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February 25 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Winterfest 2016

Please join us for the 11th annual Winterfest Celebration on Thursday, February 25, 2016, to support Parkinson’s research at Van Andel Institute. Winterfest is one of the Institute’s most popular special events and features a variety of culinary delights from acclaimed chefs in West Michigan, a chance to bid on gourmet meals, cocktails, live entertainment and a raffle. During the last 11 years, Winterfest has raised more than $1 million to benefit Parkinson’s disease research at Van Andel Institute.

Cocktail attire is encouraged. 



5:30pm – Strolling Dinner, Cocktails, Raffle, Silent Auction & Live Entertainment

6:45pm – Welcome Remarks & Video Presentation

7:00pm – Paddle Raise & Live Auction

7:45pm – Silent Auction Closes

8:00pm – Raffle Drawing for 2016 Mini Cooper from The Sharpe Collection


B.D.'s BBQ

The Chop House





SIP Organic Juice


Big Daddy’s famous St. Louis ribs

Pitmaster’s pulled pork

Texas smoked beef brisket

Mamma’s spicy baked beans

Mamma’s southern potato salad

Lobster Bisque

Mini Desserts

Strawberry and basil bruschetta with balsamic drizzle on a crostini

Cucumber and smoked salmon canapé with pickled shallot and dill mousse

Applewood smoked bacon wrapped asparagus with lemon aioli

Heffron Farms pork belly crepe with pickled raisins and black bean puree

Wild mushroom risotto-kale, toasted walnuts & brie

Roasted chicken-signature spice rub & scallion curls

Sticky toffee pudding, dried apricot, whipped cultured cream smoked pecan prailine

Copda de testa, pickled scapes, trapanese, pecorino sourdough

Onion Flax Crackers – onion, flax, + sunflower seeds mixed with tamari, olive oil, + spices

Green Garlic Cashew Spread – cashews, parsley, garlic, + ginger blended with fresh squeezed lemon juice, cayenne, + sea salt

Chocolate Mousse – our proprietary blend of coconut meat, creamy avocado, cacao, + agave

Beet Salad – beets, apples, carrots, sunflower seeds, + ginger tossed with an apple vinaigrette dressing

Kale Salad – kale, parsley, carrots, garlic, cucumbers, + hemp seeds tossed with our house-made almond butter + lemon dressing

Dr. Feel Good – greens, celery, cucumber, apple, ginger, lemon

Beet the Blues – beet, celery, apple, carrot, ginger, lemon

Good Vibrations – carrot, orange, cucumber, ginger, lime

18 hours sous vide “lambchetta” tartine, dill fronds, celery hearts

Mint leaves, shaved radish, preserved lemon, minted cherre mousse

Slows BBQ


Tre Cugini

Twisted Rooster

Sliced beef tri-tip

Mac & Cheese

Snowball Cupcakes – fluffy coconut angel food cupcakes with whipped coconut frosting

Chocolate Snowcap Cookies – rich, dark chocolate cookies topped with old-fashioned snow cap candy

Penne alla Gorgonzola – penne pasta with a Gorgonzola cream sauce

Panna Cotta – an Italian tradition, cooked cream topped with fresh raspberry sauce

Twisted mac and cheese – cavatappi noodles, bold white five cheese blend, house smoked chicken, sweet peas, asparagus, cherry tomatoes with baked cheddar bread crumbs

Soda pop pork lollipops – pork shanks braised in house-made Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce


B.D.'s BBQ





Tre Cugini

Host an unforgettable event with an Exclusive BBQ Catering Package for 30 from B.D.’s BBQ! Pitmaster Berdell “Big Daddy” Riley will delight your guests with a buffet including two down-home delicacies like our mind-blowing St. Louis-style ribs, succulent pulled pork, smoked beef brisket or grilled chicken, selection of our amazing BBQ sauces, plus choice of three handcrafted side dishes. Bid high and let us spoil you with an extraordinary taste of summer!

Delight in a five-course themed dinner and wine pairing for six by Executive Chef Emily Dilly at CitySen Lounge inside CityFlats Hotel-Grand Rapids. The winner of the package will also enjoy overnight accomodations for two in a uniquely designed guest room on the night of the dinner. Valued at $1,250.

Chef’s Table, five-course dinner for six guests in Cygnus27 with our choice of wine pairings. Valued at $1,000. Expires one year from issue date, based upon availability.

Experience a five-course Chef’s Dinner package accompanied by hand selected wine pairings for yourself and three guests. Valued at $600.

Head downtown for a fresh and stylish dining experience you’ll be sure to savor. Enjoy a private five-course dinner for six prepared by Executive Chef Christian Madsen with wine pairings in the JW Marriott Chef’s office.

Enjoy the best of Italy in the heart of Grand Rapids. This six-course dinner for eight will feature authentic Italian cuisine and includes wine pairings. You might event pick up some Italian phrases!


Contact Sarah Murphy Lamb at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information or to become an event sponsor.


Diamond Sponsor


Crystal Sponsor

Snowflake Sponsors

Winter Sponsors

Silent Auction Sponsors

Restaurant Sponsors

Media Sponsor



February 25
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Amway Grand Plaza
225 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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