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: Mario Batali‘s Molto Gusto/ Market fresh mixology

Rick Coates - August 9th, 2010
Mario Batali’s “Molto Gusto”
The world’s third best-selling book of all time after the bible and the dictionary is the “Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book” with more than 30 million copies sold since it was first released in 1930. Cookbooks represent a large market share in the book publishing industry with sales in 2010 about $1 billion in the United States alone. Industry studies show that about 40% of Americans “collect” cookbooks and the average household has at least 20 cookbooks.
One of the top cookbook authors out there today is Mario Batali. While Batali’s fame from his years on the Food Network coupled with him being one of the top restauranteurs in America has given him celebrity status, the popularity of his cookbooks goes beyond that. Batali will be the next writer/author in the popular National Writers Series this Saturday in Traverse City.
Batali’s success in authoring bestselling cookbooks might start with his celebrity but ultimately the practicality and functionality of the recipes within his books give him longevity in a crowded field. His latest effort, “Molto Gusto,” is a collection of recipes primarily from his popular NY eatery Otto Enoteca Pizzeria.
In typical Batali fashion, this cookbook as, with his previous ones, will satisfy the novice to the gourmand in the kitchen. Everyone wants to make great pizza at home and Batali shows you how. Another trademark to Batali’s work is creating robust flavors with simple recipes; “Molto Gusto” is perfect for those on the go who want to create great and flavorful dishes quickly. For the vegetarian or the pasta lover this will be a hit. The photography will inspire and stimulate as well.
Time spent in the kitchen should be fun and Batali’s passion, sense of humor and artistry all come through in “Molto Gusto.” To learn more about his appearance at the National Writers Series go to nationalwritersseries.org --Rick Coates

Market-Fresh Mixology
Bridget Albert is considered one of the top “mixologists” in the world. She will be a major part of “An Evening with Mario Batali” on Saturday, August 14, a special author and food event presented by the National Writer’s Series and Porterhouse Productions. The event, scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. on the front lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, will feature 10 dishes from Batali’s various cookbooks. Albert will introduce a signature Traverse CIty cocktail that she has created exclusively for the event.
Now on the surface this might not seem like such a big deal, but Albert’s expertise in the world of cocktails is highly sought after. She designs cocktails for several top restaurants, bars, hotels and lounges. Most recently, she designed and executed the cocktail program at the Trump International Towers in Chicago. Albert has won numerous awards including first place at the Tale of the Cocktail Bar Chef Competition, second place at the Bacardi Martini Grand Prix World Finals in Turin, Italy, third place in the Pitu Cacacha Nationals in Las Vegas, and first place in the Bellagio Classic Competition.
So it is a safe bet that Traverse City will be proud of the cocktail she creates for this event. While she is not giving any hints prior to Saturday, participants will receive a copy of the recipe on their cocktail napkins. This will certainly become a classic and expect area establishments to be making this cocktail as soon the event ends at 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Albert is a Master Mixologist and is the Director of the Academy of Spirits and Fine Service, a program for bartenders that covers the history of all spirits and pre-prohibition cocktails. She has appeared on numerous television programs, including on the Food Network.
Her book “Market-Fresh Mixology” incorporates using fresh ingredients found at the farmers market or your garden in classic and contemporary cocktails. It’s a practical guide for the person who likes to host innovative cocktail parties or if you just want to jazz up that cocktail hour after work. The book is full of tips on the art of cocktail-mixing techniques to proper glassware and garnishes and has several full-color photographs. Look for “Market-Fresh Mixology” at your favorite bookseller and be sure to have her sign it Saturday night. --Rick Coates
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