7th Annual Around the World® Event

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7th Annual Around the World® Event

June 8 @ 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



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 

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
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Grand Rapids,MI49503United States
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