Thursday, May 27, 2010
Regional food. Fresh, homemade cherry pies, jams & jellies. Sandwiches, lunches & dinners all day. Smoke-free restaurant. Outdoor patio dining. Open daily 11am-8pm. US-31 in Beulah. Popular menu items include cherry chicken salad, chicken pie, and of course, everything goes well with a fresh slice of cherry pie out of the oven. Yummy!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Need a few fresh food ideas for this spring and summer? Distinctive Dining Chef Jim LaPerriere will demonstrate some fun and flavorful ideas for warm weather dishes as part of the Chef Series at the Holland Farmers Market on Saturday, May 29 at 10:00 am. During his presentation, “Green Eggs & Ham,” LaPerriere will teach the audience how to make a Spring Vegetable Frittata with fresh Market produce, smoked salmon, pancetta, and crispy leeks, as well as a Creamy Asparagus Soup.
The Chef Series is held every Saturday morning from May 15 to September 11 and is free to attend. The Series is sponsored by Visser Farms, a family farm in Zeeland that has been in business since 1902. Visit them at the Holland Farmers Market every Wednesday and Saturday or on the web at www.visser-farms.com.
The Holland Farmers Market, located in Downtown Holland, features over fifty local vendors selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to plants, baked goods, floral arrangements, dairy products, and much, much more. The Market also features a food court with dining options for breakfast and lunch, as well street performers who entertain the crowds with music, magic, and more. In addition, the Market is home to special events, such as the weekly kids activities, a salsa-making and jalapeno-eating contest, and a national collegiate fruit and vegetable carving competition.
The Holland Farmers Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm from mid-May through mid-December, rain or shine. The City of Holland’s Department of Leisure and Cultural Services hosts the Market at 150 West Eighth Street. For more information about the Market, visit www.hollandfarmersmarket.com or contact Market Master Candy Todd at 616-355-1138. No pets of any kind are allowed at the Market.
Join Friske Orchard located in Ellsworth this Saturday, May 29th for their annual Blossom Festival in celebration of springtime beauty in the orchard! Chef Jim will be hosting an old-fashioned pancake breakfast from 7-11 am followed by tractor drawn wagon ride tours through the orchard with farmer Friske. Johnny Appleseed will be on-hand for live entertainment and historical presentations as well as live, toe-tappin' musical tunes by the "Fruit Pickers" featuring sounds of guitar, banjo and mandolin. Enjoy a tasty lunch from their BRAND NEW MENU in the Orchard Cafe then stroll over and visit the newly decorated Country Haus gift shop and receive $5 off a purchase of $30 or more! Make sure you don't leave without picking up some fresh asparagus in the Fruit Stand along with some made-from-scratch goodies from the Bakery!
We promise you a great big Bushel of Family Fun! More Information.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Attention beer lovers- Today is the start of American craft beer week. This week remains the largest national effort recognizing American craft brewers. With over 1400 craft brewers in the U.S., New Holland Brewing located in Holland, Michigan is proud to be a part of American beer culture. This week is all about supporting craft brewers and breweries, as well as celebrating all that we love about craft beer!
Here at the pub, we will be offering $6 mainstay growler fills all week long, as well as discounted pint prices, and creative food and beer pairings each day. Be sure to stop into the pub this week and raise your glass to American craft beer!
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Thursday, May 13, 2010
Editors’ Top Picks for the Michigan’s Best Food Towns Plus More Michigan spots to Have a Great Meal
DES MOINES, IA (May 12, 2010) – Ann Arbor and Traverse City have been honored among Midwest Living® magazine’s five Best Food Towns. Eight other Michigan communities made the list of 54 towns with meals “worth the trip.” The awards recognize the communities’ increasingly rich and varied food scene, according to Midwest Living® Editor-in-Chief Greg Philby.
