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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The Global Wine Pavillion

Rick Coates - July 5th, 2010
The Global Wine Pavilion offers a taste from all over
By Rick Coates
About 10 years ago the National Cherry Festival saw a trend taking
place in the festival business: festivals were going under. Realizing
the economic and historical importance of the event for Traverse City
and Northern Michigan, they set out make sure they would not become
another statistic on the list of festivals of the past.
In the search to identify what would make the Cherry Festival
successful for the future, research pointed to hanging on to
traditional events and creating more events that appeal to the
traveling public that seeks food and cultural experiences.
Thus, the first Cherries DiVine was launched five years ago. The event
blends the best in local wines with cherry-infused recipes prepared by
the team at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute. The success of that
event led to exploring other food and wine events.

Enter Matt Sutherland. Part of the team that started the popular
Epicurean Classic seven years ago (the event has since moved to
southern Michigan) A long-time resident of Northern Michigan,
Sutherland currently writes on food, wine, restaurants, and cookbooks
for three regional and national magazines. Last year, Sutherland
pitched the Global Wine Pavilion, a three-day affair that focused on
wines of specific regions and smaller boutique wineries all selected
by Master Sommelier Ron Edwards.
 The inaugural event received rave reviews. This year once again the
Global Wine Pavilion will take place the final three nights of the
Festival, July 8-10.
“It was exactly what we were looking for in an event to expand the
Festival’s appeal,” said Cherry Festival spokesperson Susan
Wilcox-Olson. “It truly is a unique experience and very popular with
our volunteers. We had well over 100 sign up to help this year.”
So exactly what is the appeal and what sets the Global Wine Pavilion
apart from the many other wine events in the region?
“Several things,” said Sutherland. “But if I were to pick one it would
be having Master Sommelier Ron Edwards on board. He has personally
selected every wine and we will have 120 wines from 40 different grape
varieties from 15 different countries. To have someone of his stature
hand-select each wine means we are getting the best of the best.”

Sutherland is quick to add that these are small boutique wineries.
“We all want to support that family-owned winery, that is producing
less than 10,000 cases a year,” said Sutherland. “That is what Ron has
done in his selection. These are not corporate conglomerate wineries,
but rather these wines are from the small guys that most in the wine
world have never heard of. What is cool is these are exceptional wines
that, had Ron not sought them out, most attending would never get a
chance to taste them otherwise.”
The Global Wine Pavillion is not looking past what is available in its
own backyard.
“This bay side Festival venue will offer the opportunity for wine and
food enthusiasts to enjoy and learn about  many award winning wines
including several that are produced right here in Northern Michigan”,
said Tim Hinkley, National Cherry Festival executive director.
Attendees will receive an Andrea Immer-designed Stolzle wine glass,
considered by many to be one of the world’s finest “tasting” glasses.
The $10 entrance fee also includes a glass of “featured” wine
corresponding to a nightly theme – Greek on July 8, South Africa on
July 9, and France on July 10. Wine-friendly appetizers will be served
by two of Traverse City’s top restaurants, Red Ginger and Cooks’
House, as well as Janene Silverman, an acclaimed northern Italy-based
chef who will serve authentic Piedmont dishes.

“We have not forgotten about the beer connoisseur,” said Sutherland.
“In addition to tasting more than 1,000 wines to make his selections,
Ron Edwards tasted dozens of beers as well.”
Sutherland wants to emphasize that this is not a sampling or a wine
festival, this is a tasting experience.
“While certainly coming out and enjoying the Pavilion one night is
great, it is really structured to be a three day tasting expedition,”
said Sutherland. “It is an opportunity to get educated while having a
lot of fun. We are not pouring little tastes, rather half glasses, so
you really get to experience the wines you choose. Obviously you have
to limit your selections so ask lots of questions.”

Tickets for the ‘Global Wine Pavilion’ may be purchased in advance by
visiting cherryfestival.org or by calling
(231) 947-4230.  Tickets will also be available at the event.

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