Greater Lansing Eats chooses The Cosmos Old Town for first gig

The first in a series of events designed to “demonstrate the wealth of authentic dining experiences that exist right here in Greater Lansing” is coming to town, thanks to The Cosmos Old Town.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Lansing State Journal will host Greater Lansing Eats: The Cosmos, a $35 three-course dinner where you get to meet the chef, talk about the restaurant’s primary influences and pair your dinner with local craft beer — in this case from Ellison Brewery + Spirits of East Lansing.

Your ticket includes all food, tax, tip and fees and the beer pairing is a small additional charge. The best part? $30 from each ticket will go to The Cosmos … and the other $5 will support a local charity — in this case the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

So what should you expect at the event? Expect Executive Chef Ray Oorbeck to wow you with unique creations. He’s been a chef/culinarian in the Lansing area for the past 20 years, with the Potent Potables Project for the last 2.5 years. Bottom line: He loves making people happy with food and hospitality.

Sous Chef Francisco Carranza, who started prep cooking in 2008, loves being in a kitchen — he says nothing satisfies him more then seeing something he just made from scratch go out to a table and seeing people enjoy the food they just ordered.

Members of the LSJ news team will be on hand to meet and chat with, including Executive Editor Stephanie Angel and Columnist Judy Putnam.

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By Matt Hund, OTCA org committee leader