Nonprofit produces Barley BBQ & Beats downtown
A nonprofit will serve up barbecue dishes and whiskey-based cocktails on Saturday night with the help of restaurants and craft spirit makers as part of a new fundraising event.
Hospice of Michigan is hosting its inaugural Barley BBQ & Beats event at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids from 5-9 p.m.
The fundraiser will benefit Hospice’s open-access program, which provides care to all without regard to age, diagnosis and ability to pay.
The nonprofit has also booked hometown acts Domestic Problems, Mid-Life Crisis and Big Dudee Roo to provide the evening’s entertainment.
“West Michigan enjoys a thriving craft food and beverage industry, along with a love of community,” said Marcie Hillary, VP of community relations, Hospice of Michigan. “We look forward to creating a special merger between the two in what we hope will become an annual event in support of Hospice of Michigan.”
Barley BBQ & Beats is replacing Hospice of Michigan’s annual Walk & Remember event, which has been held in East Grand Rapids for the past 20 years.
The walk has raised more than $2.2 million to support the open-access program.
“We thank the many supporters and families who’ve made Walk & Remember a success over the years,” Hillary said.
Hospice of Michigan said Barley BBQ & Beats is inspired by the John Clay Memorial BBQ & Rib Cook-off, an annual May event held by the Clay family in support of the nonprofit. For the past 15 years, the Miller Welding team has transformed its corporate headquarters into a lunch spot for the Clay event.
Tickets to Saturday's event are $35 and can be purchased online.
Barley BBQ & Beats restaurants and distilleries
Daddy Pete’s BBQ, Grand Rapids
Dallas Deli, Wyoming
Horseshoe Smokehouse, Grand Rapids
Main Street BBQ, Lowell
Ms. Piggies, Coopersville
Saladino Smoke, Ada
Two Scotts Barbecue, Grand Rapids
Slows Bar B Q, Grand Rapids
American Fifth Spirits, Lansing
Bier Distillery, Sparta
Coppercraft Distillery, Holland
Detroit City Distillery, Detroit
Grand Traverse Distillery, Grand Rapids
Long Road Distillers, Grand Rapids
New Holland Brewing Co., Holland
Red Cedar Spirits, East Lansing
Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks
Two James Distillery, Detroit