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My Story

For several years I had the honor of spending my summers in Italy, supporting my wife’s dream of connecting with her Italian heritage.  From my first visit, I became immersed in the challenge of coffee. . .  redefining acceptance of taste, flavor and variety. 


While in Italy I would often bake simple treats for our new friends and quickly identified the theme va bene con il coffee, it goes better with coffee which evolved into the concept of opening a Parisian styled coffee shop in Italy, accompanying a traveling market which visits small villages weekly.  Long story short, pastry and barista schooling, life. . . and relocation back to Grand Rapids and here I am with River City Cup&Cake!

In the News

River City Cup and Cake brings espresso, pastries to Grand Rapids food truck scene

River City Cup and Cake is a new espresso and pastry food truck in Grand Rapids. Lorin W. Tate opened on August 30 and has been busy ever since ...

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River City Cup&Cake is bringing some sweet treats to Grand Rapids, but its not what you think

Find River City Cup&Cake on the streets of Grand Rapids, or hire 'em to cater your next event. Trust us. It doesn't get much better than this ...

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Going Local: The Food Truck Edition

I would highly recommend that when you see this vehicle, RUN TO IT!! Get yourself a cup & cake and enjoy. I know I did ...

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10 food trucks to watch this summer

Espresso yourself at River City Cup & Cake. Stop by and check out all the mouthwatering pastries waiting for you, including danishes, bear claws, croissants, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, and more ...

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