagebearing blouse, wear a tank underneath it.”


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DAVID ABBOTT Age: 48 Profession: Creative and development director for LaughFest Lives: Grand Rapids Favorite item: Glasses 

David Abbott

“When I’m getting ready, I’m thinking about who I’m going to see and what will take me beyond the work day.”

David Abbott dresses to be remembered. His brightly colored shoes, fabulous glasses and friendly attitude make him stand out in a crowd. The 48-year-old creative and development director for Gilda’s Club’s LaughFest tries to incorporate his sense of humor into his outfits. “When I’m getting ready, I’m thinking about who I’m going to see and what will take me beyond the work day,” he said. “In my field, there’s a lot of social activity that I need to engage in. I need to be able to walk from one situation to another.” Most of his career has involved the fashion industry. A former owner of A.K. Rikk’s, he was recently the buyer at Holt Renfrew’s corporate head-

quarters in Toronto. His concern about fashion in the U.S.: “American culture is too obsessed with quantity, not quality. People don’t invest in good quality stuff here.” He shops at a variety of stores, from Saks Fifth Avenue to Goodwill. The one accessory he cannot live without: his glasses. “I’m a big fan of Cascade Optical,” he said. “I think if anything, people should have more than one pair in their wardrobe. You don’t wear the same shoes every day, and you don’t wear the same watch everyday.

Glasses are on your face, so why would you wear the same one every day?” His says the biggest mistake men make is looking like they’ve given up. “It’s about the hair, accessories, and everything in between,” he said. “We live in an aesthetic world, and style and expression can be had at any price point. So why would we not take advantage of something that can outwardly GR express who we are?”


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david Kidder is the 2012 recipient of the International Safari Club’s most prestigious honor, the CJ McElroy Founders Award, for his efforts in conservation, business ethics and big game hunting.

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“Obviously, the more dangerous the animal, the more dangerous — and expensive — the adventure,” he said. “One of the things we do is to determine the client’s skill level right off the bat so they aren’t put into a position they aren’t able to handle.” Though there’s no guarantee an adventure-seeker will return home with a trophy, Kidder and his team of international experts, guides, translators and hunters put people in the best position to succeed. For some, simply participating in a safari is excitement enough. “We make it easy because we handle everything from travel arrangements to the necessary permits and visas,” he says. “All you have to do, once we’re booked, is show up.”

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N 1955, David Kidder joined his father for his first hunting adventure in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Though it took him a week to bag a deer, Kidder was captivated by the wilderness and the animals that inhabit it. It would be the beginning of a lifelong hunting career that has spanned 60 years and multiple continents. “Yes, it’s about the hunt,” said the retired forest products business owner.”But it’s about so much more than that.” Kidder is founder of Kidder Safari Co., a local guide service for worldwide hunting and photographic safari adventures. He also served as the fourth president of the local chapter of Safari Club International, formed in 1973 by the late C.J. McElroy to promote wildlife conservation and hunters’ rights. This year, Kidder received the club’s most prestigious award for outstanding ethics and integrity in the business of hunting and for great contributions to the sport of hunting and conservation — as well as, of course, excellence in big game hunting. The Grand Rapids man proudly boasts of his many kills — more than 100 are mounted and on display in his home. Among the trophies are a Russian brown bear and a rare Marco Polo sheep, an animal with huge sweeping horns that lives in the Himalayas. He’s traveled around the world, hunting on every continent except South America. “I’ve accumulated a vast knowledge of the hunting fields of the world, giving me the expertise to advise international hunters on their travels to destinations all over the globe.” His personal favorite place for adventure is Africa, where he’d like to return to hunt elephants. “The bushveld is beautiful and the sunsets are so majestic,” he said, referring to the sub-tropical woodland eco-region of southern Africa. “It’s often hard to believe you are in Africa, let alone hunting big game there.” For those interested in booking a safari, Kidder says many options are available.

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Safari pricing generally starts in the $5,000-range plus travel expenses. Kidder encourages Michigan hunters to join the state’s chapter of Safari Club International, which has almost 2,000 members. “It’s not just a club for hunters to swap stories, though there is a lot of that,” he says. “We’ve done a lot for our respective communities as well as the sport of hunting, and there’s still a lot more we can do.” For information on the local chapter of SCI, visit scimichigan. org. To learn more about Kidder Safari Co., e-mail kidsaf@comcast. — Jim Idema net or call (616) 791-1400.

“I’ve accumulated a vast knowledge of the hunting fields of the world, giving me the expertise to advise international hunters on their travels to destinations all over the globe.” — David Kidder

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food & drink restaurants / PeoPLe / reviews

While studying for a degree in finance, matthew macnaughton discovered a more creative career in cooking.

It’s all about the passion


his year Louis Benton Steakhouse celebrates its 10th anniversary and, at the same time, has done a little reinvention. The newly renovated dining space feels cozier, and the adjacent Granite Room bar area transforms on weekends to become a nightclub and dancing hotspot: the Leopard Lounge. The restaurant earned a nod from Wine Spectator with an Award of Excellence, and its 27-year-old executive chef brings a fresh perspective to the revamped menu. Matthew MacNaughton took over the top toque position just less than a year ago, but spent his Grand Valley State University years as LB’s sous chef while studying for a career in finance. Then, he said, “I realized my passion was in the kitchen.” As the son of the executive chef at Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College in his native Traverse City, McNaughton remembers baking bread with his father early in the morning.

Bone-in Pork Chop stuffed with Aged Fontina Cheese & Prosciutto Title: Executive chef, Louis Benton Steakhouse Location: Downtown Grand Rapids

4 16-oz. bone-in pork chops Brine: 2 quarts water ¼ cup brown sugar ¼ cup kosher salt ¼ cup crushed peppercorn mélange 6 sprigs fresh thyme 8 pieces of cloves Filling: 12 ounces aged fontina cheese (3 oz. for each chop) 12 oz. prosciutto or about 6 slices (3 oz. for each chop)

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“New stuff comes up every day: people figuring out different ways to cook things, different ways to build each component, the plating — the whole creativity of it. It’s something that will always keep my passion rolling and going.”

“Basically, I have been in the restaurant business since I was old enough to walk,” he said. “I spent my whole life cooking alongside my dad and then working for his friends as sous chef at various restaurants.” His résumé also includes chef positions at Vineyard Inn in Suttons Bay and at Olives in East Grand Rapids. “I wanted to get back to a local restaurant, owned by local families, that’s using local products and creating great food out of it in a great atmosphere,” he said of his return to Louis Benton. MacNaughton said the restaurant’s menu was reinvented to better fit today’s social scene, as well as the economic times. “The way people are eating today is with shared plates — being a kind of community at the table. We call it the new fine dining,” he noted.

Mix brine ingredients and place pork chops in brine. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

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Remove pork from brine, pat dry with clean kitchen towel. Make a small opening in the side of each chop with paring knife and stuff the cheese and proscuitto into each chop, then secure the opening with a small toothpick. Season both sides with salt and cracked pepper. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees and pre-heat grill on high heat in preparation for marking. Grill for 3 minutes on one side and then place pork chops on a steel platter and place in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until cooked to your liking.

“We wanted to lower the prices so you can still come in here and get an amazing fine-dining dinner for a special occasion, or be just as comfortable coming into the lounge with a group of friends, having some cocktails, grabbing a couple of shared plates, and still be under $50.” Some of the new small plates finding favor with diners include Lobster Tempura, escargot, and the Black Truffle Steak Bruschetta. Creativity is an important aspect of the job, MacNaughton said.

“I have a passion for using new products, trying new things, always opening new doors and keeping up with modern cuisine,” he said. “New stuff comes up every day: people figuring out different ways to cook things, different ways to build each component, the plating — the whole creativity of it. It’s something that will always keep my passion rolling and going.” He likes to put modern cooking-style spins on traditional foods, such as using the sous-vide process with such classics as pot roast and prime rib. “It’s pressurized cooking that seals in all of the juices and makes things incredibly tender and flavorful,” he said. McNaughton describes his culinary style as a mixture of French, American and modern cuisine. He also likes to incorporate an occasional Latin twist, which he learned while working under Louis Benton’s former executive chef, Joe Rivera. “I’m definitely a farm-to-table person and I love what Grand Rapids is trying to do: to bring the farms to the restaurants,” he said. He noted that much of his product is sourced through FarmLink: “These area farmers meet us in the warehouse, I put in my order, and they hand deliver what they picked that morning.” He’s also purchasing meat from such farms as S&S Lamb and Creswick Farms. “It’s creating sustainability while supporting the community around you. I care more about the product because I met the farmer face-to-face and shook his hand.” MacNaughton often sends farmers pictures of what he has created with their products. “It makes you feel good about what you’re doing.” — Julie BurCh

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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 ¢-$

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 $$

3300. B (Sun), L, D $-$$ FGrove — Earth-to-table concept focuses on three- and four-course meals with a tilt toward sustainable seafood. Closed Mon. 919 Cherry St SE, 454-1000. grove D $$ 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, 234$-$$ 3700. L, D Marco New American Bistro — Frenchcountry-casual offers creative dinner fare and pizza with a more casual lunch menu. Full bar. Closed Sun. 884 Forest Hill Ave SE, $-$$ 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

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 ¢-$

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 ¢-$

Gilly’s At The BOB — 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 $-$$

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 $-$$

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 $

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 $-$$

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

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 $

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 863-

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

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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 $-$$ SpeakeZ Lounge — Continental “peasant” fare, with starters like garlic and fig brie. French onion soup, creative sandwiches, salads, and entrees such as saffron asparagus risotto and diver scallops with squid ink linguini. Sun brunch followed by live cabaret. Open daily. 600 Monroe Ave NW, 458-3125. L, D $ tavern On the Square — Tapas-style fare plus house specialties. Patio seating. 100 Ionia Ave SW, 456-7673. L, D ¢-$ trillium Haven — Owned by Jenison farmers Anja Mast and Michael Vanderbrug, this Eastown eatery features fresh from the farm fare, including organic veggies and humanely raised meats. Beer and wine. Closed Monday. Sunday brunch. 1429 Lake Dr SE, Facebook. L.D $-$$ 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. 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 $$ Aryana restaurant & bar — Comfortable dining room in the Crowne Plaza Hotel offers breakfast buffet, lunch and fine dining selections from an extensive seasonal menu. Open daily. 5700 28th St SE, 957-1770. main L, D $-$$ 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 $ 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,

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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 $-$$

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said Jane. The pumpkins, which originate from Africa, Australia, South America and Japan, are mostly grown for food in other parts of the world. While varieties are chosen with an eye for color and shape, Shirley said foreign tourists recognize them and buy them to eat. Local restaurants are following suit. Michael Bild, chef at Everyday People Café in Douglas, said he buys “some very unique varieties — like no one else around here grows.” He uses S&V’s pumpkins in his

