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Know Your Chef: Erin Jeffers

Know Your Chef: Erin Jeffers

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel

Erin “EJ” Jeffers, Olive's Restaurant and Bar

Quick Bio
My grandmother and I would bake the day following Thanksgiving when I was very young. We'd spend one day making 2,000 cookies and the next just frosting them. She taught me so much. I graduated Le Cordon Bleu at Brown College in the Twin Cities. It was a great base for education. I returned to GR and worked an internship at the Flat Iron Grill in Lowell for a year while serving at Centennial Country Club where I became a line cook and worked my way up to Executive Chef in three years. I've been with Olive's since January of 2008.

Ingredient You Can't Live Without
I am a vinegar freak.

Signature Dish
There are so many to choose... the Southern Meatloaf. Most items don't carry over (from season to season) but this has.

Olive's Restaurant Promotes Charity

EAST GRAND RAPIDS - Olive's Restaurant is offering the chance to people be guest bartenders to raise money for charity.

Each month a new guest bartender tends bar in an effort to raise money for the charity of their choice.  On the night of the even, Olive's donates 20% of total sales to the charity of choice.   To date, Olive's has raised over $2,000 for charities including Milan's Miracle and Disability Advocates of Kent County.

The next guest bartender will be Mike Schlatter who will be donating his proceeds on February 22nd to a friend with a child who has

cystic fibrosis.

You can learn more about the program by visiting www.eatatolives.com or call Parker at 451 8611.

Restaurant Week Underway in East

It's RESTAURANT WEEK, and three East Grand Rapids restaurants are participating with special offers for their guests. Click on each restaurant's link to view their special offerings.

Derby Station

Osta's Lebanese Cuisine

Rose's Restaurant

Make the most of the week by supporting your local restaurants.

Restaurant Week November 4-13

East Grand Rapids, MI - Several East Grand Rapids restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids November 4th through 13th. The event will feature, "Fifty restaurants all offering three courses or more for $20.10 per person," says Doug Small, president of Experience Grand Rapids.

Visit for http://www.restaurantweekgr.com/ detailed information and a list of participating restaurants.

Taste of EGR Saturday

TASTE OF EAST GRAND RAPIDS. The Gaslight Village Business Association invites you to shop, dine, stroll and smile as area restaurants showcase their specialties on Saturday, October 2nd from 1:30 to 5:30 pm.

In addition to tasting the local fare, other Gaslight Village businesses will be open with special deals and a silent auction. The event is a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Tickets are $2 each and can be purchased at the event and exchanged for "tastes." Most tastes cost only 1 ticket.

There will also be a bounce tent for children and live music for all.

Everyone is invited to come out for great food, great shopping, and community spirit.

Taste of East Coming Saturday


  Saturday, October 2 · 1:30pm - 5:00pm Location Gaslight Village Created By East Grand Rapids Gaslight Village More Info Please join the Gaslight Village Business Association as we celebrate the Tast of East.

Fashion Night Out

EAST GRAND RAPIDS - Stores and restaurants are asked to stay open late on Friday, September 10 for this event to recognize the importance of the fashion industry to local, national and international economies.  Trolleys will bring shoppers around Grand Rapids and into East's Gaslight Village.   Watch for the red carpets and spotlights in Gaslight.