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About The MI (American) Recipe

MI Recipe (MI American recipe)

What makes a recipe great, and how do location and culture play a role in shaping robust flavors? WGVU’s "MI (my) American Recipe" program features local chefs who are shaking up the West Michigan culinary scene with multicultural, health-conscious cuisine.

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WGVU's MI American Recipe

WGVU’s MI American Recipe celebrates West Michigan diversity and culture by highlighting people and organizations in the community that are working to combat food insecurity. Using their various cultural backgrounds and experience cooking, we dive into the importance of food equity and accessibility in West Michigan, and also what makes sharing these health-conscious, culturally relevant, and great tasting recipes important.

MI Recipe Video

WGVU is pleased to present “MI American Recipe,” a program celebrating the cultural diversity of West Michigan highlighting people and organizations working to combat food insecurity. "MI American Recipe" takes a close-up look at a variety of cultures and culinary experiences examining food equity and accessibility, and the importance of sharing these health-conscious, culturally relevant, and great-tasting recipes.

Over the course of two days, we filmed six guests from six different organizations in West Michigan that are doing work in the community around food, specifically food equity and insecurity. These guest chefs created some fantastic cultural dishes for us and discussed important issues that our communities are facing each day. Our experience in the Spectrum Health Lifestyle Medicine Teaching Kitchen was one of a kind and something that we will all carry with us going forward as we think about food culture and issues. 

Our program premiered on Friday, August 5th on WGVU, and will continue to live here on our website and YouTube channel. We also will host our guest chef’s segments individually on our channels, and hope that they can be shared across the entire WGVU and West Michigan Community!

We’d like to thank everyone involved with the creation of this program! All of our community partners deserve a big round of applause for making this a reality. Our goal of trying to create a program around culture and food equity that airs alongside "The Great American Recipe" on PBS has been fully realized and is something we can all be proud of.

WGVU's MI American Recipe (FULL Program)

Elizabeth Suvedi - Spectrum Health Culinary Medicine

Ace & Jackie Marasigan - Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Foundation

Marcelle Suazo - UCOM

Odessa Yonkers - Southeast Market

Camren Stott - Kent County Food Policy Council

Amy St. Germain - YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

MI Recipe Radio

Our 6-part radio series as part of WGVU’s "MI American Recipe" program features local chefs who are shaking up the West Michigan culinary scene with multicultural, health-conscious cuisine. "MI American Recipe" is made possible through a partnership with the Spectrum Health Culinary Medicine program and support from a grant provided by PBS around their upcoming series, "The Great American Recipe" airing June 24 to August 12.

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Project Partner - Spectrum Health

We speak with a project partner - Elizabeth Suvedi, Manager of the Spectrum Health Culinary Medicine program.

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13 Moons Kitchen

This episode includes a talk with Camren Stott of 13 Moons Kitchen.

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South East Market

In this episode, we welcome Odessa Yonkers of South East Market.

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YMCA

We welcome Amy St Germain from the Y for this episode.

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Grand Rapids Asian Pacific Foundation

This episode features a conversation with Grand Rapids Asian Pacific Foundation's Ace Marasigan.

Participant Bios

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