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Culinary Conversations

CONNECTING LOCAL FOOD CREATORS

MEETUP WITH CULINARY CONVERSATIONS:

Culinary Conversations, a new MeetUp group serving West Michigan’s food industry professionals (growers, producers, restauranteurs, and others), is designed to strengthen the conversation of the region’s food creator system. Launching in January 2019, Culinary Conversations will offer regularly scheduled MeetUp gatherings that include networking, educational opportunities, and speaker events. The Culinary Conversations MeetUp group is a partnership between the Grand Rapids Downtown Market Education Foundation, GROW, MSU Extension, and Start Garden.

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UPCOMING MEETUPS:


CREATING VITAL CONNECTIONS IN THE FOOD WORLD

Join us at Eastern Kille Distillery (www.easternkille.com, formerly Grey Skies Distillery) for an industry happy hour and open discussion.

Chef Michael Alexander, from 4GR8 Food Group, shares the benefits of building meaningful relationships with peers and vendors in the food and restaurant community.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020  |  5:00PM to 6:00PM
at Eastern Kille Distillery


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WOMEN OF THE WEST MICHIGAN FOOD WORLD
Join us for a panel discussion with female managers, owners, chefs, and coordinators of the West Michigan food industry. We will be sharing personal stories and information about the food world from a female's perspective.

PANELISTS:
Paola R. Mendivil - Catering Coordinator for El Granjero Mexican Grill
Kris Spaulding - Owner & President of Brewery Vivant
Chef Abigail Therrien - Executive Chef of That Early Bird
Rachelle Bostwick - Owner of Earthkeeper Farm
Brianne Hubbard-Ross - Taproom & Sales Manager, Creston Brewery

MODERATOR:
Chef Jenna Arcidiacono - Chef/Owner of Amore Trattoria

Wednesday, October 21, 2020  |  5:00PM to 6:30PM
at Lions & Rabbits