Holland’s S&V Country Market sells about 6,000 pumpkins every fall. But while orange jack-o’-lanterns may be hard to come by at its Holland Farmers Market stand, if you’re looking for a red Cinderella, Jarrahdale grey, or Lumina white pumpkin, you’ve come to the right place. “We specialize in pumpkins that are different — unusual in shape and color,” said Jane Steenwyk, who owns the mar-

ket with husband Bob and friends Shirley and Bob Vanden Bosch. “Not your typical orange.” In fact, shoppers have 57 varieties of pumpkins and 15 types of gourds from which to choose. “We’re trying to have something that’s special for people, and I think they appreciate that,” said Bob Vanden Bosch. The two women, relatives and childhood friends, developed a passion for pumpkins over the years. But their business actually began 30 years ago because of a shared love for downhill skiing. In 1980, they financed a skiing trip out West by selling sweet corn for two years. Fruits of their labor allowed them to explore the Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in the following years. Family additions meant growing more produce: A greenhouse was built to help fund college tuitions and weddings. To help keep up with the growing business, Bob Vanden Bosch retired from Herman Miller after 39 years. “It’s kind of a vacation fund, that’s how it all started,” he said. “Now we don’t have time to go anywhere,” he laughs. No worries: They have plenty of visitors. “We talk to people from all over the country at the market, here on vacation,”

fall and winter menu, including the “Long Island Cheese” pumpkin for a savory, twiston-spaetzle dumpling dish. While the colorful pumpkins make delicious fall fare, S&V focuses on furnishing pumpkins that will be used for decorating. A recent trend? Anything warty. “Two years ago, we could hardly get people to buy them,” said Shirley. “Last year, we sold everything of that we had.” Pumpkins with a long stem and a “real cool curl” are also favorites, Jane said. Varieties may change, but some things remain the same. “Little girls will sit on them; little boys will kick them,” said Jane. “And everybody will try to pick them up,” added Shirley. Pick up your S&V pumpkin at the Holland Farmers Market, open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. — KAtie BroWn

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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 $-$$ D Grille 29 — Menu includes specialty panini and a variety of entrées. Full-service bar. Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Holiday Inn Select, 3063 Lake Eastbrook SE, 2857600. B, D $ Grille At Watermark — Innovative menu in relaxing atmosphere overlooking golf course. Mon-Sat; Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. 5500 Cascade Rd SE, 949-0570. watermarkcc. $-$$ 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. $-$$ L (downstairs), D Honey Creek Inn — Daily specials are the highlight, mixed with traditional fare. Closed Sun. 8025 Cannonsburg Rd, Cannonsburg, 874-7849. L, D ¢-$ Hudsonville Grille — Varied menu includes Mexican favorites and breakfast. Full bar. Closed Sun. 4676 32nd Ave, Suite F, Hudsonville, 662-9670. B, L, ¢-$ D Judson’s Steakhouse — The BOB’s steakhouse restaurant. Closed Sun. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. D $$

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➧ 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. migrapno/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 $-$$ Marn E. Walkers — Everything from nachos to chicken Marsala — pizzas, burgers, steaks, you name it. Weekend breakfast buffet, pizza and pasta lunch buffet Mon-Fri. Open daily; Sun for breakfast only. 4322 Remembrance Rd, Walker, 453-3740. B ¢-$ (Sat, Sun), L, D Maxfield’s — Vast lunch and dinner menus are enhanced by daily feature buffets. Open Tue-Sun. 11228 Wyman Rd, Blanchard, (800) 550-5630. L, D $$ 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 $-$$ Middle Villa Inn — Weekly prime rib specials, salad bar, casual atmosphere, occasional live bands. Banquet rooms available. Closed Mon and Wed. 4611 N Middleville Rd, Middleville, (269) 795-3640. L, D $ Pearl Street Grill — Bright, airy restaurant in the downtown Holiday Inn. Open daily. 310 Pearl St NW, 235-7611. guestservice@ B, L, D $ Radix Tavern — Southern-style fusion food featuring local, seasonal and sustainable products. Slow-cooked barbecue, pulled pork, cornbread, stews, hearty vegetarian options. 1420 Lake Dr SE (Eastown), 458-5583. D ¢-$ Red Jet Café — Gilmore Collection restaurant in the former Creston Heights library. Coffee bar and menu ranging from omelets to specialty pizzas. Full bar; opens 7 am. 1431 Plainfield Ave NE, 719-5500. thegilmorecollec B, L, D (Tue-Sat) ¢-$ Reds On The River — Located on the Rogue River, Reds combines casual sophistication with Tuscan sensibilities. Closed Sun. 2 E Bridge St, Rockford, 863-8181. $-$$ 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 clubOctober 2012 / 73

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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 $-$$ Tillman’s — Chicago-style chophouse that’s been “hidden” in a warehouse district for more than 25 years. Known for steaks but something for every taste. Closed Sun. 1245 Monroe Ave NW, 451-9266. tillmansrestaur L, D $-$$


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 couple of banquet facilities. L, D $

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 $

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He fed: “My philosophy is, with enough sauce, even bad Q is good Q. It might be frowned upon in some circles, but to me, the right sauce can hide a lot of shortcomings. Dry? Overdone? Tasteless? Slather on the good

The ritual boils down to deceivingly simple elements: meat, rub, time, temperature and sauce.

stuff! I want a gallon of it, and the more varied the better. Throw in apricot, bacon, apple, figs, hot peppers, chocolate — anything, really. I like strange concoctions, very seldom sticking with the same brand or style. At any time, our pantry might house a half-dozen bottles or jars, and I’ve been

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open in the refrigerator at once.

the sides are equally important.

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but people love it. Buttermilk jalapeno corn pudding adds heat and decadence, while

baked beans braised in root

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beer and sprinkled with bacon complement whatever’s on the grill. Homemade pickles

Great barbeque is more than just meat and fire. Masters of the craft show off their creativity and technical prowess. The ritual boils down to deceivingly simple elements: meat, rub, time, temperature and sauce. Each can be tweaked independently, however, to achieve myriad results. Too much rub? Over spiced. Not enough time? Under done. The perfect “Q” is elusive but always seemingly within reach. Watching true masters of the craft — like our friends, the aptly named Cooks, who participate in Kansas City sanctioned events — can be a humbling and fascinating experience. To see them agonize over every detail and then emerge

add a homey touch, as does triumphant in a competition is exhilarating. So, whether you’re tailgating or on the back porch (cold beer in hand, no doubt), and you get that impulse to strike a match, light the grill, and toss on a rack of ribs, take another couple of minutes to reflect. Maybe a pinch more cayenne with the usual seasoning? A splash more vinegar? A little lower, a little slower? How does the Q represent you? Get more barbecue tips at

a big platter of deviled eggs. (Make more than you think you’ll need and pipe the filling using a star tip, which looks better and saves time.) Kale slaw with peanut vinaigrette stands up to the richness of the meal. Dessert? That’s what I call the second helping of ribs!” — Juliet Johnson Photography by Jim Gebben

Men love to barbeque. It’s almost a primal desire, as if some remote part of a guy’s brain constantly urges until he can’t take it anymore, and must — must! — fire up the grill, slap a piece of well-seasoned meat on it, then slather the still-sizzling hunk of flesh with sweettangy-spicy sauce. And, of course, devour it immediately. That rudimentary procedure works for most, but serious barbeque aficionados strive for something more: an end result that speaks of their creativity and technical prowess.

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line Ave NE, 301-8171. L, D ¢-$$ Walldorff brewpub & bistro — Micro-brewery with varied menu. 105 E State St, Hastings, (269) 945-4400. walldorffbrewpub. com. 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 $

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Winter inn — Seafood, steaks and prime rib along with seafood specialties in historic inn setting. Banquet facilities. 100 N Lafayette St, Greenville, (616) 754-7108. thewinterinn. com. L, D $

DAytime cAsuAl Eateries that specialize in breakfast and lunch. Anna’s House — Family dining with breakfast and lunch until 2 pm. 3874 Plainfield Ave NE, 361-8500. Facebook. B, L ¢ 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 ¢ 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 ¢

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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 $

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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 sal-

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ads, 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. Sandwiches, tacos, pizzas, entrees. 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

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84th Street Pub and Grille — Menu offers Am­­ 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 BOB — 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

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BOB’s Brewery At The BOB — 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

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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 ¢-$

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 $-$$

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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 ¢ Derby Station — Sophisticated pub grub with full bar featuring an array of specialty beers. 2237 Wealthy St SE, 301-3236. derby L, 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 ¢ elbow room bar & Grill — Cozy neighborhood watering hole serves burgers, nachos and more. Games and jukebox. 501 Fuller Ave NE, 454-6666. 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 ¢ 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 ¢ 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 ¢-$ 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 $ OctOber 2012 / 79

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dining review Ruth’s Chris Steak House Address: 197 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids Phone: (616) 776-6426 Website: Dining ratings: Category: Classic American Food: **** service: **** Beverages: **** Atmosphere: *** Price: $$ > Must try: The steaks, of course, which are stellar. But the appetizers are equally delish, especially lobster tempura and veal osso buco ravioli. Chocoholics will want to save room for the Chocolate Sin Cake, rich and decadent with a hint of espresso. > Not so much: Hmmm, we’re stumped. Even rain wasn’t a problem. Valet parking is $10, but we were greeted with umbrellas and walked to the door. And if you’re thinking of dining on a weekend, be sure to get reservations. They book pretty far ahead.

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We DiDN’t WANt tO LOVe it. OK, we’re biased. We love our locally sourced or Michigan-based steakhouses. Certainly a chain — even one with such a great reputation — would not be able to compete. But the dining experience at Ruth’s Chris Steak House turned out to be among the best. The transformation from the former 1913 Room is complete. The ambiance is a combination of retro and modern with a red, white

Ruth’s Chris Steak House exceeded expectations with generous portions, over-the-top flavors and service beyond the norm. and black theme that includes black walls and tufted sliders that can open up the dining room full-scale or be closed for a more intimate feel. Optical illusions of textured wallpaper add

to the scene, along with cool urban light fixtures, coffered ceilings, and red leather-andstud banquettes and booths mixed with red, white and black padded barrel chairs. From the extensive wine list, which included options in the thousands of dollars, we ordered an Italian 2010 Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Alto Adige to eat with our appetizers. Tempura lobster was lightly fried, tossed in a spicy cream sauce and served over a tangy cucumber salad. Broiled mushroom caps were filled with jumbo, lump crab stuffing and sprinkled with Romano cheese. Even more amazing was Veal Osso Buco Ravioli with fresh mozzarella cheese served with sautéed baby spinach and a white wine demi-glace. From the chef’s special menu, we chose to share a Caprese salad among the three of us. It was split in the kitchen, and each of us had a salad the size of a regular serving. The salad was fresh and flavorful, with just the right amount of tang from the balsamic

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vinaigrette. A warm loaf of sourdough bread with whipped butter also was brought to the table. We found the experienced wait staff — many of whom have been held over from years of service at The 1913 Room — a pleasure. Service throughout the meal was attentive: Water glasses were kept full, extra bread was offered and dishes were described when asked.

landaise sauce and au gratin potatoes — sliced Idaho potatoes with a rich and creamy threecheese sauce. The asparagus was tender crisp and the hollandaise lemony and flavorful. Both dishes were plentiful enough for three to share. Dessert was a quandary: They all sounded so tempting, it was hard to choose — and then even harder to discern which was the best because each had its merits. We chose the Chocolate Sin Cake — a flourless, bittersweet chocolate cake flavored with espresso — which was delightful. We also shared the sizably portioned Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. It was a 6-inch round, dense cake rife with raisins, whose sweetness was tempered with a bit of a bite deliv— irA CrAAVen ered by the sauce.

