We are happy to announcement that Mike Gibbons is the 2015 recipient of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Silver Plate Award in the Independent Restaurant / Multi-Concept Operator category, and is a nominee for the Gold Plate award! Annually, IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the […]
Restaurant staffers vie for bragging rights in Top Knife competition BY MARY BILYEU BLADE FOOD EDITOR Anyone can cook. That’s the motto of famed chef Auguste Gusteau in the 2007 animated film Ratatouille. Donnie Reddick, a father of six boys, is a case in point. But more about him later. The Ann Arbor-based Mainstreet Ventures […]
“A Thanksgiving to Remember” for Guests of Cherry Street Mission Ministries ~by Mainstreet Ventures Inc. Toledo, OH – We have an amazing community! With more people reaching out for help, we are blessed with more people reaching out to serve those in need. Cherry Street Mission Ministries, the largest shelter for homeless in NW […]
Mainstreet Ventures reinvested in downtown Ann Arbor this year with the opening of a new concept for the 33-year-old company: a Mediterranean restaurant named Mezzevino that draws on inspiration from Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Morocco. The restaurant opened at 120 E. Liberty St., in the former Kuroshio space. Mainstreet Ventures exposed brick walls in the building […]
When he was a student at Xavier University in Cincinnati in the 1970s, Mr. Gibbons’ parents wanted him to go to law school. But Mr. Gibbons was working at a seafood restaurant owned by famed Detroit-area restaurateur Chuck Muer. When the late Mr. Muer asked the young man to move to Ann Arbor to help […]
MSV TOP KNIFE WINNER CHEF JASON SELF The Mainstreet Ventures (MSV) Top Knife competition is a live cook-off competition between MSV restaurants showcasing uniquely styled dishes based on taste, plating and presentation. Each competitor earned their spot to be at the competition by first competing against their peers at their local […]
President and CEO of Mainstreet Ventures Inc. and long standing restaurant industry advocate, Michael C. Gibbons was elected to Chairman of the Board of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) on January 1, 2014. Gibbons will serve a one year term and will provide leadership, expertise and guidance to the NRAEF, its students and to […]
As the proliferation of technology continues, it’s only natural that tablet computers are finding their way to the dinner table as digital menus and wine lists. Several Toledo-area restaurants have put their drink lists on tablets. Read more here.
The Real Seafood Company of Toledo hosts several events throughout the year helping to support local community organizations. The most notable of our events include the Cherry Street Mission Thanksgiving Dinner, the Knight of the Vine wine auction for St. Francis de Sales High School, Celebrity Wait Nights and Silent Auctions.