From the Farm to Your Table in West Michigan

West Michigan
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In West Michigan, you’ll be able to find the freshest ingredients served up at some of the most charming restaurants in the area. The farm-to-table trend has grown into a wonderful lifestyle for many of the residents in Michigan, but these establishments are more than just a simple place to eat, drink, and rest.

Farm-to-table supports West Michigan farmers, butchers, bakers, and small businesses throughout the area. So, come join us at any one of these tables in West Michigan and enjoy the purest ingredients.

Farm-to-Table Hotspots

Everywhere you go, you’re bound to find something local, fresh, and uniquely West Michigan. During your travels, keep an eye out for these establishments whenever you’re feeling a bit hungry!

Farm-to-Table Dining in Southern West Michigan

Operated by Tom and Jan Rose, Four Roses Café in Plainwell has been committed to serving visitors quality dishes with fresh, local ingredients. They have over 25 years of experience which has guided them to create an astonishing menu with delicious seafood, meats, greens, and desserts.

In Fennville, visit Salt of the Earth for a spectacular experience of farm-to-table food with their hand-picked ingredients from the autumn season. They will continue their seasonal menu with winter root vegetables that pair well with local wines and ciders. As you enjoy a made-from-scratch meal, pair your dish with a glass from one of the neighboring wineries like Fenn Valley Vineyard or Crane’s Winery. You can also visit nearby Virtue Cider for craft ciders from locally grown apples on Michigan’s Cider Coast. The coastal climate makes for perfect cider with traditionally harvested apples that are aged in barrels.

Food Dance has been committed to building a sustainable, thriving local food system for the Kalamazoo community for over 20 years. They support local growers, farmers, and chefs that create inspiring dishes with fresh ingredients. Knowing where the food has grown is important to Food Dance, who serves the community with breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.

Located in the heart of Kalamazoo, Principle Food & Drink brings the local farm community, hospitality professionals, and the freshest ingredients together at one table. Their cozy, comfortable atmosphere provides a unique experience with their craft cocktails and bold flavors.

In St. Joseph, you can visit Plank’s Tavern at the Inn at Harbor Shores for American food and drinks that are inspired from the surrounding agriculture, the people who live here, and the past it comes from. Visit one of the oldest harbors in the Great Lakes and experience their spirit of community and hospitality for yourself!

Savor French-inspired cuisine at The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, a fan-favorite St. Joseph restaurant among both visitors and locals. In their open-air dining space on the seasonal terrace or in their intimate dining room, you’ll be able to enjoy a decadent meal with the freshest ingredients from local farms and growers. Here, you will see stunning views of Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph lighthouse. The Bistro on the Boulevard offers guests an intimate experience perfect for casual dining.

Farm-to-Table in Central West Michigan

Reserve Wine & Food in Grand Rapids will inspire you with their modern, classic dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients. Here, you can enjoy the trendy house-made charcuterie with local cheeses which pairs nicely with their exceptional wine program. Visit  Reserve for a wonderful farm-to-table meal, handcrafted to give you the best dining experience with the highest-quality ingredients.

Located right in the heart of Grand Rapids, Wheelhouse provides contemporary American classics in their posh bistro. Their large bar and porch are the perfect place to unwind after work or enjoy a cocktail before a downtown event. Their chef creates seasonal recipes from the ingredients of local suppliers so that you have a delectable farm-to-table experience.

Grove in Grand Rapids celebrates their meals with honest food from local farmers and growers who are passionate about raising, growing, and preparing incredible dishes. Join the talented people of Grove for a farm-to-table meal that will excite your senses with artisan cuisine in an intimate dining space.

As one of the most well-known downtown restaurants in Grand Rapids, Bistro Bella Vita creates an exceptional experience for farm-to-table dining. Their chefs have designed a tasty menu that incorporates modern French and Italian cuisine, which is made from scratch daily with sustainably-sourced ingredients for your enjoyment.

Terra, located on the east side of Grand Rapids, creates delectable dishes that are truly inspirational. Farm-fresh ingredients are handcrafted into beautiful, healthy meals that nurture the body and support local farms. Terra’s team of chefs take advantage of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and locally-sourced proteins from the region’s most dedicated growers.

Grand Rapids is home to Ganders, a farm-to-table restaurant located in the DoubleTree by Hilton. They specialize in American cuisine with a modern twist, bringing you an exciting experience. Their menu features items that are locally-grown and sourced in the agricultural heart of Michigan.

The JW Marriott’s signature Grand Rapids restaurant, six.one.six, offers farm-to-table dishes that perfectly blend locally-sourced ingredients and are prepared fresh daily. Enjoy a nice night out on the town while supporting local farmers and the Grand Rapids community.

High atop the Amway Grand Plaza, Cygnus 27 works closely with two local farms and utilizes many Michigan-based products to bring American entrees with a captivating view of the Grand Rapids skyline. The chefs of Cygnus 27 bring fresh ingredients from Visser Farms and Enlightened Crops into their kitchens to create classically-inspired meals that elevate the flavors and quality of each dish.

