• Springtime Food Updates From Motown And Beer City USA

    POSTED April 30, 2018

    Noni narrates the Eats in The D YouTube videos for the Metro Detroit CVB. Photo by Bill Bowen

  • Springtime Food Updates From Motown And Beer City USA

    POSTED April 30, 2018

    Chef Alessandro Guerrazzi oversees the new casual French menu at the JW Marriott’s six.one.six restaurant.

  • Springtime Food Updates From Motown And Beer City USA

    POSTED April 30, 2018

    Photo by Bill Bowen

Detroit and Grand Rapids are showcasing some fun new dining options this spring for all occasions.

In Motown, the Metro Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau released its third in-your-face YouTube video exploring the city’s vibrant dining scene.

Three Eats in The D videos were posted this spring and run about four to eight minutes long. They feature sports bars, fancy hotspots, trendy stops and pizza traditions. Each YouTube page offers a list of all the eateries featured in each show.

Eats in The D episodes are narrated by an effervescent Noni, and are companion videos to the CVB's online restaurant guide, a more comprehensive look at the Motor City’s food scene.

In Grand Rapids, voted Beer Town USA in national polls and named Best Beer Town by the readers of USA Today, the riverfront JW Marriott is changing the look and menu at its signature restaurant. six.one.six debuted in April 2018 as a casual French bistro, offering a new menu that blends traditional French favorites and contemporary, local favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner under the direction of new Chef Alessandro Guerrazzi.

Breakfast staples include fresh baked pastries, charcuterie and cheese boards. Signature lunch and dinner dishes include tarte flambée, onion soup gratinée, filet mignon au poivre, coq au vin and pear clafoutis. French-inspired touches include baguettes baked fresh daily, house-made pasta and rotisserie chicken on display in an open kitchen.

A complete interior refresh of the restaurant is scheduled for completion by year-end 2020.

“As one of the first farm-to-table restaurants in Grand Rapids, six.one.six has been a market leader in culinary trends since opening in 2007,” says Todd Webb, executive chef at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. “We’re excited for guests to experience the next phase of the restaurant’s evolution as an approachable French bistro.”

Webb reports that dishes previously available at six.one.six, such as the flatbreads, tuna roll and burger, have been rotated to menus at Mixology Lounge and the jdek, the hotel’s waterfront patio and bar.

Introducing the “International Society of Hotel Associations”


Four Corners hospitality and TAO Group debuted the fifth iteration of the TAO nightlife concept in Chicago this month. Located in an 1892 building that was originally home to the Chicago Historical Society in River North, the two-level restaurant and nightclub dubbed TAO Chicago occupies 34,000 square feet of space and can accommodate groups of up to 1,800 guests.


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