Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…

Everyday, open-7 p.m., $1.75 highballs, $2.50 house chardonnay, $2.00 drafts, $1.00 off everything else.
310 Cass St., Traverse City

Sunday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m., $1 off all drinks.
422 North 5th St., Roscommon

Lulu's Bistro
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., $3 wells, $2 off drafts, select $5 wines.
213 N. Bridge St., Bellaire

Boyne River Inn
Everyday, 3-6 p.m., 1/4 off drinks.
229 Water St., Boyne City
Rendezvous Lounge, Odawa Casino
Thursday & Friday, $2.25 domestic drafts, $3.25 well drinks, $3.25 house wine.
1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey

Choice Bits!

Round-the-region snapshots of the dining scene. 

RUTHIE'S CHICKEN & DAIRY TWIST: Roasted chicken and ice cream, malts and shakes.
201 N. Bridge Ln., Bellaire. 213­-533­-8538.

Practically an Up North institution, the place to find out the latest fishing or snowmobile news from the locals and visitors who gather for their hearty breakfasts, steaks, burgers, soup & salad bar, & homemade desserts.
10921 Main St., Honor. 231­ 352­6585.

When you've worked up an appetite from all the bowling and karaoke that Boyne City Lanes has to offer, you'll find a selection of hearty fare to choose from, including homemade soups & desserts. Cocktails are served at the Lanes,with live entertainment and glow ­bowling nights.
1199 West Boyne Road, 231-­582­-6353.

Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. Full Chinese menu, as well as Hunan & Szechuan entrees.  Daily specials, special combination plates,  a lunch & dinner All You Can Eat Buffet. 
616 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac, 231­-876­-8888.

Take a trip back to the '50s where chili dogs & frosted mugs of root beer are still served up by carhops at this All ­American institution. Elvis has been known to make an appearance during their annual summer “A&W Cruise Night” in August, as do cars from the 50’s and 60’s that we remember well.
At the bottom of the hill, 21 Lake St., Frankfort,  231-­352-­9021.

From Antler Ale to Wolverine Wheat, Big Buck specializes in microbrewed beers. Offering the usual beef and buffalo burgers, steaks, and ribs, plus more unusual fare, like their portabella sandwich with red onion marmalade and provolone cheese.
550 S. Wisconsin Avenue, Gaylord, 989­-732-­5781.

A refined atmosphere, subdued lighting, and an appetizing selection of epicurean treats awaits the diner at this Harbor Springs corner landmark. Menu selections range from their smoked whitefish ravioli appetizer to their Atlantic salmon, baked polenta and eggplant, tomato basil fettuccine, or filet mignon ­ and their brunches include one of the best versions of Eggs Benedict around.
101 State Street, downtown across from Bar Harbor, 231­-526-­1904.

Pool tables, a full bar, friendly service and a varied menu make the Village Inn popular with families and locals.  Dinners include Lamb Skewers, Blue Corn Enchiladas, Charbroiled Whitefish, Lasagna and Ribeye.  Also burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and pizza.  Lunch and Dinner.
Just north of the blinking light 116601 Lacorre Ave. on M­22,  Empire. 231-326­-5101.

One of Petoskey's first restaurants, Jesperson's is famous for homemade pies and fresh turkey. Breakfast and lunch.
312 Howard, Petoskey, 231­-347­-3601.
Located in Building 50, grilled panini's, soups, wraps, baked goods, specialty coffees and teas.
1200 W. 11th St., Traverse City, 231-­947­-7740.

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Tastemakers: National Cherry Festival culinary events/Cherry Bay Orchards Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate

Rick Coates - June 28th, 2010
National Cherry Festival Culinary Events
The National Cherry Festival kicks off this weekend with more than 150 events throughout the week. The week is loaded with food events with Cherries D’Vine and the Cherries Grand Buffet topping the list of favorites.
Cherries D’Vine was launched five years ago by the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula wineries and the National Cherry Festival. In the scenic setting of the Culinary Institute with West Grand Traverse Bay as a backdrop this has become one of the more popular food and wine events in Northern Michigan. For this year’s event, participants will also get to enjoy the U.S. Navy Blue Angels along with the rest of the Festival Air Show.
Fred Laughlin, director of the Culinary Institute is a 20-year veteran of food events at the Cherry Festival. He has even appeared on the Today Show, preparing various cherry recipes. Laughlin and his team of instructors and students each year produce dazzling creations from appetizers to entrées to desserts. Popular recipes of the past have included the cherry grilled salmon and the cherry pulled pork. Enjoy all these tasty treats while sampling the best wine the region has to offer. Cherries D’Vine takes place Sunday July 4.
The Cherries Grand Buffet also showcases an assortment of cherry delights prepared by the culinary professionals at the Grand Traverse Pie Company. The event takes place Friday July 9 with three seatings. Enjoy cherry chicken croissants, cherry pulled pork, cherry cole slaw, stacked cherry infused deli sandwiches and the signature Cherry Crumb Pie from the Grand Traverse Pie Company.
Participants will enjoy a 30 minute Musical Stage Show produced by the Old Town Playhouse Performers (the event is downtown Traverse City at the City Opera House). Admission into the Buffet is limited to 200 festival-goers per seating. Seatings are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. For additional information on these and all the events taking place at the National Cherry Festival go to http://visit.cherryfestival.org
--Rick Coates

Cherry Bay Orchards
Montmorency Tart
Cherry Concentrate

Scientific study after study continue to point to the benefits of cherry consumption. Famers and businesses are not allowed to market the specific health benefits of cherries, unlike the pharmaceutical industry that may say a certain synthetic product “provides arthritis relief.” But consumers who suffer from arthritis, gout and other ailments are turning to cherry juice to reduce, cure and even eliminate their ailments.
A recent study by researchers at Michigan State University commissioned by the Cherry Marketing Institute has found that Montmorency tart cherries are among the top fruits with the highest antioxidant value. Drinking just 1 ½ cups of cherry juice will give you the same health benefits of consuming 23 different fruits and vegetables. Cherry juice offers more antioxidants than five servings of peas, tomatoes, watermelon, carrots and bananas.
Last year a study conducted by the Oregon Health & Science University showed people who drank tart cherry juice while training for a long distance run reported significantly less pain after exercise than those who didn’t.
Cherry Bay Orchards has released a Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate that comes in a 16 ounce bottle and the soon to be released Singles to Go pouches (1 oz). Simply mix one ounce with your favorite six to eight ounce beverage to enjoy a refreshing cherry drink that, according to scientific research, will provide several healthy side effects. It is all natural and there is no sugar added. Pour a couple of ounces over two scoops of Moomer’s Ice Cream for a great dessert and blend with vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit for a smoothie. It is also a great cocktail mixer: make a Cherry-tini with Grand Traverse Vodka or a refreshing Cherry Margarita. Look for Cherry Bay Orchards Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate at your favorite grocer and if you are attending the National Cherry Festival next week, look for it there as well. To order online or for additional info go to cherrybayorchards.com --Rick Coates

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