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Meet Adolfo Garcia, Son of a Butcher

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The name of Adolfo Garcia’s latest restaurant hints at his humble upbringing as a third-generation restaurateur but also displays his rebel spirit in breaking from tradition.

Meet Chef Thaddeus DuBois, Sculptor of Sugar

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From the White House to Atlantic City, chef Thaddeus DuBois always delights with his creations.

Grand Rapids Offers a Clean, Comfortable & Cosmopolitan Choice

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Want all the benefits of a big city with the simplicity and charm of a small one? Then Grand Rapids is the place for you. Located on the Grand River, after which it’s named, in the southwest section of the state about 25 miles east of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids offers everything from world-renowned art and historic sites to world-class golf courses, recreation and beaches. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet named this vibrant city of nearly 200,000 people the country’s No. 1 travel destination in 2014 and that Forbes has called downtown Grand Rapids one of the country's 10 best downtowns.

Meet Julie Pingston, GLCVB

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When you work in the tourism industry, diplomatic savvy comes in handy. Julie Pingston, CMP, CTA, gained hers in the field.

Pingston, senior vice president and chief operating office at the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB), started her career as a campaign intern for George Bush the elder. After he was elected, Pingston, newly graduated from Alma College, was appointed to the nowdefunct U.S. Travel and Tourism Association, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Event Snapshots: 10th Annual Best of Michigan Readers Choice Awards

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MIM+E held its annual Best of Michigan party May 22 at the new Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron. Empty Canvas provided the entertainment; Kurt Colone and the team from Mike Staff Productions emceed and played music; Chateau Chantal provided a wine tasting table; SugarHigh Bakery delighted guests with a sweets table; and Emerald City Designs provided the floral arrangements and linens. 

Ski Towns Celebrate Milestones & Transformations

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Resorts in the West are aging like fine wines with today’s facilities built with groups and year-round in mind.

Get a Taste of the West by Planning Outings with Animals

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Looking for an exceptional mountain outing that has memory-making and team-building opportunities galore? We’ve found adventures that involve helicoptering to a dog-sledding camp, having a sleepover or skijoring with adoptable pets, walking through the forest with a wolf, dining in the wilderness with a llama and mingling with mustangs. 

Canine Connections

Meet Leland & Katie McMillan, Rodeo on Wheels

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Want a rodeo but the town you are meeting in doesn't have one? Leland and Katie McMillan's LKC Rodeo Productions brings rodeo entertainment to corporate events, high-end resorts, gated communities, birthday parties and other gatherings looking for a taste of the West.

4 Photographers Share Industry Tips for Getting the Best Shots

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Whether roving the crowd for candid shots, showcasing an elaborate meal or capturing a well-known keynote speaker at an annual conference, these four Texas photographers have got it covered. Specialists from around the state took some time out to talk about what makes great event photography and how to create better photos of food, people and event atmosphere. All four photographers spoke about one common denominator for great shots: Good editing makes all the difference.

Think Rustic Elegance to Create an Intimate Tablescape

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A 19th-century stone bank barn sets the stage for this intimate board of directors brunch.

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