7th Annual Around the World® Event

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7th Annual Around the World® Event

June 8, 2017 @ 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 for Around the World on June 8. 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. All proceeds from Around the World support Van Andel Institute’s research and science education initiatives.

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 ofVAI, adjacent to Crescent Park.


Registration     Sponsorship

Food Menu

Wine & Beer Menu

Silent Auction Packages



Potato and leek waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked Gouda cream
Belgium waffles with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream
Belgium waffles with berry compote and whipped cream

Escondidinho de carne, “Little Hidden One” – layered meat pie with mashed yucca
Crispy pork belly with black beans and tomato
Pão de queijo – Brazilian cheese bread
Cocada – Brazilian coconut candy

Beijing roasted duck in a steamed bun with hoisin sauce
Gaoli beef slider
Black pepper shrimp with Sichuan noodles served in mini Chinese chopstick boxes
Chicken pot stickers

Dominican Republic
Lechón asado – Roasted pork with mangú, pickled red onion and avocado
Soufflé de yuca – Yuca soufflé topped with griddled cheese
Pescado con coco – Seared grouper, peas and rice with coconut sauce
Caramel flan with rum-roasted pineapple


Catalpa Malbec
Serbal Chardonnay
Serbal Malbec
Trivento Golden Reserve Cabernet

Beckon Pinot Noir
Jamieson Ranch Double Lariat Cabernet
Niner Red Blend
Notable Chardonnay

Antiyal Kunen
Cyt Casillero Del Diablo Rose
Toro De Piedra Chardonnay
2 Copas Cabernet

Les Trois Gigondas
Picpoul Pinet Blanc
Remy Pannier D’anjou Rose
Remy Pannier Vouvray

Banfi Cum Laude
Planeta Segreta Rosso
Rocca Moonlite White Blend
Villa Rosa Moscato D’asti

New Zealand
Babich Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay
Babich Patriarch Red
Brancott Pinot Noir
Matua Sauvignon Blanc

Pepper Bridge Cabernet
Powers Muscat
Treasure Hunter Sawyer’s Crown
Treasure Hunter Wine:30 Chardonnay

Best of the Rest
Bex Riesling
Domaine Berrien Crown Of Cab
GW Cellars Assyrtiko
Willamette Whole Cluster Pinot Noir

Bubbles & Rose
Cote Mas Cremant Brut Rose
Gruet Brut Non-Vintage
Mumm Brut Rose
Piper Heidseck Xtra Dry
Segura Viudas Brut Rose


Arbor Brewing Euchre Pilser
Bell’s Oarsman
Darkhorse Crooked Tree Ipa
Grand Armory Crop Duster Ipa
Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown
New Holland Lost Dune
Pigeon Hill Oatmeal Cream Pie Ale
Saugatuck Oval Beach Blonde

Red Stripe
Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen 

ArtPrize Downtown Date Night
Enjoy a private tour of the Grand Rapids Art Museum during ArtPrize and a 100 Years | 100 Works of Art catalog. This also includes a “Dreams Package” one night stay at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in a luxurious guest room featuring plush bedding with pillow top mattress, down pillows and cozy linen sheets. You’ll have access to the fitness center, pool and spa, and will receive 20% off all non-sale, non-food items in both Plaza Essentials gift shop and Plaza Men’s shop. Excludes health and beauty items, newspapers and publications. You’ll also receive a $100 gift certificate to The Søvengård. Value: $450

Behind the Scenes Tour at John Ball Zoo
Get a special behind the scenes zoo tour, lunch for four, plus feed the penguins! Donor: John Ball Zoo  Value: $650

Exclusive Wuskowhan Golf Package
This package features a foursome game at exclusive Wuskowhan Players Club; One half-hour golf lesson with Ken Kapcia; Titleist Pro V1x golf balls (12 count); and a Big bucket o’ balls. Donors: Wuskowhan Players Club, Golf Galaxy and Dick’s Sporting Goods  Value: $1,100

Golf Enthusiast Package
Package includes a Club Glove USA caddy towel; Maxfli Performance Series 1.5″ low resistance golf tees (10 count); Callaway Chrome Soft premium golf balls (12 count); Two Yeti Rambler 20 oz stainless steel tumblers; Big bucket o’ balls; and three $50 gift certificates with one $100 gift certifcate. Donor: Dick’s Sporting Goods  Value: $570

Downtown Date Night Package
This package features, four passes to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum; four general admission passes and four carousel rides at the Grand Rapids Public Museum; four passes to the John Ball Zoo; four passes to The Great Escape Room, Grand Rapids; a seasonal chef’s tasting with paired wines for four at Reserve Wine & Food; and a one night stay at the JW Marriott (includes complimentary parking, breakfast for two, four local beers, Beer City passport, Beer City t-shirt and 20% off at the market place). Value: $960

Distilleries & Breweries
Receive a $10 gift card, t-shirt and growler from The Mitten Brewing Co. plus a tour and tasting for 10 people at Long Road Distillers. Also included is an Atwater Brewing howler, gift certificate for the restaurant and a gift certificate for the swag store.Value: $205

Wealthy Street Date Night
Enjoy a night of comedy at a Pop Scholars improv show (four tickets) along with a $50 gift card to Maru Shushi & Grill. Value: $98

All Things Michigan
Receive five bottles of wine from The Gilmore Collection: Gnarly Head – Old Vine Zin Lodi Zinfandel 2014, Black Stallion Estate Winery – Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015, Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015, and Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2014. Along with a $100 gift card to The Gilmore Collection, a The Mitten State t-shirt, “HOME” decal sticker, Far Hills Maple Syrup, Pure Northern Michigan Honey, Sharone’s Homemade Goods Northern Berry Jam, Creekside Grains Gourmet Yooper Sugar Cookie Baking Mix and a UP cookie cutter. Value: TBD

Fitness Class Package
This package includes four free passes for Funky Buddha yoga; one month of unlimited CKO kickboxing classes and gloves; one month of unlimited classes and one nutritional consultation with Forest Hills Fit Body Boot Camp; and a “two-week unlimited” class package to Pure Barre Grand Rapids. Value: $390

Eclectic Date Night Package
Enjoy a one hour shooting package for two with ammo, eye and ear protection, and receive a browning pocket knife and gift basket; two $25 gift certificates redeemable at Little Lucy’s Café, Derby Station, Graydon’s Crossing or Logan’s Alley; and six movie tickets and two “combo coupons” for popcorn and soda that are good for any regularly scheduled screening at the UICA. Value: $218

Highbanks AirBnB
Enjoy a weekend get-away at a rustic river cabin overlooking the beautiful Muskegon River and pristine Manistee National Forest. Your weekend will begin with a welcome basket and bottle of cold champagne. The main cabin includes a separate bunkhouse, river access, upper and lower decks, a hot tub, commercial sauna, fire pit, Weber Genesis grill, canoes, kayaks, tubes and a truck. Fish, kayak, canoe, float the river or just chill while enjoying the incredible view! Pack your clothes, cooler and food, everything else is provided. Includes two nights lodging for six. Dates to be mutually agreed upon. Reservation subject to availability. Donor: Kevin & Lisa Miller  Value: $2,250

The “Saugatuck Package”
Enjoy relaxing river views with 3 bedroom, 3.5 baths in historic downtown Saugatuck – walk out the front door to discover your favorite shops, restaurants, bars and attractions while relaxing in a cottage themed townhouse. This package also includes a two hour boat cruise; cocktails and dinner catered by Bodie’s Chop House; a $100 gift card to Redefine Med Spa; and $200 worth of Chantal gift cards ($50 to Lucky Girl by Chantal, $50 to Chantal Fashion Apparel, $50 to Chantal for Him, and $50  to Renuar by Chantal) Value: $900

Behind the Scenes at WZZM with Lauren Stanton
A 10 person tour and live viewing at WZZM studios. Value: TBD

Westside Package
This package features a $75 gift card to Butcher’s Union and a $25 gift card to The Mitten State. Value: $100

Design Consultation Package
Recieve a home design consultation with Deidre Interiors! Get your most burning interior design questions from professional designer Deidre Remtema. Deirdre will help you avoid textbook design mistakes and create a home that is unique to your lifestyle! Get inspired with a new throw blanket, live edge coffee table bowl and vases made by local artists from Lions and Rabbits Art Gallery. With a fresh direction for your home invite friends over for a glass of Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay wine to celebrate!
Donor: Deidre Interiors  Value: $500

D&W Fresh Pasta Gift Basket
A $100 pasta themed specialty food basket that includes; The Local Epicurean asparagus garlic handmade artisan pasta; Al Dente spinach handmade artisan pasta; Rao’s homemade tre-colori farfelle; Assorted artisan pasta sauces; Alessi Autentico garlic breadsticks; Zuppa Mais Toscana corn chowder vegetable and pasta soup mix; World Classics 100% imported extra-virgin olive oil; Franco Serra Barbera D’Alba 2014 wine. Plus, a $100 D&W gift card. Donor: D&W Fresh Market

D&W Fresh Made in Michigan Gift Basket
A $100 Made in Michigan themed specialty food basket that includes; The Local Epicurean goat gouda sun-dried tomato handmade artisan pasta; Fricano’s pizza spaghetti sauce; Zuppa Mais Toscana corn chowder vegetable and pasta soup mix; Pure Michigan maple syrup – Mazurek Sugar Bush; ESCH Road Mackinac Bridge cherry BBQ sauce; ESCH Road Whitefish Bay hot chipotle bean and corn salsa; Mrs. Dog’s Disappearing Mustard – sweet, hot and spicy; McClure’s Pickle Spears; La Fiesta handmade stone ground corn tortilla chips; Great Lakes Potato Chips kettle cooked original chips; Bowers Harbor Vineyard 2015 unwooded Chardonnay. Plus, a $100 D&W gift card. Donor: D&W Fresh Market

A Very “Good” Gift Basket
Includes two Good Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc wine bottles, one Good logo sweatshirt, men’s t-shirt, women’s t-shirt and a Good logo tote bag. Value: $165

Lunch with Speaker of the House
Enjoy lunch for two with Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Tom Leonard in his Capitol Office.  Donor: Tom Leonard, Speaker of the House, 93rd District

6:00pm – Guests arrive and event starts

7:00pm – Live entertainment break, brief remarks

7:05pm – Event continues

8:30pm – Food stations close

9:00pm – Live entertainment ends

10:00pm – Event ends

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

Fine Food & Wine Sponsor

Champagne Sponsors

Chardonnay Sponsors

Pinot Noir Sponsors

Silent Auction Sponsors


June 8, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Van Andel Institute
333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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