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Downtown restaurant lands on 'Good Food' list

December 4, 2019
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The menu at Reserve Wine & Food in downtown Grand Rapids features more than 100 wines. Photo via fb.com

An industry publication has recognized a downtown Grand Rapids restaurant for its transparent and sustainable purchasing practices.

Reserve Wine & Food, at 201 Monroe Ave. NW, was one of four Michigan restaurants and the only one in West Michigan recognized on the annual “Good Food 100 Restaurants” list by the Good Food Media Network.

“Our goal is to promote transparency and empower people to be aware of where their food is coming from, while recognizing the chefs and restaurants who are consciously committed to building a better food system,” said Sara Brito, co-founder and president, Good Food Media Network.

“Every menu choice and good food purchase that chefs and restaurants make affects each link in our food chain, as well as state, regional and national economies.”

Luke VerHulst, executive chef at Reserve Wine & Food, said the restaurant is “honored” to have been included on the list.

“The quality and transparency of our sourcing is something we as a team take great pride in and as a chef, having the ability to help implement change in a broken food system means everything to me,” VerHulst said.

Reserve bills itself as being “committed to sustainable food systems, maintaining relationships with local farmers and artisans to ensure the market — including what is fresh and local now — dictates its menu.”

The restaurant sources whole animals from local producers, such as Louise Earl Butcher, artisan grains from Ferris Organic and dairy products from a local organic dairy farm run by the Strahof family.

In addition, all produce is grown in Michigan.

Methodology

The “Good Food 100 Restaurants” list is “carefully curated” based on the quantitative measurement of participating restaurants’ self-reported annual food purchasing data.

Restaurants are rated with two to six links — symbolizing links in the food chain — based on the percent of total “good food” purchases supporting state, regional and national “good food” producers and purveyors.

Reserve received all six links.

The list of “Good Food 100 Restaurants” is online.

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