Small Plates Big Impact returns Thursday, October 21, from 5:30pm-8:30pm.
We hope you're hungry, because after taking a year off, Grand Rapids' most unique dining, shopping, and entertainment experience is back and better than ever! For one night only, we’re opening the Market Hall to guests, supporters, and sponsors of the Downtown Market Education Foundation. Stroll the first floor while tasting the event-exclusive small plates offered by our 20+ merchants and restaurants.
- $100 PER PERSON
- FOOD & LIBATIONS INCLUDED
- BUSINESS CASUAL ATTIRE
Your support of this event contributes to Downtown Market Education Foundation programs and initiatives
SUPPORTING FOOD ENTREPRENEURS
Our 24/7, 5,000 square foot Incubator Kitchen and technical assistance programs provide accessible kitchen space and one-on-one support to hundreds of food entrepreneurs (from product makers, to restaurants, to caterers) each year. Budding entrepreneurs benefit from our suite of on-site sector-specific business guidance, as well as our community partnerships to help them navigate through all phases of business.
EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE UNDERSERVED
By offering free services and subsidized rental rates for the Incubator Kitchen, the Market has been able to increase the chances of success for low-income and minority-owned businesses by saving each an average of $25,000 in annual operating expenses.
IMPACTING THE LOCAL FOOD ECONOMY
The work of the Downtown Market reaches well outside of our own walls. A recent economic impact study reported that our work has resulted in an overall annual local economic impact of $85M, supported almost 800 local jobs, and resulted in over $92 million in food business retail sales since 2013.
EMPOWERING THE WORKFORCE
By connecting with local partners who focus on workplace development initiatives, the Market instills valuable training and skills to individuals of all ages and abilities, empowering them in their transition into the workforce.