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Breweries create new beer to support trees

Breweries create new beer to support trees

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Seventeen area breweries are showing their support for trees by creating a new brew.

Each brewery will have its own version of craft tree beer on tap from Sunday, August 4 to Saturday, August 10.  The brewers used ingredients such as maple, oak and cherry to make their tree-inspired beer.  For each pint of craft tree beer sold, select breweries will donate $1 to the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Urban Forest Project.  The remaining breweries are organizing other events and promotions to benefit the Urban Forest Project. The money will be used to create an official Brewers Grove within the city.

Participating breweries include:

Brewers Grove to take shape October 17

Brewers Grove to take shape October 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  "Friends of Grand Rapids Parks" is getting reading to plant a new green space for Grand Rapids, made possible by 17 area breweries.

The ceremonial planting of Brewers Grove will take place October 17 at Riverside Park.  The event will also include a beer-inspired movie showing inside the park at dusk.  Visitors will be allowed to bring growlers.

Brewers Grove is being funded by tree beer sales.  Each participating brewery created their own version of tree beer.  The fundraiser began August 5, with many breweries donating $1 from each pint sold to the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks' Urban Forest Project.  Other participating breweries created events and promotions for the fundraising campaign.

Participating breweries include:

Rockford Brewing Company’s Mocha Porter debuts

Rockford Brewing Company’s Mocha Porter debuts

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Rockford’s “Sweet Chocolat: A Decadent Downtown Chocolate Stroll” was a sold-out success this year, bringing together local shops and bars with specials and promotions and of course, lots of chocolate.

Whether it was brownies, fudge, bacon, or beer, downtown Rockford had all tastes covered. And yes, I did say bacon - one of the featured shops was offering up chocolate-covered bacon to the masses participating in the stroll.

Still going strong, 'America's Favorite Farmers Market' adds new vendors

Still going strong, 'America's Favorite Farmers Market' adds new vendors

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Voted "America's Favorite Farmers Market" in a 2011 nationwide contest, the Rockford Farm Market refuses to rest on its laurels. 

Always striving to better itself and add to the eclectic mix of locally grown and produced "Pure Michigan" foodstuffs, the market recently added two new vendors. 

When Farm Market matriarch Theona Gee of the 100-Acre Woods Honey Farm retired at the start of last year's farm market season, the market was left without a vendor of honey products. Gee, known as the "honey lady," was one of the market's original vendors and was beloved by honey aficionados, especially children who loved her honey sticks.

Enter this year. Working in partnership are "Uncle George's Honey" and "Christian Farms Honey Specialist." Both offer a full line of pure honey products, from honey sticks to bottled honey (various sizes) to honey combs and much, much more, including maple syrup.

More than 60 restaurants to take part in Restaurant Week GR

More than 60 restaurants to take part in Restaurant Week GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The list of businesses participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is out.

So far, 68 restaurants have signed up to take part in the annual event, creating specialty three-course meals for $25. Participants include:

  • The Acorne Grille at Thousand Oaks Golf Club (4100 Thousand Oaks Dr. NE, My Town Plainfield/Northview)
  • Amore Trattoria Italiana (5080 Alpine Avenue NW, My Town Comstock Park/Alpine Township)
  • Aryana Restaurant and Bar (5700 28th Street SE, My Town Ada/Cascade)
  • Bar Divani (15 Ionia Ave. SW, Ste. 130, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bistro Bella Vita (44 Grandville Ave. SW, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bistro Chloe Elan (445 Ada Drive SE, My Town Ada/Cascade)
  • Bobarino’s at the B.O.B. (20 Monroe Ave. NW, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bombay Cuisine (1420 Lake Drive SE, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille (401 Leonard St.

Sam's Joint collectibles sell for thousands of dollars

Sam's Joint collectibles sell for thousands of dollars

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Collectibles and artifacts that once lined the Sam’s Joint in Rockford are now on their way to new homes.

More than 400 items owned by Sam Bravata were auctioned off by orbitbid.com this week.  A mounted suit of armor earned one of the top bids, selling for $1,041.  Other high priced items include a vintage Mobil Pegasus logo sign, which sold for $2,505; a vintage hand crafted wood harp made by JF Browne & Company, with a top bid of $1,156; and a 72-inch hand carved wood statue with lamp, which sold for $821.

Two more Sam’s Joint auctions are planned.  Items from the Lakeview facility will be auctioned off on orbitbid.com June 18; collectibles from the Kentwood restaurant will be up for bid on July 2.

Sam's Joint auctions begin Tuesday, June 4

Sam's Joint auctions begin Tuesday, June 4

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Your chance to own a piece of Sam’s Joint starts tomorrow morning.

Orbitbid.com will begin auctioning off items from the restaurant at 8 a.m.  June 4.  The auction runs through 6 p.m.  A variety of vintage nautical pieces will be up for bid, as well as model airplanes and boats, suits of armor, vintage firearms and swords, vintage toys, trucks and pedal cars, art and sports memorabilia.  To view the items up for auction, click here.

Following the auction at the Rockford location, Sam Bravata will be selling off his personal collection from the Lakeview and Kentwood facilities through orbitbid.com.  The Lakeview auction will take place June 18; the Kentwood auction is July 2.

The Sam’s Joint locations in Plainwell, Gun Lake, Alaska, Coopersville and Norton Shores will remain open.