Table Talk: Kate Leeder of Aperitivo

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 31 March 2016 16:26 |

This month I sat down with Kate Leeder: A St. Louis native, closeted Bud Lite fan and co-owner of Aperitivo — a cheese, charcuterie, wine and beer shop at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market (435 Ionia Ave., SW). Bonus: The shop is paired with a bar featuring a sampling of its select stock. 

If you’re looking for someone to geek out with over cheese, or for the best wine to pair with Pringles (yes, Pringles), perhaps you should pay Leeder and her staff a visit. You’ll never look at wine the same way again.

Dining Review: BarFly’s new Venture, Waldron Public House

Written by Troy Reimink | Thursday, 17 March 2016 20:32 |

In February, BarFly Ventures closed the 10-year-old McFadden's restaurant, pub and dance club to redesign the space and replace the concept with a British-style pub, The Waldron Public House. With a completely revamped menu, The Waldron claims to serve the best fish and chips in Grand Rapids — a bold statement, but does it live up to the promise? Here is our dining writer's assessment.

Table Talk: Katy Waltz of Brewery Vivant

Written by Nick Macksood | Friday, 04 March 2016 09:38 |

Too often I’m guilty of turning down dessert at the end of a meal.

That was not the case this month, because I sat down with Katy Waltz, the talented head pastry chef at Brewery Vivant. Waltz, 31, of Grand Rapids, talked desserts and beers. Here’s what she had to say.

All Aboard! Railtown Brewing breaks the mold in pursuit of quality

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:50 |
Railtown Brewing Co. founders Justin Buiter and Gim Lee like to say their year-old West Michigan craft brewery sits “in the middle of nowhere and between everything.” Instead of having the flashiest taproom or branding, the brewery instead invested in the quality of its liquid, focusing on buying equipment that will ensure its beers live up to the owners’ high standards.

Red hot: Where to find good chili in West Michigan

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 01 March 2016 13:30 |

Every self-respecting person has a go-to chili recipe, forged and perfected in the foul depths of innumerable Michigan winters. If not, then at the very least, everyone should have a set of finely calibrated preferences for chili that is served to them.

Like, how much kick? What kind of meat, if any? How chunky/liquidy? Sweeten or don’t? What kind of beans? 
How much garlic?

In any case, chili is personal and these equations are not to be messed with.

Photo gallery: Winter Beer Fest 2016

Written by Kim Kibby | Saturday, 27 February 2016 16:05 |

Photos from day 1 of Michigan Brewers Guild's Winter Beer Fest 2016.

February Booze News

Written by Joe Boomgaard and REVUE staff | Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:27 |

Long Road Distillers' new whisky series, Short's Brewing Co. releases the special edition "Batch 5000", The People's Cider Co. gets a tasting room, plus a huge list of upcoming breweries, meaderies and distilleries.

Last Call: The Jungle Bird at Black Heron Kitchen & Bar

Written by Rei Robinson | Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:18 |

The Black Heron on the West Side of Grand Rapids makes The Jungle Bird with a tincture of the sunset shone warm about the verdant lime wedge. 

In this cocktail, the Campari and pineapple burst onto one’s palate like a phantom grapefruit lemonade inception. This Bird alights upon the tongue.

Michigan Craft Beer Tasting Notes: The What’s (Sorta) New Edition

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 03 February 2016 12:17 |

Everyone loves to find a new favorite craft beer.
In this tasting session of new beers that just hit distribution in West Michigan, we’ve found two options we’d happily recommend you seek out — and a host of others worth trying as well.

Cheap Eats: Three Dining Deals to Devour

Written by Nick Macksood | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:08 |

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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