The Best of Grand Rapids Food, Beverage & Everything in Between

Tastemakers of Grand Rapids

What do Oprah Winfrey, a craft brewer, George Aquino, and 616 Lofts have in common?

While this may sound like an odd grouping, if you look at these four entities from a broader perspective, you’ll recognize one thing they all have in common: they can all be considered tastemakers.

What do we mean by “tastemakers,” you may be wondering? Simply put, a tastemaker is some person or group who’s at the forefront of the latest and greatest, the best of the best in a community. In the pursuit of taste and learning, a tastemaker lives for the joys of finding something wonderful for others to discover. We all want to discover more to satisfy a yearning—to fulfill passions and add value to our journeys.

We <3 food!

George Aquino, Vice President/Managing Director of AHC+Hospitality, remains a voice in food and experience that many rely on for the best in dining for West Michigan. He shed a spotlight on Jenna Arcidiacono at Amore in 2013 when he offered her the Chef of the Year award—and we all enjoy her testimony to the values of home Italian cooking many times over. We embraced the local farm-to-table of Terra, Reserve, Osteria Rossa and many others because of George’s discerning taste.

…and we <3 beer!

Taste is obviously more than food—it’s beer as well! Ask Founders Brewing, Brewery Vivant, Harmony Brewing, Perrin Brewing, The Mitten, the soon-to-open City Built Brewing—and the many other craft brewers in Beer City USA and they will share the same purpose—the pursuit of their tastes that have them finding aromatics and flavors for a collision of flavors and process. Dave Engbers, Co-Founder and President of Founders Brewing, says it best:

“The craft beer culture keeps on getting stronger and stronger. The best thing you can do for somebody is to introduce them to craft beer. It will, literally, open up a whole new world.”

616 Lofts as Tastemakers

At 616 Lofts, our team’s focus for 2017 is finding the unique tastes of our community and sharing them with our residents and friends. Here’s what we’re loving right now at 616:

It’s our pursuit to add to your life great experiences and memories of wonderful tastes. We will share through our blogs, refreshed website to come, social media, our Tribal Notes and events the tastes of the city and the discovery of the best in SIMPLE. URBAN. LIVING.

The “Oprah” of Today

You may turn to your Facebook friends to discover new places, yet even Oprah can still teach us a great deal about living life to the fullest. She’s not about acquiring things at the expense of life; she tells us it’s about fulfilling your dreams and paying attention to the way each piece plays its part in living you best life.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

Come on the journey with us, and enjoy the great taste of living.