Talented chefs face off at Top Knife Competition

The Top Knife winner  was Dan Gawura, the executive chef at Ann Arbor’s Gratzi.  “Everyone’s dishes looked so amazing,” he said, shocked that he’d won. He hadn’t originally planned to compete, but his staff encouraged him; they even helped to pick the ingredients for his meltingly tender Chilean sea bass atop a crispy fried risotto cake […]

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New Opening Gratzi Midland

Midland Daily News | Gratzi has been announced as downtown Midland’s newest restaurant, located in The H Residence on the corner of Ashman and Main Streets.  Full article at: http://www.ourmidland.com/news  

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The Chop House Toledo Opening Soon!

The Chop House of Toledo set to open Oct./Nov. 2017. News Articles The Blade: Upscale Chop House set to open in downtown Toledo. “It actually changed our plans a bit,” Mr. Oostra said. The ProMedica leader said he was excited by the idea of bringing in a restaurant with the Chop House reputation.” Read more here. By […]

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Hurricane Irma Causes MSV Florida Restaurants to Temporarily Close

Hurricane Irma caused the MSV restaurants in Florida, (Real Seafood Company in Naples and Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill in Ft. Myers) to temporarily close on September 6, 2017. UPDATE: Real Seafood Company Naples, reopened on September 15 and Blue Pointe Grill, reopened on September 14. Read more here.  

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Palio in Grand Rapids is Booming!

Since opening earlier this summer, Palio has built some wonderful community relationships with local businesses like Experience Grand Rapids, the Hampton Inn (with many thanks to its incredible staff), the hospital, and many other local businesses that have welcomed them into the community. Palio Grand Rapids General Manager Bill Koelsch had this to say, “Grand […]

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Real Seafood Co. Toledo & Zia’s Donates to Bikes for Kids

Real Seafood Company Toledo and Zia’s are happy to announce their participation in a great program this summer! Charles E. Boyk Law Office is partnering with Wersell’s Bike Shop to hold its annual Bikes for Kids project where one deserving child is gifted a free bike, helmet and lock each week of the summer. Both restaurants are working with Charles […]

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The Chop House Ann Arbor’s Chef Adam VanBerkum Volunteers at Food Gatherers

Food Gatherers, an Ann Arbor, Michigan based non-profit organization, developed the Community Kitchen Job Training Program to promote a culinary connection to at-risk teens helping to give them new skills and focus. The program is part of Food Gatherers’ mission not merely to alleviate hunger, but also address its root causes. The program has successfully […]

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Ciao! Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Ciao! has reached a great milestone in celebrating the restaurant’s 25th anniversary on July 26, 2017 at Ciao! in Sylvania, Ohio. The evening was a celebration filled with live music from Candace Coleman and Chris Brown, great food and service provided by Ciao!’s loyal staff, and of course their wonderful guests that filled the dining […]

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Ciao! Exceeds Inspection Expectations

Running a restaurant day-to-day is a difficult task, operating a restaurant that exceeds county health inspection standards seems merely impossible. District Manager Terry Kretz proves that it can be done, not once but twice. Ciao! Ristorante in Sylvania, Ohio has earned perfect scores with zero violations during two Toledo – Locus County health inspections.  Inspections […]

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Making mouthwatering meatballs – it’s all gravy

On top of spaghetti all covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball, well… you know the rest. Make sure you hang on to those meatballs because March 9 is National Meatball Day, and meatball lovers have some celebrating to do! Because of their versatility, meatballs are found in almost every culture. From Italian-style meatballs […]

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Gratzi, upscale Italian restaurant, coming to downtown Midland

MIDLAND, MI — The latest addition to the luxurious The H Residence development in downtown Midland at Ashman and Main streets is an upscale Italian restaurant called Gratzi. Click here for full article.

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Palio Grand Rapids Grand Opening Coming Soon!

grbj.com | Italian restaurant on Medical Mile coming this spring! Full article at: http://www.grbj.com/articles

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Palio Grand Rapids To Open!

MLIVE | Longtime Ann Arbor restaurant expanding to Grand Rapids. Full Article at: http://www.mlive.com/news

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Palio Grand Rapids Repalces El Barrio

WOODTV | A new Italian restaurant called Palio will be moving into the former El Barrio Mexican Grill on Michigan Street NE. Full article at:  http://woodtv.com/2017

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The Chop House Toledo Grand Opening

The Blade (front page) http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2017/01/26/Upscale-Chop-House-set-to-open-in-downtown-Toledo.html WTOL Play / Download Play / Download Play / Download 13abc: Play / Download Play / Download NBC24: Play / Download  

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THE CHOP HOUSE CHARLESTON

Great job Larry Riddle, general manager at The Chop House in West Virginia for his TV debut with Road Trippin’s Terry Burhans introducing The Chop House’s participation in this year’s restaurant week. Video at: RoadTrippin’

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2017 MSV TOP KNIFE

Congratulations go to George Sztroin, from Stillwater Grill in Okemos, Mich. for winning the 2017 MSV Top Knife! “Winning Mainstreet Ventures’ annual MSV Top Knife competition is like being named top chef of the restaurant group.” See article by Mary Bilyeu at ToledoBlade.com/food. Also visit MainstreetVenturesInc.com/TopKnife for the online photo album.

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CHERRY STREET MISSION THANKSGIVING IN TOLEDO, 2016

Real Seafood Co Toledo’s Facebook Photo Album: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RealSeafoodCoToledo/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154672649898211   Cherry Street Mission finishes holiday feast season By: The Blade http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2016/11/28/Cherry-Street-Mission-finishes-holiday-feast-season.html   Staff and volunteers at Real Seafood help serve Thanksgiving dinner to those in need By: Vanessa Fayz, Reporter, WTOL 11 http://www.wtol.com/story/30612659/staff-and-volunteers-at-real-seafood-help-serve-thanksgiving-dinner-to-those-in-need   Volunteers deliver free Thanksgiving meals By: KAYLA STRAYER http://nbc24.com/news/local/volunteers-deliver-free-thanksgiving-meals   Volunteers help […]

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Food & Drink by Alan Dorich

Mainstreet Ventures (MSV) Inc. has 12 unique restaurant brand concepts, but the commonalities are quality and consistency, President and CEO Mike Gibbons says. “When people go to our restaurants, they know they’re going to get great food and service,” he says. “Everything we do is to adhere to our standards of excellence in service and quality. […]

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STILLWATER GRILL

Brighton’s Stillwater Grill under new ownership. Michigan’s Best Steakhouse: 49 must-see photos from Stillwater Grill and The Knight Cap

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