In its annual Best of the Midwest issue, Midwest Living serves up editors’ top picks for the five best small to midsize food towns in the 12-state region. (Since most big cities have strong dining scenes, the magazine skipped metro areas of 1 million or more.). After eating more than 700 meals at locally owned restaurants, the foodies at Midwest Living ranked their favorites.
“Researching these awards was tough duty,” Philby joked, as he presented the Michigan awards recently at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Mackinac Island. Then, he explained, “We check everything out in person so we can be sure the restaurant will be a good experience from a visitor’s perspective. We looked for quality, for a rich variety of restaurants and prices, and for use of fresh and local ingredients. We particularly love when a restaurant or town really expresses its heritage and sense of place. Part of culinary tourism is about food that tastes great, and part is about personality and a unique experience.”
In addition, the magazine highlights 54 smaller don’t-miss destinations, such as great places to stop for pie, for comfort food, for fine-dining surprises, for coffee, and more.
Midwest Living’s Top Five Food Towns:
Traverse City, MI. This food town boasts farm-fresh menus, and its lake climate makes for bountiful harvests. It does an exemplary job of showcasing local foods such as cherries, fish, and wine.
Ann Arbor, MI. Led by Zingerman’s Deli, the town takes chances with food, has a lot of personality, and is consistently high quality. It has a terrific menu range.
The other top-five winners were Bloomington, IN, Des Moines, IA and Madison, WI.
54 More Meals Worth the Trip:
Michigan towns/restaurants recognized include:
Sawyer: The Lark and Pear (coconut-plum cake)
Petoskey: Jesperson’s (cherry-berry pie with a perfectly flaky crust)
Grand Rapids: Marie Catrib’s (fudgy chocolate pudding, extra-rich thanks to duck eggs)
Fenton: Uncle Ray’s Dairyland (made-to-order frozen yogurt).
Bay City: Krzysiak’s House (Polish golabki—stuffed cabbage rolls).
Sault Ste. Marie: The Antlers Restaurant (steaks and burgers, eaten under of the gaze of 200-plus taxidermic critters).
Wakefield: Randall’s Bakery (pasties—the UP’s trademark pastry pillows stuffed with meat, potatoes and veggies).
Kawkawlin: Turkey Roost (Thanksgiving dinner year-round).
Midwest Living’s Best of the Midwest, an annual guide to the region’s best restaurants, hotels and attractions, is on newsstands until September 7, 2010 or available at midwestliving.com.
About Midwest Living
Midwest Living magazine (www.midwestliving.com), published by Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), is a regional publication that celebrates the richness of life in the Midwest. Founded in 1987, the magazine is dedicated to providing its readers with a wealth of region-specific information and inspiration, focusing on travel and events, food and dining, and home and garden, as well as other editorial content categories. Midwest Living magazine, which reaches over 4 million readers, is published bi-monthly and has a rate base of 950,000. Midwest Living also partners with Travel Michigan to produce Michigan Travel Ideas®, an annual guide to getaways in Michigan, from parks and outdoor activities to city weekends and upscale resorts. For a free copy, visit michigan.org.
CONTACT: Barbara Morrow (515/284-3085; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The fifth annual Chef Series at the Holland Farmers Market kicks off at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 15. Each week, the popular series features a talented local chef who will demonstrate how to incorporate the fresh produce and herbs available at the Market into healthy, creative, and easy-to-make dishes. The Chef Series is held every Saturday morning from May 15 to September 11 and is free to attend. Copies of the recipes the chefs create are available for aspiring chefs during the demonstration and on the Farmers Market website afterward. The Chef Series is sponsored by Visser Farms, a family farm in
The Holland Farmers Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm from mid-May through mid-December, rain or shine. The City of
2010 Chef Series Line Up:
May 15: What to do with Rhubarb
Ever wondered how to cook with rhubarb? Come and see the easy, creative, and delicious ideas that Jesse Hahn, chef at Salt of the Earth, has for cooking with this unique stalky plant. He will demonstrate just how versatile rhubarb can be when using acidic ingredients to make pickled rhubarb salad, rhubarb sorbet, and even rhubarb martinis!