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The bread pudding was a 6-inch round, dense cake rife with raisins, whose sweetness was tempered with a bit of a bite delivered by the sauce. Although the menu offers non-beef selections such as chicken, lamb chops, fresh fish and seafood (including Dover Sole, a longtime staple on the 1913 Room menu), Ruth’s Chris is about steak and we had to go there. One member of our party chose the petite filet topped with shrimp. While the two fourounce filets were perfectly cooked to medium rare, there was a bit of controversy about the shrimp: Some thought it perfect, while others found it overdone. Another guest chose the bone-in rib-eye, again cooked perfectly and totally tender and juicy; he chose the add-on of having it encrusted with a panko-blue-cheese-garlic crust that put it over the top on the flavor front. All steaks arrived sizzling on 500-degree platters with warnings “not to touch.” Everything is a la carte, so we chose two sharable-sized sides: fresh asparagus with holOctOber 2012 / 81

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continued from page 79 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 & Mon. 255 28th St SW, 241-1417. $ B, 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 Hub’s Inn — Sandwiches, wet burritos and thin-crust pizza. Closed Sun. 1645 Leonard St NW, 453-3571. L, D ¢

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

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

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taurant 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) ¢-$ Monkey Bar at The BOB — A “resto” bar combining a cozy lounge with Asian-inspired small plate menu. Open Wed-Sat. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. 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. Daily happy hour 3-6 pm. 3965 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, 784-9886. thegilmorecollec 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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Sazerac Lounge — New Orleans-style lounge featuring bar food with a Cajun bent. Live entertainment Sat nights. Open for lunch TueSat, Mon at 4 pm. 1418 Plainfield Ave NE, 451-0010. L, $ D The Score — Restaurant and sports bar with varied menu. 5301 Northland Dr NE, 301¢-$ 0600. 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 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

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 ¢-$

West Side Bar — No-frills neighborhood tavern with bar-food menu. Live entertainment weekends. 1568 Broadway NW, 459-1240. 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

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

Offering delicious pizzas and more... check out our menu online at Dine in and enjoy our multiple big screen TVs or take-out available at 616.784.5555 Banquet area for 80-120 people. Catering available

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briAN’S tOP PicKS: > sleeping Bear Winery Bear Lake White (Chardonel, seyval and Chardonnay), $11. This classy Michigan wine is a dead ringer for the fine wines of Macon and Mercurey in Southern Burgundy, France. Solid fruit, rich mouth feel and fine balance suggest it has some aging potential.

> 2010 Navarro vineyards Mendocino Premier reserve Chardonnay, $25. This California wine is a luxury beverage. Sweet lemon cream and hints of vanilla captivate the nose. It is perfectly balanced on the palate with a clean, juicy, soft texture that spreads across the mouth and lasts for 10 seconds. No better beverage exists for turbot or halibut.

Throughout the upper Midwest and Atlantic Coast of the U.S., remarkable examples of chardonnay are found. They range from light and austere to full, fat and fruit forward.

$15. This offering is remarkably generous on the palate and stays fresh, clean and balanced. 2009 Chamisal Vineyard edna Valley Chardonnay, $18. Lush yet fresh; the citrus-like crispness permeates every taste bud. It embodies the aromatic essence of the California wine country. 2009 santa Barbara Wine Company santa Barbara County Chardonnay, $25. Round and rich but not oaky; plenty of citrus essence keeps it fresh, bright and substantial. 2009 Green truck organic north Coast Chardonnay, $13. Wow! This is a big wine for the money. Classic lemon-cream nose with crisp mouth feel finishes ripe and lush. — A. BriAn CAin

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Contributing editor A. Brian Cain is a certified wine educator.

AMericANS DriNK MOre white wine made from chardonnay grapes than from any other grape variety. One of the beauties of the chardonnay vine is its ability to grow and produce excellent fruit in a wide range of soils, sites and climates. In France, its legendary home is Burgundy with the most famous sites located in the Côte de Beaune and Chablis. Copious quantities of chardonnay are grown throughout the Mediterranean including Spain, Southern France, Italy and even the Middle East. Australia championed the chardonnay vine early on, producing big, fat, creamy monsters that became synonymous with Aussie white. Today, a lighter fresher style has become the norm in both Australia and New Zealand, although the big, buttery devils are still made by a few wineries. On the North American West Coast, chardonnay thrives in the cool coastal valleys from Baja, Calif., up to British Columbia with hundreds of distinctly different micro-climates. In Chile, chardonnay has found a home from the coolest coastal valleys of the south to the warmer regions of the north. Throughout the upper Midwest and Atlantic Coast of the U.S., remarkable examples of chardonnay are found. They range from light and austere to full, fat and fruit forward. Even in the steamy Missouri River Valley, chardonnay hybrids named seyval and chardonel produce firstclass white wines not unlike their distant cousins in Burgundy. With the hundreds of thousands of chardonnays produced all over the world, what’s not to like? Here are a handful my wife, Alice, and I have enjoyed: 2009 tabor hill lake michigan shore Barrel select Chardonnay, $17. Fine fruit aroma and citrus peel finish long, rich and creamy. 2010 lawton ridge lake michigan shore unoaked Chardonnay,

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It’s not the thunder, it’s the lightning. SW, 530-3242. B, L, D $ Z’s — Sports-themed eatery known for its ribs. Soup-salad-sandwich lunches. Carryout available. 168 Louis Campau Promenade NW, 454-3141. L, D ¢-$

Delis, Dogs & Bagels Places that serve sandwiches, bagels and/or hot dogs. 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 ¢ 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, 249-9500. B, L, D ¢-$ Big Apple Bagels — Fresh bagels and 15 cream cheese mixtures. 3915 Plainfield Ave NE, 364-1919; 2058 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 735-2390; 6670 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 5547915. B, L, D ¢

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Biggby Coffee — East Lansing-based chain offers specialty coffee and non-coffee drinks, baked goods, fruit cups, yogurt parfaits, bagel sandwiches. Wi-Fi. For locations, see biggby. com. ¢ 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 ¢

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Café Aromas — Sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups plus a variety of coffee drinks. Open 6:30 am-5:30 pm Mon-Fri. 880 Grandville Ave SW, 245-7379. tastycafearomas. com. B, L ¢ 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,

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take-home specialties, coffees, one-of-a-kind wine selection. Open daily. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 776-6428. amwaygrand. com. B, L, D ¢-$

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Twisted Vine — Downtown Rockford café features Boars Head meats and cheeses on Schnitz Bakery breads, house-made soups, hearty salads and delightful desserts. Full-scale catering. 51 Bridge St, 866-2828. twisted L, D ¢

Crazy Charlie’s — Coney Islandstyle 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

Urban Mill Café — Deli-style specialty sandwiches, soups and salads plus baked goods. 629 Michigan St NE, 855-1526. urbanmill. com. B, 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 ¢ 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 ¢ JW’s — Art gallery meets coffeehouse with rotation of local art. Light fare plus coffee drinks. Closed Sun. Free Wi-Fi. 850 Forest ¢ Hill Ave SE, 285-1695. Facebook. B, L Kava House — Popular Eastown spot with bakery items (from scones to spinach pies) 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 ¢ 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 ¢-$ Nunzia’s Café — Combo specials plus Italian dishes. Open 8:30 am-2 pm weekdays. In Merrill Lynch building, 250 Monroe Ave NW, No. 140, 458-1533. B, L ¢ 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) ¢

Progressive sushi Maru Sushi & Grill, the newest eatery to open in East Hills, features Japanese cuisine with a twist. Owner Robert Song, who opened the original Maru Sushi in Okemos nearly four years ago, said his menu is “more progressive than traditional. But we are rooted in traditional sushi making.” Maru has seating for 85 plus outdoor seating for 20 at its 925 Cherry St. location. It is open for lunch and dinner. Check out the menu at marurestaur

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, 4513701. 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,

Vanillas Coffee Tea Café — Gourmet coffees, teas plus special-order bakery for cakes, cookies, cupcakes. Closed Sun. 3150 Plainfield Ave NE, Plainfield Plaza, 447-0080. B, L, D ¢ Wealthy Street Bakery — Fresh breads, pastries with sandwiches and daily soup specials. Vegetarian options. Free Wi-Fi. Closed Sun. 608 Wealthy St SE, 301-2950. wealthy B, L ¢ WG Grinders — Variety of grinders plus salads, soups and desserts. A few hot pasta selections. Catering, delivery and takeout. Closed Sun. Esplanade Center, 5769 28th St SE, 974-3354. 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 $

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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, 9881508. Facebook. L, D

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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, 3631723. 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 ¢-$$

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 ¢-$

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 ¢

Visit Fenn Valley Vineyards & Wine Cellar, where you can sample from over 25 award winning wines.

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 ¢

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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. 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 ¢-$

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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 ¢ Mama’s Pizza & Grinders — Thornhills Plaza eatery offers grinders, pizza, salads and pastas. 6504 28th St SE, 954-1964. mamaspizza L, D ¢ Mr. burger — Longtime local favorite serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Six locations. B, L, D ¢

A great wine experience is only minutes away.

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 ¢-$ 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 ¢-$

Enjoy our popular educational wine tasting tours in the vineyard, free wine tasting in the tasting room and winery direct discounts.

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

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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 H, 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. $-$$ php. D Marinade’s Pizza Bistro — Wood-fired pizzas, salads, pastas, sandwiches and more. No alcohol. Catering available. 109 Courtland St, Rockford, 863-3300. marinadespizza L, D ¢ Monelli’s Italian Grill And Sports Bar — Southern Italian cuisine. Sports bar plus family-friendly dining room with fireplace. 5675 Byron Center Ave, Wyoming, 530-9700. L, D ¢-$ Noto’s Old World Italian Dining — Elegant décor and extensive menu. Special wine cellar dinners in unique surroundings; lounge menu features light fare. Closed Sun. 6600 28th St SE, 493-6686. D $-$$ Pietro’s Italian Ristorante — Regional and contemporary Italian cuisine. Tuscan wines, desserts and cappuccinos. Kids menu, meeting room and takeout available. 2780 Birchcrest Dr SE, 452-3228. L, D $ Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant — Sicilian and southern Italian fare using family recipes. Separate sports bar; patio seating. Weekday lunch buffet. All menu items, beer and wine available to go. Delivery and catering. Closed Sun. 654 Stocking Ave NW, 4544280. L, D ¢-$ Seasonal Grille — Hastings’ Italian-themed eatery features fresh, locally sourced, creative fare in handsome surroundings. Full bar, craft cocktails, nice wine list. Open daily. 150 W State St, Hastings, (269) 948-9222. $ L, D FTre Cugini — Innovative Italian menu, impressive wine list, fresh daily pastas and risotto specialties. Outdoor seating in mild weather. Closed Sun. 122 Monroe Center, 235-9339. L, D $-$$ 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 ¢-$ 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

Asian Including Thai and Indian fare. 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 Crossings Mall, with sushi bar, hibachi grill and Chinese buffet with set price for lunch and dinner. Serves alcohol. 3540 Rivertown Point Ct SW, 257-7777. L, D ¢-$ Angel’s Thai Café — Extensive Thai fare; menu includes a your-choice stir-fry option. Vegetarian-friendly. No alcohol. Open daily. 136 Monroe Center NW, 454-9801. angels L, D ¢-$ Asian Palace — Chinese and Vietnamese fare with extensive menus for each cuisine. Family owned and operated. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 825 28th St SW, 534-7770. L, D ¢-$ 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 ¢-$ 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 ¢-$

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Bombay Cuisine — Indian fare includes tandoori and vindaloo dishes. Full bar service, live music Thu-Sat eves. Takeout available. Closed Tue. 1420 Lake Dr SE, 456-7055. Facebook. L, D $

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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 ¢-$

Friday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wine served from 4- 7 Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


St. Nicholas Cultural Center 2250 East Paris SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Just North of 28th Street

China City — Chinese cuisine; lunch prices all day. No alcohol. Closed Mon. 5299 Eastern 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 China Yi Wang — Chinese dishes including spicy Hunan dishes. No alcohol. 1947 East¢-$ ern 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

Admission is $5/ticket. • Children under 15 are free.


or call (616) 451-0452 to learn more about Beneath the Wreath, the Junior League of Grand Rapids’ annual fundraiser for projects that service women and children in the Grand Rapids community.


