Santa arrives at Ric's Food Center on Sat. Dec. 3. Photo by BETH ALTENA
Atticus and santa.
by BETH ALTENA
The Christmas Taste of Ric’s—complete with Santa Claus’ arrival on a horse-drawn carriage—was all it was cracked up to be, from the full-sized breakfast egg sandwiches to the kielbasa with the secret recipe.
Store Director Dave Brickner said he was proud of his team and all the vendors who were on hand to share the excitement of the day. Ric’s Food Center, 6969 Belding Road, also celebrated four years serving Rockford—time that has flown by.
The family-owned store is one of several here in Michigan. Ric’s hosts periodic tasting events with free samples from vendors, many located right here in the state, as well as giveaways and live music.
Repeat popular vocalist Bismark Sequeira impressed listeners as he sang and played the guitar, and the Rockford High School choir shared holiday tunes.
“We always love to host these events. They are so much fun and we feel the
excitement building up weeks ahead,” said Brickner. “Our customers have come to look forward to these, and we hear them ask all the time when the next one is going to be.”
Aubry, 5, and mom Allie also like the orange slices.
The Brickner family wiht santa.
Serenading the shoppers and tasters at Ric’s fourth anniversary Winter Taste of Ric’s, were a select few of Rockford High School’s Advanced Women’s Ensemble Christmas carolers. Under the direction of David Duiven, the girls harmonized their way through Christmas carols we all know and love, including a rousing rendition of “Walking in a ‘Michigan Made’ Winter Wonderland.”
Heidi and Miranda serve sandwiches from Ric’s deli. They used over 10 pounds of turkey and 30 pounds of ham.
Jane, 8, and brother Henry, 2, Kettelhut visit the Taste of Ric’s after participating in the Santa Parade in downtown Rockford. Santa was very busy this weekend. Photo by BETH ALTENA
After Rockford’s annual Santa Parade last Saturday, Dec. 3, Santa high-tailed it to Ric’s Food Center in Cannon Township to be present for the annual Winter Taste of Ric’s celebrating their fourth anniversary. Assisting Santa, listening to Luke Bultman’s (2-1/2) extensive Christmas wish list, is “Elf Charley” Watson. The tasting event was more like a progressive banquet, with everyone present that afternoon thinking they’d better start their New Year’s diet resolutions a month early. Ric’s really knows how to throw an anniversary celebration! Photo by CLIFF HILL
Singer Bismark Sequeira is joined by his wife Amy and son Teo, 3.