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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:

My Town Rockford: Decadent Downtown Chocolate Stroll returns

My Town Rockford: Decadent Downtown Chocolate Stroll returns

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Get a sweet break from winter as Rockford’s Decadent Downtown Chocolate Stroll returns for another year.

The sweet-tooth centered event will take place Saturday, May 3 from 1 p.m.- 6 p.m. at participating merchants.  Visitors can enjoy unique chocolate samples while strolling through downtown.  There will also be sweet deals and one sweet prize.

For more information and updates, visit the Heart of Rockford Business Association Facebook page.

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent District Library is putting the “pub” in public library starting next month.

With the growing popularity of the craft beer industry in West Michigan, KDL decided to begin offering free home brewing classes, brewery tours, brewery book discussions and beer tastings in January and February 2014. 

For more information and to register for certain programs, visit the library website here or call (616) 784-2007.

Rockford Brewing Co. Tour

Get a "backstage pass" and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan's Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St. on Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include: