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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Loco for Cocoa

When it comes to chocolate, not many have taken the kind of plunge Barbara Disborough has.

Ross & Marc Boissoneau - April 21st, 2014  

Besides naming herself and her company “The Chocolate Lady,” she’s written a book and organizes an annual festival … both celebrating chocolate.

On April 27, Disborough’s fourth annual Traverse City Chocolate Festival will lure hundreds of like-minded cocoa heads to the City Opera House.

“We’ll fill the Opera House with chocolate,” said Disborough. “As soon as we open the front door, you can smell the chocolate down the street.”

This isn’t the first time Traverse City has celebrated chocolate. Several years ago, the Opera House hosted a similar chocolate festival. But after a couple of go-rounds it ceased operation.

Around 2008, a group of chocolatiers decided to revive the concept. Since Disborough had just published “The Guide to Chocolate in the Grand Traverse Region,” the group asked her to be part of the festival.

The first show was successful, more so than Disborough anticipated.

“People came up to me and asked, ‘When is the next chocolate festival?’” she said. “I said, ‘It’s not up to me.’ “Then I thought, why not me?” The festival attracts chocolatiers from across the region and the state.

“It’s getting more well-known across the state,” Disborough said. “We started with [chocolates from] this region, but have a number from Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, etc.”

Vendors exhibiting include Moomers Ice Cream, Kilwin’s Traverse City, Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates, Pleasanton Bakery and Café, Confections by Kim, Just Good Chocolate of Lake Leelanau, Market Bistro from Interlochen, Sweet Petites of Grand Traverse, Fudge By Design from Kingsley, Noteware Candy Company of Manistee, Patricia’s Chocolate, Chocolates by Grimaldi, and Davis Chocolate of Mishawaka, Ind.

Not all the exhibitors will be showcasing edible items. Darling Deities creates handmade polymer jewelry with a chocolate theme, while Horizon Books will display books about chocolate. Great Lakes Bath & Body will showcase cocoa body butter.

But for the rest, it’s about the delectable confections: Truffles, caramels, seafoam, ice cream, and various bakery products.

The Chocolate Festival is not only an opportunity for chocophiles to gather and sample. It is also a fundraiser for the Northwest Food Coalition. The coalition is a cooperative effort of some 60 pantries, churches, and kitchens sharing a vision of healthy food on every table in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties.

In addition to the confections on hand, there will be special chocolate sculptures on display, which will be part of the silent auction. Father-daughter duo Kat Eldred and Tim Burke will provide music for the event, which will also include lectures, discussions and demonstrations.

The Traverse City Chocolate Festival is from 1pm-3pm on Sun., April 27. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under; group discounts are available. Contact the City Opera House at (231) 942-8082, visit cityoperahouse.org, or tcchocolatefestival.com.

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