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  • Beer, bikes and building: A trio made in heaven Beer, bikes and building: A trio made in heaven

    Cycling followed by a beer may not be a new combination, but a May 26 event in Grand Rapids will bring the two even closer together.

    The Local Trades Alley Cat bike race, a free event designed for riders of all experience levels, will take attendees to venues all over the city, from bars and restaurants to construction company headquarters.
    At each stop, riders will receive a hole punch in their card, and at the conclusion of the race, riders with the most punches have the most opportunities for prizes through a raffle.

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  • Mr. Lucky: Comedian Kyle Dunnigan Headlines at Pyramid Scheme Mr. Lucky: Comedian Kyle Dunnigan Headlines at Pyramid Scheme

    Comedian Kyle Dunnigan is the first to admit he’s a lucky guy. And he’s not talking about when he semi-famously dated Sarah Silverman from 2011 to 2013. 

    For him, timing has been his saving grace — being in the right place at the right time.

    “When I look back, so many things could have gone a different way for me where I’d be sitting in an office somewhere now. And they didn’t,” Dunnigan told REVUE. “I know a lot of talented people who didn’t really get a break. So I’ve got to attribute that to luck.”

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  • Lakeshore Brewery Tour: Growing beer scenes in Skee-town, Grand Haven offer plenty of top-notch options Lakeshore Brewery Tour: Growing beer scenes in Skee-town, Grand Haven offer plenty of top-notch options

    On a gorgeous sunny Friday last month, this writer and the Revue team — aka The Merry Band of Millennials including Kelli Belanger, Rachel Harper, Nick Manes, Josh Veal and John Wiegand — decided to break out of the office to see what the breweries of Muskegon and Grand Haven had to offer. Here’s what we uncovered.

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  • Now Open & Coming Soon: New Restaurant and Brewery Report Now Open & Coming Soon: New Restaurant and Brewery Report

    By the time you read this list, it will probably be inaccurate. Ten years ago, the arrival of a new restaurant concept in little ol’ Grand Rapids was an extraordinary, blessed occurrence. Now, it seems not a day goes by without the announcement of a trendy new brewpub, small-plate restaurant, beer garden, artisan cocktail bar, tasting room or gourmet coffee purveyor, often attached to a mixed-use development and usually accompanied by a sleek Squarespace website.

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Featured Content

  • It’s Amore: Q&A with Chef Jenna Arcidiacono It’s Amore: Q&A with Chef Jenna Arcidiacono

    Jenna Arcidiacono, a self-proclaimed foodie, is the owner and founder of Amore Trattoria Italiana. Arcidiacono brings authenticity and passion in every dish at Amore, having learned from her own observations in Italy, working alongside her husband and mother-in-law while studying other ristoranti e trattories. 

    Amore’s specialty is simple but striking dishes. While seemingly simple in nature, her menu is packed with high quality, local ingredients.

    The proud “farm-to-fork, fork-to-mouth” advocate chatted with Revue about her humble beginnings and what’s most exciting about West Michigan dining these days. Here’s what she had to say. 

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  • Bodacious Burgers: Revue’s staff picks for must-try hamburgers in West Michigan Bodacious Burgers: Revue’s staff picks for must-try hamburgers in West Michigan

    Jules Winnfield, Samuel Jackson’s gun-toting character in Pulp Fiction, once famously said, “Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.” And while that was a scripted, flippant remark, a true burger addict would never turn down a mouthwatering patty at any time of day. 

    Luckily for you, Revue’s staff is stocked with extreme Hamburglars. Here’s some staff picks, detailing not only their favorite burger joints, but particular must-haves on their menus. 

    Maybe soon, West Michigan will finally get a Big Kahuna Burger… I hear they've got some tasty burgers. In the meantime, here are a few existing spots on Revue’s radar. —Rich Tupica

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  • Cheap Eats: Three Dining Deals to Devour Cheap Eats: Three Dining Deals to Devour

    When I reveal that I’m a food writer, inevitably, I hear the same things. “That would be fun.” Yes, it is. “How do you find a good restaurant?” Well, the answer is simple. Choose a restaurant (really, any one will do), sit down and order food, then determine whether or not you’d come back. I promise, there are no secrets here.

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Artist Spotlight

  • E.L. the Extraterrestrial: Emma Loo Releases 'Ancient' LP E.L. the Extraterrestrial: Emma Loo Releases 'Ancient' LP

    Emma Ward, aka Emma Loo, doesn’t make weird music just for the sake of being weird. She makes it weird because she is too and she likes it that way. This month the singer-songwriter releases her first solo album, Ancient, at the Tip Top Deluxe. The set list is years in the making for a performer who finally found the tools to make the songs in her head a reality.

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