The Grand Rapids Symphony Women’s Committee this week will unveil “Encore!” a beautiful new coffee table book celebrating the arts, life and food in Grand Rapids.

The book has 175 recipes including beverages, appetizers, breads and desserts.  Some of the best chefs in Grand Rapids have included some of their restaurant's favorites.  Matt Millar from Reserve and Patrick Wise from The Greenwell, Grove and Bistro Bella Vita are a few of the featured dishes.

Here are a few highlights from a press release by The Grand Rapids Symphony:

More than 18 months in the making, the 200-page book features fabulous color photos from some of West Michigan’s leading photographers, including Craig van der Lende, Terry Johnston and Dianne Caroll Burdick, and captures Grand Rapids and its fine and performing arts, museums, festivals, architecture and food.

In addition to exceptional photographs taken of the Grand Rapids Symphony and its performers, arts organizations are featured throughout the book, including the Grand Rapids Ballet, Opera Grand Rapids and St. Cecilia Music Center. The Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s and Grand Rapids Public Museum and other public spaces are also highlighted.

The book also includes a brief history of Grand Rapids, along with histories of the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Women’s Committee. The Women’s Committee was established in 1941 to both celebrate and raise money for the Symphony.

“Encore” is going to be available at the following retailers (sale is not limited to these establishments):

  • Meijer
  • D&W Fresh Market
  • Schuler Books & Music
  • Art of the Table
  • Wealthy at Charles
  • Baker Books
  • the Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Papers Plus
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • LaFontsee Galleries

The book will also be sold at the Grand Rapids Symphony office at 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100 in downtown Grand Rapids and at select concerts.  Proceeds from the cookbook will support the Symphony and its educational programs.  The book sells for about $30.

For more information on the cookbook and where to purchase a copy please visit