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Education Foundation

Our Incubator Kitchen provides accessible kitchen rates to startup food businesses. Budding entrepreneurs, at any stage, can benefit from the expertise of our on-site business guidance counselor who helps navigate them through all facets of the startup process. To date, 500+ individuals have been counseled.

We encourage community growth by providing event space, marketing assistance, and awareness for our philanthropic partners. As a vehicle for advancement, we are proud to aid in the goals of diversity, economic sustainability, and overall vibrancy of Grand Rapids.

By connecting with local partners that focus on workplace development initiatives, the Market instills valuable training and skills to students of all ages, including those with disabilities, empowering them in their transition into the workforce.

A series of classes held at the downtown market that brings dietitians and chefs together with healthcare providers to explore the influence food has on health and disease.

Class cost inclusive of hands-on instructional experience at the state-of-the-art teaching kitchen at the Downtown Market, shared family meal and beautiful recipe cards to take and use in your home kitchen. Individual classes can be purchased for $75 per class or the entire four class series can be purchased for a discounted rate of $275 with our 4-class bundle option.

Culinary Medicine Plant-Based Cooking
Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM  |  REGISTER
Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM  |  REGISTER

The Culinary Medicine team at Spectrum Health welcomes you to the plant-based cooking series. We believe that when chefs, registered dieticians and physicians work together, we can prevent and oftentimes reverse many of our country’s most challenging chronic health problems. We want to share this information with you in a fun, hands-on, interactive teaching kitchen environment. In this series of classes, you will learn delicious ways to increase the amount of seasonal whole plant foods in your diet along with the science of achieving optimal health through a plant-based lifestyle.


Culinary Medicine for the Sports Enthusiast
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM  |  REGISTER
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM  |  REGISTER

A well-chosen nutrition strategy, including a focus on whole plant foods, greatly impacts the “performance of, and recovery from, sporting activities” according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Join the Spectrum Health Culinary Medicine team to develop a personalized and evidence-based approach to fueling your training day.  Information on delicious foods and recipes to decrease post-exercise inflammation and obtain optimal protein sources will be discussed, prepared and enjoyed.

If your business, family or non-profit would like to get involved with the mission of the Downtown Market Education Foundation, email about ways to donate, volunteer or create new partnerships.