Cherie’s In.

Cherie Inn’s in as a “Buy One, Feed One” establishment.

“The air is cool, and the days are still long.. “
 
… we find ourselves late in summer where flower has turned to fruit. Berries dot bushes, and the fields ripen — soon, the harvest will be upon us. Many people in our world consider this time as an opportunity to remember the abundance of nature. We remember that we have so much – our basic needs are met. Central to this vision is a fruit plate the Cherie Inn has offered as a new Buy One, Feed One establishment.

The USDA recommends most of you take in two cups of fruit a day. For just $1, you and a friend can now knock that out over a meal at the Cherie Inn. Their heritage and reputation for good food speaks for itself, and appropriately, 100% of your “first fruits” purchase goes to help pass our abundance to children here who need it. Each dollar you spend is one dinner for a child or family locally in Grand Rapids. Click below to feel good and do good this weekend and in September.

 

Enjoy Fresh Fruit at Cherie Inn

 

As an aside, Cherie Inn is an unusual standout when it comes to operational efficiency. The proprietor, Michael Kulczyk, states they have not had a sitdown staff meeting in 18 years. And yet your breakfast sandwich makes it to you in less than 15 minutes, with name-by-name service. We’re not sure how they’ve managed to avoid meetings for 6,500+ days and stay as efficient as they have (we’re awaiting a Harvard business review to mine their secrets). Welcome aboard, Cherie Inn.

 

Getting our USDA-required servings of fruit in.

Coming Soon


Cherie and GRBC are in.
Who’s next? :)

Grand Rapids Brewing Co., Welcome Aboard.

Grand Rapids Brewing Co. on FoodCircles

Grand Rapids Brewing Co. is now a “Buy One, Feed One” establishment.


“..One of the friendliest staffs you’ll meet,”
 

..in one of the coolest spaces downtown, on the cornerstone of the city of Grand Rapids. The gang at 1 Ionia originally collaborated before your parents were born with six other breweries to form the Grand Rapids Brewing Company in 1892. It was oddly similar to hobbits, men, elves and dwarves coming together in Lord of the Rings. With GRBC’s decision to become a “Buy One, Feed One” establishment, the results are just as spectacular.

GRBC now enables anyone, any day to put dinner on the table for a child in need just by coming in to the brewery. You can try an order of Street Tacos for just $1 or more (order = 3 tacos), and 100% of your purchase goes to providing square meals. We’re stoked to let you know about GRBC’s decision to enable us to give today. Click below to buy a 30-day voucher for just $1, or hit up GRBC on the app. There are just 5 left this week.

 

Buy Dish at GRBC

 

To practice what we preach, in perhaps the strangest Happy Hour invite ever, we asked a few friends to try GRBC last week and confirmed that the chorizo inside the Street Tacos is the bomb. My bud Stephen also had high praise for the Fried PB&J (that strawberry jam….) and Katie was all about their Scotch Egg (that sausage….). That’s not even to mention the brews, which local snob Stan Samuels gives two thumbs up. In all these experimentations, they were able to provide dinner to 3 children here, via Kids Food Basket.

 

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Sometimes we get bored on Fridays..

 

Coming Soon


Many restaurants are “going #BOFO” this fall. Can’t wait to show you who.

 

 

 

– Jon and the FoodCircles team

Enrich the lives of those you talk to

Conversation “diggers”

 

This weekend you might be spending time sharing meals with family or friends. We’ve shared that one of our favorite parts is the conversations that take place between nibbles. We’ve all had that meal or drink with someone that could’ve gone on all night, and it’s not because of the food. But what about when it’s not like that?

What about those meals filled with awkward pauses, glances at phones, observances of the clinks of silverware around the room? How do you turn these conversations around, and in doing so, serve the person you’re talking to?

We’ve been studying this question for awhile now. Powerful questions spur meaningful conversations. We started with 40 solid ones, but have since boiled it down to the best five. Listed from less to more adventurous—

 

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Currey’s Corner: Food Matters

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What is the most memorable meal you’ve ever had in your life?

