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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:


THE IMPORTANCE OF MINORITY CULTURE IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY

Join us for a panel discussion with local minority food business owners as we discuss the role that diversity plays in West Michigan’s food industry.

PANELISTS: Vincent Mcintosh, Co-Owner of Irie Kitchen; Dodlie Benoit, Operations Manager at Chez Olga’s; Darel Ross, Co-Owner 40 Acres; Rob Yoon, Owner of Emonae Korean BBQ; moderated by Kyama Kitavi, Economic Development Manager-Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020  |  5:00PM to 7:30PM
at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

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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