Garden fresh greens are some of the best choices you can make for your health and for disease prevention. Pamela Zinn, from the
May 29: Green Eggs & Ham
Learn a few fresh food ideas for the spring and summer! Distinctive Dining Chef Jim LaPerriere will demonstrate how to make a Spring Vegetable Frittata, with smoked salmon, pancetta and crispy leeks, as well as a Creamy Asparagus Soup.
Lauri Sisson, catering manager of Pereddies Restaurant in
June 12: Pantry Raiders
Chefs James Bailey and Scott Konchek from
June 19: A Classic Caesar with a Twist
Be a hit the next time you entertain by making a not-so-traditional Caesar Salad tableside, like the Dining Room at Clearbrook has been doing for the past 25 years. Their executive chef, Jeff Kudrna, will walk you through the steps, show you a few new techniques, and offer variations for putting a twist on the classic Caesar!
June 26: Spring Greens
Tired of green beans and broccoli? Try cooking with the wide variety of other delicious greens that are available each spring! Chef Matt Kearby from the Piper Restaurant, along with owner and general manager, Pat Eldean, will explain the basic cooking preparations for greens, including wilting, sautéing, and par boiling. They will also present ways to use greens in an appetizer, pasta dish, and a side dish.
July 3: Fresh & Organic
Looking for some fresh, new recipes for this summer? Sybil Cathy, owner of The New Leaf Café, will be at the Market presenting some of the café’s favorite organic and vegan recipes for this summer!
July 10: Tapas at the Market
Hope College Dining Services Chef Tom Hoover C.C.C., will give a brief overview of tapas culture in
July 17: Hot Off the Grill
Do you love grilling in the summertime? Learn how to prepare an entire three-course meal all on the grill! Chef and caterer Christine Ferris will demonstrate how to use fresh Market ingredients to make a grilled romaine salad, grilled vegetable pizza, and to top it off for dessert, grilled peaches prepared with butter, brown sugar, and brandy.
July 24: Cookin’ with the Farmers
Chef Shelly Rash, of CityVu Bistro, will demonstrate how to create great dishes using only fresh ingredients found at the Farmers Market. Using everything from blueberries and corn to bread and eggs, Shelly with create a delicious Blueberry Bread Pudding and satisfying Sweet Corn Soup.
July 31: Herbalicious
Do you love fresh herbs, but are never quite sure what to do with them? Come learn new and creative ways of incorporating them into your everyday summer dishes. Presented by Tamara Elhart, owner of Tamara’s Cooking Classes.
August 7: Simply Dressing
Discover creative and delicious salad ideas using Fustini’s infused extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. Lane Milligan, owner of Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars, will demonstrate both sweet and fruity, and savory dressing combinations. Impress your guests’ palates with these easy and delectable dressings for any salad!
August 14: Light Summer Favorites
Randy Taylor, executive chef at the Haworth Inn and
August 28: A Late Summer Harvest
Come meet Tracy Gerow, owner of The Biscuit, and learn how to prepare a delicious summer Caponata made with tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, onion, and herbs, all straight from the Market. Not only will Tracy demonstrate how to prepare a Caponata, but she will also show you a variety of ways it can be served, and will explain how slow-roasting these vegetables brings out their deep rich flavors.
September 4: Spicin’ Things Up
Do you enjoy eating something a little bit spicy every now and then? With fall just around the corner, the chefs from Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant will be demonstrating how to make their delicious chicken tortilla soup!
September 11: The Dutch Touch on Eggs
Love breakfast food? Come to the Market and learn how to make some of deBoer Bakery’s best breakfast recipes! Chefs Mitchiel and Jake deBoer will demonstrate how to make omelets and other egg dishes using fresh eggs, cheese, and vegetables straight from the Market. Mitchiel and Jake will also demonstrate how to make eggs benedict with their very own homemade Hollandaise sauce.