1. Unbelievable Upscale
> You’ll want to order a little bit of everything at The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, which opened in September at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. With riverfront views, an outdoor patio and private dining located on the lower level, The Kitchen serves a wide variety, including handcrafted pizzas (the dough takes three weeks to rise), crab cakes and spaghetti made using an on-site pasta machine.
> Cygnus 27, located on the 27th floor of Amway Grand Plaza, serves Latin American cuisine with a side of 180-degree views of the Grand Rapids skyline. Start with the Grilled Corn Salad, which is topped with red pepper chipotle aioli, cotija cheese and pumpkinseed vinaigrette, and follow it up with scallops seated on saffron rice cakes and served with edamame. For a private experience, groups can use the two rooms located exclusively on the 28th floor.
> Across the street from the Amway Grand Plaza is JW Marriott Grand Rapids, home to six.one.six. Led by the self-taught Executive Chef Chris Madsen, the establishment works closely with 15 Michigan farmers to serve fresh ingredients and has a living wall that will expand by 29 feet next year. Planners can organize a meal with cocktails outside the restaurant at JW’s Mixology bar, and then head inside to indulge on Alaskan Halibut or lamb chops sourced from a local farmer. Groups can also break into the kitchen with an “Iron Chef”-inspired teambuilding activity, which imitates the show with smoke machines and more.