“Food matters.”
Think back. Can you remember the most meaningful meal you’ve had in your life?
Was it last Friday night? :-) I recently went back home to Alaska. Since coming back to GR, everyone’s been asking, “How was your trip?!” I tell ‘em funny stories, and how I met my very first niece, Grace. How I saw so many people I love, lots of mountains and moose, and said goodbye to my childhood home. But what I don’t say, and don’t really know how to say, is that the majority of my trip simply revolved around a table. Dinners with extended family, potlucks with friends, coffee dates, catching up with grandparents, or just eating a bowl of cereal in the morn. This is where life happens for me. Let me give you an example…

At the peak of a mountain, on a ski date with my Dad, what I thought would be a quick stop for a bite to eat, turned out to be a meal I will remember forever. We were both doing something we loved in skiing and knew we had to grab food at some point. Now, we could have scarfed down a cheap burger and been back on the slopes in 10 minutes. But Dad had something else in mind. He gave me one of the nicest meals of my life. It meant so much to me, and it meant so much to him. We unbuckled our boots, and slowed down to share a meal. The food was amazing, but what I will remember most is the conversation and the love that I felt. We talked about the future, asked good questions, made jokes, and reminisced about good times. And—we still got in 5 more runs in anyway.

 

Our Goal 2/8—2/14

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You more than DOUBLED last week’s goal. We’re in awe. All vouchers back-in-stock now.

 

 

An author I’ve had the pleasure to meet is Shauna Niequist, of “Bread and Wine”. In urging attention to the importance of food, she writes, “Food is a language of care, the thing we do when language fails us, when we don’t know what to say, when there are no words TO say… It’s the thing that connects us, that bears our traditions, our sense of home and family, our deepest memories. Food matters.” I agree wholeheartedly.

When I think about the still-new 2014 and what I want it to be a year of, I think of life around the table with old friends, with new friends, with celebration and with consolation, with costumes and in PJ’s. I think of 2014 and I think of making a difference in someone’s life—meeting tangible needs. I love that our app is found at the intersection of these.

So—in the midst of your hustling schedule, when you want to leave your ski boots buckled and scarf down a hamburger in your car on the way to the next run, press pause and remember that food really does matter.

 

Hi there!

My name is Rebecca Currey and I am an avid food-lover! I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself a foodie, because I don’t have a lot of expertise to offer; rather, I am enthralled by the ability of food to bring people together. FoodCircles celebrates this fact and couples it with feeding kids in need. This is a win-win in my book! I am an adventurer who hails from the awesome state of Alaska, pursuing my masters and exploring the great city of Grand Rapids in my free time. I love to laugh, chat over coffee, meet new people and eat food! I have the absolute pleasure of chronicling some of my thoughts about the significance of gathering around a table. So pull up a seat, the table is set and there is a spot just for you —

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(c) Abigail Kumar 2013

We can feed 5,000. We need your help.

A measuring stick for you and me….
The moment you decide to grab food tonight, or perhaps this weekend, you have a chance to truly show love to a child in need. This child is probably someone you’ve never met, and maybe will never meet, but you have the power to right at least one wrong in their life. You’ve given 215 dinners to local children in need plus 168 DAYS of food to malnourished children in Niger, West Africa in just 60 days.

Gotta share our goal of 5000 because we believe in A) having a concrete, ambitious mark to work towards {do ya have one?}, B) you keeping us accountable, and C) because we know “what’s measured, improves“. It just takes you to continue to love those in need and feed 2-4 children per month.

 

THIS YEAR’S GOAL

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We’ve also updated our Local and West Africa giving profiles.

 

WHAT’S OUR END OF THE BARGAIN?

To reach 5000, we need to introduce bold, new ways of eating well and changing lives:

—new “au courant” restaurants
—get tighter service at restaurants and sharpened donation followup
—send $1 dishes to friends, nominate new causes, even reserve that dish you really want

Sparrow’s Coffee and ROWSTER have also chipped in. Get 10% off or $1 off your coffee just by showing you’ve made a purchase on your app timeline or by downloading the app at the register. Thank you Lori and Stephen.

 
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Life of a Sack Supper at Kids Food Basket

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Some people ask us about the food we donate to Kids Food Basket. The YouTube video is an awesome story about what happens what happens after you use FoodCircles to eat and select Kids Food Basket at your preferred charity.

Here’s the core problem: Over 33,000+ kids live in poverty in Kent County, and many are not able to play when they want to, or study when they want to because of an empty stomach.

Here’s the solution we came up with:  Use joinfoodcircles.org or the Android / iPhone app to get dinner plans. You can buy a local restaurant dish for just $1 or more, and 100% of your purchase will be used to provide these meals.  Every $1 you spend provides one mind-sustaining dinner for a child to take home after school:

  • a sandwich
  • a fruit
  • a serving of vegetables
  • a snack like granola
  • a dessert like a cookie
  • & a drink

 

We even challenged you to test the food the kids will receive. Check the reviews on it here, here, and HERE.

You might find that when you ask someone, “Do you feel you’re doing enough for others in life?” the answer is often, “No”.  Our app lets you integrate everyday behavior into behavior that makes a difference.

Super-Powered Peanut Butter: Plumpy’Nut!

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(Anderson Cooper / 60 Minutes also produced a clip, but with some graphic footage of children. To view, click here.)

Some folks ask us about the food we donate globally. Above is a short doc on the food provided when you use FoodCircles to eat and select World Vision at your preferred charity.  World Vision works with us to provide a life-saving substance called Plumpy’Nut to kids in Niger, Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, among others. But what’s Plumpy’Nut? Continue reading

2014 Internships Released

Find the public versions on Craigslist, our job board of choice for many reasons.

 

Digital Storytellerhttp://grandrapids.craigslist.org/mar/4253495194.html

Local Storytellerhttp://grandrapids.craigslist.org/mar/4253486881.html

National Storytellerhttp://grandrapids.craigslist.org/npo/4253478574.html

Print Design Internshiphttp://grandrapids.craigslist.org/med/4253474076.html

Web Development Internship (Rails) — http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/sof/4253461771.html

Web Design Internship (HTML/CSS/JS/Rails) — http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/web/4253466123.html

 


Learn more about our organization and mission here: http://blog.foodcircles.net/about/

Currey’s Corner: More than a Meal

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What is it about food that helps us truly be seen?

“Do you have plans for dinner?”
Food has significance beyond being life-sustaining. Now most folks fall somewhere on the range of having a love/hate relationship with meal prep, but one thing that we can all agree on is that food brings people together. Recently in my life and in the lives of my “home team”, there has been a lot of “tough” and a lot of “hard.” Have you felt the same?

Friends have been experiencing heartbreaks, moving away, loved ones dying, loneliness, even depression. It’s been a lot. In these moments I find myself searching for words to comfort and ease the pain; sometimes I am at a loss. Walking through a tough circumstance in my own life, I found the most helpful response from a friend to be, “….do you have plans for dinner?”

On another circumstance, a friend on a whim invited four friends over for pizza and to my surprise, each of the woman opened up about deep pain they were experiencing. I had seen these women many times over the past few weeks and had NO INKLING that they had been going through what their words were saying. What is it about food? What is it about being around a table with people that opens up the door for vulnerability?

 

THIS WEEK’S GOAL

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San Chez and Peppino’s are already sold out this week! Try a #bofo special.

 

 

I think it’s a step away from the screens we stare at all day and an opportunity to see the face we see on Facebook, face-to-face. In our world of “140 characters or less” and posting things for thousands to see, I’ve discovered what happens around a table to be unique and refreshing.

Slowing down and looking someone in the eye and asking, “How are you? No really, how are you?” with no excuse of simply saying, “Fine, how are you,” we are invited to truly be seen (an often scary thought). This is one of the most important things we can do around a table: 1) invite others 2) be seen for exactly who we are.

So next time when you’re small-talking with a friend about the good, the bad and the ugly, why not ask the question, “Do you have plans for dinner?”

 

 
Hi there!

My name is Rebecca Currey and I am an avid food-lover! I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself a foodie, because I don’t have a lot of expertise to offer; rather, I am enthralled by the ability of food to bring people together. FoodCircles celebrates this fact and couples it with feeding kids in need. This is a win-win in my book! I am an adventurer who hails from the awesome state of Alaska, pursuing my masters and exploring the great city of Grand Rapids in my free time. I love to laugh, chat over coffee, meet new people and eat food! I have the absolute pleasure of chronicling some of my thoughts about the significance of gathering around a table. So pull up a seat, the table is set and there is a spot just for you —