July Microbrews: Latitude 42 Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:07 |

Latitude 42 Brewing Company CEO Joe Stoddard had been running a restaurant for years, all while having a dream of opening his own brewery with spectacular food. The kitchen aspect of the endeavor was covered, but he was faced with the challenge of finding the next key piece of the puzzle -- the brewer -- before moving on to the business plan.

Gluten Free Girl: The Union Cabaret & Grille

Written by Kelli Belanger | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:20 |

The Union Cabaret & Grille features no shortage of impeccable Southern flare. Chefs who got their start in places like New Orleans and Kansas City have put together a menu that features showstoppers like St. Louis-style ribs and Gumbo. Also available are six different barbeque sauces, all gluten free.

Taste This! Spicy Picks and Summery Cocktails

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:42 |

It's an optimistic time of year. The days are noticeably longer and temperatures are getting warmer. Not that you need to rely on the weather to heat things up—a spicy bite or sip can do the trick just as well.

June Microbrews: Unruly Brewing

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 22 May 2014 23:30 |

Jeff Jacobson spends his days as an attorney, but one who harbored a secret desire: to open a brewery. However, it wasn't a task to be accomplished on his own. He had been doing some trademarking work for his soon-to-be business partner, Mark Gongalski, to whom he expressed his interest to open a brewery. They joined forces but were missing a crucial piece, the brewer.

Grand Rapids celebrates BeerCity Week

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 25 April 2014 09:42 |

Since Examiner got rid of its Beer City USA poll, it looks like Grand Rapids will be the nation's champ forever. Or until another beer-related poll pops up. But until then, we will celebrate our win indefinitely.

Gluten Free Girl: CVLT Pizza

Written by Kelli Belanger | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:09 |

If you asked me why I hadn’t tried CVLT Pizza until now, I would say it’s because I had no faith in gluten-free pizza. The key word here is 'had'.

VeganGR's Top Vegan Restaurants

Written by Kolene Allen and Jon Dunn | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:56 |

There’s been an explosion of restaurants offering vegan options in the Grand Rapids area over the last couple of years. Choosing just five favorites seems somehow cruel. However, when push comes to shove, here are five that rise to the top.

Food Speak: Q&A with Abigail Therrien of Terra GR

Written by Lindsay Patton | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:49 |

The last three months have been my learning experience. ... But it's nice to have that creative flow to really cook food for people. I'm not a big talker. My food speaks for what I would say.

Staying Alive: Restaurants play to personal strengths, remain consistent for success

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:35 |

To Michigan’s economy, restaurants are kind of a big deal. The industry currently employs 10 percent of Michigan’s total workforce, registering $13.1 billion in annual sales. The National Restaurant Association projects a 5.8 percent increase in employment over the course of 2014, which means the creation of 23,000 jobs in the state.

EZ Livin': A Q&A with Scott Petersen of SpeakEZ Lounge

Written by Lindsay Patton | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:18 |

Half of our menu can be made either gluten free or vegan. I love to cater to things like that. People who are close to me, myself included, have dietary restrictions. So I'm very in-tune to that.

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