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My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Restaurant Week is about a month away, but you can start making your plans by salivating over the menus.

The 5th annual event runs from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24 at 66 Grand Rapids restaurants. This year, the theme is "Perfect Pairings" to showcase beverages that pair well with foods.

Restaurants are now taking reservations for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. This year, 44 restaurants will offer 3-course locally inspired menus for $28 per person, including:

 

My Town Ada/Cascade

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town: Rockford Restaurant Week leads to record donation for hungry

My Town: Rockford Restaurant Week leads to record donation for hungry

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A spokesperson for Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says Rockford Restaurant Week 2014 was a great success.

According to organizers, participating restaurants served up more than 800 of their specialty meals to patrons during Rockford Restaurant Week.  For each sale, participating restaurants donated the equivalent of 4.5 meals, which totaled to more than 3,600 meals for those in need.  That’s 25 percent higher than last year, and comes at a time when demand for Feeding America West Michigan’s services are at a record high.

This was the second year for Rockford Restaurant Week.  Modeled after Grand Rapids’ Restaurant Week, the event is designed to raise awareness about the diverse food Rockford offers, while funding hunger relief through Feeding America West Michigan. 

My Town Rockford:Honey Creek Inn celebrates 30th anniversary with new look, expanded menu

My Town Rockford:Honey Creek Inn celebrates 30th anniversary with new look, expanded menu

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- The Honey Creek Inn in Cannonsburg is reopening its doors Tuesday afternoon, April 1  after undergoing a marathon three-day renovation.

“I’m taking it back to an Irish pub,’’ owner Don Kurylowicz said. “When you walk in, you’re going to be in Ireland.’’

The iconic pub, 8025 Cannonsburg Road NE, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with Tuesday's reopening. Upgrades include new paint and new LEDs. Some of the more than 400 beer taps collected over the past 30 years are being displayed on illuminated shelves running along ceiling beams. Kurlyowicz also plans to display photos connected with Honey Creek activities, including the annual Duathlon and a recent trip to Ireland attended by 180 patrons.

“It’s a display no one else has in West Michigan,’’ he said.

My Town Rockford: New law allows Michigan diners to bring in wine

My Town Rockford: New law allows Michigan diners to bring in wine

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Detroit Free Press & WZZM)-- Michigan diners can now legally take their own bottles of wine to restaurants that have liquor licenses, but they will likely have to pay a corkage fee to have it served to them and the restaurant must be willing to allow it.

Previously, wine purchased outside a restaurant could not be served there, but a new state law that took effect Friday changes that.

Restaurants still have the option to prohibit outside wines, said Justin Winslow, the Michigan Restaurant Association’s vice president of governmental affairs. And they can charge whatever they wish as a corkage fee — the service charge for providing glassware and serving the wine.

The new law does not allow guests to take wine into restaurants that do not have liquor licenses; that was illegal before and still is, Winslow said. In addition, the new law applies only to wine and not any other alcoholic beverage.

My Town: Rockford Restaurant Week will help feed the hungry

My Town: Rockford Restaurant Week will help feed the hungry

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Fill your plate with delicious food and help fill the cupboards of families in need when Rockford Restaurant Week returns this month.

As part of the second annual event, six Rockford area restaurants will showcase special menu items from March 24-29.  Each restaurant will offer a three-course meal or dinner for two for $25.  For every meal ordered, $1 will be donated to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank in Comstock Park.  Each $1 donation will translate into four meals for those struggling with hunger.

Reds on the River, which is organizing Rockford Restaurant Week, hopes to raise enough money to distribute 3,600 meals.

Participating restaurants this year include: