Joining the festivities at this year’s Lakeshore Street Party is Anna’s House, a local restaurant owned by a native Grand Rapids family. While they are new to the Lakeshore Street Party, they are already thinking Local First and partnering with various Local First members in the area such as Bloom Ferments, Ferris Coffee, and more. Danea Mather of Anna’s House looks forward to participating the event.
“We absolutely love getting face to face with the people who live, work and play where we do, and being able to share what we believe is important – clean, healthy, allergen friendly and delicious food!” she says.
Anna’s House opened their first location 13 years ago on Plainfield Avenue. “Since day one, that location has been a staple morning spot for many weekday coffee and bacon lovers and weekend brunchers,” says Mather. In 2014, the second Anna’s House opened on the East Beltline in Grand Rapids, but they didn’t stop there. Their third and fourth locations continue their mission to, “Save the World from Ordinary Breakfast.”
In addition to offering an extraordinary menu, Anna’s House hosts an annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Everything raised goes directly to the local Michigan chapter of the foundation. Mather says, “It’s humbling to be able to see all the ways we are connected through something as simple as a visit to breakfast.”
The restaurant group participates in other West Michigan events such as the Wine, Beer and Food Festival at DeVos Place. Having a presence in the community is essential to the Anna’s House team, Mather says, “We are all about having fun and communicating in person, especially when there is food to share and especially when we can build relationships.”
The restaurant group’s next-level efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Anna’s House was recently awarded #1 Best Breakfast in Michigan by MLive, Best Breakfast, Brunch and Restaurant Service in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine, and Revue Magazine’s Reader’s Pick for “Best of the West” in Brunch.
Don’t miss out on Anna’s House at the Lakeshore Street Party this Saturday, August 20 from 3-9 PM. As Mather says, “ Our food is amazing, our service is amazing, our environment is amazing, but what makes Anna’s House as special as it is are all the people that come in and let us share what we have to offer with them every day.”
Fall is a beautiful season in West Michigan as the air becomes cooler and leaves on the trees transform from green to orange, red and yellow. With West Michigan being home to the Fruit Ridge – one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world – there is an abundance of orchards and farms to explore and plenty of apples and fresh cider to enjoy during the fall season.
This year’s event, presented by Brewery Vivant, showcased over 30 local food and beverage vendors – all highlighting staple and seasonal treats.
From the statewide roll out of Good for Michigan to celebrating Local First’s 15th Anniversary to kicking off our annual Fork Fest in the fall, 2018 was an exciting year for Local First, our members, and community partners.