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WAVE Award nominations open

WAVE Award nominations open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have opened the 6th Annual WAVE Award nominations.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from employers and guests from April 30 to Oct.7, 2013. One award will be presented in each of the following categories: Transportation, Retail & Service, Attractions/Events, and Nightlife. New categories to the 2013 awards program include: Restaurants/Breweries, Lodging, and Volunteer in Hospitality.

Grand Rapids Society of Beer introduces Beer City Grand Series

Grand Rapids Society of Beer introduces Beer City Grand Series

When the Grand Rapids Society of Beers announced their latest collaborative beer among local breweries would be a series of Imperial-strength brews to debut during Grand Rapids Beer Week, I knew I was due for another brewery tour.

Experience Grand Rapids Launches News 2013 Visitor's Guide, The Experience™

Experience Grand Rapids Launches News 2013 Visitor's Guide, The Experience™

 

Experience Grand Rapids has created a high tech resource for visitors with the recent launch of its digital annual visitor’s guide, The Experience™. A complete guide filled with bonus content and videos is available at www.experiencegr.com and on the Experience Grand Rapids mobile site.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

“We are continuing to embrace the technologies around us, while providing our visitors with the best possible experience,” said Doug Small, president of Experience Grand Rapids. “Our digital guide is easily accessible online, on smartphones and on tablets.

Your Vote Needed To Decide Business Service Award

Your Vote Needed To Decide Business Service Award

Celebration! Cinema wants to reward other businesses for good service. So, they're asking the people they serve for their input.

This is the second time Celebration will recognize local business that inspire the community with their service. The Celebrated Service Award launched last year. More than 300 businesses are nominated that chosen by Celebration! Cinema employees who have felt inspired by them. The public gets to decide on the final winner.

Public voting runs through Thursday, January 31. The finalists in six Celebration! Cinema markets are available online, and the winners will be revealed on Friday, Feb 1. More than a quarter million dollars in recognition and cash go to the recipients of the 2013 Celebrated Service Award.

Burgers and Michigan Beers Featured at Bagger Dave’s Newer Grandville Location

Burgers and Michigan Beers Featured at Bagger Dave’s Newer Grandville Location

Bagger Dave’s legendary burger taverns have been around for over 5 years. With locations now in 10 Michigan cities, I recently stopped in one of the newest locations in Grandville to see what the fuss was all about. Michigan beers are served exclusively here, and the menu is very pro-Michigan as well. Add great service to go along with the great food and beers, and I can see why these restaurants are so popular. Also for the first time, franchise restaurants have now expanded Bagger Dave’s outside of Michigan borders with an Indianapolis location and also a location in Cape Girardeau, MO.

A Grand Pumpkin Tour of Grand Rapids, “Beer City USA”

A Grand Pumpkin Tour of Grand Rapids, “Beer City USA”

If you enjoyed the Beer City Pale Ale promotion awhile back, 11 Grand Rapids area breweries have returned with the new Grand Pumpkin - and this time each one has something a little different to offer. Brewery Vivant and Harmony Brewing Company in Easttown have both participated. Harmony’s Grand Pumpkin is a 7.4% ABV Chai beer. Also on special here when I visited was the Goatoberfest pizza with sausage, goat cheese, basil, and pumpkin sauce. Perhaps you’ve heard of the White House honey ale? Harmony has brewed their own version “Ale to the Chief” and I can attest to the deliciousness. If you are out on 28th Street in Kentwood / Cascade area, you can check out Schmohz experimental Pumpkin Rye and Jaden James has their Pumpkin Ale on tap now also.