A Taste of Northern Michigan

Out of an abundance of caution, Forty Pearl will be CLOSED the rest of today (10/28) through Monday November 2nd as we work through a positive COVID-19 test by 1 of our 6 staff members. This person was last working on Saturday evening (10/24), while proper distancing, hygiene & mask wearing were being practiced at the time they were in the building. All staff who were around this person will also be tested promptly before returning to work. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you soon!

Our Story

Forty Pearl is a sensory Pure Michigan experience in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids. Our mission is to showcase the finest Michigan wines by pairing them with adventurous bites, sourcing seasonal ingredients locally. We are a collective of Michigan-based winemakers, chefs, story tellers, and characters.

Originally opened by Ed and Robert Brengman as a tasting room to showcase their award-winning wines and bring a taste of Traverse City to Grand Rapids, Forty Pearl has grown to be so much more with the partnership of Brengman Brothers and our culinary team.

We’d put Michigan up with the best of ‘em for producing some of the finest wine, and food and we strive to showcase this in every glass and plate served.

40 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids MI   |   616-608-7741   |   alivia@fortypearlgr.com

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Meet our Executive Chef & menu creator Taylor Boeschenstein.

He grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan where he quickly gained an affinity for our fresh waters, vibrant forests, & bountiful ecosystems. His passion for cooking began in the kitchen with his mother - an adventurous cook herself - & his father out on the deck grilling. He connected strongly with Forty Pearl’s core values & the quality of wine being produced by the Brengman Brothers. 

Words from Taylor: “As Executive Chef I couldn’t be more excited to share our extension of the Leelanau Peninsula with downtown Grand Rapids!"

Robert 'Keeper of the Oyster Shucker' received his bachelor’s degree in design from the Detroit College for Creative Studies in 1982. He and Joni married in 1989, soon after settling in Traverse City to raise their two sons. The outward thinking type rarely with time for small talk, he openly details his experiences while wanting to know the ideas of others. Skills acquired at his day job helped in the comfortable layouts for the vineyard and Forty Pearl. 

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Ed 'The Schmoozer' received his bachelor’s in Business Administration from Central Michigan U. in 1979. After 15 years managing the family's successful Captain's restaurant, he helped Chris in her audiology practice until shifting over to the winery. The traditional man of hospitality is detail-oriented, quick to share his family's history yet curious enough to ask of yours, a talker with a personality made for TV. 

Robert & Ed's love for hospitality and sharing the finer things can surely be traced through their DNA. They were firmly taught that hospitality is both a human virtue and a vocation demanding that people that be simultaneously skilled, compelling, and fascinating individuals.

Our staff are people who care about fine wine, exciting cuisine of which are all important for Brengman Bros. vineyard and Forty Pearl.

"Amazing food! Seriously 5/5 stars there. Atmosphere was awesome and the restaurant was really clean. Chef Gordon Ramsey would be proud of this place. Super sad to hear about the damage that was done to this place from the rioting. The general manager was super nice as well!" 

Khai Lee

Grand Rapids, MI