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Pure Michigan honoree to serve up his talents Feb. 26

Pure Michigan honoree to serve up his talents Feb. 26

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  A Pure Michigan Culinary Star nominee will serve up his talents during a special event in Kalamazoo this month.

Nate Shaw, Webster’s prime supervisor at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in Kalamazoo, is up for the Pure Michigan 2014 Culinary Star of the Industry Award.  Before he finds out if he won, Shaw will showcase his signature style of local foods blended with Asian flavors at the Chef’s Table event Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Zazios Italian Restaurant at the Radisson in Kalamazoo.   The event, called “Sup with Shuko: An Homage to Bacha” will also feature beer, wine and sake pairings with each course.

Shaw was also nominated last year for the Pure Michigan Rising Culinary Star Award.  He’s known for his annual Farmer’s Appreciation Dinner, which has become a popular community-building event among local growers and vendors, and his beer vs.

West Michigan butchers heading to Florida for national meat-cutting competition

West Michigan butchers heading to Florida for national meat-cutting competition

KENTWOOD, Mich.— Two West Michigan butchers will put their skills to the test against nearly 90 other professionals from across the nation for a chance to be named Meat Cutter of the Year.

Shawn Foster of Kentwood and Marco Ruiz of Portage will travel to The Ice Factory in Kissimmee, Florida in late February for the competition.  The frigid conditions and large venue make it the perfect place to test the skills of master meat cutters.  Each competitor will be given 30-40 pounds of beef and a set amount of time to butcher it.  Cuts will be judged on quality, yield and speed.

The top eight meat cutters from the Feb. 25-26 matchups will move onto the final round, held on April 27 at Amelia Island, Florida.  The winner will get a grand prize of $20,000 and bragging rights.

UPDATE: Bell's Brewery open in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

UPDATE: Bell's Brewery open in Gerald R. Ford International Airport

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Travelers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport can now get a taste of West Michigan’s craft brewing industry.

The vice president of Bell’s Brewery and other business leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony  Dec. 18 to celebrate two new airport restaurants: Bell’s Brewhouse and Greens.  Both businesses are operated by HMSHost and located before the security screening portion of the airport.

Greens offers personalized salads created with fresh incredients, including a variety of greens, vegetables, cheeses and meats.

Besides offering the company's award-winning craft beers, Bell's Brewhouse has its own cafe menu featuring dishes like pork tacos and soft bretzels with beer mustard.

Bottoms up! More breweries slated to open in Kalamazoo

Bottoms up!  More breweries slated to open in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo is on track to overtake Grand Rapids as Beer City USA, as the city prepares to welcome at least six new breweries in the next year.

According to Discover! Kalamazoo, nine breweries are slated to open in the area, including:

City extends free favorite event

City extends free favorite event

KALAMAZOO, Mich.– The City of Kalamazoo is extending a free favorite at Bronson Park.

“Lunchtime Live!” will return September 13 through September 27.  Lunchtime Live! runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays.  Visitors to Bronson Park can enjoy live local music,   shop retail vendors and dine from several food trucks.  There are also outdoor activities like cornhole, giant chess, checkers, badminton and yoga.

Business celebrates 20 years with gifts to community

Business celebrates 20 years with gifts to community

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Kalamazoo business is celebrating its 20th birthday by giving back to the community.

Since February, Water Street Coffee Joint has been donating 20% of sales from its Anniversary Blend to a different community organization each month.  So far, more than $1,500 has been distributed to the Specialized Language Development Center (SLDC), Kalamazoo Nature Center, Common Grounds Community Garden, Activewater, Kalamazoo Public Library and Community Living Options.

Kalamazoo Public Library used the funding to buy books for its “Ready to Read” program, which provides books to low income families to encourage parents to read aloud to their children.  Common Grounds Community Garden put the money toward a public tour in hopes of raising awareness of community garden projects throughout the county.

Water Street Coffee Joint plans to continue donating a portion of sales through 2013, with funding going to YMCA, the Kalamazoo Junior

Cinema restaurant opening in Kalamazoo this fall

Cinema restaurant opening in Kalamazoo this fall
KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- The Kalamazoo community will soon have another place to catch a movie and enjoy a beer.

 

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open in Kalamazoo this October.  According to the company’s website, the theater will feature ten screens and seating for 900 visitors.  Each auditorium will have Sony 4k digital projection equipped for both high-frame rate and RealD 3D films, as well as bi-amplified DTS digital audio systems. Alamo will also offer online reserved seating so visitors can avoid the ticket lines and pick their favorite seat.

 Alamo is still shaping its local beer menu and seasonal food specials. The new cinema and restaurant will replace Rave Cityplace at 180 Portage St.