8th Annual Around the World®

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8th Annual Around the World®

June 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

When warm weather returns to Michigan there’s no better place to be than outside enjoying fine wine, craft beer and global cuisine with good friends.

Celebrate the beauty of the spring season and join Van Andel Institute’s JBoard Ambassadors at Around the World. Enjoy an impressive 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. All proceeds from Around the World support Van Andel Education Institute’s (VAEI) initiatives:

• Inquiry-based lessons: Lessons that help teachers utilize a process of scientific inquiry so students learn through curiosity-driven discovery and hands-on data analysis.
• Innovation in education award: A $5,000 award for a teacher with the best idea for developing curiosity, creativity and critical thinking in the classroom.
• Field experiences: Teachers bring their class to VAEI to experience an inquiry-based lesson, meet with a scientist, and transfer their learning back to their classroom.

If you love Michigan’s burgeoning culinary scene, and networking with movers and shakers in Grand Rapids, you’re not going to want to miss this event. Suggested attire is casual chic. Complimentary valet parking is available at the main entrance of VAI, adjacent to Crescent Park.





Food Menu

Wine List

Beer List

Auction Packages

Host Committee


Country pâté with toast point and breakfast radish
Roasted mushroom vol-au-vent
Oliebollen – sweet fried dough

Bauru – roast beef sandwich with tomato, mozzarella and pickled cucumbers
Braised pork sliders with chimichurri
Black eyed bean Acaraje

Sweet and sour pork over rice
Kung Poa chicken with noodles
Vegetable spring rolls with Sichuan sauce

Tres leches cake
La bandera – braised chicken with rice, tomatoes and cilantro

Castelmaure La Buvette
Gruet Blanc De Noir
Rebuli Prosecco
Wolfberger Cremant D’alsace Brut Rose

Castelmaure Grand Cuvee
Chateau Des Arnaud Bordeaux Rouge
Le Jade Chardonnay
Wolfberger Pinot Blanc

Banfi La Pettegola Vermentino
Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso
Niro Montepulciano D’abruzzo
Niro Pecorino

Babich Patriarch
Babich Unoaked Chardonnay
Brancott Pinot Noir
Matua Sauvignon Blanc

Louis Jadot Rose
La Crema Monterey Rose
Rodney Strong Rose of Pinot Noir
Unparalleled Rose

Atamisque Malbec
Potro De Piedra
Toro De Piedra Chardonnay
Trivento White Orchid

2 Copas White
Encostas Vinho Verde
Pago Crianza
Unparalleled Rioja Tempranillo

Beckon Bien Nacido Pinot Noir
Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay
Scattered Peaks Napa Cabernet
Stonestreet Sauvignon Blanc

Avalon Napa Cabernet
Beringer Bros Bourbon Barrel Cab
BlancRodney Strong Upshot Red Blend
Cakebread Sauvignon
KJ Jea Rest. Sel. Santa Maria Chardonnay
Jamieson Double Lariat Cabernet
Mullan Road Red Blend
Reata Sonoma Coast Chard
Rodney Strong Alexanders Crown Cabernet
Segura Viudas Heredad
Stonestreet Estate Cabernet
Treasure Hunter Thirsty Thug
Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec
True Grit Petite Syrah
Unparalleled Sauvignon Blanc

Bells Oberon

Bells Amber

Founder All Day IPA


20 Monroe Live True Concert Experience 
A pair of tickets for you and a friend to a concert of your choice at 20 Monroe Live. Also includes access to the private VIP Vanguard Lounge and $100 Wheelhouse gift card. Value $250

A Saugatuck Shopping Experience
Sponsored by Chantal’s several stores and includes gift certificates. Value TBD

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and Reserve Wine and Food Package 
One night stay “Dreams” package and chef’s tasting dinner for 4. Chef Luke will course out a seasonal selection of gourmet fare. Value $600

Bowdie’s Chop House
An “experience” at Bowdie’s Chop House at their new location in Lansing.
Value TBD

The Cheese Lady 
Gift basket featuring gourmet goods and wine, plus a $25 gift card. Value $110

D&W Fresh Market 
Specialty basket. Value $150

Frederick Meijer Gardens
Family four-pack of tickets. Value $51

Gerald R. Ford Museum and Pop Scholars Package 
Gerald R. Ford Museum tickets for 4. Value $28 
4 tickets to a Pop Scholars show of your choice. Value $40

Grand Rapids Symphony
Table for 8 to the August 2, 2018 Tito Puente Jr. concert. Includes a wine basket and Downtown Market gift card. Value $430

Interior Design Consultation
Two hour in-home consultation including large professional paint boards, furniture and art ideas, space planning and suggestions on interior finishes. Includes a wine basket and accessories. Value TBD

JW Marriott Grand Rapids 
The Gourmet Getaway Package includes a 1 night stay in a beautiful guest room; a Downtown Market swag bag with exclusive Downtown Market discounts; a $50 gift card to the Downtown Market; and a charcuterie platter upon arrival with breakfast in the morning for 2 adults at six.one.six. Value $350

Purple Community Basket
Includes 2 comped registrations for the Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K and Pure Barre on the Blue Bridge event. Value $200

River Front Cottage (Highbanks) with Catered Cook-out
Stay in a rustic river cabin overlooking the Muskegon River and miles of pristine Manistee National Forest. Enjoy a main cabin with separate bunkhouse; river access; upper and lower decks; hot tub and commercial sauna; a fire pit and Weber Genesis grill; with canoes, kayaks, tubes and a truck provided. Your weekend begins with a welcome basket and bottle of cold champagne and includes 2 nights lodging for 6. Pack your clothes, cooler and food, everything else is provided. Dates to be mutually agreed upon. Reservation subject to availability. Value $2,250

Russo’s Gift Basket
Value TBD

Siren and Proper Gift Basket
$250 gift card, lipsticks, mineral spray and a Borboleta bag. Value $455

Summer Golf Package
Foursome at Wuskowhan Player’s Club with a gift basket. Value $800

Ultimate Experience Package
This package includes a Dicks Sporting Goods $250-300 gift card; Yeti cooler and tumblers; Barracks 616 shooting range for two 2 people (1 hour shooting); bowling package at Clique Lanes; and 4 premium Detroit Tigers tickets with a parking pass. Value $1,100

Whiskey and Wellness Package
This package includes a $500 Coiffeteria Salon package, gift cards, Aveda products and salon services; a One Bourbon gift card and t-shirt; Top-Shelf bottle of Bourbon with glasses; 1 hour massage from Gaslight Chiropractic; 1 month unlimited hot yoga membership from Funky Buddha with a t-shirt and swag. Value $900


Co-chair: Rachel Mraz
Co-chair: Chad Bassett
Aaron DeVos
Alyssa Nance
Kendra Osowski
Matt Osterhaven
Deidre Remtema
Tanya Rowerdink
Kyle Van Andel

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

Fine Food & Wine Sponsor

Champagne Sponsors

Chardonnay Sponsors

Pinot Noir Sponsors


June 1, 2018
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Crescent Park
Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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