by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL along with MEREDITH GREMEL When in January we heard of the Reds on the River first ever recipe contest we figured, “What the heck, why not enter?” After all, your reporters are graduates of Chef Robin Toldo’s cooking classes offered yearly through Rockford Community Services, a service of Rockford Public Schools. Reds was seeking an appetizer recipe to be featured, along with the contest winner’s name, on their newly created small plate restaurant menu. What an honor that would be. We forwarded our entry to Executive Chef/General Manager, Glenn Forgie, and awaited Reds’ response. In March, we were contacted by Meredith Gremel, Reds’ Publicist, and told that Chef Glenn was, “happy to inform you that you have been chosen as a semi-finalist out of 15 other contest entrants.” We then moved on to the next phase of the contest. We were invited to demonstrate our recipe in the kitchen of Reds on Saturday, March 28. Each of the six semi-finalists was allotted one of six half-hour time slots beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m. to demonstrate and prepare their recipe. We chose the 10 a.m. time slot for our recipe demonstration and found ourselves in an already bustling kitchen, even though the restaurant would not open for another two hours. This was not just any kitchen but the spotless state-of-the-art kitchen of Reds on the River. Every day this kitchen serves up award-winning cuisine prepared absolutely from scratch. (Talk about pressure, we were like school kids taking an oral final exam while at the same time trying not to cut our fingers off.) We named our entry “German Wurstchen Biss Wraps” (wurstchen is German for a small sausage or wiener and biss means small portion). As an appetizer it is as delicious as it is simple to prepare. Consisting of just three ingredients; thin triangles of pastry dough, old-fashioned, coarse-cut all-meat German-style wieners with no added fillers, and mustard for dipping. The wieners, cut into thirds, wrapped in dough and baked are to die for when dipped while piping hot into mustard. Our favorite is Beer’n Brat Horseradish Mustard. The choice is yours. The main ingredient is not just any wiener but Wimmers Old Fashioned Wieners available […]
Tuesdays Now through April 21 Free Health Program-6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Sparta Health Center, 475 S. State St., Sparta. The Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) workshop provides knowledge and skills to adults with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, bronchitis, asthma and depression. Registration is necessary; enrollment limited. For more information or to register, call (616) 685-1300. Now through April 24 Rockford Band Boosters Burger and Brat Sale-Spring fundraiser. 1 lb. of ground chuck for $3.75, 1 lb. of brats for $4.50. Meat is from Story’s Fresh Meat & Deli, Rockford. For more information contact Tom Doane at (616) 581-5643. Thursday, April 16 Spring Outdoor Archery League– 7 p.m. every Thursday through June 4, 2009, at Rockford Sportsman’s Club. FITA range rules and targets, six arrow ends; all shooting 122 cm targets. Fun for the whole family! For details, call (616) 292-8183 or e-mail email@example.com. Saturday, April 18 Pancake Breakfast & Seedling Pick-Up-8-11 a.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Have breakfast when you come for a hike or to pick up your seedling order. Cost is $5 for adults; $3.50 for children ages 4-12. For directions and more information, visit www.kentconservation.org/hcnc. 4th Annual Gently Used Spring Sale-9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Kent Service Center on Northland Dr., Rockford. All items in the Market Place Showroom will be for sale, and everything priced less than $10, to make room for summer items. Proceeds from this sale go back into the Center’s food pantry. Admission is a nonperishable food item. Spring Fling, Leisure Village Mini Expo-1:00-4:00 p.m., entrance just north of the corner of Cannonsburg and Chauncey NE. Auditions for “Arsenic and Old Lace”-10 a.m. (and Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m.) at Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St. SW, Grand Rapids. Performances will be June 11-20, 2009. Nine men and one woman needed. For more information, call (616) 455-1001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday, April 19 Roast Beef Dinner-11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole […]
Navarres celebrate 50th anniversary William and Sharon Navarre of Rockford are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, April 17, 2009. They were married April 17, 1959, in Barryton, Michigan at the Church of God. Their children are Denise and Clyde Place of Barryton, Audrey and John Wood of Hickory Corners and Deanna Navarre of Grand Rapids. They have nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. An open house is planned for April 25, 2009 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Greenville. Family and friends are invited. No gifts, please.
Kronemeyer Edward B. Kronemeyer, aged 65 of Melbourne Beach, passed away suddenly during an automobile accident on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. Ed was a graduate of the 1961 class of Rockford High School. He is survived by his mother, Estella M. Kronemeyer of Melbourne Beach; his brothers, James Arthur Kronemeyer of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Jack M. Kronemeyer of Rockford; and his sister Betty A Kronemeyer of Grand Rapids.
by RICH ZECK For over 12 years, Wise Photography has brought life and emotions to one-dimensional pictures at her studio on Bridge Street. You can say owner Michelle Wise has had her eye on hundreds of area families lives. She has been there to take pictures at our children’s births, weddings, anniversaries, senior class memories and countless of other special times. Her finger has been on the pulse of some of the best of our times. Taking a huge leap of faith Michelle has moved the new and improved Wise Photography Studio & Gallery to the prime window spot of Rockford at 1 N. Main. Two doors down from her old location, the new location not only has more space and higher visibility, but gives passersby an opportunity to put their eye and pulse on Rockford. A deeply spiritual person, Michelle, says, “photographs talk to the soul because they are not just words. Pictures can take you back to a place and time of fond memories.” Wise is not just a photographer but a storyteller. This new location will give her the opportunity to expose her many hidden gifts and talents for others to enjoy. What makes her work so different from others? Her work is very emotional and is reflected in the colors, settings, composition and personality of her pictures. Her photo shoots are an intimate and personal time that she spends connecting with people to maximize the beauty within every person or animal. Yes, not only does Michelle love taking baby and people pictures but she loves animals too. The animals and she connect just as well as people do and she brings their personality to life in print. The new studio and gallery will offer all kinds of personalized greeting cards for all sorts of occasions and the ability to purchase her artwork. The one thing you will notice when you visit this business is the sense of peace and calm that envelopes the four walls. Michelle sees her business as a light on the hill that shines hope and comfort to those who may be lost and lonely. After visiting her new location, I would have to say, that her move is certainly a Wise move for Rockford.