Memorable Michigan

While reviewing business in central Michigan, I took some time to see what was brewing in East Grand Rapids, Michigan.  My favorite stops included these five delicious establishments; That Early Bird Cafe, D’art Donuts, VanDer Mill Cider, Donkey Taqueria and Rowster Coffee

My overall synopsis of these five “gems”… They stayed in their lane. They know who they are. They didn’t overcomplicate service, food, presentation or their environments. They all have tight menus and know their strengths. And their food was excellent, creative, impactful and memorable.

Caterers of all sizes…as you evolve and grow, remember this. Stay in your lane and stay true to your core and who you are.  Remember why you started in this business and where your team's passions and talents should be focused.

Review these photographs and open these website links below for creative inspiration. And visit Grand Rapid, Michigan the next time you are traveling the Midwest. It’s a fantastic city to explore.

That Early Bird Cafe

Maple Pecan Scone. Egg Sandwich on homemade English Muffin with savory Rosemary Aioli. Homemade Biscuits and Chorizo Gravy. Order at the counter and they deliver to you. Fresh, delicious food in a comfortable casual environment.

D’art Donuts

The perfect donut shop to get a box “to go” after you just ate a complete breakfast across the street at That Early Bird.  Michigan Honey Glazed, Lemon Blueberry, Boston Cream and Whiskey Bacon.

VanDer Mill

Flights of hard cider including Nunica Pine, Ancho Mama and Ginger Peach paired with the best plates of Ham & Doughnuts and Fried Smelt & Chips. Michigan at its finest.

Donkey Taqueria

Tacos al pastor, tacos carnitas, queso con chorizo an ice cold Pacifico and Sol. Sit at the bar and order the Oaxacan Old-Fashioned.

Rowster Coffee

An absolutely perfect double espresso with sparkling water side and crafted cappuccino were served up to the bar counter with two croissants. Simple and delicious.

See Jennifer Perna at #catersource 2018!

Jennifer Perna is the owner and founder of fulton market consulting and will be teaching two sessions at Catersource 2018. Click here to view her bio and session links.

Jennifer Perna

Jennifer Perna

Owner, Fulton Market Consulting, Chicago, IL
Jennifer Perna started Fulton Market Consulting in May 2017 after developing an event experience and sales management experience portfolio for over 25 years in the downtown Chicago catering and special events industry. Jennifer presently works with owners, managers and all team players at hospitality-related companies on increasing sales and creating business development strategies, streamlining processes for operations and event production and developing best practices for human resources and administrative management. This is especially imperative as we continue to manage a diverse and young talented pool of employees today. Jennifer brings a dynamic, approachable and relatable communication style to all levels and members...