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Access of West Michigan develops poverty solutions through unique partnerships


This week's episode of NPO Showcase features Access of West Michigan who works with community partners to create sustainable solutions to poverty

What's On Tap: January 9-15

by Marie Orttenburger

The polar vortex is basically over! Celebrate at your local breweries.

Perrin Brewing Company pursues core goals through simplicity and innovation

by Marie Orttenburger

The Comstock Park brewery aims to turn ordinary practices on their heads for an innovative approach to the brewing business.

Propaganda Doughnuts opens for business

by Ana Olvera

After a longer than anticipated wait, Propaganda Doughnuts finally opens doors to offer classic French patisserie doughnuts on South Division.

Story Matters: Lauren and Derek Sikkema reveal brewery favorites

by The Rapidian

Lauren and Derek Sikkema talk about the ways that Grand Rapids is changing and what they love about the local brew culture. They reveal how the food offered can sometimes dictate which of their favorites to visit.

Story Matters: Chicago couple shares why they love Grand Rapids

by The Rapidian

Lynne Hartzel and Antonio Gallegos talk about why they think of Grand Rapids as "little Chicago" and love spending time here.

Story Matters: Jackie Freeman's appreciation for Belgian beers, local breweries

by The Rapidian

Jackie Freeman claims she's not a beer connoisseur, but then explains why she prefers Belgian beers, and Brewery Vivant, in the local brew culture world of West Michigan.

The Local Feed on Michigan wine

by Theresa Hogerheide

The Local Feed on WYCE interviews Michigan’s own Wine Counselor Michael Schafer.

B.O.B.'s Brewery steps into spotlight with expanded brewpub

by Marie Orttenburger

B.O.B.'s Brewery has generally been downplayed in the basement of the B.O.B. With a newly expanded brewpub and a plan to host brewing-related events and entertainment, the brewery is becoming the building's focal point.

What's On Tap: December 12-18

by Marie Orttenburger

Your local breweries are not only excellent providers of high quality refreshments, they're also hosting a lot of great events this week. Stop by your favorites and support local beer and culture.

Grand Rapids Brewing Company strives to maintain organic, local focus in spite of challenging obstacles

by Marie Orttenburger

A year after their downtown location opened, the brewery continues to promote local food, beer and history.

Grand Rapids-based startup launches app to help feed hungry children

by Eric Tank

FoodCircles curates great local restaurants, and provides dishes starting at $1 online. Your entire purchase goes to charity, feeding one child in need for each $1 spent.

What's On Tap: November 28-December 4

by Marie Orttenburger

After all the Thanksgiving festivities, unwind at your local breweries.

Pal's Indian Cuisine offers authentic tastes at budget prices

by Russ Pontius

Pal's Indian Cuisine is a rare, hidden dining experience in Grand Rapids with Hardeep Singh’s personal recipes.

The Local Feed on Vegan Substitutions

by Kolene Allen

Vegan Grand Rapids talks food substitutions to veganize your recipes

What's On Tap: November 21-27

by Marie Orttenburger

This week: try some new brews, listen to some good music and learn about the malting process.

HopCat hype proves true on most counts

by Marie Orttenburger

I've visited the world-famous brewpub on a number of occasions and have generally been satisfied with my experience. This time I visited HopCat with a critical tongue, questioning the build-up surrounding the beer, the ambiance... and the Crack Fries.

The Local Feed on eating vegan in Grand Rapids

by Kolene Allen

Vegan Grand Rapids takes over the Local Feed for the month of November.

The Local Feed on eating local in November

by Kolene Allen

Vegan Grand Rapids takes over the Local Feed

The Local Feed on World Vegan Month

by Kolene Allen

Vegan Grand Rapids takes over the Local Feed