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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.

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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 Leonard 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. marurestaurant. $-$$ com. 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 includes 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 inter-

national 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 ¢-$$ Szechuan Garden — Diverse Chinese menu in Eastown. Lunch specials daily 11 am-4 pm. No alcohol. 1510 Wealthy St SE, 456-9878. L, D ¢-$ Thai Express — Thai specialties, spiced to specification. No alcohol. 4317 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 827-9955. L, D ¢ Three Happiness Restaurant — Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan fare, with daily lunch and dinner specials. No alcohol. 3330 Alpine Ave NW, Target Plaza, 785-3888. Facebook. L, D ¢-$ Tokyo Grill & Sushi — Japanese tatami rooms, sushi bars. Menu includes hibachi, teriyaki, Udon, tempura. Sake, plus Japanese and American beer and wine. Closed Sun. 4478 Breton Rd SE, 455-3433. tokyogrill L, D ¢-$ Wei Wei Palace — Chinese seafood restaurant features Cantonese cuisine, dim sum and barbecue. Serves beer. 4242 S Division Ave, 724-1818. L, D $ Wonton Express — No-frills ambience serving authentic Chinese fare from spicy Hunan and Kung-Po dishes. No alcohol. 6719 S Division Ave, 281-8816. L, D ¢-$ XO Asian Cuisine — Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine with full service bar. Vegetarian options and lunch specials Mon-Sat. Free valet parking with $30 purchase. Will deliver. 58 Monroe Center, 235-6969. xoas L, D $-$$ Yummy Wok — Cantonese, Hunan and Szechuan dishes. No alcohol. 4325 Breton Rd SE, 827-2068. L, D ¢-$

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fresh hops Grab a crafty can DeSPite WHAt yOu might think about beer writers, there are many beers I have yet to try, and it seems like every day something new hits the shelves. So I decided to grab a couple of “never tried” beers that looked interesting and hopefully tasted good. As I was scanning the coolers at Martha’s Vineyard, I decided to try beers in a different container: I bought four cans of craft ale. There is really no difference between a can or a bottle as long as both are decanted into a glass before consumption. Kegs, after all, are nothing more than very large cans. Still, I hold a silly prejudice toward bottles — it just seems right that good beer should come from glass bottles. Nevertheless, I sat with my wife, Katherine, to sample these beers in a can: bengali tiger: Beer from Sixpoint Brewery in New York City is somewhat new to Michigan, and this seems to be its summer IPA offering. It’s a very good American IPA that seems a little more balanced than what I have come to expect. Mellow, slightly fruity and golden-tiger colored with 6.4 percent alcohol by volume. threadless india Pale Ale: Made in Chicago by Finch’s Beer Co., this is an American IPA with powerful hops and bold citrus flavors. It reminded me of how Bell’s Oberon used to taste — or maybe

how I thought it used to taste. It has 6 percent abv. brewer’s reserve Limited release Zaison: Made in Grand Rapids by Brewery Vivant, this Imperial Saison Ale is brewed with peppercorns and orange peel. This is one of those distinctive beers that raise your eyebrows. The initial burst of flavor on your tongue is a true experience. At 9 percent abv, it’s not a beer to drink all evening but would be great with dinner or as an aperitif. blanche De bruxelles Witbier (white beer): From Brasserie Lefebvre in Quenast, Belgium, this is a very light blonde beer brewed “with spices.” It’s a typical Belgium ale with strong yeast flavors. The hints of citrus — particularly lemon — and fairly low alcohol content (4.5 percent abv) make it a good daytime or picnic beer. We did decant all of the beers into a pint glass and let the foam settle before drinking them. Neither of us could identify any flavoring effect related to the canned packaging. I do believe that cans are a viable alternative to the craft brew industry. They are recyclable and returnable just like bottles and, because they are sealed from sunlight, they are a better way to store beer on the shelf. If you have ever had a “skunky” tasting beer, it was certainly from a bottle that was exposed to — Jon C. KoeZe excessive sunlight.

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

fOur NeVer-trieD crAft beerS iN A cAN: > Bengali Tiger: American India Pale Ale that is mellow, slightly fruity, and goldencolored, 6.4 percent abv.

> Threadless india Pale Ale: American IPA with powerful hops and bold citrus flavors, 6 percent abv. > Brewer’s reserve Zaison: A local Imperial Saison Ale brewed with peppercorns and orange peel. 9 percent abv.

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> Blanche De Bruxelles White Beer: Belgium blonde beer brewed “with spices.” Strong yeast flavors with hints of citrus, particularly lemon. 4.5 percent abv.

There is really no difference between a can or a bottle as long as both are decanted into a glass before consumption.

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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 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. Takeout and catering. Features Lebanese beer and wine. Closed Sun-Mon. 2228 Wealthy St SE in EGR, 456-8999. L, ¢-$ D Parsley Mediterranean Grille — Appetizers, salads, soups, pitas, lunch and dinner combos of chicken, beef, seafood and vegetarian entrees, kabobs and more. No alcohol. 80 Ottawa Ave NW, 776-2590. L, ¢-$ D Pita House — Gyros and other Middle East specialties. No alcohol. 1450 Wealthy St SE, 454-1171; 3730 28th St SE, 940-3029; 4533 Ivanrest Ave SW, 261-4302; 134 Monroe Cen¢ ter NW, 233-4875. 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 $ Zeytin — Turkish-American cuisine with extensive beer and wine lists. Takeout available. 400 Ada Dr SE, Ada, 682-2222. zeytin $ L, 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 avail-

able. 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

garitas. 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 ¢-$

7 Mares — Authentic Mexican dishes including breakfasts. 1403 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 3018555. Facebook. B, 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 ¢-$

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 ¢

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

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 $

El Sombrero — Offers the wet burrito, and dry ones too. Weekly specials. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 527 Bridge St NW, 451-4290. 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 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. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ 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 ¢ 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 $ Corazon — Authentic Mexican food in stylish surroundings on the Avenue for the Arts. No alcohol. Closed Sun. 122 S Division Ave, 4543847. L, D ¢ Downtown Trini’s — Sparta’s destination offers traditional fare. Full bar. Closed Sun and Mon. 134 E Division Ave, Sparta, 887-2500. L, D ¢-$ El Arriero —Extensive menu offers specialty dishes, with à la carte selections for smaller appetites. Mexican and domestic beers, Mar-

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

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Custom Cabinets 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 ¢ 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 ¢-$

Lakeshore: New American 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. 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 $-$$ Lake House Waterfront Grille — Overlooks Muskegon Lake. Small plates, salads, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, specialty burgers. Live entertainment. 730 Terrace Point, Muskegon, (231) 722-4461; L, D $-$$

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. ¢-$$ D Salt & Pepper Savory Grill & Pub — Pub-grub with creative twists using Michigan-sourced ingredients. Full bar. Back patio for alfresco dining. Closed Sun. 11539 E Lakewood Blvd, Holland, (616) 355-5501. saltandpepperpub. com. L, D $ Salt Of The Earth — Rustic fare and bakery emphasize locally sourced products ranging from wood-fired pizzas to affordably priced entrees. Full bar. 114 E Main St, Fennville, (269) 561-7258. D ¢-$ Theodore’s — Eclectic menu features American/Spanish/Mediterranean-influenced dishes in stylish surroundings with granite bar, glassed-in wine cellar and outdoor patio. Open Thu-Sat at 5 pm. 217 E 24th St, Holland, (616) 392-6883. D $-$$ (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 ¢-$


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fresh whitefish, Alaskan king crab, tournedos Oscar and more. Closed Sun. 18191 174th Ave, Spring Lake, (616) 842-3800. arboreal D $$ Bear Lake Tavern — Historic North Muskegon tavern fare ranges from yellowbelly lake perch to wet burritos. 360 Ruddiman Rd, North Muskegon, (231) 744-1161. thebearlake ¢-$ B (weekends), L, D Bil-Mar Restaurant — Beachfront dining with a great view of Lake Michigan. Wide selection of fine-dining entrées. Full bar. 1223 S Harbor St, Grand Haven, (616) 842-5920. L, D $$ Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant — Vintage ambiance overlooking 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. boatwerksrestaur L, D $-$$


Mandarin / Hunan / Szechwan Special OccaSiOn catering available

2301 44th St SE • 281-0681 (Breton Meadows Mall)

6740 Old 28th St. SE • 575-9088 (1Blk. W. of Cascade Rd)

3509 Alpine Ave. NW • 784-1616 (Highpoint Center)

Open 7 days a week

-➧Hearthstone Bistro Bar Grill — Eclectic menu of European and American dishes includes interesting starters, small plates, creative 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 $

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 $-$$

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

Crazy Horse Steak House & Saloon — Southwest style family-friendly eatery, known for steaks and prime rib. 2027 North Park Dr, Holland, (616) 395-8393. crazyhorsesteak L, D $$

Kirby Grill — Casual side of the Kirby House offers innovative touches to the American menu. Family-friendly dining upstairs. 2 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 8463299. L, D $

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 $

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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. $-$$ L, D Dockers Fish House & Lounge — Waterside dining on Muskegon Lake with summer tiki bar. Seafood and land-lubber options. Full bar. Dockhands assist with boat tie-up. Closed Oct-Mar. 3505 Marina Point View, Muskegon, (231) 755-0400. L, D $-$$

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) 394$ 0111. B, L, D

Lakeshore: Pubs & Taverns

Falcon’s Nest — Creative lunch menu with hot and cold sandwiches, barbecue ribs, appetizers, chili and salads. Open 11 am-7 pm. 17000 Lincoln Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 8424040. L, D ¢-$

Chequers — Creative cuisine with 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 $

Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar — In Grand Haven’s former Grand Theatre. Oyster and sushi bar, seafood and steaks. 22 Washington

The Curragh — Irish pub features foods, spirits, music and environment of Old World Ireland. Outdoor seating, live entertainment,

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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 ¢-$$ Marro’s — Italian fare and house-baked goods, extensive array of pizza toppings. Open mid-April through autumn; closed Mon. 147 Waters St, Saugatuck, (269) 857$-$$ 4248. 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 $-$$ L, D Restaurant Toulouse — Seasonally inspired menu with French classics. Award-winning wines. Hours vary; private parties can be arranged. Sun brunch in summer. 248 Culver St, Saugatuck, (269) 857-1561. restaurant $$ L, D


A tradition worth repeating!

