Chef Tom Reinhart joins Downtown Market as Director of Culinary Education, Programs & Partnerships

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market, the region’s preeminent destination for innovative food experiences, today announced Chef Tom Reinhart has joined the Market team as Director of Culinary Education, Programs & Partnerships.

With a decade of experience teaching cooking classes and curriculum development, Reinhart most recently launched the culinary program for the Grand Rapids Sur La Table location. Prior to that, Reinhart envisioned, produced and executed the business plan for the creation of the Bekins Cooking School. 

In his new role at the Market, Reinhart will be overseeing the growth and continued success of the culinary programs and operations of the Downtown Market along with management of all teaching kitchen staff. Reinhart will also implement new interdepartmental culinary programs, connecting private events, greenhouse and the teaching kitchen.

“This opportunity with the Downtown Market is one that feels natural for me, as a combination of my varied experience and love for teaching,” said Reinhart. “I’m eager to share my love of cuisine through teaching and help create new and exciting ways for people to experience healthy cooking and eating in Grand Rapids.”

Following his service in the military, Reinhart’s career building telecommunication facilities necessitated regular global travels, which exposed him to many rich culinary experiences and sparked his interest in cuisine. He enrolled in the renowned Culinary Institute of America in New York and embraced his new career with passion. Upon graduation, Reinhart gained experience in various restaurants, hotels and finally private clubs where he first began teaching others to cook. Since then, he has dedicated himself to helping people enjoy the pleasure and benefits of cooking for themselves.

“Since opening in 2013, our culinary education program has grown substantially, and now includes a comprehensive programming model with a director, full culinary staff and classes three to four times a week," said Mimi Fritz, Grand Rapids Downtown Market president and CEO. “Chef Tom brings a high level of experience and knowledge to our team, which he’ll use to expand our culinary programs and establish new ideas and curriculum.” 

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, two full-service restaurants.