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Grove, Green Well, Bistro Bella Vita invite guests to get "In the Spirit"

Essence Restaurant Group has created a cocktail recipe book in time for the holiday season, providing seasonally inspired beverages for all year round, with sales going to support two local causes.
The cocktail recipe booklet for sale.

The cocktail recipe booklet for sale. /Caitlin Hoop

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$5 Recipe book available for purchase at:

The Green Well


Bistro Bella Vita


Proceeds to Benefit:

Local First

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

A sneak peek inside the cover.

A sneak peek inside the cover. /Caitlin Hoop

The Essence Restaurant Group, which includes local downtown and Uptown hot spots Grove, The Green Well and Bistro Bella Vita, has recently produced “In the Spirit,” a 12 cocktail recipe booklet with seasonally inspired beverages from behind each restaurant bar. Each cocktail correlates with a specific month and season. For example the drink recipe for March created by The Green Well is titled the ‘Stumbling Leprechaun’ featuring Irish Whiskey. September’s cocktail was crafted by Bistro Bella Vita and is titled "The Orchard" for its focus around Michigan apples.

The creation of this recipe book was a community effort, garnering support from local patrons in regards to photo shoot locations, styling services, design and creative direction. All proceeds from the sales of these books are going to nonprofits that Essence has frequently partnered with: Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Local First

“These organizations are changing our city for the better,” says James Berg, Managing Partner at Essence Restaurant Group. “So far the response to the recipe book has been fantastic.” 

In the Spirit is available for purchase for $5 at each of the restaurants or on their websites. 

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