Kitchen Preview: Rockford Brewing Co. cooks up some gourmet comfort

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 07 October 2016 15:38 |

This week, Rockford Brewing Co. took its new kitchen for a test drive with a multi-day soft opening.

Fork, Knife and Pint: Why breweries are stepping up their food game

Written by Troy Reimink | Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:16 |

Just a few years ago, most breweries could get away with treating their food menu as a greasy afterthought — maybe a few token appetizers or sandwiches to keep the regulars warming the barstools.

But breweries in Beer City and throughout West Michigan are learning, sometimes the hard way, that a successful operation needs more than just good beer to distinguish itself in 2016.

Table Talk: Jeff Butzow of Fish Lads & Carvers

Written by Nick Macksood | Wednesday, 05 October 2016 08:15 |

There’s no shortage of primo fish to reel in from our state’s tens of thousands of inland lakes (including four of the largest lakes in the world) and 300-plus rivers. And yet, nothing compares to an oceanic jewel like fresh king or coho salmon. That’s where Fish Lads comes in — purveying only the finest fillets in Grand Rapids’ own Downtown Market. We talked with Jeff Butzow, owner of Fish Lads, about his aquatic philosophy and plans for the new meat emporium, Carvers, set up just a few feet away.

HopCat Kalamazoo to open this week

Written by Revue Staff | Tuesday, 04 October 2016 11:55 |

HopCat is opening yet another set of doors this Saturday, Oct. 8 in Kalamazoo.

In the Stomach of the Beholder: Top local chefs make a case for the art of cuisine

Written by Troy Reimink | Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:04 |

In Kitchen Confidential, the bestselling chronicle of the food industry’s colorful underbelly, Anthony Bourdain warns of the mayhem and mediocrity that can occur “when the chef starts thinking of himself as an artist rather than a craftsman.” But can food be art? Revue asked some of the area’s top chefs to explain what in the restaurant world, if anything, qualifies as artistic.

Several restaurants have firmly established themselves in West Michigan as go-tos for vegetarian-friendly menus. But if you can’t always convince your friends or significant other to patronize those, you can still find good vegetarian food in unexpected places. Consider this your guide to off-brand, below-radar veggie cuisine in Grand Rapids, broken down by meal.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids: 2016 Featured Menus

Written by REVUE | Tuesday, 09 August 2016 08:26 |

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is back! With more than 50 participating restaurants throughout the city, this event is a good excuse to try out a new restaurant (or two!). Between August 10-21, you can sample 3-course dinner menus for a special price — all 3-course menus are $28 per person (or 2 dine for $28). Read on to see our roundup of featured menus.

The Great Outdoors: How to Eat Fly Under the West Michigan Sky

Written by Troy Reimink | Friday, 01 July 2016 12:52 |

A roundup of top outdoor dining spots in Grand Rapids and beyond.

Jeff Duba & Matt Burdick Talk Heritage Meat

Written by Nick Macksood | Tuesday, 14 June 2016 13:31 |

In an era when people want to know more about the origin of their food, many are starting to pay closer attention to how those tasty animals were treated before they became sustenance. At the forefront of that movement is heritage meats. Grand Rapids’ very own Duba & Co. is one of two (two!) purveyors of heritage meat in the United States. This month, I rode along with owner Jeff Duba to visit Matt Burdick at Idle River Farms in Burlington, Mich. to talk about the ins-and-outs of heritage animals and the rapidly growing interest behind them.

TACO TOUR: Revue Hits the Streets of GR on a Taco Crawl

Written by Nick Macksood | Monday, 06 June 2016 16:05 |

If you want to start a heated food fight, tell a group of people where to find the best tacos in town. 

For reasons unknown, tacos and burritos seem to be America’s most divisive foods and everyone has his or her own favorite spot. With that in mind, what better way to decide who is king than a taco crawl through the streets of Grand Rapids? Here's a quick route.

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