Sassy, fun walking tasting tours available…
Small bite samples. Tantalizing tastings.
We call them : Progressive Tastings
Progressive Tasting are themed culinary walking tours presenting aspirational eateries and venues in Michigan’s unique downtown areas and other key neighborhoods. Our Tastings are a one-of-a-kind experiences for locals and out-of-towners alike! Featuring food-and-beverage sampling, culture and fun, Progressive Tastings offer an educational component for intellectual, fun people who like to go out and learn something while enjoying a nice beverage and interesting food pairings. Tastings are geared to encompass a variety of different kinds of food and beverages as well as an array of unique venue experiences.
30 tickets are typically sold for each tasting. They often sell out quickly.
Must be 21 years +
Pushy Broads and Whiny Men – Double in Price.
Casual Attire. Fun Attitudes. Pretty Hair Expected.
Life is sassy, but short…… and YES. We can duplicate ANY of our tours for Private Parties!
The International Food Tour
Food For Love Tour
The Chef’s Choice Walk
The International Wine Tour
The Wine Tour
The W(h)ine NOT Tour
The Beer Tour… easy does it. (bud light style)
Boys and Beer
BEER! For boys and babes… and one ugly broad.
Craft Crawl (Beer tour)
The Artful Appetizer
Chicks and Chocolate
The Chocolate Chug
The Martini March
The Hotel Hop
The Sweet Suite
The Sweet Step
The Down Under Gems of ______
The Pizza Crawl
The Cozy Cruise
Picasso’s Pub Fun
Groove walk (with live music )
The Art Groove (paint or create at locations)
Whiskey and Women
The Tequila Trot
The Cocktail Cruise
The Time Trot (time period tour)
… Yep. We know right?
ARCHIVED Press Releases:
Contact: Jane Bush
City of Grand Rapids
300 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Grand Rapids Sister Cities International and Square Peg Events
partner to present Vodka Venture progressive tasting downtown
Tickets on sale now for benefit event in support of Bielsko-Biała Sister City programming
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Bielsko-Biała Sister City Committee of Grand Rapids Sister Cities International and Square Peg Events, LLC, present Progressive Tasting: The Vodka Venture at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct 15, a unique downtown walking tour featuring food-and-beverage sampling, culture and fun.
“Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting outdoors in the opulence of an old-world European balcony with the foothills of the Beskid Mountains in the distance, sipping a unique vodka beverage and tasting a savory bite. That’s what this one-of-a-kind event will offer,” said Jane Bush, Bielsko-Biała Sister City Committee member. “The committee is proud and excited to partner with Square Peg Events for this first Vodka Venture tasting experience.”
Cynthia Hagedorn, executive director of Square Peg Events, said she is pleased to be able to produce this event on behalf of the Bielsko-Biała Sister City Committee. “This is going to be a fabulous experience. We are returning to some of our favorite venues for this tasting. Participants will be able to go into each establishment, try a Polish vodka or vodka concoction paired with a tasting of authentic Polish or Polish-inspired cuisine. We will experience how Poland is infused into American culture,” she said.
Hosting venues will include the Bistro at Downtown Courtyard by Marriott, Gilly’s at The B.O.B. and J. Gardella’s Tavern. In addition, the Grand Rapids Art Museum Store will be featured (non-tasting) venues.
“We will be serving the Bistro’s own special version of a vodka buck, paired with a kielbasa skewer… something light and refreshing in a fun atmosphere,” said Alexis Parker, food and beverage manager at Downtown Courtyard by Marriott. “We’re so excited to be participating in this event. Cynthia’s progressive tastings are a wonderful way for people to get together, eat, drink and connect, finding hidden local gems along the way.”
In addition to the food-and-beverage tastings, participants will:
experience a presentation on amber — a quintessential element of Polish jewelry — by Ruth Anne Lomas, retired Kent City Community Schools educator and longtime supporter of Polish heritage in the Grand Rapids area
learn a toast and other Polish phrases from Daria Gosztyla, a Bielsko-Biała native and recent GVSU grad who currently lives in the Grand Rapids area, and
experience a presentation on the ancient art of puppetry — in recognition of Bielsko-Biała’s world-renowned Banialuka Puppet Theatre — by local puppeteers Kevin Kammeraad and Justin Haveman.
“We will demonstrate some puppet technique, sharing basic facets of how to bring an inanimate object to life, such as breath, focus (where the eyes of the puppet are looking) and weight, giving the puppet that sense of time and space,” Kammeraad said. “My hope is for people to be entertained and inspired to take what they can from puppetry.”
Bush said that participants will experience the progressive nature of Polish culture. “Even though Poland does have that old-world charm of its architecture and rich history, it’s progressive in terms of music and fashion and art – contemporary, bold graphic art. That’s the vibe and feel of this event: young and hip…chrome and glass and glitz. You will take with you a warmth in your heart of the Polish people, the Polish country. Once you’re welcomed to a Polish heart, you’re always welcome. It’s indelible.”
Bush said the purposes of this seminal cultural tasting event are several fold. “We want to raise awareness for a city program and the beauty that is Polish culture while raising funds to further our ongoing people-to-people exchange programs. We have a committee member in Poland right now, representing Grand Rapids in Bielsko-Biała’s annual city festival. She delivered our first exchange of pen-pal letters from a group of students from the Cook Library Center of Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities. We’re furthering the exploration and exchange of artists that began in 2014 during ArtPrize. We’re pleased to provide music by Bielsko-Biała jazz musicians during GRandJazzFest intermissions coming up in August. We’re having economic development discussions, as well.”
The connections between Grand Rapids and Bielsko-Biała run deep. “Bielsko-Biała is Grand Rapids’ second sister city, but it should be considered first for our community’s deep Polish roots. Like Grand Rapids, Bielsko-Biała has a river running through the city. The citizens of both cities place a high value on family and outdoor recreation. Just like Grand Rapids, Bielsko-Biała holds an annual jazz festival and offers an international puppet theater. In both cities, arts festivals abound.”
The Bielsko-Biała Sister City Committee is committed to promoting understanding and mutual respect through exchanges in culture, art, education and community and economic development. That mission is accomplished by providing community events that highlight Bielsko-Biała and Polish culture.
Bush said that supporting the mission and programming of the Bielsko-Biała Sister City Committee enriches the lives of both cities. “The world is a much smaller place thanks to technology, but people-to-people connections still offer the most value,” she said.
Grand Rapids Sister Cities International is a network of citizen diplomats who promote peace and understanding by connecting individuals, community organizations and civic institutions in all parts of the world. The mission of GRSCI is to build relationships between Grand Rapids and its sister cities by promoting understanding and mutual respect through exchanges in culture, art, education, and community and economic development.
A limited number of tickets are available for Progressive Tasting: The Vodka Venture. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased online at squarepegevents.com. Advance sales only — no door sales available. Groups welcome. Casual attire is appropriate. Participants must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, contact Square Peg Events at 616-510-3599, email email@example.com or visit squarepegevents.com. For more information on Grand Rapids Sister Cities International, visit grsistercities.org.