• Restaurant Review: six.one.six

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    The French bistro at the JW serves up memorable classic fare; prepares for even more improvements.

  • Restaurant Review: six.one.six

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    The French bistro at the JW serves up memorable classic fare; prepares for even more improvements.

I consider myself one of the lucky ones— that is I dined in the private dining space at six.one.six, the French bistro at JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, and indulged on everything from French onion soup to rainbow trout to coq au vin rouge. In one word, exquisite!

JW’s team created delightful fare in beautiful surroundings. Planners should consider a meeting or event at this 1-yearold Michigan treasure. (Note: It kicked off in March 2018 and was a different restaurant before that.) I have nothing but high marks for its offerings and for this team, including hotel General Manager Nicholas Remes, Director of Food and Beverage Becky Oldani, and executive chef Todd Webb.

Here, Remes, who’s been with the company for 11 years, and Oldani, who’s a 10-year JW Marriott veteran, answer my questions on why this venue is the crème de la crème:

Tell us about the restaurant’s menu.
Our executive chef, Todd Webb, created the menu. Chef Todd is classically trained.

What’s the restaurant’s mission?
Eat local, live global. Our goal is to provide food that evokes emotion.

What are three of the most popular items served?
Coq au vin rouge, a classic French dish; steak frites café de Paris, a New York strip steak with truffle fries; and soupe à l'oignon gratinée, a classic French onion soup.

How about for dessert? What should one not miss?
Don’t forget to order your apple tarte tatin— this special warm dessert takes 30 minutes to prepare. Your server should offer to place the order midmeal.

How many people can your semi-private space accommodate? I especially liked it because although you are in a private area, you still felt like you are part of the restaurant ambiance, thanks to nice partitions and an open, airy feel.
We can accommodate up to 20 people for private events in that space.

I loved that outside patio/bar. Sitting beneath that cool tent and looking out to the Grand River and city was special. Is that part of the restaurant?
Yes! The Jdek is part of the restaurant and can support up to 200 people for private events and six.one.six can hold an additional 100 guests (accommodating up to 300 total guests for a full buyout). The Jdek season is May 1 to Oct. 31.

How did you decided upon the name of the restaurant?
six.one.six is the regional area code for Grand Rapids.

Is there anything else you’d like to add that meetings and events planners might like to know?
Meeting and events attendees always mention to us that they want a seamless experience. Our hotel is very conscious of this. Moving from meeting space to six.one. six or six.one.six to your guest room, your service will be consistently curated and the food will always be exceptional.

I understand, six.one.six is in for a few changes?
Yes, it’ll kick off a full “bistro renovation” at the end of first quarter 2019.

It’s always nice to know what people who work there love most on the menu. What’s your favorite dish?
Oldani: The porc à la Normande (the pork chop entrée).
Remes: The salmon with beluga lentils (saumon d’ecosse aux lentilles).

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above. 

 

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.