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Culinary Conversations

CONNECTING LOCAL FOOD CONNECTORS

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:

CULINARY CONVERSATIONS WITH CHEF TUNDE WEY:
FOOD SYSTEM DISPARITIES

Chef Tunde Wey is a Nigerian born Chef who is using his love of food as a platform to shine a light on a multitude of racial injustices still prevalent in American culture. Join us at the Downtown Market as Chef Tunde Wey speaks about a variety of issues including racial inequality in the food industry, the impact of socioeconomics on the food industry, and the struggles he faced on his way to success.

Thursday, April 4, 2019  |  5:00PM to 7:30PM
at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

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FOOD FAILURES
Personal stories of failed projects in the food industry—how it happens, what it inspires, and where to go from failure.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019  |  5:00PM to 7:30PM
at The Lit at the Ladies Literary Club

 

SOURCING LOCAL
Increasing profitability through seasonal ingredients, plus local sourcing via distribution channels and farm direct.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019  |  5:00PM to 7:30PM
at West Michigan FarmLink

 

FOOD BIZ BEGINNERS
Starting, growing, and operating a successful food business. Receive tips and tools from local food experts.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019  |  5:00PM to 7:30PM
at Startgarden