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: Paella in the Park

Rick Coates - August 2nd, 2010
Paella In The Park
When organizers of the Epicurean Classic decided to move the popular
food and drink celebration from Traverse City to southwest Michigan,
the food festival pantry in the region seemed pretty empty. That was
two years ago, and now a host of gourmand events have sprouted up
throughout the year fully stocking the Northern Michigan culinary
The newest addition is the Paella (pronounced “pie-AY-ya”) In The
Park, a joint effort by Porterhouse Productions and the Wineries of
Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP). The event will take place Friday, August
6 at the former Clinch Park Zoo grounds (next to the marina and Open
Space) in Traverse City. Musically, the event will be anchored by
Grammy winners Blues Traveler (see interview/article) along with
Rootstand, but the stars of the night will be the seven chefs, each
preparing three paella dishes (one will be vegetarian/vegan friendly)
and the seven wineries from the Old Mission Peninsula.
Paella is a peasant-style Spanish dish (the pan in the photo with Chef
Andrew of Epicure Catering will prepare enough for 100 people) that
typically consists of Calasparra Rice (white rice that holds its
texture) green vegetables, meat (rabbit, chicken, duck) and sometimes
seafood and broth.  Chef’s from The Cooks’ House, Travino, Siren Hall,
Boathouse, Hanna, Mission Table and Patisserie Amie will put their own
interpretation on this classic Spanish cooking style.
The concept came from Porterhouse Productions founder Sam Porter. “My
father traveled the regions of Spain where paella is popular and so
when I was growing up we had paella every Sunday.”
It seems that others think Porter’s idea is a great one as well, with
more than half the tickets already sold. At $36 -- a ticket that
includes the concert -- this is one of the best festival values in
Northern Michigan.
After tasting the paella made by Chef Andrew of Epicure Catering at
the Paella Pan Seasoning Party for participating chefs last week (he
added shrimp, chicken, spicy sausage and octopus) I can guarantee this
is a must-attend event for anyone who appreciates the gourmet of
simplicity. The participation of the Old Mission Wineries completes an
ultimate tasting experience. During the Pan Seasoning Party, Old
Mission Wineries brought a sampling of new releases, and while many of
the wines paired perfectly, the Dry Rieslings seem to work best.
Although if you are partial to reds, the Pinot Noirs were equally
impressive as was the Gamay Noir from Chateau Grand Traverse.
Winemakers and winery representatives will be on hand to assist in
helping participants properly pair wines with the paella dishes.
In keeping with his mission to better his community, Porter will
contribute some of the event proceeds to improving the Bay Front Parks
in Traverse City. For tickets or additional event information go to
---Rick Coates

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