Two Tonys Taverna Grille — Italian, Greek and American specialties with full-service bar, extensive wine list. Menu includes wood-fired pizzas. Large patio. Closed Sun. 723 E Savidge Rd, Spring Lake, (616) 8440888. L, D

Dining Guide Legend Grand Rapids Magazine has created these symbols to area restaurant amenities as a service to our readers. B — Serves breakfast L — Serves lunch D — Serves dinner ¢ — Inexpensive (under $10)* $ — Moderate ($10-$20)* $$ — Expensive (Over $20)* * Prices based on average entrée. - — Reviewed in this issue — Chef Profile in this issue ➧ — New listing O — GRM’s 2011 Restaurant of the Year F — GRM’s 2011 Dining Award Winner Additions, corrections and/or changes: Please email or write to Dining Guide, Grand Rapids Magazine, 549 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

ALWAYS FRESH, CREATIVE AND AUTHENTIC …the true nature of fine Italian cuisine. Grand Rapids Magazine’s Award of Excellence 2011 Authentic Italian


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Friendly seems to define the Alger Heights area, with new residents adopting the neighborly values of other residents.

A beautiful day in the neighborhood

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“Whoever moves in adopts these values of being neighborly, watching out for your neighbor and taking care of the neighborhood.” — Prentiss Naves


Above, the Powell family (Jason, Audrey, Madely and Emily) eat picnic fare at a gathering at Alger Heights Community Gardens with friend Annalise Reidsma (seated at left). Jim Apol works the grill.

alk down one of the many tree-lined streets in Alger Heights and you’ll find no shortage of friendly faces. “If you’re out working in your yard, neighbors will stop and say ‘Hi’ and start talking to you,” said resident Sam Evans. “That’s how friendly the neighborhood is.” Laura Muresan agrees. When she moved back to Alger Heights a few years ago, neighbors brought her banana bread — the sort of gesture that is typical in this southeast community of Grand Rapids. “We have a neighbor who always snow blows our sidewalk and a lot of others,” she said. “The same guy also makes maple syrup by tapping the trees on our street and then gives some to us.” Prentiss Naves says it’s due to a shared value system. “Whoever moves in adopts these values of being neighborly, watching out for your neighbor and taking care of the neighborhood.” Most of the houses, many of which date from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, were built close together with detached garages. Interiors often include hardwood floors, crown moldings, and such charming features as built-in china cabinets, bookshelves and telephone nooks. “From the outside, our house looks pretty standard, but inside, there are all kinds of strange secret passageways,” said Maia Sieplinga. “You can walk into a closet, move the wall and go into a passageway.” The friendly vibe in Alger Heights inspired Frank and Renee Amodeo to open Real Food Café at 2419 Eastern Ave. SE more than a dozen years ago. “We chose Alger Heights because we had lived in the area and knew it was a stable and safe neighborhood for a family business,” said daughter Sophia Amodeo. The family-run business is famous for its breakfast fare and attracts customers from all over the city. October 2012 / 97

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“If you’re out working in your yard, neighbors will stop and say ‘Hi’ and start talking to you. That’s how friendly the neighborhood is.” — Sam Evans

GettING tO KNOW ALGer HeIGHtS! > retUrN tO tHe 1950s when you step into Alger Heights Barber & Styling Shop, 2422 Eastern Ave. SE, where barbers have been cutting hair for more than half a century.

A new business that is hoping to succeed is Sweet Melissa’s Cupcakes. Owners Melissa and Steve Verstrate sell homemade cupcakes, sandwiches, soups and salads sourced from local ingredients. They plan to offer ice cream year round as well as locally roasted coffee. They also make gluten-free and vegan options. “It has been wonderful getting to know the people of our community,” Steve said. The business community along Eastern Avenue comes together to support each other. When a fire wiped out the local hardware store two years ago, residents rallied to offer help. “It had only been open a year or so when the fire devastated the building and a few other businesses. The neighborhood, businesses and churches really came together to support them as they rebuilt,” said Evans.

> ALGer HeIGHtS is named for Russell A. Alger, a lumber baron who moved from Ohio to Grand Rapids in 1859 to open a law office. He was a Union soldier in the Civil War and the 20th governor of Michigan. President William McKinley named him Secretary of War in 1897. But Alger’s inefficiencies during the Spanish American War inspired the epithet “Algerism” to describe bureaucratic incompetence. Appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1902, he died in office five years later. > A GrAND SKeIN, 2431 Eastern Ave. SE, is a fiber arts shop specializing in high-end supplies for knitting, spinning and weaving. Owner Rachael Hoekstra and staff offer instruction in these arts and “seek to enable a community of fiber artists to inspire and serve each other and the community at large.” There are cozy sofas for those who want to come in and knit. Visit

Clockwise, from top left: Christopher Fox does landscape work on South Ottillia Street. Members of the Graham family (Khalil, Les, Jaden, Latonya and Toni) enjoy a neighborhood ice cream and book social. The breakfast crowd at Real Food Café. Melissa Vestrate, owner of Sweet Melissa’s Cupcakes holds a tray of her made-from-scratch baked goods. Meredith Mockabee and daughters Hannah and Lauren at the ice cream and book social. Harm Fabor, owner of Alger Heights Barber & Styling Shop, cuts Chris Hofstra’s hair. Knitters gather at A Grand Skein, a fiber arts shop.

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Other popular businesses include JB’s Pizza Parlor, Over the Top Academy of Dance and Ken’s Fruit Market. “Ken has been here two years now and has expanded four times,” Evans said. “He started out with just fruit and vegetables. Then he got into groceries and now has a meat market, and next he’s going into hot foods. If there’s something you can’t find, let him know and you just might see it next time you’re in.” Block parties are common in the 52-block area that comprises the Alger Heights neighborhood. Streets are shut down for bike parades, kids activities and other events. One group organized a Wall Street Orchestra, inviting musicians to participate in a concert along with a potluck supper. Neighbors get together during warm months to plant vegetables and socialize in the five-year-old Alger Heights Community Gardens behind Tabernacle Community Church on Eastern Avenue. Later this month, hundreds of residents will dress in costumes for the Fourth Annual Halloween 5K race to raise money for Kids’ Food Basket and other local charities. “People love to run in Halloween costumes, so it gives a fun, festive air about the day,” said Liz Carter, race director. One year, a bride and groom came in their wedding attire. “We have a very supportive, active and involved neighborhood,” Carter said. “The energy surrounding the race shows what a great place this is to live.” GR

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October events A FeW GreAt tHINGS tO DO tHIS MONtH!

OCT. 4: ‘REVEAL THE PATH’ Ada Bike Shop presents a screening of “Reveal the Path,” an adventure documentary showing how to “live an inspired life using the bicycle as a mechanism to explore, dream and discover.” The film shows at 7 p.m. at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at door and $5 per person for groups of five. Bike parking provided. An after party will be held at Founders Brewing Co. Watch the trailer at revealthe







































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SPecIAL eVeNtS Oct.5 ArtPrIZe WINNer ANNOUNceMeNt: There’s still time to vote in the fourth annual ArtPrize competition. The Speaker Series also continues this month, with such notables as Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York Magazine, and Alison Gass, curator of contemporary art at the Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum at MSU. For locations and times, visit artprize. org. Announcement ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. in the former Grand Rapids Press building at 155 Michigan St. NW. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at The HUB while supplies last. Oct. 11 - cOUtUre FOr A cUre: Preview the Spring 2013 collection by Michigan native Daniel Vosovic, winner of “Project Runway: All-Star Challenge.” The event includes a cocktail reception and fashions from Leigh’s. Proceeds support

MUSIc Oct. 23 Dr. JOHN & tHe bLIND bOYS OF ALAbAMA: Jazz pioneer Dr. John is joined by gospel’s legendary The Blind Boys of Alabama for a majestic show that explores the connections between blues, jazz and gospel. Under Dr. John’s musical direction, “Spirituals to Funk” represents the first-ever touring partnership between the two icons of American music.

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research and education at Van Andel Institute. See Special Events Oct. 18-20 - tHrILLer! cHILLer!: If you miss those gritty horror movies that terrified you as a kid, get ready for this locally

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SpecIAL eVeNtS Oct. - Forest of Fear: 12th annual interactive haunted attraction in the Caledonia woods sponsored by Kentwood Jaycees. 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 11, 18, 21, 25, and 28; 7:30-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 8758 Patterson Road, Caledonia. $13 adults, $10 children 12 and younger. Teen Scream Night Oct. 11, $10 students with ID.

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Oct. - New Salem corn Maze and Haunted Woods: Activities Fri.-Sun. include 13-acre corn maze, haunted woods, flashlight maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo and pumpkin launcher. 11 a.m.-dusk, children’s daylight maze; dusk-11 p.m., the woods and corn maze. See website for prices. 4516 24th St., Dorr. Oct. - the Haunt: 12th annual family-friendly high-scare/low-gore Halloween attraction. See website for hours. 2070 Waldorf St. NW, Walker (one mile south of I-96 at Walker Ave. exit). thru Oct. 6 - Grand Haven ArtWalk: Local art competition with public judging, plus entertainment, kids events and music. grhaven thru Oct. 6 - red Flannel Festival: Festival includes Fire Barn open house, chili cook-off, lumberjack supper, carnival (Oct. 5-6), Red Flannel Day (Oct. 6) and more. Downtown Cedar Springs. thru Oct. 7 - ArtPrize: Fourth annual international art competition with more than 1,500 artists in more than 150 venues indoors and outdoors in downtown GR area. Pre-registered visitors vote online at or by text messaging. thru Oct. 9 - Dancing at rosa Parks circle: GR’s Original Swing Society hosts swing, ballroom and line dancing with live music in

grown film festival at Wealthy Theatre. Thriller! Chiller! screens action, sci-fi, suspense and horror films for three days. You might want to invest in a weekend pass. See Stage & Film

Oct. 20 - brAS AcrOSS tHe GrAND: Offbeat but family-friendly celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness takes place in Ah-Nab-Awen Park and on the Gillett Bridge. Event is free or

downtown GR. 7-10 p.m. every Tue. Free (donations accepted).

thru Oct. 12 - books for bedtime book Drive: Literacy Center of West Michigan is collecting new and gently used children’s books to promote literacy in the home. Drop off at any Macatawa Bank branch in Kent County, University of Phoenix in Walker or Macy’s at RiverTown Crossing mall. literacy thru Oct. 22 - GVSU Fall Arts celebration: Art exhibits, concerts, dance, poetry and guest lecturers. Free. thru Oct. 28 - Horse-Drawn Hayrides: 130-year-old farm offers hayrides, corn mazes, u-pick apples, pumpkins and squash, pony rides and more for the kids, homemade donuts, cider and lunch items. 5-9 p.m. Fri., noon-9 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. 11966 Fruit Ridge Ave., Kent City (see website for directions, prices): 887-5052, fruitridgehay Oct. 1 - Mothers and More Open House: Greater Grand Rapids Chapter of Mothers and More hosts its annual open house. 7-9 p.m. St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1448 Grace Drive. Free. Oct. 4-6 - Zeeland Pumpkinfest: Family entertainment and activities, parade, scarecrow displays, games, food and artwork. 5K and Fun Run Oct. 6 at Zeeland Stadium. Various locations throughout Zeeland. pumpkin

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1/ Laurel Halo will play her electric mix of rock and pop at The Intersection.

