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Food Dance - Monday, August 29, 2016


Food Dance said, "What if?"
Carlson said, "Why not?"
Truer words have never been spoken. If you've met Norm, you know that it doesn't take blood to be part of the family.
Our relationship and growth with Carlson Farms is one, among many rewards of eating local.


*photo by Chelsea Purgahn 

Vacation Home Rentals - Tripadvisor - Best Restaurants in Every State

Food Dance - Monday, October 06, 2014

It’s simple really – the fastest way to a travelers heart is through his or her stomach. No matter where you go, you need to eat. A tried and true way to get a feel for the local culture is by eating the local fare. Owners should strive to surprise and delight tourists through the quality of their food, their service, or their decor. The list we’ve compiled below represents the best restaurant in each state in the USA. These winners were chosen based on a mouth-watering menu, impeccable service, delightful atmosphere and positive traveler feedback. So feel comfortable choosing any of these spots on your next road trip, or try the winner near your hometown to see what all the fuss is about!

Thank you Tripadvisor!

Fox 17 Be Our Guest

Food Dance - Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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Great Lakes Great Tastes

Food Dance - Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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Under the Radar Michigan

Food Dance - Tuesday, October 01, 2013


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MLive-Dining Out restaurant review: Food Dance

Food Dance - Tuesday, February 14, 2012

http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/02/dining_out_restaurant_review_f.html

 

Published: Monday, February 06, 2012, 10:00 AM
By George Aquino

 

My closest friends know that I can’t stand being in a car for any period longer than 30 minutes. For example, colleagues driving with me on the two-and-a-half hour drive from downtown Grand Rapids to Chicago are forewarned that there are scheduled stops on the way. On one trip, my first stop was the D&W grocery store in Hudsonville (a mere 10 minutes from Grand Rapids) for a cup of Starbucks. We stopped two more times before reaching Chicago five hours later.

 

Needless to say, I would never drive an hour south to Kalamazoo for a meal unless the restaurant was worthy of a foodie excursion. Food Dance ‘s inclusion in my Press article last month highlighting my 12 restaurants for 2012 was no fluke. I’ve been to Food Dance for lunch but this was my dinner debut. I invited my very good friend Don MacKenzie to join me on this jaunt. Besides being a wonderful dinner companion, Don was kind enough to drive us to Kalamazoo.

 

Food Dance was absolutely buzzing when we arrived for our 7:45 p.m. dinner reservation. Don and I wandered around the charming deli and specialty food store filled with locally sourced items. Besides the “Buckeye State” ice cream, most food items on the shelves are from Michigan. One can sense that every item in the store was hand selected and given a personal stamp of approval by the proprietor.

 

 

Our name was called out loudly by the hostess like an administered roll call in school – Aquino party for two! Aquino party for two! (Anyone? Anyone?). I would highly suggest a better way of calling restaurant guests. No need to invest in expensive technology. Perhaps just making an effort to note the guest’s attire on the sheet and approaching each guest personally would have been a more pleasant way of doing this – note the Asian guy with camera and tall white guy.

 

The hostess/manager, though efficient and helpful while assisting the staff with moving seats and busing tables, appeared unnecessarily hurried. The gum chewing also was a bit much given the setting. Putting aside our initial observations, Food Dance, on this Saturday evening in January, had the energy of a popular New York City eatery. Every seat was taken and the sound of convivial chatter was a welcome surprise. The lofty atmosphere, the warm wood tones and the genuine energy in the room reminded me so much of Bistro Bella Vita in Grand Rapids.

 

We were seated in a comfortable booth overlooking the main dining room. Our server, Carrie, presented us with the menu selections for the evening. Unbeknownst to Don and me, it was actually Restaurant Week in Kalamazoo. This explained the crowded dining room and the lively discussions that permeated throughout the restaurant.

 

It didn’t take us long to decide that the Artisan Cheese & Cured Meat Selection was a perfect way to start our evening. First of all, I have never had an encounter with a meat and cheese board I didn’t like. We opted for two meats, La Quercia Prosciutto ($8) and the House Coppa ($4), and three cheeses, the gouda-style Ursinus ($4), the velvety Manchester ($4) and the creamy blue veined Gorgonzola Dulce ($4), to prep us for the upcoming feast. We couldn’t have asked for a better starter though it’s important to note that the La Quercia prosciutto from Iowa is a true standout selection.

 

The chorizo Stuffed Squid ($13) came next on a dish with roasted pepper conserva and chimichurri vinaigrette. I bit into the squid and made immediate eye contact with Don to confirm that we were in agreement that this dish was incredible. The roasted pepper conserva is essentially a high-end tomato paste with a much richer flavor and more complex subtleties to appease all foodies. The combination of the spiced chorizo, perfectly cooked squid and the conserva made for a decadent dish. However, we both found the chimichurri unnecessary, not to mention, lacking in spices and garlic essence.

We ordered the Braised Oxtail Gnocchi ($11) for our second starter. I am not a big fan of gnocchi for I find it usually too doughy. However, I love oxtail, and on this evening, my fondness for oxtail prevailed. And let me tell you something, this dish is one of the most decadent dishes I have had. Don seconded my approval. The gnocchi was subtle and alluring like a glass of champagne while the oxtail was both elegant and robust like a Burgundy Premiere Cru.

 

Carrie convinced me to order the house specialty, Young Earth Farm’s Grilled Pork Chop ($21). Food Dance’s culinary team butchers locally grown pigs, and just like any good farm-to-table restaurant, the kitchen utilizes every part of the pig in their menu offerings. As expected, the grilled pork chops were firm on the outside but very moist in the inside. The accompanying eggplant caponata and buttercup squash puree were both lush and satisfying on a cold winter night.

 

Don loves fried chicken and the Buttermilk Fried Cornish Hen ($25) with buttermilk biscuits, gravy and stewed smoky greens on the Restaurant Week Menu was definitely calling his name. We were mindful of the “no substitutions” on the special menu; however, we inquired if Don could be served the Restaurant Week Cornish hen in lieu of the regular menu’s version that was priced the same. We were not asking for a reduction on the price, but merely for the kitchen to skip the first two courses on the three-course restaurant week menu because we knew we couldn’t finish another two dishes. Unfortunately, Carrie informed us the chef wouldn’t allow that and we had to order the other courses.

 

We were determined to ignore such an illogical response given that the entire meal had been memorable so far. We pressed on and told Carrie to go ahead and place the entire Restaurant Week order but instructed her to box the first two courses. Thankfully, the fried Cornish Hen was perfectly crisp and succulent on the inside. The biscuits and gravy were as comforting as grandma’s cooking.

 

We ordered a side order of the Classic Mac & Cheese ($6) with Rustichella d’ Abruzzo rigatoni and Grafton aged cheddar. Once again, the kitchen didn’t disappoint. I have to admit that I like a little Kraft M&C, but there’s nothing better than Mac and Cheese from scratch.

 

Don and I saved just enough room for a scoop of Salty Caramel ice cream ($7) from Jeni’s in Columbus, Ohio. It wasn’t the flavor of the day, but Carrie was kind enough to grab a pint from the retail store to help us finish our dining experience on a very positive note. Sure enough, the ice cream was tasty with a salty and sweet combination that was certain to linger in our memories. She threw in an extra house made brownie to further enhance our last impression of Food Dance. Bravo!

 

Food Dance is a Kalamazoo dining experience worthy of an hour drive. Its food execution is near flawless despite some minor quirks in service delivery. Don sent me a text that wonderfully summarizes our Food Dance dinner:

 

The oxtail alone is worth the trip. I would argue that the oxtail could convert even a stoic vegetarian. Food Dance has truly mastered the art of balancing flavors to create a complete dining experience. Every bite was a stand-alone amuse bouche.

 

Amen to that


"Julie Stanley Keeps it Fresh" an Encore profile

Food Dance - Friday, February 10, 2012

 

 

Photo: Erik Holladay

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fox 17 Visits with Robb for Restaurant Week

Food Dance - Thursday, January 26, 2012
Check out this link to the video for Winter 2012 Restaurant Week in Downtown Kalamazoo  (1/20-1/29).




Food Dance is featuring a 3-course Menu for $25/ per person. Plus special Michigan Beer flights and Wine flights specially paired with the Restaurant Week menu.



FFM Press Release: Julie Stanley, Food Dance Owner, “Locavore of the Year”

Food Dance - Thursday, November 10, 2011
Kalamazoo restaurateur Julie Stanley to receive “Locavore of the Year” Award

Date: November 9 2011
For release: Immediate
For more information or digital photos, please contact:
Paul A. Stermer, Executive Director, Fair Food Matters
(269) 492-1270, paul@fairfoodmatters.org

Fair Food Matters will name Julie Stanley, owner of Food Dance, the winner of its “Locavore of the Year” Award as part of the Fair Food Food Fair, taking place Saturday, November 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

The award recognizes the individual or organization whose efforts in the past year best exemplify support for local food in Southwest Michigan.

Stanley has been in the food industry for more than 30 years, and has owned three restaurants during that time, including Food Dance (401 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo), which opened in 1994. Although she trained formally with a French chef in Wisconsin, she is primarily self-taught as a chef, and is a member of the Chef’s Collaborative, American Cheese Society and the Slow Food Movement.

Long before the resurgence of the “eat local” movement – even before the term “locavore” had been coined – Food Dance distinguished itself as a pioneer in using whole ingredients from local growers and producers. While Stanley admits that finding and using fresh, local fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, dairy and other products is “a bit of an obsession” with her and the Food Dance staff, customers can taste the difference. Food Dance is one of the community’s most consistently popular restaurants, and recently won numerous awards in the Kalamazoo Gazette Reader’s Choice poll, including “Best American Restaurant,” “Best Vegetarian Fare” and “Best Desserts.”

The 2nd Annual Fair Food Food Fair features 13 local chefs competing against one another for the Golden Ladle Award, as chosen by those who attend. The event also includes Michigan-made beer, wine, coffee and cider, plus live music by Micaela Kingslight and Fly Paper, and the debut performance of the Zoo Kats.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door, and are available online (www.fairfoodmatters.org) or by visiting Fair Food Matters (323 N. Burdick St., Kalamazoo) during business hours. Proceeds benefit Fair Food Matters.

This event is sponsored by Bronson Hospital, Discover Kalamazoo, Horizen Hydroponics, Imperial Beverage and the Kalamazoo Nature Center/DeLano Farms.

Fair Food Matters works to improve the physical, economic and social health of the communities it serves through local food.

March of Dimes: Signature Chefs Auction

Food Dance - Wednesday, October 05, 2011

 

 

The Signature Chefs Auction has been an integral part of the Kalamazoo social scene for fourteen years.  The event pays tribute to the culinary diversity of the area. A ninety-minute sampling period allows the perfect blend of social interaction, delicious cuisine and elegant surroundings. The heart of the evening is the auctions. Through silent and live offerings, our community members step up to offer services, events and special items.

Enjoy samplings from the ecletic talents of Kalamazoo Chefs, along with fine local wines while you peruse generous silent auction packages. Then wrap the evening up by bidding on extravagent dining experiences offered by our local chefs. This will be a sophisticated evening you won't soon forget.


Limited Availability. Please call (269) 343-5586 for reservations.

 

 

 

 

Date: Wednesday
October 24, 2007

 

Location: Radisson Plaza and Suites
100 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
 
  Phone: (269) 343-5586
 
Schedule: 5:30 p.m. Cocktails at Auction Preview
Tickets &
Sponsorship:
Ticket prices are $75 individual ($50 is deductible as a charitable contribution).  $1,000 Corporate Table, $2,500 Bronze (inc. 1 table), $5,000 Silver (inc. 2 tables), $10,000 Gold (inc. 2 tables)

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Julie at (269) 343-5586 for more information.

 

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