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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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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