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My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows:

Cascade Community Foundation Iron Chef Competition Tonight

Cascade Community Foundation Iron Chef Competition Tonight

Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student chefs will be competing this evening, using the "secret ingredient," for the opportunity to take home the Iron Skillet Award and a College Scholarship. They will be preparing gourmet cuisine for the judges to savor.

Cynthia Kay Afendoulis will be honored at this year's event with the Claude and Marion Robinson Community Leadership Award. This is awarded to an individual who is committed to improving the community and the lives of neighbors. Cynthia is the owner of Cynthia Kay & Co., a media production and corporate communications company.

My Town: Michigan home to three of the best ice cream shops in America

My Town: Michigan home to three of the best ice cream shops in America

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – East Grand Rapids is home to one of the best ice cream shops in the nation, according to a new report.

Jersey Junction ranks 16th on Brit + Co’s list of 20 Best Ice Cream Shops Across America.  The online publication highlights the shop’s nostalgic feel, with the smell of waffle cones greeting visitors, as well as hand-dipped chocolate covered bananas, old-fashioned candy and ice cream from Hudsonville Creamery.   

Moomers of Traverse City ranked sixth on the list; Loves Ice Cream, the Grand Rapids shop that boats hand crafted ice cream made from grass- grazed cows, o came in under the wire, at No. 20.  To see the complete rankings, visit Brit + Co’s website here.

My Town: Get a 'Taste of East Grand Rapids' Aug. 21

My Town: Get a 'Taste of East Grand Rapids' Aug. 21

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The countdown is on to get a Taste of East Grand Rapids.

The festival of food will return to Gaslight Village this Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Residents and visitors are encouraged to sample food from area restaurants and businesses including:

  • Olive’s
  • Big Bob’s
  • Derby Station
  • Jersey Junction
  • Olga’s Kitchen
  • D&W Fresh Market
  • SweetieLicious
  • Foo Yen
  • Rose’s Express
  • Jet’s Pizza
  • Osta’s

This is the fifth year for Taste of East Grand Rapids, which will also include live music, children’s activities and sidewalk sales.  Proceeds from the event will go to Susan G. Komen of West Michigan.

My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—New plans are in the mix for the former home of Ramona’s Table.

The owners of the former Gaslight Village restaurant have sold their space at 2232 Wealthy Street SE to the owners of Rio Grand Steakhouse in Plainfield Township.  It’s unclear if Rio Grand Steakhouse is planning to open a second restaurant, or move its current establishment at 5501 Northland Drive into the space.

Ramona’s Table moved to the corner of Squires and Bridge in Rockford, where it opened Aug 1.  The owners say their new space can accommodate more than 160 people- more than their old restaurant. Co-owner Jackie Ziehm also says Rockford also had a liquor license available, allowing Ramona’s Table to add Michigan beers and wines to its expanded farm-to-table menu.

My Town: Farm-to-table favorite opening in Rockford Aug. 1

My Town: Farm-to-table favorite opening in Rockford Aug. 1

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Final rounds of training are underway at the newest restaurant opening in Rockford.

Ramona’s Table will welcome its first guests Aug. 1, beginning at 11 a.m.   The restaurant is located at the corner of Squire and Bridge, which was formerly the home of A Charmed Life boutique.  The building dates back a century, when it used to be a grain elevator and the White Pine Trail was a thoroughfare for cargo-laden trains.

Construction workers have been working on renovating the space since January.  The restaurant

pays homage to the building’s history, with the original beams, wood floors and parts of the pulley wheel on display.  Owner Jackie Ziehm says the restaurant also features a three-story atrium with skylight, as well as seating for 92 people inside and 70 people on an outdoor patio.

My Town: Taste of East Grand Rapids returns

My Town: Taste of East Grand Rapids returns

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Get a “Taste of East Grand Rapids” when the festival for foodies returns for its fifth year next month.

The family-friendly event will take over the streets of Gaslight Village Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors may sample food from nine area restaurants, including Olive’s, Big Bob’s, Ramona’s Table, Derby Station, Jersey Junction, Olga’s Kitchen, Mary Ann’s Chocolates, Foo Yen and Osta’s.  This year’s event also includes live music and a free Kid’s Fun Zone featuring inflatables, face painting, air brush tattoos, a magician, crafts and more.  Mangy Gaslight Village shops will also be featuring sidewalks sales.

Taste of East Grand Rapids is presented by the Gaslight Village Business Association.  Proceeds from the event will go to Susan G. Komen of West Michigan.