West Michigan chef, GRCC alum fighting to end child hunger with new Grand Rapids restaurant

Every bowl of ramen sold at Noodlepig helps feed children locally, nationally, and around the world.

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – A West Michigan chef is on a mission to tackle food insecurity here at home and around the world.

To do this, he is building a restaurant in Grand Rapids.

Chef Chris Wessely is chopping ingredients and developing recipes for his restaurant Noodlepig, the handmade, gourmet and quick ramen soon to be available in Grand Rapids.

“We really put food first, so, as I tell everyone, we need our pasta to shine. We want people to come because we taste good. The icing on the cake is that you happen to be feeding three children at the same time, “said Wessely.

Every bowl of ramen sold goes to children in need.

“For every bowl of ramen we sell, three hungry children are fed locally, one here at home and one abroad. And we’re doing that by partnering with three specific charities that are doing just that, ”said Wessely.

The three charities are Hand 2 Hand in West Michigan, No Kid Hungry at the national level, and Faith in Deeds in India.

“I literally went to these charities and said, hey what does it cost to feed a child in your organization, and then I took over the dollar amount I put straight into the noodles. That’s before we even pay for the electricity or the rent or the payroll or even ourselves, and so we put that at the forefront of our mission, our company, “said Wessely.

Wessely, who is from West Michigan and is an alum from Grand Rapids Community College, says he wants to be an asset to his community.

“I want to be a role model for my children and I just want to help, I want to sleep well at night, work hard … I want to feel like I’ve made a difference,” said Wessely.

Wessely has signed the lease for the 601 Bond Apartments. In the Japanese-style restaurant, you can place your order at an inside kiosk.

“We have some interesting mixes of cultures, so I have a posole ramen with pork, I have some fusion bowls that will be great fun to share with West Michigan. So if you don’t like any of these bowls or want to be your own cook, you can build your own bowl too, “Wessely said.

These ramen bowls not only nourish your stomach, but also your soul.

Wessely is working with an architect to expand the restaurant. The aim is to open in early 2022.

To learn more about Noodlepig and its mission, click here.

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