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August 2014
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French Cuisine with Chef Kathleen

August 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Isidore Catholic Church,
628 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join Chef Kathleen Schiefler on a journey of French food and explore some of the same classics that Lucy Knisley revealed in her escapades through Paris: Croque Monsieur, chocolate mousse, and cheese souffle. Chef Kathleen will also reveal the answers to some of your most pressing questions: What are haricots verts and how in the world do you say it? Cornichons—does size really matter? What’s all the hype about foie gras and duck pate? What constitutes a really great croissant?…

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French Cuisine with Chef Kathleen

August 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Isidore Catholic Church,
628 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join Chef Kathleen Schiefler on a journey of French food and explore some of the same classics that Lucy Knisley revealed in her escapades through Paris: Croque Monsieur, chocolate mousse, and cheese souffle. Chef Kathleen will also reveal the answers to some of your most pressing questions: What are haricots verts and how in the world do you say it? Cornichons—does size really matter? What’s all the hype about foie gras and duck pate? What constitutes a really great croissant?…

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The Cocktail Party: Lessons in the History and Practice of Keeping Your Guests Lit, Stylishly

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Every week until August 19, 2014
Stella’s Lounge,
53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join one of Grand Rapids’ foremost chef-mixologists, Torrence O’Haire, of The Starving Artist and Propaganda Doughnuts, in an educational and entertaining lecture/ demonstration series this summer, and learn how to be a practical professional in the art of throwing classic cocktail parties! In this series, students will explore different cocktail “eras,” and the trends, styles, and techniques popularized there within. Learn everything from cocktail history, to how to adapt your home bar, and how to successfully throw a spectacular cocktail…

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Journey into the “Hermit Kingdom”

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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North Korea recently lifted the ban for American travelers, but it is still not easy to get there. Once one arrives, the restrictions placed on tourists by the Party make for exasperating, yet surprisingly rewarding experiences. Dick Gauthier will take participants north of the 38th parallel, into the “HermitKingdom,” presenting recent history, the current political situation and an engaging firsthand glimpse into the everyday lives of North Korean people.

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Life as a NYC Cab Driver: An Evening with Melissa Plaut

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Does anyone ever really know what they want to do with their life? Join Melissa Plaut—author of Hack—as she reads from her book and talks about her journey from corporate copywriter to NYC cab driver. Plaut will share stories of her adventures both on and off the streets of New York, and her attempts to figure out her place in the world along the way. She’ll also present a slide show of some of the more colorful characters and moments…

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