Blue Spoon Soup & Spuds Transitions into Pasta Studio

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Downtown Market

Blue Spoon Soup & Spuds Transitions into Pasta Studio

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 12, 2017 – Blue Spoon, a Grand Rapids Downtown Market Hall eatery run by Goodwill, has announced a new menu concept focused on handmade pasta to debut later this month. Blue Spoon Pasta Studio will celebrate their soft opening on January 14 followed by a grand opening in February.

Blue Spoon, a Goodwill Industries food retailer and catering service, will feature handmade pastas for made-to-order meals, complimented by homemade sauces, salads and breads along with dried pasta for shoppers to purchase and take home. Blue Spoon is transitioning the space from their “Soup and Spuds” concept.

“The concept of the Downtown Market is based around experimentation and local, handmade food,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Downtown Market. “We love to support our tenants in developing new concepts and ideas that embrace food innovation, and Blue Spoon continues to do that while still providing fresh, locally made meals.”

Pasta Studio’s noodles will be handmade right behind the front counter, giving Downtown Market guests an up-close and educational view of the process. Sauces and pastas will utilize various herbs grown on-site.

“Blue Spoon’s catering and contract food service program continues to be the focus of our business model, but having a retail space at the Downtown Market where we can try out new concepts and train individuals in different types of food preparation is key for our job placement program,” said Jill Wallace, chief marketing officer for Goodwill. “Our Market Hall space allows us to continue experimenting with menu offerings while also creating visibility within the community.”

About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market is a $30 million, self-sustaining, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall and two full-service restaurants.

About Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives and communities through the power of work. Since 1966, the organization has offered a wide range of employment and training programs to assist those with disabilities and other barriers to employment in developing their marketable skills in order to find meaningful employment. Its efforts are supported by revenue from its 20 and growing retail stores in a five-county area, as well as from monetary donations. For more information, visit