2/ Greensky Bluegrass performing at Intersection, Oct. 11

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1/ THE PYRAMID SCHEME: Laurel Halo will play her eclectic mix of rock and pop Oct. 2. The Ann Arbor artist’s most recent work is “Quarantine,” described as her “best and most cohesive work to date.” This bar and music venue features local and international musicians. Tickets available at 68 Commerce Ave. SW, 272-3758, pyramid

3/ DR. GRINS COMEDY CLUB: Local comedian Dave Dyer takes to the stage Oct. 11-13. Dyer is a contributing writer to NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and has appeared on “The Kevin Matthew’s Morning Show” on 97 WLAV FM. 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,

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, 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,

Mexicains Sans Frontieres: Alternative art and music venue. 120 S. Division Ave., 706-7963, Facebook. One Trick Pony: Downtown restaurant features Acoustic Stew music series every Thu. and some Sat. evenings at 8 p.m. (reservations recommended). WYCE 88.1 Hat Trick Series (7:30 p.m. Mondays, fall and winter) raises money for local nonprofits (first come, first serve). 136 E. Fulton St., 235-7669, and Facebook. 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. 2525 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, 942-1328, River City Improv: Calvin College alumni improv team weaves

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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, 526-6282. Two venues: Sept.-May, Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd. SE. Summer months, Gezon Auditorium, Calvin College.


2/ THE INTERSECTION: Greensky Bluegrass, a quintet from Kalamazoo, will perform Oct 11. The five friends have toured extensively since 2005, mixing original compositions with traditional bluegrass numbers. Tickets available at Purple East, Shakedown, Vertigo Music, Intersection box office (2-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) 133 Grandville Ave. SW, 451-8232,


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Step inside your mind Mystery, poetry — even weird dreams.

both? It’s really a journey. We

Dana Friis-Hansen uses all those terms

want people to experience

as he talks about the Real/Surreal exhibition

what it would be like to actually

opening Oct. 19 at Grand Rapids Art Museum.

be in the picture.”

Organized by the Whitney Museum of

audio guide that will provide

includes more than 60 paintings, drawings,

everything from a historical

photographs and prints “by masters you read

perspective to recited poetry.

about in history books,” said Friis-Hansen, GRAM’s executive director. He explained that all the works were created in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. “America was just coming out of the Depression,” he said. “It was a time of economic challenges and tensions about our political future.” Artists depicted the mood using different styles. While Realism refers to a believable representation of what we see, Surrealim refers to the subversion of reality through the imagi-

alive, so we have poems from that period,” Friis-Hansen said. But interpreting the artwork is up to each person. “There’s no one way to see art — no one meaning. Enter

“The Dark Figure” by surrealist artist Federico Castellon (19141971). The oil on canvas was painted in 1938 and is one of more than 60 pieces of artwork in the Real/Surreal exhibition at Grand Rapids Art Museum.

these worlds first through your own imagination. Where will your mind take you? We want people to step inside the paintings and find out.” GRAM also will have an interactive gallery, including an opportunity for visitors

said the exhibit, including works by Edward

to share their strangest dreams on Post-it

Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Man Ray, George


and overlap between the two. “As people attend this exhibit, we want

Photography courtesy Grand Rapids Art Museum/Sheldan Collins

“We want voices of the people in the paintings to come

nation or the subconscious. Friis-Hansen

Tooker and Kay Sage, focuses on the tension

Photography by J. VanBuhle (left); courtesy Timothy Saccenti (top); Cybelle Codish (bottom)

GRAM has produced an

American Art in New York City, “Real/Surreal”

Grand Rapids is the first stop of a nationwide tour of Real/Surreal, the second of three exhibitions that are part of a three-year

“Originally, it was meant to be exhibited only in New York City,” he said, crediting Pamella DeVos, who sits on the boards of both GRAM and the Whitney, with helping to arrange the partnership. Real/Surreal will be on view through Jan. 13, 2013. The third exhibition scheduled from the Whitney is Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, which will open at GRAM in 2014. For more information, visit artmuseumgr.

them to ask, “Is it real or surreal? Or is it

partnership with the Whitney Museum.


ids’ Polish heritage. Noon-midnight Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight Sat., noon-11 p.m. Sun. pulaski

ebration begins at 9 a.m. with 5K run in Grand Haven, plus kids events, parade and Taste of Eastown. East Grand River Park, Grand Haven.

23rd annual tour of eight studios between South Haven and Saugatuck featuring artwork, demonstrations and refreshments. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.

Oct. 6 - Light the Night Walk: Annual 2-mile walk by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raises funds for cancer research. 5 p.m. festivities, 7 p.m. walk. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Drive NW. Free. lightthe

Oct. 6-7, 13-14 - Rockford Harvest Festival: Two consecutive weekends of entertainment, scarecrow building, hayrides, chili cookoff, kids activities and car show. Downtown Rockford.

Oct. 5-7 - Quilts on the Grand: West Michigan Quilters Guild presents exhibits, demonstrations, raffle and auction. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner NW. $8 (at door). Oct. 5-20 - Fall Parade of Homes: Lakeshore Home Builders Association and Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids present tours of homes of varying size, price range and style of construction. Remodeled homes tour Oct. 19-20. 1-8 p.m. Wed., Fri. and Sat. $12 adults and kids 13 and older; under 13 free. hba

Oct. 6 - Step Out Walk To Stop Diabetes: Two-mile walk through downtown GR raises awareness and funds for diabetes. 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk. Rosa Parks Circle. Free.

Oct. 6 - Bee Brave 5K Run/Walk: Breast cancer awareness run near Thornapple River in southeast Kent County. 9 a.m. 6195 Catamount Farms, Alto. $30.

Oct. 6 - Walk for Wishes - West Michigan: Family-friendly 5K walk benefiting Make-AWish Foundation of Michigan. 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk. Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline Ave. $20 adults, kids 17 and under free (

Oct. 6 - Eastown-Grand Haven Fallfest: Cel-

Oct. 6-7 - Blue Coast Artists Studio Tour:

Oct. 11 - Couture for a Cure: Exclusive preview of the Spring 2013 collection from Michigan native and winner of “Project Runway: All-Star Challenge” Daniel Vosovic, plus cocktail reception and fashion preview from Leigh’s clothing store. Proceeds support research and education at Van Andel Institute. 6-8 p.m. VAI, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE. $75, $125 VIP ( Oct. 11 - Wine, Women and Chocolate: Women’s Resource Center hosts its sixth annual benefit with hors d’oeuvres, wine, gourmet chocolates, auction and raffle. 5-7:30 October 2012 / 103

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Blandford Nature Center: Special event: Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 20, Harvest Festival, a celebration of autumn with activities that include candle making, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, live music and more ($5, kids under 3 free). 143 acres of diverse ecosystems, trails, natural history exhibits and heritage buildings. Offers classes and workshops in a variety of subjects (see Lectures & Workshops). Interpretive Center open weekdays; trails open daily dawn to dusk. 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, 7356240, Free.

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1/ GerALD r. FOrD PreSIDeNtIAL MUSeUM: Special exhibit: Oct. 10-Jan. 6, Pro Football and the American Spirit: The NFL and U.S. Armed Forces. Traveling exhibit from the Pro Football Hall of Fame 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. Free admission Oct. 21. Open daily. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 college students, $3 kids 6-18, 5 and under free. 303 Pearl St. NW, 254-0400, 2/ KALAMAZOO INStItUte OF ArtS: Special exhibits: Oct. 6-Jan. 8, Great Lakes Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition, opening reception Oct. 5. Thru Nov. 4, Expressions: 39th Annual International Glass Invitational. Thru Dec. 9, Asian Art from the Collection of Dr. Paul and Esther Wang. Thru Jan. 20, A Legacy for Kalamazoo: Works Acquired through the Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund, 1998-2012. Closed Mon. $5 suggested donation. 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, (269) 349-7775,

2/ Debra Eiswald’s “Sunday Morning at the Water Tower” won the Great Lakes Pastel Society’s 2011 Gold Medal.

3/ GrAND rAPIDS PUbLIc MUSeUM: Special exhibit: Oct. 13-Dec. 30, Thank You, Beer!, a collaboration with the local brewing community, guest curated by Steve Smith of HopCat. Two-floor exhibit includes 19th and 20th century history of brewing in GR, cultural contributions of beer, its role in pop culture, artifacts from the museum as well as local collectors. Permanent exhibits: Streets of Old Grand Rapids, Anishinabek and Newcomers: The People of This Place, Collecting A-Z, Habitats, Furniture City, 1928 carousel ($1). Also see Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium. Free admission Oct. 21. Closed Sun. and Mon. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3 ages 3-17. Van Andel Museum Center, 272 Pearl St. NW, 456-3977,

Coopersville Farm Museum: Oct. 2-13, Submit art for annual Art & Photo Contest Fence Rows of the Midwest (Nov. 1-Jan. 5). 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, coop DeGraaf Nature Center: See Lectures & Workshops for classes. 18-acre preserve includes Interpretive Center, indoor pond, animals, SkyWatch and more than 240 plant species. Closed Sun., Mon. and holidays. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. 600 Graafschap Road, Holland, (616) 355-1057, Free. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park: Special exhibits: Thru Jan. 6, Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture. Thru Oct. 28, Chrysanthemums and More! Oct. 13-14, Fall Bonsai Show. 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, Grand Rapids Art Museum: Sunday Classical Concert Series: Beginning Oct. 21, concerts every Sunday at 2 p.m. thru Dec. 23: Oct. 21, Axiom Brass. Oct. 28, Opera Grand Rapids presents tenor Philip Webb, soloist from “Samson and Delilah.” Special event: Oct. 12, Art Mixer: Grand Rapids to Holland ($95, $75 members). Special exhibits: Thru Oct. 7, ArtPrize. Oct. 9-Dec. 10, Collaboration Transformation: Dynamic Drawings. Oct. 19-Jan. 13, Real/Surreal. Oct. 19-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 and dinner options 5-9 p.m., $5 adults, members free (canceled during ArtPrize). 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. Free admission Oct. 21. 101 Monroe Center, 831-1000, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum: Free admission Oct. 21. Permanent activities: Aunt

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Coopersville & Marne Railway: Restored 1920s-era railway. Special event: The Famous Pumpkin Train, every weekend through end of month: $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $12.50 ages 2-12. Excursion rides 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wed. and Sat.; $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 2-12, under 2 free. 311 Danforth St., Coopersville, 9977000 (for advance tickets), coopersvilleandmarne. org.

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4, Songs in Steel and Other Dreams by Caroline Lee. 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) 720-2570, muskegonartmus

Holland Museum: 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; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6, opening reception. 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,

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: Beginning Oct. 9: Everybody’s Sky: Star Stories from Around the World; Spooky Tunes Light Show; and Under Starlit Skies. At Van Andel Museum Center (Public Museum). $3.

John Ball Zoo: Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-28, Zoo Goes Boo includes trick or treating. New funicular ($3 each way) journeys up a 900-foot incline to the Idema Forest Realm, which features a nature walk, play area and spectacular view of the city. The zoo has more than 2,000 animals, including lions, monkeys, baboons, penguins, chimpanzees, grizzly bear, penguins and much more. Open daily. Admission: $5 adults and seniors, $4 kids 3-13, kids 2 and under free. 1300 W. Fulton St., 336-4300, 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.

