Jun. 3, 2022
6:00 pm  -  10:00 pm ET

Around the World

Join Van Andel Institute’s JBoard Ambassadors on June 3 for the 11th annual Around the World — Grand Rapids’ official kickoff to summer! Enjoy a fantastic tasting menu, featuring selections from artisan wineries and some of Michigan’s best craft beer purveyors, while sampling globally influenced small plates and appetizers. AB will provide live entertainment throughout the evening, and 100% of proceeds exclusively benefit Van Andel Institute for Education’s K–12 education programs.

If you’re ready to kick off the summer season while networking with young professionals in Grand Rapids and enjoying delicious food and drinks, don’t miss Around the World!

Suggested attire is summer casual. Complimentary valet parking is available at the main entrance of VAI.

Please note: Van Andel Institute continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adjust our event plans as needed. To keep everyone as safe as possible, proof of vaccination (printed vaccination card or digital version) OR proof of a negative rapid test (day of event) will be required for guests at this event. Due to the currently high level of community transmission, all guests may want to consider conducting a rapid test the day of the event. Masks will be available but are optional.


6–7 p.m. Music from AB, strolling cocktails. Food will be provided by food trucks and Love’s Ice Cream parked at the main entrance.

Program in VAI auditorium
7 p.m. Remarks and introduction of Van Andel Institute for Education, Terra Tarango, Chief Education Officer by Jboard Co-Chairs, Blake Crabb and Rachel Mraz
Program and guest interactive activities facilitated by Van Andel Institute for Education
7:30 p.m. Closing remarks by Blake Crabb and Rachel Mraz

7:30 p.m. Back to strolling event
8:30 p.m. Activities/demonstrations and wine pull end
10 p.m. Event ends

Gettin’ Fresh Food Truck:

  • Sweet Potato and Black Bean Rice Bowl
  • Chimichurri Chicken or Tofu Rice Bowl
  • Apple Havarti Grilled Cheese with Kettle Chips

Bigfoot Burger Co Food Truck:

  • Thee Olive (1/2 lb. Bigfoot blend burger, olive spread, tomato, and lettuce on a brioche bun)
  • Scorchin Squatch (1/2 lb. Bigfoot blend burger with jalapenos, fire jack cheese, hot Cheetos, and lettuce with Nashville hot aioli on a brioche bun)
  • Bleu Yeti (/2 lb. bleu cheese/cream cheese spread, lettuce, tomato, and sauteed onion on a brioche bun)
  • Aloha Bigfoot (1/2 lb. Bigfoot blend burger, marinated in teriyaki, grilled pineapple, Swiss cheese, and onion on a brioche bun)
  • Chee Burger (1/2 lb. Bigfoot blend burger, cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a brioche bun)
  • Elvis Pressquatch (1/2 lb. Bigfoot blend burger, peanut butter, fried banana, and lettuce, on a brioche bun)
  • Shroomin’ Swiss (1/2 lb. Bigfoot blend burger, sauteed mushrooms, and Swiss cheese on a brioche bun)

All served with fries and there will be a fresh black bean burger option as well.

Love’s Ice Cream Cart:

  • Cookies & Cream
  • Cashew Caramel
  • Madcap Coffee
  • Blood Orange Mango (Non-Dairy Vegan Gelato)

Atamisque Malbec 2018
Banfi Centine Toscana Red Blend 2019
Bonterra Organic Merlot
Cardwell Hill Fenders Blue Estate Pinot Noir 2019
Concha Y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Carmenere
Reserva 2020
Dom Berrien Grandma’s Red Blend 2020
Domaine Lucien Tramier Plan De Dieu 2018
The Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend 2020
Eco Terreno Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Experience Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
La Crema Russian River Pinot Noir 2019
Maison Du Midi Chateauneuf Du Pape Rouge 2020
Mythic Mountain Malbec 2020
Pacheco Organic Monastrell/Syrah 2019
Recanati Yasmin Red 2021
Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Classico 2019
St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Sandeman Founder’s Reserve Ruby Port

Aveleda Praia Vinho Verde 2016
Casal Garcia Vinho Verde
Bistue Chardonnay 2019
Bonterra Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Chateau Gravas Sauternes 2018
Cortenova Pinot Grigio 2020
Erich Lustig Gruner Veltliner Classic 2020
Le Jade Chardonnay 2019
Treasure Hunter Priorat White Spain 2019

La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir Rosé 2019
Raeburn Russian River Rosé 2020
Remy Pannier Rosé D’anjou 2020
St. Julian Desire Sweet Rosé

Bottega Vinaia Platinum Moscato
De Pro Cava Sparkling
Ferrari Sparkling Brut
Roland Champion Grand Cru Blanc De Blanc
Saint-Hilaire Brut 2017 Sparkling
Vigneto Moscato D’asti 2020

France – Petite Voiture
Lemon Juice
Pineapple Syrup
Sparkling wine
Hibiscus Sugar Rim

Italy – Italian Julip
Apricot Syrup
Lime Juice
Fresh Mint

Event Committee

Blake Crabb
Rachel Mraz
Kendra Osowski
Kyle Van Andel


Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information.

Event Details

Venue: Van Andel Institute 333 Bostwick Ave. NE Grand Rapids

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Title Sponsor

Champagne Sponsors

  • Accretive Company Inc

  • Jerry & Suzanne Callahan

  • Mike and Rachel Mraz

Chardonnay Sponsors

  • Blake Crabb

  • Lee & Alexandra Perez