Free Market was excited to learn about the opening of Aperitivo in the burgeoning Downtown Market (24 S. Division Ave.) in Grand Rapids. Art of the Table honcho Amy Ruis has teamed up with cheese monger and chef Kate Leeder to create foodie heaven in hobo town.
Ever since the 2009 release of Daisy, iconic alternative/emo band Brand New has fallen off the Midwest map with a touring hiatus, severely wounding the patience of the band's passionate following. With rumors of a new album throughout the past two years and nothing to show for it, fans have been left with empty hands and broken hearts.
We posed some questions for Tami VandenBerg, co-owner of The Pyramid Scheme and The Meanwhile Bar. She talked about the Pyramid Scheme's latest milestone along with the musical tapestry that has made a home there.
Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters (1111 Godfrey Ave.SW) is known for its Saturday Experience. In business since 2007, the micro-roaster encourages customers to visit the fifth-floor roastery Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can learn about the roasting process, try the coffee and sit and chat with fellow java-heads, while the shop custom roasts your order.
Many will pre-order the coffee on Thursday or Friday and come in Saturday to pick it up and have a free cup. Roasters such as Erin Durfey take first timers through the roasting process.
"Top Chef Seattle" winner and Kentwood native Kristen Kish was recently promoted to chef de cuisine for Menton in Boston, a five-diamond and five-star property of Relais& Châteaux. She chats with REVUE about chicken tenders, Olga's Kitchen, and refuses to stick it to someone in her past.
Matthew Russell of Wednesday Evening Cookies has a new gig that does not require dodging cars on his bike. Matt just opened Bread Square (8 Jefferson Ave. SE) as part of the Bartertown Diner Collective that he is a part of.
I guess the Beat Does Not Go On. With Kangaroo Kitchen & Catering (1007 East Fulton St.) set to replace the forlorn hip-hop mixtape purveyor, the Fulton Heights food scene is looking up.
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