Tri-Cities Historical Museum: Special event: 2-4 p.m. Oct. 27, The Haunted Museum (free). Permanent exhibits: Two buildings house exhibits telling history of Northwest Ottawa County. Winter hours: Closed Mon. Free admission. 200 Washington Ave. and 1 N. Harbor, Grand Haven, (616) 842-0700, tri-citiesmuseum. org. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts: Special exhibits: Thru Nov. 18, ArtPrize. Permanent exhibits: Varied work from regional, national and international artists. Films: Independent, foreign and documentary films shown six days/week in 200-seat theater (see website for schedule). Closed Mon. 2 W. Fulton St., 454-3994,

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Oct. 12 - Master Arts Theatre Showcase Banquet: Annual fundraising dinner. 6 p.m. Pine Rest Postma Center, 300 68th St. SE. Free; donations accepted (455-1001 or mas Oct. 13 - Heart Walk: American Heart Association’s walk celebrates healthy living; dogs and strollers welcome. 8 a.m. gates open, 9:30 a.m. walk. Ab-Nab-Awen Park, downtown GR. Oct. 13 - Lowell Harvest Celebration: Craft show, farmers market, chili cook-off, scarecrow building hoedown, family fun run/ walk. 9 a.m.-dark. Lowell Fairgrounds. lowell

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Oct. 20 - Groovewalk: Visit 10 locations to hear 10 bands in downtown Holland with GrooveXpress rides and drink/appetizer specials. 9 p.m. Purchase wristbands to gain access: $15 in advance, $20 at door. groove Oct. 20 - Run Thru the Rapids/Fitness Expo: 5K/10K run benefits YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Scholarship Fund. 9 a.m. run, 9 a.m.6 p.m. Health and Fitness Expo, 1:30 p.m. kids marathon. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Drive NW. Oct. 20-21 - Alpacafest: 17th annual Michigan International Alpacafest. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. DeltaPlex. Free. alpaca

Oct. 26 - Noto’s Biannual Charity Fall Wine Fest: More than 300 wines, gourmet cuisine, live entertainment, and culinary auction and raffle benefiting Holy Family Radio and other local nonprofits. 7 p.m. Noto’s Old World Dining, 6600 28th St. SE. $60 adults, $100 VIP (493-6686 or; $65/$110 (at door). Oct. 26 - Run 4 Your Life 5K Fun Run: Run through downtown Holland and to the spooky Windmill Island to support Holland Free Health Clinic. Includes Lil’Pun’kins mini-run for kids 10 and under; costumes encouraged. 5:30 p.m. Curragh Irish Pub. $25, $15 additional family members. hfh

Oct. 13 - Montague Pumpkinfest: Farmers market, pumpkin pie eating contest, biggest pumpkin weigh-in, pumpkin painting and carving, pumpkin toss and bowling. Begins 9:30 a.m. Water St., Montague.

Oct. 20-21 - Bridal Show: West Michigan Wedding Association presents wedding vendors from catering to limo service. 2-7 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m Sun. DeVos Place. $7 (at door).

Oct. 27 - Concert to Restore Michigan: Celebration of local music scene benefits Kids’ Food Basket and FH FAC. Performers include Mid-Life Crisis and Troll for Trout. 7:30 p.m. Forest Hills FAC, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE. $15 (box office, 493-8966 or Ticketmaster). fhfine

Oct. 13 - Saugatuck Fall Funfest Day: Pumpkin carving, pumpkin launch, pie eating, food vendors, music and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Coughlin Park, Saugatuck. saugatuck

Oct. 21 - Museums Free 4 All: Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Grand Rapids Public Museum offer free admission.

Oct. 27 - Grand Haven Wedding Walk: Free, open-house-style wedding expo with food and beverage sampling, workshops and fashion show. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtown Grand Haven.

Oct. 13-14 - Fennville Goose Festival: 28th annual event includes parades, craft show, car show, live entertainment, king/queen pageant, children’s talent show, 5K run and more. Downtown Fennville. greaterfennville. com/relax/goose_festival.htm.

Oct. 23 - Beer for Boys and Babes: 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). squarepeg

Oct. 27 - Grand Haven Zombie Walk: Dress like zombies and walk through downtown Grand Haven. 4-6 p.m. Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven.

Oct. 14 - One Sky One World Kite Fly for Peace: Join kite flyers on Grand Haven beach to promote world peace. 1-4 p.m. mackinaw Oct. 15-21 - Spa Week: Participating spas and wellness centers offer signature services for $50 each. Oct. 18 - Fork Fest: Local First fundraising evening featuring food and beverage samples from local restaurants, farms, grocers, bakeries, breweries and more. 5-9 p.m. Romence Gardens & Greenhouses, 265 Lakeside Drive NE. Tickets TBD (616-808-3788 or localfirst. com). Oct. 19-20 - MOPS Consignment Sale: Mothers of Preschoolers hosts a sale of kids’ clothing, toys, books, equipment and maternity clothes. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-noon Sat. Sunshine Community Church, 3300 East Beltline Ave. NE. Oct. 20 - Bras Across the Grand: Familyfriendly celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness. 9 a.m.-noon. Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Gillett

Oct. 24 - Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Gala: Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore celebrate 100 years of scouting. 6-9 p.m. DeVos Place. Tickets TBD. Oct. 24 - West Michigan Young Professionals Leadership Summit: All-day networking event with speakers, lunch and reception. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. JW Marriott Hotel, 235 Louis Campau St. NW. $99 (youngprossum Oct. 25 - Hope on the Hill Gala: Twelfth annual cancer benefit, A Night in Oz, includes local cuisine, martinis, live music and performance by Luma. 6 p.m. Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave. NE. $200 ( Oct. 26 - Halloween at VanRaalte Farm: DeGraaf Nature Center hosts a family-friendly Halloween event with treat stations, wild animal education, and cider/cookies by the campfire. Costumes welcome but not required. 5-7:30 p.m.Van Raalte Farm, 1076 16th St., Holland. $3.

Oct. 27 - Harvest Art and Craft Show: Handmade crafts and food. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. First Reformed Church of Zeeland, 148 E. Central Ave. Oct. 27 - Saugatuck Halloween Harvest Festival: Music, entertainment, storytelling, arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Parade at 4 p.m. Downtown Saugatuck. Oct. 27 - Zombie Dash: Gazelle Sports sponsors a 5K night-time run, flag football course. Sunset. Ah-Nab-Awen Park, downtown Grand Rapids. $35 runners, $13 zombies with shirt, free for zombies.

Sports Oct. 12 - Grand Rapids Griffins: Grand Rapids’ American Hockey League team, primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, season home opener. Time TBD. Van Andel Arena. $14-$32 (Van Andel box office, Meijer or Star Tickets). Oct. 13 - Colorburst Bicycle Tour: Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club hosts the tour (with 17-, 30-, 62- and 100-mile loops), raising

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money for MADD of Kent County and other local charities. Registration and pancake breakfast 8 a.m. Event ends 4:30 p.m. Fallasburg Park, Lowell. $35, $60 family. rapid

Oct. 21 - Metro Health Grand rapids Marathon: Ninth annual certified 26.2-mile course around downtown, plus half marathon, relay race and kids marathon, with 4,000 expected participants. 8 am. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Drive NW. grand

StAGe & FILM Oct. - 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. Oct. 2-4, “Double Indemnity.” Oct. 9-11, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Oct. 16-18, “Citizen Kane.” Oct. 23-25, “The Maltese Falcon.” Oct. 30-Nov. 1, “Dracula.” Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Drive NE. $4. sics.

Knickerbocker Theatre, 86 E. 8th St., Holland. $18 adults, $13 seniors, $6 students and children (box office, 616-395-7890). gps.

tions: Auditions for “Forever Plaid”; four singing men needed. 10 a.m. Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22. 75 77th St. SW, 455-1001 or mas

Oct. 18-20 - thriller chiller: Locally grown film festival celebrates horror, action, sci-fi and suspense movies. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE. $40 weekend pass (box office or

Oct. 24 - 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.

Oct. 18-27 - “Welcome to Mitford”: Master Arts Theatre presents the story of Father Tim, who leads the flock of Lord’s Chapel in the mountain community of Mitford. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St. SW. $13 (455-1001 or mas

Oct. 25-27 - “Psycho: the Musical”: Stark Turn Players presents a Halloween horror musical parody. Times TBD. Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson Ave. SE. $12 adults, $8 seniors and students (894-1252, dogstory

Oct. 19-28 - “Sleeping beauty”: GR Ballet professional dancers and Junior Company present the classic fairytale ballet. 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Sun. Peter Martin Wege Theatre, 341 Ellsworth SW. $40 adults, $35 seniors, $30 children (454-4771, ext. 10, or Ticketmaster). Oct. 20, 22 - Master Arts theatre Audi-

Oct. 26-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 p.m. play; Sun: 1:30 p.m. dinner, 2:30 p.m. play. Larkin’s Other Place, 301 W. Main St., Lowell. $23 dinner and play, reservations required (897-8545,, $12 play only.

thru Oct. 6 - “Nadia”: Actors’ Theatre presents the story of a Russian artist and the grad student who is researching her. 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. $24 adults, $20 students and seniors (box office or 2343946). thru Oct. 7 - “richard III”: GVSU’s Shakespeare Festival presents the classic tale of seduction and intrigue. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Louis Armstrong Theatre, PAC, Allendale Campus. $14 adults, $10 seniors, $6 students (616-331-2300, box office or Star Tickets). Oct. 5 - “Soul tenders”: First United Methodist Church presents a film about nine women who live in the mountains and valleys of Virginia and West Virginia. 8 p.m. 227 E. Fulton St. Free. Oct. 5-13 - “Helen”: Hope College theater department presents a Greek tragedy about Helen of Troy. 8 p.m. DeWitt Studio, Hope College, Holland. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students (box office, 616-395-7890). Oct. 6 - buster Keaton Film Festival: Celebrating the performer and Vaudeville star who frequently visited the Muskegon area. Frauenthal Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon. Oct. 11-12 - rennie Harris Pure Movement: Hope College’s Great Performance Series presents a hip hop performance. 7:30 p.m. OctOber 2012 / 107

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Oct. 26-27, 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).

MUSIC Oct. - Music at Mid-Day: Free lunchtime concerts 12:15-12:45 p.m. every Tue. Oct. 2, Jim Metzler, organ. Oct. 9, Donald Sikkema, baritone, Robert Byrens, piano. Oct. 16, Mark Loring, organ. Oct. 23, David Hall, marimba. First Park Congregational Church, 10 E. Park Place NE. Oct. 1 - Ingrid Michaelson Acoustic Tour with Sugar+ the HI Lows: Indie-pop singer/ songwriter. 8 p.m. Calvin College FAC. $25 (Calvin box office, 526-6282). music. Oct. 5-7 - “Vegas and Rat Pack”: GR Symphony’s Pops concert celebrates the music of Frank, Dean and Sammy. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. DeVos Performance Hall. $18-$90 (Symphony and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster).

