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Local First celebrates a vibrant business community

by (Brittany Beezhold)

Submitted 01-30-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Exposed, raw wooden ceilings stretched out wide, restored wooden floors with the character of an old familiar face, a raised pond of Koi fish varying in brilliant orange hues. Stepping through the double doors of the Goei Center, warm earth tones,...

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Fork Fest 2012 provides chance to get to know local food system

by (ChrisFreemanRealtor)

Submitted 10-19-2012 under NEWS

At first glance, it would be easy to think that Fork Fest was just a food fair where several restaurants were gathered at one spot for you to try their offerings. This casual observation quickly evaporates when you arrive at the venue. Romence...

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Fork Fest to champion harvest of local foods and beverages

by (Holly)

Submitted 10-17-2012 under NEWS

This Thursday night, Romence Gardens will be transformed into a walking taste-test playground for local food lovers by local business ownership advocates Local First of West Michigan. With over 35 local food and beverage vendors all...

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Taste of Michigan brings 20 food bloggers to Grand Rapids

by (wendypchef)

Submitted 10-08-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

The event was the brainchild of Liz Della Croce, who blogs at The Lemon Bowl, and Rachel Gurk of Rachel Cooks. “It all started as a little idea of mine to get together with a few other Michigan bloggers for dinner or something,” said...

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My selfish reasons for taking the Eat Local Challenge

by (Onawa Gardiner)

Submitted 08-23-2012 under VOICES

Local First announced is 10x10 Eat Local Challenge last week and I immediately pledged. I’ll admit it was for personal gain primarily since my first thoughts weren’t on creating a better world or helping one’s neighbor. Rather, I...

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Street party brings the best beer, food and music Grand Rapids has to offer

by (yuengerr)

Submitted 06-15-2012 under OPINION

On a day when temperatures reached the 90s, the Local First Street Party last Saturday was as crowded as ever, featuring a handful of local bands and even more local food choices. Taking place on Weston Street in front of Bistro Bella Vita, the...

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A Watershed Moment: National sustainable business conference comes to Grand Rapids

by (Scott Kaplan)

Submitted 05-16-2012 under NEWS

BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) is a national organization that brings together locally-owned, independent businesses across the country interested in impacting their communities through socially-responsible business...

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Treehuggers to add package-free bulk vegan food grocery store

by (stevendavison)

Submitted 05-10-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

There is a saying that goes, “There is no such thing as a free lunch," meaning that every meal costs something to make. This applies when one considers the amount of resources it takes to manufacture the packaging of a frozen pizza, for...

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Locally owned or chain restaurants: Does it really matter?

by (wendypchef)

Submitted 11-23-2011 under OPINION

A hot new chain restaurant opens up in town. Some are excited. Others are dismayed and prefer to only dine at locally-owned restaurants. Does it really matter? According to Melissa English, Administrative Coordinator at Local First, yes, yes it does...

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Fork Fest 2011: Local First's moveable feast, close to home

by (Rob Cole)

Submitted 10-14-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

“At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind.” ~ Michael Pollan   Food activist Michael Pollan isn't alone: knowing the story behind the food we eat is important to a growing number of Grand Rapidians as well, as...

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