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What We’re up to this Weekend: July 18 - 20

What We’re up to this Weekend: July 18 - 20

Categories: Social

It’s the middle of summer, which means it’s about that time when you may be getting tired of the crowded beaches and construction traffic. You’re probably even more exhausted from all the fireworks, celebration, and drinking from the Fourth of July weekend and are in major need for some good ol’ R&R.

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What’s going on in Grand Rapids? May 20 - 22

What’s going on in Grand Rapids? May 20 - 22

Categories: Social

Are you starting to feel like weekends in Grand Rapids can be a little boring? Not gonna lie, we’ve thought that, too. But there’s actually a ton of awesome things happening in this little city of ours—you just have to do some digging to find out what’s goin’ on!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Backyard Finds

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Backyard Finds

Categories: Social

So, you’re looking for that perfect Mother’s Day present for the best mom out there? With Mother’s Day almost a week away, it’s crunch time to plan the perfect way to honor your mother.

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5 Best Grilled Cheese Sammies in Grand Rapids

5 Best Grilled Cheese Sammies in Grand Rapids

Categories: Recipes

April is National Grilled Cheese Month! Why is this important? Because Grand Rapids is home to some of the best ooey-gooey grilled cheese goodness there is.

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4 Must-See Acts at LaughFest 2016

4 Must-See Acts at LaughFest 2016

Categories: Social

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Chef on the Road: Exploring the Cuisine of Thailand

Chef on the Road: Exploring the Cuisine of Thailand

Categories: Essence Restaurant Group

At Essence, we believe one of the best ways for chefs to grow in their craft is to travel and experience new, unfamiliar cuisine. Our Pastry Chef Ana recently traveled to Thailand and Vietnam for the food and cultural experience of a lifetime. Here’s the scoop on Ana’s experience and the delicious cuisine she was able to discover:

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Film isn’t Dead: Meet Vinny Walsh, Off Center Gallery Featured Artist

Film isn’t Dead: Meet Vinny Walsh, Off Center Gallery Featured Artist

Categories: Off Center Art Gallery

Vinny Walsh is a nature enthusiast and local photographer, originally from the small town of Cross Village, MI. His love for nature and spending time outdoors organically led him to his specialty—capturing landscapes on film, which he’s been doing for the last 15 years.

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Vander Mill Tour: Cartel Event

Vander Mill Tour: Cartel Event

Categories: Cartel

We finally kicked off our Cartel events last weekend, after our first couple were unfortunately rained out. Breweries have been a Cartel favorite for past tours, but wanted to shake things up a bit this year by setting up a tour at Vander Mill Cidery, especially since their hard ciders are always in high demand at The Green Well!

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Art in the Garden 2015: Recap

Art in the Garden 2015: Recap

Categories: Off Center Art Gallery

The third annual Art in the Garden event last Sunday, August 9 was quite a memorable afternoon filled with wonderful art, music, food and friends.

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The Art of Drawing: An interview with Off Center Gallery Artist Destiny Von Brandt

The Art of Drawing: An interview with Off Center Gallery Artist Destiny Von Brandt

Categories: Off Center Art Gallery

Local artist Destiny Von Brandt has been drawing since before she could walk or talk; it has been a part of her life longer than she can remember…

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Recap of the final event in the Downtown Market’s Foodie Film Series

Recap of the final event in the Downtown Market’s Foodie Film Series

Categories: Essence Restaurant Group

Essence Restaurant Group was created on the foundation of a shared passion for fresh, natural and local food. We work hard to ensure that our food is consciously sourced and supports the community of local farmers and growers. The local food and sustainability movement is something that gets us really excited, which is why the Foodie Film Series at the Downtown Market intrigued us.

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The History of Essence Restaurant Group

The History of Essence Restaurant Group

Categories: Essence Restaurant Group

Today, Bistro Bella Vita, The Green Well, and Grove are a few of the most well-known and beloved restaurants both in Grand Rapids and beyond—but it didn’t happen overnight. It has been a wonderful (and delicious) journey and we thought it would be fun to share with you how Essence Restaurant Group got to where it is today. Here we go!

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The Art of Great Service: An Interview with Manager Sarah Bullion

The Art of Great Service: An Interview with Manager Sarah Bullion

Categories: Essence Restaurant Group

We wanted to share what fuels our hospitality fire at Essence Restaurant Group with our get-to-know-the-staff blogs. Last week, we sat down with The Green Well’s Manager, Sarah Bullion.

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Amanda’s Top 5 Michigan Breweries

Amanda’s Top 5 Michigan Breweries

Categories: Essence Restaurant Group

Unless you’re living with your head buried in the sand, you’ve surely noticed we are amidst a movement praising microbrews and delicious crafts. Beer snobs, rejoice!

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Exploring the Culinary Trends of San Diego

Exploring the Culinary Trends of San Diego

Categories: Essence Restaurant Group

Our partnership team recently returned from a trip to San Diego where we explored the latest culinary trends…

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Getting to Know the Off Center Gallery Artists: Randi Ford

Getting to Know the Off Center Gallery Artists: Randi Ford

Categories: Off Center Art Gallery

A full-time artist working in Grand Rapids, Randi focuses mostly on painting and illustration, devoting her time to working on her stationary line…

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Getting to Know the Off-Center Art Gallery Artists: Angeline Meitzler

Getting to Know the Off-Center Art Gallery Artists: Angeline Meitzler

Categories: Off Center Art Gallery

On a lovely Saturday morning in June, I arrived at Sparrow’s Café to chat with Angeline Meitzler, a local artist and GVSU student

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Passion Met Opportunity and it Soared

Passion Met Opportunity and it Soared

Categories: Essence Restaurant Group

If we go back to where it all started, it began in my childhood kitchen. As a wee lad, I’d ‘play’ in the kitchen while my mother was cooking

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