Although there is no shortage of musicians posting homemade recordings on YouTube, there’s still something to be said for a band that can produce a full-length album without the benefit of a recording studio. Local trio Valentiger did exactly that in 2011. “Oh to Know!” was the band’s follow-up to 2009’s “Power Lines to Electric Times” and was composed from start to finish by band members guitarist/vocalist Brent Shirey, drummer/vocalist Scott Rider and bass guitarist/vocalist Bill Kaher, an import from the east side of the state. “We did everything in my house,” Rider said, meaning everything from album art to recording the tracks. The result was a very popular local record, a 10-track collection of instinctual harmonies, homegrown guitars and drums, and one killer harmonica. Rider and Shirey grew up together, and Kaher joined the band later after the three discovered they all shared a penchant for classic rock and roll. “I’ve always been inspired by artists who are willing to put it all down on the line,” Shirey said, referring specifically to vulnerability and honesty in lyrics. Though the group puts on a hell of a show, it is the band’s lyrics that earn listeners’ rapt attention. A cultivated mix of Midwestern landscapes, heartbreak and sunshine, each song illuminates the songwriting talent that all too often is overlooked. The group is gearing up to record their third release and said they’re focusing on traveling, which Rider said is one of the best parts of being in a band. “We have a ton of wonderful and strange things happen to us when we travel,” he said, like beating the lead singer of Kings of Leon at shuffleboard. In the past, they’ve even sent postcards to fans while on the road. Want one? Send your mailing address to and one may come your way. For more information on the band, visit — ALEXANDRA FLUEGEL

Oct. 6 - Anne Hills: First United Methodist Church presents a contemporary folk musician. 7:30 p.m. 227 E. Fulton St. Free. Oct. 6 - Chris Smither: Blues and American folk songwriter. 8 p.m. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck. $30 (269857-2399, Oct. 6 - Rascal Flatts: Country trio performs its Changed Tour. Also featuring Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge. 7 p.m. Van Andel Arena. $25-$64.75 (Van Andel and Devos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). Oct. 12 - Tiesto: Club Life College Invasion Tour with Dada Life. 7:30 p.m. DeltaPlex Arena. $30-$40 (box office or Oct. 12-13 - “Baroque to Romantic”: GR Symphony presents music by master composers Bach, Saint-Saens and Beethoven. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall. $18-$90 (Symphony and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). Oct. 12-13 - Mighty Wurlitzer Concerts: GR Public Museum’s theater organ concert features Rob Richards, Disney’s official organist. 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). Oct. 14 - Fall Concert: Forest Hills Adult Community Band. 2:30 p.m. Forest Hills Eastern High School Auditorium, 2200 Pettis Ave., Ada. Free.


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Oct. 15 - Monday Night Jazz: West Michigan Jazz Society presents Max Colley III with a tribute to Wynton Marsalis. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bobarino’s at the B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW. $10, $5 members and students. Oct. 15 - Regina Spektor with Only Son: American singer/songwriter and pianist. 8 p.m. Calvin College Hoogenboom Center. $35 (Calvin box office, 526-6282). music. Oct. 18-19 - “Mozart and Mendelssohn”: GR Symphony’s Rising Stars Series presents an intimate concert. 7 p.m. Thu., 8 p.m. Fri. Royce Auditorium, St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $18-$34 (box office; 454-9451, ext. 4; or Ticketmaster). Oct. 19 - “Winds and Piano”: GR Symphony’s Coffee Classics concert includes music by Mozart, Stravinsky, Timothy Andres and Mendelssohn. 10 a.m. St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE. $12 (box office; 454-9451, ext. 4; or Ticketmaster). Oct. 19-20 - Calvin Music Festival: Collage concert of 11 music department ensembles. 7:30 p.m. Covenant FAC Auditorium. $15 adults, $5 students (Calvin box office, 5266282). Oct. 21 - The Music of Queen: A Rock and Roll Spectacular: British band’s biggest hits are performed. 7:30 p.m. Forest Hills FAC, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE. $42-$52 (box office, 4938966 or Ticketmaster). Oct. 22 - The Mountain Goats with Michael E. White: American folk rock band. 8 p.m. Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd. SE. $20 (Calvin box office, 526-6282). calvin. edu/music. Oct. 23 - Dr. John & The Blind Boys of Alabama: Blues, jazz and gospel concert. 7:30 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall. $39.50-$49.50 (DeVos Place and Van Andel box offices or Ticketmaster).

Photography by Jim Gebben

Oct. 26 - Tinariwen with Kishi Bashi: Tuareg-Berber musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. 8 p.m. Calvin College FAC. $15 (Calvin box office, 526-6282). Oct. 26-27 - “Mozart and Brahms”: GR Symphony presents Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and Brahms’ robust second piano concerto. 8 p.m. DeVos Performance Hall. $18-$90 (Symphony and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). Oct. 27 - Holland Symphony Orchestra: Classics II: King of the Instruments features Huw Lewis. 7:30 p.m. Dimnent Chapel, Hope

College, Holland. $18 adults, $15 seniors, $5 students (796-6780,

Theatre, 86 E. 8th St., Holland. Free.

Oct. 28 - Alzheimer’s Stories: Benefit concert with 150 participants from the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids, GR Women’s Chorus and Alzheimer’s Association. 3 p.m. EGR PAC. $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. cham

Oct. 4-5 - 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 (234-3390, grcc. edu/ihr).

Oct. 28 - GR Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra: Fall concert includes works by Borodin and Telemann. 3 p.m. DeVos Center for Arts and Worship, 2300 Plymouth Rd. SE. $6 adults, $4 seniors and students (866-6883 or

Oct. 6, 11 - Calvin Passport to Adventure: 2 p.m. Oct. 6, “Autumn Across America” by Don and Fran Van Polen. 7 p.m. Oct. 11, “Korea, Land of the Morning Calm” by Buddy Hatton. Calvin Covenant FAC. $5 adults, $2 students (at door, box office or 526-6282).

Lectures & Workshops Oct. - Blandford Nature Center: 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Story Time Hike: A Seed is Sleepy ($6, $5 members). 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Falling Leaves ($6/$5). 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Putting Your Garden to Bed ($6/$5). 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 27, All About Bats ($6/$5). See Museums & Attractions. Oct. - DeGraaf Nature Center: 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 6, Forest Critters with the Bat Zone ($3, $2 members). 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 13, Live Owls, Hawks and Other Birds of Prey with Joe Rogers ($3, members free). Registration required. See Museums & Attractions. Oct. - GR Public Libraries: Programs include: Reading the Great Lakes, Ghosthunting Michigan, Community Resource and Senior Volunteer Fair, author visits, adult computer classes, reading clubs, kids activities. Exhibits include: Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary and Mary Chase Perry Stratton: Journey of a Pioneering Spirit. Complete schedule at Main Library, 111 Library St. NE, or Free. Oct. - 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. Oct. - Kent District Libraries: Programs include book discussions, Early Childhood Essentials, career transition workshops, kids activities. Complete schedule at Oct. - Viva la Vida! Workshops celebrate Day of the Dead: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 27, face painting and lantern making, with procession 7:30-9:30 p.m. Holland Area Arts Council, 150 E. 8th St.

Oct. 12, 26 - Grand River Folk Arts Society: Dance instruction events. 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Second Friday International Folk Dance, Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE ($5). 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Fourth Friday Contra Dance/Jam, Fifth Street Hall, 701 5th St. NW ($6). Oct. 16 - 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: 534-1385. new Free. Oct. 18 - 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 ( Oct. 20 - DANCEgr: Ballroom dance instruction (7-8 p.m.), followed by social dance (811 p.m.). Women’s City Club, 254 E. Fulton St., $10 lesson, $11 dance, $16 both. Oct. 23, 30 - Meijer Gardens Master Lecture Series: Oct. 23, “The Spirit of John Muir” by character actor Lee Stetson. Oct. 30, “Bernar Venet.” 7 p.m. Meijer Gardens. $12, members free. Oct. 29 - GR Audubon Club: “The Kirtland’s Warbler: Extraordinary Bird, Extraordinary People” by Bill Rapai, president of Grosse Pointe Audubon Society and author. 7 p.m. social hour, 7:30 presentation. GR Theological Seminary Auditorium, Cornerstone University, 3000 Leonard St. NE. Public welcome, free. Oct. 30 - mARTini: Art Talks Speaker Series: “Comments on Collecting.” 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:15 p.m. lecture. University Club, 111 Lyon St. NW. $25 dinner (

Oct. 2, 23 - Hope College Visiting Writer Series: Oct. 2, Oni Buchanan and Jon Woodward, poetry. Oct. 23, Jeffrey Brown, graphic novels. 7 p.m.; jazz at 6:30 p.m. Knickerbocker October 2012 / 109

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Lauri and Jerry Bach

Lindsey and Leo Morales

Jenny Waugh, Tom and Jackie McGovern

Whitney Post, Max Benedict and Mary Muller Sandy and Steve Kelly Chad Moore and Marcail


snap shots

A LIttLe JAZZ, a little country and a lot of support for diversity. This was the 10th year for the Cattle Baron’s Ball Grand Rapids, a Western-themed gala that raised more than $150,000 Aug. 10 to support the American Cancer Society. The inaugural GRandJazzFest brought 4,000 people downtown in August for a day-long free festival of jazz. West Shore Aware — gay men and women working to improve lakeshore communities — held its White Party in Saugatuck. The group has provided more than $250,000 to charities and college scholarships.

George Stoutin, Mike Clawson and John April

PhotoGraPhy by Johnny Quirin

Joe and Pam Pearson and Emmy Highley

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Deidra Lowis, Cari Guttenberg and Libby Joseph

Mitchell, Christine, Chuck and Miles Flott Kristen Aidif and Chelsey Colston

Madelyn and Emily Hardy Crowd at the GRandJazzFest

Steve Masterson and Tim Spooner

PhotoGraPhy by Johnny Quirin

PhotoGraPhy by Johnny Quirin

Jackie Morehouse and Terese Evans

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after thoughts

Q:a As artists and voters invade Grand Rapids to participate in the fourth annual ArtPrize, founder Rick DeVos takes time to reflect on other matters. WHAt trAItS DO YOU DISLIKe IN OtHerS? Smug hostility, incuriosity. beSt HAbIt? Voracious reading. WHAt Are YOU reADING? I have the problem of reading too many books at once. I would blame it on the Kindle, but the problem preceded it. Most recently, I finished (and enjoyed) “Shogun” by James Clavell. Over the past few months I have enjoyed “The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton Christensen, “The Innovator’s Solution” by Michael Raynor and Clayton Christensen, “The Master Switch” by Tim Wu, “Culturematic” by Grant McCracken, and for escapist thrillers, I enjoy the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. GUILtIeSt PLeASUre? Karaoke. WHAt IS PLAYING ON YOUr IPOD? Relatively new stuff: Purity Ring, Frank Ocean, the “Moonrise Kingdom” soundtrack. Older favorites and standbys: Led Zeppelin, Sufjan Stevens, Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, School of Seven Bells,

Justice. NAMe tHe GUeStS At YOUr FANtASY DINNer PArtY? Marshall McLuhan, Clayton Christensen, Quentin Schultze, Grant McCracken, Matt Drudge, Peter Thiel and Margaret Thatcher. — MARTY PRIMEAU

PhotoGraPhy by adam bird


irst there was the world’s largest art competition. Then he started 5X5 Night, allowing five presenters five minutes to explain their entrepreneurial ideas to five judges in hopes of winning up to $5,000. Now what is Rick DeVos working on? “Investing in really great startups through Start Garden,” his $15 million venture capital fund launched in May to inspire new businesses. WHAt tALeNt WOULD YOU MOSt LIKe tO POSSeSS? An instrument rating for my pilot’s license. It is the rating that lets you fly through clouds. Very achievable, but it takes time — which I’m pretty short on lately! MOSt treASUreD POSSeSSION? My Leica M7 camera. It was the first pro-level camera I ever owned. It takes beautiful pictures and has amazing lenses. Because it is a Rangefinder, it is far more transparent than the traditional Single Lens Reflex design, which lets you capture really unique moments and slices.

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