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Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Kicks Off Its 5th Anniversary to Celebrate Wonderful Dining in Grand Rapids, Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- (Marketwired) -- 08/18/14 -- In 2010 Experience Grand Rapids saw an opportunity to create Restaurant Week Grand Rapids to showcase its newest food trends and unique restaurant scene that was developing and thriving in this successful Michigan city. Now in its 5th year, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids has become one of the most popular events in Grand Rapids that was recently voted the #1 Travel Destination for 2014 by Lonely Planet.

According to Janet Korn, Sr. Vice President of Experience Grand Rapids, "Grand Rapids has arrived as a food destination. Local restaurants' top-notch culinary teams year round combine their creative flair with use of fresh local ingredients. This is especially delightful during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids that runs August 13 - 24, 2014 during the peak of the summer harvest season. Restaurant Week gives us a chance to celebrate what is happening in our great restaurant scene and to showcase how they use healthy and colorful local farm ingredients on their menus."

Grand Rapids also currently stakes its claim as the titleholder "Beer City U.S.A." for the second year running. Well-known breweries in Grand Rapids include Founders Brewing Company, named the 3rd best brewery in the world, Brewery Vivant, Mitten Brewery and HopCat, designated the #1 brewpub in the nation (ratebeer.com) and for the last several years the #3 beer bar on earth. Grand Rapids was also named one of the top 10 Best Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers.

Michigan is also the 4th largest state in the U.S. for grape production and ranks 13th in wine production, producing more than one million gallons of wine annually. "It was only fitting," says Korn, "that 'Perfect Pairings' was decided as our theme for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2014 to showcase great beer, wine, liquor and coffee pairings that pair well with different foods on Restaurant Week Grand Rapids menus. Restaurants have been encouraged to pair their food selections with wine, beer, spirits or coffee that complement each of their courses, making it a fun and educational experience for diners who visit Grand Rapids to see how different beverages pair well with certain foods."

This year Over 60 restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids with 45 restaurants offering delectable 3-course locally inspired menus for $28 per person. An additional 22 restaurants are offering a two-person menu of 3-courses for $28 with plenty of food for those on a budget or who want to dine out more casually. All of the restaurants participating and their menus can be viewed on RestaurantWeekGR.com so the public can decide where they want to have dinner through August 24th.

Recognition and awards that Grand Rapids, Michigan has recently received include:

  • #1 Travel Destination for 2014 by Lonely Planet
  • One of the Most Underrated Cities (May 2014) GlobalYodel.com
  • Best City for Raising a Family (April 2014) Forbes.com
  • One of America's Top 10 Most Exciting Mid-Sized Cities (March 2014) Movado
  • 14 Destinations for Your 2014 Travel Bucket List (December 2013) Huffington Post
  • Best Place to Retire (October 2013) AARP
  • 15 U.S. Cities' Emerging Downtowns (May 2013) Forbes.com

One dollar from every Restaurant Week meal sold during the 2014 event will be donated by each of the restaurants to a student scholarship fund at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, one of the top 20 culinary schools in the nation. Since 2010, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids participating restaurants have donated almost $75,000 to the GRCC Secchia Institute Student Scholarship Fund. Grand Rapids benefits greatly from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education as many of the students and graduates of the school remain in the community and work in the hospitality industry.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids Partners include:

Major Underwriting Contributors
Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
Experience Grand Rapids

Exclusive Major Partners
Sysco Grand Rapids - Exclusive Food Partner
Founders Bank & Trust - Exclusive Local Bank Partner
Ferris Coffee and Nut - Exclusive Coffee Partner
Founders Brewing Company - Exclusive Brewery Partner
Great Lakes Wine & Spirits - Exclusive Wine & Spirits Distributor Partner
Simi Winery - Exclusive National Wine Partner
Woodford Reserve - Exclusive National Spirits Partner

Exclusive Major Media Partners
MLive & Grand Rapids Press - Official Digital Marketing Partner
GR Magazine & Michigan Blue Magazine - Official Food & Travel Magazine Partners
Townsquare Media - Official Radio Partners
WGRD 97.9 FM, WFGR 98.7 FM, WTRV - The River 100.5 FM, WLHT 95.7 FM, WNWZ 1410 AM

Supporting Partners
Valley City Linen
Zoye Pure 100% Soybean Oil
Michigan Restaurant Association
Black Star Farms
Fenn Valley Winery
Local First
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
JW Marriott Hotel
Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
Revue Magazine
StellaFly Social Media
Women's Lifestyle Magazine
GRNOW
EATGR

Photographs Available

Interviews Available Upon Request

Contact:
Sally Littlefair Zarafonetis
Restaurant Week Grand Rapids
Media Consultant
(616) 656-5885
Email Contact

Janet Korn
Experience Grand Rapids
Sr. Vice President
616-459-8287
Email Contact

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