Farm-to-Table in Northern West Michigan

One of the best ways to experience the farm-to-table lifestyle of West Michigan is participating in the Holiday Harvest event from Treetops Resort with the final Farm2Fork event of the season! It will feature Bell’s Brewery and Home Comfort Farms for a four-course meal crafted by the Treetops Culinary team with local ingredients. Each course of the meal is thoughtfully infused and paired with a different Bell’s beer.

On Wednesday, November 28th, make Castle Farms in Charlevoix your destination to enjoy an enchanted evening listening to classic Christmas carols and feasting upon a three-course, farm-to-table meal. Built in 1918, you can walk around lit paths and enjoy the historic grounds of 100-year-old buildings.

Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

Many wineries, breweries, and distilleries use farm-to-table practices with both their food menus and the craft beverages that they’re creating. Pair these two for the perfect fresh and local dining experience!

Wineries

Why not enjoy delicious food with a locally-crafted beverage? Grown and created in northern Michigan, the wines produced by the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula are a perfect example of farm-to-table drinking. Enjoy a fine glass or bring home a bottle of Old Mission Peninsula award-winning wine!

Experience incredible locally-sourced food at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. Their menu features seasonal fruits, vegetables, and proteins straight from their farm as well as neighboring farms. During your meal, you can relax and enjoy their award-winning wine, ciders, and spirits that pair excellently with the farm-to-table cuisine.

After a long day of traveling around southwest Michigan, take a moment to enjoy a glass of wine from 12 Corners Vineyards in Benton Harbor. As you drink your wine, you can look out over the 115-acre estate and see exactly where your wine is being produced.

Breweries

Along the scenic Rogue River and White Pine Trail, you’ll find the Rockford Brewing Company. Dedicated to serving West Michigan with the finest food and drinks, you can experience a refined menu that incorporates farm-fresh ingredients. They are culinary masters that support local farms, bakeries, and butchers, bringing everything together at your table.

Located in the lively westside of Grand Rapids, the New Holland Brewing Company’s Knickerbocker Brewpub is the perfect spot for a farm-to-table experience, with a seasonal menu that reflects local and regional agriculture. Their beers are also locally crafted in nearby Holland.

Distilleries

Located in Three Oaks, the distillery and restaurant at Journeyman Distillery is the epitome of the trendy farm-to-table lifestyle. As a certified organic distillery, they use locally-sourced grains for the distillation process as well as fresh ingredients for their restaurant, the Staymaker. They have proudly worked with farmers, butchers, and bakeries for years to ensure that they’re serving the highest-quality meals.

Based in Holland, visit the award-winning Coppercraft Distillery for its artisan spirits and full-service restaurant. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy an unprecedented experience that brings family, farm, and fine beverages to the table. Coppercraft pairs locally and seasonally-inspired menu items and handcrafted cocktails that are bound to delight!

Popular Farm-to-Table Areas

Many areas in West Michigan have become popular hotspots for farm-to-table restaurants looking to set up shop. Use this opportunity eat well and bring home fresh produce, all while supporting local businesses.

In Southwest Michigan, you can find many local artisans, growers, and specialty food vendors that are committed to serving you and your family with only the freshest of ingredients. You can support the local farms while bringing home the best ingredients. If you’re looking for unique, sustainable decorations, shop at local vendors for holiday wreaths and arrangements that will surely turn heads!

In the Greater Lansing Area, you’ll find a wonderful selection of farm-to-table restaurants that are close to many popular attractions. Their menus include ever-changing seasonal food that is sure to excite your taste buds with their premier farm-to-table cuisine.

Stay at one of South Haven‘s participating lodging properties and receive a free $25 Dine on Us card. Indulge in local flavors at participating restaurants with this promotion. For full details, including participating lodging locations and restaurants, visit the South Haven CVB’s website.

The Muskegon area is one of the most unique destinations in West Michigan for a delectable farm-to-table experience. In addition to being a bed and breakfast, Amanda’s Bequest in Montague is home to Bygone Basics. This heritage farm-to-fork cooking and bakery school hosts classes and events to expand your skills. After mastering your chef skills, visit the Muskegon Farmers Market to select fresh fruits and vegetables to create dishes in your own home. Muskegon’s diverse cuisine of local growers will be sure to give you the best farm-to-table experience.

One of Holland’s newest restaurants is preparing modern-American dishes, combining delightful flavors from around the world. Take a stroll in Holland’s historic downtown or a walk on the beach before sitting down for a meal that is made from the freshest ingredients.

The largest farm-to-table area in Mecosta County is Stanwood. Here, you can find all of the vegetables, fruits, and baked goods that you need to make a fresh meal at home. These local farmers markets offer produce grown in the area, from Michigan sweet corn to pumpkins and everything in between.

Find the gold standard of fine dining in Mt. Pleasant, with incredible restaurants around every corner. The area’s restaurants use locally-sourced in-season meats and produce for their ever-changing, inventive menus.

In the heart of Sault Ste. Marie, you can find hidden gems that offer farm-to-table freshness. As one of the most visited vacation destinations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the local restaurant owners and culinary geniuses in Sault Ste. Marie love to use seasonal fruits, vegetables, and locally-sourced foods for their menus. Visit Sault Ste. Marie anytime of the year to see what’s on the menu!

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