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Grand Rapids Downtown Market Hosting Annual “Small Plates, Big Impact” Fundraiser on October 11th

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is once again hosting its annual fall fundraiser for the Downtown Market Education Foundation on October 11 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The “Small Plates, Big Impact” fundraiser, benefiting the Downtown Market Education Foundation’s culinary medicine, job training and entrepreneur programs, will take over the Market Hall, closing it to the public for one evening only. Tickets include libations and a strolling dinner throughout the Market Hall featuring exclusive small plate dining experiences from various Market vendors, along with discounted shopping.

From a silent auction to an after-party with a DJ and cocktails in the second-floor banquet room, “Small Plates, Big Impact” will be an engaging event for food lovers and friends, where guests will be able to interact with small business owners and taste their creative food offerings.

Small Plates, Big Impact raises funds to:

  • Support Food Entrepreneurs– The Downtown Market’s Incubator Kitchen provides accessible 
kitchen space to startup food businesses. Budding entrepreneurs, at any stage, benefit from the expertise of the Market’s on-site business guidance counselor who helps navigate through all facets of the startup process.
  • Improve Community Health – the Downtown Market provides space and financial support for Spectrum Health’s culinary medicine program, which brings chefs and dietitians together with healthcare providers to explore food’s impact on health and disease.
  • Empower the Workforce – By connecting with local partners like Kent Transition Center and Community Transitions Campus, who focus on workplace development initiatives, the Market instills valuable training and skills to students of all ages, including those with disabilities, empowering them in their transition into the workforce.
  • Nurture the Community– The Downtown Market encourages community growth by providing event space, marketing assistance, and awareness for our philanthropic partners such as Artists Creating Together and the Grand Rapids Urban League.

“This year, we’re thrilled to expand our commitment to a healthy community by supporting Spectrum Health’s culinary medicine program, which helps healthcare providers better guide their patients toward healthy eating behaviors and is hosted here at the Downtown Market,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Downtown Market. “This program not only expands our commitment to a healthy community, but also helps explore how food affects our bodies and our community in a whole new way.”

Tickets are available now at downtownmarketgr.com/spbi.

About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market 

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market is a $30 million, self-sustaining, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall and two full-service restaurants. More at www.downtownmarketgr.com.