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Restaurant Week serves farm-to-table specials

August 10, 2015
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Restaurant Week serves farm-to-table specials
A pair of women dine on the rooftop patio at Rockwell Republic in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

West Michigan farms are flush with produce right now, and more than 60 local restaurants will take advantage of the bounty to create new menu items for this year’s Restaurant Week.

Restaurant Week GR begins this Wednesday and runs through Aug. 23.

Now in its sixth year, Restaurant Week GR is a staple event that offers local chefs a chance to get creative with their menus and offer completely new items to diners that puts West Michigan agriculture on display.

What’s for dinner?

Each participating restaurant will offer a three-course meal to guests for either $28 per person or $28 for two. The offering includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.

The theme for this year is “Taste the City.”

Menus are likely to include tomatoes, Lake Michigan perch, beets, peaches, beef and artisan green beans, according to Experience Grand Rapids, which noted that “mid August coincides with a lot of West Michigan harvest seasons.”

Several restaurants have also partnered with local breweries and wineries, including Founders Brewing Co. and Great Lake Wine & Spirits, to create drink-and-food pairings.

Scholarship fund

With $1 from each Restaurant Week meal consumed going to the Grand Rapids Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College, the event is also a way to support up-and-coming culinary talent in the city.

The fund has raised more than $100,000 over the past five years.

Participating restaurants and menus

A full list of participating Restaurant Week GR restaurants and their specials is online.

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